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GET GOING with VIDEOS: Your handy guide to San Diego's top events!

On Stage

The New Village Arts Theatre in Carlsbad begins their West Coat premiere of Scott Hudson’s "Sweet Storm" tonight, through April 30. Travel back to 1960 and join newlyweds on their honeymoon in Florida in a romantic tree house amid an unexpected storm.Cost: pay what you can nights & up to $30

One Night Only! Cygnet Theatre's Playwright Companion series presents a staged reading of "I Am A Camera" - a story by John Van Druten about youth who must come to terms with their hopes and dreams amid the evil rise of the Nazi Reich. April 25 at 7 pm. Cost: $10

Through May 15, the Lamb's Players Theatre is featuring the magical adventure of "The Book of Dun Cow" - a performance described by show producers as a fascinating good vs. evil tale - think, "Animal Farm" meets "Lord of the Rings" as told by Cirque du Soleil - see preview video below. Cost: $28 - $58


Support the student production of "Jeffrey" - the hilarious comedy about celibacy's obstacles in a time of AIDS. It's on SDSU's Experimental Theatre Stage Thursday, April 21 through Saturday, April 22, and the best deal in town - Cost: $3

If you have yet to see the fabulous "Cabaret", get your tickets now for the Wednesday, April 27 performance because it's Out Night at Cygnet - a pre-show mixer with cocktails and appetizers geared specifically toward the LGBT community. Cost: free with ticket purchase

Through April 24, don't miss two San Diego locals in the cast of STOMP performing musical rhythms with unlikely instruments (like matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, and hubcaps) at the Civic Theatre downtown. Cost: $20 - $99.

Need a Laugh?

Tonight - April 20 the folks at Cafe Libertalia present Comedy on the Crest, a 90-minute improv sketch ensemble, hosted by Mitch Feingold. Appropriate for all ages. Cost: $5.

Brew Ha Ha Comedy Entertainment will feature headliner Rick Gene on Friday, April 22 at Island Juice, as well as on Saturday, April 23 at 4590 Park Blvd. in University Heights. Cost: Free.

Support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society on Saturday, April 23 at Analog's Charity Comedy Event featuring headliner Rocky Osborn, with comedians Dante Dumas and Sindi Somers. Comedy starts at 6 pm, stay after for beats by Cheyenne Giles at 10 pm. Cost: $20.

Rajan Dharni and Christian Spicer host "Live Comedy Live" on Monday, April 25, with one of the biggest names in comedy as seen on "Last Comic Standing" and "Chelsea Lately" -- Shawn Pelofsky. The show starts at 8:30 pm at Bourbon Street Bar and Grill, 4612 Park Blvd. in University Heights. Cost: Free.

Watch Shawn Pelofsky parody "Lady HaHa: A Day In The Life" (Note: she is a huge Gaga fan):


Film Related

FilmOut presents the hilarious story about Manhattan's most fabulous fruit fly -- "Violet Tendencies" tonight, April 20 at 7 pm at the Birch North Park Theatre. Cost: $10.

Travel back to 1980 with Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Murray and the cast of "Caddyshack" at the Pearl Hotel Dive-In Movie Theater -- "San Diego’s coolest movie experience." Catch the poolside screening Wednesday, April 20, at 8 pm. Admission: Free, but bring some cash for food and drinks!


The Museum of Photographic Arts presents an Italian film screening about a family's internal war for riches and power -- "I Vicere (The Viceroys)" screens on Thursday, April 21at 7 pm - Cost: $5 suggested donation.

Watch the Academy Award winner for Best Picture, "The King's Speech" at Cinema Under the Stars on Friday, April 22, and Saturday, April 23, at 8 pm at 4040 Goldfinch St., Mission Hills. Cost: $14 - $15.

Special Events

TOAST Enoteca & Cucina presents an intimate wine festival -- Tasting the Top Wines of Vinitaly. Try unlimited samples of TOAST's featured cuisine items and more than 40 award-winning wines featured from Verona, Italy. Thursday, April 21 from 6 to 9 pm. Cost: $60.

Liberty Station is set to host the Spring Fling Community Festival, Easter Egg Hunt and Cornhole Tournament on Saturday, April 23. The one-day festival includes inflatable slides and bounce-houses, balloon artists, face painters, lawn games, kids crafts and games, a raffle with prizes, an 'Amazing Scavenger Hunt,' live entertainment and much more. Fun for all ages. Cost: Free.

San Diego's smallest theater - the North Park Vaudeville - presents the one-night event, The Vaudeville Show, featuring nine acts of "family-suitable entertainment," including singers, dancers, comedy, and specialty acts. Saturday, April 23 at 8 pm. Cost: $14.

Lots of stuff happening at Balboa Park on Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24. Museum visitors can enjoy half-off admission from 10 am to noon at select, participating museums. There is also a Benefit Concert for Japan on Saturday, at the World Beat Center from 2 pm to 6 pm - Cost: $10 - and the 52nd Annual Easter Lily Display can be seen at the Botanical Building through May 4 - Cost: Free. It's also your last chance to catch The Floating World, sponsored by the San Diego Museum of Art. It's a contemporary dance performance celebrating some of the narratives from Japanese woodblock prints, performances are at 2pm and 5 pm at the James S. Copley Auditorium. Cost: $24 - $30.

Don't miss the North Park Pub Crawl. This is your chance to sip and taste delicious creations from 11 of your favorite North Park bars and restaurants for only $5/each. Fun begins at 8 pm on Monday, April 25.

On Tuesday, April 26 the San Diego Alliance for Marriage Equality (SAME) will host a Equality Workshop & Pot-luck from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. All are welcome. Cost: Free

Ongoing ...

Support marriage equality! In anticipation of its Broadway premiere, producers of The Normal Heart will donate $10,000 to Freedom to Marry if 10,000 people "like" the production’s Facebook page before opening night on April 27. Close to 9,000 people have already "liked" the page – join the cause!

Be a part of the celebration! The application deadline for San Diego Pride Festival entertainers has been extended through April 30. Musicians, dance troupes and comedians interested in performing can get all the necessary information at San Diego Pride’s website.

The National Comedy Theatre (NCT) in Hillcrest features comedic performances to "Whose Line is it Anyway?" The audience picks the games, helps comedians call the fouls, and ultimately decides which team is the evening's winner. And it's CLEAN! Appropriate for all ages and no drink minimums. NCT performances are every Friday and Saturday at 7:30 and 9:45 pm. Thursdays are College Team Nights at 7:30 pm and on Sunday, shows begin at 8 pm. Cost: $8 - $15.

Balboa Park is one of America’s Coolest Park! Check it out for free on Tuesdays, with complimentary admission for 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.