San Diego’s Top Weekend Events: March 31-April 3

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Here are the top things to do in San Diego from Thursday, March 31 to Sunday, April 3.

Thursday, March 31

rise. shine. A concert for mental health: Singer-songwriter Tristan Prettyman — a Del Mar native and Encinitas resident — is back on stage after a years-long hiatus for a fundraising concert. Originally scheduled for January 13 (but postponed due to COVID-19), the show also features Yovee, DJ Flo and Chris Cote. Proceeds from the night will benefit Stoked Mentoring in Los Angeles and upstream projects at Encinitas. Thursday night at 7pm. Belly Up, 143 South Cedros Ave, Solana Beach. Sold Out; Belly.com

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Harland Williams: The Canadian-American cartoonist — whose resume includes work on HBO, Comedy Central and the late-night stand-up comedy set — has five shows in San Diego. The comedian is arguably known for his acting skills, which include “Dumb,” “About Mary” and “Superstar.” Thursday 8:00pm; Friday and Saturday 7:30pm and 9:30pm. American Comedy Company, 818 Sixth Avenue, Gaslight. Tickets $20 (currently $10); American Comedy Network.

Friday, April 1

SDMA+ DISCO RIOT Dance ArtStops: Seeing “Art of the Americas” – an exhibit currently on view at the San Diego Museum of Art – comes to life thanks to the talents of DISCO RIOT’s modern dancers. There will be two back-to-back live performances inspired by Cauleen Smith’s video installation “Flori Canta”. (Smith’s exhibit is on view at the museum from March 2020 to September 2021.) Each exhibit is only seven minutes long, so be sure to arrive on time. Friday 3:30pm and 4pm. Rotunda of the San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park. Admission to the museum is free; sdmart.org/event/sdma-disco-riot-dance-artstops

Josh Wolf: Comedian and author Josh Wolfe. In addition to his stand-up success, Wolfe has had a ton of TV credits (both acting and writing) on ​​sitcoms such as My Name is Earl and Raising Hope, and is a comedian Chelsea A regular on Handler’s show “Chelsea Handler.” Friday and Saturday 7:00pm and 9:30pm. Sunday night at 7pm. La Jolla Comedy Shop, 916 Pearl St., La Jolla. Tickets $25; thecomedystore.com/la-jolla. (Note: Saturday night shows sold out at 7pm.)

Ariel Quartet: The dynamic Ariel Quartet returns, wrapping up its full Beethoven cycle with the immortal composer’s late quartet. The String Quartet was founded in Israel nearly 20 years ago when its members were teenagers and is now based at the University of Cincinnati. Friday 8pm.. Conrad Prebys Concert Hall, UC San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla. $22.50 to $59. artpower.ucsd.edu

“Romeo and Juliet”: The Santiago Opera presents Charles Gounod’s classic opera, based on William Shakespeare’s play, about the ill-fated lovers of Verona in the 14th century. Tenor Pene Patty and soprano Nicole Cabell lead the line, and are accompanied by musicians from the San Diego Symphony. Friday 7:30pm.. Sunday 2pm San Diego Civic Theater, 1100 3rd Avenue, San Diego. $35 and up. sdoopera.org

Jefferson Jay’s Acoustic Night: Jefferson Jay’s 2008 concert series kicks off 2022 with performances by guitarists Greg Douglass and Fred Benedetti and duo Story & Tune. Friday at 7:30pm. La Jolla Temple of Athena, 1008 Wall Street, La Jolla. $5 (students), $15 (members), $20 (non-members). 858-454-5872; ljathenaeum.org.

Saturday, April 2

Boots in the Park: Throw on your cowboy boots for “Boots in the Park,” a popular country music festival returning to Seaside Park this weekend. Led by Blake Shelton, the 21-and-up event also includes Brett Young, Carly Pearce, The Band Perry, Ian Munsick and Presley Tennant. In addition to a crowded musical lineup, you can enjoy artisan food, drinks, art installations and – best of all – line dancing. Saturday 2pm to 11pm. Waterfront Park, 1600 Pacific Highway, Embarcadero. SOLD OUT; bootsinthepark.com

2022 California American Indian and Indigenous Film Festival: One of the largest Native American film festivals in the country will take place Saturday and Sunday at the Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula. The event will feature Native American and Indigenous stories on stage and screen, as well as Q&As with directors, actors and producers. Saturday and Sunday. Pechanga Resort Casino, 45000 Pechanga Parkway, Temecula. $15-25. pechanga.com

The Women of Chicano Park: Explore the legacy of Chicano Park, which celebrates its 52nd anniversary this month, with a tour through the lens of three female artists. These Chicano Park muralists—Berenice Badillo, Carmen Linares Kalo, and Patricia Aguayo Cruz—will discuss the fringe narratives of women artists and offer insights into their creative process. Guests can also interact with the Turning Wheel Bus, a mobile classroom, a learning and creative space focused on community, history and culture. All proceeds will go to the Runner Project and the Chicano Park Museum and Cultural Center. Saturday 11am to 1pm. Chicano Park, 1949 Logan Avenue, Barrio Logan. $10 for non-members; mingei.org/events/meetup/the-women-of-chicano-park

