What’s Goin’ On

by Eileen Sondak November 2, 2017



north-coast-rep-of-mice-and-men-nicholas-mongiardo-cooper-lennie-jacob-sidney-george-photo-by-aaron-rumleyCity Ballet

City Ballet will launch its 25th season Nov. 3 – 5 with a concert that features “The Firebird,” set to the stunning music of Igor Stravinsky. Also on the program is “Serenade,” a masterwork by the great Balanchine, “Ash,” choreographed by Peter Martins, and “Barber Adagio,” designed by Elizabeth Wistrich along the musical lines of a piece by Samuel Barber. The weekend concerts will be danced at the Spreckels Theatre.


Coronado Playhouse

Coronado Playhouse will perform the San Diego premiere of “Fly by Night,” a show described as a “metaphysical musical.” This production opens on Nov. 10 and will remain on stage through Dec. 10.

Cygnet Theater

Cygnet Theater is featuring the San Diego premiere of “The Legend of Georgia McBride, a musical play about an unemployed Elvis impersonator who takes on another flamboyant character as a drag queen. The crowd-pleasing comedy, written by Matthew Lopez and directed by Sean Murray, will continue its run at the Old Town Theater through Nov. 12.


JCompany Youth Theater will wind down its production of “The Lion King” on Nov. 5 at the JCC in La Jolla. This musical gem, directed by Joey Landwehr, should be a hit with the whole family – if you can still snare some seats.

La Jolla Music Society

La Jolla Music Society will be presenting pianist Yekwon Sunwoo at TSRI on Nov. 5, performing works by Mozart, Schubert, and Ravel. On Nov. 11, pianist Richard Goode will perform a program that includes Bach, Schoenberg, Beethoven, and Chopin at Jacobs Qualcomm Hall.

La Jolla Playhouse

The La Jolla Playhouse is ready to unveil the world premiere of “The Donna Summer Musical,” directed by former artistic director Des McAnuff. This vibrant show chronicles the life of the Queen of Disco from her Boston roots to international stardom. This moving tribute to the singer-songwriter will be ensconced at the Playhouse from Nov 7 through Dec. 17.

Lamb’s Players

The Lamb’s Players is reviving the down-home musical, “Smoke on the Mountain” through Nov. 19. The show abounds with blue grass, gospel and traditional songs.

North Coast Rep

North Coast Repertory Theater is staging John Steinbeck’s masterpiece, “Of Mice and Men.” The seething drama about an unlikely friendship and the illusionary nature of dreams will stay on at NCR’s Solana Beach home through Nov. 12.

The Old Globe

The Globe’s Main Stage will greet the Grinch and his Who friends again on Nov. 4. Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” has been a family favorite for 20 years, and this production continues that wonderful holiday tradition. Take the kids to this musical delight through Dec. 24, and see the stage transformed into the snow-covered Whoville of the beloved fairytale. The Tree Lighting ceremony on the Plaza is slated for Nov. 12, and some of the cast of the “Grinch” appear for a free mini-performance.

The Old Globe and the University of San Diego Graduate Theater Program will be presenting Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” Nov. 11 – 19 at the White Theater.

San Diego Junior Theater

San Diego Junior Theater is presenting “Tuck Everlasting” through Nov. 12. This musical tale of an 11-year-old free spirit will be performed at the Casa del Prado in Balboa Park.

The newest exhibition at the Art Museum is “Modern Masters from Latin America: The Perez Simon Collection.” This show (opening Oct. 21) features 100 works by seminal figures, including Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Fernando Botero. These artworks will be on view through March 11, 2018.

San Diego Opera

The San Diego Opera will perform at the Joan Kroc Theater for the first time on Nov. 11. “As One,” a piece composed by Laura Kaminsky, stars baritone Kelly Markgraf and mezzo-soprano Blythe Gaissert in a tale of discovery.

San Diego Rep

San Diego Repertory Theater continues to showcase Robert Askins’ “Hand to God” through Nov. 12. An innocent-looking puppet in an angst-ridden church youth group forms the basis of this black comedy, directed by Sam Woodhouse. It was a smash on Broadway, but be prepared for explicit language. The Lyceum Space is featuring “Black Pearl Sings,” a soulful play with music. It boasts a collection of rare folk songs and a storyline about two women tied together by their personal search for love and respect. You can see “Pearl” Nov. 22 through Dec. 17.

San Diego Symphony

The San Diego Symphony will continue on Nov. 3 with Patti Austin singing a program of soul, pop and jazz classics. “Day of the Dead Concert” with Mexican singing icon Eugenia Leon is slated for Nov. 4, followed on Nov. 11 – 12 by “Fabulous France,” a concert conducted by Johannes Debus. Pianist Louis Lortie is guest artist, performing Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major.

Mark Stenz conducts a program that highlights Mozart’s Requiem and a Haydn Symphony Nov. 17 – 19. Four guest singers will perform. Jazz at the Jacobs is coming up on Nov. 25, featuring “The First Lady of Song: An Ella Fitzgerald Tribute.” On Nov. 28, the Chamber Music Series turns the spotlight on pianist Christopher O’Riley at TSRI to round out the month.

Birch Aquarium

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 is showcasing “Homage to the Horse and Other Steeds,” an exhibition of objects celebrating the nobility and power of horses from all over the world. This exhibition will be on view through Nov. 12. Mingei’s newest exhibition, “Kantha –Recycled and Embroidered Textiles of Bengal,” will be ensconced through March 25, 2018. “Arline Fisch: One of a Kind,” a retrospective view of jewelry and other artforms designed by this San Diego resident, will be on display through Jan. 7, 2018. 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, 2018.

Museum of Contemporary Art

The Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla is closed for renovation and expansion, but the downtown facility is featuring “Dimensions of Black: A Collaboration with the San Diego African American Museum of Art.” The show is ensconced through next January.

San Diego Museum of Art

The San Diego 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 of next year.

Also on display at the Art Museum is “Brenda Biondo: Play,” an exhibition of 25 photographs focusing on children’s playgrounds. The show will run through Jan. 10, 2018. “Reflections on Monet,” a small-scale exhibition that includes the famous Water Lily painting and one piece on loan from the Bloomberg Collection, will stay put through Jan. 21.


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