The Best Events of the Weekend in San Diego: February 17-20

Thursday February 17

A film from “The Dinner,” which is available to stream online as part of the 2022 San Diego International Jewish Film Festival.

(Courtesy picture)

San Diego International Jewish Film Festival: Catch the final four days of the San Diego International Jewish Film Festival, which ends on Sunday. This year’s lineup includes more than 30 films, shorts and documentaries, all of which are available for virtual streaming. There are also 11 in-person film screenings still on the schedule, including “Wet Dog” (Thursday), “Kiss Me Kosher” (Friday), “200 Meters” (Saturday) and “Tiger Within” (Sunday). Times vary, until February 20. David & Dorothea Garfield Theater at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla. Tickets are $15 per film (excluding fees);

READ MORE: Your guide to the 2022 San Diego International Jewish Film Festival

Work titled Omphalos 2002 by Marie Watt

Omphalos 2002 by Marie Watt

(University of San Diego)

“Storywork: The Prints of Marie Watt”: In its new exhibit, “Storywork,” the University of San Diego features the work of Oregon-based contemporary artist Marie Watt. The exhibit is a comprehensive overview of Watt’s 30-year career in printing techniques – including printmaking and lithography – which are often inspired by Native American imagery. The exhibit also features carvings and textiles that tell Native American stories, including Watt’s Seneca heritage. On view from noon to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. Until May 13. University Galleries, University of San Diego, 5998 Alcala Park, Linda Vista. (Paid parking is available in the west and main parking structures.) Free;

Suzanne Santo: Suzanne Santo, who released her second album “Yard Sale” last year, is playing a headlining show in San Diego. The evening also includes opener Izzi Ray. 8:30 p.m. Thursday. The Casbah, 2501 Kettner Blvd., Middletown. 21 and over. $20;

Friday February 18

Black History Awareness Art Exhibit: The Merrow and The Empowered Art Society are hosting an evening full of education and entertainment to celebrate and honor the empowerment work of the Black community. Stop to view the work of talented artists and learn about Black History awareness. There will also be live music, food and craft vendors, and prizes/giveaways. 5-10 p.m. Friday. The Merrow, 1271 University Avenue, Hillcrest. Tickets are $5, with a $15 upgrade option for a swag bag; donations for the WorldBeat Cultural Center will also be collected at the door.

Justin Biber: Pop star Justin Bieber, who released his sixth studio album “Justice” last year, is bringing his Justice World Tour to Pechanga Arena. The evening also features special guests Jaden, Eddie Benjamin and ¿Téo? 7 p.m. Friday Pechanga Arena, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., Midway DistrictTickets start at $64.50;

READ MORE: ‘Justice’ for Justin: Pop superstar Justin Bieber visits San Diego on his ‘Justice World Tour’

Kevin Nealon

Kevin Nealon

(Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

Kevin Neon: Comedian and actor Kevin Nealon, who might be best known for his run on “Saturday Night Live” from 1986 to 1995, will headline five comedy shows in San Diego this weekend. 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday American Comedy Co., 818 Sixth Ave., Gaslamp. Tickets are $30 and $35;

READ MORE: ‘Saturday Night Live’ star Kevin Nealon appears in San Diego this weekend

Clint Coley: With four comedy albums under his belt — “I’m a Grown,” “Sturgis,” “Sensitive” and “Tuesday Morning” — Philadelphia comedian Clint Coley has plenty of material to pull from. (Fun fact: 2014’s “I’m an Adult” was actually recorded live in San Diego.) In addition to stand-up, Coley is also a writer, actor, podcaster, and author. 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with 9 p.m. shows Friday and Saturday. The Comedy Store La Jolla, 916 Pearl St., La Jolla. Tickets are $25;

Disney Princess: The Concert: Disney fans: get ready to hear your favorite songs come to life at this Disney Princess concert! Presented by Pandora, the show features four Broadway singer/actresses – Susan Egan, Arielle Jacobs, Anneliese van der Pol and Syndee Winters – who have previously played Disney characters in official productions. These women will perform solo and group numbers from numerous Disney films, with the accompanying films projected onto the big screen behind them. 7:30 p.m. Friday. The Magnolia, 210 East Main St., El Cajon. Tickets start at $39.50;

Restaurant Valle in Oceanside.

Restaurant Valle in Oceanside.

(Courtesy of Valle)

Winemaker Series at Valle d’Oceanside Restaurant: Executive Chef Roberto Alcocer’s Valle Restaurant at the new Mission Pacific Hotel in Oceanside is launching a Winemaker Series dinner with Lechuza Wines. Enjoy a four-course dinner with wine pairings that complement Chef Alcocer’s Baja-inspired menu. One of the Valley’s favorite wineries, Lechuza Wines is known for its Cabernet, Bevviolo, Merlot and Tempranillo varietals. 8 p.m. Friday. Restaurant Valle, 222 North Pacific Street, Oceanside. Tickets are $150 per person. Call 866.723.8906 to make a reservation or book at

Steve Poltz and the Rugburns: Celebrate the 13th anniversary of Steve Poltz’s 50th birthday! Poltz and his band The Rugburns will perform two back-to-back shows at Belly Up, with special guests Aaron Lee Tasjan (Friday) and Oliver Wood and Lindsay Lou (Saturday). 9 p.m. on Friday and 8 p.m. on Saturday. Belly Up Tavern, 143 South Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. 21 and over. Tickets start at $38;

Saturday February 19

Black Com!x Day: Black Com!x Day, which spotlights black artists and writers, returns for its fourth year after a hiatus in 2021. This family-friendly, all-ages event – hosted by Keithan Jones of KID comics and Makeda “Dread”, founder of the WorldBeat Cultural Center Cheatom – gives San Diegans the opportunity to meet comics industry professionals working for big names like Marvel, DC, and Image Comics, as well as independent publishers. At 1 p.m. on both days, The Hall H Show’s Aaron Nabus will host a special panel: “Empowered: Doing Black Owned Business Today” (Saturday) and “Black Women in Comics and Publishing” (Sunday). 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. WorldBeat Cultural Center, 2100 Park Blvd., Balboa Park. To free;

Brown-ish at Laugh Factory: Comedian Erik Rivera hosts “Brown-ish,” a jam-packed show featuring Latino comedians like Angelica Valenzuela, David Del Rosario, Frank Castillo, Kari Assad and Victor Pacheco. 8 p.m. Saturday. Laugh Factory, 432 F St., Gaslamp. 18 and over. $20;

Alice Phoebe Lou: South African indie pop/folk artist Alice Phoebe Lou, who released two albums in 2021, performs a sold-out concert with Sam Burton. 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Soda Bar, 3615 El Cajon Blvd., Normal Heights. Sold out, with places available on the waiting list;

Sunday February 20

Harry Mac: Known for his visual freestyle rap performances, Harry Mack takes his impromptu act on the road with his 2022 Energy Exchange Tour. His San Diego show at Music Box also features Daygo Fatts and DJ Surjazz. 8:30 p.m. Sunday. Music Box, 1337 India Street, Little Italy. 18 and over. $27 to $30;

We are scientists: New York-based indie rock band We Are Scientists, who released their seventh album “Huffy” last fall, put on a show in San Diego with Brian Bond and Communipaw. 8:30 p.m. Sunday. Soda Bar, 3615 El Cajon Blvd., Normal Heights. $22.59;

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