Lamb’s Players Theatre presents:
July 18–Aug. 24 Les Miserables
Lauded as one of the great musicals of all time, Lamb’s brings its own unique magic to Victor Hugo’s epic story about the nature of law and grace. Coronado Resident Stage Theatre, 1142 Orange Ave. (619) 437-6000 or www.lambsplayers.org
Coronado Playhouse presents:
Now through July 20 Romeo & Juliet
As part of its 18th annual free classic series, the Coronado Playhouse presents William Shakespeare’s timeless tale of star-crossed lovers.
Aug. 15–Sept. 21 Dearly Beloved
A hilarious and sweet romp about a small town Texas wedding that puts the ‘fun’ in dysfunction.
Coronado Community Center Theater, 1835 Strand Way (619) 435-4856 or www.coronadoplayhouse.com
Friday, July 4 Coronado Fourth of July Celebration
7 a.m.: Annual 15k run/5k run/walk. Begins and ends at Tidelands Park. www.kathyloperevents.com/cor15k or (619) 298-7400
9 a.m.: Annual Rough Water Swim. Central Beach, registration begins at 7:30 a.m.
10 a.m.: Independence Day Parade. Parade runs along Orange Avenue from First Street to Churchill Place
4 p.m.: Concert in the Park. Coronado Community Concert Band
9 p.m.: Fireworks over Glorietta Bay. Tune to KyXy (FM 96.5) for synchronized music
Saturday, July 26 Coronado Relay for Life Relay for Life is a 24-hour walking event beginning at 9 a.m. Sunday, July 27 at Glorietta Bay Park. Participation and fundraising benefit the American Cancer Society. Survivors are encouraged to participate in the Survivors’ Lap; a luminaria ceremony will be held at 8 p.m. to honor those lost. www.relayforlife.org or email Nathan.firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, Aug. 24
Bike the Bay community ride. Cyclists of all levels can experience a scenic bayside ride and enjoy the only opportunity of the year to ride over the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge. The 25-mile route finishes at Embarcadero Marina Park South with a festive celebration. $55 per individual (prices increase closer to event date.) www.bikethebay.net
Oz Con International. Oz Con International is a community festival celebrating Coronado’s connection to The Wizard of Oz and its author, L. Frank Baum. The celebration is in conjunction with Winkie Con, an annual West Coast convention where fans of all things Oz gather to talk about the phenomenon in all its forms and trade and sell new and used Oz collectibles. (Named after “Winkie Country,” which is the name of the fictional western region in the Land of Oz that was ruled by the Wicked Witch of the West before Dorothy came to the rescue.) In the early 1900s, writer L. Frank Baum came to the island and stayed in a charming home near the ocean and the Hotel del Coronado, where he wrote many of his magic tales. Now, in celebration of its 50th anniversary and Oz’s deep connections to the island, Winkie Con brings Oz Con International to Coronado, celebrating all things Oz through children’s camps, films, live theater, concerts, dance and musical reviews, exhibitions, lectures, and tours of what Baum referred to as the Enchanted Island. www.ozconinternational.com.
July 21–Aug. 1
Wizard of Oz musical theater camp. Children ages 7-12 can dance, sing, and act in a full production of The Wizard of Oz. Coronado Club Room & Boathouse at Glorietta Bay Park. Advance registration required. (619) 522-7342
July 28–Aug. 1
Welcome to Oz camp. Preschoolers (ages 3-5) can take a weeklong journey down the Yellow Brick Road with games, crafts, cooking projects, and dress-up days. Coronado Community Center. Advance registration required. 1845 Strand Way, (619) 522-7342
Friday, Aug. 1
Oz Con International opening reception & presentation. The Coronado Library kicks off Oz Con International with an opening reception for a month-long exhibition showcasing Oz book illustrations and Oz graphic novel art of Eisner Award-winning illustrator Eric Shanower. The exhibit will include selections from the extensive L. Frank Baum and Oz collections of Winkie Con producer David Maxine and books from Wizard of Oz authority Scott Olsen. Reception will feature a presentation by former International Wizard of Oz Club President Angelica Carpenter. Event is free and open to the public. Coronado Public Library, 640 Orange Ave. 619-522-7390
Aug. 1 & 2
Journey through Oz — a musical cabaret. The Coronado Community Playhouse presents an intimate cabaret event of “all things Oz.” The area’s top theatrical talents will sing tunes from iconic Oz-related shows — The Wizard of Oz, The Wiz, and Wicked — all brought to life in this intimate cabaret theater setting. 1835 Strand Way, (619) 435-4856 or www.coronadoplayhouse.com
Celebrate Oz! Because there’s no place like home, the Coronado Cultural Arts Commission (CCAC) and Coronado MainStreet present Celebrate Oz!, a free Coronado community festival taking place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Spreckels Park. Sponsored by Del Coronado Realty, the family-oriented event includes art, crafts, music and dance featuring Coronado’s local arts community. For more information: www.CoronadoARTS.com, email@example.com or (619) 522-2633.
