Upcoming regional events

Look to the Heavens

The ‘Great Balls of Fire! Comets, Asteroids, Meteors’ exhibition makes a West Coast debut at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park, Saturday, Jan. 19. The show will run through April 28 to reveal answers about these mysterious space rocks through hands-on activities, computer-based interactives, meteorite specimens, scale models and an immersive audio-visual experience called “Asteroid Encounter.” Also opening, “Cosmic Collisions,” narrated by actor Robert Redford, in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday; to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 6 p.m. Sunday; Gallery admission + 1 Dome theater show: $15.75-$12.75. (619) 238-1233.

Can You Kazoo?

The exhibit, “The Kazoo: More than just an annoying party favor,” showcases its African and African-American roots, plots its place in Americana, reveals its role in the early jazz age, catalogs its classical repertoire, and peeks at its popular music successes, now through Jan. 30 at Geisel Library at UC San Diego. A collection of kazoos is display along with the physics behind how the kazoo works. At noon on Monday, Jan. 28 (National Kazoo Day) all library visitors will get a free kazoo! (858) 822-5758.

Free Concert

The Vanstrum, Bak, White Trio will perform works by Faure, Beethoven and Brahms, 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20 at Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. Admission is free. (858) 552-1657.

Author Presentation

Historian Joanne Ferraro will discuss her new book, ‘Venice: History of the Floating City,’ 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20 at the Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. She will explore the Asian, European and North African exchange networks that made Venice the vibrant cultural center of the Mediterranean. Admission is free. (858) 552-1657.

Chinese Tea Times

Qigong Master Kenneth Cohen will present, ‘The Taste of Enlightenment: The Cultural and Healing Benefits of Chinese Tea,’ 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20 at the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum, extension center, 328 J Street. Cohen will discuss the early legends and history of tea, including the relationship of tea to Taoism, Buddhism, and Chinese Medicine. After the presentation, guests will sample single-estate teas. Admission: $4. RSVP: (619) 338-9888.

Gem Fair

More than 70 importers, exporters and manufacturers will show and sell fine jewelry, gems, beads, crystals, minerals and more at the annual Gem Faire, Jan. 18-20, at Del Mar Fairgrounds’ Bing Crosby Hall. Hours: Noon to 6 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $7. Free parking refund. (503) 252-8300.

Del Mar Antique Show

The Del Mar Antique Show and Sale will be held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds Jan. 18-20.

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The show hours are: Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The admission of $8 is good for the entire run of the show, with free return privileges. Visit or call 800-943-7501.

Jazz Band Concert

The Coastal Cities Jazz Band, along with guest Bernie Dresel, will present a tribute to “Big Band Drummers” on Jan. 20, 2013 at 2 p.m. at the Carlsbad Community Church.

Cost is $15; $12 for seniors and students. For advance tickets, contact Gary Adcock at 858-775-1113.