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September/ October 2017 Calendar of Events


Lamb’s Players Theatre presents:

Through Sept 24 The Explorer’s Club

A hilarious story of a Victorian men’s club beset by women, poisonous snakes, exotic plants, bartending savages and crazed Irishmen.

Oct. 6–Nov. 19 Smoke on the Mountain

The Sanders Family Singers are back on the road, and Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church will never be quite the same again!

Coronado Resident Stage Theatre, 1142 Orange Ave. (619) 437-6000 or lambsplayers.org

Coronado Playhouse presents:

Sept. 8–Oct. 15 Little Shop of Horrors

Seymour Krelborn, the assistant at Mushnik’s Flower Shop in downtrodden Skid Row, becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers a strange and exotic plant he names Audrey Two. Accidentally pricking his finger, Seymour discovers Audrey Two needs a little more than plant food to thrive. The plant grows into a bad-tempered, R&B-singing carnivore whose voracious appetite becomes increasingly difficult to satisfy.

Sunday, Sept. 17 Les Chemins de L’Amour

A woman’s journey through a life of love set to the lesser-known music of well-known composers. Through song, soprano Stephanie Sabin shares the stories of her past and embarks upon new chapters of love and self-discovery. 7 p.m.; open-seating tickets, $20. Coronado Playhouse, 1835 Strand Way; (619) 435-4856 or coronadoplayhouse.com


Friday, Sept. 8 Play on the Bay at Loews Coronado Bay Resort

Last year, this event, hosted by Loews Coronado Bay Resort, raised $50,000 to support local schools, and Loews managing director Sean Clancy invites the public to beat that amount this year. Play on the Bay features food and drink, live music, a silent auction and gondola rides with all proceeds benefiting Donorschoose.org, a nonprofit that assists local public school teachers with classroom supplies and equipment. Tickets, $100 per person; $150 per couple. Loewshotels.com/coronado-bay-resort

Saturday, Sept. 9 MainStreet Garden Party

Celebrate MainStreet on the twinkling San Diego Bay at 919 First St. from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event will feature live entertainment, a silent auction and raffle prizes, hors d’oeuvres and no-host wine and beer. Proceeds support the 16 Orange Avenue median gardens. Tickets, $110. (619) 437-0254 or CoronadoMainStreet.com

Thursday, Sept. 14 Seventh annual Coronado Hospital Foundation golf tournament

Coronado Hospital Foundation’s tournament is held at the Coronado Municipal Golf Course and is followed by a dinner, awards reception and silent auction. Individual playing spots, $300; foursomes, $1,000; includes golf, green fees, lunch, snacks and dinner. Proceeds benefit Sharp Coronado Hospital. Sponsorship opportunities available. For more information or to register, contact Sandy Gross, (619) 522-3766 or sandy.gross@sharp.com.

Friday, Sept. 22 2017 Chef Throwdown at Hotel del Coronado

Dine on the culinary creations of 25 of the best chefs from San Diego and Baja, competing for a panel of celebrity chefs and food critics. Begin at 6 p.m. with appetizers on the Windsor Lawn, then head to the Crown Ballroom for a four-course meal and live auction. Finally, the ballroom turns to a dance party, where guests will enjoy desserts and craft cocktails by local mixologists. Proceeds benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Tickets, $250. Hoteldel.com

Saturday, Sept. 23 Third annual Beer by the Bay

Hosted by the Islander Ladies’ Club, this festival, open to those 21 years and older, features unlimited tastings from the best local craft breweries and wineries, live entertainment, bites from local restaurants, beer pong tournaments and lots of fun in the sun. This year will also include a home brewer’s section. Held at the Ferry Landing (1201 First St.), general admission ($40) includes unlimited tastings; VIP tickets ($60) include unlimited tastings, a designated tasting area and a one-hour pre-event to enjoy before the crowds. Proceeds benefit Camp Wamp, which provides outdoor education experiences to physically disabled children, and Coronado SAFE. 1-6 p.m. islanderladiesclub.org

Sept. 23, Third annual Beer by the Bay

Sunday, Sept. 24 Ironman 70.3 Superfrog Triathlon

The half-ironman event is the longest-running half-distance triathlon and is comprised of a 1.2-mile open-ocean swim, 56-mile bike ride and 13.1 mile run. Proceeds benefit Islander Sports Foundation, Optimist Club of Coronado charities and the Navy SEAL Foundation. Superfrog70.3@ironman.com

