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There's lot to do in San Diego this coming week.

From new comedy shows to political discussions, from saving medical marijuana to special events surrounding the “In The Next Room (or the vibrator play)” and from swing dancing to movie watching -- it's possible you're going to be out every night for the next week!

Plus, there's still time to head out to Palm Springs and catch Melissa Etheridge in concert!

On Stage

Hal Holbrook’s "Mark Twain” returns to the Civic Theatre on Saturday, March 19, at 8 pm, for one night only! Cost: $30-$65

The San Diego premiere of “In The Next Room (or the vibrator play)” begins with previews on March 19, opens on March 25 and runs through April 17 at the Repertory Theatre. Keep an eye out for Theater Critic Jean Lowerison’s review, plus these exciting, free events:

March 16 to April 17: FIG presents What Women Want (Lyceum Gallery) - “What Women Want” is a multimedia exploration of what women desire out of life personally, socially and politically. As artists, the members of the Feminist Image Group (FIG) are concerned about how women continue to be portrayed in the art world. As teachers, professionals, and feminists, they encourage their students and colleagues to be alert to sexism in its many forms. We promote an inclusive worldview that allows all voices. As friends, they aid each other in our creative and curatorial endeavors. “What Women Want” is their fourth group exhibition. This free exhibition is open to the public during the Lyceum Theatre’s hours of operation.

Saturday, March 19, at 7 pm (8 pm show) - Dancing Through Time. Become an instant expert on the dances of the 19th century. Complete with authentic music and vintage costumes, dancers will be in full Victorian motion as the Lyceum lobby becomes a ballroom for one night only.

Sunday, March 20, at 6 pm (7 pm show) - “The Rubber Rose & The Clothesline Project” - This is an adult boutique that aims to radicalize the sex toy industry and people’s vision of human sexuality, presents a discussion on how having an understanding of one’s desires and pleasure-based anatomy can possibly prevent further damage and encourages self-love as a tool to ending violent and abusive relationships.

Tuesday, March 22, at 6 pm (7 pm show) – “Understanding The Room Next Door” - You might be surprised what doctors were telling women about their bodies and minds in the 19th century. Just what was this illness called hysteria? Hosting this provocative conversation is Alicia Chavez-Arteaga, a founding member and the director of operations for Izcalli (a cultural arts non-profit), and a co-founder of the Chicana/o comedy troupe, Teatro Izcalli.

Wednesday, March 23, at 6 pm (7 pm show) “What was Victoria’s Secret?” - Peek under the petticoats and corsets to see what life entailed for the Victorian woman of status. Award-winning costume designer Jennifer Brawn Gittings and production dramaturge Dawn Moore share amazing details about underwear, strict moral codes and astonishing customs that governed the life of women in the 1880s.

Check out this preview of "In the Next Room (or the vibrator play)":



In anticipation of its Broadway premiere, producers of The Normal Heart have teamed up with Freedom to Marry. If 10,000 people “like” the production’s Facebook page before opening night, April 27, Freedom to Marry will receive a $10,000 donation to help win marriage for same-sex couples nationwide.

There still a chance to see … Sam Shepard’s gem "Simpatico" at the New Village Arts Theatre in Carlsbad. Read the REVIEW by SDGLN Theatre Critic Jean Lowerison.

Need a Laugh?

“The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter” - Mark Twain

Brew Ha Ha Comedy Entertainment will feature three nights of diversity and laughter.

One of the funniest headliners working across America, comedian Anita Milner, will be in San Diego for two nights. Friday, March 18, she will be at Island Juice, 6784 El Cajon Blvd. Parking is available at Pep Boys. On Saturday, March 19, check her out at 4590 Park Blvd. at Madison in University Heights 92115.

Seating for both shows begins at 6 pm; show begins at 7 pm. Cost: No cover. No two-drink minimum.

Sunday, March 20, the Brew Ha Ha crew presents the first ever, all women, all-gay, night of laughter. Gio Bistro and Wine Bar in La Mesa. Reservations must be made at (619) 922-9057. Seating begins at 5:30 pm – show at 7 pm. Cost: No cover, but donations suggested

Comedians Rajan Dharni and Christian Spicer host Live Comedy Live on Monday, March 21, with comedy headliner Mat Edgar.

“Aside from being the newest paid regular at the World Famous Hollywood Comedy Store, a large honor itself, he also serves as a great representative for the next generation of comedy,” Spicer said. “We jumped at the chance to bring him down and expose everyone to his brand of comedy before he takes over Hollywood. It is like catching U2 at a club before their first arena tour.”

