What’s Goin on August

by Eileen Sondak July 27, 2017


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North Coast Repertory Theatre is presenting the San Diego premiere of “At This Evening’s Performance,” a farce about a Bohemian theater troupe performing in an Eastern European police state. With romantic entanglements, political intrigue, and plenty of laughs, the show has all the ingredients for an entertaining evening of theater. The show is slated to close on Aug. 6. On Aug. 7 at 7:30 Artistic Director David Ellenstein will do a special fundraiser reading of “Love Letters” with Denise Young, with a champagne reception to follow. Tickets are $50 and available on the theater’s website.

NCR continues its season Aug. 17 with “Tomfoolery,” a musical revue of the wickedly funny, satirical world of Tom Lehrer. You can laugh along with the four actors in this clever piece through Aug. 27.

Cygnet Theatre

Cygnet Theatre has a rare treat in store for local theater-goers of all ages. “Animal Crackers,” a show adapted from the Marx Brothers’ classic hit, is shaking things up at Cygnet’s Old Town Theatre through Aug. 13. The madcap musical comedy is a barrel of fun – with puns, physical comedy, and non-stop hilarity. In case you missed it, we previewed the performance with a feature story in our July issue. Search “Animal Crackers” on our website to read it.

Following the Marx brothers, on Aug. 30 at Cygnet is “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the Moon Marigolds,” by Paul Zindel. Rob Lutfy directs this Pulitzer Prize-winning “lyrical family drama” about a wounded family coming apart in the 1960s. The show will stay on at the Old Town Theatre through Sept. 24. 

La Jolla Playhouse 

The La Jolla Playhouse is ready to unwrap “Kill Local,” a decidedly black comedy about blood ties and revenge. The play will inhabit the Playhouse Aug. 1-27.

Old Globe Theatre

The Old Globe’s summer season on the outdoor Festival Stage continues with Shakespeare’s iconic tragedy, “Hamlet.” The play – which has all the elements of a good psychological drama – will run Aug. 6 through Sept. 10, under the astute direction of Barry Edelstein.

 The Globe’s Main Stage production of “Guys and Dolls” will continue to delight audiences through Aug. 13. This masterpiece of Americana (based on the tales of Damon Runyon and propelled by Frank Loesser’s marvelous music) is chock full of memorable songs and nimble dance numbers.

The Globe’s White Theatre is tickling funny-bones with the world premiere of a farcical bauble, “Robin Hood.” Penned by the ever-amusing Ken Ludwig, the comic swashbuckler will remain at the White Theatre through Aug. 27. If you enjoyed last year’s “Baskerville” (also by Ludwig), you won’t want to miss this clever comedy.

San Diego Repertory Theatre

San Diego Repertory Theatre will perform “Evita” Aug. 3-27 on the Lyceum Stage.  Sam Woodhouse is directing this classic by the great Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. The story revolves around the late first lady of Argentina, Eva Peron. The ensemble cast includes student actors from the San Diego School of the Creative and Performing Arts, with an accompanying art show by that magnet school’s visual art students in the theater’s freshly remodeled gallery space.

Lamb’s Players Theatre

The Lamb’s Players will unveil “The Explorer’s Club” on Aug. 11. This hilarious send-up of a Victorian men’s club under siege from every corner will remain at the Lamb’s Coronado home through Sept. 24. Nell Benjamin wrote the comedy, which will be directed by Robert Smyth.

San Diego Musical Theatre

San Diego Musical Theatre’s Off-Broadway Series at the Horton Grand continues with “Pump Up the Volume.” The musical (described as a “’90s palooza”) will stay put through Sept. 11.

San Diego Junior Theatre

San Diego Junior Theatre is staging “Pippin,” a vintage musical. This show will remain at the Casa del Prado through Aug. 13.

San Diego Symphony

The San Diego Symphony’s Bayside Summer Nights series continues with a full schedule in August. On Aug. 6, Bossa-nova master Sergio Mendes shows off his sexy, sophisticated artistry at the Bayside concerts. Latin Jazz Masters will bring several talented Latin Jazz musicians to the Embarcadero on Aug. 10, followed on Aug. 11 by “ET – The Extra Terrestrial.” The classic Steven Spielberg film will be accompanied by the symphony orchestra.

