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San Diego weekend arts events: 'Clyde's,' 'Inside Out' and more

Cast members from Moxie Theatre's production of "Clyde's" are shown in an undated production photo.
Daren Scott
Moxie Theatre
Cast members from Moxie Theatre's production of "Clyde's" are shown in an undated production photo.

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Top picks


Theater | Moxie Theatre presents playwright Lynn Nottage's 2021 comedy about a truck stop sandwich shop that employs formerly incarcerated workers. The production is directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg, who is no stranger to Moxie — she was one of the theater company's founders and was artistic director for 12 years. This show is produced in partnership with Center for Employment Opportunities San Diego. Fun fact: "Clyde's" was the most produced play in America in 2022, according to data compiled each year from American Theatre Magazine.

Details: Event link. On stage through Mar. 10. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Moxie Theatre, 6663 El Cajon Blvd., Rolando. $20+.


Ving Simpson | 'Inside Out: Art from the Oceanside Studio, 1994-2023'

Visual art | Oceanside-based sculptor Ving Simpson will offer a glimpse into his creative studio practice over the last few decades, including the recreation of his studio shelves, scattered artfully with sculptures ranging from metals, clay, found objects and more. He'll also exhibit a series of paintings, using the museum's staircase to suspend oversized pieces. Simpson's use of objects, symbols and patterns is both strange and aesthetically lovely.

Three sculptures are shown on a shelf. Each is a gray-ish, taupe color that evokes steel.
Courtesy of Oceanside Museum of Art
Sculptures by Ving Simpson, from the "Mixed Object Collection," are shown in an undated photo.

Details: Event link. On view Feb. 17 through May 12. Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday; and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday. Oceanside Museum of Art, 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside. $0-$10.

'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time'

Theater | CCAE Theatricals presents this Tony Award-winning adaptation of Mark Haddon's beloved novel, following Christopher, who has autism, as he's accused of killing the neighbor's dog. The story unfolds as Christopher sleuths his way through London for the actual killer. This production at Center for the Arts Escondido stars Broadway's Daniel Patrick Russell as Christopher, and is directed by J. Scott Lapp.

Details: Event link. On stage Feb. 16 through Mar. 3. California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido. $35-$85.

'Daygo Eatz'

Visual art, Food, Music | In the heart of the San Diego Black Arts and Culture District, this Black History Month celebration will stretch into nine blocks of the Encanto neighborhood, beginning at Second Chance on Imperial Ave. There'll be food, an art walk, local business pop-ups, music, spoken word, panels and more. The Black Arts and Culture District and park were hit hard by recent floods — listen to our recent interview with advocates here.


Details: Daygo Eatz . 12-4:45 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 18. Second Chance. 6145 Imperial Ave., Encanto. Free.


Dance, Theater, Music, Youth | The Jason Mraz Foundation presents this powerhouse line-up of regional dance companies and performing arts organizations, all of which are grant recipients from the foundation. Participants include Monarch Dance, Wheelchair Dancers, Diversionary Theatre, San Diego Young Artist Music Academy and more. Their performances will be set to music by (none other than) Jason Mraz himself, who recently appeared as a contestant on "Dancing With The Stars."

Details: Event link. 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18. California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido. $49.50+.

Live music picks

Thursday: Baby Bushka at Music Box (pop); Faetooth, Well Hell and Pire at Whistle Stop (metal/indie); Tunnel Vision, B-Foundation, Capital Dub at Soda Bar (surf rock/reggae/ska); The Slashes, Rosa Rossa and Giant Waste of Man at Casbah (post-punk); Gideon at SOMA (metal); Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra at Belly Up (world); Bratty at House of Blues (indie, pop en Español);

Friday: Futurebirds and The Nude Party at Music Box (alt country/indie); Daniel, Me Estás Matando at House of Blues (indie/Latin); Poison Ruïn, New Skeletal Faces and Keepers at Soda Bar (metal); Kitchen Dwellers and TV Broken 3rd Eye Open at Belly Up (country, psychedelic).

