A few of my favorite thingsThe Arts Thursday, December 5th, 2013
They’re here. There is no denying it. The holidays that is, and I know we are all going to be jam-packed busy with shopping and traveling and all kinds of other holiday obligations between now and 2014. But hopefully, there will be time in our hectic schedules for fun and relaxation with family and friends. But, what to do? Well, this is how a few of my favorite local arts organizations and performers will be wrapping up their 2013. Why don’t you join them!
I’ve written about Mario Marchiaro and his unique multimedia one-woman shows before. I am a big fan and I am sure you will be too as he is becoming better known. Marchiaro’s theatrical illusionist alter-ego Chandalier usually has a sold out audience at his home/stage in La Mesa but he has a new gig now at Martini’s Above Fourth beginning with Unplugged Christmas, a roller-coaster show that will no doubt be full of hysterical videos, breathless choreography, amazing costumes and Chandalier’s typically creative execution.
Unplugged Christmas is scheduled for 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17 and reservations are definitely necessary!
Before this however, the Art of Pride gallery in North Park will be showcasing the work of fourteen local artists in a group exhibition appropriately united by the theme of Light. There will be two receptions, both from 6-9 p.m. The first will be held Saturday, Dec. 14 with a closing reception Saturday, Jan 11 2014. Both events will coincide with the ever popular Ray at Night. Popular local artists Rd Riccoboni, Richard Chau Davis, Lena Gardelli and John Thurston are among those lighting up the night with their work.
If your preference is more literary than visual I urge you to throw on your galoshes and head over to Bread & Salt in Logan Heights that same night for Home for the Holidays Vol.4, So Say We All’s seasonal wrap up. Join fan favorites Holland Holzer, Marion Wilson, Nathan Young, Amy Wallen and others as they cut the ceremonial meat, over-indulge in eggnog concoctions and serve up true stories of what it means to be surrounded by family and loved ones during the holidays.
Whether you want an extra helping of comfort food or to put a dinner fork through your annoying uncle’s eye Home for the Holidays Vol.4 will have a place for you at the fire. Doors open at 7 p.m. And the show starts at 8 p.m.
I hope these are some welcome stocking stuffers. Have a safe and happy holiday season and I will see you in the New Year!
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