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June 3. The acclaimed singer, actress, poet, painter and philanthropist is a charismatic live performer and a respected songwriter with 10 studio albums to her credit. She’s earned four Grammy nominations along the way, the most recent for her 2010 country ballad, “Satisfied.” Since achieving international stardom 18 years ago, Jewel recently released “Jewel’s Greatest Hits,” her first career-spanning collection that includes new recordings of classic hits, as well as a brand new single. Special guests Atz Lee and Steve Poltz also perform. Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay, 2241 Shelter Island Drive, Shelter Island. 619.224.3577.

mumford-and-sonsMumford & Sons
June 3. After the smashing success of its debut album “Sigh No More,” Mumford & Sons received two Grammy Award nominations—one for Best New Artist and the other for Best Rock Song for “Little Lion Man.” Touring now to support their sophomore effort, “Babel,” the folk rockers each play multiple instruments during live performances. Expect to hear chart-topping hits including “Sigh No More” and “I Will Wait,” but also some of the group’s slower ballads such as “Timshel.” Michael Kiwanuka and the Mystery Jets also perform. Sleep Train Amphitheater, 2050 Entertainment Circle, Chula Vista. 619.671.3600.

psychedelic-fursPsychedelic Furs
June 1. The ’80s band famed for hits such as “Pretty in Pink,” “The Ghost In You” and “Heartbreak Beat” paved the way for many of today’s rockers. Led by vocalist and songwriter Richard Butler and his bass-wielding brother Tim, the Psychedelic Furs won over fans and critics alike by combining poetic lyrics and innovative rhythms with melodies driven by the underlying punk themes of aggression and desperation. Together, the Furs released seven studio albums, a boxed set of their music, several compilations, and a live concert DVD. Belly Up Tavern, 143 S Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. 858.481.8140.

30th on 30th
Mar. 30. Head to North Park and South Park for this monthly, unofficial restaurant and bar crawl. On the 30th of each month, various eateries and bars located on 30th Street offer food and drink specials, allowing patrons to check out all the amazing places along the bustling corridor. Participating restaurants usually include Urban Solace, The Linkery, Alchemy, Vagabond, Mosaic Wine Bar, Sea Rocket Bistro and many others.

wings-over-gillespieWings Over Gillespie Air Show
June 1-2. Carnival rides, education displays, a kids’ zone and plenty of food and drink—including a beer garden—are just some of the family-friendly fun to be found at Wings Over Gillespie Air Show. Back by popular demand are John Collver’s War Dog T6/SNJ aerial display and the only Northrop N9M Flying Wing, as well as flying demonstrations and mock battles. This year’s show also features a new collection of San Diego aircraft including PB4Y-2 Privateer, Ryan STM, Ryan PT-22 and Vultee BT-13 and World War II aircraft including C-53 “D-Day Doll,” F4U Corsair, F6F Hellcat and P-51D “Lady Alice.” 1960 Joe Crosson Dr., El Cajon. 619.259.5541. 

sdasm-fun-raiserSan Diego Air & Space Museum’s Spring Fun’ Raiser
May 30. Spend an evening dressed as an international explorer (other weird or wacky garb also encouraged) and discovering the amazing artifacts in Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Enjoy music, delicious food from all over the world, dancing, a costume contest, complimentary temporary tattoos and access to the Museum’s special exhibition: Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, flight simulators and Zable Theater. All proceeds from the Fun’ Raiser benefit the museum’s youth educational programs. 5:30-10:30 p.m. $195/pp. 2001 Pan American Plaza, San Diego. 

san-gennaro-festSan Gennaro Festival
May 30-June 2. Held annually in honor of Saint Gennaro, this festival features a wide variety of ethnic food vendors, live national acts on the main stage, amusement rides and games for the whole family. Don’t miss out on the biggest Italian heritage celebration this side of Naples. Qualcomm Stadium, 9449 Friars Road, San Diego. 619.283.3278.

Pablo Francisco
May 30-June 1. Known for his off-the-wall, animated character, Fransisco regularly points out the absurdity in an illogical, pop-culture obsessed world through spot-on impressions. Gene Lavanchy of FOX–TV Boston calls Pablo “the most talented comedian in the business today;” it’s no surprise he’s a regular hit on Comedy Central. In addition to Comedy Central specials, he’s appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “The Show Biz Show with David Spade” and “Mind of Mencia.” 818 B Sixth Ave., San Diego. 619.795.3858. 

San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon 
June 2. Rock out to live entertainment during this 26.2-mile marathon featuring live music lining the streets, cheer squads, and a huge post-marathon concert to end the race with a bang. The race route includes more than nine miles of San Diego’s scenic waterfront, a stretch through Petco Park and a 13.1-mile half marathon.  Spectators are encouraged to use public transportation to get to the race. The post-race concert at the finish line festival is open to the public.

san-diego-padresSan Diego Padres
May 31-June 2. After a winning streak against the Seattle Mariners, the Padres welcome the Toronto Blue Jays to Petco Park for three days of America’s favorite past time. Saturday, attendees will receive a Padres replica jersey and a pet bandana, and on Sunday, the game includes a Jr. Padres signing and military salute. Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., San Diego. 619.795.5000. 

Other Desert Cities 
Through Jun. 2. Life takes a tricky turn for novelist Brooke Wyeth and her prominent family when she secretly brings a copy of her latest manuscript home for the holidays. Her brother is a reality show producer, her dad is a former movie actor turned politician, her mother is a ’60s-era comedy writer turned socialite—but now long-buried secrets threaten to put her picture-perfect famous family back on the tabloid pages. Contains strong language. Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623.

american-idiotAmerican Idiot
Through June 2. Based on Green Day’s Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum album, The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical American Idiot tells the story of three lifelong friends forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. The show features hits including “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “21 Guns” and the title track, “American Idiot,” with lyrics by Green Day lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong. Charles Isherwood of the New York Times described the experience as “thrilling, emotionally charged, and as moving as any Broadway musical I’ve seen this year!” Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown, 619.570.1100. 

RandJ-old-town-theatreSHAKESPEARE’S R&J 
Through June 16. After curfew, four repressed students in a parochial school for boys discover Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. A forbidden text, the play becomes more dangerous as they explore their pent-up energy and adolescent passion boiling under the surface. This hot-blooded and unique take on Romeo and Juliet channels Dean Poets Society. Old Town Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town, 619.337.1525.