Swim with Dory and new pal Hank from Disney/Pixar's Finding Dory as they set out to find her parents and discover the devotion of family. Cheer with Joy, Sadness and the rest of the Emotions from Disney/Pixar's Inside Out as they work together to boost Riley's spirit and win the big hockey game. Venture to wintery Arendelle where Olaf and Kristoff help reunite royal sisters Anna and Elsa from Frozen and learn love is the most powerful magic of all. See Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel and the Disney Princesses make their dreams possible through virtues of bravery, kindness and perseverance. And celebrate true friendship with Buzz Lightyear, Woody and the Toy Story gang. Make unforgettable memories with Mickey, Minnie and all your Disney friends when Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart skates into the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego.
Based on Henri Matisse's spiritual romance with a young nun, this new play tells the fascinating story behind the creation of his final masterpiece, Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence. The Color of Light follows the relationship after the brilliant artist, an atheist, recovers from cancer and is cared for by Sister Jacques Marie. Vantage Theatre's production combines an art experience with theater, with a pre-show art exhibit and talk about Matisse, art, color and form, and the religious life. See it live at San Diego's Tenth Avenue Arts Center, where you'll also have access to the beautiful rooftop lounge to take in the view.
Dreams, passion, redemption -- they all combine to create the epic and uplifting musical Les Miserables, which has thrilled audiences around the world. The JCompany Youth Theatre is a nationally recognized, award-winning program that provides opportunities to students ages 4 through 18. These young, talented artists will bring the unforgettable characters of Victor Hugo's work to life, performing the songs that have touched millions, including "I Dreamed a Dream,""On My Own," and "Do You Hear the People Sing?" Enjoy this moving, memorable musical at the David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre in La Jolla.
A contemporary retelling of the compelling relationship between Katherine Parr and Henry VIII, The Last Wife is a funny, powerful examination of patriarchy, sexual politics and women's rights. Katherine is smart, confident and passionate, a rising star in a world of intense competition. But her obligatory marriage to Henry is rife with the threat of violence and lure of deceit; her secret liaisons with Thom, her husband's former brother-in-law, could send her to an early grave; and her devotion to the education and equal rights of Henry's daughters is putting an even bigger strain on her marriage. See the play the Chicago Tribune calls "stimulating" at Cygnet Theatre in San Diego.
Can love overcome hate? In Northern Uganda, the daughter of an American missionary and a local teenage girl steal into a candlelit church to exchange vows in a secret wedding ceremony. But when an escalating civil war encroaches on their fragile union, they can't escape its reach and lives are changed. Confronting the cost of intolerance, the powerful drama Cardboard Piano by Hansol Jung makes its West Coast premiere at Diversionary Theatre in San Diego. Don't miss this modern-day parable that explores America's relationship with Africa, and the human capacity for forgiveness.
Back by popular demand, Smoke on the Mountain returns to Lamb's Players Theatre in Coronado. Get ready to stomp your feet and clap your hands as the rollicking musical comedy brings more than 30 powerhouse bluegrass/gospel tunes along with it. It's the end of the Great Depression and the Sanders Family Singers have stopped at the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church to perform their traveling gospel show for the congregation -- which just so happens to be you, the audience. Between dynamo bluegrass renditions of gospel classics such as "Amazing Grace" and "I'll Fly Away," the Sanders reveal their backstory, which is full of hilarious details the whole family will enjoy.
A group of unemployed steel workers go The Full Monty in this hit Broadway musical inspired by the Oscar-nominated film. In this Americanized stage adaptation written by Terrence McNally and David Yazbek, six men decide to raise some much-needed cash by staging a striptease act. But as they aren't exactly your typical beefcakes, what they end up creating is the most unforgettable display of pale, flabby flesh that their blue-collar town has ever seen -- all while conquering their inner demons, improving their self-esteem and learning some important lessons about friendship. The Full Monty was nominated for a whopping 10 Tony Awards in 2001, including Best Musical, and now San Diego Musical Theatre brings this touching, funny and crowd-pleasing show to the Horton Grand Theatre.
In a Vietnamese refugee camp in Arkansas circa 1975, two bereaved Saigon natives find love in a strange new land. So goes Vietgone, a bold new romantic comedy by "geek theater" impresario Qui Nguyen, an artist famous in New York for productions packed full of martial arts, sword fights and puppetry. Based on the lives of his own parents, Vietgone is a slightly more subtle affair, but still reflects Nguyen's irreverent humor and pop-culture-obsessed aesthetic as it crisscrosses between the traumatic evacuation of Saigon and a turbulent yet passionate tale of love in the rural United States. See San Diego Repertory Theatre's production of this wildly imaginative, "culturally savvy comedy" (The New York Times) at The Lyceum Space in San Diego.
