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Artistic Expressions

■ San Diego abstract and figure artist Michael Richard Rosenblatt will host a gallery reception with live music 5 p.m. Friday, May 1 to celebrate the opening of his pop up gallery at the NTC Arts & Culture District at Liberty Station, 2640 Historic Decatur, Barracks 15. Called “Lightning Bolts, Fireworks & Shooting Stars,” the show features Rosenblatt’s colorful and vibrant paintings on display through May 3. or

■ To showcase the art of UC San Diego’s Visual Arts Faculty, “Artistic Research” will be up May 7-14 at the University Art Gallery in Mandeville Center. The exhibit features the work of 14 faculty members. Opening reception 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 7. Gallery hours 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Friday. 9500 Gilman Drive campus, off Scholars Lane. Free admission. (858) 534-2107.

Concert Time

■ In its last concert until September, Fresh Sound San Diego presents Swedish percussionist Kjell Nordeson, 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 1, Bread & Salt, 1955 Julian Ave. Nordeson is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Music at UCSD. He studies percussion for Steven Schick and is an ambulatory member of the Red Fish Blue Fish percussion ensemble. Tickets: $15. (619) 987-6214.

La Jolla Symphony & Chorus guest conductor Christopher Rountree leads orchestra and soloists in two symphonies and a “tele-concerto,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 2 and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 3. A tele-concerto by UCSD doctoral candidate Yeung-ping Chen with soloist Scott Paulson joins the orchestra via Internet from UCSD’s Geisel Library. $29, senior and student discounts. Mandeville Auditorium, UC San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive. (858) 534- 4637. Map and information:

Take a Walk

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park will be transformed into the largest family-friendly Cinco de Mayo celebration north of the border, filled with mariachis, cervezas, food and more. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 2 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 3. Free admission, along San Diego Avenue and Calhoun Street. (619) 291-4903.

■ Enjoy a self-guided wine walk to four wine gardens, each featuring three award-winning wineries, at the third annual Uncorked event 4-7 p.m. Saturday, May 2 at Westfield UTC shopping mall, 4545 La Jolla Village Drive. Wines paired with unlimited chef-crafted bites from the Westfield UTC’s dining options. Proceeds to benefit the non-profit Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association and Bright Pink. Entrance near Ben Bridge Jewelers. $20-$30 tickets and information at

Learn Something New

■ Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, step right up and see a new side to the circus when the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center presents “Science Under the Big Top,” opening Saturday, May 2. Twenty multi-station interactive exhibits delve into everything from animal communication to how leverage, compression and tension are used to achieve seemingly impossible feats of strength. 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park. $14.95-$28.95. (619) 238-1233.

■ La Jolla’s Riford Library will host its inaugural biotech workshops at 7555 Draper Ave. The first, 3 p.m. Saturday, May 2, will show how scientists extract DNA from a strawberry. The second, 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, will discuss “developing bio-insecticides.” Workshops will introduce concepts that can be explored in the library’s new biotechnology lab. (858) 552-1657.

On Stage

■ Noted French ballet company Malandain Ballet Biarritz and La Jolla Music Society presents choreographer Thierry Malandain’s interpretations of three ballets — “Estro” to music by Vivaldi, “Nocturnes” to music by Chopin and “Bolero” to music by Ravel — 8 p.m. Sunday, May 3 at the Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown San Diego. $20-$75. (858) 459-3728.

■ North Coast Repertory Theatre will host two shows, each for one night only. The first, Shakespeare Tonight, celebrates the work of the noted playwright, 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 4. $25 tickets (with student and senior discounts) benefit Jonathan McMurtry Actors Fund. The next night, also at 7:30 p.m., Aimee Greenberg provides the “antidote to eat, pray, love” in a comedic monologue “Occupy the Rice Field.” $15, with student and senior discounts. 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. (858) 481-1055.

Special Events

The War Years, the latest exhibit in the San Diego Automotive Museum in Balboa Park, features cars from 1939-1942. A wine and cheese reception for this exhibit will be 5 p.m. Thursday, May 7. $5. RSVP required: (619) 398- 0307. Exhibit runs through June 26. Museum hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission: $9. 2080 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park. (619) 231-2886.

■ Author Barbara Stark-Nemon will speak about her new book “Even in Darkness: A novel,” 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, at the Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive. Spanning a century and three continents, this book tells the story of the dutiful daughter of a prosperous German-Jewish family who hardly anticipates the often-harrowing life she faces as an adult. $8-$10. (858) 362-1150.