This weekend’s top events include Chinese New Year Fair, Modern Times Carnival of Caffeination, and T9 Mermaid Half Marathon San Diego.
2.7: “Boozin’ With the Bard: R+J”
The “Boozin’” is back! New Match returns to its site-specific, imbibement-inspired Shakespeare series, this time with a tipsy take on Romeo and Juliet.
@ New Match Collective at Amplified Ale Works, East Village, newmatchcollective.wixsite.com/homesite
Texas-based DJ/producer duo Tritonal (aka David Reed and Chad Cisneros) made their real breakthrough partnering with The Chainsmokers on the 2015 hit single, Until You Were Gone. Last summer, the pair released their third full-length studio album, U & Me, featuring Sultan + Shepard, Rachel Platten, Apek and more.
@ OMNIA, omnianightclub.com
2.7-2.9: Youth America Grand Prix
Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) is an internationally-renowned ballet and contemporary dance competition that awards scholarships - and even jobs - to the best dancers. Stop by throughout the weekend to see some of San Diego and Southern California’s top ballet students perform: oldest (and most experienced) dancers are on Saturday, with duos, trios and groups performing Sunday.
@ California Center for the Arts, Escondido, yapg.org
YAGP, one of the world’s biggest ballet competitions will be in Escondido this weekend. (It might sound familiar because of the documentary, First Position.) If you’re interested in dance or classical music, this is an affordable way to see pieces from famous ballets like “Swan Lake.”
Nina Garin, Editor-in-Chief, PACIFIC
Opening 2.7: “She Loves Me”
A classic ’60s musical gets another go-round, as SDMT stages this story (which shares DNA with the movie You’ve Got Mail and more) about a pair of lonely co-workers who don’t realize their secret lives are intertwined. Runs through March 8.
@ San Diego Musical Theatre, downtown, sdmt.org
Opening 2.8: “Illumination: 21st Century Interactions with Art + Science + Technology”
More than two dozen artists either worked in partnership with local scientists from major research institutions, or brought their personal perspectives into the work created for this show, using various media to increase public awareness and understanding of current issues, including climate change, sustainability and global health. Runs through May 3.
@ San Diego Art Institute, Balboa Park, sandiego-art.org
2.8: Bong’s Basement Double Feature
See more work from Oscar-nominated director Boon Joon-ho this weekend. Digital Gym Cinema will screen two of Joon-ho’s films back-to-back: his directorial debut “Barking Dogs Never Bite,” followed by 2006’s “The Host.” Make sure to buy tickets online before the show.
@ Digital Gym Cinema, North Park, digitalgym.org
I’m admittedly no cinephile, but I LOVED “Parasite” and I can’t wait to see more of Bong Joon-ho’s work. This double feature, presented by Pac Arts, seems like a great combination of funny, scary and all-around awesome.
Kristy Totten, Community Opinion Writer, Union Tribune
2.8: Supercross Live
Cramped corners, speedy straightaways and treacherous triple jumps define this elite off-road racing championship that gives spectators a chance to watch many of the world’s most skilled motorcyclists.
@ Petco Park, East Village, supercrosslive.com
2.8: T9 Mermaid Half Marathon San Diego
Girls and women of any age are encouraged to run or walk in this scenic, aquatic-themed event that includes a 5K, 10K and a half-marathon course around Mission Bay.
@ South Shores Park, Mission Bay, mermaidseries.com
My best friends and I are getting together this weekend to celebrate “Galentine’s Day,” an unofficial holiday made famous by the character Leslie Knope on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation.” We plan to eat some waffles and take advantage of San Diego Museum Month.
Abby Hamblin, Writer and Engagement Editor, Union-Tribune
2.8: 11th Annual Brewbies Fest
Raise a glass to breast health at this beer festival supporting education and awareness programs and benefiting the Keep A Breast Foundation.
@ Bagby Beer Co., Oceanside, brewbies.org
2.8: 4th Annual Modern Times Carnival of Caffeination: Pastry Palooza
Several of the city’s most badass brewers and reputable roasters join forces to create a wonderland of dark beer, coffee-infused treats and decadent spectacles of liquid luxury.
@ The Lomaland Fermentorium, Point Loma, moderntimesbeer.com
Although the country superstar released her eighth studio album, Wynonna & The Big Noise, in 2016, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that she hasn’t released any new material since. The album, which featured collaborations with Susan Tedeschi, Jason Isbell and Derek Trucks, was her first collection of original material since 2003’s What the World Needs Now Is Love.
@ Magnolia Performing Arts Center, magnoliasandiego.com
2.8-9: 38th Annual Chinese New Year Fair
Kick off the Year of the Rat with 25,000 fellow revelers at the county’s oldest celebration of the Chinese New Year, which includes two free days of art, culture and exciting performances alongside dozens of Asian food vendors.
@ Third Avenue at J Street, Gaslamp Quarter, sdcny.org
2.9: 3rd Annual Zombie Escape 5K
Avoid a horde of bloodthirsty zombies at this apocalyptic 5K and 1-mile fun run in which the undead obstacles attempt to diminish your “health” by yanking flags from your belt.
@ Kit Carson Park, Escondido, thezombieescape5k.org
The Super Bowl may have been last weekend, but this weekend, it’s time for my Super Bowl. The Academy Awards are on Sunday and I’ll be watching from my couch with takeout sushi and wine.
Jennifer Ianni, Managing Editor, PACIFIC
2.9: The Academy Awards
The Oscars are here! Settle in on the couch to watch the red carpet and official ceremony. If you’d rather watch Hollywood’s biggest night with company, head to a viewing party at Carté Hotel in Little Italy or Theatre Box in Gaslamp. Get the details here.
I’m a bit behind on my research for the Oscars, so I’m planning to watch Best Picture nominees like ‘Little Women’ at the theater and ‘Joker’ on my couch. I don’t have cable, so I’ll likely be keeping up with the results on Twitter on Sunday night (and red carpet looks on Instagram).
Sara Butler, Staff Writer, PACIFIC