What’s Goin On February 2018by Eileen Sondak January 31, 2018
“Abba Mania” comes to the Balboa Theatre on Feb. 22 for a one-night stand featuring all their hit songs.
Coronado Playhouse continues to present “The Addams Family,” a musical comedy delight that appeals to the whole family. The show will be ensconced at the Playhouse through Feb. 25.
Cygnet Theatre is showing off the West Coast premiere of “The Last Wife” through Feb. 11 at its Old Town home. The play is a funny and powerful contemporary examination of the relationship of Henry VIII and his last wife, Katherine Parr. This window into the sexual politics of the day involves Henry’s children in the palace intrigue – and it sounds fascinating.
La Jolla Music Society
La Jolla Music Society will present violinist Paul Huang at TSRI on Feb. 25. Helen Huang will provide piano accompaniment for the five-piece program (which includes works by Dvorak, Prokofiev, and Saint-Saens).
La Jolla Playhouse
The La Jolla Playhouse will unveil a timely new work, titled “The Cake,” on Feb. 6 at the Potiker Theater. The play, which runs through March 4, depicts both sides of a challenging national issue – one that argues religious freedom against human rights.
Lamb’s Players Theatre
The Lamb’s Players will bring an exciting San Diego premiere to its Coronado stage Feb. 16 through March 25. “Camping with Henry & Tom” is about a camping trip that Henry Ford and Thomas Edison took in 1921 – with the President of the United States. The play is funny, suspenseful, and relevant. It was penned by the author of “Freud’s Last Session,” so it should be fascinating.
North Coast Rep
North Coast Repertory Theater will wind down its run of the madcap adventure, “Around the World in 80 Days,” adapted by Mark Brown from the novel by Jules Verne, on Feb. 4. The high-voltage comedy follows its hero in a great race – circling the globe amidst stampeding elephants, runaway trains, and all manner of comic obstacles. Following on Feb. 21, is the West Coast premiere of Steven Dietz’s “This Random World,” a comedy that explores what it is to love, to lose, and be touched by the serendipity of life. David Ellenstein directs this humorous and bittersweet play, which will stay on at NCR’s Solana Beach home through March 18.
The Old Globe
The Old Globe’s White Theater goes into high gear on Feb. 10, when Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya” makes a welcome return to San Diego. This new translation (commissioned by the Globe and directed by Richard Nelson), promises to be an exhilarating portrayal of the classic tale about a celebrated professor and the niece who struggles to care for his estate. This brilliant work is a must-see for serious theatergoers, and you have until March 11 to make that happen.
The Globe’s Main Stage continues to showcase another classic — “The Importance of Being Earnest,” a diabolically clever comedy by Oscar Wilde. The play is rich in whimsical wordplay and hilarious situations guaranteed to keep audiences in stitches. If flighty ingenues, scheming bachelors, and British dowagers are your cup of tea, “Earnest” will fill the bill. It has been called “the most perfect comedy in the English language,” and it’s hard to dispute that claim. The show will run through March 4.
San Diego Ballet
San Diego Ballet will perform “Ritmos Latinos” at the Lyceum Theater Feb. 16 – 18. This world premiere, written and performed by jazz icon Gilbert Castellanos and local Latin jazz musicians, will headline a program that includes “Noche de Ronda.”
San Diego Opera
The San Diego Opera will be back at the Civic Theater Feb. 24 through March 7, with a production of Puccini’s “Turandot,” a masterpiece that embodies everything an opera-buff could hope to expect from this rich and vibrant artform.
San Diego Rep
San Diego Repertory Theater’s Lyceum Space continues to highlight “Vietgone,” the story of a pair who flee from Saigon at the end of the Vietnam War. Described as a “raucous comedy,” the play is a unique love story told through the eyes of a contemporary, pop culture-loving young American. Be warned, the play contains explicit language. It will stay on through Feb. 18.
