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Cirque Eloize trades the tent for the theater with Rain, blending circus acts with music, dance and theater, presented by Broadway/San Diego Dec. 4-9: Tues. at 7:30, Wed. at 7, Thur. & Fri. at 7:30, Sat. at 2 & 7:30, Sun. at 1 & 6. Disney Channel’s hit High School Musical comes to life on stage, Dec. 26-30: Wed. at 7:30, Thur. at 2 & 7:30, Fri. at 7:30, Sat. at 2 & 7:30, Sun. at 1 & 6:30. Civic Theatre, Third Ave. & B St., downtown, 619-570-1100; broadwaysd.com.

Meet Wade Walker, a rebel with a cause, in the theatrical makeover of John Water’s Cry-Baby, at La Jolla Playhouse thru Dec. 16: Tues. & Wed. at 7:30, Thur. & Fri. at 8, Sat. at 2 & 8, Sun. at 2 & 7. UCSD campus, 2910 La Jolla Village Dr., La Jolla, 858-550-1010; lajollaplayhouse.org.

Find the holiday spirit with Lamb’s Players’ annual Festival of Christmas offering, Christmas on My Mind, Nov. 30–Dec. 29: Tues. (except Dec. 25), Wed. & Thur. at 7:30, Fri. at 8, Sat. at 2 & 8, Sun. at 2 & 6, plus Dec. 24 at 2 & 6; select dates at 2 also. The troupe expands to the Hotel del Coronado (1500 Orange Ave.) for An American Christmas, its yearly turn-of–the-century feast and celebration, Dec. 9-30 at 6:30. Resident theater: 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619-437-0600; lambsplayers.org.

North Coast Repertory Theatre freshens up A Christmas Carol, Dec. 12-30: Wed. at 7 (Dec. 26 at 2), Thur. at 2 (Dec. 13 at 7), Fri. at 7, Sat. at 2 & 6 (no matinee Dec. 15), Sun. at 2 (Dec. 16 at 6 also). 987 Lomas Santa Fe Dr., Ste. D, Solana Beach, 858-481-1055; northcoastrep.org.

The Grinch brings his unique grumpiness to the Old Globe Theatre’s 10th-anniversary production of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, on the main stage Nov. 25–Dec. 30: Thur. & Fri. at 7:30 (except Dec. 6 & 7), Sat. & Sun. at 2 & 7:30 (Dec. 8 & 30 at 1 & 5:30); select dates at 1, 5:30 & 7:30 also. 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619-234-5623; theoldglobe.org.

The San Diego Repertory Theatre premieres Rick Najera’s comedy Sweet 15 (Quinceañera), thru Dec. 16: Wed. at 7, Thur. & Fri. at 8, Sat. at 8 (select dates at 2 also) & Sun. at 2. Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown, 619-544-1000; sandiegorep.com.

Movie-turned-Broadway production Irving Berlin’s White Christmas plays at the Welk Resort Theatre thru Dec. 30: Tues., Thur. & Sat. at 1:45 & 8, Wed. & Sun. at 1:45. 8860 Lawrence Welk Dr., Escondido, 760-749- 3448; welktheatre.com.

The California Center for the Arts, Escondido presents Holiday Jubilee, featuring acrobats inside 7-foot snow globes, tap-dancing wooden soldiers and toys that come alive, Dec. 1 at 4 & 8. The San Diego Chamber Orchestra gives an inspiring performance of Handel’s Messiah, Dec. 16 at 4. 340 N. Escondido Blvd., 800-988-4253; artcenter.org.

It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play returns to Cygnet Theatre thru Dec. 30: Thur.-Sat. at 8, Sun. at 2 & 7; starting Dec. 11, also Tues. & Wed. at 8. 6663 El Cajon Blvd., Ste. N, 619-337-1525; cygnettheatre.com.

Torch Song Trilogy at Diversionary Theatre offers a comical glimpse into the life of a drag queen, thru Dec. 16: Thur. at 7, Fri. & Sat. at 7:30, Sun. at 2. 4545 Park Blvd., University Heights, 619-220-0097; diversionary.org.

