Friday, April 5
‘Angels in America’
“Angels in America Millenium Approaches” and “Perestroika.” Set in America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell. Alternately hilarious and heartbreaking, it was awarded two Tony Awards for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Playing through April 20. Cygnet Theatre. $35-$55. 4040 Twiggs St. Old Town.
The Old Globe presents the U.S. premiere of “Life After,” a rapturously beautiful and stirring new musical with book, music, and lyrics by Britta Johnson, directed by the Globe’s own Barry Edelstein. With choreography by Ann Yee and music supervision, arrangements, and orchestrations by Lynne Shankel, “Life After” will run through April 28 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. 1363 Old Globe Way. $34-$102.
Arab Film Festival
The San Diego Arab Film Festival announced its lineup for 2019. It will open on April 5 and include nine feature films and six shorts. The festival will host three screenings at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park and seven at the AMC 20 complex at Westfield Mission Valley. The festival is offering passes for all 10 screenings, three-screening ticket packages, as well as tickets for individual screenings. Individual tickets are $12 for general admission and $7 for students. Three ticket packages are $33. Festival passes are $100.
Saturday, April 6
‘They Promised Her the Moon’
The Old Globe Theatre presents the West Coast premiere of Laurel Ollstein’s “They Promised Her the Moon,” detailing the life and accomplishments of aviator Jerrie Cobb, the first women to be tested by NASA for duty as an astronaut during the 1960s. This story examines the powerful forces that kept her from reaching orbit. Ticket pricing starts at $30. Playing through May 5.
Photos with the Easter Bunny
The Easter Bunny will be located in Seaport Village’s West Village Food Court. No appointment necessary; all captured photos will be saved on a USB drive for you to keep for $35. Guests will also enjoy live music and free Easter treats. Various dates and times. 849 W Harbor Drive.
Sunday, April 7
Autism Awareness Bar Crawl
In honor of National Autism Awareness Month, Gaslamp District Media has created a scavenger hunt-themed bar crawl for its annual event. Attendees will enjoy small bites, cocktails and the chance to win prizes along the crawl, which begins at Mezé Greek Fusion. Additional stops along the route include Float at Hard Rock Hotel and Monkey King. The event will conclude at the final stop, El Chingon, followed by an after-party. Registration is priced at $20 per person, with additional team pricing. All proceeds from this event go toward Community ConNext, a local nonprofit benefiting kids, teens and young adults with developmental disabilities.
‘Step by Step’ 5K
The Parkinson’s Association of San Diego (PASD) will hold its annual ‘Step by Step’ 5K walk on April 7 at Liberty Station. CBS News 8 Anchor Carlo Cecchetto will emcee the event that will feature speakers from the Michael J. Fox Foundation and the Davis Phinney Foundation. An expo and entertainment are part of the festivities and the walk is dog friendly. All proceeds from the event go towards services and resources provided by PASD. The walk will commence at 9:30 a.m. The entry fee is $50.
Thursday, April 11
The San Diego Museum of Art announced its signature Art Alive fundraiser for 2019. On view from April 11-14, the exhibit features the work of nearly 100 floral designers who have interpreted famous works throughout the museum, filling the galleries with beautiful color. Open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., the expansive exhibit will be included with general admission. The fundraiser will kick off with the Bloom Bash, followed by three days of special events and activities.
First Port, First City
A San Diego 250 commemorative event inspired by the arrival of the Spanish sailing ship, San Antonio, into San Diego Bay 250 years ago to the day. The event brings together the Kumeyaay Nation, public officials, the Maritime Museum and honored guests to share in marking the day that San Diego began. The Maritime Museum’s San Salvador ship will serve as an impressive backdrop to the beautiful gazebo location in Embarcadero Marina Park North. Short presentations and cultural exchange activities will begin at noon, lasting approximately 30 minutes. Educational information panels, light snacks, refreshments and seating will be provided in a covered area adjacent to the gazebo. This event is free to the public. Embarcadero Marina Park North, 400 Kettner Blvd.
Friday, April 12
Classic Cinema Under the Stars
Convivio’s popular outdoor Films Al Fresco series continues with a screening of Cecil B. Demille’s biblical epic, “The Ten Commandments.” Presented in Little Italy’s Amici Park, the series of 10 movie classics invites gusts to gather together, under the stars to view great films alongside great company. “The Ten Commandments” tells the story of Moses (Charlton Heston). Raised as an Egyptian prince, Moses discovers his Hebrew heritage, hears God’s call, and engages in a bitter battle with Pharaoh Ramses (Yul Brynner) to free the Jews from slavery, leading them to the Promised Land. $12/50-$17.50. Amici Park, 1660 Union St.
