Events | San Diego Weekend Events Roundup 3.19.15

Weekend Roundup

Find the best things to do in San Diego this weekend.

The Spring Thing at Museum of Contemporary Art
March 20. Shimmer and shine with Avant Garde Members at MCASD Downtown Jacobs building, and be inspired by Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui, an exhibition featuring the celebrated artist who transforms discarded materials into glimmering artworks of monumental beauty. Join for dinner or just the late night party. Tickets can be purchased online. (photo Andrew McAllister). 1100 Kettner Blvd., downtown, 858.454.3541.


LatinAmericanArtFestivalLatin American Art Festival
March 21, 22. Nearly 100 artists and craftsmen and international cuisine chefs will participate in the Latin American Art Festival at NTC Arts & Culture District in Liberty Station. The festival celebrates the growing collection of Latino artists and galleries as well as the growing influence of Latin American cuisine in San Diego. Admission is free to the public. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. NTC Liberty Station, 2730 Historic Decatur Rd., Liberty Station.


abbeyBankers Hill Art and Craft Beer Fest
March 20. Held at The Abbey, one of the most historic venues in Bankers Hill, the festival features many of San Diego’s finest craft breweries, art installations from renowned Bankers Hill artists and food from some of the most recognized chefs and restaurants in San Diego. 5:00 p.m., tickets are $35/pp. 2825 5th Ave., Bankers Hill, 619.686.8700.


The White Snake
March 21-April 26. In this staging of a classic Chinese fable, a gentle serpent transforms into a beautiful woman. She falls in love with a dashing young man and decides to stay human forever, until a wicked monk discovers her true identity and vows to destroy her. (Photo Liz Lauren) Shiley Stage at the Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623.


nations-dance-festThe Nations of San Diego International Dance Festival
March 20-22. The Nations of San Diego International Dance Festival brings more than 300 dancers and musicians to Spreckels Theatre, representing cultures from around the world. It’s a cultural explosion on stage and a whirlwind trip to countries near and far, without having to leave San Diego. Each performance will feature dances from eight or nine different dance groups and will showcase a variety of styles, including Bollywood, Irish dance, flamenco, ballet folkloric, as well as performers from China, the Middle East, Philippines, Poland, Polynesia, Serbia, South Korea and America. (Photo Holly Ireland) Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway #600, downtown, 619.235.9500.


balletSan Diego Ballet’s Carnival of Animals & A Midsummer Night’s Dream
March 20, 21. San Diego Ballet presents two family friendly shows in one memorable performance. Carnival of Animals is an energetic romp through animal kingdom, while A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the fast-paced adaption of Shakespeare’s comedy choreographed by Javier Velasco. Balboa Theare, 868 Fourth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter, 619.570.1100.


Plein-Air Art Exhibition
March 22-May 3. The plein-air exhibition showcases San Diego County’s “art in nature and legacy of the land” with more than 120 paintings featuring San Diego’s landscape. With 20 different artists represented, the paintings will be as diverse as San Diego’s far reaching landscape with inland, beach areas, rural, and urban scenes. Admission to the museum is $8/pp. California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 760.839.4178.


Dan and Shay
March 19. The American country music duo has already made an impact on the music scene with their debut single “19 You + Me” and they continue to tour while promoting their debut album Where It All Began. They bring the show to San Diego’s House of Blues with fellow country artist Canaan Smith. 7:30 p.m. House of Blues, 1055 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter, 619.299.2583.


tingtingsThe Ting Tings
March 23. The Ting Tings, known for their massive hits “That’s Not My Name” and “Shut Up and Let Me Go,” are bringing a brand new sound to San Diego’s House of Blues with the release of their new album, Super Critical. 7:00 p.m. 1055 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter, 619.299.2583.


As the newest addition to Whisknladle Hospitality, Catania promises to draw crowds to the just-opened La Plaza retail center with beautiful views overlooking the La Jolla coast. The restaurant specializes in “authentic Italian coastal cuisine” and continues the Italian concept with the cocktail menu. 7863 Girard Ave., Ste. 301, La Jolla, 858.551.5105.


venga-vengaVenga Venga
Celebrity Chef Richard Sandoval’s restaurant has announced a new “destination” menu series highlighting cuisine from a different region of Mexico every six months. The first installment features Guadalajara-inspired fare with an ode to the area’s love for seafood and the bold flavors of street food. Highlights include a grilled octopus tostada, pork chicharron street tacos and esquites (roasted corn). 2015 Birch Rd., Chula Vista, 619.397.0977.