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November 2019 Culture Calendar


The Sunshine Boys
Through November 17
The late Neil Simon’s endearing play showcases his brilliant ear for sidesplitting dialogue and his sharp eye for physical comedy. Yet beneath the raucous laughter are two vulnerable people struggling to make sense of their lives. northcoastrep.org

The Sunshine Boys

XXV: The Silver Anniversary Exhibition
Through December 1
In celebration of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido’s 25th anniversary season, selections from the museum’s permanent collection will be on view. The exhibition will also include ephemera and photos from throughout the center’s history as well as its annual Día de los Muertos altar. Featured artists include Tony Berlant, Doris Bittar, Jean Lowe, Ernest Silva, Therman Statom, and Harry Sternberg, among others. artcenter.org

CURVIANGULAR No. 5, John Sennhauser


Masterpieces of Italian Drawings from The British Museum
Through December 15
The Italian Renaissance and Baroque periods have come to life at the Timken Museum of Art. The goal of the exhibition featuring the themes of birth, death, and resurrection is to share some of the greatest drawings of these famed art historical periods, many seen for the first time in San Diego. timkenmuseum.org

The Adoration of the Magi, Giacianto Gimignami


Hidden Pacific 3D
Through February 16, 2020
Giant manta rays, enormous coconut crabs, and even the world’s oldest known bird — great stories are revealed in Hidden Pacific 3D, a film being shown in the San Diego Natural History Museum’s Charmaine and Maurice Kaplan Theater through February 16, 2020. Journey through beautiful islands and atolls, such as Palmyra and Midway, of the Pacific Ocean, gathering fascinating scientific and human stories along the way. Watching this 3D movie allows viewers to experience a sense of walking and diving with scientists, conservationists, and dedicated volunteers, all devoted to the protection of the pristine islets. sdnhm.org  

Laysan albatross with juvenile on Midway Atoll in the North Pacific Ocean. Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge encompasses over 590,000 acres and is part of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument

Twelfth Night
November 2-10
Shipwrecked on the coast of Illyria, the clever and courageous Viola disguises herself as a man for protection in this strange land, and soon finds a job working for Duke Orsino. Orsino loves the noble Olivia, Viola falls for Orsino, and Olivia becomes infatuated with Orsino’s messenger boy, who’s actually Viola in disguise! In Shakespeare’s world where identity is topsy-turvy, true love sees through all disguises. theoldglobe.org


San Diego Asian Film Festival
November 7-16
Pacific Arts Movement presents the 20th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival, the most comprehensive portrait of Asian and Asian American cinema in North America. In its largest iteration yet, SDAFF will showcase more than 170 films from 29 countries in more than 40 different languages. This curated lineup of films includes the best in both award-winning and cutting-edge cinema from around the world. sdaff.org

The Paradise We Are Looking For, San Diego Asian Film Festival



Coronado Film Festival
November 8-11

The Coronado Island Film Festival will open with two critically acclaimed films. Marriage Story, starring Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver, is already receiving Oscar buzz and will screen at Village Theatre. The second film, The Etruscan Smile, starring Thora Birch, Brian Cox, and Rosanna Arquette, will screen at the Coronado Performing Arts Center. Saturday night’s film, A Hidden Life, is the centerpiece screening of the festival. Then, the stars will shine brightly on Sunday when five film industry luminaries will be recognized at Leonard Maltin’s Celebrity Tribute. The red carpet gala at the Hotel del Coronado will honor Cloris Leachman, Diane Warren, Michelle Phillips, Lois Burwell, and John Toll. Following a Veteran’s Day Salute at the Coronado Performing Arts Center, the festival will close with three spectacular movies: The Biggest Little Farm at Village Theatre, Clemency starring Alfre Woodard; and Some Like it Hot, screened on the beach at the Hotel del Coronado. coronadoislandfilmfestival.com

Village Theatre

Around the World in 80 Days
November 8-December 22
The majestically mysterious, fabulously wealthy, heartbreakingly lonely Victorian Phileas Fogg has determined, with mathematical precision, that the world can be circumnavigated in 80 days. On this belief, he has wagered his entire fortune. Will bandits, a herd of buffalo, an act of chivalry, an unreliable but ever faithful valet, and an unrelenting inspector from Scotland Yard keep him from his impossible task? newvillagearts.org