Saturday, April 13
SDGMC Presents: ‘Motown’
The San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus presents “Motown: The Music + The Legends.” Join their nearly 200 singers and dancers for music that roared out of Detroit and took a nation by storm. They’ll be at the Civic Theatre, playing some of your favorite classics from superstars like Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross & the Supremes, Lionel Richie, Gladys Knight & the Pips and the Jackson 5. Three shows over two days, April 13-14. Tickets start at $27.
Taste of Hillcrest
Hillcrest’s vibrant walking feast is back! With over 40 different types of cuisine, Fabulous Hillcrest offers an international tour of exciting new concepts and comfort food favorites. Savor small bites from some of Hillcrest’s most recognized and award-winning restaurants while you discover and explore an eclectic mix of shops and boutiques! $30 presale, $35 day of event. Noon-4 p.m.
Sunday, April 14
Join us for the 4th SpeakUp5k San Diego! This is a fun, family-friendly event designed by Cameron Gallagher to help eliminate the stigma associated with teen depression and anxiety. Whether you run, walk, stroll or volunteer, we want you to “SpeakUp” with us. A portion of the race proceeds will benefit the mental health initiatives of Rady Children’s Hospital. 8:30-11 a.m. Embarcadero Marina Park South, 200 Marina Park Way.
Friday, April 19
Easter Bunny Teas
April 19-20. A Westgate tradition. Celebrate spring in elegance with our sumptuous signature Parisian-style afternoon tea. Delicious proof of a long love of afternoon tea, Easter tea is served with a delicious selection of house-made sweet delicacies, yummy child-friendly petit-fours, savory tea sandwiches and pastries. All accompanied with a choice of freshly brewed fine teas and a special hop-in appearance from a fluffy guest. Stay on, as the springtime cheer continues on the Riviera Terrace with an egg hunt extraordinaire and an enchanting magic performance featuring the Easter bunny. There is no finer way to indulge in the chicest of San Diego surroundings. $79 adults, $55 children, complimentary ages 3 and under. 2:30-5 p.m. Westgate Hotel, 1055 Second Ave.
Saturday, April 20
Freedom Rider: An Art Blakey Centennial Celebration
In a career that spanned the decades between the Big Band sounds of Billy Eckstine and the modern generation of neo-traditional jazz practitioners such as Wynton Marsalis, percussion master and band leader Art Blakey boldly blazed a trail of his own. For 35 years he led several incarnations of the Jazz Messengers through the glory years of bebop and beyond, incubating a dazzling lineup of young jazz talent along the way. Series Curator Gilbert Castellanos has assembled a stellar group of musicians, including former Jazz Messengers Brian Lynch, Bobby Watson, Bill Pierce, Donald Brown and Peter Washington, for this centennial tribute. The concert also features Freddie Hubbard drummer Carl Allen, who is former Artistic Director of Jazz Studies (2008-13) at The Juilliard School. $24-$76. Joan and Irwin Jacobs Music Center, Seventh Avenue.
Saturday, April 27
Adams Avenue Unplugged
The annual free music festival will feature 80 artists performing on 24 stages from Kensington through Normal Heights and ending in University Heights. Restaurant, bars and coffeehouses along Adams Avenue will be hosting performances. Multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire David Lindley and Grammy Award-winner Gaby Moreno are headlining. The event also features a beer garden and free trolley service to the festival.
ArtWalk Little Italy
For 35 years, Mission Federal ArtWalk has celebrated both visual and performing arts in San Diego. We believe art has the power to connect communities, cultivate new artistic talent and create a better quality of life for all through cultural enrichment. On April 27-28, Mission Federal ArtWalk will fill 16 blocks in San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood. Thousands of attendees come to view and purchase artwork, enjoy music and dance performances, and participate in interactive art experiences.
Adelman Fine Art is pleased to announce that they will be representing six incredible gallery artists including ArtWalk Featured Artist, Jennifer Hannaford, at this year’s Mission Federal ArtWalk in Little Italy! See us at booth #627/629 on Fir Street and at our gallery on Kettner just steps away. We have a dynamic ArtWalk Demo Schedule at both locations all weekend. 1980 Kettner Blvd. STE 40.