San Diego’s top weekend events: Jan. 20-23
Here are the top events happening in San Diego from Thursday, Jan. 20 to Sunday, Jan. 23. Check event websites for latest health protocols and cancellations.
Thursday, Jan. 20
La Jolla Music Society presents Alonzo King LINES Ballet
There aren’t a lot of opportunities to experience the kind of dancing you’ll see from Alonzo King LINES Ballet. The San Francisco-based contemporary ballet company blends classical dance with movement that’s inspired by nature, by ideas and by emotions. Be sure to catch this rare San Diego appearance for a show that highlights dances from the company’s 40-year history. Arrive an hour early for an informative pre-performance interview hosted by Molly Puryear. 8 p.m. Thursday. San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown. $28 to $88; ljms.org. (A $250 VIP performance will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Conrad, find details at ljms.org.)
Disney On Ice presents ‘Dream Big’
Disney fanatics, rejoice! “Disney on Ice presents Dream Big” is back for a much-anticipated San Diego run at Pechanga Arena. Disney favorite characters will be skating to the sounds of Disney tunes, while highlighting the most courageous and heroic characters in the Disney universe. COVID-19 health and safety standards will be enforced. 7 p.m. Thursday; 7 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday; 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday. Pechanga Arena, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., Midway. $20 to $110; disneyonice.com.
Funk Soul Social Revival
Four San Diego bands — Soul Flow, Jehlad and Moonshine Soul, Kahlil Nash, and Jonny Tarr — come together to deliver an evening of hip-hop, soul, blues, funk and R&B. 8 p.m. Thursday. Music Box, 1337 India St., Little Italy. 21-and-up. Tickets are $10; musicboxsd.com
‘The Life and Music of George Michael’
Enjoy a concert-style show celebrating the work of late singer-songwriter and Grammy-award winner George Michael. The show, which is currently on a nationwide tour, showcases a wide range of music spanning George Michael’s four-decade career including hits with Wham! and from his solo career. 8 p.m. Thursday. The Magnolia, 210 East Main St., El Cajon. All ages. Tickets start at $18; magnoliasandiego.com
Standup comedian Yannis Pappas — best known as a podcaster on shows “History Hyenas” and “Long Days” — is on the road and will stop by San Diego this weekend for a five-show stint. 8 p.m. Thursday; 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. American Comedy Co., 818 Sixth Ave., Gaslamp. Tickets are $10, with a two drink minimum required. americancomedyco.com
Podcast fans might recognize Dan Cummins from one of his many podcasts: “Timesuck,” “Scared to Death,” “Is We Dumb” and “Secretsuck.” He’ll be headlining five shows this weekend in La Jolla. 7 p.m. Thursday ; 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday . The Comedy Store La Jolla, 916 Pearl St., La Jolla. $30, thecomedystore.com/la-jolla.
Grilled Cheese Eating Competition
Celebrate National Cheese Lover’s Day at this epic cheese-eating competition: Grater Grilled Cheese’s Grilled Cheese Eating Competition. Watch competitors chow down 15 “Basic 5" grilled cheese sandwiches in ten minutes for a chance at cheese glory — in this case, a Grater Grilled Cheese Golden Ticket, which allows one free grilled cheese per month for a year! Competitive eater Raina Huang will also compete. 2 p.m. Thursday . Grater Grilled Cheese, 5618 Mission Center Rd., Mission Valley. gratergrilledcheese.com.
Get freaky in Ocean Beach at this show featuring rapper Petey Pablo (“Freek-A-Leek”). 7 p.m. Thursday . 21+. The Holding Company, 5046 Newport Ave., Ocean Beach. $30 advance, $40 day of and $100 for meet-and-greet tickets (only 100 available); theholdingcompanyob.com.
Doug McMinimy: “Dis/Re-member”
Art Produce features dance portraits by San Diego photographer, Doug McMinimy. In “Dis/Re-member,” he captures dancer Lauren Christie performing a piece by Laotian choreographer Khamla Somphanh. On view 2 to 6 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Through Jan. 30. Art Produce, 3139 University Ave., North Park. artproduce.org
Friday, Jan. 21
Due to COVID-19, post-hardcore/alternative rock band Shiner was forced to cancel its tour promoting its 2020 album “Schadenfreude.” Now they’re back on the road and playing a show in San Diego, supported by openers Dream Burglar and Matelotage. 8:30 p.m. Friday. Soda Bar, 3615 El Cajon Blvd., Normal Heights. 21-and-up. $18.83; sodabarmusic.com
Best known for his time as a founding member of Creedence Clearwater Revival and as a solo performer, John Fogerty will no doubt play hits like “Fortunate Son,” “Bad Moon Rising” and more when he performs in Valley Center. 8 p.m. Friday . Harrah’s Resort Southern California, 777 Harrah’s Rincon Way, Funner (aka, Valley Center). Starting at $105; harrahssocal.com.
