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Downtown Calendar — February 2017

Posted: February 3rd, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Calendar, Opinion & News | No Comments

FEATURED EVENTS

CELEBRATE SAN DIEGO RALLY

SATURDAY, FEB. 11

Local sports teams, elected officials and community leaders will join forces to celebrate what it means to be part of America’s Finest City. Enjoy family-friendly activities at Petco Park’s Park at the Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The rally will start at 1 p.m. Padres and Aztecs broadcaster Ted Leitner will emcee.

The free event will feature live music, interactive games, a Kid’s Zone, photo booths, the Park at the Park whiffle ball field, the Padres Hall of Fame and a San Diego Craft Beer Garden. Parking will be free in Padres lots. Visit atmlb.com/2jwCMPR.

‘RADICAL MACHINES’

THROUGH APRIL 16

San Diego Chinese Historical Museum presents “Radical Machines: Chinese in the Information Age,” an exhibit exploring Chinese typewriters and IT. The technology behind Chinese typewriters led to today’s predictive text technologies in smartphones and computers.

The display will be inside the Dr. Sun-Yat Sen Memorial Extension building, 328 J St. Visit bit.ly/2kkowOs.

TCHAIKOVSKY ‘SYMPHONY NO. 4’

FRIDAY, FEB. 3

San Diego Symphony will open the evening’s performance with Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Festive Overture,” then feature guest violinist Benjamin Beilman. Conductor Jahja Ling will close with Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 4.” Starts at 8 p.m. in Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St. Visit sandiegosymphony.org.

‘PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE’

SATURDAY, FEB. 4

Paris, 1904: The Lapin Agile, watering hole to struggling artists and would-be geniuses, is visited by Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein, whose egos are as big as their intellects. Steve Martin’s play runs through March 12 at The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. Visit theoldglobe.org.

‘THE POWER OF ADVOCACY’ TRAINING FOR CYCLISTS

SATURDAY, FEB. 4

San Diego County Bike Coalition presents “The Power of Advocacy,” a one-day training session to turn locals into advocates for bike safety in their neighborhoods. The Bike Coalition and elected officials will teach attendees how to influence decision-makers to take action that will make San Diego safer for cyclists. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mission Brewery, 1441 L St. Visit sdbikecoalition.org.

FREE SUNDAY CONCERT SERIES

SUNDAYS, FEB. 5, 12, 19 and 26

Enjoy live music while visiting Seaport Village. All concerts are 1-4 p.m. at the East Plaza Gazebo, 849 W. Harbor Drive. This is the schedule:

Feb. 5 — Nova; plays a variety of music and takes requests

Feb. 12 — Tradewinds; plays classic rock favorites in an island style

Feb. 19 — Cat-illacs; plays rock ’n’ roll.

Feb. 26 — Bayou Brothers; plays blues and Cajun

Visit bit.ly/2kkia1w.

‘SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE CLOCKTOWER MYSTERY’

SATURDAY, FEB. 11

This interactive murder-mystery will test your powers of observation and deductive reasoning as you find yourself transported to Victorian-era London where a terrible murder has taken place. From there you will visit seven other locales, gathering clues.

Can you solve the mystery and find out “whodunit?” On exhibit at the Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado in Balboa Park. Visit bit.ly/2kkUWs5.

INTERNATIONAL DANCE FESTIVAL

SUNDAY, FEB. 12

Join the dance clubs of the International Dance Association in Balboa Park as they teach and demonstrate various styles of social dancing and give you a chance to learn dances from around the world.

Partners not required. Features dance exhibitions and vendors selling food and international dance-related items. Free, noon to 5 p.m. at Balboa Park Club. Visit bit.ly/2kl51FH.

JAKE SHIMABUKURO UKULELE PERFORMANCE

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15

Ukulele sensation Jake Shimabukuro will perform at 7 p.m. at the Music Box, 1337 India St. Shimabukuro, who broke from the traditional sounds of the ukulele, has been touring since the release of his debut album “Nashville Sessions,” which hit No. 3 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Albums Chart. Visit musicboxsd.com.

MONSTER JAM AT PETCO PARK

SATURDAY, FEB. 18

Monster trucks with names such as Grave Digger, Dragon, Mad Scientist, Hurricane Force, Big Kahuna, Storm Damage and Raminator will plow through and fly over tons of dirt on the floor of Petco Park. Gates open at 5 p.m., show time is 7 p.m. Visit bit.ly/2knnYra.