Saturday, Sept. 30 Coronado Arts & Crafts Fair

Artisans from all over San Diego will showcase their one-of-a-kind pieces in more than 50 booths. There will also be Krispy Kreme doughnuts and coffee for sale throughout the morning and burgers and hot dogs in the afternoon. Proceeds benefit the Coronado High School cheerleading team. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Christ Church, 910 C Ave. chscheer.islandersportfoundation.org

Saturday, Oct. 1 C3 Gallery Student Art Exhibit opening

School is back in session, so it’s fitting that the C3 Gallery’s fall exhibit will showcase talented local art students. The exhibit will run through Oct. 29; the kick-off reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Nautilus Room at the Coronado Community Center (1845 Strand Way). CoronadoARTS.com

Sunday, Oct. 8 25th annual Coronado Public Safety Open House

Meet Coronado’s real-life local heroes! Officials will close off the streets around Coronado’s main firehouse on Sixth Street near D Avenue as well as streets near Coronado’s Police Department so the public can meet the city’s first responders and tour their facilities. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. (619) 522-7374 or publicsafetyopenhouse@coronado.ca.us

Wednesday, Oct. 11 Eighth annual Taste of Coronado

Meander along Orange Avenue, where more than 30 participating restaurants and businesses will offer food and beverage samples from 5 to 9 p.m. Complimentary trolley cars will be available to transport attendees. Tickets are $40 until Sept. 15, $45 thereafter and $50 day-of. Check in at Rotary Park (1000 block of Orange). Hosted by the Coronado Junior Woman’s Club. Tasteofcoronado.com

Saturday, Oct. 14 33rd annual Coronado Schools Foundation Benefit Auction

Themed “Diamonds are Forever,” this evening is a “007 affair” of dinner, dancing, online, live and silent auctions, and musical entertainment at the Hotel del Coronado that raises money for Coronado schools. 6-11:30 p.m. Tickets, $200; reserved seating, 10 tops and VIP lounges available. Online auction runs Oct. 6-23, csfkids.org/benefit-auction. (619) 437-8059 ext. 5 or diamondsareforever@csfkids.org.

Oct. 21 & 22 Coronado Art Walk

A free, public event put on by the Coronado Historical Association and the Unified Port of San Diego, this juried two-day show attracts artists from across the country who showcase a variety of media including jewelry, ceramics, painting, sculpture, glass, photography, textiles and wood in tented booths at the Coronado Ferry Landing. Also included are creative children’s activities and musical entertainment. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., coronadoartwalk.com

Coronado SAFE’s Coffee Talk Series

The free, ongoing series gives parents the opportunity to learn about and discuss a wide array of hot topics, including:

Monday, Sept. 18: The power of family connection

Monday, Oct. 16: Bullying

Sponsored by Mullins Orthodontics, the talks are held from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. in the CUSD Board Room (201 Sixth St.). Coronadosafe.org or 522-6884

At the Coronado Library

October & November Exhibit: The Art of Movie Art Director Alexander Golitzen

Alexander Golitzen won three Oscars during his career as the art director for Universal Studios for “Phantom of the Opera”, “To Kill a Mockingbird”, and “Spartacus”. Items on display will include original set and scene design drawings, scene photos, scrapbooks, director memos, and original memorabilia from a long career in Hollywood. This exhibit complements the Coronado Island Film Festival being held Nov. 9-12.

Alexander Golitzen
To Kill a Mockingbird

Brown Bag Concert Series:

Every Friday in September and October from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., bring lunch and watch pianists performing concerts in a variety of musical styles.

640 Orange Ave., (619) 522-7390, coronado.ca.us/library

CIFF Classic Movie Series presents:

Coronado Island Film Festival features a monthly “Oldie but Goodie” classic movie, held at the Village Vintage Theatre. Movies air from 5 to 7 p.m., preceded by an informative introduction. Tickets, $5.

Wednesday, Sept. 27: “Cover Girl”

Wednesday, Oct. 25: “Back to the Future” (see story, page 16)


Through Sept. 29 Balboa Park’s Food Truck Fridays

On Friday evenings, visitors can enjoy live family-friendly entertainment while noshing on gourmet eats from a rotating selection of more than a dozen food trucks parked on the Plaza de Panama and El Prado walkway from 4 to 8 p.m. balboapark.org

Sept. 22–24 Miramar Air Show

For three days, the skies of San Diego are alive with the impressive aircrafts of the U.S. armed forces — all performing amazing aerial feats. This year’s theme is “A Salute to Vietnam Veterans.” Aircraft flight line is at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. General admission for “bring your own seating” is free and open to the public; preferred paid seating options available as well.

