What’s Goin On April

by Eileen Sondak April 3, 2017


sdma_zurbaran-st-francis-in-prayer-in-a-grottoSan Diego Museum of Art

The San Diego Museum of Art’s 36th annual “Art Alive” show is ready to bloom. This signature event, slated for April 27-30, will feature flora and fauna interpretations of more than 100 of the museum’s permanent works of art, designed by leading floral artists. The weekend celebration includes the popular kick-off party dubbed “Bloom Bash,” featuring culinary delights, music, and dancing – along with the opportunity to view the ephemeral artworks on display.

The Art Museum also has two new exhibitions. “Richard Deacon: What You See is What You Get” just opened, and “Modern Japan: Prints from the Taisho Era” will open on April 7.

The Deacon show is the first major survey of the artist’s work and includes 40 pieces. It will be on view through July 25. The Japanese exhibit encompasses work from 1912-26 and includes some very rare prints. You have until Aug. 13 to check them out.

Museum of Contemporary Art

The MCA’s downtown location continues to showcase innovative events while the La Jolla location is closed for renovations. Its monthly first-Thursday party continues to bring down the house, as does Jennifer Steinkamp’s “Madame Curie” – a digital video animation inspired by   the artist’s research into atomic energy – through Aug. 27.

“Dimensions of Black: A Collaboration with the San Diego African American Museum of Art” is also on view downtown through next January, and “Tristano di Robilant,” sculptures balancing geometric forms with delicate light and color, will stay on through April 30.

San Diego History Center

The San Diego History Center is celebrating “The History & Heritage of the San Diego Jewish Community” in its new year-long exhibition. Showing in conjunction with that massive show is a look at three local Jewish artists from San Diego’s history with “Art and Heritage: Maurice Braun, Belle Baranceanu and Harry Sternberg.” Also on display is “Irving Gill: New Architecture for a Great Country.”

Fleet Science Center

The Fleet Science Center will debut a new show on the monster screen – “Dream Big: Engineering our World” is a first-of-its-kind film that will transform the way we think about engineering.

Continuing are the Fleet’s two new exhibitions “Sherlock Holmes and the Clocktower Mystery” and “So Moved: The Art and Science of Motion.”

Broadway-San Diego

There’s definitely nothing up the sleeves of “The Naked Magicians,” an R-rated magic show that promises humor and mayhem, along with the tricks. These naughty prestidigitators are coming to the Balboa Theatre on April 1, compliments of Broadway-San Diego.

Then the theater will unveil “Finding Neverland,” a new Broadway musical based on one of the world’s most beloved characters, Peter Pan. This magical adventure will sprinkle fairy dust on the Civic Theatre April 4-9.

The Old Globe Theatre

The Old Globe (in association with Moxie Theater) will bring “Skeleton Crew” to its White stage April 8 through May 7. The play, directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg, takes place in 2008 in an auto plant in Detroit. The dramatic work explores a moral dilemma and has been described as “in the tradition of Arthur Miller” – high praise indeed!

In the meantime, the Globe’s Main Stage is showcasing “Red Velvet,” a drama that brings history to life with exuberance. The play harks back to the 1800s, when the first black actor portrayed Othello on the London stage. This multi-award-winning play transforms that true story into a fascinating tale about a pivotal figure in theatrical history. The show will be on the boards through April 30.

Lamb’s Players Theatre

The Lamb’s Players continues to showcase two of its brightest stars – Robert Smyth and Deborah Gilmour Smyth – in “Shadowlands.” The play recounts the story of C.S. Lewis and the Jewish woman who stole his heart. “Shadowlands” will wind down on April 9.

The Lamb’s will follow “Shadowlands” with a San Diego premiere of “Silent Sky.” The show, penned by Lauren Gunderson and directed by Robert Smyth, takes its inspiration from an early 20th century female astronomer who succeeded in the world of science, despite societal limitations and few opportunities for women in the field. This fascinating work will reside at the Lamb’s Coronado home April 21-May 28.

San Diego Repertory Theatre 

San Diego Repertory Theatre is presenting the world premiere of “Into the Beautiful North.” The show (which takes audiences on a 1,000-mile road trip from the Mexican coast to the Bahia Hotel in Mission Bay) is a satire that strives to remind us “dreams know no boarders.” The comedy runs through April 23.

North Coast Repertory Theatre

North Coast Repertory Theatre is highlighting another odyssey, “Travels with My Aunt,” adapted from a story by Graham Greene. David Ellenstein directs this critically-acclaimed play about an eccentric aunt and her bourgeois nephew. Four actors take on more than 20 roles in this off-beat adventure, and it sounds like a trip worth taking. You can come along for the ride April 12 through May 7.

20thcentury_sean_eileen_company_1Cygnet Theatre

Cygnet Theatre turns the spotlight on the San Diego premiere of “On the 20th Century,” a madcap musical comedy with book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, and music by Cy Coleman. The show has a cast of colorful characters and will be ensconced at Cygnet’s Old Town Theatre through April 30.

Rag Lady Productions

Rag Lady Productions continues its staging of “The Geeze and Me,” a funny, irreverent, and poignant musical about surviving aging. An eclectic blend of songs ranging from pop to blues to corner street doo-wop, accompanied by electric choreography and state of the art projections round out the performance. The show continues at the 10th Avenue Arts Center through April 29.

San Diego Symphony 

The San Diego Symphony will kick off the month April 1-2 with “Russia and Paris,” a four-piece program that includes works by Debussy, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, and Ravel. Fabien Gabel will conduct and Jeff Thayer will perform Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto.

“Viva La France” – a performance of chamber works – is set for April 4. There are two movies coming up, compliments of the Symphony. “The Wizard of Oz” (1939) will be performed with the orchestra on April 15, and a silent film, “The Freshman” (also “1939”), will screen April 30, accompanied by the organ. “Big Band Bash with the Jazz” will come to Symphony Hall on April 29.

Another family concert will move into Symphony Hall on April 23. This one focuses on Dr. Seuss’ “The Sneetches,” a storybook concert about the power of once upon a time. The music is inspired by favorite fairy tales, and as usual, there will be pre-concert activities for the small-fry set.

La Jolla Music Society

La Jolla Music Society will bring “Black Grace” to the Spreckels Theatre on April 8, as part of its Dance Series. The Emerson String Quartet will perform at the La Jolla Presbyterian Church, courtesy of the Music Society, on April 22. Pianist Nikolay Khozyainov will tickle the ivories at the TSRI Auditorium on April 29.

San Diego Opera

SDO will end its season on a high note when “La Traviata” takes over the Civic Theatre for a four-performance run April 22-30. This version of the Verdi masterpiece is set in the roarin’ ’20s, and will feature company debuts of soprano Corinne Winters as Violetta and Jesus Garcia as Alfredo. David Agler will conduct the orchestra.


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