Ion Theatre presents Punks, inspired by Jean Genet’s erotically charged masterpiece The Maids, thru Dec. 16: Thur.-Sat. at 8, Sun. at 7. Ion Theatre at the Academy of Performing Arts, 4580-B Alvarado Canyon Rd., 619-374-6894; iontheatre.com.

Triple Espresso pours its cups o’ caffeinated cheer thru Feb. 17. Wed. & Thur. at 7:30, Fri. at 8, Sat. at 5 & 8, Sun. at 3. Horton Grand Theatre, 444 Fourth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter, 619-234-9583; tripleespresso.com.

Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company’s Cowboy Versus Samurai is a contemporary Asian-American retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac, Nov. 29–Dec. 16: Wed.-Sat. at 7:30 (no performance Dec. 10), Sun. at 2; high-school matinees Dec. 5, 6 & 12 at 9:30 a.m. instead of evening shows. 10th Avenue Theater, 930 10th Ave., downtown, 619-342-7395; moolelo.net.

New Village Arts premieres Off the Ground, exploring what family and loss means, Dec. 1-23: Thur. & Fri. at 8, Sat. at 3 & 8, Sun. at 2. 2787-B State St., Carlsbad, 760-433-3245; newvillagearts.org.

TV legend Ed McMahon hosts an evening of video and behind-the-scene stories from The Tonight Show, Dec. 8 at 8 in the Poway Center for the Performing Arts. 15498 Espola Rd., 858-748-0505; powayarts.org.

At Sixth@Penn: Tiny Tim, thru Dec. 23: Thur.-Sat. at 8, Sun. at 2. 3704 Sixth Ave., Hillcrest, 619-688-9210; sixthatpenn.com.


Visions of Sugarplums

“Kill the Mouse King! Then journey to a land of candy!” Well, it’s one way to sell two hours of sitting still to small children. But The Nutcracker——Tchaikovsky’s time-honored Christmas-theme ballet——hardly requires selling, especially when all the performers are kids themselves, as in the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet’s production, Dec. 9, 14, 15 & 16 at Balboa Park’s Casa del Prado Theatre. There’s something about watching other kids on stage that holds children mesmerized. The story is also easily accessible to ballet neophytes, with enough antics and dazzle——think magically growing Christmas trees, high-jumping Russians and bonbon babies that play under Mother Ginger’s skirt——to keep them in their seats. SDCYB, San Diego’s oldest ballet school, celebrates its 62nd anniversary with this year’s performance. Tickets are available online at sdcyb.org or by calling 619-233-3060.



At Anthology: Eric Marienthal & Chuck Loeb, Dec. 1 at 7:30 & 10; Charlie Hunter, Dec. 4 & 5 at 8; Ahmad Jamal jazz trio, Dec. 6 at 8, Dec. 7 & 8 at 7 & 10; Moutin Quartet, Dec. 9 at 7:30; Brian Culbertson’s Soulful Christmas featuring Gerald Albright, Howard Hewet, Nick Colione & Victoria White, Dec. 11 at 9:30; Big Bill Morganfield, Dec. 12 at 8; Anthology House Band, Dec. 13 at 8; Janiva Magness, Dec. 14 at 8; Ronnie Baker Brooks, Dec. 15 at 7:30 & 10; Anthology House Band, Dec. 20 at 8; Count Basie Orchestra, Dec. 21-23 at 7 & 10; The Steely Damned, Dec. 28 at 7:30 & 10; Pete Escovedo Orchestra, Dec. 29 at 7:30 & 10. 1337 India St., Little Italy, 619-595-0300; anthologysd.com.

At the Belly Up Tavern: Sharon Jones & the Dapkings, Dec. 1; Blues Traveler with Jesse Marlins, Dec. 2; Live! Onstage featuring Jonathon Richmond with Tommy Larkins, Dec. 3 at 8; Mark Cohn with Amy Correia, Dec. 8; Cowboy Mouth, Dec. 12; The Knitters, Dec. 13; The Young Dubliners Christmas Show, Dec. 15; Gary “Ho Ho” Hoey’s Rocking Christmas Show, Dec. 19 at 8; Cash’d Out, Dec. 22; Boogie Nights——Metal Snake, Dec. 28; Pato Banton, Dec. 29; Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven, Dec. 30 at 8. Shows at 9 unless noted. 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach, 858-481-8140; bellyup.com.

