A& E calendar March 25-April 5



Easter egg hunt. La Jolla Recreation Center, 615 Prospect, hosts the event on April 3 at 10 a.m. for ages 2 and younger; 10:30 a.m. for ages 3-4; 11 a.m. for ages 5-6; 11:30 a.m. for ages 7-9; and noon for ages 10-12. Children must bring their own baskets. Also, from 10 a.m. to noon, there will be spring activities in the auditorium: decorate a spring bag, take a picture with Peter Rabbit, receive a treat. $3 at the door, bring your own camera. Also at the center: arts and crafts party, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 29, $1; Radical Reptiles and Friends show, 10:30 a.m. to noon March 30, $1, plus cupcake social from noon to 12:30 p.m. (858) 552-1658,

Eggstravaganza. “Ocean” fun with egg-laying marine animals (squids, fishes and sharks). Kids will create a shark-egg craft, hear a story and more. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, March 29-April 4, Birch Aquarium at Scripps, 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla. $8.50-$12. (858) 534-FISH,

Passover Seder. Six-course meal with reading from the Hagadah. 6:30 p.m. March 29, Mount Soledad Presbyterian Church, 6551 Soledad Mountain Road, La Jolla. $18 adults, $8.50 children. (858) 459-3865.

Spring boutique. The Riford Center will host a day of Easter shopping from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 31 at 6811 La Jolla Blvd., with basket-stuffers from local crafters and entrepreneurs. There will be children’s items, jewelry, hand-painted silk clothing, mermaid sculptures, paintings, dolls, light-switch plates, hair accessories, leather dog collars, silk arrangements, soaps, crocheted hats and photography of La Jolla. Door prizes. (858) 349-2182.

Lunch with Bunny. Includes crafts, garden parade, bunny hunt and snacks, for ages 2-6. 9:30 to 11 a.m. April 1. $12-$17. R.S.V.P.: (760) 436-3036, ext. 222. San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. (760) 436-3036, ext. 206,

Puppet show. “Benito Bunny’s Great Easter Egg Hunt.” Mornings March 25-April 4, Mary Hitchcock Puppet Theater, 2130 Pan American Place, Balboa Park. $4-$6. (619) 544-9203,

Easter Bunny Brunches. Food and family events, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 4, The Grand Del Mar. Egg hunts, bunny visits, crafts and egg races. (858) 314-2000. Hornblower cruises, music, champagne, photos with Easter Rabbit, brunch and boat ride, 10:30 a.m. April 4. (619) 686-8715.


Richard Goode. Pianist will perform selections from J.S. Bach, Haydn, Brahms and Schubert, part of the Frieman Family Piano Series of La Jolla Music Society. 8 p.m. March 26, MCASD Sherwood Auditorium, 700 Prospect, La Jolla. Prelude at 7 p.m. $55-$75. (858) 459-3728,

“Gershwin to Bernstein,” San Diego Symphony. 8 p.m. March 26-27, 2 p.m. March 28, Symphony Hall, 750 B St., San Diego. (619) 235-0804,

A.J. Croce. First of three concerts in spring Jewish Music Series, 8 p.m. April 10, Garfield Theatre, Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla. Croce has been producing music since 1993 with his rugged, soulful voice. Theater seating will be replaced with cafe tables and candles for an evening of rock ‘n’ roll in an upbeat music scene. Cash bar available. $18-$36. (858) 362-1342. April 17: Broadway Extravaganza The Music of Jewish Composers. April 21: Re-Vital: Israeli Performance Ensemble.

Winter Pops. “Marvin’s (Hamlisch) Manhattan with the New York Voices.” 8 p.m. April 9 and 10, Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St., San Diego. (619) 235-0804,

“Microtonality in the Violin Band Tradition.” Hutchins Consort concert featuring guest composers Alan Lechusza and Barry Wood. 7:30 p.m. April 10, The Neuroscience Institute, 10640 John Jay Hopkins Drive, La Jolla. $15-$25 at the door. (760) 632-0554.

