What young man leaving his teens into adulthood isn’t faced with unemployment, lack of self-esteem, depression and money problems. Much of Wolfgang Amadeus’s prime had already cast its shadow by 17 years old, but that did not stop him from creating some of his finest concertos, sonatas and operas. Mainly Mozart Festival’s 29th edition continues to celebrate the life stages of the Salzburgian prodigy with musical performances and special engagements sure to expand your mind’s border, literally.
June 2nd – 25th
It’s the art festival with a view at the San Diego Festival of the Arts. Over 200 artists cultivating their work via their respective mediums will shore up and array of creations. To quench that thirst and hunger, some of the city’s finest spots will gather to satisfy all diverse palates. Coupled with live music and a myriad of activities for kids of all ages there’s only a high-caliber experience now in its 29th edition!
June 10th & 11th
It is a royal affair during the season of sun for the Old Globe’s annual Summer Shakespeare Festival. This year’s stock is hearty with epic political collision with presentations of King Richard II and Hamlet. TV’s House favorite Robert Sean Leonard takes on the ‘divine’ ruler’s crown while artistic director Barry Edelstein brings to life the Prince of Denmark’s most unexpected homecoming from college back to the palace. The monarchy is galloping directly to Balboa Park and they’re totting all things Bard along including some films, question is, will you be or not be…there?!
June 11th – September 10th
To honor the 10th studio album forty years after its release, Animals, Brit Floyd will pay true homage to its musical gems and beyond for their Immersion World Tour. Engulfed in and transcending the works by the original London rockers, the tribute recaptures the spectrum of Pink Floyd’s experience. The psychedelic sonics, metaphysical lyrics, mesmerizing light show, and yes, inflatable objects await. Don’t trip, the Brits have landed but they only want to expand minds.
Before heading to the City of Angels to bring an end to their North American tour, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds have made a date with San Diego not to be missed. Undoubtedly a superb lyricist, musician, and singer, Nick Cave enflames the stage with his presence that is raw to the bone. On the heels of their 16th album Skeleton Tree, the gentlemen will render songs from it along with deep cuts from past works carved for a nocturn rendezvous like no other.
Working in conjunction with the International Cervantino Festival in Guanajuato, CECUT is taking theater fans for a spin with Don Quixote. The adventure is spearheaded by Compañía De Ciertos Habitantes who is recognized as one of the most important Latin American theatre companies. The inspiring exploit is full to the brim with humor and lucidity that invites one to rejuvenate long-lost desires. The man of La Mancha will be gallivanting into Tijuana under a Mexican night for one encounter only, hop on.
Franki and his three friends never imagined that being from the wrong side of tracks would lead them to becoming one of the greatest pop music groups. The Four Seasons created and crafted their own songs and styles leading to selling 175 million records worldwide. Songs like Sherry, Oh What A Night, Big Girls Don’t Cry, and more will tell the tale of these Jersey Boys through their Tony Award-Winning Best Musical.
May 9th – 14th
Brunch, art and music; a delight for any mother for that special Sunday this May. Whether accompanied with a mimosa or margarita, The Mariachi Divas will kick in their nearly 20-year aged repertoire. Officially, the women have been holding fort at the Magic Kingdom since 2003 as the exclusive mariachi but are in Escondido for a Mother’s Day delight. Start with breakfast, take a spin around the museum, and finish with the Grammy-winning Divas. And moms get in complimentary, just mention it. ¡Feliz Día, Madres!
A good spine is needed to carry a great book, and a writer too. For the Tijuana Book Fair, the only thing suggested is an ample satchel as a myriad of authors visit Baja’s cultural gem, CECUT, for its 35th chapter. Last year, 100K-plus lectors took in book presentations, engaging conferences, music showcases, film and cuisine - and there is much more in store waiting to unfold on every page turned in 2017. Carrying the theme, “Imaginario Mexicano” and highlighting the strides of Carrington, Rulfo, Infante, and El Santo, surely, it will be a no-hold-barred match-up to the fair’s volumes of visiting book-grapplers.
May 19th – 28th
Crafting the ideal Spring Saturday can either be planned or spontaneous. Whichever the pace chosen, the Festival of the Arts In North Park is best taken in with a hip strut. Meander around 30th and University popping in and out of galleries, check out artists creating live, little ones take over a block creating masterpieces, music, of course, and to chill your buds, suds and a splendid fare await. Take a bike, bus, or skate over – it’s hipper and cooler, ya dig?!