The City: Top to BottomThe City: Top to Bottom, Bottom Highlights Thursday, July 5th, 2012
thursday, july 5
Man of La Mancha
One of the best loved musicals of a generation, the moving retelling of the classic story of Don Quixote celebrates the triumph of the human spirit. Imprisoned by the Spanish Inquisition, Cervantes re-enacts the story of Don Quixote of La Mancha to win back a package of papers his fellow prisoners stole. The story of a knight who lives in a world of madness, his love and his chivalry enchants. Featuring the musical classic, “The Impossible Dream” and winner of five Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Composer and Lyricist.
Cygnet Theatre, 4040 Twiggs Street in San Diego, 7:30 p.m., tickets $39, 619-337-1525, cygnettheatre.com
friday, july 6
Roberta Flack: Killing Me Softly
In 1974, “Killing Me Softly” won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year. But it’s just one of a string of blockbuster hits that has placed Roberta Flack among the most talented artists of our time. From “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” to “Where Is the Love?” to “Feel Like Makin’ Love,” Roberta Flack’s style and delivery is distinctly all her own.
Embarcadero Marina Park South, 206 Marina Park Way in San Diego, 7:30 p.m., tickets from $18, 619-235-0804, sandiegosymphony.org
saturday, july 7
This Old Globe production transports audiences to 16th century Florence, where two of the world’s greatest artists, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, face off in a painting competition orchestrated by political mastermind Niccolò Machiavelli (The Prince). This fascinating real-life contest forms the backdrop for an even greater battle as the leading minds of the Renaissance clash over political gain, personal riches and the immortality of art.
Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park, 8 p.m., tickets from $19, 619-234-5623, theoldglobe.org
sunday, july 8
Told in flashback, this hilarious sentimental comedy about a journalist who returns home to Winterset, Iowa to find a final resting place for his father’s ashes is a nostalgic ode to days gone by. As the journalist searches for the perfect spot to scatter the ashes, he relives the summer vacations he spent as a boy trapped in the family station wagon en route to uninteresting historical sites, with a well-meaning but naïve father. With a generous dollop of humor and a heart as big as the Midwest, Leaving Iowa shows us that the journey really is as important as the destination.
PowPAC – Poway Community Theatre, 13250 Poway Road in Poway, 2 p.m.,tickets from $15, 858-679-8085, powpac.org
monday, july 9
Darkness & Light: Art Inspired by Heroes & Villains, Hope & Heroism
A one-of-a-kind exhibition to raise awareness and funds for the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa, Darkness & Light features some of today’s top contemporary artists. It showcases a collection of original artwork inspired by DC Comics’ Justice League characters paired with real world photography that depicts the everyday heroes fighting hunger in Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya. Darkness & Light tells the story of the crisis through the lens of those working tirelessly to be of service to those in need.
tuesday, july 10
The Nightingale tells the story of a young emperor in ancient China, who’s luxurious but constricted life inside the walls of the Forbidden City is upended by the song of an extraordinary bird that lives beyond his reach.
La Jolla Playhouse, Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive in San Diego, 7:30 p.m., tickets from $40, 858-550-1010, lajollaplayhouse.org
wednesday, july 11
Latino Film Festival film screening: Dos Hermanos
In Dos Hermanos , Marcos and Susana, both in their sixties, are brother and sister. Their lifestyles and temperaments are completely different, but they feel obligated to mend their tattered relationship due to the death of their mother.
Museum of Photographic Arts, 1649 El Prado in Balboa Park, 7 p.m. tickets $12, 619-238-7559, mopa.org
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