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Stars of Stage and Screen

■ San Diego Opera will open the 2014-2015 main stage opera season with Puccini’s beloved classic, “La bohème,” 7 p.m. Jan. 24, 27, 29 and 2 p.m. Feb. 1, at San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave. “La bohème” is considered by many to be the perfect “first time” opera. Tickets from $45. (619) 533-7000.

■ Playwrights Project will once again host the Plays by Young Writers festival, which features winning scripts from the California Young Playwrights Contest for ages 18 and under, and will be held through Feb. 1 at The Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre at The Old Globe. $20-60. (858) 384-2970. Schedule:

■ San Diego Chinese Historical Museum will screen “Frosted Yellow Willows: Her life, times and legend,” a documentary that chronicles Anna May Wong’s (1905-1961) ascent from humble beginnings in a Los Angeles Chinese laundry to international film stardom, 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Chuang Archive and Learning Center, 541 Second Ave., downtown. Q&A with producer Elaine Mae Woo follows. Admission: $4. (619) 338-9888. RSVP: and more information at

■ “Wuthering Heights,” adapted and directed by Kristen Brandt, from the romance novel by Emily Bronte takes the North Coast Repertory Theatre stage 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26, at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. $10 donation. or

■ Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain will perform funny, virtuosic, twanging, awesome, foot-stomping music featuring Tchaikovsky and Nirvana via Otis Redding and a Spaghetti Western soundtrack, 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, at Sherwood Auditorium, 700 Prospect St. in the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Tickets: $25-$65. (858) 459-3728.

■ “One Arab. One Jew. One Stage: Laugh in Peace,” comes to North Coast Repertory Theatre, 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27 courtesy of the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. Rabbi-turned-comedian Bob Alper can be heard daily on the comedy channels of XM and Sirius Satellite radio, and comedian Ahmed Ahmed is known for his long running role on TBS’ “Sullivan & Son.” Tickets: $20-$25. (858) 362-1348.

■ J* Company Youth Theatre launches 2015 with a rollicking classic, Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance,” matinees and evenings through Jan. 25. Directed by Joey Landwehr, this delightful operetta tells the story of the morally centered Frederic, who has erroneously been apprenticed to a band of pirates. Garfield Theatre at the Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive. Tickets: $16-18. (858) 362-1348.

Can you, kazoo?

■ Celebrate National Kazoo Day with fellow kazoo-thiasts noon, Wednesday, Jan. 28, Seuss Room of UC San Diego’s Geisel Library, 9500 Gilman Drive. Check out kazoo literature (scholarly articles and musical scores) and collection of kazoos from many decades and many countries, and listen to some new chamber music for kazoo composed by alumni of UCSD. Free. (858) 822-5758.

Author Talks

■ Retired fighter pilot Jay A. Stout will celebrate the recent release of his book, “Hell’s Angels: The True Story of the 303rd Bomb Group in World War II,” 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28 at Warwick’s Bookstore, 7812 Girard Ave. Free. (858) 454-0347.

■ Rebecca Goldstein, philosopher and author of “Plato at the Googleplex” will speak 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27 at the UCSD Price Center Ballroom, 9500 Gilman Drive, as a guest of the Helen Edison Lecture Series. She will discuss philosophy and its role in today’s debates on religion, morality, politics and science. Free. or