Friday Feb. 2
‘The Color of Light’
Based on Henri Matisse’s spiritual romance with a young nun, this new play tells the fascinating story behind the creation of his final masterpiece, “Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence.” “The Color of Light” follows the relationship after the brilliant artist, an atheist, recovers from cancer and is cared for by Sister Jacques Marie. Vantage Theatre’s production combines an art experience with theater, with a pre-show art exhibit and talk about Matisse, art, color and form, and the religious life. See it live at San Diego’s Tenth Avenue Arts Center, 930 10th Ave.
Shows start at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15, available at bit.ly/2Cc3VSe.
Saturday Feb. 3
Chinese New Year Festival
Celebrate the Year of the Dog at this fun weekend-long event, honoring the Chinese New Year. Hosted by The House of China and the House of Pacific Relations International Cottages. Highlights of the event include a lion dance, kung-fu demonstrations, a dragon dance, red envelope, dumplings, bao, a fashion show, and Chinese ethnic performances. Free. 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. House of China, 668 Pan American Road, Balboa Park. bit.ly/2F7A12I
Sunday Feb. 4
Super Sunday Party
Watch the Super Bowl with your friends at the Super Sunday Party @ The LOT in Liberty Station. Lots of food and drinks, including an all-you-can-eat tailgate party (buffet open 2–5 p.m.). Big screens and even bigger screens available for your viewing pleasure. Seating available in restaurant, bar, patios or even the auditoriums. Inside seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Buffet does not include drinks. The LOT, 2620 Truxtun Road, Liberty Station. bit.ly/2EbetCM
Wednesday Feb. 7
A Night with Janis Joplin
San Diego is invited to share an evening celebrating the woman with the unmistakable voice and raw emotion who exploded onto the music scene in 1967 as the queen of rock and roll. Experience a tribute to the must-see headliner in the hit musical that includes a live on-stage band, A Night with Janis Joplin.
Fueled by such unforgettable songs as “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Piece of My Heart,” “Mercedes Benz,” “Cry Baby,” and “Summertime,” this sensational show is a musical journey celebrating Joplin and her biggest musical influences — icons like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone, and Bessie Smith, who inspired one of rock and roll’s greatest legends.
8 p.m. Historic Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave., Downtown. bit.ly/2rQmJpw
Thursday Feb. 8
Art Soup at Bread & Salt
Hosted by the San Diego Diplomacy Council and sponsored by U.S. Department of State, Alta Brewing Company, and Tonight In San Diego production company, this event adds Slovenian photography, a dash of Tanzanian guitar, a splash of Indian drama, a pinch of Algerian rap, and a handful of local performers for a night of global artistry. This troupe of artists will be traveling through San Diego on their multi-city tour “Promoting Social Change through the Arts.”
Local performers will also take the stage. Founded by Chris Rubio, a veteran performer and former rehearsal director of the off-Broadway production “Stomp,” Crew Percussion is a high energy motivational group that utilizes everyday objects to make percussive sounds, sharing their energy and positive message with over a thousand schools in San Diego. At the end of the show, #OsloSardineBar will be open for business. Full event times are 5–8 p.m.; from 5–6 p.m., Alta Brewing will be offering $1 off all beer and $1.50 tacos from Tacos by Adriana and event doors open at 6 p.m. $10 donation. For more information, contact Natalie@sandiegodiplomacy.org. Bread & Salt, 1955 Julian Ave., Sherman Heights. bit.ly/2DMmW2z
Saturday Feb. 10
Be Bold! Pop Up Art Show
Bold Women. Bold Color. Bold Art. Join the Adelman sisters as they celebrate a stunning, bold collection from four San Diego artists, including Ellen Dieter, Misun Holdorf, Katya Saab, and Monique Straub. RSVP at goo.gl/rGAFWq. 7–9 p.m. Adelman Fine Art, 1980 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy. bit.ly/2Frk9bz
Wednesday Feb. 14
Outdoor Movie — ‘Bonnie and Clyde’
Bring your valentine for an outdoor screening of “Bonnie and Clyde” in the Headquarters’ outdoor courtyard. The former San Diego Police headquarters makes the perfect venue to watch this 1967 love and crime classic featuring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. Free admission, all you need to bring is blankets and chairs, a few friends or that special someone. 6–9 p.m. The Headquarters Seaport, 789 W. Harbor Drive, Marina District, Downtown. bit.ly/2DwhVLg
Valentine’s Day romantic tour and garden picnic
Embrace romance with an after-hours, love-themed art tour of the Museum of Art’s most romantic and love-filled works of art, available exclusively on Feb 14. Following the tour, visit the May S. Marcy Sculpture Court and Garden at Panama 66 and enjoy a gourmet picnic basket for two. Relax in the sculpture garden under the California Tower and amongst the museum’s sculptures, a truly romantic setting on such a romantic day.
