San Diego Mardi Gras
It's telling that no still or video cameras are allowed at the San Diego Fat Tuesday frenzy. The crowd gets wild with live music on 10 stages, go-go dancing and street performers, beads and boas, plus two Incredible Masquerade Parades. The parades and their flamboyant floats travel down six blocks of 5th Avenue at 7:30 and 10 p.m.
When, where: 6 p.m. to midnight Feb. 5 in the Gaslamp Quarter, from Broadway to Harbor Drive between 4th and 6th avenues with three gate entrances: 5th Avenue and Broadway, 4th Avenue and Market Street, and 6th Avenue and K Street.
Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the gate.
Info: (619) 233-5227, www.gaslamp.org, www.sdgodowntown.com.
For "Peanuts" fans and other cartoon lovers, there's a new exhibition at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa. "The Language of Lines: How Cartoonists Communicate" looks at the "visual shorthand" of comics, how emotions and ideas are conveyed. In conjunction, "Beyond Words" presents more than 75 dialogue-free "Peanuts" strips, in which Schulz's pictures tell the whole story.
When, where: "Beyond Words" now through May 12; "Language of Lines" Saturday to Aug. 11 at the museum, 2301 Hardies Lane.
Cost: $8, $5 children 4 to 18.
Info: (707) 579-4452, www.schulzmuseum.org.
Vancouver's Granville Island shakes the winter blahs with this creative outlet. Performers who combine dance and flames, dancers who perform suspended beneath a bridge, comedy improv and different flavors of live jazz are among numerous highlights. Also, kids have the chance to create, shoot, edit and screen a short video poem; adults can take part in a team writing competition.
When, where: Feb. 21 to 24 at various locations on Granville Island.
Cost: Many activities, exhibits and performances free; top ticket $40.
Info: (604) 666-5784, www.winterruption.com.
Winter Park Bach Festival