Calendar: Friday, December 21, 2012

Arts

BOLD: The Art of DNA Barcoding

This interactive exhibition of tropical biodiversity art, science and technology features innovative Seattle artist Joseph Rossano's biodiversity scuplture series inspired and accompanied by acclaimed tropical ecologist Dr. Daniel H. Janzen's caterpillar and butterfly photographs from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (ACG), Costa Rica.
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Behold, America!

This fall, three San Diego art museums — the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, The San Diego Museum of Art and the Timken Museum of Art — will bring together the finest American works from their permanent collections to present a groundbreaking collaborative exhibition titled "Behold, America!: Art of the United States from Three San Diego Museums." Internationally known for their permanent collections and scholarly exhibitions, these institutions together provide a three-museum venue for "Behold, America!," which will be on view from Nov. 10, 2012, through Feb. 10, 2013. This civic collaboration, which presents work from the colonial period to the present, offers an unprecedented opportunity to view the full sweep of American art history as told through the visual art of three institutions, and to reconsider how national and individual identities have shifted over time. While lending selected works among institutions is not uncommon, "Behold, America!" is unique in the scope of the exchange and the intermingling of these distinctive collections. It is also the first time the three institutions have worked together on one project.
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The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged)

After a seven-year hiatus, a holiday production returns to San Diego REPertory Theatre. Christmas will never be the same once you share the holiday with the inspired lunacy of the masters of condensing the classics, the Reduced Shakespeare Company. Since 1981, the company has delighted audiences throughout North America and England with their reduced versions of “The Complete Works of Shakespeare,” the Bible, “All the Great Books,” “The History of America,” and even the “World of Sports.” Regardless of your religious persuasion, the Reduced Shakespeare Company promises a good time gift-wrapped in a package of song, parody, an elf ballet, anachronistic dance fever disco moves, and delightfully twisted holiday cheer.
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Artist in Residence: Alan Feltus

American-born artist Alan Feltus, a longtime resident of Assisi, Italy, creates figurative work using himself as a model for poignant male and female forms. The elusive mood he seeks, both real and invented, is continually redefined until an inexplicable energy is set in motion within the edges of the canvas.
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Persuasion

OnStage Playhouse has been selected to stage the world premiere of Jane Austen’s most romantic novel, “Persuasion,” adapted by Jon Jory, one of the best known living American playwrights. Image-conscious patriarch Sir Walter Elliot must rent the family estate to avoid bankruptcy. His daughter Anne is surprised to learn that the sister of Capt. Wentworth, a man whose proposal she was persuaded to refuse years before, has taken the estate. Then, Wentworth was a poor sailor with no social standing, but he has returned a rich and eligible officer. As they are thrown into one another's company once again, Anne's affection remains despite her lack of hope for any reconciliation. But when Wentworth begins to show signs of jealousy toward one of her suitors, she must summon the courage to seek out his true feelings. This movingly romantic adaptation of Jane Austen's last novel brings a classic story of enduring love to the stage.
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Christmas on My Mind

For 2012 we bring back one of Kerry Meads' most popular "new" scripts: "Christmas on My Mind." A diverse group of travelers finds themselves stranded by an unexpected snowstorm. They all make their way to a cabin in the woods and create a celebration by sharing music and stories. Surprising, fun and refreshing, the performance includes a beautiful blend of original music and traditional favorites.
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Persuasion

Based on the novel by Jane Austen, adapted by Jon Jory, directed by Carla Nell. The Elliott family verges on financial ruin and image-conscious patriarch Sir Walter must rent their estate to avoid bankruptcy.
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Sister's Christmas Catechism

It's "CSI: Bethlehem" in this holiday mystery extravaganza, from the author of "Late Nite Catechism," as Sister takes on the mystery that has intrigued historians throughout the ages — whatever happened to the Magi's gold? ("We know that Mary used the frankincense and myrrh as a sort of potpourri — they were in a barn after all.") Retelling the story of the nativity, as only Sister can, this hilarious holiday production is bound to become a yearly classic. Employing her own scientific tools, assisted by a local choir as well as a gaggle of audience members, Sister creates a living nativity unlike any you've ever seen. With gifts galore and bundles of laughs, "Sister's Christmas Catechism" is sure to become the newest addition to your holiday traditions.
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White Christmas the Musical

The classic holiday movie "White Christmas" comes to the stage at last. Based on the beloved, timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaption features 17 Irving Berlin songs, including “Blue Skies,” “I Love A Piano,” How Deep Is The Ocean” and the perennial favorite, “White Christmas.” Berlin’s "White Christmas" promises a merry and bright theatrical experience for the whole family.
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The Nutcracker

Tchaikovsky's classic ballet about a young girl, Clara, who is given a Nutcracker for Christmas by her godfather, Herr Drosselmeyer. But this is no ordinary Nutcracker as Clara learns that very night. After a great battle with the Mouse King, the Nutcracker turns into a prince. He takes Clara on a magic journey through the Land of the Snow to the Kingdom of the Sweets, where the Sugar Plum Fairy honors the couple with entertainment from around the world.
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Juried & Awarded Artwork from Outstanding Visual Artists of the Region

Featured artist: Dani Dodge "We Always Sleep Alone (Undaunted)"
Arts11:00a

Margaret Noble: 44th and Landis

Part of the MCASD’s ongoing "Cerca" series, this mixed media installation by sound artist Margaret Noble charts a psychogeographical path through San Diego’s City Heights neighborhood, where the artist grew up. Combining visual traces of the neighborhood’s early Victorian years and motifs drawn from 1980s urban pop culture, "Margaret Noble: 44th and Landis" takes the form of an ephemeral sculptural environment comprising hundreds of cut paper forms. The installation also incorporates an experiential soundscape spread over 14 handmade paper speakers, and will serve as the set for a series of sound-based performances by Noble. A performance will take place on Nov. 17.
Arts12:00p

Capturing the Wonder of Women

Come see the museum's first juried show in its new Gallery Space at Liberty Station. The show will have UCSD's Li Huai as art curator and Robert Pincus as juror. More than 150 local and regional artists submitted work for this show, and 48 pieces representing "The Wonder of Women" have been selected to make up this compelling exhibition to run through February 2013. Opening reception is Dec. 7 at 6 p.m.
Arts6:30p

An American Christmas

Step inside the Hotel Del's gorgeous ballroom and travel back 100 years for a memorable Christmas feast and celebration. This remarkable three-hour evening is filled with music, dance, story, song and laughter, all woven throughout a delectable five-course holiday meal. Your hosts are the Marshall family and their friends who love to celebrate the season each year at the beautiful and historic Hotel del Coronado. Twenty-five multi-talented performers sweep you up in a festive party that will be the pinnacle of your holidays. Seating is round tables of eight. Festive attire, with jackets suggested for gentlemen. The all-inclusive ticket price includes the evening's entertainment, an hors d’oeuvre party by the windows overlooking the ocean and skating rink, four-course meal at your table, a champagne toast, parking, tax and gratuity. There is also a wine list at the table and a cash bar in the room.
Entertainment7:30p

National Comedy Theatre

For two decades, the National Comedy Theatre has been entertaining audiences of all sizes and types across the nation with its brand of interactive, improv comedy. Similar in style to the popular TV series “Whose Line is it Anyway?” the performances feature professional comedians who perform a series of scenes, all based on audience suggestions. National Comedy Theatre is the longest continuously running show in San Diego history, entertaining thousands of guests since opening its doors in 1991.

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