Based on the modern cinema classic, Elf the Musical Jr. is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy's enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This youth production of the modern Christmas favorite is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf as it ice skates into the Ocean Beach Playhouse and Arts Center in San Diego.
One of America's best Thanksgiving traditions ain't got a thing to do with eating, shopping or watching football -- it's all about that swing. The 38th Annual San Diego Jazz Fest and Swing Extravaganza is back to bop at the Town & Country Hotel and Convention Center for the entire holiday weekend. Saturday night's headliners are the Candy Jacket Jazz Band and Jonathan Doyle's Swingtet, who'll be providing the tunes for the legendary swing-dance contest, but there are five ballrooms filled with nothing but performances from morning till night, including a piano-solo salon. From traditional jazz to dixieland, ragtime and rockabilly, you won't have to go far to find it, and even the hotel's Thanksgiving Champagne Buffet offers live musical accompaniment. More than 30 bands and guest artists, plus vendors and more, are set to appear at this world-class festival that never fails to get music-lovers in the holiday groove.
Miracle on 34th Street gets even more miraculous when San Diego Musical Theatre performs it live in the style of an old-time radio play, complete with onstage sound effects. When a man named Kris Kringle agrees to serve as a last-minute replacement for Santa in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, he's so convincing that he's offered a job as the department store's in-house Claus. But how can he convince the doubters, including a cynical single mother and her eight-year-old daughter who yearns for something to believe in? Adapted from the 1947 Lux Radio Hour Broadcast, this charming production perfectly captures the spirit of the season at The Horton Grand Theatre.
On a windswept moor in an old haunted house in England, a lonely widower still grieves the death of his wife 10 years ago. Enter Mary, a sour young orphan who's come to live with her uncle. She discovers a locked garden that's been left to grow wild and uncared for -- much like Mary herself. With the help of her friend and cousin, the little girl brings new life to both the garden and her uncle in the enchanting musical The Secret Garden, a story of hardship turned into hope, of beauty discovered in unlikely places, the power of a child's imagination and the wisdom that accompanies growing up. Written by Pulitzer winner Marsha Norman (The Color Purple) with music by Lucy Simon (Doctor Zhivago), the New Village Arts Theatre's production of this lush musical delivers a magical theatrical experience in Carlsbad.
Make no mistake about it, these reindeer games from OB Playhouse and Different Stages are definitely for adults only. This dark-as-coal Christmas comedy finds the North Pole a hotbed of scandal after one of Santa's eight tiny reindeer accuses him of a little jolly old sexual harassment. As the media catches the scent of scandal and invades Santa's sanctuary, the rest of the reindeer chime in with their own perspectives. The result: a heinous and hilarious tale of perversion and corruption -- entangling everyone from the littlest elf in the workshop to the tainted Saint himself -- that's sure to have mature audiences howling this holiday season. Celebrate the XXXmas season with The Eight: Reindeer Monologues at the Ocean Beach Playhouse and Arts Center 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.
Few interpreters of The Great American Songbook possessed more grace, style and vocal flair than Ella Fitzgerald. The first African-American woman to win a Grammy, she performed songs from such legendary composers as Duke Ellington, Cole Porter and the Gershwins, and collaborated with the likes of Louis Armstrong, Billy Strayhorn and Oscar Peterson. The Jazz @ The Jacobs season opens with a tribute to the First Lady of Song as a celebration of her centennial birthday. Vocalists Sara Gazarek and Jazzmeia Horn and veteran Ella interpreter Mary Stallings will each take a turn with her tunes, and Fitzgerald's own favorite pianist in her later years, Mike Wofford, will join a quartet of trumpet, sax, bass and percussion. Let the sweet jazz notes carry you back in time at this tribute concert in the Jacobs Music Center's Copley Symphony Hall.
Spun around a solid core of more than 20 traditional spirituals and folk songs, Black Pearl Sings! tells the engaging Depression Era story of Susannah, an ambitious folklorist from the Library of Congress, and Pearl, a Texas prisoner with a soulful voice, steely spirit and an incredible collection of historic African-American music. Susannah's after the songs that will put her in the spotlight, and Pearl's angling at a chance for freedom, but the women find common ground in their struggle to find respect in a man's world -- and in Pearl's powerful music. Inspired by the real-life musical partnership of historian John Lomax and legendary folk singer-guitarist Lead Belly, Black Pearl Sings! comes to the Lyceum Space courtesy of the San Diego Repertory Theatre.
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.
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With a non-traditional, charming and catchy score, this darkly comic rock-fable portrays a melancholy sandwich maker's humdrum life and how it is intersected by two entrancing sisters, weaving into its overlapping love stories a resonating message about how the "invisible universe" connects us all. A sweeping ode to young love set against the backdrop of the northeast blackout of 1965, Fly By Night is an original and enchanting tale about making your way and discovering hope in a world beset by darkness. Experience the San Diego premiere of Fly By Night at the Coronado Playhouse.
