Calendar of Events – November December 2013
Lamb’s Players Theatre presents:
Through Nov. 17 Wit
Deborah Gilmour Smyth portrays a brilliant and exacting professor of metaphysical poetry with much still to discover as she undergoes experimental treatment for cancer. A massive hit on Broadway, Wit is an exquisitely written, affecting, often humorous winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. At Lamb’s resident stage in Coronado.
Nov. 29–Dec. 29 Catch a Falling Star
This year Lamb’s presents a new script by Kerry Meads. Ella Eden is determined to create the perfect gift. Amid the resulting chaos and ensuing mishaps, the magic and music of Christmas outshines all. Appropriate for ages 5+. At Lamb’s resident stage in Coronado.
Dec. 16–Dec. 24 An American Christmas
Step inside the Ballroom of the historic Hotel del Coronado for a memorable Christmas feast and celebration. This three-hour evening is filled with music, dance, story, song and laughter, all woven throughout a five-course holiday meal. Festive attire and jackets for gentlemen are suggested. Shows held nightly at 6:30. The all-inclusive ticket price (adults, $120 to $165, depending on the date, discounted rates available for children ages 5 to 12) includes the evening’s entertainment, an hors d’oeuvres party by the windows overlooking the skating rink, a four-course meal at your table, a champagne toast, self-parking, tax and gratuity. (Lamb’s is unable to entertain children under the age of 5.)
1142 Orange Avenue, (619) 437-6000 or www.lambsplayers.org
Coronado Playhouse presents:
Through Dec. 1 Suds
This “rocking ’80s musical soap opera” is loaded with clean fun, bubbling energy, and more than 50 songs that topped the charts. At the Coronado Community Center theater.
1845 Strand Way, (619) 435-4856 or www.coronadoplayhouse.com
Coronado School of the Arts presents:
Thursday, Nov. 21 and Friday, Nov. 22 Musical Theatre Repertory Company
An entertaining and thought-provoking evening of theatrical vignettes created, directed and acted by CoSA’s Musical Theatre & Drama students. Tickets, $5 for adults, $3 for CUSD students/staff, sold at the door
30 minutes prior to show time. In the Black Box Theater at Coronado High School.
Thursday, Dec. 5 Musical Theatre Revue!
CoSA’s entire Musical Theatre & Drama conservatory taps, sings, and dances its way through an entertainment-packed evening of solo performances, chorus lines and group ensembles. In the CHS Main Stage Theatre. Tickets available at the door 30 minutes prior to show time.
Tuesday, Dec. 10 Instrumental music, band, and choir concert
The CHS Band and CHS Choir join forces with CoSA Instrumental Music to bring you a delightful selection of well-known arrangements, new twists on old favorites and some beloved holiday tunes. CHS’s 25-piece band, melodic choir and CoSA’s piano, string, wind, jazz, and percussion instrumentalists deliver a varied “Winter Prelude” performance. In the CHS Main Stage Theatre. Tickets available at the door 30 minutes prior to show time.
Friday, Dec. 13 and Saturday, Dec. 14 Dance — “Front and Center… It’s Not Where You Think”
CoSA’s dancers take to the stage… and the lobby… and the sidewalk outside… even with the audience! Be prepared to be surprised and re-think everything you’ve ever thought about dance.
650 D Avenue, (619) 522-4050 or www.cosasandiego.com
Saturday, Nov. 16 Coronado Schools Foundation Benefit Auction
The 29th annual Coronado Schools Foundation Benefit Auction takes place 5:30-11 p.m. in the Oceanfront Dining Room at the Hotel del Coronado. The event includes hosted beer and wine, silent and live auctions, gourmet food stations, live entertainment by Coronado students, and a DJ and dancing at the end of the evening. This year’s opportunity drawing is for a two-year lease on a well-equipped Mini Cooper. The online auction begins Nov. 1. To volunteer or donate items, contact Kathleen Lennard at Kathleen@csfkids.org or (619) 437–8059, ext. 1.
Saturday, Nov. 16 Coronado FOCUS Christmas boutique
Held at the Coronado Cays Yacht Club from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is $10. Enjoy dozens of vendors, music, champagne, elegant pastries, coffees and teas, all to benefit needy children in San Diego County. For more information or to be a vendor, call Suzanne Manuel at (619) 252-8469. www.focus/sdkids.org
Sunday, Nov. 17 14th annual Silver Strand Half Marathon & 5K
Participants can run a half marathon (limited to 4,500 people) the 5K (limited to 1,000 people) or the 10 miler (new this year) along Coronado’s scenic Silver Strand and then enjoy the post-race festivities (including a beer garden and live entertainment). The half marathon course is open to runners, walkers, skaters, hand cycles, and wheelchairs.
