What’s Goin’ On December

by Eileen Sondak November 28, 2016


wgo1City Ballet

‘Tis the season of “The Nutcracker,” and City Ballet is ready to unwrap its holiday bon bon at the Spreckels Theatre. The beloved full-length ballet will be danced to a live orchestra during 12 performances – from Dec. 9-23. The production features choreography by Elizabeth Wistrich and the magnificent music of Tchaikovsky.

San Diego Ballet

San Diego Ballet will return to Mandeville Auditorium with its version of “The Nutcracker.” The Sugar Plum Fairy and all her friends will be dancing the Yuletide classic Dec. 16-18, with a cast of more than 100 costumed dancers.

San Diego Symphony

The San Diego Symphony will start off the month accompanying a film, “Home Alone,” on Dec. 2. “Adams, Atoms, and Planets” will be performed on Dec. 3-4, with Peter Oundjian conducting and the Women of the San Diego Master Chorale joining the orchestra as guest artists. The concert celebrates composer John Adams’ 70th birthday. The Vienna Boys Choir will be at Symphony Hall on Dec. 4 (7:30 p.m.) for a one-night only performance of choral classics.

Beethoven’s Ninth is on the docket for Dec. 9-11. Edo de Waart will be on the podium, with several guests, including the San Diego Master Chorale. Along with the Beethoven Symphony, the program will feature Ives’ “Three Places in New England.” “Noel Noel” is slated for Dec. 16-18, as the San Diego Symphony celebrates the holidays with popular music of the season. Also on Dec. 16 is a Family Holiday Concert, which includes a visit from Santa Claus. On Dec. 19, “Chanticleer” (an orchestra of voices) will bring their interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz.

La Jolla Music Society

Takacs Quartet performs an all-Beethoven concert on Dec. 9, followed on Dec. 16-17 by The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. This special Holiday Show rounds out the month at Sherwood Auditorium for the La Jolla Music Society.

The Old Globe 

The Old Globe’s delightful staging of Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is keeping the small-fry set entertained on the Main Stage through Dec. 26.  

Broadway-San Diego

Broadway-San Diego is featuring “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” a landmark American musical that was described as “groundbreaking and ahead of its time.” The popular rock musical will continue on the Civic Theatre stage through Dec. 4.

wgo2La Jolla Playhouse

The La Jolla Playhouse’s world premiere of “Miss You Like Hell,” an effervescent new musical, winds down its run at the Weiss Theatre on Dec. 4. Then the Playhouse will host Broadway superstar, Brian Stokes Mitchell in a special fundraising concert on Dec. 12 at the Weiss Theatre. The evening will be co-chaired by Joan and Irwin Jacobs, and includes a VIP meet-and-greet with the performer.  

Cygnet Theatre

Cygnet will continue its annual holiday tradition with a production of “A Christmas Carol” through Dec. 24. Sean Murray adapted and directs this Dickens classic.

San Diego Repertory Theatre 

SD Rep has a splendid offering for theater-goers this month. The world premiere of “The Dybbuk for Hannah’s Wedding,” written and directed by the San Diego Rep’s own Todd Salovey – with original music by Yale Strom, continues until Dec. 18.

North Coast Repertory Theatre

North Coast Rep is taking its cues from the 1950s and offering audiences “The Girl Singers of the Hit Parade” as its holiday show. The musical brings to life the Andrew Sisters, Lennon Sisters, McGuire Sisters, and others on its Solana Beach stage Dec. 6-23.

Moxie Theatre  

Moxie’s production of “The Kid Thing,” by Sarah Gubins – a show that revolves around two lesbian couples at a dinner party – will be performed at Moxie’s El Cajon home through Dec. 11.

San Diego History Center

The San Diego History Center continues with its architectural showcase of Irving Gill’s life’s work. A founder of modern architecture, this exhibition traces Gill’s life and work from New York to Chicago and finally to California. This show is up until March 26, 2017. Also ongoing at the History Center, but only until Jan. 15, is a photographic exploration of the Tijuana/San Diego border. “The Border: A Line That Divides” takes a specific look at the San Ysidro border crossing and the two worlds it separates. Coming up in March is an exciting showcase of San Diego’s Jewish history, beginning with pioneers from 1850 and moving through to today.

Museum of Contemporary Art 

The MCA La Jolla location will feature “The Uses of Photography: Art, Politics, and the Reinvention of a Medium” through Jan. 2. The exhibition examines a network of artists working in San Diego in the 1960s-80s. The museum’s downtown facility is showing off Jennifer Steinkamp: Madame Curie” – a digital video animation inspired by the artist’s research into atomic energy. You can see this from Dec. 15 – Aug. 27. “Dimensions of Black: A Collaboration with the San Diego African American Museum of Art” is also on view downtown from Dec. 15 through April 30. During the same period, look for “Tristano di Robilant,” sculptures balancing geometric forms with delicate light and color.

wgo3Mingei International Museum

Mingei International Museum recently opened “American and European Folk Art” exhibit featuring pieces from the Museum’s permanent collection, many of which have never been shown before. Also continuing at Mingei is “European and Scandinavian Textiles,” and two shows that focus on artful objects found in kitchens and workshops around the world. Mark your calendars for the opening of Mingei’s next exhibition, “Sandy Swirnoff – Knotted Fiber Jewelry.” A retrospective of Swirnoff’s fiber necklaces and bracelets, the exhibition, which opens Jan. 14, will also showcase the artist’s collection of Art Nouveau glass shards. 


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