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thursday, july 19

Leo Kottke

Leo Kottke is an acoustic guitarist widely known for an innovative finger picking style that draws on influences from blues, jazz, and folk music, and his syncopated, polyphonic melodies. Kottke has overcome a series of personal obstacles including partial loss of hearing and a nearly career-ending bout with tendon damage in his right hand to emerge as a widely-recognized master of his instrument.

Anthology, 1337 India Street in San Diego, 7:30 p.m., tickets from $14, 619-595-0300, anthologysd.com

friday, july 20

Peking Acrobats

Gravity-defying gymnastics, fantastic balancing feats, jaw-dropping juggling, sensational cycling … and a human chair stack? Prepare to be amazed with the excitement, daring and pageantry of a Chinese carnival. Featured on television and in the hit movie Ocean’s 11 , this talented troupe will take you to new heights, the most thrilling this side of the Great Wall of China.

Embarcadero Marina Park South, 206 Marina Park Way in San Diego, 7:30 p.m., tickets from $18, 619-235-0804, sandiegosymphony.org

Andrea Sperling

saturday, july 21

Cabaret Pride

Presented by The Hillcrest Wind Ensemble Cabaret Pride will feature show tunes, Americana works, as well as music with LGBT overtones. A special Sound Of Music costume contest and sing-a-long will also be featured. Jazz vocalist Andrea Sperling, will perform a classic Gershwin number as well as a special Pride piece.

The Lafayette Hotel (The Mississippi Room), 2223 El Cajon Blvd. in San Diego, 6:30 p.m., general admission $15, 619-692-2077, hillcrestwindensemble.com

sunday, july 22

Ray Davies with The 88

House of Blues presents the legendary Kinks frontman, Ray Davies, performing some of his best-known songs including “Waterloo Sunset.”

House of Blues, 1055 Fifth Ave. in San Diego, 7 p.m., tickets from $35, 619-299-2583, houseofblues.com

Vavra’s Vision: Equine Images

monday, july 23

Vavra’s Vision: Equine Images

The exhibition, Vavra’s Vision: Equine Images showcases the photographs in the book of the same name. The images are of fascination to anyone who loves horses or simply appreciates the finest of photography. Robert Vavra is the author of 37 books accounting for more than 3,000,000 volumes in print, in eight languages. Vavra’s Vision: Equine Images delves into the world that Vavra has created through his lens for the past 60 years while circling the globe.

San Diego Natural History Museum, Kaplan Theater, 1788 El Prado in Balboa Park, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., admission $17, 619-232-3821 sdnhm.org

tuesday, july 24


From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tenn., comes a hot new Broadway musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Inspired by actual events, Memphis is about a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break.

San Diego Civic Theatre, 1098 Third Ave. in San Diego, 7 p.m., tickets from $20, 619-570-1100, sandiegotheatres.org

wednesday, july 25

As You Like It

One of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies about flirtation, friendship and mistaken identity, As You Like It is a lighthearted look at the fickle and passionate nature of love. Will wit and merriment overcome jealousy and deception? How will true love ever find its way, lost in the delightful madness of the forest?

The Old Globe Theatre, Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park, 8 p.m., tickets from $29, 619-234-5623, theoldglobe.org

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