A & E Calendar


Puppet show. “Benito Bunny’s Great Easter Egg Hunt.” Mornings March 25-April 4, Mary Hitchcock Puppet Theater, 2130 Pan American Place, Balboa Park. $4-$6. (619) 544-9203,

Del Mar Easter Egg Hunt. 11 a.m. April 3, Seagrove Park. Reservations are required. Space is limited.

Spring Festival and Egg Hunt. Bring a bag or basket and your camera for games and refreshments. For ages third grade and younger, sponsored by the parks and recreation department. 10 a.m. to noon April 3, La Colonia Park, 715 Valley Ave., Solana Beach. (858) 720-2453.

Eggstravaganza. “Ocean” fun with egg-laying marine animals (squids, fishes and sharks). Kids will create a shark-egg craft, hear a story and more. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, March 29-April 4, Birch Aquarium at Scripps, 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla. $8.50-$12. (858) 534-FISH,

Spring Egg Hunt. April 3, Carmel Valley Recreation Center, 3777 Townsgate Drive. Ages 0-2 at 9:30 a.m.; 3-4 years at 9:45 a.m.; 5-6 years at 10 a.m.; 7-8 years at 10:15 a.m.; 9 and older at 10:30 a.m. (858) 552-1616.

Easter Bunny Brunches. Food and family events, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 4, The Grand Del Mar. Egg hunts, bunny visits, crafts and egg races. (858) 314-2000. Hornblower cruises, music, champagne, photos with Easter Rabbit, brunch and boat ride, 10:30 a.m. April 4. (619) 686-8715.

Palm Sunday Choral Concert. ‘Durufle Requiem’ will be presented at 3 p.m. March 28 by the St. Therèse of Carmel Choir under the direction of Stephen Coggeshall in the church, 4355 Del Mar Trails Road. Coggeshall said of the program: ‘The striking characteristic of the requiem is the use of Gregorian chant as the foundation. This strong use of chant ties the composition across time to the origins of all choral music.’ Light refreshments. Free-will offerings. Free child care. (858) 481-3232,

Holy Week services. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 334 14th St., Del Mar.

April 2: Noon, Good Friday Liturgy with Veneration of the Cross (spoken); 1 p.m., The Stations of the Cross; 7 p.m., Good Friday Liturgy with Veneration of the Cross (sung). April 3: Easter Vigil. A remnant of prayerful watches through the night hours common in the early church, and the culmination of sacred observances and the beginning of the celebration of Christ’s resurrection. The two-hour service begins with the Lighting of the New Fire at sunset on the courtyard. Guests move into church for the triumphant singing of the Exsultet, then the joyous acclamation, Gloria in Excelsis, followed by the organ fanfare and the bells that introduce the Eucharist. April 4: Easter Sunday. 7:30 a.m., Rite I Holy Eucharist; 9 a.m., Rite II Festal Holy Eucharist; 9 a.m., Family and Children’s Eucharist in Parish Hall featuring “Joyful Noise” Ensemble, followed by an egg hunt; 11 a.m., Rite II Festal Holy Eucharist. For more details, call Pam Wheatland at (858) 755-1616.

Lunch with Bunny. Includes crafts, garden parade, bunny hunt and snacks, for ages 2-6. 9:30 to 11 a.m. April 1. $12-$17. R.S.V.P.: (760) 436-3036, ext. 222. San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. (760) 436-3036, ext. 206,


April Evensong. The Choral Evensong for Eastertide and Spring Concert. Under the direction of Ruben Valenzuela and organist Gabriel Arregui, the program will be sung by the Parish Choir, St. Nicholas Choristers and Friends. It will include Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis in C (Ralph Vaughan Williams), This Joyful Eastertide (William H. Harris) and Psalm 150 (C.V. Stanford). The spring concert portion will feature Festival Cantata: Rejoice in the Lamb Op. 30 (Benjamin Britten). The Evensongs at St. Peters are very traditional: lace-trimmed vestments for the choristers, and an Anglophile sherry reception afterward in the parish hall. 5 p.m. April 18, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 334 14th St., Del Mar. (858) 755-1616,

Richard Goode. Pianist will perform selections from J.S. Bach, Haydn, Brahms and Schubert, part of the Frieman Family Piano Series of La Jolla Music Society. 8 p.m. March 26, MCASD Sherwood Auditorium, 700 Prospect, La Jolla. Prelude at 7 p.m. $55-$75. (858) 459-3728,

“Gershwin to Bernstein,” San Diego Symphony. 8 p.m. March 26-27, 2 p.m. March 28, Symphony Hall, 750 B St., San Diego. (619) 235-0804,

Informal Concert Series. First season for “reviving the art song and chamber music forms,” 7 p.m. March 27 (all-Spanish program), with soprano Ayse Underhill, mezzo-sopranos Georgetta Psaros and Teresa Oliva, baritone Carlos Oliva and pianist John Danke. (June 5, all-French program; Oct. 30, all-German program.) $20. Underhill Studio, 13680 Nob Ave., Del Mar. (858) 755-3075.