A Paseo Street Art Block Party: A Paseo Mall and the San Diego Museum of Art are teaming up for an annual street art block party. Four chalk artists and six muralists will be featured, with a focus on contemporary artist Stefanie Bales. In this family-friendly event, kids are invited to make their own chalk strokes with professional artists thanks to a special event at the new Children’s Museum. There will also be roller skate dance performances, flower displays and more. Saturday noon to 4pm. Caminito Court, One Paseo, 3725 Paseo Place, Carmel Valley. Free; onepaseo.com/events/streetartblockparty

San Diego Sings! festival: The San Diego Choir presents “Sing San Diego!” — Saturday’s choral festival showcases the talent of local singers. Fifteen choirs, all located in San Diego County, will come together for three collaborative concerts. The full lineup is available online, but schedules are subject to change. American Sign Language interpreters will also be available at the show. Saturday 11am, 3pm and 7pm. Baker-Baum Hall Conrad Prebys Center for the Performing Arts, 7600 Fay Ave., La Jolla. Terrace and box seating $23 per show; ljms.org/events/21-22-choral-consortium

Quaryard Anniversary Party: Cheers to your block! The Quartyard is an urban park/event venue whose month-long anniversary celebration kicks off with the first part of the music event. Co-hosted by Soda Bar and starring San Diego soul band Thee Sacred Souls, the night’s lineup also included vinyl DJs from DEVVLOW, Kahlil Nash and FeelIt Records. Saturday 4pm to 9pm. Quartyard, 1301 Market St., East Village. Tickets $30-40; quartyardsd.com/event/quartyard-anniversary-weekend-1

Al Franken: Saturday Night Live writer-turned-Minnesota Senator Al Franken brought San Diego laughs on his “The Only Former US Senator Who’s On Tour” Tour. The former government official has won multiple Emmys for his work on SNL and is a New York Times bestselling author. In addition to the comedy tour, Franken hosts a podcast called “The Al Franken Podcast.” Masks and proof of COVID-19 vaccination (or negative test results) are required for this event. Saturday night at 8pm. Balboa Theater, 868 Fourth Avenue, San Diego. Tickets start at $45; sandiegotheatres.org

North Park Beer Festival: More than 50 San Diego breweries participated in the cancelled North Garden Oktoberfest in 2020 and 2021. All ticket holders who attend this event of 21 and more will receive three hours of unlimited beer samples, plus an extra hour for VIP guests. There will also be food stalls, craft vendors and live music from local bands including Mrs Henry and Signal For Pilot. April 2nd from 1pm to 4pm (VIP entry at noon). In front of the Lafayette Hotel, 2223 El Cajon Blvd., North Park. General admission $40, VIP admission $55; northparkbeerfest.com.

Autism Contest: On World Autism Acceptance Day, treat yourself to a morning run in Balboa Park and have a lot of fun. Now in its 18th year, Race for Autism offers a 5K superhero run and a 1-mile family walk. Before the game, don’t miss the dance warm-up and the national anthem. All entrants will receive race T-shirts, race bibs and superhero medals. Stay after you reach the finish line for the awards ceremony and resource fair, as well as music, refreshments, and children’s activities. Registration starts at 6:30am and 5K starts at 7:25am on Saturday. The start and finish lines are at 6th Avenue and Laurel Street in Balboa Park. Registration is $35 for ages 12 and under, $40 for children 13-17, and $45 for adults. raceforautism.org

North Coast Symphony Orchestra: Conductor Daniel Swem will lead the 75-year-old orchestra in a concert “Diamonds in Disguise” featuring composers from various nationalities, including Felix Mendelssohn’s “Scottish” Symphony No. 3, “Capriccio Italien” Peter Tschaikovsky and ​​Edward German’s “Gypsy Suite”. Saturday at 2:30pm. San Diego United Methodist Church, 170 Calle Magdalena, Encinitas. $8/$25.North Coast Symphony Network

Sunday, April 3

San Diego Symphony Connection: The Symphony wraps up its winter series of free one-hour concerts in the community. The final concert at both locations this weekend will be conducted by Andrew Crust. The show includes “Ária” in Bachianas brasileiras No. 5 by Heitor Villa-Lobos, Novella No. 3, Op. 52 in A minor by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and Novella No. 4, Op. 52, in in D major, and Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 5 in B flat major. Seats are limited and online reservations are required. Saturdays at 11:00am and 12:30pm at All Souls’ Episcopal Church, 1475 Catalina Blvd., Point Loma. Sunday at 2 p.m. at Southwestern College’s Center for the Performing Arts, Building 80, 900 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista.Book at sandiegosymphony.org/music-connects/

Ronnie Chin: Comedian and actor Ronny Chieng brings “The Journey of Hope You Rich” to the Balboa Theatre. People might recognize him from his role on “Crazy Rich Asians” and his work as a reporter on “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.” Sunday 5pm and 8pm. Balboa Theater, 868 Fourth Avenue, San Diego. Tickets start at $45; sandiegotheatres.org

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