The Doors were a legendary live band, and Wild Child has more than 20 years of experience painstakingly reproducing the music, voice, look and on-stage energy of the original members, right down to their instruments. They've toured nationally, and their act has earned praise from The Doors' own Ray Manzarek (who called them "as close as you'll get to the real thing"). In fact, when Manzarek and John Densmore toured Europe, they brought Wild Child singer Dave Brock along to re-create the magic and charisma of the late Jim Morrison. Now Wild Child is ready to rock the House of Blues San Diego with another spot-on concert.
Among the bleakest of moors, two spinster sisters dwell in their aggressively gloomy mansion with their brother, their mastiff and their maid-in-waiting. When a governess arrives, her presence threatens to unleash lethal secrets and raging desires in a home held together by lies and etiquette. A radical riff on 19th century romantic novels and the sisters who conceived them, The Moors is a riotous and wild comedy pulsating with vivid, macabre glee that has more in common with the present than the period. Enjoy the West Coast premiere of The Moors at San Diego's Diversionary Theatre.
Love drama? How about babies switched at birth, kidnapping, poisoning, witches burned at the stake and civil strife? That's just the tip of the iceberg in Il Trovatore, Giuseppe Verdi's action-packed opera featuring some of the legendary Italian composer's most melodious music. The stakes couldn't be higher as bitter enemies Manrico and Count di Luna battle for the love of Leonora without the knowledge that they are actually brothers. A bounteous choral feast, this Pacific Lyric Opera production is led by acclaimed tenor Luis LIma, who has sung at Met Opera of New York and Covent Garden. Sung in Italian with English narration, Il Trovatore brings powerful vocals, vibrant costumes and evocative set design to the Center Theater at California Center for the Arts in Escondido.
A holiday fantasy world springs to life on the stage at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts as New West Ballet Theatre presents the classic ballet The Nutcracker. Famous for its festive Tchaikovsky score, The Nutcracker made its debut in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1892 and has since become a beloved holiday tradition for families all over the world. A magical story of one family's memorable Christmas festivities and one girl's unforgettable adventure, this ballet continues to delight audiences of all ages with its dancing dolls, toy soldiers, Sugar Plum Fairy, mice and more. This production features a mix of youth, adult and professional dancers.
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.
Falling reminds us that family isn't just the most important thing in life -- it's everything. This powerful play by Deanna Jent follows the struggles of a mother trying to hold on through the teenage years of her two children: a typical daughter and a severely autistic son. Seventeen-year-old Josh's frequent violent outbursts throw everything out of balance on even a normal day, so when a relative comes to visit, the entire family is thrown off kilter as they each try to do what's best for the family while still staying true to what's best for themselves. See this InnerMission Productions presentation of the brave and bold drama Falling when it comes to San Diego's Diversionary Theatre.
When a demanding diva discovers that her larger-than-life maestro husband has become enamored with the lovely young lady hired to ghostwrite his largely fictional autobiography, she hires a handsome young scribe of her own. Sparks fly, silverware is thrown and romance blossoms in the most unexpected ways in this delightful and hilarious romantic comedy making its San Diego area premiere at The Broadway Theater.
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. Dinner includes a garden salad, your choice of entree and a dessert.
If you're in need of a mini-staycation, Pampas Argentine Grill is ready to whisk you away from San Diego to the romantic streets of Buenos Aires circa the 1920s. Feel free to get in the spirit and dress the part -- dancing shoes and flirty '20s attire are always welcome. Watch an authentic Argentine tango show as you sip South American wines, Pampas' special sangria or specialty cocktails and craft beers and dine on an authentic three-course meal. The show features a vintage-themed tango extravaganza that recreates the elegance and charm of 1920s Argentina, and after the pros are finished, you're invited to take the dance floor. Pampas Argentine Grill was named the city's Best Steakhouse by the San Diego Reader. Please see the full event description for the menu.
Experience the delicacies and delights of Argentine culture without ever leaving home as you watch an authentic and passionate Argentine tango dance show and enjoy a delicious three-course meal at Pampas Argentine Grill, named "Best Steakhouse in San Diego" by the San Diego Reader. Professional dancers Camille and Michael of the Positive Energy Dance Company will transport you to the romantic streets of Buenos Aires with their fiery moves. Please see the full event description for the dinner menu.
Filipino-American comedian Rex Navarrete, star of the stand-up DVDs Hella Pinoy, Badass Madapaka! and Komik Organik, headlines San Diego's American Comedy Co. After two decades in the comedy business, the San Francisco native has performed at clubs all over the country, not to mention Europe and Asia. Not strictly limited to material for the Filipino audience, Navarrete finds the universality in the American immigrant experience -- while still managing to get in a few jabs at Filipino icons like boxer Manny Pacquiao.
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.
Named the best show of its kind in Los Angeles and Denver for four years running, The Dinner Detective arrives in San Diego to serve up a tasty whodunit along with a seated four-course dinner. And since this comedic murder mystery is set in the present day, you'll never know whether someone at your table is one of the talented cast of improvisers. In fact, everyone's a suspect, including you. The event starts out with a reception featuring tray-passed hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar, followed by the meal, which includes salad, an entree and dessert. Between courses you can expect plenty of murder, mayhem and hidden clues coming to light as you puzzle through the crime. The top sleuth even wins a prize package at the end of the evening -- not to mention serious bragging rights.
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.
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.
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.