At 4th and B: Café Tacuba, Dec. 1 at 8; Terri Clark, Dec. 6 at 8; KC & the Sunshine Band, Dec. 29 at 8. 345 B St., downtown, 619-299-2583; 4thandb.com.

At House of Blues: Chimaira, Kataklysm and Divine Heresy, Dec. 2; Social Distortion with Lee Rocker, Dec. 4; Social Distortion with The Tossers, Dec. 5; Ben Lee, Cary Brothers and Kate Voegele, Dec. 13; Unwritten Law, Dec. 14; Kottenmouth Kings, Sen Dog, Subnoize Souljaz and Danny Diablo, Dec. 22; Reverend Horton Heat with Hank III and Nashville Pussy, Dec. 31. Shows at 8. 1055 Fifth Ave., downtown, 619-299-BLUE; hob.com.

At the Sports Arena: Fall Out Boy, Dec. 1 at 7; Andre Rieu and His Johann Strauss Orchestra, Dec. 5 at 7:30; Avenged Sevenfold, Operator, The Confession and Black Tide, Dec. 7 at 6; Mannheim Steamroller, Dec. 13 at 7:30. 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., 619-220-TIXS; ticketmaster.com.


The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library presents the Daedalus String Quartet with Awadagin Pratt, Dec. 2 at 7:30; Oliver Lake Organ Quartet, Dec. 8 at 8; Due Duo, Dec. 13 at 7:30. 1008 Wall St., La Jolla, 858-454-5872; ljathenaeum.org.

The Fallbrook Music Society presents a baroque Christmas concert featuring the Aulos Ensemble, Dec. 7 at 8. Bob Burton Center for the Performing Arts, 2400 S. Stage Coach Lane, Fallbrook, 760-451-8644; fallbrookmusicsociety.org.

The Grossmont Symphony Orchestra performs Vaughan Williams’ Seventh Symphony, Dec. 2 at 3. East County Performing Arts Center, 210 E Main St., El Cajon. 619-588-0206. grossmont.edu/gso.

Jacobs’ Masterworks performances by the San Diego Symphony include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Dec. 7-9: Fri. & Sat. at 8, Sun. at 2. Holiday Pops, Dec. 19-22: Wed. & Thur. at 7:30, Fri. at 8, Sat. at 2 & 8; Family Festival Concert, Dec. 23 at 2. Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St., downtown, 619-235-0804; sandiegosymphony.com.

La Jolla Music Society presents cellist Zuill Bailey with Mark Neikrug, Dec. 2 at 3 at the Neurosciences Institute, 10640 John Jay Hopkins Dr., Torrey Pines Mesa, 858-459-3728; lajollamusicsociety.org.

La Jolla Symphony & Chorus performs Berlioz’s L’Enfance du Christ, Dec. 8 at 8, Dec. 9 at 3. Mandeville Auditorium, 9500 Gilman Dr., UCSD campus, La Jolla, 858-822-3774; lajollasymphony.com.

Lyric Opera San Diego presents Amahl and the Night Visitors by Gian Carlo Menotti, Dec. 14, 15 & 20 at 7:30, Dec. 16, 22 & 23 at 2:30. North Park Theatre, 2891 University Ave., 619-239-8836; lyricoperasandiego.org.

San Diego Chamber Orchestra presents Handel’s Messiah, Dec. 14 at 7:30 at Solana Beach Presbyterian Church (120 Stevens Ave., Solana Beach), Dec. 15 at 7:30 at St. James By-the-Sea (743 Prospect St., La Jolla), Dec. 16 at 4 at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido (340 N. Escondido Blvd.). 858-350-0290; sdco.org.

San Diego Early Music Society presents “Puer Natus,” Christmas music from 17th-century Italy and Germany, Dec. 9 at 8. St. James By-the-Sea, 743 Prospect St., La Jolla, 619-291-8246. sdems.org.

San Diego Women’s Chorus completes its 20th season with “Songs for a Winter’s Night,” Dec. 2 at 7. Mission Hills United Church of Christ, 4070 Jackdaw St., 619-291-3366; sdwc.org.

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