Saturday: Little Hurricane, Rey Wolf, Grampadrew + Jules Stewart at Casbah (folk/singer-songwriter); Peachy San Diego 2024: Wavves, Destroy Boys and more at SOMA (rock); Ween at The Sound (rock); Steve Poltz 15th Annual 50th Birthday Bash at Belly Up (rock/folk); Sue Palmer at Books and Records (jazz), Unwritten Law at Observatory (rock); Dispersed, Face Facts, No Luck and more at Che Cafe (hardcore).

Sunday: The Hotelier, Foxing and Glitterer at Observatory (punk/emo); Tropa Magica and Los Blenders at Soda Bar (rock en Español); Party Hats, bulletsbetweentongues, Catalyst and more at Che Cafe (screamo, metal); Ween - Day 2 at The Sound (rock); Raffi at The Magnolia (folk).

More arts and culture weekend events

Alanna Airitam: 'New Histories' Artist Reception | Visual art
Photographer and former San Diegan Alanna Airitam will come to town for an artist reception at The Photographer's Eye Gallery to celebrate her solo exhibition, "New Histories: Where Present Meets Past." Check out my recent interview with Airitam about the exhibition here. Event link. Reception is 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17. The Photographer's Eye, 326 E Grand Ave., Escondido. Free.

19th annual San Diego Tết Fesitival | Dance, Music, Food, Cultural
Celebrate the Year of the Dragon with the Vietnamese community in Mira Mesa, which is considered the largest Lunar New Year event in the region. Spanning three days, the festival includes lion dances, traditional art, Vietnamese food and music. Event link. 5-10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16-18. Mira Mesa Community Park, 8575 New Salem St., Mira Mesa. Free.

Miró Quartet | Music
A late addition to replace the originally scheduled Arod Quartet, long-time international string stars Miró Quartet will grace the Conrad with a program of Haydn, Dvořák and Brahms. Event link. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17. The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center, 7600 Fay Ave., La Jolla. $46+.

San Diego Made Factory Benefit | Visual art, Music, Spoken word
After suffering major damage during the recent floods, San Diego Made Factory is holding a benefit art show and festival to raise funds for the space and impacted artists. Expect a silent auction featuring factory resident artists, poetry, live music, food and drinks and more. Event link. 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17. Bread and Salt, 1955 Julian Ave., Logan Heights. Free (donation based).

Hamsa Fae: 'Trans Aphrodesia' | Performance art, Poetry
Poet and performance artist Hamsa Fae will install and perform works that explore eroticism, repression and healing, from her book "Blood Frequency" and continuing on her installation at the Mingei last fall. The Brown Building is an all-ages space but the program contains adult themes. Event link. 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16. The Brown Building, 4133 Poplar St., City Heights. Free.

'Generational Black Pioneers Featuring Oceanside Firsts' | Storytelling, Theater, Visual art
This evening of storytelling from Oceanside's Black leaders and entrepreneurs will use multimedia and theater to bring the stories to life. Hear histories and personal narratives from the 1960s from some of Oceanside's first Black teachers and city leaders. The Brooks Theater space is also showing a special art exhibit through Mar. 26, "Black Perspectives: A Celebration of Community, Family and Heritage." Event link. 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17. Oceanside Theatre Company at Brooks Theater, 217 N. Coast Hwy, Oceanside. $15-$20.

'Fiddler on the Roof' | Theater, Music
San Diego Musical Theatre presents the classic musical, "Fiddler on the Roof," following the milkman, Tevye, as he tries to raise and protect his family amidst anti-Semitism in Russia. Beloved songs include "Matchmaker, Matchmaker," "If I Were a Rich Man," "Sunrise, Sunset" and more. Event link. On stage through Mar. 10. Performances are 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday; and 2 p.m Sunday. San Diego Musical Theatre, 4650 Mercury St., Kearny Mesa. $25-$70.

Melody Jean Moulton: 'Minutiae' | Visual art
Trash Lamb Gallery owner Melody Jean Moulton will hold a solo exhibition of her own work, a series of dozens upon dozens of tiny collage works, each contained in an elaborate golden frame. Event link. On view through Mar. 3. Gallery hours are 12-6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 12-5 p.m. Sunday, also viewable by appointment. Trash Lamb Gallery, 2365 30th St., South Park. Free.