San Diego Weekend Events Roundup 1.13.11

Weekend Roundup

Find the best San Diego things to do this weekend

FOOD + DRINK
Restaurant Week

Jan. 15-20. Restaurant Week is a great way to try a new spot you might not typically visit or save at old favorites. Experience cuisine that delights the palate and defines the art of dining in San Diego. Held twice annually, this beloved culinary tradition features discounted prix fixe dinner menus for $20, $30 or $40 from more than 180 of San Diego’s best restaurants. Two-course lunch options are also available for $10, $15 or $20. Reservations are highly recommended. sandiegorestaurantweek.com

EVENTS
Martin Luther King Jr. Parade

Jan. 15. This 32nd annual parade is one of the largest celebrations in the United States to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The parade will be packed with dazzling floats, soulful high school bands, drill teams, fraternities, churches, peace and youth groups and other organizations. The parade begins at 2 p.m. on the Harbor Drive and the Embarcadero. 619.264.0542. alpha-zsl.org/mlkdayparade.html

EXHIBITS
All-that-glitters-SD-naturaAll That Glitters

Through Feb. 8. Witness a stunning selection of spectacular natural mineral crystals and exquisite jewelry, including items on display for the first time ever. Discover valuables found right here in California: benitoite, gold, kunzite and morganite, and view stunning objects on loan from private collectors and major U.S. institutions including the American Museum of Natural History, Gemological Institute of America, Harvard University Mineralogical Museum and Smithsonian Institution. 1788 El Prado Balboa Park San Diego. 619.232.3821. www.sdnhm.org

ART
Kettner-NightsKettner Nights
Jan. 13. Held the second Friday of every other month, Kettner Nights in Little Italy has become the place to be for the arts and design crowd. Little Italy’s art district has as much flavor as the espresso and tantalizing marinara served in the local restaurants, and offers art and design lovers a place to explore their creativitiy. Walk this ever-growing distinctive neighborhood filled with art, design and antiques. From 6-9 p.m. Kettner Boulevard and India Street from Grape to Laurel Streets. 619.358.9512. www.plmeyerfineart.com

ray-at-nightRay at Night
Jan. 14. Every second Saturday of the month, San Diego’s longest running art walk takes place in the North Park Art District. Now in its tenth year, Ray at Night is an exciting gathering of artists and patrons working to bring the neighborhood to life. Participating galleries include Cirello Gallery, Ray Street Custom Framing, Soul Ryde, The Red Crow, Dani Dodge Art and more. Ray St. between University and North Park Way. www.rayatnightartwalk.com

MUSIC
Slightly Stoopid

Jan. 13. The Ocean Beach rockers were originally discovered by the late Bradley Nowell of Sublime. Ever since, they’ve been rocking the nation with their fusion of acoustic rock and blues with reggae, hip-hop and punk. Now with eight albums under their belts, the boys continue to do their home town proud. The Aggrolites and Perro Bravo will also perform. Soma, 3350 Sports Arena Blvd. 619.226.7662. www.somasandiego.com

THEATRE
Cats

Through Jan. 15. Opening on Broadway back in 1982 at the Winter Garden Theatre, Cats has continued to live up to its motto “Now and Forever.” Based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, and with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cats is one of America’s most cherished family musicals. It’s won multiple Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Lighting and Best Costumes. San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 B St. 619.570.1100. www.sandiegotheatres.org

Spring Awakening

Through Jan 15. In late-nineteenth century Germany, a group of teens struggle to understand the meaning of sexuality in a repressed society where their parents and trusted adults refuse to answer their difficult questions. Fueled by modern music from Duncan Sheik, Spring Awakening contains strong language and sexual situations as it explores the idea of teenage enlightenment. Welk Resorts Theatre, Welk Theatre San Diego 8860 Lawrence Welk Dr., Escondido. 888.802.7469. www.welktheatersandiego.com

MOVIES
Rescue

Ongoing. Opening two years after the massive earthquake hit Haiti, Rescue gives voice to the quiet ones who are diligently making progress by showing the training and mindsets of the individuals who answer the call to provide humanitarian aid to those in need. Quickly marshaling the support of the military and appropriate organizations, the Rescue crew dropped into the just affected Port-au-Prince landscape to track the involvement of each of the film’s characters in this international humanitarian mission. Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado • San Diego. 619.238.1233. www.rhfleet.org

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