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Aeschylus’ Seven Against Thebes gets an urban update in The Seven, employing music from Will Power, at La Jolla Playhouse Feb. 12–Mar. 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.

Lambs Players Theatre says Hello, Dolly! Feb. 1–Mar. 16: Tues., Wed. & Thur. at 7:30, Fri at 8, Sat. at 4 & 8, Sun at 2. 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619-437-0600; lambsplayers.org.

At North Coast Repertory Theatre, String of Pearls boasts four actresses playing 27 characters, thru Feb. 10: Thur.-Sat. at 8 (Jan. 29 at 2 also), Sun. at 2 & 7. A Shayna Maidel, a Holocaust story, unfolds Feb. 20–Mar. 23: Wed.-Sat. at 8, Sun. at 2 & 7. 987 Lomas Santa Fe Dr., Ste. D, Solana Beach, 858-481-1055; northcoastrep.org.

In This Corner, a boxing tale, hits the Old Globe Theatre’s Cassius Carter stage, while Howard Korder’s Sea of Tranquility fills the main stage, both thru Feb. 10. At the Carter, Richard Greenberg’s The American Plan examines the double standards of the 1960s, Feb. 23–Mar. 30. Shows run Tues. & Wed. at 7, Thur. & Fri. at 8, Sat. at 2 & 8, Sun. at 2 & 7. 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619-234-5623; theoldglobe.org.

Pulitzer Prize finalist The Clean House sweeps up the laughs for the San Diego Repertory Theatre Feb. 23–Mar. 23: Tues. & Wed. at 7, Thur.-Sat. at 8 (Mar. 8 at 2 also), Sun. at 2 & 7. The 15th annual Kuumba Fest is at the Rep Feb. 1-3. Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown, 619-544-1000; sandiegorep.com.

Oklahoma! celebrates the OK State at the Welk Resort Theatre Jan. 24–Apr. 6: 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 The Great American Trailer Park Musical Feb. 3 at 2 & 8. Gypsy plays Feb. 16 at 2 & 8. 340 N. Escondido Blvd., 800-988-4253; artcenter.org.

Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo is at the Del Mar Fairgrounds thru Feb. 17 at 8 daily (added show at 4 Jan. 25, 26 & 31, Feb. 1 & 2; every Sun. at 1 & 5). 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, 800-678-5440; cirquedusoleil.com.

Sweet Charity is staged by Coronado Playhouse thru Feb. 17: Thur.-Sat. at 8, Sun. at 2. 1835 Strand Way, 619-435-4856; coronadoplayhouse.com.


The Science of “Stuff”
Opening Feb. 9 at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park, “Strange Matter” introduces visitors to the world of materials science——the study of “stuff.” Materials scientists investigate the structure of materials——both the exotic and the everyday——to discover what gives them their remarkable properties. The field also examines how things can be improved or changed to create entirely new materials. From the space-age composites used in jet fighters and golf clubs to “memory metals” used in shock absorbers and bendable eyeglasses to sticky Post-it notes and non-sticky Teflon, materials scientists create the “stuff” used in everyday life. Visitors to “Strange Matter” can also participate in hands-on experiments at the nearby Exploration Bar, a new science demonstration station. 1875 El Prado, 619-238-1233; rhfleet.org.

Cygnet Theatre offers a glimpse of Troy Maxson’s family life in August Wilson’s Fences, Jan. 26–Feb. 24: Thur.-Sat. at 8, Sun. at 2 & 7. 6663 El Cajon Blvd., Ste. N, 619-337-1525; cygnettheatre.com.

The Pillowman, a chilling comedy, is at Ion thru Feb. 16. Ion Theatre at the Academy of Performing Arts, 4580-B Alvarado Canyon Rd., 619-374-6894; iontheatre.com.

Triple Espresso pours its final 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.

Lynx Performance Theatre undertakes Sam Shepard’s Buried Child, Jan. 25–Mar. 2; Fri.-Sun. at 8, plus Feb. 12, 19 & 26 at 9. 2653 Ariane Dr., 619-8839-3190; lynxperformance.com.

Thomas Gibbons’ Permanent Collection takes up temporary residence with Mo‘olelo Performing Arts Company, Feb. 21–Mar. 16: Wed.-Sat. at 7:30. 10th Avenue Theatre, 930 10th Ave., 619-342-7395; moolelo.net.

Moonlight Stage Productions presents Route 66 at the Avo Playhouse Jan. 31–Feb. 24: Thur. & Fri. at 7:30, Sat. at 2 & 7:30, Sun. at 2. 303 Main St., Vista, 760-724-2110; moonlightstage.com.

New Village Arts debuts This Is Our Youth, exploring the coming of age of counterculture children, thru Feb. 17: Thur. & Fri. at 8, Sat. at 3 & 8, Sun. at 2. 2787-B State St., Carlsbad, 760-433-3245; newvillagearts.org.

