What’s Goin On Oct. 2018by Eileen Sondak October 2, 2018
The San Diego Symphony is poised to launch a brand new season on Oct. 4, with piano virtuoso Lang Lang performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24 in C Minor. Maestro Edo De Waart will conduct. This concert is part of the Symphony’s annual gala and includes a cocktail reception, dinner and auction before the performance and a rollicking after party at the University Club following the show. The program features works by Berlioz and Respighi. De Waart returns to the podium on Oct. 6 – 7, with Joyce Yang on the keyboard for a concert that features Grieg’s Piano Concerto, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, and Ippolito’s Nocturne.
The season continues Oct. 12 – 14, with de Waart and Yang together again for Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Bates’ Garages of the Valley, and Mozart’s Symphony No. 40. The Science of Sound (the first family concert of the season) is slated for Oct. 21. It features hands-on, pre-concert activities for the kids, and will be conducted by Sameer Patel. Marinsky Orchestra teams up with the San Diego Symphony on Oct. 24 for a rare joint performance conducted by Valery Gergiev. It marks the first time the Marinsky joins forces with an American orchestra. The Symphony’s Jazz at the Jacobs series begins on Oct. 27, with an evening with modern jazz guitar great Pat Metheny. The orchestra will not be part of this exciting performance. On Oct. 30, Conrad Tao Plays Mozart will conclude the month with a performance of chamber music.
The La Jolla Playhouse is featuring “Hundred Days,” a musical directed by Anne Kaufman, through Oct. 21 at the Mandell Weiss Forum. The show, dubbed a “luminous musical memoir,” is an autobiographical work performed by husband-and-wife team Abigail and Shaun Bengson. This unusual play tackles the basic question of making the most of the time you have.
Broadway-San Diego will bring “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” to the Civic Theatre for a weeklong run Oct. 2 – 7. The show was so popular on its premiere engagement, it’s back for a highly-anticipated return. Fans of “Wicked” will have another chance to see the hit musical during its three-week stay at the Civic, Oct. 31 through Nov. 25.
The Old Globe’s world premiere of “The Heart of Rock & Roll,” a musical comedy inspired by the songs of Huey Lewis and the News, is going strong on the Globe’s Main Stage through Oct. 21. Jonathan Abrams wrote the book for the show, directed by Gordon Greenberg. The plot focuses on holding onto your dreams and cherishing the thrill of rock ‘n’ roll – and it’s being described as heartwarming and hilarious. The Globe’s Theater Program is performing Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” Oct. 20 – 28 at the White Theater. The intimate environment offers a close-up look at the machinations of this powerful play.
North Coast Repertory Theatre will give 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 Oct. 17 through Nov. 11. David Ellenstein directs.
San Diego Repertory Theatre will present “Actually” – a funny, heartfelt, and provocative play by Anna Ziegler – Oct. 11 through Nov. 4. This well-crafted new work is an intricate and psychologically complex jigsaw puzzle that leaves it to the audience to unravel the truth about two Princeton freshmen and their encounter at a wild college party.
San Diego Musical Theatre is staging the new Mel Brooks musical, “Young Frankenstein’’ – the perfect choice for the month of Halloween. You can see the dark musical comedy at the Horton Grand Theater through Oct. 28.
Coronado Playhouse will take on the Bard’s “Macbeth,” Oct. 5 – 28. This masterpiece is part of the Playhouse’s annual free classic series, so snare a ticket and enjoy the unsavory world depicted in this Shakespearean tragedy.
Moxie is ready to unveil “Fade,” a co-production with TuYo Theater. The show is about writing for TV, something the playwright knows from her own experience. You can check out “Fade” Oct. 14 through Nov. 11.
Cygnet Theatre will deliver “Hir” for a month-long run at its Old Town Theater Oct. 3 – 28. This dark and disorienting black comedy focuses on a household in revolt.
The Lamb’s Players will present the Southern California premiere of a new musical Oct. 5 through Nov. 18. “Persuasion” is based on Jane Austen’s masterwork, and features lavish period costumes. The show will be directed by Robert Smyth.
Capitol Steps will deliver its irreverent brand of political satire in a musical spoof at the Spreckels Theatre on Oct. 27.
City Ballet will perform at the company’s 26th annual fundraising gala, planned for Oct. 13 at the Hotel del Coronado. Mario Lopez will be master of ceremonies of the black-tie event.
Oceanside Theatre will launch its season with “Deathtrap,” a mystery by Ira Levin, on Oct. 5. The suspense will continue through Oct. 21.
San Diego Junior Theatre will be performing “Sleepy Hollow: A Musical Tale” Oct. 19 – 28. The show is about modern day kids on Halloween.
JCompany’s 26th season will kick off on Oct. 19 with “Hunchback of Notre Dame,” a new musical based on the Hugo masterpiece. The show has songs from the Disney film, and will be directed by Joey Landwehr. You can catch it at the La Jolla JCC through 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. On Wednesday evenings, through Oct. 31, the Welk will present the Alley Cats.
The San Diego Museum of Art is ready to showcase “Tim Shaw’s Beyond Reason,” an exhibition dealing with themes of global terrorism, free speech, abuse of power, and artificial intelligence. This new show will open on Oct. 20. 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 will be on view through 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.
The San Diego Automotive Museum is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a retrospective exhibit running from Oct. 12 through Jan. 27. It will feature vehicles that have been on display since its opening in 1988. On Oct. 20, the museum will hold a fundraising gala on the premises.
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. “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 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.
Also on display is “Coast to Cactus in California.” “Unshelved: Cool Stuff from Storage” – a display of specimens from around the world – is another popular exhibition. It will be ensconced at the NAT for the next two years. Check out “Oceans 3-D: Our Blue Planet” (a global odyssey to discover the largest habitat on Earth) and “Ocean Oasis.” The Nat also offers “Fossil Mysteries,” “Water: A California Story” and “Skulls.”
Mingei International Museum is closed for renovation, but on Oct. 5, the gift shop and café will open at Liberty Station, where it will remain until the museum reopens.
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.