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Some 300 members of the Young Artists Symphony (YAS) will perform at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29 at Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B Street. Tickets are $25-$10 at sdyas.org or (619) 235-8067. The next day, the Con Brio, Fiddle ‘n’ Bow, and Winds ‘n’ Brass performance groups will make their way through centuries of music in one afternoon at the YAS Winter Ensembles Concert, 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30 at the Neurosciences Institute, 10640 John Jay Hopkins Dr. Tickets are $10-$5 for this show.
Experience world traditions through dance and music during the 17th annual Nations of San Diego International Dance Festival, 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28 and Saturday, Jan. 29 and 2 p.m. Jan. 29 and Jan. 30 at the Performing Arts Center, 650 D Ave., in Coronado. Artists from Africa, Brazil, India, Ireland, Polynesia, Korea and Spain will perform. Tickets are $30-$15 at the door, nationsdancefestival.com or (619) 522-4050. Pictured is a dancer from La Esencia Flamenca.
“Stars in Our Eyes,” a presentation showcasing the work of performing art and fine art students in a benefit for scholarships and the arts at four La Jolla schools, is set for 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28 at La Jolla High School Parker Auditorium, 750 Nautilus. Tickets at the box office are $25 for adults, $10 for students. The La Jolla Rotary is sponsoring the show, which ends with a student art exhibit.
Mission to Mars
During this public Challenger event to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the tragic space shuttle mission of Jan. 28, 1986 when all seven crew members were lost, visitors, age 10 and older, will work in teams to solve real-life science, technology and math problems using the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center’s unique, hands-on space simulators from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29 in Balboa Park. Tickets $20 per person, add $5 for 6 p.m. showing of the “Hubble” IMAX film. (619) 238-1233. rhfleet.org
Publishers and Writers of San Diego will hold its monthly meeting from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 29 at the Encinitas County Library, 540 Cornish Drive. The topic will be “Morning Coffee with a Literary Agent” as Claire Gerus offers her assessment of the publishing industry and how it’s changing. Reservations at PublishersWriters.org; members $10, non-members $15.
A showcase of products and services for pet owners with entertainment and contests comes to the Del Mar Fairgrounds, Saturday, Jan. 29 and Sunday, Jan. 30 at the San Diego Pet Expo. Many shelters will have dogs and cats for adoption, too. Proceeds benefit local care groups. Admission is $5-$4, or a 10-pound bag of pet food for two admissions, or a blanket or two clean towels for one admission. (800) 999-5400. Sandiegopettexpo.net
Free boat rides, plus music, food beer and spirits at the San Diego Sun Road Boat Show, from noon to 6 p.m. Jan. 27-30 on Harbor Island. Admission: $10-$5. (619) 497-5254. bigbayboatshow.com
The underworld rises to the surface as the ruthless gangster Mack the Knife climbs over corrupt politicians, crooked cops and unfaithful lovers on his way to the top in the UCSD Department of Theatre and Dance’s “Three Penny Opera,” directed by Jeffrey Wienckowski, 2 and 8 p.m. Jan. 28-29 and Feb. 3-5 at Potiker Theatre. Tickets $20-$10 at the door, box office or (858) 534-4574.
San Diego Opera opens Puccini’s “Turandot” at the San Diego Civic Theater, 1100 Third Ave. with a gala beginning at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29. Other performances are set for 7 p.m. Feb. 1, 8 p.m. Feb. 4 and 2 p.m. Feb. 6. Tickets $35-$195 at (619) 533-7000 or sdopera.com
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