Saturday, Aug. 2
Oz Alive! Coronado School of the Arts (CoSA) Foundation and CCAC present Oz Alive! The 7 p.m. performance is free, open to the public, and will air as original programming on Coronado TV during the month of August. Coronado Performing Arts Center, 650 D Avenue www.cosasandiego.com or www.CoronadoARTS.com
Sunday, Aug. 3
Writers’ readings: “Another side of the Oz story” The Coronado Scribes, a group of professional and amateur writers present readings based on the true story of the famous characters that made the Land of Oz so eternal. With the help of international private detectives, the Scribes have uncovered some incredible facts that will amaze all Oz lovers. Readings take place from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Coronado Historical Association lecture hall, 1100 Orange Ave. For information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wizard of Oz walking tours. Coronado Historical Association will lead 1½-hour walking tours featuring special stories, spaces, and places related to The Wizard of Oz. Tours leave at 11 a.m. daily, at the entrance to the Coronado Library. $20 per person. Reservations recommended. Coronado Historical Association (619) 435-7242 or www.coronadohistory.org
Thursday, Aug. 7
The Wizard of Oz 75th anniversary-edition movie screening. Coronado Island Film Festival (CIFF) will present a 3-D screening of the digitally re-mastered 1939 film classic, The Wizard of Oz at the Coronado Village Theatre. Special guest Aljean Harmetz, author of The Making of the Wizard of Oz, will introduce the film and remain afterward for a Q&A session with the audience. Proceeds benefit CIFF. $25, adults; $10 for children under 13. For information, contact Doug St. Denis at email@example.com
43rd annual Optimist Sports Fiesta
Sunday, Aug. 31 The Coronado Optimist Club Sports Fiesta has been revamped to take place on one fun-packed day. In years past, events have taken place over various dates in July. But because of that timing, said Optimist Club President Mark Blumenthal, the club realized they were essentially staging a tourist attraction. “The event is supposed to be a fun summer event for the whole family to participate in while school’s out. It’s about family interaction and we want to bring it back to those roots,” said Blumenthal. This year, in addition to the triathlon (the longest running one in the country, noted Blumenthal), there is a 5k run/walk, a youth-only prone paddleboard race, a one-mile rough water swim, a basketball skills event, and a sandcastle competition.
All events begin at Sunset Park across from North Beach on Ocean Boulevard with the exception of the basketball skills event, which take place at the Coronado High School gym.
All participants receive a commemorative T-shirt, and awards will be given to the top three finishers in each gender and age bracket. Proceeds from the fiesta benefit the children of Coronado in a myriad of ways, including but not limited to Coronado SAFE programs, Pop Warner football, CMS and CHS robotics, Coronado Little League, and the CUSD Character Counts program.
Triathlon: 7 a.m. A 400-yard ocean swim, a 1-mile run on the beach, and a 4-mile bike race, continuous action in that order. Swim and run legs are at Coronado’s North Beach, bike leg is on NAS North Island. Check-in table opens at 6 a.m. Day-of-race registration accepted until 6:45 a.m. Triathlon is limited to first 300 entries received. Helmets are required for bike portion of event. Course briefing will be provided on day of event. For more information: (619) 920-8653.
Prone Paddleboard Race: 8 a.m. For youth 18 and under. A one-mile, ocean paddle over a closed course, around three buoys anchored off Coronado’s North Beach. Check-in table opens at 7 a.m. Day of race registration accepted until
7:45 a.m. Course briefing provided on day of race. For more information: (510) 326-7404.
5K Run: 9 a.m. A 5,000-meter run over a flat, fast course along paved streets on NAS North Island. Check-in table opens at 8 a.m. Day-of-race registration accepted until 8:45 a.m. Bibs and course briefing provided on day of race. For more information: (619) 435-9353 or (619) 519-2522.
One-Mile Rough Water Swim: 10 a.m. A one-mile, ocean swim over a closed triangular course, around three ocean buoys anchored off Coronado’s North Beach. Check-in table opens at 9 a.m. Day-of-race registration accepted until
9:45 a.m. Course briefing provided on day of race. For more information: (619) 920-8653.
Sand Castle Contest: 10 a.m. The competition is limited to the first 20 team entrants; teams can be three to five members. Participants will have one of 20 sanctioned squares in which to build their castle on North Beach in the vicinity of Lifeguard Tower No. 5. Check-in table opens at 9 a.m. Day-of-contest registration accepted until 9:45 a.m. For more information: (619) 435-1566.