‘EDGE OF THE OCEAN’

SUNDAY, FEB. 19

Sparks Gallery presents “Edge of the Ocean/A Group Show,” an exhibition at Sparks Gallery featuring 35 local artists whose works are inspired by the San Diego coastline. Opening reception is Feb. 19, 6-9 p.m. at 530 Sixth Ave. Visit sparksgallery.com.

25TH ANNUAL BRAZILIAN CARNIVAL

SATURDAY, FEB. 25

Prepare for a night of non-stop dancing, lights, pulsating beats, samba dancers, parades and Brazilian music at the San Diego Brazilian Carnival, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Park 6, 590 Fir St. Visit sandiegobrazilcarnival.com.

THE BIG EASY BOOZE & BITES TOUR

SATURDAY, FEB. 25

This tasting event with a New Orleans twist will take participants on a tour of delicious Mardi Gras-inspired bites and sinful sips throughout Downtown.

Indulge in the offerings from 20 hotspots while collecting beads. Collect 10 beads and receive your VIP beads, which will allow access to a secret rooftop after-party. Presented from 1 to 5 p.m. by the Gaslamp Quarter Association. Visit gaslamp.org.

OSCAR PARTY AT LEVEL 9

SUNDAY, FEB. 26

Enjoy your own Oscar party while watching the show under the stars at one of the rooftop fire pits with a beautiful view of San Diego. Play games and earn prizes based on Oscar nominees and winners while you snack on free popcorn and sip themed drink specials.

Enjoy a complimentary Champagne toast to celebrate the Best Picture Winner. Bring your friends and pets to walk the red carpet. Starts at 5:30 p.m. at Level 9 in Hotel Indigo, 509 Ninth Ave. Visit bit.ly/2klg5CH.

GASLAMP QUARTER MARDI GRAS

TUESDAY, FEB. 28

More than 20,000 revelers are expected for the Gaslamp Quarter Masquerade Mardi Gras Parade and Celebration on Fat Tuesday, from 5 p.m. to midnight. The event entrance is at Fourth Avenue and E Street. The celebration will include beads, confetti, dancers, Mardi Gras parade and three music stages. Visit sdmardigras.com.

RECURRING EVENTS

TUESDAY

Residents Free Tuesdays in Balboa Park: Participating museums change the first four Tuesdays of the month. Free for San Diego city and county residents with ID, active military and dependents. Hours vary by museum. Visit balboapark.org/visit/Tuesdays.

Coronado Certified Farmers Market: 2:30–6 p.m. First and B streets at Coronado Ferry Landing. Visit welcometocoronado.com.

THURSDAY

Gaslamp Quarter Historical Walking Tour: Stops on this tour include architecturally significant structures from the 1800s including Old City Hall, the Keating Building, Davis-Horton House and more. 1 p.m. 410 Island Ave., Gaslamp. Visit gaslampfoundation.org.

Sunset Trivia: Bring a team or play alone. 7–9 p.m. 98 Bottles, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy. Visit 98bottlessd.com.

FRIDAY

Weekly Downtown Clean & Safe walkabouts: Join DSDP’s Clean & Safe program at 10 a.m. in alternating neighborhoods: Cortez Hill, Core/Columbia, Gaslamp Quarter, Marina and East Village. For more info, call 619-234-8900, visit downtownsandiego.org or sign up for their newsletter.

Take a bite out of Downtown: Hosted by food tour service Bite San Diego, join fellow foodies and winos for a historical walking tour sampling some of Downtown’s finest restaurants. 21-plus. Noon. Tickets are $45. Tours also on Saturday. Visit bitesandiego.com.

SATURDAY

Little Italy Mercato: 8 a.m.–2 p.m. Rain or shine, visit over 100 booths on West Cedar Street between Kettner Boulevard and Front Street. Visit littleitalysd.com/mercato.

Gaslamp Quarter Historical Walking Tour: Stops on this tour include architecturally significant structures from the 1800s including Old City Hall, the Keating Building, Davis-Horton House and more. 11 a.m. 410 Island Ave., Gaslamp. Visit gaslampfoundation.org.

SUNDAY

Walk-in eReader and device assistance: Free and open to the public. Bring your Android and iOS devices for hands-on learning. 2–4 p.m. Room 222, San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., Downtown. Visit sandiegolibrary.org.

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