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October 2019 Culture Calendar


Kiss My Aztec!
Through October 13 | La Jolla Playhouse
Direct from a critically-acclaimed, extended run at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, this hysterical new musical could only spring from comedy legend John Leguizamo. In the 16th century, a group of ragtag Aztecs are leading the resistance against the Spanish. Led by a fierce female warrior and a not-so-fierce clown, they mount a scrappy attack and somehow get entangled with a foppish French “fixer,” the over-heated daughter of the Viceroy, and the wannabe pop star nephew of the king of Spain. lajollaplayhouse.org

Kiss My Aztec!


Through October 20 | The Old Globe

A West Coast premiere production of Noura continues in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center at The Old Globe. The celebrated playwright, Heather Raffo, is a graduate of The Old Globe/USD Shiley MFA program. The story line tells of a Chaldean Christian refugee couple celebrating their first Christmas Eve as American citizens. But a new element enters their lives in the form of an orphaned girl they previously sponsored. She is now a college student and her visit is unsettling, causing the couple to question who they are and what may have been lost. The Wall Street Journal theatre critic, Terry Teachout, described the drama as “full of unexpected revelations and flashes of sudden, blinding illumination.” theoldglobe.org


Almost Famous
Through October 27 | The Old Globe
San Diego, 1973. Led Zeppelin is king, Richard Nixon is president, and idealistic 15-year-old William Miller is an aspiring music journalist. When Rolling Stone magazine hires him to go on the road with an up-and-coming band, William is thrust into the rock-and-roll circus, where his love of music, his longing for friendship, and his integrity as a writer collide. Written by Academy Award winner Cameron Crowe based on his iconic film, Almost Famous is about a young man finding his place in the world and the indelible characters he meets along the way. theoldglobe.org



Intimate Apparel
Through October 20 | New Village Arts
Intimate Apparel follows Esther, a talented African American seamstress in turn-of-the-century New York, who has built a savings for herself while creating beautiful undergarments for her clientele. As she works, Esther earnestly dreams of new beginnings, romantic possibilities, and the unlikely affection she shares with a Jewish fabric merchant. However, Esther’s heartfelt desires are cut short when a series of deceptions and abuses befall her — she must discover if class, culture, and circumstance can outmatch the strength of the human spirit. newvillagearts.org



Visions of Joy
Through November 1 | Georgina Cole Library
Award-winning Artist Natasha Ragland presents an exhibit of original paintings at the Georgina Cole Library in Carlsbad. Ragland has created a large body of work featuring fanciful scenes of animals, dancers, musicians, and landscapes composed from elements of the local terrain. Her deep conviction for veganism and preserving the earth is evident in her paintings as well as her life’s mission to uplift the spirit through her art and music. 760.434.2870

Natasha Ragland with Canyon Morning


Masterpieces of Italian Drawings from The British Museum
Through December 15 | Timken Museum of Art
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, Giacinto Gimignami



Romeo and Juliet
October 4-13 | California Center for the Arts, Escondido
Pacific Lyric Association’s production of Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet will be presented at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. The show features spoken narratives in English before and during the play. These narrative vignettes, performed by a professional actor, are designed to keep the audience engaged in the musical drama without being distracted by supertitles. artcenter.org

Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet


XXV: The Silver Anniversary Exhibition
October 5-December 1 | California Center for the Arts, Escondido
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

Desert Shadows, Harry Sternberg


Carmel Valley Artists
October 6 | Marriott Del Mar

The Talmadge Art Show presents Carmel Valley Artists,”an exhibition featuring works by 50 contemporary craft artists who create handmade art including clothing, jewelry, cards, purses, pottery, and mixed media.  The Talmadge Art Show began in 1992 with a discussion between art collector Sharon Gorevitz and several artists who wanted to find a positive environment publicly to sell their art. The first show included five artists and was in Sharon’s 1936 Talmadge Park home. Within three years it grew to more than 25 artists and moved to the Hillcrest area of San Diego. Today, The Talmadge Art Show is produced annually, along with other pop-up events. Attendance is free. talmadgeartshow.com 

