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San Diego’s Top Weekend Events: Rolodex and Roosters

A photo of (from left) Karyn Overstreet, Joy Yandell and Allison Spratt Pearc...

Credit: Courtesy of San Diego Musical Theatre

Above: A photo of (from left) Karyn Overstreet, Joy Yandell and Allison Spratt Pearce from the 2017 production of "9 to 5: The Musical."

Remember secretary pools and rotary phones? Travel back to those days, or even further, with these top weekend events.

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"9 to 5: The Musical"


Dust off that Rolodex! San Diego Musical Theatre presents "9 to 5: The Musical," a theater adaptation of the 1980 film starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton.

The workplace comedy finds three women bonding over their sexist boss and eventually decide to take charge and change office practices. The show features Parton’s original hit song, "9 to 5," plus 18 original Parton numbers, including "Backwoods Barbie" and "Shine Like the Sun."

Details: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays; 7:30 p.m. Thursdays. Through Feb. 26. Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway, downtown. $32 to $72; find tickets.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Mark Markley

A lion head for Chinese New Year.

Chinese New Year Food and Cultural Fair

Food, Dance

This popular Lunar New Year celebration honors the Year of the Rooster. This is a two-day party in the streets of downtown that brings lion dancers, martial arts demonstrations, storytellers, cultural performances and a lantern parade.

There will also be plenty of street food, with booths modeled after a bustling Night Market.

Details: Festivities begin at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Chinatown District, 3rd Avenue and J Street, downtown. Free; additional information.

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A photo of Samantha Ginn (left) and Shana Wride appearing in Diversionary's 2017 staging of Lisa Kron plays.

Lisa Kron plays


Diversionary Theatre stages two plays by Lisa Kron in rotating repertory.

Kron, who wrote the lyrics and book for the Tony Award-winning musical "Fun Home," is known for her inventive and provocative plays.

"2.5 Minute Ride," first seen at the La Jolla Playhouse in 1996, is about a woman's investigation of her relationship with her father through three life events. In "Well," a woman uses art to avoid confrontation with her mother.

Details: Both plays open this weekend and continue through March 19. Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd., University Heighs. $15 to $45; find tickets.

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British Prints

Visual arts

The University of San Diego and The British Museum have partnered to bring a unique exhibition: British Modern from the British Museum: From the Great War to the Grosvenor School. This collection of works, which has never been seen in the western United States, showcases the birth of the British modernist movement during World War I.

Details: On display from noon to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. The Hoehn Family Galleries at Founders Hall 102, University of San Diego, 5998 Alcala Park. Free; additional information.


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