Belly Up Tavern performances. Danger Kitty w/DJ Tommy Coxx, 9 p.m. March 26; Tainted Love ‘80’s Party, 9 p.m. March 27; The Smokin’ Knights, 4 p.m., and Salsa Sunday w/Orsto Prino, 8 p.m. March 28; Neal Schon Band, 8 p.m. March 30. Belly Up, 143 S. Cedros, Solana Beach. Ticket prices vary. (858) 481-8140,


“The Big Band Broadcast.” Stars Holly Larocque and the Mark Ferguson Orchestra take the audience on a journey back in time to experience a 1940s big-band concert as it would have been broadcast “live to air” with classics of the era, vital words from sponsors and station call letters. 2 p.m. April 10, Balboa Theatre, Fourth and E streets, San Diego. $29-$49, (619) 570-1100,

IMAX “Hubble” at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center’s Heikoff Dome Theater in Balboa Park. At 6 p.m. March 25, a Star Party will provide visitors with the chance to peer at the universe through large telescopes, rub elbows with NASA engineers, and see the film. A star viewing in the park by the San Diego Astronomy Association follows. $11.75-$14.50. (619) 238-1233,

“Pirates of Penzance.” San Diego Lyric Opera presents the Gilbert and Sullivan madcap classic to close its 31st season. 7:30 p.m. March 26 and April 1, 3, 4, 9, and 10; 2:30 p.m. March 28 and April 11. Birch North Park Theatre, 2891 University Ave., San Diego. $32-$52. Children pay half-price. (619) 239-8836.

“Kooza.” This season’s offering from Cirque du Soleil runs through March 28 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. $40-$250.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” This version of Shakespeare’s classic revolves around the adventures of four young lovers, a group of amateur actors and their interactions with the fairies who inhabit a moonlit forest in the 1950s. Production of The Theatre School at North Coast Repertory Theatre, March 25-28, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. $12. (858) 481-1055,

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” The San Diego Junior Theatre presents Shakespeare’s romantic comedy. 7 p.m. March 26 and 27, 2 p.m. March 28, La Jolla YMCA Firehouse Theatre, 7877 Herschel Ave., La Jolla. (619) 239-8355,

“Boeing-Boeing.” Comedy. 7 p.m. Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, through April 28, Old Globe Theatre, Balboa Park. $29-$89. (619) 23-GLOBE,

“Alive & Well.” Romantic comedy tells the story of a mismatched pair. Carla, a big city reporter from the North, must reluctantly work with Southern tracker and Civil War re-enactor Zach to research her story. Through April 25, Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, Old Globe, Balboa Park. $29-$62. (619) 23-GLOBE,

Comedy acts. Weekend headliners at 8 and 10:30 p.m., nightly shows Wednesday-Sunday. The Comedy Store, 916 Pearl, La Jolla. From $20. (858) 454-9176,


“The Exuberance of Creativity.” The works of reclusive early California abstract expressionist Harold Frank (1921-1995). 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through June 15, K. Nathan Gallery, 7723 Fay Ave., La Jolla. (858) 459-3490.

Art sale. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through March 28, The Off Track Gallery, Second and D streets, Encinitas. (760) 942-3637,

“Painters of Provence.” Work of Van Burgh, Dyf, Faile, Gantner, Madjid, Carebul, Magre and Labrofont. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through March 31, Cosmopolitan Fine Art Gallery, 7932 Girard, La Jolla. (858) 456-9506,

Artist-in-residence. Robert Lobe in studio March 27-April 24 with works on display through May 22, 1 to 5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, The Lux Art Institute, 1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas. (760) 436-6611, Special Kids@Lux day for ages 6-12, 10 a.m. to noon April 3. Free for members, $20 for nonmembers. R.S.V.P. at (Now enrolling for summer camps.)

“Jews Rock! Photographic Celebration of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s Jewish Heritage” by photojournalist Janet Macoska. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday-Friday, through May 19, Gotthelf Art Gallery, Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, La Jolla. (858) 457-3030,

British impressionist. Work of Kerry Hallam at Martin Lawrence Gallery, 1111 Prospect, La Jolla. (858) 551-1122.

