Based on the real experiences of a San Diego native, Safa is an effervescent African-American fifth grader with a big imagination and an even bigger heart. Through storytelling and music inspired by Safa's bicultural background, audiences will meet her caring mother, kind teacher and irresistible friends -- as well as a new classmate who creates deepening divides between Safa and her peers. Designed to allow young people to consider the complexities of racism, difference and prejudice, Safa's Story initially ends in heartbreak, before audiences embark on an empowering journey to alter the outcome of the play itself. Enjoy this timely and ultimately hopeful play at OnStage Playhouse in Chula Vista.
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 North County in Escondido. 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.
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.
From John Patrick Shanley, the author of Doubt and Moonstruck, comes this Tony-nominated romantic comedy set in rural Ireland. Anthony and Rosemary are lovelorn farmers who haven't got a clue when it comes to love. These hopeless singletons will need to overcome a bitter land feud, familial rivalries and their own romantic fears to find happiness. Full of dark humor and poetic prose, this tenderhearted play reminds us it's never too late to take a chance on love. Enjoy Outside Mullingar at Oceanside's Brooks Theatre.
Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 / 7:30pmSaturday, Feb. 24, 2018 / 7:30pmSunday, Feb. 25, 2018 / 2:00pmFriday, Mar. 2, 2018 / 7:30pmSaturday, Mar. 3, 2018 / 7:30pmSunday, Mar. 4, 2018 / 2:00pmFriday, Mar. 9, 2018 / 7:30pmSaturday, Mar. 10, 2018 / 7:30pm
Described by the New York Times as filled with "wit and zest," and "terrific, refreshing fun," I Love You Because follows a couple who must navigate the treacherous perils of dating, and deal with the (sometimes hilarious) peaks and valleys of relationships in the twenty-first century. Channeling the spirit of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Austin, a newly-single, uptight greeting card writer, meets Marcy, a bohemian photographer who's looking for romance in all the wrong places. Throw in their two opinionated friends overflowing with (often terrible) advice, and you have four people in serious need of some love lessons. Catch this modern-day musical love story -- with music by Joshua Salzman and book and lyrics by Ryan Cunningham -- at San Diego's Ocean Beach Playhouse and Arts Center.
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.
Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 / 8:00pm (Alex Hooper)Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 / 8:00pm (Brenton Biddlecomb as seen on All Things Comedy Network)Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 / 8:00pm (Charlene Mae as seen on Mike and Molly)Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 / 7:30pm (Sean Grant as seen on Jimmy Kimmel Live)Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 / 9:45pm (Sean Grant as seen on Jimmy Kimmel Live)Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 / 7:30pm (Michael Malone)Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 / 9:45pm (Michael Malone)Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018 / 8:00pm (It's the Mad House Favorites Show)
In London, audiences went crazy for ABBA MANIA, a tribute act that filled the West End with the slick pop sounds of Sweden's most famous export since the Viking hordes. Now, after garnering rave reviews from the usually sarcastic English press ("Even better than the originals" admitted Sky News) and touring Europe and South America, ABBA MANIA is spreading stateside, bringing their harmonies to the Scottish Rite Auditorium. Fantastic costumes, exciting choreography and not a little glitter make performances of "S.O.S.," "Super Trouper" and "Dancing Queen" as thrilling and fresh as they day they debuted. Get your tickets now and try not to dance during this infectiously entertaining tribute to the music and style of the Super Swedes in the North Jersey area.
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.
Join SDSU's School of Music and Dance for a series of inspiring world music concerts featuring a catalog of professional musicians and dancers. The World Music program at SDSU has a long and rich history, and they've gathered bands and collectives from around the Globe to bring you crisp, melodic offerings of sounds and movement. From West African percussion to Irish fiddles, from bluegrass banjos to SDSU's own Javanese Gamelan collective, you won't want to miss these varied and enchanting concerts at Smith Recital Hall.