Nov. 27–Jan. 5 Skating by the Sea at Hotel del Coronado
Hotel del Coronado celebrates the ninth year of Skating by the Sea, a unique Southern California experience — outdoor ice skating overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The oceanfront Windsor Lawn is transformed into a spectacular ice rink with skating sessions offered daily from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 2-5 p.m., and 6-9 p.m. A portion of the skating proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego.
Dec. 2–Dec. 13 Letters to Santa
Mail your letters to Santa Claus through the North Pole Express Mailbox, which will be set up at the Coronado Community Center lobby between Dec. 2 and 13. Address letters to Santa Claus: North Pole Express Mailbox and be sure to include a self-addressed, stamped envelope so Santa can write back!
Dec. 20–Dec. 23 Buon Natale Holiday Cruises
The Gondola Company at Loews Coronado Bay Resort puts a special peppermint twist on its holiday bay rides through the Coronado Cays… Santa Claus will glide your sleigh — er, gondola, that is — on a festive tour of the canals and waterways of the Coronado Cays. (Be sure to ask for a Santa-led gondola.) The authentic Venetian gondolas can accommodate up to six people and depart from 3 p.m. to midnight on weekdays and 11 a.m. to midnight on weekends. For details and reservations, call (619) 429-6317.
Wednesday, Dec. 4 Hotel del Coronado’s Holiday Festival Celebration… A Family Celebration
This year’s holiday theme at the Hotel Del is “Celebrating 125 Years of Holiday Magic” as the resort culminates its 125th anniversary. The resort transforms into a holiday wonderland decorated with classic Victorian decorations, tartan plaid, antique platinum accents, vintage Santas, and Victorian carolers. Among this festive decor, on Wednesday, Dec. 4, the Del will feature a special event for the whole family from 7 to 10 p.m. where kids of all ages can visit with St. Nick and his elves at Santa’s Village and enjoy holiday booths with games and prizes. There will also be hot cocoa, libations, and fireworks.
Saturday, Dec. 7 41st Artisan’s Alley Craft Fair
Shoppers delight with more than 170 booths featuring one-of-a-kind holiday gift items from crafts and handmade ceramics to fine art, jewelry, jams, jellies and more. Held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Village Elementary School. Admission, $2 per person. www.artisansalley.net
Saturday, Dec. 14 Breakfast with Santa
Head to the Coronado Community Center Nautilus Room at either 8 a.m. or 10 a.m. to enjoy pancakes with Santa. Cost, $16 for adults; $9 for children under 16.
1845 Strand Way, (619) 522-7342
Tuesday, Dec. 24 Fourth annual Santa Surf Off
Ever seen a group of Santas hang ten? Starting at 9 a.m., visitors are invited to watch Coronado lifeguards and some jolly residents dress up as St. Nick and grab a few waves at Shipwreck’s, the surf break at Coronado Shores.
Tuesday, Dec. 31 Hotel del Coronado’s annual New Year’s Eve Gala
Revelers can ring in the New Year with a reception in the Del’s magnificent Crown Room, followed by a lavish dinner in the Ballroom with dancing and a champagne toast at midnight. A separate New Year’s party for kids, ages 4-12, is held at the resort’s Kidtopia; offerings include dinner, crafts, beach parties, bonfires and more. www.hoteldel.com/holidays
Free Ferry Landing Concerts
The Coronado Ferry Landing offers the following free concerts on Sunday afternoons from 2 to 5 p.m.
Nov. 10: Blue Frog Band
Nov. 17: Swamp Critters
Nov. 18: Velvet Café
Dec. 1: Teagan Taylor Trio
Dec. 8: Blue Frog Band
Dec. 15: Dixie Jazz Katz
Dec. 22: Breez’N
Dec. 29: Cool Fever
Jan. 5: Swamp Critters
Movies with the Mayor
Thursday, Nov. 14: Cool Hand Luke at 8:15 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 24: It’s a Wonderful life at noon
at the Village Theater. All admissions, $5
Tuesday, Dec. 3 Library Decorating Day for Kids and Tweens
Each child will make two Christmas ornaments in the Ruby Room — one to take home and one to decorate the library.
Saturday, Dec. 7 Holiday Sing-a-long with Julia Taylor
Sing your holiday favorites at 3 p.m. in the Winn Room.
Thursday, Dec. 12 Trouble in Toyland
The Junior Volunteers present Trouble in Toyland at 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Winn Room. For all ages.
Saturday, Dec. 14 Performance by the Caroling Hand Bell Quartet
Janet Hammer’s Victorian Hand Bell Quartet will perform seasonal favorites at 3 p.m. in
the Winn Room.
640 Orange Ave., (619) 522-7390 or www.coronado.ca.us/library
Every Tuesday Coronado Farmers’ Market
Local farmers sell fresh produce, flowers, cheeses, beef and more from 2:30 to 6 p.m. in the parking lot by Il Fornaio restaurant at the Coronado Ferry Landing.