Basketball Skills: 1- 4 p.m. For youth, 18 and under. Coronado High School basketball court. For more information: (619) 618-9074. For more information and to register online: www.optimistclubofcoronado.org
Imperial Beach Sun & Sea Festival. This year’s Sun & Sea Festival is a family-oriented approach to the original Imperial Beach Sand Castle Competition from years past. The festival will feature world-class sandcastle sculptors building remarkable creations, a pancake breakfast (7-9 a.m.), a community parade (9 a.m.), live music, children’s craft activities, a Kids ’n Kastles competition, a farmers market and an international food fair (10 a.m.-5 p.m.). For more information: www.sunandseafestival.com
SAVE THE DATE
Saturday, Sept. 6 Coronado MainStreet Garden Party Enjoy food from local restaurants, wine tastings, entertainment, and a silent auction. Tickets, $75; proceeds support the Orange Avenue median garden maintenance. www.coronadomainstreet.com or (619) 437-0254
Coronado Library presents:
Now through July 25 Coronado Surfers This photographic exhibit traces the history of surfing in Coronado through current times, and follows legendary Coronado surfers around the world.
Friday, July 11 An evening of chamber music with the Kensington Trio Performing works by Beethoven and two other works by Ukrainian composers, Lyatoshinsky and Skoryk. 7 p.m. in the Winn Room.
Thursday, July 24 A Night of Delight: How to Cook a Simple Turkish Meal Join instructor Elif Kayhan for a fun afternoon preparing and eating a traditional Turkish meal. Kayhan is visiting Coronado from Ankara, Turkey, and will be assisted by Carolyn DeLagrave of Alexander’s Pizza and Wendy McGuire of Ganosh Gourmet. Space is limited. Tickets will be available at the circulation desk starting July 14. 2 p.m. in the Winn Room.
Saturday, July 26 Unlock the Secrets to Organizing Your Photographs Join professional photo organizer Rosanne Goodwin, who will provide real solutions to help you organize, access, share, and use your photographs, whether in traditional or digital format. 1:30 p.m. in the Winn Room.
Friday, Aug. 15 Great Gentlemen of Swing, Blues and Pop Singer Joe Bourne will perform popular songs by legendary music artists of swing, blues, pop and country, with a touch of Motown. 7 p.m. in the Winn Room.
Friday, Aug. 22 Tokeli Tokeli returns to her favorite island with many new compositions and creations of jazz and world music. 7 p.m. in the Winn Room. All concerts and lectures are free and are sponsored by The Friends of the Coronado Public Library. (619) 522-7390 or www.coronado.ca.us/library
Across the Bay
Now through Aug. 31 Lamb’s Players Theatre presents Boomers! Take an unforgettable ride through the biggest hits and most memorable events of the baby boom decades. Featuring great music from the ‘60s and ‘70s. Boomers born in 1964 get free admission; costumes celebrating the time period are encouraged. Horton Grand Theatre, 444 4th Ave., Gaslamp Quarter (619) 437-6000 or www.lambsplayers.org
San Diego Symphony Summer
Friday, July 18 & Saturday, July 19 The Music of ABBA Dancing Queen and all the music of ABBA returns with one of today’s most popular tribute bands.
Friday, Aug. 1 & Saturday, Aug. 2 Ray Charles, Motown and Beyond Ellis Hall, a former protégé of Ray Charles, pays a Summer Pops tribute to the master with his beloved hits.
Friday, Aug 15 & Saturday, Aug. 16 Cirque de la Symphonie
Aerialists, strongmen and acrobats perform their breathtaking acts accompanied by
classical music hits performed by the San Diego Symphony.
All Summer Pops take place at Embarcadero Marina Park South at 7:30 p.m. (619) 236-5403 or www.sandiegosymphony.org
Broadway San Diego presents:
June 24–29 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber’s irresistible family musical retells the Biblical story of Joseph, his 11 brothers and the coat of many colors; this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs.
Aug. 12–17 Once Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including best musical, Once features an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments on stage. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, it’s an unforgettable story about going for your dreams, not living in fear, and the power of music to connect all of us. (619) 564-3000 or www.broadwaysd.com
The Old Globe highlights:
July 25–Aug. 24 Quartet Three former opera singers, Reginald, Cecily, and Wilfred, lead a harmonious existence at a home for retired musicians — until Reginald’s ex-wife, grande dame Jean Horton, arrives. As long-ago grudges surface and old scores are settled, the quartet heads back into the rehearsal room for one final encore. Brimming with humor and stirring music, Quartet features a masterful cast under the direction of Globe favorite Richard Seer. (619) 234-5623 or www.theoldglobe.org