Monday, Feb. 26, 2018 / 6:00pm (South Indian Music & Dance - Arpana Dance Company)Monday, Mar. 5, 2018 / 6:00pm (Flamenco - La Chimi & Friends)Monday, Mar. 19, 2018 / 6:00pm (Bluegrass & Americana - Gone Tomorrow)Monday, Apr. 2, 2018 / 6:00pm (Music of Zimbabwe - Zimbeat)Monday, Apr. 9, 2018 / 6:00pm (Music of China - Pacific Trio)Monday, Apr. 23, 2018 / 6:00pm (Afro-Cuban Folkloric Jazz - Los Hermanos Arango)Monday, Apr. 30, 2018 / 6:00pm (Javanese Music & Dance - SDSU Javanese Gamelan)
Dive under the sea with Ariel while she dreams of a bigger world filled with adventure. This show at the Joan B. Kroc Theatre in San Diego is perfect for the whole family! Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney's The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. Ariel, King Triton's youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea. This fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl" and "Part of Your World."
Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 / 7:00pmFriday, Mar. 2, 2018 / 7:00pmSaturday, Mar. 3, 2018 / 7:00pm
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.
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.
33rd Street Entertainment Presents a special one night live stand-up show headlined by Jak Knight. Originally from Seattle, Knight is an LA-based stand-up comic, writer, and actor. He was named a 2014 Comedy Central Comic to Watch and a 2015 New Face at the Montreal JFL Festival. In television, Jak has performed on The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, @midnight, and Adam Devine's House Party. On the road, he performed at the main stage of 2015's Oddball Comedy Festival headlined by Amy Schumer and Aziz Ansari, and has opened for various stand-ups including Joel McHale, Eric Andre, Moshe Kasher, and Dave Chappelle. Jak is currently writing and voicing a character for the upcoming Netflix animated series, Big Mouth. See him live at U-31 Bar in San Diego.
You have to dig deep in the glittering treasury of Neil Simon comedies to come up with I Ought to Be in Pictures, one of Simon's most-overlooked gems -- but a true jewel nonetheless. Meet Herb Tucker, a Los Angeles screenwriter currently "at liberty" (i.e. completely unemployed) who abandoned his family in New York a lifetime ago. But his past catches up with him when his adventurous teenage daughter Libby arrives on his doorstep, convinced that he alone can help jump-start her film career. After dispensing guilt and demanding love, Libby convinces Herb to take another stab at parenting, to accept his responsibilities and come to terms with his on-again/off-again relationship with girlfriend Steffy. Catch this heartwarming comedy at the Patio Playhouse in Escondido.
Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Feb. 24, 2018 / 8:00pmSunday, Feb. 25, 2018 / 2:00pmFriday, Mar. 2, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Mar. 3, 2018 / 8:00pmSunday, Mar. 4, 2018 / 2:00pmFriday, Mar. 9, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Mar. 10, 2018 / 8:00pm
A pair of wealthy businessmen try to cozy up to a scandal-plagued American president in the San Diego premiere of a play set in the summer of 1921. Henry Ford and Thomas Edison went camping together every year in the Maryland woods to get away from it all. When the two captains of industry invited President Warren G. Harding to join them, they get a lot more than they bargained for. Camping with Henry and Tom at Lamb's Players Theatre is a hilarious and heartfelt war of words in the wilderness between three of America's most powerful men -- and it's all based on a true story.
Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Feb. 24, 2018 / 8:00pmTuesday, Feb. 27, 2018 / 7:30pmThursday, Mar. 1, 2018 / 7:30pmFriday, Mar. 2, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Mar. 3, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Mar. 9, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Mar. 10, 2018 / 8:00pm
The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust that contains the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many "thinks." Horton faces a double challenge: not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant. Seussical is fun for the whole family! Young performers in grades 2 through college portray the characters from the familiar Dr. Seuss fables in Seussical the Musical at ENCORE! Theatre in Spring Valley.
