The City: Top to BottomThe City: Top to Bottom, Top Highlights Thursday, December 22nd, 2011
thursday, dec. 22
California Ballet presents The Nutcracker
Whether you decide to experience this San Diego tradition for the first time or the tenth, you’re sure to be swept away by this classically magical tale of a girl and her holiday dream. From the beginning of the live overture performed by the San Diego Symphony, to the warm and happy finale, you and your family will delight in this classic holiday story performed by premiere dancers from the California Ballet.
San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave. in San Diego, 2:30 p.m., tickets from $30.50, 619-570-1100, sandiegotheatres.org.
friday, dec. 23
Dave Koz and Friends Christmas tour 2011
What could be better than Christmas in San Diego … sunshine, palm trees and smooth holiday jazz tunes live from the stage of the historic Balboa Theatre.
Join Dave Koz and friends Rick Braun, Jonathan Butler and Candy Dulfer as they perform their own hits plus jazzy holiday tunes, playing together and in solo pieces, while you just sit back and enjoy.
Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave. in San Diego, 8 p.m., tickets from $65, 619-570-1100, sandiegotheatres.org.
saturday, dec. 24
Christmas Eve candlelight dinner cruise
Enjoy a magical and special Christmas Eve with two and a half hours cruising aboard one of Flagship Cruises fine dining vessels, featuring 25 scenic miles of San Diego’s magnificent skyline lit up for the holidays. Included in the price is a complete three-course served dinner, complimentary boarding champagne and DJ entertainment.
Flagship vessel location: 1050 North Harbor Drive in San Diego, boarding 6 p.m., cruising 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., ticket packages from $81.50, 619-234-4111, flagshipsd.com.
sunday, dec. 25
Jingle Bell Rock with the Alley Cats
An annual tradition and holiday favorite across America, The Alley Cats new 2011 Christmas show offers a night of comedy, featuring the music of winter time classics in acappella style. Sing along to “ Let it Snow,” “Blue Christmas,” “O, Come All Ye Faithful,” “Jingle Bell Rock” and many more. Don’t miss this wonderful and entertaining Christmas favorite.
Welk Theatre San Diego, 8860 Lawrence Welk Drive in Escondido, 8 p.m., tickets from $57, 888-802-7469, welktheatersandiego.com.
monday, dec. 26
Garden of Lights
After the sun goes down, the San Diego Botanic Garden is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland with more than 100,000 sparkling lights illuminating the garden for a magical holiday experience.
San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive in Encinitas, 5-9 p.m., adults $12, 760-436-3036, sdbgarden.org.
tuesday, dec. 27
Immaterial exhibition by Rita Miglioli
About her exhibition Miglioli says, “The word immaterial appealed to me as a title for this show because it expresses the dual nature of life; simple, everyday objects and gestures are material in the sense that we can touch, taste, see and, smell, but immaterial in the sense that each thing contains the platonic ideal of itself – the purity of form and meaning to which it should aspire.”
UCSD Faculty Club, 9500 Gilman Drive in San Diego, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., free, 858-534-0876, ritamiglioli.com.
wednesday, dec. 28
The Nerds of Comedy
The Mad House Comedy Club and Disciplined Monkey Studios presents The Nerds of Comedy hosted by Erick Castillo and starring Cate Gary. The show also features Michael Delvey, Tommy Lucero, Austin Train, Timmy Stewart and Nick Killion.
Mad House Comedy Club, 502 Horton Plaza in San Diego, 8 p.m., tickets $20, 619-702-6666, madhousecomedyclub.com.
thursday, dec. 29
Dave Mason – acoustic classic rock
Dave Mason is an English musician, singer, songwriter and guitarist who first found fame with the rock band Traffic with Stevie Winwood. In his four decade career, Mason has played and recorded with many notable musicians, including Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Fleetwood Mac and Cass Elliot.
Anthology, 1337 India Street in San Diego, 7:30 p.m., tickets from $19, 619-595-0300, anthologysd.com.
friday, dec. 30
End-of-year jazz spectacular
Dizzy’s finishes up the jazz year in style with what promises to be a transcendent session featuring Daniel Jackson, Marshall Hawkins, Gilbert Castellanos and Joshua White.
Dizzy’s at the San Diego Wine and Culinary Center, Harbor Club Towers ground floor, 2nd and J Street in San Diego, 8 p.m., $15 cover, 858-270-7467, dizzysjazz.com.
saturday, dec. 31
The Point of View : William Glen Crooks
Before you embark on all your New Year’s Eve parties take a minute to soak up the luminous landscapes and nostalgic urban scenes of San Diegan artist William Glen Crooks. His works function as interpretive windows of daily life across the western United States. Marking the first museum exhibition of his work, The Point of View is a retrospective that features more than 80 works in oil, watercolor and pencil.
Oceanside Museum of Art, 704 Pier View Way in Oceanside, open 10 a.m.-4 p.m., admission $8, 760-435-3720, oma-online.org.
sunday, jan. 1
Presented by Jean-Michel Cousteau, Sharks 3D depicts sharks as they really are; not malicious man-eating creatures, but wild, fascinating and endangered animals that have been in existence millions of years before dinosaurs roamed the Earth.
San Diego Natural History Museum, 1788 El Prado in Balboa Park, admission $17, screenings 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., 619-232-3821, sdnhm.org.
monday, jan. 2
Explore the famous Sunny Jim cave
Even though from the sea you can enter any one of the other six ocean-carved and fascinating caves, this is the only known land access sea cave on the California coastline. Encyclopedia Americana notes the unusual Sunny Jim as one of the “must” sights in Southern California.
Sunny Jim cave, 1325 Coast Blvd. in La Jolla, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., admission $4, 858-459-0746, cavestore.com.
tuesday, jan. 3
Walk from the Sun
Taken at night with a large-format camera, this exhibition of photographs of Southern California by scott b. davis documents iconic aspects of the region including the Hollywood sign and the bright lights of Los Angeles. Other works in this exhibition offer surprising takes on the area with moody and enigmatic looks at seemingly abandoned highways, parking lots, and buildings.
The San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado in Balboa Park, open 10 a.m -5p.m., admission $12, 619-232-7931, sdmart.org.
wednesday, jan. 4
Major Morris: Urbana
Major Morris: Urbana is a stunning display of black and white photographs by 90-year-old Morris, many of which have never been printed.
Distinction Gallery, 317 East Grand Ave. in Escondido, 10 a.m.-6p.m., free, 760-781-5779, distinctionart.com .
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