San Diego Symphony
The San Diego Symphony’s “It’s About Time” Festival will play on through Feb. 11, with a mix of events hosted by some of San Diego’s top performing organizations. “Zukerman Plays Tchaikovsky” is slated for Feb. 2 – 3, with the celebrated artist conducting three Tchaikovsky works and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 (Italian). Zukerman will perform the violin solo from Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky as well. Sameer Patel will take to the podium on Feb. 9 to lead the orchestra in “Beyond the Score: Isle of the Dead.” This multi-media concert presentation is based on Rachmaninoff’s most famous tone poem.
“Preludes and Premiere” is next on the roster for the Symphony, with Maestro Patel conducting and Anne Akiko Meyers on the violin. This concert, slated for Feb. 10 – 11, features works by Liszt and Sibelius, and the world premiere of Schoenberg’s Violin Concerto.
“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” in concert is coming to Symphony Hall as part of the Fox Film Series. The Chamber Music Series continues on Feb. 13 with “The World of Wu Man” at TSRI, followed on Feb. 24 by “Affinity: A Ray Brown and Oscar Peterson Tribute” at Symphony Hall. This concert (performed without the Symphony Orchestra) catches the spirit of that fruitful collaboration. Maestro Patel returns on Feb. 25 to conduct “Beat Quest! A Musical Journey Through Rhythm, Time, and Place.” The musical mix includes jazz, opera and symphonic music.
Vantage Theatre is staging a new play, “The Color of Light.” The show, by Jesse Kornbluth, focuses on the life of artist Matisse. You can see this artistic achievement through Feb. 13.
Birch Aquarium is featuring “Hall of Fishes,” which is unlike any other exhibition 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 of life and work aboard the Sally Ride research vessel. It includes a 33-foot long projected triptych and hands-on learning opportunities. The newest exhibition at the Birch is “Research in Action: 100 Island Challenge,” an exhibit that explores the way reefs are adapting to our rapidly changing planet.
Mingei International Museum
Mingei International Museum is showcasing “Kantha — Recycled and Embroidered Textiles of Bengal,” through March 25. Also on exhibit is “Art of the Americas – Meso-American, Pre-Columbian Art from Mingei’s Permanent Collection.” That show will stick around through Feb. 18. “Weaving a Path – Navajo Women and the Feminine Ethos” will be on display through May 28. The exhibition includes rugs and blankets.
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
The Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla is closed for renovation and expansion, but the downtown facility is featuring “Memories of Underdevelopment” through Feb. 4.
Reuben Fleet Science Center
The Reuben Fleet Science Center will be showing three films: “Dream Big: Engineering our World” — a first-of-its-kind film that will transform the way we think about engineering; “Islands of the Lemurs,” an up-close-and-personal look at some fascinating creatures; and “A Beautiful Planet,” an astronaut’s view of Earth.
The Fleet has two special exhibitions: “Dream, Design, Build” and “Myth Busters: The Explosive Exhibition.” “Dream…” explores the Fleet’s collection of interactive engineering activities (and will remain on permanent display), and “Myth Busters” is a hands-on, family-friendly experience that combines popular scientific facts with innovative displays. The museum has several other permanent exhibitions, including “Don’t Try This at Home,” “Tinkering Studio,” “Block Busters,” and “Origins in Space.”
San Diego History Center
The San Diego History Center is celebrating “The History & Heritage of the San Diego Jewish Community” in its current exhibition. Also on display is “Irving Gill: New Architecture for a Great Country,” and “Art and Heritage: Maurice Braun, Belle Baranceanu and Harry Sternberg.” The History Center is featuring the African-American Fine Art Exhibition, “Legacy in Black.” This show – ensconced through April 15 – will turn the spotlight on the work of eight African-American artists.
The History Museum’s permanent exhibition, “Placed Promises,” chronicles the history of the San Diego region – and the America’s Cup Exhibition, highlights the sailing race held in San Diego three times since 1988.
San Diego Museum of Art
The Museum of Art has opened 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. Also on display at the Art Museum is “Modern Masters from Latin America: The Perez Simon Collection.” This show features 100 works by seminal figures, including Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Fernando Botero. These striking artworks will be on view through March 11.