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.
Follow the adventures of Sonny, an inquisitive little fox who sets out to explore the world in the San Diego State University theater department's Theatre for Youth production of Foxtales. Along the way, Sonny meets other animals who teach him valuable lessons about the importance of friendship and working together. Each encounter has a moral and each moral is presented in song drawn from Aesop's Fables. Young audiences will love this show at the Don Powell Theatre.
Nunsense begins when the Little Sisters of Hoboken discover that their cook has accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters, and they're in dire need of funds for the burials. The sisters decide that the best way to raise the money is to put on a variety show. Get ready to meet Reverend Mother Regina, a former circus performer; Sister Mary Hubert, the Mistress of Novices; a streetwise nun from Brooklyn; a wannabe ballerina; and the delightfully wacky Sister Mary Amnesia, the nun who lost her memory when a crucifix fell on her head. Featuring star turns, tap and ballet dancing, an audience quiz and comic surprises, this show has become an international phenomenon -- and now you can enjoy it at Star Theatre Company in Oceanside.
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.
Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Feb. 24, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Mar. 2, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Mar. 3, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Mar. 9, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Mar. 10, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Mar. 16, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Mar. 23, 2018 / 8:00pm
Music is a passport that can take us anywhere! From swingin' jazz, to the "Habanera" from Carmen, to Beethoven's symphonies, Beat Quest! explores how these beats came to be, and how distinctive rhythms transport us to cities like Vienna, Seville and New Orleans. Climb aboard at Jacobs Music Center's Copley Symphony Hall in San Diego as music whisks you away to far-off and incredible places.
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.
Musical partners for more than 15 years, pianist Oscar Peterson and double-bassist Ray Brown brought on various guitarists and drummers to fill out their famed trio, but in the end, Peterson and Brown appeared on more than 80 albums together, including winning a Grammy for their 1990 reunion disc, The Legendary Oscar Peterson Trio Live at the Blue Note. Bassist John Clayton, Brown's main protege, pays tribute by performing on Brown's actual instrument for this Jazz @ The Jacobs concert, which is also set to feature pianist Larry Fuller and the Jeff Hamilton Trio. Three up-and-coming players from the Young Lions Jazz Conservatory open the show at San Diego's Copley Symphony Hall.
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.
Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 / 7:30pm (Doors Open at 6:45pm)Friday, Mar. 2, 2018 / 7:30pm (Doors Open at 6:45pm)Friday, Mar. 9, 2018 / 7:30pm (Doors Open at 6:45pm)
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.
Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 / 7:30pmSaturday, Mar. 3, 2018 / 7:30pmSaturday, Mar. 10, 2018 / 7:30pm
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.
Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 / 7:00pmSaturday, Mar. 3, 2018 / 7:00pmSaturday, Mar. 10, 2018 / 7:00pmSaturday, Mar. 17, 2018 / 7:00pmSaturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / 7:00pmSaturday, Mar. 31, 2018 / 7:00pm
Chippendales Touring Show is a worldwide whirlwind of sexy goodness. The Chippendales are seen by 2 million people annually. .. that's a lot of pants dropping and hands clapping, when you think about it. The touring shows hit the United States on the regular but these guys are also doing their sexy thing across the globe. Hitting 23 cities in Central and South America, 60 European countries, along with eight South African cities and a whole bunch of amazing places in Asia. Don't you love it when a man is well traveled? The Chippendales Touring Show is perfect for when you want to party locally or plan an exotic rendezvous for you and your troupe of besties to meet up around the world. Chippendales dancers are all about exploring, so go have an adventure with them. Wherever you may roam, from Tahiti to Guam... (yes, we've even been to Guam and it was AMAZEBALLS) you can see Chippendales live. Now you can see them in San Diego at House of Blues during their About Last Night tour.