“La La Land” will be shown on the big screen, while the symphony performs with guest jazz artists on Aug. 12. Angelique Kidjo, Africa’s premiere diva, performs on Aug. 13, followed on Aug. 14-15 by Boz Scaggs. The singer-songwriter will perform some of his biggest hits.

Tony Bennett will take the stage on Aug. 15 for this rescheduled performance (it was originally slated for July 12, the Symphony did not offer reasons for the re-scheduling).

The organization’s annual salute to Broadway will focus on “Fiddler on the Roof” Aug. 18-19. Of course don’t miss Pat Launer’s profile on special guest Danny Burstein on pg. 61 of this magazine. And on Aug. 20 gear up for “Bolero by the Bay” featuring Ravel’s seductive Bolero, performed by the San Diego Symphony. John Beasley presents Monk’Estra, a contemporary big band paying tribute to the music of Thilonious Monk. That one-night stand is slated for Aug. 24, followed on the 25 by Amos Lill, a singer-songwriter touring with his latest album, “Spirit.”

The Commoderes, a ’70s and ’80s funk machine that’s still grooving, is coming our way on Aug. 26, followed on the 27th by Ozomatli, one of the most popular party bands in the history of Bayside Summer nights. The symphony caps off the month with its annual free Military Salute on Aug. 31.

 San Diego Museum of Art

The San Diego Museum of Art is opening its vaults to show off a treasure trove of artwork usually kept under lock and key. “Visible Vaults,” a collection of 300 pieces, including works by Andy Warhol, Rodin, Toulouse-Lautrec and other great artists, will be on view through Nov. 12 of next year.

Also on display at the Art Museum is “Modern Japan: Prints from the Taisho Era (ensconced through Aug. 13). The Japanese exhibit encompasses pieces from 1912-26 and includes some very rare prints.

The newest exhibition at the museum, titled “Brenda Biondo: Play,” will run through Jan. 10 of next year. It features 25 photographs (circa 1920-70) of children’s playgrounds. The museum is featuring “Reflections on Monet,” a small-scale exhibition that includes the famous Water Lily painting and one piece on loan from the John and Toni Bloomberg Collection. You have until Jan. 21, 2018 to see them.

Museum of Contemporary Art Downtown

MCA downtown is continuing to show off “Jennifer Steinkamp: 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 on view downtown through next January.

“Andrea Chung: You broke the ocean in half” (an immersive installation on colonialism and migration) is on tap through Aug. 20, as are some selections from the museum’s collection.

Birch Aquarium

Birch Aquarium is featuring a new exhibit, “Hall of Fishes,” which is unlike any other in the history of the aquarium. It also serves as a working laboratory. Birch also has an installation on light by scientist Michael Latz, and an exhibition that helps you understand Scripps’ expeditions to discover and protect the planet. “Expedition at Sea” immerses you in the experience by highlighting the sights and sounds of life and work aboard the Sally Ride research vessel. It includes a 33-foot long projected triptych and hands-on learning opportunities.

Mingei International Museum

Mingei International Museum is showcasing “Kanban: Traditional Shop Signs of Japan,” an exhibition that features a variety of forms and mediums, through Oct. 8. Joining that show is “Homage to the Horse and Other Steeds,” an exhibition of objects celebrating the nobility and power of horses from all over the world. This exhibition is slated to stay on through Nov. 12.

Mingei’s newest exhibition, “Arline Fisch: One of a Kind,” a retrospective view of jewelry and other artforms designed by this San Diego resident, will be on display through Jan. 7, 2018.

Timken Museum 

The Timken Museum has two new exhibitions. “Private Devotions: Italian Paintings and Sculptures from San Diego Collections” features more than a dozen masterpieces. It will be on exhibit through Aug. 20. “The Modernist Presents Bianca Luini: Meeting of the Arts,” is an installation that includes fashion images and permanent artworks. That exhibition is slated to remain through Aug. 27. Also featured is an exhibition of notable Russian Icons. Among them are 12 never before exhibited.


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