Best known for his appearances on “Chappelle’s Show,” comedian Donnell Rawlings headlines this weekend at the Gaslamp’s newest comedy club. 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday . The Laugh Factory San Diego, 432 F St., Gaslamp. $25; laughfactory.com.
Saturday, Jan. 22
Monster Energy Supercross
The national indoor dirt bike racing championship, is back after a year hiatus and will host its third round of the 2022 edition in San Diego. Head to Petco Park to watch racers — including locals Christian Craig from El Cajon and Dilan Schwartz from Alpine— show off their skills on the obstacle-filled track. Before the competition, folks are invited to show up early for the pre-show FanFest or VIP Experience. FanFest is from noon to 6 p.m. and the opening ceremonies start at 6:30 p.m. VIP time slots are 2:30, 4:45 or 5 p.m. Saturday. Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd., East Village. Supercross tickets start at $20, FanFest and VIP tickets sold separately; supercrosslive.com.
Wynton Marsalis & The Jazz at Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and Septet
Trumpet great Wynton Marsalis and the members of his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra perform Saturday at the Balboa Theatre and Monday at the Baker-Baum Concert Hall. His two concerts here, both presented by La Jolla Music Society, should differ greatly. On Saturday, the Pulitzer Prize winner and his 14-piece big band will play jazz classics. Their sold-out Monday concert at the 513-seat Baker-Baum will feature him with a six-piece group that will stretch out in ways his larger ensemble cannot. 8 p.m. Saturday, Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave., downtown. $60-$85. 8 p.m. Monday, Baker-Baum Concert Hall, 7600 Fay Ave., La Jolla. Sold out, but there is a waiting list. (858) 459-3728. ljms.org/events/
Tea by the Sea
Have tea for a good cause! The fundraiser will start off with cocktails, appetizers and a silent auction, followed by afternoon tea and live music. All proceeds will benefit the Sophie’s Gallery art program at St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center, which offers creative opportunities for disabled adults. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday. The Marine Room, 2000 Spindrift Drive, La Jolla. Tickets start at $135; stmsc.org/th_gallery/tea-by-the-sea-2020
Zozo: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience
Led Zeppelin fans: gear up for an evening of music honoring the English rock band from Zozo, the popular Led Zeppelin tribute band. Before Zeppelin, the night kicks off with a performance from Lies N Roses, a Guns N’ Roses tribute band. 9 p.m. Saturday. Music Box, 1337 India St., Little Italy. 21-and-up. Advance tickets are $20 or $22 at the door; musicboxsd.com
The Edwards Twins at California Center for the Arts
Catch master celebrity impersonators (and twin brothers) Anthony and Eddie Edwards as they put on a Vegas-like variety show where classic celebrities like Elton John, Billy Joel, Andrea Bocelli, Neil Diamond, Cher, Barbra Streisand, Dolly Parton, Celine Dion and more appear together — in the form of one of the talented brothers. 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday , California Center for the Arts, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido. $40-$60; theedwardstwins.com.
Don Bartletti: Elusive Moments-Enduring Stories
Oceanside Museum of Art presents an exhibition that celebrates the work of Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalsit Don Bartletti. Throughout his 40-year career, Bartletti captured moments all over the world — from intimate portraits to images that reflect history. The exhibition opens Saturday and an opening celebration is scheduled for Feb. 12. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. On view through May 1. Oceanside Museum of Art, 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside. $10 general admission, $5 seniors; free for children, students and military; oma-online.org.
Sunday, Jan. 23
Rock band Son Volt celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2020, and now the group is ready to celebrate its anniversary — as well as the release of its 2021 album — in person. Son Volt’s San Diego tour stop also features opener Jesse Farrar. 8:30 p.m. Sunday. The Casbah, 2501 Kettner Blvd., Middletown. $35; casbahmusic.com.
Sacred Sunday: Sound Bath + Acupuncture
Start out the new year feeling cleansed and refreshed at Saffron & Sage’s Sacred Sunday: Sound Bath + Acupuncture event. Experience the healing elements of acupuncture as a meditation instructor “bathes” guests in sound waves, leading to reduced anxiety and tension and a calming of the nervous system. 6 p.m. Sunday (recurs monthly). Saffron & Sage, 2555 State St., Ste. 101, Middletown. $35 for members; $55 for non-members; saffronsageliving.com.
Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience
Step into the world of Vincent Van Gogh at “Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience” celebrating the great painter’s works like you’ve never seen before. Utilizing cutting-edge projection technology, guests will enjoy Van Gogh’s works of art come to life, with walls wrapped in swirling colors, shapes and lights, synced to symphonic music. Runs daily (hours vary) through March 6. The Wyland Center at Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar. Prices start at $23.99 for children and $36.99 for adults; vangoghsandiego.com.
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