Across the Bay
Saturday, Dec. 6 and Sunday, Dec. 7 Balboa Park December Nights
Balboa Park December Nights will take place for the 35th consecutive year on Friday, Dec. 6, 3 to 11 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 7, noon to 11 p.m. Participating Balboa Park museums open their doors free of charge from 5 to 9 p.m. both evenings. More than 350,000 visitors are expected to experience the joy of San Diego’s largest free community festival.
Sunday, Dec. 8 and Sunday, Dec. 15 San Diego Parade of Lights
The Port of San Diego presents the 42nd annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights boat parade. This year’s theme is Big Bay Toy Parade. The parade begins at 5:30 p.m. and passes by the Coronado Ferry Landing at approximately 7:30 p.m.
(619) 224-2240 or www.sdparadeoflights.org
Monday, Dec. 30 Big Bay Balloon Parade
The bayside streets of downtown San Diego will come alive with the 2013 Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade — a Holiday Bowl Production. This family event brings together world-class marching bands, magnificent floats, entertaining drill teams, and a procession of enormous balloons. Over 100,000 street-side spectators are expected to enjoy the parade along with a nationwide television audience. Parade begins at 10 a.m. along Harbor Drive.
San Diego Symphony presents:
Dec. 6–Dec. 8 Beethoven’s Ninth
Symphony No. 9 is performed by the San Diego Master Chorale.
Dec. 13–Dec. 15 Bronfman Plays Beethoven
Pianist Yefim Bronfman, who The New York Times calls, “a specialist with his intellectual embrace, stylistic flair and sheer technical brilliance,” plays Humperdinck’s Prelude to Hänsel und Gretel, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 and Schumann’s Symphony No. 2.
Dec. 20–Dec. 22 Holiday Pops: An American Christmas
A celebration of Christmas through traditional, bluegrass, and gospel songs performed by the San Diego Master Chorale and San Diego Children’s Choir. The Family Festival version on Sunday, Dec. 22 is most suitable for children ages 4 to 12, who are encouraged to sing along to popular yuletide carols including Jingle Bells, Sleigh Ride, Silent Night, and many more.
1245 7th Ave., San Diego, (619) 236-5403 or www.sandiegosymphony.org
La Jolla Playhouse presents:
Nov. 5–Dec. 15 Side Show
Witness the extraordinary true story of Daisy and Violet Hilton, sisters joined for life as they journey from the streets to stardom. Reimagined by a musical theater dream team, the girls’ quest for love and normalcy is set against the spectacle of fame and the scrutiny of the spotlight. Contains adult content.
2910 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla,
(858) 550-1010 or www.lajollaplayhouse.org
The Old Globe presents:
Nov. 9–Nov. 17 Much Ado About Nothing
Weaving wit, romance and comedy, Much Ado About Nothing is a whirlwind race to the finish line of “happily ever after.” Love may conquer all, but not without a few battles along the way, and the verbal spars between these two lovers have never been so fun to watch!
Nov. 16–Dec. 28 Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Back for its 16th year, the family favorite features the songs “This Time of Year,” “Santa for a Day” and “Fah Who Doraze,” the famed carol from the popular animated version. Celebrate the holidays as the The Old Globe is once again transformed into the snow-covered Whoville, right down to the last can of Who-hash.
1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, (619) 234-5623 or www.theoldglobe.org
Broadway San Diego presents:
Nov. 6–10 Potted Potter
The Olivier Award-nominated Potted Potter — The Unauthorized Harry Experience — A Parody by Dan and Jeff takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real life game of Quidditch) into seventy hilarious minutes. The fast-paced show is perfect for the entire family.
Nov. 12–Nov. 17 Evita
Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award®-winning musical returns to tell the story of Eva Perón, who used her beauty and charisma to rise meteorically from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as First Lady. Adored by her people as a champion for the poor, she became one of the most powerful women in the world — while her greed, outsized ambition and fragile health made her one of the most tragic women in the world.
Dec. 3–Dec. 8 Million Dollar Quartet
Million Dollar Quartet is the Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical, inspired by the true story of the famed recording session where Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” brought together icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for one unforgettable night.
Saturday, Jan. 4 A Prairie Home Companion
On July 6, 1974, author and radio host Garrison Keillor hosted the first broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion in St. Paul. Live every Saturday night, the show features comedy sketches, music, and Garrison Keillor’s signature monologue, “The News from Lake Wobegon.” Be a part of a live radio broadcast when A Prairie Home Companion visits downtown San Diego.
3666 4th Ave., San Diego, (619) 564-3000 or www.broadwaysd.com
Dec. 24 Movies with the Mayor Holiday film classic It’s a Wonderful Life
Dec. 20–23 Santa swaps his sleigh for a gondola at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort
Jan. 4 A Prairie Home Companion comes to Broadway San Diego