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Weekend Preview: March 24-27

Already daydreaming about the weekend? Groundswell6_webHere are my picks for what to do and where to go in Balboa Park during the days ahead. 

Thursday, March 24 – Theatre Night

Catch The Old Globe's 8pm performance of “Groundswell,” a drama that takes place in post-apartheid South Africa. If you’ve only been to the Globe for the Grinch and Shakespeare, this play will offer a deeper and more emotional experience; the San Diego Union-Tribune calls it a “compact, provocative thriller” with elements of envy and vengeance. If you’re under 30, use the Globe’s $20 Under 30 site for discounted tickets. 

Friday, March 25 – Tornado Friday

Tornado_alleySee the new IMAX film “Tornado Alley” and meet Dr. Richard Alley, one of the world’s leading climate researchers and host of "EARTH: The Operators’ Manual," a documentary mini-series set to premiere on PBS in April.  Dr. Alley will talk about the Earth’s climate and sustainable energy resources, and offer guests a sneak peek of the documentary. The event starts at 5pm and costs $20 for the film and the lecture.

 ManekiAlso on Friday - Cats ‘n’ Cocktails

Go to the Mingei International Museum from 5:30-8:30pm for Early Evening @ Mingei, a night of drinks, jazz, and the Maneki Neko (Beckoning Cat) exhibition. This exhibition opened last week with a collection of 155 cat sculptures made in the 19th and 20th centuries. The kitties may look like they're just waving but the Museum exp lains that a fabricated cat with its paw upraised in the gesture of beckoning has been considered a good luck charm. They are often placed in windows of Japanese restaurants and shops to bring good fortune. And they're really darn cute.

Sunday, March 27 – Fun and Free

Explore the Park’s blooming gardens and trails and then go to the House of Pacific Relations International Cottages at 2pm for the Sunday lawn program. The House of Iran is celebrating the Iranian New Year (Nowruz) with professional dancers from Los Angeles and dancers from the local Persian Dance Academy. There will also be poems, speeches, and music.