San Diego Museum Month
Skip the gooey grocery store chocolates and, instead, treat your Valentine to a pair of tickets for Museum Month. For 29 days, admission to more than 60 museums, historic sites, gardens, aquariums, and zoos in San Diego will be half-off. Head to your local public library to pick up your free pass, or download it online.
David Maass Book Signing at Warwick’s
Longtime San Diego journalist and ex-CityBeat editor Dave Maass returns to town for a book signing at Warwick’s in La Jolla, which will be moderated by KPBS arts journalist and author Julia Dixon Evans. Maass, who lives in Reno now and is the director of investigations at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, just published Death Strikes, a graphic novel based on a suppressed opera written in 1943 by Peter Kien and Viktor Ullmann, two prisoners at the Terezín concentration camp in Czechoslovakia. The authors did not live to see their masterpiece performed, but now Maass has helped bring their work back into the light. Tickets are $25 and include a copy of the book.
English at the Old Globe
A Pulitzer Prize–winning production is coming to the Old Globe. Set in Iran, English, a funny, tender new play by Sanaz Toossi, follows four adult students prepping for an English proficiency test that, if passed, promises new opportunities.
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo at the Balboa Theatre
Even the formidable stars at Lips don’t do drag quite like this: en pointe. Founded in 1974, all-male dance troupe Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo take on dazzling choreography at the Balboa Theatre while exaggerating, to hilarious effect, the haphazard slips inherent to live performances.
February 2, 4
Don Giovanni at the Civc Theatre
Considered one of the greatest operas ever, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, a retelling of the classic Don Juan story, traces the famous womanizer’s conquests and eventual downfall. In two shows at the San Diego Civic Theatre, the orchestra joins the San Diego Opera’s cast of singers on stage.
February 7, 14, 21
South Bay Open Aire Market
Bianca Del Rio at the Balboa Theatre
A dimple-cheeked queen is coming to town to read us to filth: Bianca Del Rio. Also known as Roy R. Haylock, the winner of the sixth season of Ru Paul’s Drag Race will hit the Balboa Theatre on her Dead Inside World Comedy Tour for a night of snarky jokes and jaw-dropping glam.
Chicago at the San Diego Civic Theatre
Failure: A Love Story at the North Coast Repertory
At the North Coast Repertory Theatre, Philip Dawkins’ Failure: A Love Story follows three sisters through life and death in a musical fable narrated, in part, by the pets and clocks that dwell in the trio’s family clock shop near Lake Michigan.
San Diego Magazine‘s Taste of South Bay
Savor the culinary delights of San Diego’s southernmost cities at SDM’s newest event: Taste of South Bay. Bring your friends and family (children are welcome) to this all-you-can-eat-and-drink fair celebrating the South Bay’s best bites, sips, and goods at Novo Brazil Brewing in Imperial Beach.
“Making Waves: Summit to Sea” at Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center
Rock-climber-turned-marine-photographer Andy Mann is making a splash at La Jolla’s Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center with his “Making Waves: Summit to Sea” chat, part of the Conrad’s ongoing speaker series. Tracing encounters with crocodiles, sharks, and icebergs, Mann’s work aligns with his mission to protect the ocean.