What’s Goin On, July, 2016by Eileen Sondak June 27, 2016
San Diego Symphony
Musically speaking, summer officially arrives this month, when Summer Pops launches its season, dubbed Bayside Summer Nights. The music starts July 1-2, with the traditional “Star Spangled Pops” concert commemorating Independence Day. You can celebrate America’s birthday with the Symphony as it salutes the military and features an all-American program, conducted by Maestro Matthew Garbutt. As usual, each concert will be followed by a fireworks display.
On July 15 and 16, travel back in time with “Classical Mystery Tour: A Tribute to the Beatles.” This concert commemorates the 50th anniversary of the boys from Liverpool’s final concert. Many of the Beatles’ biggest hits are on the program.
Trace Adkins, one of the leading country music stars, comes to Summer Pops on July 29. The audience is promised “a rowdy good time” but no orchestra. On July 30, Pops says “Hooray for Hollywood.” This tribute to Tinsel Town will include film clips on the big screen to complement some of the most famous movie music in history, performed by the San Diego Symphony orchestra.
Balboa Park Concert Series
The International Summer Organ Festival kicked off in Balboa Park late last month and free performances run through Aug. 29. This month, the 100-year-old Spreckels Organ will be played on July 4 by David Wickerham for an “All-American Program Celebrating the Spirit of ’76.” Christoph Bull, considered a “rock star organist” will take to the historic instrument on July 11, followed by Daryl Robinson on July 18 and Alison Luedecke on July 25. Performances start at 7:30 p.m. and are free to the public.
Broadway San Diego
Broadway San Diego announced that the huge smash hit and mutli-Tony Award winning hip-hop musical “Hamilton” will be coming to San Diego in Broadway San Diego’s 2017-2018 season. This show has been sold out on Broadway and tickets are upwards of $850 there, so it is safe to say this will be a popular show in San Diego as well. Broadway San Diego in their announcement noted that the best way to guarantee access to tickets is to purchase a subscription for the 2016-2017 season, as season ticket holders will be given preference for the following season’s shows. In the meantime, check back in on the Jewish Journal next month for Pat Launer’s feature on this season’s “Beautiful,” about Carol King.
Speaking of Pat Launer, the Journal’s long-time theater critic, she will return to the other side of the stage this month for a part in MOXIE’s “Ruthless.” She says “It’s a crazy-wild show in which I play a theater critic (I know, Big Stretch!).” She will sing “I Hate Musicals” in this “spoofy musical amalgam of classics like ‘All About Eve,’ ‘The Bad Seed,’ and ‘Gypsy’.” Catch Pat Launer and the full cast in “Ruthless” running July 10-Aug. 7.
The Old Globe
The Old Globe’s 2016 Shakespeare Festival is under way with the Bard’s tragic masterpiece, “Macbeth” kicking off the summer season. The play – directed by Brian Kulick – will reside on the Globe’s alfresco stage through July 24. “Macbeth” is a chilling tragedy, set in motion by an evil prophecy that fuels blind ambition. The play has all the elements that make Shakespeare’s work so unforgettable, including brilliant poetry and some of the most vivid characters in literature.
The Main Stage at the Globe is ready to unwrap “Sense and Sensibility,” a musical based on the classic novel by Jane Austen. The beloved tale centers around three daughters whose prospects for happily-ever-after seem remote after the untimely death of their father. Paul Gordon wrote the book, music, and lyrics for this witty and romantic show. You have until Aug. 14 to check it out.
The Globe’s White Theatre will feature “Meteor Shower,” an adult comedy by Steve Martin. This new work is a surprising mix of the offbeat and the absurd, examining modern marriage through the prism of Martin’s unique brand of humor. The show opens on July 30 and runs through Sept. 4.
La Jolla Playhouse
The La Jolla Playhouse is featuring a world premiere at the Forum Theatre. “The Last Tiger in Haiti” will continue to deliver its gripping dramatic tale of survival and betrayal to Playhouse audiences through July 24. In this contemporary work, the author weaves Haitian lore into a riveting tale that blurs the boundaries between reality and fiction.
