What’s Goin On, March 2017by Eileen Sondak February 27, 2017
City Ballet has a treat for balletomanes March 10-12 at Spreckels. The troupe is dancing works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, and Peter Martins – three giants in the world of contemporary ballet. It’s a rare opportunity to see these stunning ballets in San Diego.
Cygnet Theatre is gearing up for the San Diego premiere of “On the 20th Century,” a madcap musical comedy – with book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, and music by Cy Coleman. The show (which takes place on a luxury train to New York) has a cast of colorful characters. It will be ensconced at Cygnet’s Old Town Theatre March 9 through April 30, under Sean Murray’s direction.
La Jolla Playhouse
La Jolla Playhouse’s new musical, “Freaky Friday” will wind down its run at the Weiss Theatre on March 5. “Freaky Friday” is a comedy about an overworked mother and her teenage daughter, who magically swap bodies.
Lamb’s Players Theatre
The Lamb’s Players continues to showcase two of its brightest stars – Robert Smyth and Deborah Gilmour Smyth – in “Shadowlands.” The play recounts the story of C.S. Lewis and the Jewish woman who stole his heart. “Shadowlands” will stay on through April 9.
North Coast Repertory Theatre
North Coast Rep’s production of Tony Kushner’s “The Illusion” –a contemporary work directed by David Ellenstein – continues at the troupe’s Solana Beach home. The piece is an inventive tour de force illustrating the magical nature of theater. You can fall under its spell until March 19. In other news for the North County theater, they have begun exclusive negotiations with the City of Encinitas for development of a “state-of-the-art theater venue.” While this is still very early in the planning and approval process, the theater is optimistic.
San Diego Repertory Theatre
San Diego Rep continues its production of “Sex with Strangers” through March 19. This comedy comes with a warning, so be prepared for strong language and sexuality. “Sex…” is followed on March 30 by the world premiere of “Into the Beautiful North.” The show (which takes audiences on a 1,000-mile road trip from the Mexican coast to the Bahia Hotel in Mission Bay) is a satire that strives to remind audiences “dreams know no boarders.”
San Diego Musical Theatre
San Diego Musical Theatre will present “First Date” at the Horton Grand Theater March 31 through May 7. This romantic musical comedy revolves around the chances we take to find love – and it’s hilarious.
The Old Globe Theatre
Season opener, “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” continues on the Main Stage through March 12. The story revolves around a hang-out for struggling artists, circa 1904. Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein hold court there with other interesting characters.
Following on March 25 is “Red Velvet,” London’s hit drama that brings history to life with exuberance. The play harks back to the 1800s, when the first black actor portrayed Othello on the London stage. The show will be on the boards through April 30.
The Globe’s White Theatre is featuring a world premiere titled “The Blameless,” through March 26. This outgrowth of the Globe’s 2016 New Voices Festival is a compassionate and moving examination of the power of familial bonds in the most extraordinary circumstances.
La Jolla Music Society
La Jolla Music Society will have a full slate this month, starting on March 3 with Jeff Edmons and the Chamber Orchestra performing at Sherwood Auditorium. Violinist Caroline Goulding is on the docket for March 5 at TSRI, and Brad Mehldau will tickle the ivories at Sherwood on March 9. Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra is coming to Sherwood on March 10. Malandain Ballet Biarritz is dancing “Beauty and the Beast” on that occasion. The Danish National Symphony Orchestra is headed to Symphony Hall on March 30, and Max Raabe & Palast Orchester will perform at the Balboa Theater on March 31.
San Diego Symphony
The San Diego Symphony is featuring “Shostakovich and Beethoven” March 3-5. The Fox Film Series will present “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” March 11-12. Violinist Augustin Hadelich will be guest artist, with Markus Stenz on the podium. As with their successful musical and theatrical production of “Star Wars,” the Symphony will project the “Harry Potter” while the orchestra plays along with John Williams’ unforgettable score.
Then, “Mozart Up Close” with special guest pianist Orion Weiss, and “She’s Got That Swing: Women in Jazz” on March 18, with some of the most vital female jazz artists performing. Bruckner Symphony No. 8 is slated for March 25-26. Maestro Jahja Ling will conduct, while Yao Zhao performs Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C major.
San Diego Opera
The San Diego Opera will stage Peter Brook’s “The Tragedy of Carmen” (a distilled version of Bizet’s classic opera) at the Balboa Theatre March 10-12. Peabody Southwell stars as Carmen, along with Adrian Kramer as Don Jose.
San Diego Museum of Art
The San Diego Museum of Art’s newest acquisition is on display – a significant Spanish masterpiece, Saint James the Lesser. This 17th century work by Baroque master Ribera is a life-sized painting the museum can show off with pride. This month’s exhibitions include works of German Expressionism, Art of the 20th Century, and Venetian
Views – among others.
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, and “Tristano di Robilant,” sculptures balancing geometric forms with delicate light and color, will stay on through April 30.
Fleet Science Center
The Fleet has two new exhibitions. “Sherlock Holmes and the Clocktower Mystery” is an interactive murder mystery that tests your powers of observation and deductive reasoning, and “So Moved: The Art & Science of Motion,” a hands-on exhibit that explores movement as presented by San Diego artists. The newest IMAX film, (opening March 10) is “Dream Big: Engineering our World” – a first-of-its-kind film that will transform the way we think about engineering. “National Parks Adventure,” and “Extreme Weather” continue
USD Hoehn Galleries
The USD Hoehn Family Galleries are the first ever to display an exhibition of British modernism from the British Museum. On view until May 19, this exhibition chronicles the graphic work of two of the most significant movements of early 20th century modern art in Britain: Vorticism and the Grosvenor School.
Selected from the world-renowned print collection of the British Museum, the exhibition will feature around 60 works by exemplars of British modernism. The recent 100-year anniversary of the beginning of the First World War, as well as recent reassessments of Vorticism (Tate Britain, 2011) and the Grosvenor School (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 2008) make this an opportune time to consider these two path-breaking movements in relation to one another.