Things to Do This Weekend | San Diego Weekend Events Roundup 2.17.12

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Harlem Globetrotters

Feb. 17. Bring the family for a night of impressive athletics and entertaining antics. Formed in 1926, the Harlem Globetrotters team is one of the most recognizable in sports history and the franchise has attracted some of basketball’s biggest names. Known more for its entertainment prowess than its competitive spirit, the team’s monster dunks, hilarious jokes and amazing basketball skills will have you laughing out loud. Valley View Casino Center, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd, San Diego.

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San Diego Brazil Carnival

Feb. 18. Put on some beads and feathers and get ready for a night of fun, fantasy and much, much more! Celebrate Carnival at the Brazilian Mardi Gras Ball. This 20th annual ball will feature pulsating samba beats, beautiful samba dancers, electrifying capoeira performances and nonstop Brazilian music. Tickets include entry into a raffle with the opportunity to win the grand prize of a trip to Brazil. 4th and B Showcase Theatre, 345 B Street, San Diego. 619.865.8972.

Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp
Feb. 21. There’s no better place to be on Fat Tuesday in San Diego than the Gaslamp Quarter. The annual outdoor celebration includes a spectacular parade on Fifth Avenue and a fabulous block party featuring many of the top DJs in the industry. Enjoy tasty treats, cold beverages and beads, beads, beads. Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego.

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Feb. 18. Back by popular demand, Reunion of the Doo-Wop Stars brings an exciting new lineup of the biggest stars of the doo-wop era performing their timeless hits. On stage for a great evening of music will be The Chiffons The Four Preps, Johnny Tillotson, The Safaris, The Platters Tribute Group and the American Gold Band. Expect to hear classic doo-wop hits like “One Fine Day,” “Down by the Station” and “The Great Pretender.” Hosted by comedian Steve Bruner. California Center for the Arts, 340 North Escondido Boulevard, Escondido. 800.988.4253.

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Little Friday 

Feb. 16. For those always eager to get a jumpstart on the weekend, longtime La Jolla hot spot Zenbu Sushi Bar introduces Little Friday, which will be held every Thursday, with guest bartenders, live DJs and drink specials from 9-11p.m. The inaugural Little Friday takes place this week with guest bartender Karen Dupuis from downtown’s powerhouse nightclub Stingaree and live beats by DJs Huy Believe, Theron and Chris Devoy. Compliment the Little Friday atmosphere with high quality, environmentally sustainable sushi. Zenbu Sushi Bar, 7660 Fay Ave., La Jolla. 858.454.4540.

Taste of San Diego Craft Brews
Feb. 18. This third annual event honors the award-winning beers that have earned San Diego the title of “America’s Craft Brew Capital” and the people who make them. Taste of San Diego Craft Brews is an intimate, beer and food pairing event that showcases local beers and brewers. Attendees can expect to learn about notable milestones in San Diego’s craft beer history and see historic photographs documenting the region’s rich brewing past. Breweries pouring for the event include Karl Strauss, Rock Bottom, Stone, Ballast Point, AleSmith and Port Brewing/Lost Abbey. San Diego History Center in Balboa Park, 1649 El Prado Suite 3, San Diego. 619.232.6203 x102.

Japanese Brush Painting Art Show

Feb. 19. The Friends of Taka Sumi-e art society will exhibit traditional Japanese-style brush paintings, called sumi-e, as part of the Mission Trails Regional Park concert series. From 1-4p.m., the art show will accompany the soothing and haunting sounds of the shakuhachi, or Japanese bamboo flute, played by Mary Lu Brandwein. The show includes live demonstrations of brush painting by Takashi and his advanced students. Visitor & Interpretive Center, Mission Trails Regional Park, One Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego.

San Diego Jewish Film Festival
Feb. 19. The San Diego Jewish Film Festival offers outstanding world cinema that promotes awareness, appreciation and pride in the diversity of the Jewish people. This year’s program includes premier screenings of The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector, Amnon’s Journey and An American Synagogue, among over 20 other full length and short films. Check the website for a schedule of showings, locations and additional events.

Moby Dick

Feb. 18-26. This world premiere opera based on Herman Melville’s 19th century literary masterpiece, explores the lethal power of obsession and the need for human connection in an increasingly multicultural world filled with mysterious encounters, exotic characters and one man’s quest for a white whale that leaves death and destruction in its wake. The actions of this large and emotionally irresistible work play out against a multimedia-enriched staging that ranges from striking to near miraculous. The use of dazzling computer-generated effects will pull you into the action from the first chord. San Diego Opera at the Civic Theatre, 1100 3rd Avenue  San Diego. 619.533.7000.

A Behanding in Spokane
Through Feb. 19. A hilarious dark comedy from Martin McDonagh, the award winning playwright behind In Bruges and The Lieutenant of Inishmore, A Behanding in Spokane begins exactly where the title leads you. From there, take a man searching for his missing hand, two con artists out to make a few hundred bucks, an overly curious hotel clerk and the rest is up for grabs. Contains violence and strong language. Cygnet Theatre, 4040 Twiggs Street, San Diego. 619.337.1525.

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Through Feb. 19. Pulitzer Prize winner Horton Foote’s knowing comedy about family, money, power and greed is making its west coast premiere. Living in Texas and ruled by octogenarian matriarch Stella, a family must confront their past as they prepare for an uncertain future when their fortune begins to diminish. Starring Horton Foote Jr. and Hallie Foote, this production of their father’s final play is a true family affair. The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego. 619.234.5623. 

In the Wake
Through Mar. 4. This Obie Award-winning playwright’s new play is laced with incisive humor and surprising revelations about the assumptions of comfort and privilege that lie at the heart of the American character. The epic tale is set in the turbulent Bush years of 2000–2005 beginning on Thanksgiving of 2000 when the presidential election had still not been decided. Ellen, a hyper-intelligent and politically-obsessed freelance writer, insists that her friends don’t realize how bad the situation really is. No one—not her adoring boyfriend Danny, her new lover Amy, or her worldly wise and weary friend Judy—can make Ellen see the blind spot at the center of her own politics and emotional life. San Diego Repertory Theater on the Lyceum Stage, 79 Horton Plaza, San Diego. 619.544.1000.



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