What’s Goin On January 2019by Eileen Sondak January 2, 2019
The Old Globe will bring “Familiar” to the Main Stage on Jan. 26. “Familiar” is an engrossing black comedy that promises subtlety and insights. The play (which centers around a family that emigrated from Zimbabwe almost three decades ago) takes a heartwarming look at tradition and marriage – and what it means to be an American family. The production will run through March 3.
The San Diego Symphony will kick off the New Year with a new music director and an exciting slate of concerts. Internationally-acclaimed conductor Rafael Payare will take to the stage as the 13th music director in the organization’s 108-year history on Jan. 10 – dubbed as “Discovery Night.” This inaugural concert will feature works by Mozart and R. Strauss, along with “Pictures from an Exhibition,” by Mussorgsky/Ravel. The music director designate returns on Jan. 11 to lead the orchestra in a program titled “Payare and Weilerstein.” Alisa Weilerstein will perform Britten’s Symphony for Cello and Orchestra on this auspicious occasion. Also on the program will be Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10 and R. Strauss’s “Don Juan.” The concert will be repeated on Jan. 12 & 13.
Broadway-San Diego will bring a revival of the classic musical, “Hello Dolly!” to the Civic Theater Jan. 15 – 20, with Betty Buckley starring as the wily matchmaker. The show snared four Tony Awards, and is being lauded for its stunning production values and its Tony Award-winning star.
North Coast Repertory Theatre is turning up the volume with “Moon Over Buffalo,” a laugh machine by comic genius Ken Ludwig. This play is an old-fashioned farce, with jokes that keep on coming in a show-within-a-show format. The mayhem will run loose in this wacky romp Jan. 9 through Feb. 3, under Matthew Wiener’s direction. “Carney Magic” will take over NCR’s Solana Beach stage on Jan. 28 – 29, when comedian, actor, and master of the sleight-of-hand, John Carney returns with a hilarious one-man show.
San Diego Repertory Theatre will start the year off on Jan. 24 with “Aubergine,” a play about love, family and the healing power of food. The story revolves around a Korean-American chef and his efforts to connect intergenerational members of his family. Todd Salovey will direct the heartwarming show, ensconced at the Lyceum through Feb. 17.
Cygnet Theatre is ready to unveil a rafter-raising production of “Marie and Rosetta,” a play that chronicles Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s first rehearsal with her young protegee, Marie Knight. It’s a story about one of the great duos in musical history. The show – ensconced at Cygnet’s Old Town Theater Jan. 16 through Feb. 16 – is a soaring musical experience that abounds with guitar playing and gospel music.
The Lamb’s Players will ring in its 25th anniversary season in Coronado with a cabaret celebration worthy of its proud history. Titled “A Jewel in the Crown of the City,” the show will take audiences down memory lane through its 25 years in the community. You can experience this musical journey Jan. 11 through Feb. 17.
Coronado Playhouse will bring to life “Guys and Dolls,” a Broadway fable that has become an American classic musical. The show, slated for a run from Jan. 18 through Feb. 24, was based on the gritty stories of Damon Runyon – a collection peopled with gangsters, gamblers, showgirls and other staples of life in mid-century New York City.
The Welk Theatre continues to show off a jaunty musical comedy, “Mama Mia” – the live version of the popular film. The musical will be performed on weekends through Feb. 24. A sit-down dinner is available prior to the performance.
La Jolla Music Society will showcase Leif Ove Andsnes on Jan. 20 at the TSRI Auditorium. The four-piece program includes Schumann’s Carnaval, Op. 9.
The Museum of Art is featuring “Tim Shaw’s Beyond Reason,” an exhibition dealing with themes of global terrorism, free speech, abuse of power and artificial intelligence. Shaw’s work will be ensconced through Feb. 24. Also on view is work by Mexican sculptor Javier Marin.
Birch Aquarium is highlighting “Hall of Fishes,” which also serves as a working laboratory. Birch has an installation on light by scientist Michael Latz, and another exhibition that helps you understand Scripps’ expeditions to discover and protect the planet. “Expedition at Sea” 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. Also on display is “Oddities: Hidden Heroes of the Scripps Collection,” a comic book-inspired exhibit that highlights amazing adaptations of ocean species.
The Reuben Fleet Science Center will be showing four films: “Great Barrier Reef,” Pandas” and two special additions: “Volcanoes,” which examines the contribution of volcanoes to the wildlife ecosystem and their impact on humans; and “Jerusalem” (only here through Jan. 6). “Jerusalem” takes us up close to one of the oldest and most beloved cities on Earth. Also at the Fleet is the “Renegade Science Project,” which escorts visitors through the park for a 90-minute exploration.
The Fleet is offering “Dream, Design, Build” – an exhibition that explores the museum’s collection of interactive engineering activities (and will remain on permanent display), and “Myth Busters: The Explosive Exhibit” – a hands-on, family-friendly experience that combines popular scientific facts with innovative displays. “Myth Busters” will wind down on Jan. 6. “Taping Shape 2.0,” which uses hundreds of rolls of packing tape to create a world of translucent spaces and tunnels, is also on view. The Fleet has several other permanent exhibitions, including “Don’t Try This at Home,” “Tinkering Studio” (which has evolved into “Studio X”), “Block Busters” and “Origins in Space.” Its newest is “It’s Electric,” an interactive show that explores the fundamentals of electricity.
The Natural History Museum recently added “Escape the Nat” – an escape room experience that dares you to solve puzzles and save the world. “The Backyard” – a new gallery for the 5-and-under set – and “Backyard Wilderness” (a 3-D film) are also on tap. The NAT is featuring “Extraordinary Ideas from Ordinary people: A History of Citizen Science.” Among the items on view in this exhibition are rare books, art and historical documents.
“Coast to Cactus in California,” and “Unshelved: Cool Stuff from Storage” – a display of specimens from around the world – are also on view. “Unshelved” will be ensconced at the NAT for the next two years. Check out “Oceans 3-D: Our Blue Planet” (a global odyssey to discover the largest habitat on Earth) and “Ocean Oasis.” The museum also offers “Fossil Mysteries,” “Water: A California Story” and “Skulls.”
The San Diego History Center is featuring the first exhibition in Balboa Park exploring San Diego’s LGBTQ+ community. 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. On display through March 24, is a retrospective of the artwork of living San Diego legend Bob Matheny.
The San Diego Automotive Museum is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a retrospective exhibit running through Jan. 27. It features vehicles that have been on display since its opening in 1988.