What’s Goin On July

by Eileen Sondak June 29, 2017


tony-bennettSan Diego Symphony

The San Diego Symphony kicked off its Bayside Summer Nights season with “Star Spangled Pops Concert,” a tribute to the music of America – including Broadway tunes and patriotic favorites. This first concert under the stars will complete its weekend run on July 2. Wynonna Judd returns to Bayside Summer Nights on July 4 with a celebration of the nation’s birthday, featuring her new band.

Herb Alpert and Lani Hall perform a romantic evening on July 6, followed on July 7-8 by Leslie Odom Jr. (of “Hamilton” fame). Tony Bennett is on tap for July 12, and Air Supply bring their classic hits to the Embarcadero July 14-15. A free community day concert is slated for July 16.

New Orleans Jazz series kicks off its second year at the Embarcadero July 27, followed on July 28 by Hooray for Hollywood, a salute to movie music. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is slated for July 29. The orchestra will accompany the movie. All these alfresco concerts will include a fireworks display at the end.

La Jolla Playhouse

The La Jolla Playhouse extended its popular world premiere production of “Escape to Margaritaville” until July 9. If you can snare a ticket, this music-based show is eventually headed for Broadway. The Playhouse will unwrap an intimate contemporary play on July 5. “At the Old Place,” by Rachel Bonds, deals with a search for the roads not taken. This thoughtful piece will inhabit the Mandell Weiss Forum through July 30.

Broadway-San Diego

Broadway-San Diego is bringing back the popular satirical musical, “The Book of Mormon” for a week-long run at the Civic Theatre July 25-30. This 9-time Tony Award-winning musical has become an international phenomenon, so it should sell out fast – even the second time around!

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, will shake things up at Cygnet’s Old Town Theatre July 5 through Aug. 13. The madcap musical comedy is a barrel of fun – with puns, physical comedy, and non-stop hilarity.

Lamb’s Players

The Lamb’s Players reeled in “Big Fish” (a movie-based musical) for a run at its Coronado home. This new musical – a reminder of the importance of imagination and storytelling – was directed by Deborah Gilmour Smyth. It will continue through July 30.

North Coast Repertory Theatre

North Coast Repertory Theatre will present 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. You have from July 12 to Aug. 6 to get in on the fun.

Old Globe Theatre

The Old Globe’s summer season on the outdoor Festival Stage continues with Shakespeare’s “King Richard II.” This moving and insightful portrait of the way a nation’s political landscape can be affected by the forces of history is one of the Bard’s greatest historical plays – and one of the most challenging to stage.  Count on director Erica Schmidt to get it right. The dramatic work will be performed through July 15.

The Globe’s Main Stage production of “Guys and Dolls” will make its debut on July 2, where it will 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 dance numbers.

 The Globe’s White Theatre extended its world premiere adaptation of Moliere’s “The Imaginary Invalid” to July 2. The farcical bauble, “Robin Hood,” by the ever-amusing Ken Ludwig, will move into the White Theatre on July 22, where it will keep audiences rolling in the aisles through Aug. 27. If you enjoyed last year’s “Baskerville” (also penned by Ludwig), you won’t want to miss this clever comedy.

San Diego Musical Theatre

San Diego Musical Theatre’s Off Broadway Series at the Horton Grand continues on July 28 with “Pump Up the Volume.” The musical (described as a “’90s palooza”) will stay put through Sept. 11.

Museum of Contemporary Art

The Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla is closed for renovation and expansion, but there’s a lot going on in the downtown facility. It is showing 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.

Also this month, the Museum of Contemporary Art takes its collection to North County for “California Connections” at the California Center for the Arts. Members of the two museums will receive reciprocal free admission for the duration of the exhibition, which runs July 8-Aug. 27.

Fleet Science Center 

The Fleet is unveiling its latest exhibition “Game Masters”. Showcasing the work of the world’s best video game designers, from the arcade era to today’s console and online games. The work of more than 30 designers is on display in this unique exhibition that tracks the growth of this huge industry.

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 are “Richard Deacon: What You See is What You Get” (on view through July 25) and “Modern Japan: Prints from the Taisho Era (ensconced through Aug. 13). The Deacon show is the first major survey of the artist’s work, and includes 40 pieces. The Japanese exhibit encompasses pieces from 1912-26 and includes some very rare prints.

The newest exhibition at the museum opens July 1 and runs through Jan. 7, 2018. Titled “Brenda Biondo: Play,” it features 25 photographs (circa 1920-1970).

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 new exhibition is slated to stay on through Nov. 12.

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.

San Diego History Center

The San Diego History Center is celebrating “The History and Heritage of the San Diego Jewish Community” in its new exhibition, which has been extended through winter 2018. Also on display is “Irving Gill: New Architecture for a Great Country,” and closing this month is “Art and Heritage: Maurice Braun, Belle Baranceanu, and Harry Sternberg.”


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