Downtown Calendar – April 2017

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Friday, April 7

“Photographs Through the Eyes of Six Italian Photographers” is a photo exhibit curated by the Civic Museum of Pavia, Italy, presented in partnership with the San Diego City College Italian Language and Photography departments, and sponsored by the House of Italy.

The display includes photographs of the northern Italian city of Pavia by Italian photographers from the 19th to the 21st centuries. The opening reception is April 7 from 5–8 p.m. and the exhibit is on display April 7-21 in the San Diego City College Luxe Gallery, fifth floor of Building V, 1080 16th St., East Village.


Friday, April 7-Sunday, April 15

Meet the Easter Bunny and have your photo taken at Seaport Village in the East Plaza Gazebo. All ages, pets and groups are welcome. Five packages available from $25 to $50, ready in minutes.

Photos with the Easter Bunny will be offered from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. from April 7–14; and from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. on April 15. Visit


Friday, April 7

The New Children’s Museum is throwing it back to the ’80s and ’90s with its adults-only Drink Play Create event: Flashback Friday. Celebrate these favorite eras with the greatest hits, signature cocktails, beer, grilled cheeses and a throwback-themed art show: “Sitcoms and Sneakers.”

The night includes a photo booth, fashion contest and museum access from 7–10 p.m. An after-party will be held in the lower level Studio Q from 10 p.m.–midnight. Visit


Sunday, April 9

Classics 4 Kids, a music education nonprofit based in San Diego, presents “Time for Three — Classics 4 Kids Benefit Concert,” 3 p.m. at the historic Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave.

Time for Three is a group that mixes genres of music from ’90s hip-hop, grunge and bluegrass with pop and classic standards for a high-energy show. Visit or


Sunday, April 9

Little Italy will welcome more than 2,000 cyclists to kick off their rides in a 7:15 a.m. start on April 9 under the landmark Little Italy sign, 1747 India St., and ride out to various parts of San Diego with four route options.

Gran Fondo San Diego riders will be cheered at the finish line, awarded a medal and ushered into the Fantastic Finish celebration with live music, bike valet, Italian Pasta Fest, beer garden and a massage.

The finish line and Bike & Fitness Expo will be at Ruocco Park, 585 Harbor Lane. The two-day expo will be held Saturday, April 8 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; and Sunday, April 9 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Visit


Through Thursday, April 13

The works of Karen and Tony Barone are featured in “Down the Rabbit Hole,” an exhibition of sculpture and recent works on canvas and paper premiering at the Chuck Jones Gallery, 232 Fifth Ave.

American master pop artists, the Barones have wowed the art world over the last three decades with their original and inspired take on contemporary culture. Visit

Pat and Gene Kelly before his passing (Courtesy Patricia Ward Kelly)


Saturday, April 15

Legendary dancer, director and choreographer Gene Kelly brought astonishing grace and athleticism to the movies. In this live one-woman show, Patricia Ward Kelly — his wife and biographer — tells his story.

Taking audiences behind the scenes, she presents an intimate portrait of this innovative artist who gave us such iconic works as “An American in Paris” and “Singin’ in the Rain.”

Enjoy an afternoon with Patricia Ward Kelly, 2 p.m. in the Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave. Visit

Lisa See (Courtesy CHM)


Tuesday, April 18

The San Diego Chinese Historical Museum has partnered with Adventures by the Book for a “Chinese Tea Tasting Adventure” with the New York Times best-selling author Lisa See, 7–9 p.m. in the Chuang Archive & Learning Center, 541 B Second Ave.

Over appetizers and a tasting of traditional Chinese teas, See will explain how she crafted her latest novel and was inspired to weave the classical culture of tea into the heart of her novel and her characters’ destinies. $45 to $50. Visit


Thursday, April 20

San Diego City College will hold its fourth annual Community Open House Day from 9:30 a.m.–2 p.m. The welcome tent will be at 16th and C streets. This campus-wide block party includes campus tours, exhibits, demonstrations and a resource fair.

The 12th annual Student Project and Research Symposium will be presented on the upper AH Plaza from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. A special planetarium showing will take place in the Science Building at 5:30 p.m. RSVP to Visit


Friday-Sunday, April 21-23

“Vets at Home: a Showcase of Short Plays” will feature more than 12 vignettes, each exploring a different aspect of the network of relationships between military veterans, their families and their communities.