Tours offered in half-hour time slots from 5:30–8 p.m. Choose your preferred tour time and the picnic will be enjoyed after your tour time. Tour times and picnic basket options available at link provided. Price per couple: $125 non-members, $110 for members. 5:30–9 p.m. San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park. bit.ly/2n5VyBt
Monday Feb. 16
Salsa Under the Stars
Dance the night away with Manny Cepeda and his orchestra in our beautiful outdoor courtyard from 6–9 p.m. No partner or experience necessary for this free event. 6–9 p.m. The Headquarters Seaport, 789 W. Harbor Drive, Marina District, Downtown. bit.ly/2DA9Ll0
Tuesday Feb. 17
Baja Wine Tour
Join Baja Wine Tour for a Cause for their first organized day trip to the wineries of Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico. They partner with community organizations to help further their causes. $120 includes round-trip transportation from San Diego, a traditional Mexican breakfast buffet at a Hacienda, three winery stops with tastings, one sampling of artisan cheese/bread/jams/dressings, and a lobster dinner in Puerto Nuevo before returning home across the border. Valid passports required for everyone aboard the charter bus in accordance with Mexico and U.S. travel laws. Plan ahead and ensure you have all travel documents. 6 a.m.–9 p.m. Meet up at 6 a.m. at the Park and Ride located under the Interstate 805 freeway near the state Route 54 interchange. Bus departs at 6:30 a.m. sharp. To RSVP and pay for your seat, visit bit.ly/PresDayWknd.
Presentation – ‘The Baking Powder Wars’
Culinary Historians of San Diego will present “Battle Royal: The Baking Powder Wars 1856-1950,” featuring noted culinary historian Linda Civitello. Author of “Baking Powder Wars: The Cutthroat Food Fight That Revolutionized Cooking,” Civitello will describe how baking powder, an American invention, revolutionized baking and created uniquely American foods like baking powder biscuits, cakes, cookies, and quick breads. It also spawned a series of vicious trade wars that continued for nearly a century and involved the USDA’s Poison Squad, the U.S. Supreme Court and the legislature of almost every state and territory. And baking powder fortunes left legacies in some most unusual places. A tasting of historic 18th-century gingerbread made with heirloom flour will follow the presentation. Free and open to the public. 10:30 a.m. Neil Morgan Auditorium, Downtown Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., Downtown. bit.ly/2DAl88N
Thursday Feb. 22
2nd annual Women in Leadership reception
Presented by the Women’s Museum of California and hosted by Mister A’s Restaurant, enjoy tray-passed hors d’oeuvres, and refreshments while hearing various powerful speakers and Sen. Toni G. Atkins honor Adama Iwu, who exposed a culture of inequality at the California state Capitol and one of Time Magazine’s “Silence Breakers.” Valet parking $12; street parking availanle. 6–9 p.m. Mister A’s is located on 12th floor, 2550 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill. Tickets bit.ly/2n80DKj
The world’s No. 1 touring ABBA production, featuring a special concert presentation, which celebrates the music of ABBA in a respectful and enjoyable way, reviving special memories of when ABBA ruled the airwaves.
ABBA Mania brings ABBA fans old and new a night to party, reminisce, or simply be entertained by great music. Join in and enjoy all of your favorites including: “Mamma Mia,” “Voulez Vous,” “Dancing Queen,” “Winner Takes It All,” “Super Trouper,” and many more. Dig out those platforms, dust down those flares and thank ABBA for the music. 7:30 p.m. Historic Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave., Downtown. bit.ly/2DVvmnn
Friday Feb. 23
San Diego County Young Democrats Mixer
Join the SDCYD for a night of tacos and drinks with food by the folks at Salud San Diego and drink service provided by Snake Oil Cocktail Company. The first 100 people with California Young Democrats Convention Credentials will get a free drink token. Full program to come. For sponsorship opportunities visit bit.ly/2DM3mm9. 8–10 p.m. Sparks Gallery, 530 Sixth Ave., Downtown. bit.ly/2n6xhfv