8 a.m.–4 p.m. Miramarairshow.com

The Old Globe presents:

Sept. 7–Oct. 22 Benny & Joon

As Joon’s sole caretaker, auto mechanic Benny makes sure his eccentric sister lives a comfortable, safe, and predictable life. But when Sam shows up, his off-kilter take on the world turns everything upside down.

Sept. 30–Oct. 29 The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey

Chuck DeSantis is a brash New Jersey detective eager for a case that gets him out from behind his desk. He finds it in the disappearance of teenager Leonard Pelkey. Digging deeper into Leonard’s life, Chuck follows clues that lead him to unexpected places and show him how one boy’s bravery can light the way toward truth.

1363 Old Globe Way, (619) 234-5623 or oldglobe.org

San Diego Symphony presents:

Oct. 6 & 7 A Hero’s Life

Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet plays Wagner, Liszt and Richard Strauss.

Oct. 27–29 Romance, Mystery, Marsalis

Violinist Nicola Benedetti plays Bizet, Wynton Marsalis and Rimsky-Korsakov.

750 B St., (619) 235-0804 or sandiegosymphony.org

Broadway San Diego presents:

Sept. 5–10 An American in Paris

An American soldier, a mysterious French girl, and an indomitable European city are each on the brink of a new beginning in the aftermath of war.

An American in Paris

Sept. 19–24 Disney’s The Little Mermaid

In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the human world above.

San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave. (619) 564-3000 or broadwaysd.com

SD Repertory Theatre highlights:

Sept. 7–Oct. 1 Roz & Ray

Set in San Diego, this time-bending story sheds light on a little-known chapter in American medical history. Roz & Ray offers a profound story of love, trust, sacrifice and healing.

Oct. 19–Nov. 12 Hand to God

Something devilish is lurking in a church basement puppet show in Texas, and his name is Tyrone. He may look like an innocent sock puppet, but when he infiltrates the angst-ridden church youth group and takes possession of his puppet master’s arm, all hell breaks loose.

79 Horton Plaza, (619) 544-1000 or sdrep.org

San Diego Musical Theatre presents:

Sept. 22–Oct. 8 Billy Elliot

An inspiring celebration of the journey of one boy who hangs up his boxing gloves for ballet shoes.

Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway, (858) 560-5740 or sdmt.org

For a spooktacular time…

Friday, Oct. 27 Halloween Happening

From 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Coronado Community Center, the Coronado Recreation Department hosts carnival games, jump houses, gruesome grub, games, crafts, and a “scary room.” 1845 Strand Way, (619) 522-7342

Friday, Oct. 27 Children’s Halloween party at the Coronado Library

The library’s annual Halloween party features carnival games, a costume contest and a magic show; 6 to 8 p.m. at the Coronado Library, 640 Orange Ave.

Saturday, Oct. 28 Hotel Del’s Hallo-wine and Spirits Party

The eighth annual, adults-only party features spooky surroundings, frightfully good food, and dancing in San Diego’s most haunted hotel. Costumes are encouraged; this year’s theme is “American Horror Hotel.” Dinner reception from 7 to 9 p.m., then head to the Crown Room for dessert, drinks and dancing until the midnight hour… and perhaps you’ll encounter a visit from the hotel’s resident ghost, Kate Morgan. 21+ only. Tickets, $150. A separate children’s party (ages 4-12) is available at $50 per child. (619) 522-8490 or Hoteldel.com

Tuesday, Oct. 31 Downtown Goes Ghostly

Coronado’s little trick-or-treaters can go searching for Halloween goodies from the merchants on and around Orange Avenue from 3:30 to 5 p.m. (619) 437-0254 or coronadomainstreet.co

Downtown Goes Ghostly, Oct. 31


Nov. 9–12 Coronado Island Film Festival

The Coronado Island Film Festival (CIFF) offers four days of activities for movie lovers of all ages. The festival will screen narrative features, documentaries, and shorts at several venues throughout the community and host parties, workshops, panels and celebrity meet-and-greet opportunities. The film festival gained notable industry support in its inaugural year, evidenced by a panel of jurors including acclaimed movie critic Leonard Maltin, Academy Award winners Lisa Bruce and Ira Wohl, and Jim Gallagher of DreamWorks Animation — all of whom will return for the second annual festival. Passes now on sale at coronadoislandfilmfest.com.