What’s Goin On September 2018

by Eileen Sondak August 27, 2018


north-coast-repThe Old Globe is ready to launch its new season with a world premiere. “The Heart of Rock & Roll,” a musical comedy inspired by the songs of Huey Lewis and the News, will begin its run on the Globe’s Main Stage Sept. 6, where it will remain through Oct. 21. Jonathan Abrams wrote the book for the show, directed by Gordon Greenberg. The plot is about holding onto your dreams and cherishing the thrill of rock ‘n’ roll. On Sept. 15, the Globe will celebrate Mexican Independence Day with a live concert featuring Las Colibri and special host Tony Valencia. This free event will take place on Copley Plaza.

The Globe will wrap up its summer season under the stars with Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” a delightful comic romp that pits headstrong Beatrice against confirmed bachelor Benedick (until they discover true love – with a little help from their friends). The clever romantic comedy will charm audiences on the Festival Stage until Sept. 16. Globe supporters will gather on the Plaza for the annual Globe Gala on Sept. 22. The fundraiser includes a one-night-only performance by the incomparable Andra Day. There are still a couple of chances to see “Barefoot in the Park.” The Neil Simon comedy has been extended until Sept. 2.

The La Jolla Playhouse is hosting Backyard Renaissance as they present the San Diego premiere of “Smokefall,” a play that explores the lives of a family, the fragility of life, and the power of love. The show will be on stage at the Playhouse through Sept. 16. The Playhouse’s world premiere production of “Seize the King,” a reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s “Richard III,” continues at the Potiker Theater through Sept. 16. This piece tells the story of tyrannical power – and it sounds like a must-see for fans of the Bard’s notorious villain.

The Mandell Weiss Forum will feature “Hundred Days,” a musical directed by Anne Kaufman, Sept. 22 through Oct. 21. 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.

North Coast Repertory Theatre is taking on Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit” to put a ghostly spin on its September slate. The supernatural hijinks and witty sophistication of this spirited Coward comedy will be on the boards Sept. 5 – 30, under the direction of Rosina Reynolds. The plot conjures up its fun from a socialite novelist, an unforgiving wife, and an eccentric medium. John Carney will show off his sleight of hand in a one-man show at NCR Sept. 25 – 26. Carney’s magic runs the gamut from storytelling to magic.

San Diego Repertory Theatre will present “Fun Home,” a multiple Tony Award-winning musical based on a graphic novel. Sam Woodhouse will direct the show, with choreography by Javier Velasco. “Fun Home,” ensconced at the Lyceum Sept. 6 – 30, owes its heart-wrenching storyline to a graphic novelist who tells the story of a man whose secrets and temperament defined her family and her life. It has been described as one of the most groundbreaking musicals ever to hit the Broadway stage.

San Diego Musical Theatre is staging “Hairspray,” the musical that snared eight Tony Awards on Broadway. It ends its run at the historic Horton Grand Theater on Sept. 2.

The San Diego Symphony’s summer season ends on a high note with the 1812 Tchaikovsky Spectacular, set for Sept. 1-2. Maestro Sameer Patel will lead the orchestra and a fireworks display will cap off the evening.

Coronado Playhouse is winding down its “Follies in Concert,” showcasing songs by Stephen Sondheim, on Sept. 2.


production of “Every Brilliant Thing” will be performed at the Old Town theater through Sept. 16.

The Lamb’s Players has extended their successful production of “Once” once again, through Sept. 2.


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 from Sept. 7 through Oct. 28. A sit-down dinner is available prior to the performance. On Wednesday evenings, from Sept. 12 through Oct. 31, the Welk will present the Alley Cats.

Moxie Theatre unveiled the San Diego premiere of “Voyeurs de Venus,” directed by Delicia Turner Sonenberg, recently. The show – based in part on a true story of a South African woman captured and displayed on the streets of 19th century London – will wind down on Sept. 9.

The International Summer Organ Festival will end its summer run of free concerts at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion on Sept. 3.

The San Diego Museum of Art is featuring “Epic Tales from Ancient India: Paintings from the San Diego Museum of Art” – an exhibition that explains classics of literature through the art that illustrates them. This exhibition (which includes 90 artworks) will end its stay on Sept. 3.

The art museum is also featuring “Nancy Lorenz: Moon Gold,” a solo show of the work of this New York-based artist. This exhibition consists of 85 pieces, including sculptures, paintings and others that reflect the artist’s East meets West oeuvre. 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 exciting exhibition will be on view through Nov. 12.

The Timken Museum

is showing off a 3-D work based on “The Portrait of a Woman in a Green Dress.” This creation will remain at the Timken through Sept. 16.

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: “Dream Big: Engineering our World” – a first-of-its-kind film that will transform the way we think about engineering; “Islands of the Lemurs,” an up-close-and-personal look at some fascinating creatures; and “Aircraft Carriers: Guardians of the Seas.”

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. Also on view is “Taping Shape 2.0,” which uses hundreds of rolls of packing tape to create a world of translucent spaces and tunnels. 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 Natural History Museum recently opened “The Backyard” – a new gallery for the 5-and-under set – and “Backyard Wilderness” (a 3-D film). 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 celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of Israel by teaming up with the House of Israel in Balboa Park to showcase a retrospective exhibition of the nation’s diverse and lively craft and design. More than 80 artists are highlighted in this show, which is set to close on Sept. 3. The exhibition includes rugs and blankets. Mingei is highlighting “Voluminous Art – Treasures from San Diego’s University Libraries.” This collaboration – featuring masterworks of book art – will close up on Sept. 3.

The San Diego History Center is featuring the first exhibition in Balboa Park exploring San Diego’s LGBTQ+ 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.



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