Located in the heart of San Diego's Gaslamp District, Mad House Comedy Club is the perfect place to catch some of the best and brightest young comedians, not to mention local favorites, along with familiar faces from TV and national headliners. These hot comics boast major credits, including The Tonight Show, Late Show, Comedy Central, Key & Peele and tons more. With a full bar and food menu, Mad House makes it easy to make a night of it.
Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018 / 8:00pm (Mark Christopher Lawrence, NBC's Chuck, GLEE, Weeds, Seinfeld, Terminator 2, and More!)Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018 / 8:00pm (Daniel Eachus as seen on Comedy Central, The Sideshow Network, Laughs On Fox!)Friday, Jan. 26, 2018 / 7:30pm (The World Famous Mad House Comedy Club Showcase Special)Friday, Jan. 26, 2018 / 9:45pm (The World Famous Mad House Comedy Club Showcase Special)Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 / 7:30pm (The World Famous Mad House Comedy Club Showcase Special)Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 / 9:45pm (The World Famous Mad House Comedy Club Showcase Special)Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018 / 8:00pm (It's the Mad House Favorites Show!)Monday, Jan. 29, 2018 / 8:00pm (San Diego's Funniest Person Contest!)
How much would you bet that you could turn a stranger into a completely different person? Snobby English linguistics professor Henry Higgins bets one of his pals that he can turn a working-class cockney flower girl into a proper, refined lady who could pass for a dutchess at any upper crust party. But Higgins' bet blows up in his face when his creation turns out to be smart, outspoken -- and the love of his life. George Bernard Shaw's most popular play, Pygmalion, is perhaps more widely known as the inspiration for the musical My Fair Lady, but this witty romance from the Nobel Prize-winning playwright has been delighting and scandalizing audiences for more than a century -- and its razor-sharp commentary on social class and the battle of the sexes is as relevant as ever. See Professor Higgins' attempt at an extreme makeover when Pygmalion comes to the Patio Playhouse in Escondido.
Avast, ye scurvy dogs! Circus Vargas is back with an all new show that's sure to spark joy in the hearts of landlubbers and swabbies alike. America's favorite traveling big top circus adds a fantastical new level of swashbuckling spectacle to its music-filled extravaganza with Dreaming of Pirates at Westfield Mission Valley in San Diego. Jam-packed with aerial feats, acrobatics and clowning, not to mention a colorful cast of characters, world-class performers, singing, comedy and more, Dreaming of Pirates has plenty of treasures for the whole family to enjoy. Before the show, kids have the chance to step into the ring and learn circus skills. After the show, stick around to meet and take pictures with the cast.
Point Loma Playhouse presents the San Diego premiere of Different Stages' Building the Wall by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan. It's 2019, the not-so-distant future, and the Trump administration has carried out its campaign promise to round up and detain millions of immigrants. As a journalist interviews the former supervisor of a private prison holding many of those immigrants, it becomes clear that federal policy has escalated to its terrifying, seemingly inconceivable -- yet inevitable -- conclusion. This one-act drama is sure to ignite debate about a hot topic that's bubbling at the surface of the murky soup filling today's political cauldron.
Whether you shot milk out your nose when he sang about his red-hooded sweatshirt on SNL, watched The Wedding Singer on repeat until you wore out the VHS tape or were one of the millions of viewers who made The Ridiculous Six Netflix's most-streamed movie, Adam Sandler has probably cracked you up at some point in your life. But have you ever been in the same room with him while he did it? Adam Sandler's multi-show residency at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas takes this worldwide comedy superstar and puts him back where he started: on the stage in front of a crowd with a microphone in his hand. Prepare to laugh until you pee your pants -- and remember, "You ain't cool unless you pee your pants."
Based on journalist Mitch Albom's real-life friendship with his former college professor, Tuesdays With Morrie chronicles the lessons Albom learns more than a decade after college during visits while his mentor and friend is dying from Lou Gehrig's Disease, or ALS. The two delve into the themes of life, love, wealth, aging, dependence, peace and death. It's through these weekly visits that Albom realizes just how much he still has to learn about values and priorities. Albom's 1997 book by the same name has sold more than 14 million copies worldwide to date, was adapted into a successful film in 1999, and premiered as an off-Broadway play, written by Albom himself, in 2001. Enjoy the tender Tuesdays With Morrie at Vista's Broadway Theater, featuring two of San Diego's biggest stars: Lance Arthur Smith and Ralph Johnson.