Check out Mat Edga on Boyz II Men:



The show starts at 8:30 pm at Bourbon Street Bar and Grill, 4612 Park Blvd. in University Heights. Cost: 100% free – “Cheap Booze, Rock-bottom Cover, No Drink Min ... Seriously.”

Film Related

FilmOut San Diego, Flawless, Bourbon Street and the GSDBA are sponsoring March’s film screening of “Death Becomes Her”, starring Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis and Goldie Hawn. Tonight Wednesday, March 16, at 7 pm Birch North Park Theatre.Cost: $10

Catch another John Hughes’ classic! “Pretty In Pink” will screen at the Pearl Hotel’s Dive-In Theatre – San Diego’s Coolest Movie Experience. Screening takes place at poolside lounge Wednesday, March 16, at 8 pm. Admission: Free but bring some cash for food and drinks!

Still a chance to catch the Cine Gay Showcase, which highlights the experiences of gay life in different corners of the world, underlining the universal experience as well as the unique expressions of the Latin LGBT community. Festival runs through March20 at Regal Cinemas in Mission Valley. Get detailed information featuring reviews, video previews and show times. Film passes are available for multiple screenings or purchase individual $10 ticket

Cinema Under the Stars: Watch the Oscar-nominated film, “The Fighter,” starring Mark Wahlberg and Oscar winner Christian Bale, on Friday, March 18, and Saturday, March 19 at 8 pm. Location is 4040 Goldfinch St., San Diego, CA 92103. Cost: $14-$15

Politics & Beyond

The Civilized Conversation Club will get together for a political discussion titled "Red Versus Blue – The Cultural Divide" on Thursday, March 17. Topics include religious vs. secular and Roe v. Wade. Discussion beings at 7 pm at 4096 30th St. Call (619) 521-0533 for details. Cost: Free

Thursday, March 17, the San Diego Democratic Club (SDDC) will host a panel discussion on a controversial new initiative to reform the governance structure of the San Diego Unified School District. Meeting begins at 7 pm at the Joyce Beers Uptown Community Center (on Vermont Street, two blocks north of University Avenue, directly across from Trader Joe’s). Click on the link for additional details; there are many items listed on the agenda.

According to the newly elected SDDC president, Doug Case, “We need to re-tool and re-energize the club and increase and diversify our membership as we gear up for next year’s election cycle.”

Want to stop the ban on medical cannabis? A special event is taking place on Monday, March 21, at the Joyce Beers Community Center in Hillcrest. On the agenda is the pending City Council vote on March 28 to close every medical cannabis facility. Get the full details on speakers and how you can help.

Classes & Special Events

Get all the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations happening on March 17 right here.

Grammy Award winner Melissa Etheridge is performing on Saturday, March 19, at 8 pm at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino just outside of Palm Springs. Cost: $49-$89

It’s dancing time! Get those feet moving – there’s a musical beat for everyone, beginning with Salsa Parties at Tango Deo Rey (3567 Del Rey St., 92109) on Friday, March 18. Beginners tango lessons (7 pm), followed by lessons for intermediates and beginners (7:45 pm). Open dancing with DJs La Mafia, Victor and Jose "Timbalero" (8:30 pm), followed by dance performances by professional dancers. Call (619) 200-7124 for details.

Also, on Friday, March 18, check out the introductory Argentine tango classes, ongoing, 9-10 pm. No partner required. Social dancing follows, 10 pm to 1 am. Cost: $7. Get the full details.

On Monday, March 21, head over to U-31 (3112 University Ave., 92104) for the start of Monday Night Swing. Swing classes include jump swing (7:30 pm), sultry swing (8:30 pm), practice time with DJ Meeshi (9:30 pm), music for dancing by Lady Dottie and the Diamonds (10 pm to 1:30 am). Cover: $10, includes one or both classes, admission to see Lady Dottie; after 10 pm, cover is $3. RSVP + additional details.

On Sunday, March 20, head over to the Red Lotus Blooming Club for CHANGE: A concert & Multicultural art show benefitting humanitarian disaster relief. Proceeds will benefit ShelterBox, an organization making a trip to Ghana in Africa.

Exposure to culture is always free on Tuesdays at Balboa Park, with participating museums offering complementary admission to San Diego residents and military personnel.

GET GOING is a weekly feature highlighting San Diego’s best events with an emphasis on, but not limited to, theater, dance, music, comedy, politics, films and museums. Submit notices by e-mail prior to our Wednesday publication date to Staff Writer Esther Rubio-Sheffrey at esther@sdgln.com.