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Eddie Van Halen

thursday, june 14

Van Halen

Van Halen, Rock And Roll Hall of Fame inductees and one of the most important and influential rock bands of all time, are returning to the live stage with an extraordinary 2012 North American tour. With special guests Kool & the Gang.

Viejas Arena, Canyon Crest Drive in San Diego, tickets from $96.05, 7:30 p.m., 619-594-0234, cox-arena.com.

Indigo Girls

friday, june 15

Indigo Girls

Decades into their career, the Indigo Girls still amaze conventional pundits with their ability to grow and thrive no matter what the state of the music industry is at any given point. Saliers and Ray began performing together in high school, transferred their honest, urgent performing style onto the stages of countless small clubs, then saw their public profile take off with the 1989 release of their self-titled breakthrough album. An album that included the first hit, “Closer To Fine,” and went on to win Best Contemporary Folk Recording at the 1990 Grammys.

Humphrey’s Concerts by the bay, 2241 Shelter Island Drive in San Diego, 7:30 p.m., tickets from $45, 800-745-3000, humphreysconcerts.com.

San Diego Oysterfest

saturday, june 16

San Diego Oysterfest

Held at the beautiful Marina Embarcadero North, Oysterfest boasts music, beer and food. Oysters from British Columbia along the west coast to Mexico will be available as well as offerings from many of San Diego’s favorite restaurants. Entertainment lineup includes: Iration, Vokab Kompany, The Silent Comedy, Little Hurricane and SplitFinger, with DJ appearances by Mikey Beats, Mike Czech, Beatnick and Demon.

Embarcadero Marina Park North, 649 W. Harbor Drive, in San Diego, 11 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., admission $25, 619-686-6200, oysterfestsd.com.

sunday, june 17

Dads free to gross your kids out

This Father’s Day let Dad discover for himself why our bodies produce mushy, oozy, crusty, scaly and stinky stuff at Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body. Dads receive free gallery admission with the purchase of one full-price gallery admission ticket (adult, junior or senior) on the same day. No other discounts accepted, purchase at ticket counter. Moms welcome, but not required to be grossed out.

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado in Balboa Park, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., adult admission $11.75, 619-238-1233, rhfleet.org.

Connie Lim

monday, june 18

Connie Lim

Connie Lim doesn’t need any gimmicks to win you over. Armed simply with heartfelt lyrics and the purest of vocals, her music is a breath of fresh air. Reminiscent of artists like Feist, Norah Jones, Imogen Heap and Regina Specktor, Connie writes songs with genuine artistic passion that make an instant emotional connection.

Anthology, 1337 India Street in San Diego, 7:30 p.m., tickets from $10, 619-595-0300, anthologysd.com.

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

tuesday, june 19

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

As the leader of the hard-rocking Blackhearts Joan Jett has eight platinum and gold albums and nine top 40 singles, including the classics “Bad Reputation, “ “I love Rock ’N’ Roll” and “Crimson and Clover.” Jett became a figurehead for generations of female rockers.

Heineken Grandstand Stage, Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. in Del Mar, 7:30 p.m., reserved ticket prices from $33, 858-755-1161, sdfair.com.

wednesday, june 20


Winner of 35 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, Wicked is Broadway’s biggest blockbuster. Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One – born with emerald green skin – is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular.

San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave. in San Diego, 7 p.m., tickets from $35, 619-570-1100, sandiegotheatres.org.

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