Performances will be will be held April 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, April 23, at 2:30 p.m. in the Veterans Museum in Balboa Park, 2115 Park Blvd. Tickets cost $10; or pay what you can. Visit


Saturday, April 22

San Diego Opera presents “La Traviata” at the San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave. This opera is performed in Italian with projected English supertitles. Directed by Marta Domingo, “La Traviata” transports audiences to the past to a love story with poignant themes that transcend the ages.

Runs April 22, 25 and 28 at 7 p.m.; and April 30 at 2 p.m. Attend a pre-opera lecture for “La Traviata” one hour before each performance in the orchestra section. Visit


Saturday, April 22

“KPBS Celebrates The Arts” is a major fundraiser highlighting public media’s commitment to present, share and treasure exceptional arts programming with all audiences — from visual arts, music, theater, dance and literature.

It will be held at the U.S. Grant Hotel, 326 Broadway. This celebration will feature specialized entertainment, themed cocktails and elegant decor. BJ Robinson, vocal artist and host of “KPBS Spectrum,” will serve as emcee. Kelly McEvers of NPR’s “All Things Considered” will be the featured guest.

Hall of Fame Visionary Honorees will be Susan Polis Schutz and Stephen Schutz. Cocktail reception and silent auction at 6 p.m.; dinner, live auction and Hall of Fame Tribute at 7:30 p.m.; music and dancing at 9:15 p.m. Price: $500 per ticket; $5,000 for a table of 10. Visit


Sunday, April 23

Participants will create two delightful botanical living jewelry pieces in this class lead by Adorations Botanicals’ founder and Creative Director LaVonne Crawford.

The workshop includes instruction, florals, supplies and light refreshments. 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Sparks Gallery, 530 Sixth Ave. Cost: $85. Visit


Thursday, April 27-Sunday, April 30

Art is reinvented through fl oral representation. (Courtesy SDMA)

Art Alive celebrates its 36th year at the San Diego Museum of Art with more than 100 floral interpretations created by top designers.

This year marks the return of three-time Rotunda Designer Carlos Franco of Green Fresh Florals, who will use his inventiveness to transform the John M. and Sally B. Thornton Rotunda into a FloraMorphic Sky of Colors.

As the Museum’s signature fundraiser, Art Alive provides financial support for public programs, exhibitions, education and community outreach.

For the schedule of events, visit


Friday, April 28

Created by the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of New Town San Diego, now Downtown, this combination historical tour and pub crawl explores the historic Gaslamp Quarter.

Follow your guide back in time to hear about the Gaslamp when it was called “Stingaree” and infamous for its teeming red-light district. Enjoy a drink, or just a seat, at three historic bars that are original to the Gaslamp Quarter.

This is a 21-plus tour. Cost $10 to $20. Tour begins at 5 p.m. at the Gaslamp Museum, 410 Island Ave. Reservations must be made by 4 p.m. the Thursday before the event. Call 619-233-4692 or visit


Saturday, April 29

The San Diego Chinese Historical Museum (SDCHM) presents “The Way of Qigong: Taoist Roots, Scientific Branches.” Renowned qigong master Ken Cohen will introduce the healing philosophy of qigong and its connection to the Taoist quest for harmony with nature.

The lecture will be followed by a reception and book-signing. Lasts from 2–4 p.m. at the museum’s Chuang Archive & Learning Center, 541 B Second Ave.

Adults $5; free for students with ID, SDCHM members and children 12 and under. RSVP at or 619-338-9888. Visit


Sunday April 30

The history of chocolate and how it came to this country is an interesting tale of seafaring travels. This year’s Chocolate Festival will be held from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. on multiple vessels at the San Diego Maritime Museum, 1492 North Harbor Drive.

The event features more than 15 vendors showcasing and offering samples of various types of chocolate. Kids and adults can make their own chocolate pizza. Adults can participate in the wine and chocolate or beer and chocolate pairings as well as live baking and cooking with chocolate demonstrations.

Bay cruises and sailing opportunities with chocolate delicacies on board are also available. Visit


Wednesday, May 3

This class is for true brew connoisseurs, combining chocolate truffles with specially selected local draughts at Dallmann Fine Chocolates at The Headquarters, 789 W. Harbor Drive, #122.

Sample it all from stouts to ales, sweet to savory, including four of San Diego’s best beers and pair them with four world-class chocolates. $20. Starts at 6:30 p.m. Visit

—Compiled by John Gregory. Send items for inclusion to Morgan M. Hurley at

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