Upcoming regional events include concerts, San Diego Restaurant Week, and more

Tidepool excursions offered at Birch Aquarium:

Winter’s low daytime tides reveal wider beaches and pools teeming with native marine life such as hermit crabs, sea hares and sea anemones. Birch Aquarium will host tidepooling excursions with naturalists to inform about these fragile ecosystems. Tickets: $15 at (858) 534-7336 or Directions to meeting place provided at time of reservation.

Jan. 12: 2:30-4:30 p.m., Dike Rock

Jan. 27: 2:30-4:30 p.m., False Point

Feb. 9: 1:30-3:30 p.m., Dike Rock

Feb. 24: 1:30-3:30 p.m., False Point

San Diego Restaurant Week is Jan. 13-Jan. 18

: San Diego Restaurant Week 2013 — Sunday, Jan. 13 to Friday, Jan. 18 — is a good time to choose from more than 180 of San Diego’s best eateries for a three-course dinner and prix-fixe menus for $20, $30 or $40 per person (lunches at $10, $15 and $20), depending on the restaurant. With the new San Diego Restaurant Week App you can compare menus and make reservations from your iPhone or Android. (619) 233-5008.

In the Beginning:

The Jeffrey B. Graham Perspectives on Ocean Science Lecture Series will present Scripps Institution of Oceanography geochemist James Day with ‘New Insights into the Early History of the Earth and Moon,’ 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, at Birch Aquarium, 2300 Expedition Way. Refreshments. Tickets: $5-$8. RSVP: (858) 534-5771.

Pirate Talk

: UC San Diego historian Mark Hanna, an authority on the rise and fall of pirates during the first British Empire, will give a lecture, ‘Pirates in Print,’ at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, to complement an exhibition on display at Geisel Library. The exhibit showcases first editions of seminal books about the Golden Age of Piracy. Free. Geisel Library Seuss Room, UCSD campus. (858) 534-0667.

Camera Lucida

: Principal musicians from the San Diego Symphony and performance faculty from UC San Diego will perform pieces by Beethoven, Lekeu and Mozart, at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Conrad Prebys Concert Hall, UCSD campus. Tickets: $20-25. (858) 534-3230.

Mad for Modern Dance

: Dubbed ‘the high priestess of the avant-garde,’ Marie Chouinard unites the sensual and cerebral in stark, iconoclastic, visually stunning works. As part of the worldwide celebrations marking the 100-year anniversary of ‘The Rite of Spring’ the dance company will perform a work that occupies a special position in Chouinard’s oeuvre, 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at Mandeville Auditorium, UCSD campus. Tickets: $11-46. (858) 534-8497.

Bach and Rock Benefit

: A fund-raising concert supporting the musical and educational programs of the Hutchins Consort will showcase the great works of Johann Sebastian Bach alongside the best of Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Procol Harum, Lennon/McCartney and Queen, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 at Qualcomm Hall, 5775 Morehouse Dr. Pre-concert reception with food and drink at 6 p.m. Tickets: $50-$75. (888) 996-2838.

Mainly Mozart:

Mainly Mozart’s Spotlight Series 2013 will begin Friday, Jan. 11, and continues through Saturday, June, 1, the 20-concert music series will offer chamber performances in three venues — TSRI in La Jolla, St. Elizabeth Seton Church in Carlsbad, and The Crosby Estates in Rancho Santa Fe. Tickets and schedule: (619) 466-8742 or