Award-winning violinist Paul Huang (2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant Winner, 2017 Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists) returns to La Jolla Music Society after an acclaimed SummerFest debut in 2016, with a virtuosic program of works by Prokofiev, Kreisler and more. During the 2014-15 season, he debuted on Lincoln Center's "Great Performers" series and stepped in for Midori with Leonard Slatkin and the Detroit Symphony to critical acclaim. He also made debuts at Wigmore Hall, Seoul Arts Center and the Louvre in Paris. His first solo CD, Intimate Inspiration, is a collection of favorite virtuoso and romantic encore pieces released on the CHIMEI label. He is a proud recipient of the inaugural Kovner Fellowship at The Juilliard School, where he earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees under Hyo Kang and I-Hao Lee. "Paul Huang makes impressive debut at Kennedy Center ... Sparkling clean, airy tone, and pinpoint intonation, Huang is definitely an artist with the goods for a significant career," in the words of The Washington Post. Artists from the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory will perform the musical prelude.
Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018 / 3:00pm (Musical Prelude at 2:00pm)
This touching musical, based on Francis Hodgson Burnett's children's novel, tells the story of a young girl and her incredible spirit and ability to use her imagination to get her through difficult times. Separated from her father, and the open-hearted Africans who have helped him raise her, young Sara Crewe is sent to boarding school in London. When things go badly for her there, her imaginative powers come to the rescue -- helping her to transform a drab institution into a place of magic and mystery. As she wins the affection of the other boarders she draws the ire of Miss Minchin, the dour headmistress; Sara is made a servant to the institution when her father is reported dead, and his fortune seized. Sara counters all Miss Minchin's best efforts to degrade her with the grace and virtue of a little princess. Enjoy this high-quality, wholesome family-friendly show from CYT Musical Theater at the Mater Dei High School Theater.
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.
Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 / 7:00pmFriday, Mar. 2, 2018 / 7:00pmFriday, Mar. 9, 2018 / 7:00pmFriday, Mar. 16, 2018 / 7:00pmFriday, Mar. 23, 2018 / 7:00pmFriday, Mar. 30, 2018 / 7:00pm
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.
Climb aboard the authentic classic yacht Jada -- the gorgeously handcrafted 65-foot Philip Rhodes yawl -- and experience true comfort and style as you sail out of San Diego to get up-close and personal with one of the world's great wonders: the Gray Whale. The professionals on board this maximum-25-person sail are highly knowledgeable about these majestic mammals and not only provide plenty of great information, but also know the best spots to catch extended glimpses of the gentle giants on their 10,000-mile migration south. Dolphins, sea lions and other sea life often pop up as well, making this trip a true adventure. This afternoon excursion features an attentive and experienced crew and includes soft drinks and snacks. And you're welcome to bring your own picnic lunch on board.
Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 / 12:30pmSaturday, Mar. 10, 2018 / 12:30pmSaturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / 12:30pm
The Coastal Communities Concert Band (CCCBand) celebrates 35 years of sweet sounds in this concert at Carlsbad Community Church. Joining the more than 80 San Diego County musicians for this afternoon of music is noted jazz trombonist Harry Watters, who has played alongside greats like Al Hirt and Pete Fountain. The band will perform a rousing selection of works that touch on the skill and dedication of this award-winning symphonic band.
Born in Sudan, raised in Yemen and now based in Brooklyn, Alsarah is not only a gifted singer-musician but also a self-proclaimed practitioner of East African retro-pop. Alsarah & the Nubatones was born out of many dinner conversations between Alsarah and percussionist Rami El-Aasser about Nubian "songs of return," modern migration patterns and the cultural exchanges between Sudan and Egypt. Soon the project expanded to include Armenian American oud player Haig Manoukian and French-born, Togo-raised bass player Mawuena Kodjovi. Since their first show in 2011, the group has performed nationally and internationally at many prestigious festivals and venues, adding La Jolla's Price Center East Ballroom to that list as it proves that soul crosses all cultural and linguistic barriers.