San Diego Restaurant Week, Prohibition, August Wilson’s Jitney and more… Check out the top San Diego weekend events for January 16-19.
Edited by Brooke Knetzger.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade
Jan. 19. Celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. at this 40th annual waterfront parade along San Diego Bay. Enjoy an afternoon of bands, floats and drill teams as they march along Harbor Drive. The parade is coordinated by the Zeta Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., the oldest African American fraternity in America. 2–5 p.m. Downtown. alpha-zsl.org/mlkdayparade.
2020 Carlsbad Marathon & Half Marathon
Jan. 19. Enjoy a runner’s paradise this Sunday, on a course that weaves through Carlsbad Village and along the oceanfront Pacific Coast Highway. The Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon and Half Marathon’s coastal course, ideal weather conditions, live music, and tons of cheering spectators will keep runners motivated for the duration of the course. All race participants will receive a long-sleeve shirt and a pullover jacket. See website for course maps, start times, and additional information. Carlsbad. inmotionevents.com
Jan. 17-19. Don’t miss the downtown speakeasy’s celebration to commemorate all things Prohibition: the 100th Anniversary of the first day of Prohibition; legendary gangster, Al Capone’s birthday; and featured cocktail recipes that date back to the early 1900s. Beverage director and Prohibition’s lead bartender, Ryan Andrews, will feature a specially curated menu of eight cocktails, all priced at $14. Dress up in 20s apparel to receive complimentary cover, and get there early as the first 50 attendees will receive exclusive swag and gifts. Partygoers will also enjoy live performances by local musicians throughout the weekend. 548 Fifth Ave, Gaslamp. prohibitionsd.com
Lasagna Cooking Class at Giardino
Jan. 18. Head to Lemon Grove’s Giardino this Saturday to learn the basics of lasagna making, including the how-to for the restaurant’s famous recipe. Class and lasagna to eat is priced at $35. Reserve the class at email@example.com. 8131 Broadway, Lemon Grove. giardinosd.com
Jan. 19-26. Pair panoramic views of San Diego with a locally-sourced lunch or dinner this San Diego Restaurant Week. The lunch menu is priced at $25 per person and includes seasonal preparations by Chef Stephen Voitzwinkler such as Mister A’s classic Gonestraw Farm Chicken “Schnitzel” and Line-Caught Local Swordfish Picatta. The dinner menu, priced at $50 per person, features three courses complete with one of many artfully imagined desserts by Pastry Chef John Brockway. 2550 Fifth Avenue, Twelfth Floor, Bankers Hill. asrestaurant.com
The Smoking Goat
Jan. 19-26. North Park’s longstanding French bistro is offering a three-course dinner . Appetizers include a hearty and warming bowl of French Onion Soup, French Wedge and more. Entree highlights include Pan Roasted Scottish Salmon and Lamb Bolognese. Finish the meal with a slice of the namesake Goat Cheese Cheesecake, Flourless Chocolate Cake, or White Chocolate Panna Cotta. 3408 30th St., North Park. thesmokinggoatrestaurant.com
Jan. 19-26. The Oceanaire will offer a Surf & Turf prix-fixe dinner all week long. Executive Chef Daniel Barron’s three-course dinner, priced at $40 per person, features first course selections including The Oceanaire’s classic New England Clam Chowder and entreé selections like Black & Bleu Swordfish and a 6oz Filet Mignon. Pair your prix fixe with The Oceanaire’s Winter Uncorked wine special for an additional $19 per person. 440 J Street, San Diego. theoceanaire.com
One Door North
Jan. 19-26. North Park’s One Door North will offer a special dinner menu priced at $40 per person in celebration of San Diego Restaurant Week. Entree highlights include crispy-skinned Pan Seared Scottish Salmon with sweet potato puree, swiss chard and roasted grapes, and a Roasted Wild Mushroom Flatbread with truffle, arugula, and caramelized onions. For dessert, choose between the Cast Iron Cookie or the Vanilla Panna Cotta. 3422 30th St, North Park. onedoornorthsd.com
Restaurants Give Back to Australia
Upcoming | Jan. 20. Dine out for a great cause this Monday, when several restaurants around San Diego will be donating a percentage of sales to support W.I.R.E.S. (Wildlife Information, Rescue, and Education Service). W.I.R.E.S. is the largest wildlife rescue and rehabilitation charity in Australia and provides rescue and rehabilitation for all native Australian animals. All five OMG Hospitality Group restaurants will donate 25% of all sales from the day, and all City Tacos locations will donate 10% of all sales from the day. wires.org.au
Jan. 16-19. Lamb’s Players Theatre presents Babette’s Feast, a theatrical adaptation of Isak Dinesen’s remarkable short story, made famous by the Academy Award-winning film. A French cook is given refuge in a rural Norwegian community and finds a memorable, artistic way to show her gratitude. Through February 16. 1142 Orange Ave, Coronado. lambsplayers.org
Jan. 16-19. Erik Blake has brought his family from Pennsylvania to celebrate Thanksgiving at his daughter’s new apartment in lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside the ramshackle, pre-war duplex, eerie things start to go bump in the night. Soon, family tensions reach a boiling point. Playwright Stephen Karam takes a look at the hopes and heartbreaks of the modern American family in this uproariously funny and deeply chilling drama. Winner of the 2016 Tony Award for Best Play. Through February 2. San Diego Repertory Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, Gaslamp. sdrep.org
Jan. 16-19. If you’ve ever wished you could have a second chance at a decision you made back in your 20s, this winsome tale will simmer in your mind long after the play ends. Steven Dietz’s lyrical new Irish love story, set amidst tourists exploring the pubs and streets of James Joyce’s “Ulysses,” transports us into a compassionate world of history, humor and heartache. Filled with humor, this emotional story captures the intensity of experiences that pass by fleetingly as an older couple retraces their steps to discover their younger selves. Through February 2. North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe, Solana Beach. northcoastrep.org
August Wilson’s Jitney
Premieres Jan. 19. In 1970s Pittsburgh, the unlicensed cab drivers in a Hill District garage fight to save their business and their livelihoods as their neighborhood gentrifies around them. As the drivers strive to fulfill their hopes and dreams, Wilson’s bracing command of drama and thrilling sense of language conjure stage brilliance. Through February 23. The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park. theoldglobe.org
Photos: Carlsbad Marathon courtesy Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon & Half Marathon. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade courtesy alpha-zsl.org. Prohibition courtesy Wicked Creative. Giardino courtesy The Nth Element. The Smoking Goat and One Door North courtesy Bread & Butter. The Oceanaire and Mister A’s courtesy Bay Bird Inc. Restaurants Give Back to Australia courtesy Alternative Strategies. Babette’s Feast courtesy Lamb’s Players Theatre. The Humans courtesy San Diego Repertory Theatre. Bloomsday courtesy North Coast Repertory Theatre. August Wilson’s Jitney courtesy The Old Globe.