Musicians have to find their big break somewhere. And for 40 almost-famous acts, that’s exactly what they’re hoping for at Springboard West Music Festival. See all the hand-picked, emerging artists across four stages in Ocean Beach.
Springboard West Music Festival | Photo: Sydney Prather
Star musician and social activist Chance the Rapper takes the mic at Pechanga Arena.
August Wilson’s Jitney at The Old Globe tells a story of unlicensed cab drivers in 1970s Pittsburgh who fight to save their business in a gentrifying neighborhood (through 2/23).
Illusion: The Magic of Motion
Walk, don’t run to MoPA’s newest exhibit, because it’s already been captured in a flash. Illusion: The Magic of Motion, on view from January 18 through 2021, is all about crystallizing the moments within movement. It comprises stills from contemporary photographers and pioneers of the medium, like Harold “Doc” Edgerton, whose image “Moving Skip Rope (1952)” is shown here. The electrical engineer and MIT professor got his nickname “Papa Flash” for pioneering flash photography—he invented a tube that produces extremely short bursts of light using xenon gas. To see it or not to see it? Your move!
Stand up for civil rights at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade along Harbor Drive.
The Great Leap at Cygnet Theatre tells the dramatic story of an American college basketball team traveling to Beijing for an exhibition game in 1989. The playwright, Lauren Yee, is a UC San Diego alum; our theater critic called her most recent work, Cambodian Rock Band, one of the best plays he saw in 2019, so this one’s at the top of our list for the new year. (through 2/16).
Martha Graham Dance Company
Time magazine named her “Dancer of the Century,” and her namesake 94-year-old dance school, Martha Graham Dance Company, is bringing its contemporary choreography to Civic Theatre.
Watch top names in professional golf compete for millions as the four-day Farmers Insurance Open tournament returns to Torrey Pines Golf Course.
Farmers Insurance Open
Leave the car behind
Know what not to bring
Wear comfortable shoes
Practice proper etiquette
Beat the pros to the holes
Ring in the Year of the Rat with a 10-course dinner at the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum’s Chinese New Year Banquet, including traditional entertainment and a live auction.
Paddle it out—on a canoe, kayak, surf ski, stand-up paddleboard, and other vessels—for the Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge on Mission Bay.
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Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge
Legendary songwriter and record producer David Foster stops by California Center for the Arts, Escondido with his wife and special guest Katharine McPhee.
There’s a genre for everyone—comedy, drama, documentaries, horror, and even music videos—at the San Diego Black Film Festival, screening African American and African diaspora cinema for five days in various locations.
August Wilson’s Jitney | Photo: Joan Marcus