The City: Top to Bottom

The Music Man

Thursday, may 18

The Music Man

The classic tale of a travelling salesman who arrives in town to swindle its residents is a family favorite and one of the most beloved musicals of all time. Director Ray Limon brings the magic to life with his intricate, feel-good choreography and a veteran cast behind familiar roles like the Pickalittle Ladies, Quartet Members, and little Winthrop and Amaryllis. Relive the memorable score by Meredith Willson, including classic songs like “Trouble,” “76 Trombones,” “Lida Rose,” “Til There Was You,” and “Shipoopi.”

Lawrence Welk Resorts Theatre, 8860 Lawrence Welk Drive in Escondido, 1 p.m. and 8 p.m., tickets $51, 888-802-7469,

Norm Macdonald

Friday, may 19

Norm Macdonald

Norm Macdonald is perhaps best known for his five seasons as a cast member on Saturday Night Live (SNL). For three years Macdonald anchored Weekend Update, SNL’s longest running recurring sketch. Macdonald also wrote for the popular ABC sitcom Roseanne and starred in The Norm Show from 1999 to 2001.

The American Comedy Company, 818B Sixth Ave. in San Diego, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., tickets $32, 619-795-3858,

Nana’s Naughty Knickers | PHOTO: JOHN TIGHE

Saturday, may 20

Nana’s Naughty Knickers

What Bridget saw as a unique opportunity to stay with her favorite Nana in New York for the summer quickly turns into an experience she’ll never forget when she finds out that her sweet Nana is selling hand-made naughty knickers to every senior citizen in the five boroughs! Will Bridget be able to close down the operation before Nana gets arrested – or worse – evicted?

PowPAC, Poway’s Community Theatre, 13250 Poway Road in Poway, 8 p.m., tickets $22, 858-679-8085,

Chucho Valdés

Sunday, may 21

Chucho Valdés

Considered the pre-eminent Cuban Jazz pianist in the world, Chucho Valdés is a towering figure who combines the sheer power of McCoy Tyner with the dexterity of Oscar Peterson and a rhythmic sensibility steeped in the intricacies of Afro-Cuban culture. The conservatory-trained son of Cuban music icon Bebo Valdés and an eight-time Grammy winner, Chucho has spent much of his career in the vanguard of Latin music.

Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B Street in San Diego, 7:30 p.m., tickets from $20, 619-235-0804,

Jane Jacobs in Citizen Jane: Battle for the City

Monday, may 22

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City

Citizen Jane is a timely tale of what can happen when engaged citizens fight the power for the sake of a better world. Arguably no one did more to shape our understanding of the modern American city than Jane Jacobs, the visionary activist and writer who fought to preserve urban communities in the face of destructive development projects. Director Matt Tyranuer (Valentino: The Last Emperor) vividly brings to life Jacobs’ 1960s showdown with ruthless construction kingpin Robert Moses over his plan to raze lower Manhattan to make way for a highway, a dramatic struggle over the very soul of the neighborhood.

Digital Gym Cinema, 2921 El Cajon Blvd. in North Park, 11 a.m., 3:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., general admission $11, 619-230-1938,

Robin Henkel

Tuesday, may 23

Robin Henkel

Three time winner of “Best Blues” at the San Diego Music Awards Robin Henkel performs country blues with an intensity rarely seen in Southern California. Grounded in the blues of Mississippi 1930s-50s, Robin has built his own personal style drawing from the influences of Robert Johnson, Fred McDowell, Muddy Waters, Skip James and others.

House of Blues San Diego, 1055 Fifth Ave in San Diego, 7 p.m., free, 619-299-2583,

Melissa Etheridge

Wednesday, may 24

Melissa Etheridge

Melissa Etheridge is one of rock music’s great female icons. Her critically acclaimed eponymous debut album was certified double platinum. Etheridge’s popularity built around such memorable songs as “Bring Me Some Water,” “No Souvenirs” and “Ain’t It Heavy” for which she won her first Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal. Etheridge hit her commercial and artistic stride with her fourth album, Yes I Am, featuring the massive hits “I’m the Only One” and “Come to My Window,” a searing song of longing that brought her a second Grammy.

Humphreys Concerts by the Bay, 2241 Shelter Island Dr. in San Diego, 7:30 p.m., tickets $63, 800-745-3000,

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