Sharon Gorevitz

Art San Diego
October 10-13 | San Diego Convention Center
Art San Diego is moving downtown to the San Diego Convention Center for its 11th annual show. The four-day art event showcases local, national, and international exhibitors featuring works from 500+ established and emerging artists. This year’s show is set to be bigger than ever with the inclusion of new programs featuring a local artist spotlight night, a family day, a craft beer night, and a brunch-themed Sunday. New programs introduced last year that are back by popular demand include Free Friday (1-5pm), Palette of Desserts (a partnership with local chefs and bakeries who draw inspiration from an artist’s to-be-exhibited piece and create a dessert masterpiece to be sampled), and Access to Art, which partners the visual arts with local nonprofits. CLICK HERE for a complimentary pair of tickets courtesy of Ranch & Coast Magazine. art-sandiego.com

After the Rain, Ruth Fromstein


La Jolla Art & Wine Festival
October 12-13 | La Jolla Village
The free La Jolla Art & Wine Festival returns for its 11th year with even more prestigious art, international wine, craft beer, and family fun. Peruse works by 150+ juried artists from around the globe, 3D chalk art displays, interactive art murals, live music, roving entertainment, gourmet food court, and a wine, craft beer, and spirits garden. The curated and juried collection of art showcases the incredible talent of today’s top creators in a variety of media. The Geppetto’s Family Art Center + Lab features interactive demos and crafts for all ages. All profits raised benefit underfunded programs at all La Jolla public elementary, middle, and high schools. ljawf.com


San Diego International Film Festival
October 15-20 | Multiple Venues
Now in its 18th year, The San Diego International Film Festival will honor Laurence Fishburne with the Gregory Peck Award, Jared Harris with the Cinema Vanguard Award, and Jillian Bell with the Fairbanks Award. They will be recognized at The Night of the Stars Tribute award ceremony on October 18 at Pendry San Diego. Gala features include highly anticipated films such as Jojo Rabbit, Motherless Brooklyn, A Hidden Life, Kill Team, Clemency, and Marriage Story. The festival will also screen narrative, documentary, and short films, both in and out of competition. The Opening Night film premiere will be held at the historic Balboa Theatre; film screenings will be held at the Theatre Box downtown and ArcLight Cinemas in Westfield UTC. sdfilmfest.com

San Diego International Film Festival


Without Walls (WOW) Festival
October 17-20 | Arts District Liberty Station
La Jolla Playhouse will gather local, national and international artists at Arts District Liberty Station for four days of vibrant multidisciplinary experiences that interact with the contemporary world in exciting ways. Featuring more than 20 productions, including several world premieres and new commissions, the festival offers events to entice all arts lovers, from intimate one-on-one experiences to epic storytelling spectacles. wowfestival.org

Without Walls (WOW) Festival


October 19-27 | Civic Theatre
San Diego Opera’s Main Stage season opens with Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida, which tells the story of a love triangle between the Ethiopian princess Aida, the captain of the Egyptian King’s guard, Radamès, and the Egyptian King’s daughter, Amneris, against a backdrop of war between Ethiopia and Egypt. These performances will be a newly-conceived theatrical concert opera of Aida, with scenic elements and lighting alongside the San Diego Symphony and San Diego Opera chorus to create an immersive theatrical experience. sdopera.com


The Sunshine Boys
October 23-November 17 | North Coast Rep
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 Jungle Book
November 9-10 | San Diego Ballet
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



Bouguereau & America
November 9-March 15 | San Diego Museum of Art
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

The Young Shepherdess, William Adolphe Bouguereau


Kiss My Aztec! Photo courtesy of Alessandra Mello, Berkeley Repertory Theatre     Romeo & Juliet: Photo by Jim Cox    SDIFF: Photo by Jasonde Alba     Masterpieces of Italian Drawings from The British Museum: The Adoration of the Magi, Giacinto Gimignami, 1626-81




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