What’s Goin On November 2018by Eileen Sondak November 6, 2018
The Old Globe is unpacking its kid-friendly holiday favorite, “Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” for a welcome return to the Main Stage. The whimsical Christmas classic will entertain the small-fry set Nov. 3 through Dec. 29, with its charming story set in Whoville, original music by Mel Marvin, delightful dancing and eye-popping costumes. Another take on Christmas is coming to the White Theater on Nov. 11. The world premiere of “Looking for Christmas, the new Clint Black Christmas Musical,” is settling in for a run through Dec. 16, with songs by Clint Black (who co-wrote the book as well) and a heartwarming tale based on a military man’s return from battle in Afghanistan to search for healing with his family.
The Globe’s “Globe for All” production of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” continues to feature students from the USD Shiley Graduate Theater Program weaving its magic spell through Nov. 18.
The San Diego Symphony will launch its new Rush Hour 2.0 series of short concerts with “Tao Plays Tchaikovsky” on Nov. 1 (featuring a special world premiere performance of Javier Alvarez’s new work, along with Tchaikovsky’s Concerto No. 1). That performance will be followed on Nov. 2 & 4 by “Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev,” with guest pianist Conrad Tao. Alvarez’s newly commissioned work will open this varied program. “Bernstein and His World” – which includes the U.S. premiere of Noam Sheriff’s “Lenny” – is slated for Nov. 16 and 17. Ori Shaham will perform the keyboard duties for Bernstein’s Symphony Nov. 2 (The Age of Anxiety). In “An Evening with Matthew Morrison and Kelli O’Hara, two of Broadway’s brightest stars will join up for an unforgettable performance on Nov. 27. “Mozart and Dvorak” will be paired on Nov. 30, with Johannes Debus on the podium and violinist Jeff Thayer performing Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 (Turkish).
Broadway-San Diego will bring “Waitress” to San Diego audiences Nov. 27 through Dec. 2 at the Civic Theater. This uplifting musical (inspired by the beloved film) tells the story of a waitress and expert pie maker who seizes an opportunity to change her unfulfilling life. Meanwhile, fans of “Wicked” will have a chance to see the hit musical – with its fascinating version of the land of Oz – at the Civic until Nov. 25.
City Ballet is kicking off its 26th season with “Tchaikovsky Spectacular,” a tribute to ballet’s greatest composer. The program, ensconced at the Spreckels Theater Nov. 2 – 4, will feature live accompaniment by the City Ballet Orchestra. The program includes “Swan Lake Act II” (the iconic “White Act”) and two other pieces.
North Coast Repertory Theatre is giving Sherlock Holmes fans a thrill with “Holmes & Watson,” a mystery full of surprising plot twists and turns. The West Coast premiere of this who-dun-it will occupy NCR’s Solana Beach home through Nov. 11. David Ellenstein directs. NCR’s Variety Nights continues on Nov. 5 – 6 with “Elijah Rock Celebrates the Classic Crooners,” followed on Nov. 12 – 13 by “The Year of Magical Thinking,” starring Linda Purl.
San Diego Repertory Theatre will wind down its production of “Actually” on Nov. 4. This funny, heartfelt, and provocative play, penned by Anna Ziegler, is a well-crafted new work that is as intricate and psychologically complex as a jigsaw puzzle – and it leaves it to the audience to unravel the truth about what happened. On Nov. 21, the Rep will present a “sequel” to Ibsen’s masterpiece, “A Doll’s House.” Dubbed “A Doll’s House, Part 2,” this witty new work (which garnered eight Tony nominations) begins 15 years later, when Nora is back with a personal history of freedom and independence that is both modern and familiar. Sounds fascinating. You can see for yourself until Dec. 16.
Coronado Playhouse is ready to unleash the charm and musical dynamite of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” on audiences at the playhouse on Nov. 16. The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical classic about the trials and tribulations of Israel’s favorite son will light up the stage through Dec. 16.
La Jolla Music Society continues its 50th anniversary season with two performances of “Shadow Land” at the Spreckels Theater on Nov. 10.
Moxie’s staging of “Fade,” a co-production with TuYo Theater, will continue through Nov. 11. The show focuses on writing for TV, something the playwright knows all about from her own experience.
Cygnet Theatre will get a jump on the holidays with the timeless classic, “A Christmas Carol,” coming to the troupe’s Old Town Theater home on Nov. 28. Sean Murray is directing the popular seasonal offering, which runs until Dec. 30.
The Lamb’s Players continues its Southern California premiere of the new musical, “Persuasion” through Nov. 18. “Persuasion” is based on Jane Austen’s masterwork and features lavish period costumes. The show was directed by Robert Smyth.
JCompany’s 26th season features “Hunchback of Notre Dame,” a new musical based on the Hugo masterpiece. The show has songs from the Disney film, and was directed by Joey Landwehr. You can catch it at the La Jolla JCC before it closes on Nov. 4.
The Welk Theatre is back in business and getting set to deliver a jaunty musical comedy – the live version of the popular film, “Mama Mia.” The show will be performed on weekends through Feb. 24. A sit-down dinner is available prior to the performance.
The Museum of Art is showcasing “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. The museum has opened its vaults for “Visible Vaults,” a collection of 300 pieces, including works by Andy Warhol, Rodin, Toulouse-Lautrec and other great artists. This fascinating exhibition is set to close Nov. 12.
The Timken Museum is highlighting “Rococo Rivals & Revivals,” an exhibition that explores the style that flourished in the 18th century. The show, ensconced through Dec. 30, includes important works borrowed from around the country. Among the standouts are paintings by Jean-Antoine Watteau, Francois Boucher, and Jean-Honore Fragonard – and three contemporary porcelains by Chris Antemann.
The San Diego Automotive Museum is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a retrospective exhibit running through Jan. 27. It will feature vehicles that have been on display since its opening in 1988.
Birch Aquarium is featuring “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 three films: “Great Barrier Reef,” Pandas,” and “Aircraft Carriers: Guardians of the Seas.” Also at the Fleet is the “Renegade Science Project,” which takes visitors through the park for a 90-minute exploration. The Fleet is offering “Dream, Design, Build” – an exhibition that explores the Fleet’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” has been extended through 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 museum 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.”
The San Diego History Center is featuring the first exhibition in Balboa Park exploring San Diego’s LBGTQ+ 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.
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.