JEWISH-FILM-FESTIVALNow in its 21st edition, the annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival returns with features that span the globe. Make a date to attend the Berlin Olympics of 1936, partake in an anti-war activist movement of the 50's, meet lovely young lady Anita in Buenos Aires or go behind the scenes of a Chicago South Side night club in the midst of the transformation of rhythm and blues into rock 'n roll. Domestic and foreign, dramas to documentaries, politics to sports and war and triumph; there is something for everyone in the family. You have 11 days to catch a flight of flicks from all over the world, reserve ahead of time and come experience the beauty of this passionate art.

February 10th – 20th

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KODO-DRUMMERSThe first rhythm of music we hear is from our mother, an ever-pounding heartbeat of life. Once out into the world we start making our own tempo to the beat of our own drum; Japanese Kodo Drummers beats teem with traditional roots, nature and values rediscovering the taiko, the world's oldest instrument. Used in Shinto ceremonies, Buddhist rituals and acts linking spirits to nature for abundant crops, Kodo drummers now explore the limitless depth and range of their instrument while also learning dance, song, stagecraft and other ancestral instruments. It is a strenuous regimen to become part of this select ensemble, only few apprentices make it but you just have to roll in to downtown. Get your heart pounding; it's the original rhythm of life.

February 11th

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In-Focus-HOLIDAY-POPSSan Diego's favorite Broadway son returns home for Christmas! Brian Stokes Mitchell alongside our very own San Diego Symphony, the San Diego Master Chorale and San Diego Children's Choir for three nights of our city's favorite Yuletide tradition, Holiday Pops. Nestle with your loved ones for the merry cheer only Season songs can bring like "Deck the Halls," "Carol of the Bells," "I'll Be Home for Christmas" and very special takes from Stokes' new album "Ring Christmas Bells." Conducted by Matthew Garbutt this year's Holiday Pops promises a weekend that'll leave you in high spirits ready for the warmth that comes during this time of the year.

December 17th, 18th & 19th
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In-Focus-Plaid-TidingsThe wonderful folks at the Old Globe have a special gift for you this holiday season on the year of their 75th anniversary. It's wonderfully woven in the finest woolen cloth, it's checkered, has its origins in Scotland and comes in a quartet. With their signature jackets Forever Plaid returns to its home in San Diego with a Yuletide present just right for everyone. In a retro holiday extravaganza the Plaid boys take us from the 50's and 60's with rip roarin' hilarious harmonic renditions of classic tunes like "Let it Snow", "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "Mr. Santa." Come celebrate with the Old Globe and Plaid Tidings to all and to all a good night!

Now – December 26th
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GRINCHFor the 13th consecutive year the Grinch will slither upon Whoville with the most treacherous of plans, do away with Christmas and all its joy.  The Old Globe has its annual Dr. Seuss’ classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas in store.  Along with his waggling meek canine companion Max, the Grinch will soon find out why Christmas runs deeper in all of Whoville’s citizens than any fancy gift with ribbons, tags, packages boxes or bags.  It turns out that Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.

November 20th - December 26

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