San Diego Musical Theatre presents the classic Guys & Dolls, Jan. 25–Feb. 3: Thur.-Sat. at 8, Sun. at 2. 4652 Mercury St., 858-560-5740; sdmt.org.

An all-female cast performs multiple roles in Anton in Show Business at Sixth@Penn, thru Mar. 2: Thur.-Sat. at 8, Sun. at 2. Tony and Cleo looks at the Antony and Cleopatra love story, Feb. 3-27: Mon.-Wed. at 7:30, Sun. at 7. 3704 Sixth Ave., Hillcrest, 619-688-9210; sixthatpenn.com.



At Anthology: Poncho Sanchez, Feb. 1 & 2 at 7:30 & 9:30; Raul Malo, Feb. 3 & 4 at 7:30; Tab Benoit, Feb. 8 at 7:30 & 9:30; Benny Hollman Big Band Explosion, Feb. 8 at 7:30 & 9:30; Novamenco, Feb. 10 at 7:30; Royal Crown Revue, Feb. 15 at 7:30 & 9:30; Charles McPherson and Tom Harrell, Feb. 16 at 7:30 & 9:30; Johnny Polanco, Feb. 17 at 7:30; Stellita’s Groove, Feb. 19 at 7:30; George Harrison’s birthday celebration with Rockola, Feb. 22 at 7:30 & 9:30; Pat Metheny Trio, Feb. 26 & 27 at 7:30 & 9:30; 1337 India St., Little Italy, 619-595-0300; anthologysd.com.

At the Belly Up Tavern: B-Side Players, Feb. 1; Los Lobos, Feb. 2; O2 for Life: Rumba in the Rain Forest, Feb. 5 at 6; Super Furry Animals, Feb. 6; Bedouin Soundclash with Westbound Train and Beat Union, Feb. 7; Marc Ford and Deadline, Feb. 8; The Groundation Bob Marley Tribute Show, Feb. 9; Rhett Miller with Jennifer O’Connor, Feb. 10 at 8; ALO, Feb. 13; George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Feb. 14; Sia, Feb. 15; Maceo Parker, Feb. 16; Call of the West with Cindy Lee Berryhill, Feb. 19 at 8; The Blasters and the Hacienda Brothers, Feb. 22; NCCS Food Bank benefit concert with Earl Thomas, Amber Ojeda and Justus Ewing, Feb. 24 at 8; Jay Farrar, Feb. 25; Adrian Belew, Feb. 26 at 8; Boogie Nights: ’80s Fever with Metro, Feb. 29. Shows at 9 unless noted. 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach, 858-481-8140; bellyup.com.

At 4th and B: The Brazil Carnival, Feb. 2 at 9; Robin Trower, Feb. 5 at 8; Siouxsie & the Banshees, Feb. 21st 8. 345 B St., downtown, 619-299-2583; 4thandb.com.

At House of Blues: Wyclef Jean with Lyfe Jennings, Feb. 4 at 8; Pinback with M.C. Chris, Feb. 5 & 6 at 8; Los Amigos Invisibles with Si*Se, Feb. 8 at 9; Umphrey’s McGee with Dub Trio, Feb. 12 at 7:30; Editors with Louis XIV and Hot Hot Heat, Feb. 13 at 8; Horror-Pops with The Pink Spiders and Rocket, Feb. 15 at 7:30; Styx, Feb. 16 at 9; Sonata Artica with Sanctity, Feb. 19 at 8; Third Day with The Myriad, Feb. 20 at 7:30; Queensryche with Don Dokken, Feb. 21at 9; Badfish, Feb. 23 at 9; Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Feb. 24 at 8; Marilyn Manson, Feb. 25 at 8; The Sub City Take Action Tour, Feb. 29 at 7. 1055 Fifth Ave., downtown, 619-299-BLUE; hob.com.

At Viejas’ DreamCatcher: Colbie Caillat, Feb. 8 at 8:30; The Wallflowers, Feb.9 at 8; Fabolous, Jagged Edge and The Dream, Feb. 15 at 7:30. 5000 Willows Rd., Alpine, 619-220-TIXS; ticketmaster.com.


The Athenaeum presents The Amadeus Trio, Feb. 10 at 7:30. 1008 Wall St., La Jolla, 858-454-5872; ljathenaeum.org.

California Center for the Arts, Escondido presents The Ten Tenors, Feb. 10 at 7. 340 N. Escondido Blvd., 800-988-4253; artcenter.org.

The Fallbrook Music Society presents the Redlands Symphony Orchestra Feb. 3 at 3. 2400 S. Stage Coach Lane, Fallbrook, 760-451-8644; fallbrookmusicsociety.org.

