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

On Stage

The San Diego Opera presents two special performances of "Charles Gounod's Faust", the blazing tale of old and disillusioned Faust, who exchanges his soul for youth and pleasure - find out if he'll spend eternity in hell or be saved by angels. Friday, April 29 and Sunday, May 1 at the Civic Theatre downtown. Cost: $35 - $220.

The final production of Diversionary Theatre's 2010 season, "Dooley", begins on May 5. One show in particular will benefit St. Paul’s Foundation, as the theater is helping to support Bishop Christopher Senyonjo’s work among LGBT people in Uganda. The special event on Saturday, May 14, starts at 6:30 pm with a special cupcake and champagne reception before evening's performance. Purchase advance tickets by Sunday, May 1 at the discounted price of $25.

"Nurse Jackie" fans, tonight through May 15, watch award-winning playwright and actress Anna Deavere Smith perform her one-woman play, "Let Me Down Easy" at the San Diego REPertory Theatre. Special "Surround Event" for ticket holders include a Health Care and Seniors Q&A following the May 1, 2 pm matinée. Cost: $39 - $44.

Watch Smith discuss "Let Me Down Easy"

On Saturday, April 30, show your support for Cygnet Theatre by attending the 2011 Cygnet Gala from 6 to 10 pm at the Prado. Suggested attire is 60's chic and among the many silent auctions items, there is a 7-night stay for two at Rancho La Puerta. Cost: $150 - $1,250.

Need a Laugh?

Brew Ha Ha Comedy Entertainment will feature two nights of the hilarious national headliner: Dangerous Dick. You may have heard him on 91X and Rock 101FM's "The Dick and Shibba Show." Laugh along with him on Friday, April 29, at Island Juice, 6784 El Cajon Blvd. Parking is available at Pep Boys, and again on Saturday, April 30 at 4590 Park Blvd in University Heights. Cost: Free.

Rajan Dharni and Christian Spicer host "Live Comedy Live" on Monday, May 2, and will feature headliner Justin Martindale. The show starts at 8:30 pm at Bourbon Street Bar and Grill in University Heights. Cost: Free.

Watch Martindale's take on infomercials:

Film Related

If you're in the Carlsbad area, watch the animated story of a rat with culinary taste -- "Ratatouille" at the Carlsbad City Library at 5:30 pm. Cost: Free

Relive the glitz and glamor of your favorite New York gals, West Coast style. Watch "Sex and the City" poolside at the Pearl Hotel Dive-In Movie Theater -- "San Diego’s coolest movie experience." Wednesday, April 27, at 8 pm. Admission: Free, but bring some cash for food and drinks!

If you love Johnny Depp, and you love chocolate (who doesn't?) then Cinema Under the Stars has three nights to satisfy the craving. Lent is over, and it's the perfect time to watch "Chocolat"! Thursday, April 28 through Saturday, April 30, at 8:30 pm at 4040 Goldfinch St., Mission Hills. Cost: $14 - $15.

Special Events

Charity never tasted this good -- it's time to Dine Out for Life on Thursday, April 28. Learn all about this all-day event in SDGLN's official guide and be sure to also read about the participants who are passionate about fight against HIV/AIDS.

Stop and smell the flowers! The San Diego Museum of Art presents it's 30th annual Art Alive floral event, where over 100 floral designers will create arrangements inspired by the Museum’s renowned collection. Opening night reception begins Thursday, April 28 and the exhibit will remain open through May 1. Cost: Varies, depending on date and special events.

Councilmember Todd Gloria will join Equality California at the Equality Awards to Honor Judge Victoria Kolakowski, the nation's first openly transgender judge. The awards celebration will include an open-bar reception hosted by Blue Angel Vodka, silent auction, gourmet dinner and after party. Join the celebration on Saturday, April 30 starting at 6 p.m. at the San Diego Hall of Champions in Balboa Park.

The Healing Arts Fest on Adams takes place on Saturday, April 30 from 10 am to 7 pm and Sunday, May 1 from 10 am to 6 pm. Their mission is to promote the use of integrative healing arts and improve access to care in under-served communities. Stop by for free information, plus enjoy beats from local musicians. Cost: Free.

Head over to Little Italy this weekend, April 30 and May 1, for the annual Art Walk, featuring more than 300 artists and more than 30 music and dance performances. Admission: Free.

It's not quite Cinco de Mayo yet, but San Diegans are celebrating early at the 28th Annual Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1 from 11 am to 10 pm. Listen to mariachi music and Latin rock, cruise through the "lowrider lane," and there's plenty of children's activities, as well as food and beverages. Admission: Free.

Ongoing ...

Thanks for supporting marriage equality! Producers of The Normal Heart will donate $10,000 to Freedom to Marry because more than 10,000 people "like" the production’s Facebook page!

Be a part of the celebration! Don't miss the application deadline for San Diego Pride Festival entertainers, it is available 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.