The Forum Makers’ Market
November 9-10
Join The Forum Carlsbad for its Fall/Holiday Makers’ Market, taking place on Saturday from 10am-5pm and Sunday from 11am-5pm. Dozens of local entrepreneurs and makers will line the sidewalks and fill the garden between Lululemon and Paper Source with unique items for sale including home décor, leather goods, baked items, jewelry, skincare products, apparel, accessories, and artwork, many of which will be handcrafted. Put together your own bouquet at the Flower Bar for just $10, snap a photo in front of the fall-themed selfie wall, savor something delicious at the Union Food Truck, and enjoy live musical entertainment. The event will also offer free creative craft workshops for adults and children. eventsforumcarlsbad.com


The Jungle Book
November 9-10
Last season’s San Diego Ballet world premiere is back by popular demand. Join Mowgli and his animal pals as they tumble through the jungle, get wrapped up in the coils of Kaa the snake, and fight off the menacing Shere Khan the tiger. sandiegoballet.org


Moonlit New Member Soiree
November 12
Under the first full moon of November, the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club brings verve to the garden party concept. Luring a new generation of members, the event, taking place from 5-8pm, will feature a moon ceremony, live botanical art by Coburn Topiary, seasonal elixirs, canapés, garden creations by The Horticult, and more. Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club is a nearly 100-year-old philanthropic organization. In 2019, grants totaling $100,000 were awarded to local nonprofits for conservation, education, and sustainability projects. Annual membership is $100. The event is free. rsfgardenclub.org


Rufus Wainwright with the San Diego Symphony
November 16

Praised by The New York Times for his “genuine originality,” singer, songwriter, and composer Rufus Wainwright joins the San Diego Symphony Orchestra in concert. Enjoy a lush evening of songs from his albums Going to a Town, Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk, and many more. As one of the great male vocalists and songwriters of his generation, he has collaborated with artists including Elton John, David Byrne, Boy George, Joni Mitchell, and Pet Shop Boys. sandiegosymphony.org


November 9-December 28
A retrospective collection of works by world-renowned artist Jean Kazandjian will be on exhibition and available for acquisition. The exhibition will feature 80 pieces of Kazandjian’s work created between 1991 and 2019. Kazandjian was born in Beirut, Lebanon, where he lived until his early 20s. Two not-to-be-missed in-gallery receptions with the artist will take place on November 9 from 5-8pm and November 10 from 12-4pm. meyerfineartinc.com

Bouguereau & America
November 9-March 15
The San Diego Museum of Art presents an exhibition featuring nearly 40 paintings by the popular French academic artist William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825–1905). Bouguereau & America showcases the master’s traditional use of composition, form, and subject matter, bringing to life paintings of goddesses, heroes, shepherdesses, and nymphs, including the beloved work The Young Shepherdess (1885), drawn from the Museum’s permanent collection. sdmart.org

Madonna and Child with Saint John,
Herbert F. Johnson


Cambodian Rock Band
November 12-December 15
This epic play/rock concert thrusts us into the life of a young woman trying to piece together her family history 30 years after her father fled Cambodia. Featuring a cast that performs a mix of contemporary Dengue Fever hits and classic Cambodian oldies, playwright and UC San Diego alum Lauren Yee brings to vivid life the Cambodian rock scene of the ’60s and ’70s. lajollaplayhouse.org

Cambodian Rock Band


November 22-24
A highly-anticipated 7+ stage, 95+ band, three-day music, culinary, and arts festival will descend upon the waterfront from Broadway Pier to the Embarcadero Marina Parks. Featured performers include Slightly Stoopid, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, MGMT, Pennywise, and many more. On November 24, Guitar Legends 3 will bring some of the best guitarists on the planet and an all-star band to the stage. Presented by America Salutes You, the broadcasted concert event will be filmed live and will air as a holiday special to raise funds for charities supporting veterans and first responders. The festival will also offer yacht parties, water sports, art installations, after-parties, a craft beer village, and local flavors. wonderfrontfestival.com

Ben Harper



Forum Carlsbad: Photo courtesy of Xavier Bailey Photography     Bouguereau & America: Image courtesy of Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Digital File Copyright Cornell University


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