Winter Pops. “Marvin’s (Hamlisch) Manhattan with the New York Voices.” 8 p.m. April 9 and 10, Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St., San Diego. (619) 235-0804,

“Microtonality in the Violin Band Tradition.” Hutchins Consort concert featuring guest composers Alan Lechusza and Barry Wood. 7:30 p.m. April 10, The Neuroscience Institute, 10640 John Jay Hopkins Drive, La Jolla. $15-$25 at the door. (760) 632-0554.

A.J. Croce. First of three concerts in spring Jewish Music Series. 8 p.m. April 10, Garfield Theatre, Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla. Croce has been producing music since 1993 with his rugged, soulful voice. Theater seating will be replaced with cafe tables and candles for an evening of rock ‘n’ roll in an upbeat music scene. Cash bar available. $18-$36. (858) 362-1342. April 17: Broadway Extravaganza The Music of Jewish Composers. April 21: Re-Vital: Israeli Performance Ensemble.

Belly Up Tavern performances. Danger Kitty w/DJ Tommy Coxx, 9 p.m. March 26; Tainted Love ’80’s Party, 9 p.m. March 27; The Smokin’ Knights, 4 p.m., and Salsa Sunday w/Orsto Prino, 8 p.m. March 28; Neal Schon Band, 8 p.m. March 30. Belly Up, 143 S. Cedros, Solana Beach. Ticket prices vary. (858) 481-8140,

Friday music nights. Steven Ybarra performs. 6 to 8 p.m., Ocean View Deck, Del Mar Plaza. (858) 755-1179,


“The Big Band Broadcast.” Stars Holly Larocque and the Mark Ferguson Orchestra take the audience on a journey back in time to experience a 1940s big-band concert as it would have been broadcast “live to air” with classics of the era, vital words from sponsors and station call letters. 2 p.m. April 10, Balboa Theatre, Fourth and E streets, San Diego. $29-$49, (619) 570-1100,

IMAX “Hubble” at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center’s Heikoff Dome Theater in Balboa Park. $11.75-$14.50. (619) 238-1233,

“Pirates of Penzance.” San Diego Lyric Opera presents the Gilbert and Sullivan madcap classic to close its 31st season. 7:30 p.m. March 26 and April 1, 3, 4, 9, and 10; 2:30 p.m. March 28 and April 11. Birch North Park Theatre, 2891 University Ave., San Diego. $32-$52. Children pay half-price. (619) 239-8836.

“Kooza.” This season’s offering from Cirque du Soleil runs through March 28 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. $40-$250.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” This version of Shakespeare’s classic revolves around the adventures of four young lovers, a group of amateur actors and their interactions with the fairies who inhabit a moonlit forest in the 1950s. Production of The Theatre School at North Coast Repertory Theatre, March 26-28, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. $12. (858) 481-1055,

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” The San Diego Junior Theatre presents Shakespeare’s romantic comedy. 7 p.m. March 26 and 27, 2 p.m. March 28, La Jolla YMCA Firehouse Theatre, 7877 Herschel Ave., La Jolla. (619) 239-8355,

“Boeing-Boeing.” Comedy. 7 p.m. Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, through April 28, Old Globe Theatre, Balboa Park. $29-$89. (619) 23-GLOBE,

“Alive & Well.” Romantic comedy tells the story of a mismatched pair. Carla, a big city reporter from the North, must reluctantly work with Southern tracker and Civil War re-enactor Zach to research her story. Through April 25, Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, Old Globe, Balboa Park. $29-$62. (619) 23-GLOBE,

“Cinderella.” Musical from the drama department at Santa Fe Christian Schools in Solana Beach. 7 p.m. March 26 and 2 and 7 p.m. March 27, Star Theater, Oceanside. (858) 755-8900,

Comedy acts. Weekend headliners at 8 and 10:30 p.m., nightly shows Wednesday-Sunday. The Comedy Store, 916 Pearl, La Jolla. From $20. (858) 454-9176,


Artist-in-residence. Robert Lobe in studio March 27-April 24 with works on display through May 22, 1 to 5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, The Lux Art Institute, 1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas. (760) 436-6611, Special Kids@Lux day for ages 6-12, 10 a.m. to noon April 3. Free for members, $20 for nonmembers. R.S.V.P. at (Now enrolling for summer camps.)

