Calendar: April 15 – April 21

    Friday (16)

    If the Spike and Mike Festival wasn’t enough animation for you, the Animation Show at the Ken may satisfy those cravings. Presented by Mike Judge (“King of the Hill,” “Beavis and Butthead” and “Office Space”) and Academy Award-nominated animator Don Hertzfeldt (“Rejected”), the show features a collection of eight animated works from eight countries including computer animation, forgotten classics and a trilogy of new cartoons produced by Hertzfeldt for the show. The show runs through April 22. For more information, call (619) 819-0236 or visit http://www.animationshow.com.

    Saturday (17)

    “Sound of Music” is obviously no less than a musical classic. The story, for those who don’t know, is of a young governess (Maria) who goes to the Von Trapp house to tame Captain Von Trapp’s wild children. After discovering they know how to sing, Maria transforms the household with songs, laughter and dance. The play is now being put on by the San Diego Junior Theatre. The show runs through May 2. Tickets are $7 to $12. For more information, call (619) 239-8355.

    Global domination, the Cold War, love triangles — all in the context of the World Chess Championship? That’s the premise behind “Chess: A Musical.” The story tells about an intense love triangle that gets played out during the World Chess Championship. The theme behind this complicated play are the political undercurrents with the global domination ideas of the Cold War being played out through this love triangle. The play features lyrics by Tim Rice (known for the music behind “The Lion King” and “Jesus Christ Superstar” among others). “Chess” plays at the Stage at the YMCA Firehouse. Showtimes vary. Tickets are $18 to $22. For more information, call (858) 459-7773 or visit http://www.thestageco.org.

    Sunday (18)

    All the girls said that the Offspring were pretty fly for white guys. The band first burst onto the mainstream scene with “Come Out and Play,” off of 1994’s Smash. Following that, they reverted back to “underground” status after the masses grew tired of the song. But in 1998, “Pretty Fly for a White Guy” brought them back to the mainstream. The band is now on tour behind their 2003 album Splinter. They play at San Diego State’s Open Air Theatre. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $28.25. For more information, call (619) 220-TIXS.

    Monday (19)

    After emerging as one of the top punk/new wave bands of the 1970s, Blondie still remain one of the classic 1970s bands. Songs like “Heart of Glass,” “One Way or Another” and “The Tide is High” — all made it to number one and these are just some of their many hit songs. On tour behind their latest album The Curse of Blondie,

    the band proves that they still have it. Blondie play at 4th & B at 8 p.m. — IDs are needed since the show is for ages 21 and up. Tickets are $32.50. For more information, call (619) 232-4355.

    Wednesday (21)

    After pushing back his March 10 concert, Method Man is finally making it to San Diego. The rapper was the first solo star to emerge from Wu-Tang Clan with his first album Tical, which went platinum. Since then, he’s shifted between being a member of the Clan and releasing his own solo projects, such as 1999’s Blackout. Method Man is on tour with DJs DNA-1 and Tony da Skitzo. The show begins at 8 p.m. at 4th & B — don’t forget I.D.s! Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the event. For more information, call (619) 231-4343.

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