Young Austrian boys’ singing voices have echoed across their lands since the era of the Holy Roman Emperor until present day, and now the Vienna Boys Choir is crossing the Atlantic to San Diego’s shores. With a history spanning back to 1498, the sailor-suited boys have set audiences adrift with their angelic chords singing from Gregorian chants to holiday fare and Mozart to Strauss. Get in the holiday cheer from the centuries-old, and ever-young Wiener Sängerknaben, yuletide time is here!
The best gifts don’t require batteries and children know this best. Imagination has no boundaries but in dreams it takes one into worlds where ‘impossible’ does not exist. Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, under the spell of The San Diego Ballet and the San Diego Children’s Choir will unfurl cascades of snowflakes, sugarplum fairies, battling militant rats taking on leaping Cossacks, an Arabian sojourn for two, and more – all from a young girl’s surreal dream. Pyotr’s perfect score is ready to sprinkle on the fantasy, and innocence is prime grounds for an endless dance of creations.
December 16th – 18th
For nearly two decades, a creature has lurked during Holiday time around El Prado way. He’s hard to spot because he despises streaming lights, children’s merriment, and bells - and singing only makes him greener than green, stemmed down to his heart that’s two sizes too small, from what is said. This so-called ‘Grinch’ has sinister eyes and a smile full of lies and he’s out to stop Christmas from the blissful folks of Who-ville, and San Diego too! Be on the lookout, many sightings have occurred around The Old Globe. He may be in disguise too as Jolly Ol’ fella St. Nick, so please, inform the theatre’s personnel if the Grinch is spotted near.
Now – December 26th
Jungle bells, jungle bells, roaring all the way! Oh, what fawn it is to prance at the zoo all night and day! Surely, you can bear a little winter weather to hang out with some bonobos, chill out with an artic fox, and have a hoot with the hyenas during the San Diego Zoo’s Jungle Bells celebration. For the organization’s centennial, surprises will be waiting at every turn with bedazzling lights, exotic fare, music, animal-themed holiday tales, and even Santa will be keeping it cool. With these and otter options, Southern Koalifornia’s weather is perfect for a night’s stroll at the zoo. No jackets and scarfs required but if you get cold there’s some boas to keep you warm, but only until 8pm!
Now – January 2nd
Whether your beloved ancestors are resting near or far away you need not fear missing honoring them this year. The 21st annual Día de los Muertos Festival in Escondido will have ample and colorful ways to pay tribute to the dearly departed. Create an altar, paint your kids’ faces, buy a handmade charm, and get your hands into some arts and crafts. And if you feel like manifesting spirits, theater, music and dance are in store too. At night’s end if the melancholy is still heavy, grab a ticket for Mexrrissey –Mexico a la Morrissey and sway the blue away into nostalgia.
Food, film, design, gaming, and much, much more are in store for this year’s Tijuana Innovadora Creativa. For eight days over 137 activities with 100+ exhibitors will fill the senses with creative industries, fashion and sustainability are the principal themes of the conference. Along with gastronomy events and a music festival featuring Broadway tunes by the Youth Symphony of Baja California, it is bound to be an orchestral experience.
November 3rd – 10th
With a spectrum of cinematic offerings, the 17th annual San Diego Asian Film Festival is ready for another exciting year. A world premiere is in tote, awards and parties with stars are in the bag, and it should be a Pacific breeze selecting films fitting for any movie appetite. From across a variety of Asian countries and back to the US, this festival is ready to continue making waves for years to come.
November 3rd – 12th
The late rock hero David Bowie had said after listening to Seu Jorge’s version of his own songs, “Had Seu Jorge not recorded my songs acoustically in Portuguese, I would never have heard this new level of beauty which he has imbued them with.” The Brazilian singer and actor who appeared in The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou as a singing sailor gives Bowie’s works a new feeling. The special tribute will recreate his set to the Oscar-nominated film, making this voyage a memorable one for your captain’s log, Major Tom.
It can be said that Irving J. Gill created a new design language within the architecture world, a style we now call modern. Originally, the Chicagoan brought his mid-west influences and merged them with San Diego’s inspirational coasts and canyons, sunlight and shadow. Creating a lasting influence not just in the region, but in America, the San Diego History Center has mounted an unprecedented exhibit honoring Gil’s legacy. Going beyond its Balboa Park site, the Center examines the various layers and chapters of the architect’s life across thirteen institutions. Take in the elucidating power and beauty of Gill’s iconic structures around San Diego and see stylistic simplicity firsthand.
Now – March 31st, 2017
October’s nights are about to get a dash of bellissimo with a hint of amore. Reaching the decade-long marker, The San Diego Italian Film Festival is bringing movie fans 10 of the finest Italian films. This year the event pays homage to film director Ettore Scola and will showcase his 1976 classic Brutti, Sporchi E Cattivi (Ugly, Dirty and Bad). Along with fabulous Italian chefs cooking for an exclusive night of eating together, it is a festival that you can’t forget about it.
October 5th -16th