Feb. 1 2012 01:47 PM

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams in Midnight in Paris

Moveable feast at midnight

Having won a Golden Globe for Best Screenplay, Midnight in Paris is up for four Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director. If you haven’t seen it, we’ve got a great way for you to do so. Woody Allen’s whimsical movie is the next feature in the San Diego Museum of Art’s “First Friday Films” series, screening on Friday, Feb. 3, in the museum’s James S. Copley Auditorium (1450 El Prado in Balboa Park).

Midnight in Paris tells the story of screenwriter Gil (Owen Wilson), who’s visiting Paris with his fiancée and her parents. He dreams of living there and finds himself wandering the streets alone, basking in Paris’ glow. In a lighthearted Twilight Zoneesque twist, Gil is transported back in time to the Paris of the 1920s, his favorite era, where he meets luminaries like ernest Hemingway, F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein and falls for Pablo Picasso’s lover, Adriana—who, in turn, longs for the Paris of the end of the 19th century.

CityBeat film editor Anders Wright says the movie is “Woody Allen’s best film in years,” calling it “original, sweet and funny.”

At 7 p.m., before the screening, art curators Ariel Plotek and John Marciari will discuss A Harmony of Line: Selections from the School of Paris, the current exhibition that inspired the film choice, on view now through Feb. 19. The exhibition, featuring works from the museum’s permanent collection, including pieces that’ll be displayed for the first time, showcases artists who were important figures in Paris during the first half of the 20th century, such as Picasso, Henri Matisse, Marc Chagall, Jacques Villon and Robert Delaunay.

You can buy a $10 movie pass, or raise the romance factor by pre-ordering a package that includes wine, cheese, charcuterie and fruit for $40 (619-696-1935). You can view the Paris exhibition until 7 p.m., but separate admission applies.

Garbage fail

The New Children’s Museum isn’t just for kids. Case in point: the current exhibition TRASH, which explores in visually stunning ways the environmental and social issues tied to discarded objects. Still feeling awkward about setting foot in a kids museum? Head to Birch Aquarium (2300 Expedition Way in La Jolla) on Monday, Feb. 6, for wine, hors d’oeuvres and a panel discussion, Art + Science Intersect. Miriam Goldstein, chief scientist on the Scripps expedition to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and Margaret Wertheim, co-founder of The Institute For Figuring (IFF), which focuses on using art exhibitions to address the impact of trash on the ocean, will discuss their work. During the 6 p.m. cocktail hour, you can explore the aquarium. The discussion begins at 7 p.m. Free, but RSVP is required: aquarium.ucsd.edu or 619-795-1721.

Bach it up

Seems like a obvious pairing, but for the first time in its nine-year history, Bach Collegium San Diego, an orchestral ensemble dedicated to playing the music of Johan Sebastian Bach, is adding a dance element to its upcoming concerts, happening at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 3 and 4. The company collaborated with choreographer Yolande Snaith, head of the UCSD Dance Department, for J.S. Bach: The Art of Fugue, staged at the Molli and Arthur Wagner Dance Building at UCSD. The program includes five of Bach’s classic pieces, with five dancers performing all new choreography. Performances will be preceded by an informal discussion on the music. Tickets are $25 to $40, with $10 tickets released before show time.

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