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thursday, march 2


XX is a new all-female helmed horror anthology featuring four dark tales written and directed by fiercely talented women: Annie Clark rocks her directorial debut with The Birthday Party; Karyn exorcises Her Only Living Son; Roxanne Benjamin screams Don’t Fall; and Jovanka Vuckovic, former editor of Rue Morgue Magazine dares to open The Box.

Digital Gym Cinema, 2921 El Cajon Blvd. in North Park, 9:25 p.m., general admission $11, 619-230-1938, digitalgym.org

Dave Attell

friday, march 3

Dave Attell

Born in Queens and raised on Long Island, Dave Attell got into stand-up comedy in the late eighties after graduating from New York University with a degree in film and television. Attell used this prestigious degree to land amazing jobs in the food service industry – as a waiter. At night he would hit the “open mic” circuit in Manhattan.

The American Comedy Company, 818B Sixth Ave. in San Diego, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., tickets $30, 619-795-3858, americancomedyco.com

Seaport Village Spring Busker Festival

saturday, march 4

Seaport Village Spring Busker Festival

San Diego’s Seaport Village hosts the only Busker Festival in Southern California. They bring professionals from across the country to perform their bizarre talents from sword swallowing to knife throwing to pogo stick tricks and juggling on unicycles. Throughout the two-day festival, some of the nation’s top performers fill the bay front village drawing visitors to shop, dine and enjoy an entire day of one-of-a-kind entertainment.

Seaport Village, 849 West Harbor Drive in San Diego, March 4 and 5, 12 p.m.-6 p.m. free entry, tips will be accepted by performers, 619-235-4014, seaportvillage.com

Marcus Stenz

sunday, march 5

Shostakovich and Beethoven

Augustin Hadelich brings his youthful energy, gorgeous sound and flawless technique to bear on Dmitri Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1. Guest conductor Marcus Stenz (Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra) then leads the Orchestra for Ludwig van Beethoven’s world-shaking masterpiece, his Symphony No. 5, which begins with the most famous four notes in classical music.

Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B Street in San Diego, 2 p.m., tickets from $20, 619-235-0804, sandiegosymphony.org

Robert Dubac

monday, march 6

The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron

With a shrug of his shoulders or a crook of his neck, Robert Dubac seamlessly transforms himself into five hysterical boneheads who offer sidesplitting advice on how to best straddle the gender gap – all while drinking a beer.

North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Dr. in Solana Beach, 7:30 p.m., tickets $37, 858-481-1055, northcoastrep.org

The cast of The Blameless | PHOTO: JIM COX

tuesday, march 7

The Blameless

Developed in The Old Globe’s 2016 New Voices Festival, The Blameless is a compassionate and moving look at the power of familial bonds in the most extraordinary of circumstances. The boisterous Garcia family has always tackled their days with warmth, humor and tough love. But today is no ordinary day. Struggling to recover from a painful event in their past, they must find a way to hold everything together as they welcome to dinner the one man who might help them heal – or reopen their wounds.

Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, The Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park, 7 p.m., tickets from $69, 619-234-5623, theoldglobe.org

Layers of Brilliance

wednesday, march 8

Layers of Brilliance

Layers of Brilliance explores the journey of Japanese lacquer tools. The tools of Japanese lacquer makers are implements of prolonged use and objects of remarkable beauty. These humble, functional boards, bowls, buckets, shelves and drawers were used to produce lacquer and in that process they became aesthetic objects. In their myriad colorful drips and accumulated layers of viscous texture, they record the countless lacquer objects created from them.

Mingei International Museum, 1439 El Prado in Balboa Park, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., adult admission $10, 619-239-0003, mingei.org

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