Art sale. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through March 28, The Off Track Gallery, Second and D streets, Encinitas. (760) 942-3637,

“The Exuberance of Creativity.” The works of reclusive early California abstract expressionist Harold Frank (1921-1995). 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through June 15, K. Nathan Gallery, 7723 Fay Ave., La Jolla. (858) 459-3490.

“Painters of Provence.” Work of Van Burgh, Dyf, Faile, Gantner, Madjid, Carebul, Magre and Labrofont. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through March 31, Cosmopolitan Fine Art Gallery, 7932 Girard, La Jolla. (858) 456-9506,

“Jews Rock! Photographic Celebration of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s Jewish Heritage” by photojournalist Janet Macoska. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday-Friday, through May 19, Gotthelf Art Gallery, Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, La Jolla. (858) 457-3030,

Classic Contemporary. “Lichtenstein, Warhol and Friends” features major Pop, Minimalist and Color Field works from the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s collection dating 1960s-'70s through March 28. Also, “Pleasure Points” exhibit marks the 25th anniversary of collectors’ best acquisitions. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday-Tuesday, through May 16, 700 Prospect St., La Jolla. $10. (858) 454-3541,

“The Science of ... Aliens.” Interactive exhibit divided into four zones that examine the possibility of life on other worlds via fiction, science, interstellar communication and an imagined alien planet. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, San Diego Air & Space Museum, Balboa Park. $9-$24.75.

Current works. See the art of Andre Desjardins, Tuan, Fabián Perez, Ramon Vilanova, Anita Lewis, Regina Lyubovnaya, Fidel Garcia and George Tsui. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday-Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Monarch Gallery, 1205 Prospect, La Jolla. (858) 454-1231,

“Seeing Beauty” through the eyes of photographers throughout the history of the medium; also the contemporary “State of Mind: A California Invitational.” 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, Museum of Photographic Arts, 1649 El Prado, Balboa Park. $4-$6 adults; free second Tuesdays. (619) 238-7559,

Art shows. Works by local artists Lindsay Duff and photographer Lee Peterson for show and sale. Tickets, which cost $40, include food, beverages, door prizes and artist greeting. Lady Luncheon Show, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 29, and Cocktail Evening Show, 4 to 6 p.m. March 30, hosted at Delicias Restaurant, 6106 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe. (858) 756-8000,

“San Diego Style.” Forty ensembles from the Historical Society’s costume collection alongside styles from Christian Dior, Pierre Cardin, Zandra Rhodes and Emilio Pucci. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, through April 1, Museum of San Diego History, Balboa Park. (619) 232-6203,


Tea Tasting. Family event. Volunteers will share information about the history of tea events with a tea-tasting and other refreshments. Noon to 4 p.m. March 27, San Dieguito Heritage Museum, 450 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. Museum members are free, nonmembers are asked for a $5 donation. (760) 632-9711,

Author visit. Journalist Don Latin will discuss and sign “The Harvard Psychedelic Club,” his “true story of Timothy Leary, Andrew Weil, Richard Alpert (Ram Dass) and Huston Smith coming together in the 1960s around an infamous series of experiments with psychedelics.” 7 p.m. April 8, The Book Works, Flower Hill Promenade, Del Mar.

Author visit. Escondido author Midge Raymond will present a writing workshop, “Writing About Place,” and will read from her short story collection, “Forgetting English,” at 7 p.m. March 30 at Warwick’s. The $25 event fee includes the class, all workshop materials and a signed copy of the book. To register, call (858) 454-0347.

Author visit. Woodrow Willson will discuss his “The Champagne Taste/Beer Budget Cookbook.” 11 a.m. Rancho Santa Fe Library, 17040 Avenida de Acacias. (858) 756-2612,

Plumeria sale. The lei flowers of Hawaii for show and sale from the Southern California Plumeria Society. Books, raffle. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 3-4, Casa del Prado, Room 101, Balboa Park. Free. (619) 461-5942,

Japanese cultural event. Eighth annual Friends of Taka Sumi-e brush painting exhibit with demonstrations, tea ceremony, music and dancing representations. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 27-28, Casa del Prado, Balboa Park. Free. E-mail for more details.

Eco Fair. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 3, 9388 Lightwave Ave., San Diego. Sponsored by National University, 11255 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla.

Medical lecture. James Hemp, M.D., will make a presentation on robotic heart surgery using the Da Vinci Surgical System. 6 to 7 p.m. March 25, Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Schaetzel Center, Great Hall, 9888 Genesee Ave. A light reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. No charge for program or parking. Register at (800) 727-4777.

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