Dennis Miller called him "the next really big comedian." A New York native, Colin Kane's uncensored comedy and sharp crowd work earned him the top spot in Howard Stern's Kill or Be Killed competition, a two-year run at Carolines on Broadway and an evening at New York's Theater at Madison Square Garden. He recently made his film debut in a breakout role opposite Kevin Hart in The Wedding Ringer. Kane has played the New York comedy club circuit as well as venues in Los Angeles, Boston, Washington, D.C., Boston, Mexico City, Norway and Stockholm, and you can get in on the laughs when he headlines The American Comedy Co. in San Diego.
In a torrential rainstorm, a gentle young man named Anibal de la Luna picks up a pregnant hitchhiker named Celestina del Sol and offers her shelter for the night. He soon finds himself in a time and mind-bending world of mystique as the two explore love, relationships and life in Cloud Tectonics. A surprise visit from Anibal's brother Nelson -- who is immediately smitten with the mysterious and majestic Celestina -- only complicates the already tricky situation. Penned by Academy Award-nominee Jose Rivera and directed by Culture Clash co-founder Herbert Siguenza, Cloud Tectonics brings magical realism to the stage, cleverly fusing a love story with an accessible and philosophical look at the illusive nature of love and time. Come see it at the New Village Arts Theatre in Carlsbad.
In basketball, rebounds are everything -- and for the San Diego State University men's basketball team, that's the theme of their whole 2017-18 season. After a disappointing finish last year that saw the Aztecs end their season without a winning record in their conference for the first time in over a decade, the team is coming back fiercer than ever to fight their way back into the postseason. After 30 years as Steve Fisher's right-hand man, newly crowned head coach Brian Dutcher has already led the resurgent Aztecs to a stellar record thanks to top scorers Devin Watson and Malik Pope. Don't miss a single bank shot, lay-up or dunk when the Aztecs rebound at Viejas Arena.
Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018 / 8:00pm (vs. Colorado State Rams)Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 / 5:00pm (vs. Air Force Academy Falcons)Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018 / 8:00pm (vs. Wyoming Cowboys)Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018 / 8:00pm (vs. Boise State Broncos)
See if you can spot Gray Whales migrating down to Baja California on an Oceanside Whale and Dolphin Tour. Each year these magnificent creatures pass by Oceanside on their way south to breed, and riding aboard a luxury catamaran is one of the best ways to see them. While aboard you might also catch a glimpse of dolphins or other whales, and any sightings will be pointed out and narrated by an expert captain, who is also a certified naturalist. And even if the whales aren't being cooperative, you can enjoy fabulous ocean views as you cruise along on the comfortable boat, taking advantage of the covered and open-air seating areas during the scenic two-hour journey.
Housewives are dutiful. Husbands are brawny. It's 1960, and Emily Post's guide to etiquette is keeping America "great." But in a delicious turn of events, a stranger materializes who might end life as the citizens of North Orange know it. This audacious Joint World premiere at San Diego's Moxie Theatre reimagines the tragic heroines of Greek Mythology as pill-popping housewives in Bliss (or Emily Post Is Dead!) -- a cautionary tale with deadly consequences.
With more than 100 speciality martinis to choose from, an array of delicious food, and top live acts from L.A., New York and beyond, Martinis Above Fourth | Table + Stage is the ultimate supper club experience. On any given night, you'll enjoy entertainment ranging from jazz to pop to American standards, and even acts like an expert Dame Edna impersonator, comedians like Alec Mapa, movie and Broadway stars like Molly Ringwald and country musicians like Ty Herndon. Sit back and relax over a martini and treat yourself to a meal or a snack while you bask in the sounds of live music, comedy and more. Martinis Above Fourth | Table + Stage offers a hip, eclectic dining and entertainment experience in an upscale yet decidedly unstuffy environment.
Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018 / 8:00pm (Dina Martina in Fine Avec Me)Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018 / 8:00pm (Joe Posa in The Bitch is Back)Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018 / 8:00pm (National Treasure - The Tammie Brown Show)Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 / 8:00pm (Miss Crissie Collins in Heart to Heart)Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018 / 8:00pm (The Divine Miss Bette Starring Catherine Alcorn)Thursday, Mar. 1, 2018 / 8:00pm (Chadwick Johnson: Hits of the Piano Men)
A satirical comedy brimming with clever wit and insight, As Bees in Honey Drown tells the story of Evan Wyler, a promising writer traversing the New York City literary scene. Eager for recognition, he finds himself in the irresistible clutches of one Alexa Vere de Vere, whose enchanting promises of fame and fortune ensnare him -- and whose winsome charms he is unable to resist. Ultimately realizing that Alexa's mysterious nature is more dark than bright, Evan embarks on a quest to find out the truth about her, seeking help from the many others whom Alexa has "discovered." As Bees in Honey Drown is coming to Onstage Playhouse in Chula Vista.
