Art exhibitions are closing and flower fields are blooming. Here’s what to do in San Diego this weekend!
Opening 2.27: Circus Vargas
The blue and yellow Big Top is back as acrobats, daredevils and daring young men and women on the flying trapeze perform a new high-energy show. The two-hour heart-pounding, memory-making show — Circus Vargas’ Mr. V’s Big Top Dream! — is a tribute to the late Clifford E. Vargas (a.k.a. “Mr. V”), a well-known visionary in the circus community.
@ Westfield Mission Valley, circusvargas.com
I’ll be heading to the San Diego Civic Theatre on Thursday to see our February cover star, Becca Kufrin, host “The Bachelor Live on Stage” with Ben Higgins. Other local Bachelor family members Dylan Barbour and Hannah Godwin are also scheduled to appear. Here’s hoping someone goes home with a rose!
— Jennifer Ianni, Managing Editor, PACIFIC
Closing 2.27: “Forced Exodus: Coded Messages from the Underground Railroad”
Artist Joe Lewis uses printed and embroidered textile works to illustrate the parallels between enslaved black people in the 1850s and undocumented immigrants today, incorporating modern X-ray images of people being smuggled in trucks, to weaving Kente cloth and bulletproof Kevlar to note the criminalization of black youth.
@ Mesa College Art Gallery, Linda Vista, sdmesa.edu/art-gallery
2.27: The Bachelor Live on Stage
The reality TV series stops by San Diego with a live show full of drama, gossip and romance. Hosted by Bachelor Nation favorites Becca Kufrin and Ben Higgins, local ladies will be introduced to one eligible San Diego Bachelor and will participate group dates, one-on-ones and the final rose ceremony — all in front of an audience.
@ San Diego Civic Theater, downtown, broadwaysd.com
Thursday night I’m competing on the “The Bachelor Live on Stage” which consists of 10 girls competing for one San Diego Bachelor’s rose. I’ll be recovering from the embarrassment of Thursday night on Friday. On Saturday I will be looking like a crazy dog lady with my pup and my friend’s massive husky at the dog park.
— Mindy Anderson, Multimedia Account Executive, PACIFIC
2.28: Stardust: From Bach to Bowie
Complexitions contemporary ballet brings its unique approach to dance when it premieres Stardust: From Bach to Bowie in Escondido. Billboard magazine has called the dance tribute “utterly transfixing,” with “his beloved hits and glam rock-inspired costumes transformed by the award-winning company into powerful, poignant movement.”
@ California Center for the Arts, Escondido, artcenter.org
2.28-3.1: Broadway/San Diego’s “The Illusionists”
The consummate magic-makers pop in from Broadway and try their best to shatter some illusions about what their art form can do.
@ Civic Theatre, downtown, broadwaysd.com
I’m going to happy hour at Isola in Little Italy with my co-workers Sara and Christine on Friday. The best happy hour is pizza hour!”
— Pamela Razo, Campaign Coorindator, PACIFIC
2.29: An Artist @ The Table with Jonathan Glus
Break bread with the executive director of San Diego’s Commission for Arts & Culture during this four-course fine-dining experience designed to engage all five senses.
@ IDEA1, East Village vanguardculture.com
2.29: Kevin Nealon
The comedian who is best known for his acting work in SNL, Weeds and Happy Gilmore brings his humor to La Jolla for a night.
@ Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, sdcjc.org
2.29: Pee-wee’s Big Adventure 35th Anniversary Tour
To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the film Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, the performer behind the hyperactive, madcap boy who never grows up, Paul Reubens, will present a screening of the film along with his own thoughts and answering audience questions. (Sold out, but tickets are available through third-party sellers.)
@ Spreckels Theatre, downtown, spreckels.net
As kids, my cousin Jacky and I watched “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure” over and over again (partly because we were terrified and fascinated by Large Marge). On Saturday, Pee Wee Herman will be in town for a 35th anniversary screening of his movie, plus he’s telling stories (and secrets?) about it and I’m pretty giddy about the whole thing.
— Nina Garin, Editor-in-Chief, PACIFIC
Closing 2.29: Nature or Nurture
With new sculptures by artists Joanne Hayakawa and Jeff Irwin, this exhibition features ceramic work that includes sound and moving parts from the former and the manipulation of nature by humanity from the latter.
@ R.B. Stevenson Gallery, La Jolla, rbstevensongallery.com
3.1: Shane Mauss
Shane Mauss — who is known for stand-up science, hosting of the Here We Are podcast, and advocating psychedelics — brings his comedy to the Gaslamp stage.
@ The American Comedy Co., americancomedyco.com
Opening 3.1: Carlsbad Flower Fields
The Flower Fields will welcome more than 200,000 visitors for its annual 10-week tourist season. Seven million flowers — in hues of red, purple, orange, gold, rose, pink and white — will fill row upon row of the more than 50 acres of hillside that overlooks the Pacific Ocean.
@ The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch, theflowerfields.com
Closing 3.1: Nick Roth: Fates
Comprised of a three-panel, 10-minute long, unfolding animation, Nick Roth: Fates uses the three classical Fates — Clotho, Lachesis, and Atropos — to represent the series of unpredictable events that make up our lives, as well as how we choose to confront the world.
@ San Diego Museum of Art, Balboa Park, sdmart.org/exhibition/nick-roth-fates
— Compiled by Sara Butler