Two treats. David Adey presents “John Henry” and Charlie Miller presents “Anything But Rehab.” Through April 3, The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St., La Jolla. Free. (858) 454-5872,

Classic Contemporary. “Lichtenstein, Warhol and Friends” features major Pop, Minimalist and Color Field works from the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s collection dating 1960s-’70s through March 28. Also, “Pleasure Points” exhibit marks the 25th anniversary of collectors’ best acquisitions. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday-Tuesday, through May 16, 700 Prospect St., La Jolla. $10. (858) 454-3541,

“The Science of ... Aliens.” Interactive exhibit divided into four zones that examine the possibility of life on other worlds via fiction, science, interstellar communication and an imagined alien planet. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, San Diego Air & Space Museum, Balboa Park. $9-$24.75.

Current works. See the art of Andre Desjardins, Tuan, Fabián Perez, Ramon Vilanova, Anita Lewis, Regina Lyubovnaya, Fidel Garcia and George Tsui. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday-Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Monarch Gallery, 1205 Prospect, La Jolla. (858) 454-1231,

“Seeing Beauty” through the eyes of photographers throughout the history of the medium; also the contemporary “State of Mind: A California Invitational.” 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, Museum of Photographic Arts, 1649 El Prado, Balboa Park. $4-$6 adults; free second Tuesdays. (619) 238-7559,

Art shows. Works by local artists Lindsay Duff and photographer Lee Peterson for show and sale. Tickets, which cost $40, include food, beverages, door prizes and artist greeting. Lady Luncheon Show, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 29, and Cocktail Evening Show, 4 to 6 p.m. March 30, hosted at Delicias Restaurant, 6106 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe. (858) 756-8000,

Images of Life. Exhibition of paintings and photographs of Dana Levine. Through March 31, Community Room, La Jolla Library, 7555 Draper Ave.


Authors visit. Frances Mayes will sign “Every Day in Tuscany,” her follow-up to “Under the Tuscan Sun” and “Bella Tuscany,” at 7:30 p.m. March 25 at Warwick’s Bookstore, 7812 Girard Ave., La Jolla. Also, Escondido author Midge Raymond will present a writing workshop, “Writing About Place,” and will read from her short story collection, “Forgetting English,” at 7 p.m. March 30 at Warwick’s. The $25 event fee includes the class, all workshop materials and a signed copy of the book. To register, call (858) 454-0347.

Healing naturally. Mark Stengler, N.D., naturopathic doctor, will discuss nutrition and herbal/vitamin therapy and natural hormones. 7 p.m. April 8, Pharmaca, 7650 Girard Ave., La Jolla. (858) 454-1337.

Kids cooking class. Free event with children’s story, craft and interactive demonstration. 10 to 11:30 a.m. March 27, Whole Foods, 8825 Villa La Jolla Drive, La Jolla. (858) 642-6700.

Plumeria sale. The lei flowers of Hawaii for show and sale from the Southern California Plumeria Society. Books, raffle. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 3-4, Casa del Prado, Room 101, Balboa Park. Free. (619) 461-5942,

Japanese cultural event. Eighth annual Friends of Taka Sumi-e brush painting exhibit with demonstrations, tea ceremony, music and dancing representations. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 27-28, Casa del Prado, Balboa Park. Free. E-mail for more details.

Author visit. Journalist Don Latin will discuss and sign “The Harvard Psychedelic Club,” his “true story of Timothy Leary, Andrew Weil, Richard Alpert (Ram Dass) and Huston Smith coming together in the 1960s around an infamous series of experiments with psychedelics.” 7 p.m. April 8, The Book Works, Flower Hill Promenade, Del Mar.

Eco Fair. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 3, 9388 Lightwave Ave., San Diego. Sponsored by National University, 11255 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla.

Medical lecture. James Hemp, M.D., will make a presentation on robotic heart surgery using the Da Vinci Surgical System. 6 to 7 p.m. March 25, Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Schaetzel Center, Great Hall, 9888 Genesee Ave. A light reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. No charge for program or parking. Register at (800) 727-4777.

Tea Tasting family event. Volunteers will share information about the history of tea events with a tea tasting and other refreshments. Noon to 4 p.m. March 27, San Dieguito Heritage Museum, 450 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. Museum members are free, nonmembers are asked for a $5 donation. (760) 632-9711,

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