The Playhouse has another exciting world premiere on the horizon. “Junk: The Golden Age of Debt,” a fast-paced thriller that brings “the deal, the board room, and the takeover” to the fore, will take over the Weiss Theatre July 26 through Aug. 21. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ayad Akhtar penned this play, which takes place in the ’80s and focuses on an upstart genius determined to re-write the rules.
North Coast Repertory Theatre
North Coast Repertory Theatre will stage the Fats Waller musical show, “Ain’t Misbehavin’” July 13 through Aug. 7. This rafter-raisin’ musical tribute to the black musicians of the Golden Age of jazz, thrusts audiences into the midst of Harlem’s glory days at the Cotton Club. The toe-tappin’ music runs the gamut from rowdy and raunchy to hilarious – and adds up to a rip-roarin’ good time.
Cygnet will revive a classic musical on July 14. “Gypsy,” with music by Jule Stune and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, has iconic songs the likes of “Let Me Entertain You” and “Everything’s Coming Up Roses.” It follows the tale of Gypsy Rose Lee and her show-biz hungry Mama Rose through Gypsy’s rise to the top of the burlesque world. The effervescent show will stay put at Cygnet’s Old Town Theatre through Sept. 4.
Lamb’s Players Theatre
The Lamb’s is celebrating 100 years of great music with “American Rhythm.” The musical journey, conceived by Robert Smyth, has settled into the Lamb’s Coronado home through Aug. 7, and will feature singers, dancers, and a live band. Ensconced in the Lamb’s other venue at the downtown Horton Grand, is Intrepid Theater Company’s production of “American Song.” That musical may be extended through the end of the month.
San Diego Junior Theatre
San Diego Junior Theatre will showcase “Goodnight Moon” July 1-17 at The Casa del Prado. This company premiere is a theatrical version of the beloved children’s classic, and is a great choice for young audiences. Next on the schedule is “Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” the dark musical featuring music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The show (recommended for the 13 and over crowd) will be performed through Aug. 14. It’s not Junior Theater’s typical kids-oriented show, but it’s a wonderful treat for adults and teens.
San Diego Museum of Art
The newest show at the art museum, “Quilts and Color from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston,” is showcasing classic American quilting patterns. These contemporary designs are a far cry from the ones Grandma used as bed covers. You can experience these stunning designs through Sept. 4.
The SDMA’s exhibition titled “Brush and Ink” – a collection of Asian art – will be ensconced at the museum through Sep. 4. “Brueghel to Canaletto” – another excellent exhibition – features an impressive collection of European masterpieces. The exhibition will be on display through Aug. 2.
Timken Museum of Art
The Timken Museum of Art launches a new partnership with the University of San Diego with a joint exhibition of more than 200 art works from a private collection. “Collections in Context: American Art from a Pacific Northwest Collection (1860-1915) features giants, such as Winslow Homer, Mary Cassatt and Frederic Remington. The show will be ensconced July 1 through Sept. 4.
Museum of Contemporary Art
The Museum of Contemporary Art will feature “Holdings from the Museum Collection” at its La Jolla location through Sept. 4. “Damon Davis: All Hands on Deck” – a photographic exhibition – is ensconced at the museum through July 24. The museum will continue to showcase “Do Hu Suh” at its downtown location through July 4. On July 22, “Papel Chicano Dos: Works on Paper from the Collection of Cheech Marin” will take over. The exhibition is due to stay on through Nov. 27.
Mingei International Museum
The Mingei’s “Flags from Ghana” closes this month on July 10. “Mingei of Japan: Treasures New and Old” remains until Oct. 2.
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center continues with its intergalactic exhibit “Science Fiction, Science Future.” This show explores which sci-fi inventions may actually become reality. Visitors are invited to move objects with their minds, design a cyborg, interact with robots, and more. The show coincides with the sci-fi fantasy fest Comic Con, but the Fleet’s “Science Future” stays until Sept. 5. The Fleet also recently announced that its popular exhibit “Taping Shape” will be extended through Sept. 5 as well. Its new IMAX show, “A Beautiful Planet,” debuted on July 1.