Performances by the San Diego Symphony: “Symphony Exposed” Concert, Feb. 7 at 7:30. Stravinsky’s The Firebird Suite, Feb. 8 & 9 at 8, Feb. 10 at 2. Winter Pops returns with Silent Film Night, featuring Robin Hood, Feb. 15 & 16 at 8. Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky, Feb. 29 at 8. Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St., 619-235-0804; sandiegosymphony.com.

La Jolla Music Society presents the Belcea Quartet, Feb. 2 at 8, and Emanuel Ax, Feb. 22 at 8, both in Sherwood Auditorium (700 Prospect St., La Jolla). Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Feb. 24 at 8 in Copley Symphony Hall (750 B St.). 858-459-3728; lajollamusicsociety.org.

Jung-Ho Pak conducts the San Diego Chamber Orchestra in “A Russian Romance,” Feb. 11 in Sherwood Auditorium (700 Prospect St., La Jolla), Feb. 12 in Del Mar Country Club (6001 Clubhouse Dr., Rancho Santa Fe) & Feb. 15 in St. Paul’s Cathedral (2728 Sixth Ave., downtown). All concerts at 7:30. 858-350-0290; sdco.org.

San Diego Early Music Society presents “Music with a Mission: Spanish Baroque Music of the Missions & Cathedrals,” Feb. 9 at 8. St. James By-the-Sea, 743 Prospect St., La Jolla, 619-291-8246; sdems.org.

San Diego Opera explores the world of Wagner’s Tannhäuser, Jan. 26 & 29 & Feb. 1 at 7, Feb. 3 at 3, then ventures to visit Mary, Queen of Scots, Feb. 16-24: Sat. & Tues. at 7, Fri. at 8, Sun. at 2. Civic Theatre, Third Ave. & B St., downtown, 619-533-7000; sdopera.com.

UCSD’s ArtPower presents Spain’s up-and-coming string quartet Cuarteto Casals, Feb. 22 at 8. Mandeville Auditorium, 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla, 858-534-TIXS; artpower.ucsd.edu.


Buzz Kill
Good to the last drop? Triple Espresso, that “highly caffeinated comedy,” is grinding to a halt. The musical story of three dorks re-creating their failed shot at fame, which has occupied the Horton Grand Theatre for a record 10-plus years, closes on Feb. 17. Executive producer Dennis Babcock says, “We planned to close this past July, thinking ‘10 years——it’s been great.’ ” But demand perked up, so they extended. “But we really have to close now,” Babcock says. “No more extensions, no more last chances.” As this is written, no word on what will replace Triple Espresso at the Horton Grand. 444 Fourth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter, 619-234-9583; tripleespresso.com.


Balboa Theatre hosts Drum!, a revue performing music of Nova Scotia, Jan. 26 at 8; Canadian Brass, Jan. 27 at 3; Assad Brothers Brazilian Guitar Festival, Feb. 11 at 7:30. 868 Fourth Ave., downtown, 619-570–1100; sdcivic.org.

Al Stewart appears at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido Feb. 2 at 8. First Person——Stories from the Edge of the World blends music and images, Feb. 29 at 8. 340 N. Escondido Blvd., 800-988-4253; artcenter.org.

Jazz singer Jill Scott performs at Copley Symphony Hall, Feb. 13 at 8. 750 B St., downtown, 619-235-0804.

The Poway Center for the Performing Arts presents Canadian musical family Leahy Feb. 7 at 8. The San Diego Symphony performs Feb. 23 at 8. 15498 Espola Rd., Poway, 858-748-0505; powayarts.org.

UCSD’s ArtPower series presents the DBR and DJ Scientific, Feb. 21 at 8 & 10; Armenian Shoghaken Folk Ensemble, Feb. 28 at 8. Mandeville Auditorium, UCSD campus, 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla, 858-534-TIXS; artpower.ucsd.edu.


Balboa Theatre welcomes the St. Petersburg Ballet, performing Romeo and Juliet, Feb. 12 at 7:30. Bellydance Superstars shimmy and shake Feb. 24 at 3. 868 Fourth Ave., downtown, 619-570–1100; sdcivic.org.

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo tromps into the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, Feb. 9 at 8. Moiseyev Dance Company, Feb. 17 at 7. 340 N. Escondido Blvd., 800-988-4253; artcenter.org.

The International Dance Festival showcases dances from around the world, Feb. 10, noon-5. Balboa Park Club, Balboa Park, 619-286-1588; idasdc.org.

La Jolla Music Society presents Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Feb. 29 at 8, at Birch North Park Theatre (2891 University Ave.). 858-459-3728; lajollamusicsociety.org.

UCSD’s ArtPower presents Canada’s Rubberbandance Group, Feb. 7 at 8. Mandeville Auditorium, 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla, 858-534-TIXS; artpower.ucsd.edu.

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