The City: Top to Bottom


thursday, march 9


New York City’s Underground Ballroom Scene: It’s a larger-than-life world in which LGBTQ youths of color are empowered by staging elaborate dance competitions that showcase their dynamic choreography, fabulous costumes, and fierce attitude. It’s also a safe haven for struggling, at-risk teens who find acceptance, support, and friendship within the Kiki community. Granted intimate access to the scene, filmmaker Sara Jordenö introduces viewers to some of Kiki culture’s most prominent personalities, going beyond the glamour of the balls to highlight the serious challenges facing queer black and Latino young people.

Digital Gym Cinema, 2921 El Cajon Blvd. in North Park, 5:10 and 9 p.m., general admission $11, 619-230-1938,

Circus Vargas – Steam Cirque

friday, march 10

Circus Vargas – Steam Cirque

Circus Vargas embarks on a brand new epic adventure under the big top! Goggles, gears, and gadgets set the stage for 2017’s retro-futuristic production, Steam Cirque! Join them on a journey of fantastic proportions where children of all ages will marvel at the wacky and wonderful cast of characters that come alive in this exciting steampunk, science- fiction fantasy inspired circus odyssey!

Circus Vargas, Westfield North County, 272 E Via Rancho Pkwy in Escondido, 4:30 p.m., tickets from $17,

San Diego St. Patrick’s Day Parade

saturday, march 11

2017 San Diego St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The Parade travels up Fifth Avenue from Laurel Street to Upas Street then returns down Sixth Avenue back to Laurel Street. There are over 120 groups participating in the parade including bagpipers and high school marching bands, police and fire department units, floats, dance troupes, marching and equestrian units, clowns, dignitaries and honorees, antique cars and more. This year’s Executive Grand Marshal is Frances Fitzgerald T.D., Tánaiste and Minister for Justice & Equality in Ireland. Other Honorees include Parade Grand Marshal Roxana Kennedy, Chief of Police of the City of Chula Vista and guest Maeve Rochford of Sugar & Scribe.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Festival​, Fifth and Laurel Streets in San Diego, parade start time 10:30 a.m., festival hours 9 a.m.-6 p.m.,

Finesse Mitchell

sunday, march 12

Finesse Mitchell

Finesse was a member of the 2013 Shaq All-Star Comedy Jam tour. He further shined on the SHAQ All-Star one-hour comedy special taped in Atlanta, GA which aired on Showtime. In addition to being an SNL/Saturday Night Live alum Finesse’s previous credits include Disney’s A.N.T. Farm and BET/ Centric’s According To Him & Her. Mitchell has also had numerous appearances on NBC’s Today Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Arsenio Hall Show, B.E.T Comic View, Tyra, and many more.

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

Living with Animals

monday, march 13

Living with Animals

We’ve formed all kinds of relationships with all kinds of animals, and we encounter them everywhere in our daily lives: they cuddle up with us on the couch, crawl silently through our walls, sit on our dinner plates, and more. But whether we see an animal as a pet, a pest, or food has changed over time and across cultures, making our relationships with them dynamic and complex to say the least. Take a journey and discover all the surprising, unique, and inspiring ways that we live with animals. You’ll find we’re not human without them!

San Diego Museum of Man, 1350 El Prado in Balboa Park, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., general admission $, 619-239-2001,

Orion Weiss

tuesday, march 14

Mozart Up Close

A celebration of the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart written for great musicians in small spaces. The concert features special guest pianist Orion Weiss, one of the most sought-after soloists in his generation of young American musicians, who has performed with the major American orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic and New York Philharmonic.

Susan Narucki and Donald Berman

The Auditorium at TSRI, 10620 John Jay Hopkins Drive in San Diego, 7:30 p.m., tickets $35, 619-235-0804,

wednesday, march 15

Susan Narucki and Donald Berman

Longtime collaborators, soprano Susan Narucki and pianist Donald Berman present an evening of works for voice and piano that combine intensity of expression and overarching lyricism. The concert’s first half juxtaposes two works by György Kurtág: Three Old Inscriptions and Requiem For the Beloved with selections from Robert Schumann’s Kerner Lieder, Op. 35. Alexander Zemlinsky’s Op. 13, a set of six songs to poems by Maurice Maeterlinck and works by American composer James Primosch complete the program.

Conrad Prebys Concert Hall, UC San Diego, 9500 Gilman Dr. in La Jolla, 7 p.m., general admission $15.50, 858-534-3448,

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