After 26 years in the interactive dinner-theater biz, San Diego's Mystery Cafe knows how to knock 'em dead with one of the best entertainment experiences in town. Their signature mix of professionally produced murderous mayhem, improvisational comedy and a full three-course meal draws fans from far and wide, who try to piece together the clues while dining in style. I Do, Now DIE is the current whodunit, a wedding murder mystery set in the 1980s, complete with a nightly costume contest. Beginning in March, the new 1950's mafia comedy-mystery Whatta Way ta Die will debut. Dinner includes a garden salad, your choice of entree and a dessert.
Enjoy up-close views of the beautiful marine life, sea cliffs and seven caves of the La Jolla Ecological Reserve on a two-hour guided kayaking tour. No experience is necessary for this fun excursion, and life-jackets are provided. After a brief lesson, you'll paddle out on a two-person kayak with an experienced and friendly guide to marvel at Arch Cave, Sunny Jim's Cave and others, and maybe even steer through the amazing double-sided Clam Cave (ocean conditions permitting). You might even catch glimpses of sea lions, harmless leopard sharks, Garibaldi fish and dolphins before returning to shore.
Friday, Jan. 26, 2018 / Various TimesSaturday, Jan. 27, 2018 / Various TimesSunday, Jan. 28, 2018 / Various TimesMonday, Jan. 29, 2018 / Various TimesTuesday, Jan. 30, 2018 / Various TimesThursday, Feb. 1, 2018 / Various TimesFriday, Feb. 2, 2018 / Various TimesSaturday, Feb. 3, 2018 / Various Times
A Bare Hands is a sound performance, focused like a magnifying glass on an object that we know well. With Roland Auzet's "bare hands," he will look at ... a car. Together, you'll have an intimate encounter that will reveal the joys of rhythms and sounds. From the time we were children we have played with and in cars. We travel in them, for sure, but we also talk, take shelter from the rain, eat and make love in them. Sometime we even live in them ... a sad fact too often the case today. The car as object will live through sound. See this performance, part of San Diego Symphony's It's About Time festival, at Mandeville Auditorium in La Jolla.
Celebrate the sexier side of life as the traveling "pop-erotica" variety show The Sweet Spot takes over Queen Bee's. This raucous stage show changes every three months with a fresh new theme and performances that mash up spoken word, burlesque dance, body painting, comedy, runway fashion, DJ-spun tunes, live music and more, all set to a hot Top 40 music mix. Now touring to more than 30 cities, The Sweet Spot brings its signature mix of high-energy performances to San Diego, offering a thrilling show at which adults of all persuasions can enjoy and engage with the erotic arts in a fun, safe and nonjudgmental atmosphere.
Though Michel Briar is a certified master hypnotist, he's never once put a crowd to sleep. They're too busy laughing at his mesmerizing feats where fellow audience members become the stars of the show. Briar has traveled the country performing his mind-boggling mental tricks, bringing hypnotized volunteers to the stage to speak made-up languages, act our bewildering roles and more. If you have ever tried hypnosis and found it lacking, this show at the Ocean Beach Playhouse and Arts Center will turn turns doubters into slack-jawed believers.
Music and time are inevitably intertwined, as rhythm itself can completely determine the narrative of a piece. Join the San Diego Symphony in welcoming this Jacobs Masterworks concert to the Copley Symphony Hall, where works from Ravel, Takemitsu, Mazzoli and Bartók will help explore this musical relationship. Stories in Time offers two viewpoints of time -- that which we can control, whether it be through iPhones, alarm clocks, and machines, and that which controls us -- rivers, tides and moon phases. Both graceful and compelling, you'll be led through a musical journey that may just encourage you to craft your own narrative.
Featuring a number of professional musicians who have performed with the top big bands of the 1940s and 1950s, San Diego's Coastal Cities Jazz Band has performed all over Southern California and Arizona since its formation in 1997. Their concerts at Carlsbad Community Church feature the talented ensemble, plus guest appearances by some of the region's top soloists, in a wide range of swing and big band jazz programs. For this performance, the Coastal Cities Jazz Band and its trumpet section will perform big band music from the libraries of Doc Severinsen, Harry James, Louis Armstrong, Ray Anthony and more.
Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018 / 2:00pm (Doors Open @ 1:30pm)
Kayak along San Diego Bay and explore the sights of the city in this leisurely guided tour that highlights the region's renowned architecture, history and maritime culture. Along the way, you'll enjoy views of Petco Park, the Embarcadero, the USS Midway, Naval Station North Island, the Silver Strand, the San Diego Convention Center, the Coronado Bridge and Glorietta Bay -- all from the deck of your two-person, sit-on-top kayak. No previous kayaking experience is necessary for this fun and unique excursion that includes kayak rental, paddles, life vests and a paddle lesson.
Every Friday night, San Diego's Cafe Sevilla Restaurant and Tapas Bar hosts From Gypsy to Belly Dancing to Flamenco: The Journey, a dinner show featuring an authentic three-course meal and an atmosphere of European elegance and Mediterranean spirit. These performances showcase the evolution of flamenco dance through the fusion of Moorish, Andalusian and Spanish folk dance performed by flamenco, gypsy, belly dancers, singers, percussionists and guitarists. You'll marvel at the passion, beauty and athleticism of this traditional art form as you feast on delicacies like the restaurant's famed Paella Valenciana and Crema Catalana.
World-famous performing-arts troupe Shen Yun summons an ancient Chinese world to vibrant life via traditional music, dance and acrobatics, along with spectacular animated backdrops, historically authentic costumes and thunderous orchestral sound. Their latest exciting stage extravaganza, Experience a Divine Culture, stars a cast of 100 in a wildly colorful, exhilarating and heartfelt journey through 5,000 years of glorious civilization, now on the verge of disappearing completely. You'll see more than a dozen dance pieces, each with its own story, as well as several solo vocal and instrumental performances as part of the show Broadway World calls "extravagantly beautiful," when it arrives on stage at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido.
Soak up the glorious seaside sights of Coronado on this easy, breezy two-hour bike tour. The 10-mile course, led by an informative guide, is flat and pedal-friendly and provides great views of San Diego's "Crown City" for everyone ages 12 and older. You'll ride under the graceful Coronado Bridge, past the historic Hotel del Coronado and by the Naval Amphibious Base and Glorietta Bay. You'll also see Silver Strand State Beach, as well as the cute shops and homes along Orange Avenue. Bike rental, a helmet and bottled water are all included in the price of your ticket.
Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 / 10:00am or 3:00pmSunday, Jan. 28, 2018 / 10:00am or 3:00pmSaturday, Feb. 3, 2018 / 10:00am or 3:00pmSunday, Feb. 4, 2018 / 10:00am or 3:00pm
Who needs a tour guide? Take a two- or four-hour drive through the city in GoCar, the world's first GPS-guided tour car that not only directs you to your destinations, but also tells you stories about each of the sites. The GPS system will automatically guide your two-person talking car as you explore downtown San Diego, the Gas Lamp District, Balboa Park, Little Italy, Historic Old Town, the Maritime Museum or your choice of more than 100 other points of interest. Make the tour as long or short as you want, and stop for as long as you like for photos, lunch, coffee breaks or whatever catches your fancy.
Any Weekday Through Jan 31, 2018 (Car Pickup Between 9:30am-11:30am, Reserve in Advance)
The gorgeous Café Sevilla invites you to enjoy an evening of Spanish and Gypsy flamenco dance, an authentic three-course meal and an atmosphere of European elegance and Mediterranean spirit. Café Sevilla in San Diego is home to The Art of Flamenco, the longest-running flamenco dinner show in Southern California, a dynamic and thoroughly entertaining performance that includes dancers, singers, percussionists and guitarists. Marvel at the passion, beauty and athleticism of this traditional art form as you enjoy an included dinner featuring a salad, the famous Spanish dish Paella Valenciana or short rib/salmon duet, and for dessert, Crema Catalana, the restaurant's award-winning chocolate espresso creme brulee. A tapas menu, full bar, eclectic wine list and other menu upgrades are also available for à la carte purchase.
From classical arrangements to jazz favorites, the Pacific Coast Horns Brass Quintet has a song for everyone. This group of talented musicians, originally the Disneyland Bellhops, performs versions of the Great American songbook, musical medleys, jumpin' jazz and much more. This concert for all ages, at the California Center for the Arts, is a throwback to good, old-fashioned entertainment.