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Weekend Eight Great: 'Spring Awakening' and Light the Night

Another week, another eight great. And, despite the fact you’ll have to travel to OC, my pick for this weekend is the Tony Award-winning musical “Spring Awakening.” It is an outstanding production, and it’s likely this is your last chance to see it on the west coast.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s annual fundraiser to fight blood cancers is an inspiring event that honors survivors, rallies supporters, and remembers those lost. The Light the Night Walk — this year, on Friday at Qualcomm Stadium at 5 p.m. — raises critical funds for blood cancer research; financial assistance for patient transportation, medication and testing; and educational materials and programs and counseling for patients and their families. Thousands of walkers carry illuminated balloons — white for survivors, red for supporters and gold in memory of loved ones lost to cancer — to raise awareness of blood cancers. Whether you’re a survivor, or the friend or family member of someone who has battled cancer, join the walk to fight leukemia and lymphoma. For more information about the Light the Night Walk, visit The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Web site. Qualcomm Stadium is located at 9449 Friars Rd.

‘Spring Awakening’: I’ll admit this is a bit of a stretch; the national tour of the Tony Award-winning musical “Spring Awakening” breezed through San Diego’s Balboa Theatre last year. You’ll have to travel to the Orange County Performing Arts Center to see it now, but it is well worth the trek. Based on Frank Wedekind’s 1891banned play of the same name, the modern Broadway adaptation navigates the tricky and turbulent coming-of-age of German teenagers in the 1890s. It isn’t delicate in its subject matter; the musical includes scenes and themes of masturbation, sex abuse, domestic violence, abortion and suicide. It certainly isn’t for everyone; on opening night at the OCPAC, a number of audience members chose to leave at intermission. I find that incomprehensible. “Spring Awakening” is one of the most original, inspired, unsettling musicals ever made; the music and lyrics are stunning, and this incarnation of the cast holds its own. In short, it is a phenomenal show and this may be your last chance to see it anytime soon. It closed on Broadway in January and the national tour closes in Florida in May. This is the last time (in the forseeable future) it will be on the West Coast. See my blog post on “Spring Awakening” here, and get your tickets on OCPAC’s Web site now.

San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival: The premiere culinary event of the year — The San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival — will return this weekend featuring the city’s top chefs and a mouthwatering lineup of wines and cooking creations. Brian Malarkey — a former contestant on Bravo’s “Top Chef” — Alex Strata, Gary Thompson and Sam “The Cooking Guy” Zien will teach culinary classes, but the highlight of the event will be the Grand Tasting Saturday at Marina Park North. It will feature hundreds of wine and spirit samples, more than 70 local restaurants and San Diego’s top chefs battling it out to be named Chef of the Fest. Check out Loralee Olejnik’s preview of the event for our media partner, Downtown News. Prices for single-event tickets range from $50 to $75 for classes and $125 to $175 for events. Classes take place at the San Diego Wine and Culinary Center (200 Harbor Dr.) and at the Macy’s School of Cooking at Mission Valley Mall.

California Surf Festival: Fuel TV and the California Surf Museum in Oceanside present the second annual California Surf Festival, a four-day multimedia event, featuring films, music, art and photography with an emphasis on surf culture. Highlights: Uke master Jake Shimabukuro will perform Friday, and Surfer Magazine will celebrate its 50th anniversary Saturday. Locations and ticket prices for the events vary; an all-access pass is $125 for California Surf Museum members and $200 for non-members. For more information, visit the museum’s Web site.

San Diego Derby Dolls Military Appreciation: Decked out in military attire, the San Diego Derby Dolls (SDDD) will honor men and women in the armed forces Saturday during their bout with the Humboldt Roller Derby at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. All U.S. Military personnel with proper identification will receive a $5 discount on admission at the door. The SDDD Hard Corps team is undefeated this season, and is looking to improve its mark with a win over Humboldt Saturday. In conjunction with the military appreciation game, the Dolls are hosting a toy drive for Rady Children’s Hospital. Collection bins will be at the bout, and the Dolls are asking fans to bring a new unwrapped toy to support the children at Rady’s. Tickets range from $7 to $20, doors open at 6 p.m., and the bout begins at 7 p.m. Senior and military admission is $10 with ID; kids younger than 12 are admitted for $7 and kids under 5 are free.

La Jolla Antique Brewery Fest: There are some centuries-old gems you won’t see on KPBS’ “Antique Road Show.” A good example: the 18 European brews on the tasting menu at the La Jolla Antique Brewery Fest Saturday from 6-9 p.m. Hosted by the La Jolla Historical Society, the event will provide the tastings (and accompanying hors d-oeuvres courtesy of Guiseppe’s) and tutorials on the brewing process and the beers’ recipes. Guests will also learn about beer’s role in history and its cultural significance. Tickets are $75 to $90 and proceeds benefit the La Jolla Historical Society. The event will be held at Wisteria Cottage located at 780 Prospect St.

Star Party: A free, daylong photo and telescope event will end with a star party, open to the public on Saturday in Oceanside. Hosted by Oceanside Photo and Telescope (OPT), the free indoor-outdoor exhibit will allow visitors to peer up to the night sky through nearly 20 different telescopes trained on the moon, Jupiter and the Orion Nebula. Some of the viewing equipment will feature 17-inch scopes, which will give spectators eye-popping glimpses into the skies. Astro-photography will also be on display in the OPT’s underground gallery and admission is free. The exhibits — featuring the latest technology in photo and telescopes — open at 10 a.m., and the event runs through 8 p.m. at 918 Mission Ave in Oceanside.

One + One Trunkshow: A variety of local artists on Sunday will gather to sell jewelry, clothing, accessories, photography, sculpture, ceramics, blown glass, and much more, benefiting the Museum School. The Museum School is a tuition-free, public charter school that serves students from all over San Diego, graded kindergarten through sixth. The trunkshow will also feature a raffle with more than 20 prizes. Face painting and balloon animal artists will be on hand to entertain kids while you do your holiday shopping, and food and drinks will also be available. The trunkshow will be held Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Glasshaus, located at 1815 Main Street.

by Joseph Pena, SDNN.com. Peña is the lifestyle editor for San Diego News Network. He can be reached at joseph.pena(a)sdnn.com. Follow him on Twitter: @josephpena" For more information visit SDNN.com.