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Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes

thursday, jan. 7

Jay & Silent Bob Get Old

The hilarious duo Jay & Silent Bob are back. Film icons Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes made history and fans all over the world with the characters Jay & Silent Bob from the movies Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and Clerks 2. Ranked No. 1 on iTunes Comedy podcasts, this is a sometimes touching and always hilarious show.

The American Comedy Company, 818B Sixth Ave. in San Diego, 9:30 p.m., tickets $30, 619-795-3858, americancomedyco.com

Marc-André Hamelin

friday, jan. 8

All About The Piano: Rhapsody in Blue

The San Diego Symphony’s very first Upright & Grand Piano Festival opens with performances of that most American of piano masterpieces, George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, as interpreted by acclaimed Canadian pianist Marc-André Hamelin. As a special treat, Mr. Hamelin will also play Maurice Ravel’s ingenious Piano Concerto for the Left Hand.

Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B Street in San Diego, 8 p.m., tickets from $20, 619-235-0804, sandiegosymphony.org

Idina Menzel

saturday, jan. 9


This “fascinating, ambitious, and original new musical (New York Post),” with unforgettable songs and a deeply moving story by the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning creators of Next to Normal, follows two distinct storylines in the life of Elizabeth, a city planner who moves back to New York to restart her life in that city of infinite possibilities. When her carefully designed plans collide with the whims of fate, Elizabeth’s life splits into two parallel paths. If/Then follows both stories simultaneously as this modern woman faces the intersection of choice and chance. Idina Menzel stars.

Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave. in San Diego, 2 and 8 p.m., tickets from $27.50, 619-570-1100, broadwaysd.com

The Nerd

sunday, jan. 10

The Nerd

Larry Shue’s brilliant comedy about an architect stuck in a rut and facing a milestone birthday, whose life is suddenly, hilariously upended by the unexpected appearance of an old army buddy. David Heath returns to the Lamb’s stage as the unforgettable Rick Steadman.

Lamb’s Players Theatre, 1142 Orange Ave. in Coronado, 2 p.m., tickets $74, 619-437-6000, lambsplayers.org

The Backwater Blues Band

monday, jan. 11

The Backwater Blues Band

The Backwater Blues Band are one of San Diego’s premier blues bands, performing a broad spectrum of authentic rock and blues, soul blues, funk blues, originals, classic rock blues and R&B. As a foremost San Diego band, they have performed everywhere up and down the coast to world-class events, festivals and international blues cruises. The band members have a long history of playing with some of San Diego’s best blues musicians including Johnny Vernazza, Robin Henkel, Charles Burton, Len Rainey and Michele Lundeen.

Humphreys Backstage Live, 2241 Shelter Island Drive in San Diego, 7 p.m., $5 cover, 619-224-3577, humphreysbackstagelive.com

Taste of Opera

tuesday, jan. 12

San Diego Opera: Taste of Opera

Kick off opera Season with San Diego Opera’s Dr. Nicolas Reveles and special guest General Director David Bennett! These two experts will explore the exciting themes in the upcoming season’s operas Tosca, Madama Butterfly and Great Scott and give us behind-the-scenes info on the composers, productions and the stars in the leading roles.

Croce’s Park West, 2760 Fifth Ave. in San Diego, tickets $36, 6 p.m., 619-233-4355, sdopera.org

Sherlock Holmes

wednesday, jan. 13

Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Great Nome Gold Rush

The world’s greatest sleuth, Sherlock Holmes, will prove a client innocent of murder, even if it means traveling to the Wild West frontier town of Nome, Alaska, and ending up at a bar run by Wyatt Earp. Written by the author of Words By Ira Gershwin, this wild and wooly adventure is full of intrigue, mystery, deception and duplicity. North Coast Rep has struck gold with this thoroughly original world premiere and fun-filled whodunit.

North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive in Solana Beach, 8 p.m., tickets $39, 858-481-1055, northcoastrep.org

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