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At Lamb’s Players Theatre: Four strangers rent a villa in Italy to escape their lives and the English weather in Enchanted April, thru May 13. The tale of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat unfolds May 25–July 8. Both shows Tues.-Thur. at 7:30, Fri. at 8, Sat. at 4 & 8, Sun. at 2. 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619-437-0600; lambsplayers.org.
Wit plays at North Coast Repertory Theatre thru May 13. Baby, a musical about three couples who all wish for a baby, bounces on stage May 26–June 24. Both shows Thur.-Sat. at 8, Sun. at 2 & 7987 Lomas Santa Fe Dr., Ste. D, Solana Beach, 858-481-1055; northcoastrep.org.
At the Old Globe Theatre, Annie Weisman’s Hold Please runs thru May 6 on the Cassius Carter Centre Stage, then Richard Seer directs Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, May 19–June 24. On the main stage, Seret Scott directs August Wilson’s Two Trains Running, thru May 27. All shows 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.
Smokey Joe’s Café takes Welk Resort Theatre audiences through a revue of Jerry Leiber–Mike Stoller tunes, thru May 20. I Left My Heart: A Salute to the Music of Tony Bennett plays May 24–July 8. Both shows 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 Rent, May 2-4 at 8. Four Bitchin’ Babes, May 12 at 8, May 13 at 3. 340 N. Escondido Blvd., 800-988-4253; artcenter.org.
At Cygnet Theatre: Desire Under the Elms plays Apr. 28–June 3: Thur.-Sat. at 8, Sun. at 2 & 7. August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson, May 7 & 8 at 7:30. 6663 El Cajon Blvd., Ste. N, 619-337-1525; cygnettheatre.com.
Esther Emery directs Tom Jacobson’s Bunbury, at Diversionary Theatre May 18–June 10: Thur. at 7:30, Fri. & Sat. at 8, Sun. at 2 & 7, June 4 at 7:30. 4545 Park Blvd., University Heights, 619-220-0097; diversionary.org.
Paula Vogel’s How I Learned To Drive, a comedy/tragedy about a Lolita-like relationship, is presented by Lynx Performance Theatre thru May 6: Tues. & Fri. at 9, Sat. at 8, Sun. at 8. Lynx Performance Theatre Space, 2653-R Ariane Dr., 619-889-3190; lynxperformance.com.
At Sixth@Penn: Aeschylus’ Oresteia, condensed to one play and translated by Marianne McDonald and J. Michael Walton, runs thru May 6. 3704 Sixth Ave., Hillcrest, 619-688-9210; sixthatpenn.com.
Menopause: The Musical, a hilarious celebration of women and “the change” presented by TOC Productions, kicks up its heels thru Aug. 26: Wed. at 2, Thur. at 2 & 7:30, Fri. at 7:30, Sat. at 3 & 7:30, Sun. at 3. Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown, 619-544-1000; sandiegorep.com.
One City, Many Faces
Visit exotic Istanbul through the eyes of photographer Alex Webb when his chromogenic prints are displayed May 4 through June 9 at the Joseph Bellows Gallery. “Istanbul: City of 100 Names” captures Turkey’s vibrant hues and the startling clash between ancient history and modern society. Divided by the Bosporus, or Istanbul Strait, the city is the only metropolis in the world that spreads across Asia and Europe. Old and new worlds merge in images of foggy Taksim Square, pigeon markets and distant mosques marked by modern buses, red Coca-Cola signs and children playing with toy guns. Webb, whose work has been featured in The New York Times Magazine and National Geographic, became enthralled with the cultural complexities of Istanbul when he began visiting in the late 1990s. 7661 Girard Ave., La Jolla, 858-456-5620; josephbellows.com.
At the Belly Up Tavern: Jackie Greene, May 2 at 8; Minus the Bear with The Honorary Title and Chin Up Chin Up, May 6 at 8; The Cat Empire, May 7 at 8; Asleep at the Wheel with The Working Cowboy Band, May 9 at 8; Don Carlos with The Devastators and DJ Dub Traffic Control, May 10; RJD2 with Pigeon John and Happy Chicester, May 13; The Be Good Tanyas with Sean Hayes, May 18; The Undisputed Truth Tour with Brother Ali, Psalm One and BK One, May 22; Common Sense, May 25. Shows at 9 unless noted. 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach, 858-481-8140; bellyup.com.
At Cox Arena: Tool, May 2 & 3 at 7:30; Modest Mouse, May 14 at 7. 5500 Canyon Crest Dr., SDSU campus, 619-594-7315; cox-arena.com.
At 4th and B: Capitol Steps, May 1 at 8; NAS, May 2 at 8; Queensryche, May 26 at 7. 345 B St., downtown, 619-231-4343; 4thandb.com.
At House of Blues: Sloan with The 88, May 2 at 8; Cypress Hill, May 3 at 9; Yonder Mountain String Band, May 4 at 9; Black Rebel Motorcycle Club with The Fratellis, May 6 at 8:30; Aqualung with Sara Bareilles, May 7 at 8:30; Rock Steady, May 26 at 8; Badfish (tribute to Sublime) with Scotty Don’t, May 26 at 9. 1055 Fifth Ave., downtown, 619-299-BLUE; hob.com.
At the iPayOne Center at the Sports Arena: Chayanne, May 26 at 7:30. 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., 619-220-TIXS; ticketmaster.com.
Viejas Entertainment presents Richard Marx, May 4; Jason Michael Carroll, May 7 at 7:30; Harry Connick Jr., May 7; Wolfmother, May 8; Joss Stone, May 12. Doors open at 7; shows begin at 8. 5005 Willows Rd., Alpine, 619-445-5400 or 619-220-8497; viejasentertainment.com.
La Jolla Music Society presents Virtual Strangers, Fri. May 18 at 7:30 at Shulman Auditorium (Carlsbad City Library, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad). Philadelphia Orchestra, May 24 at 8, Copley Symphony Hall (750 B St., downtown San Diego), 858-459-3728; lajollamusicsociety.org.
La Jolla Symphony & Chorus presents Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, May 5 at 8 & May 6 at 3. Mandeville Auditorium at UCSD, 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla, 858-534-4637; lajollasymphony.com.
The San Diego Early Music Society presents pianist Mary Barranger, May 6 at 2. Hibben Gallery in the San Diego Museum of Art, Balboa Park, 619-291-8246; sdems.org.
San Diego Opera presents Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, May 5, 8 & 16 at 7, May 11 at 8, May 13 at 2. Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown, 619-533-7000; sdopera.com.
San Diego Symphony concerts: Brahms’ Symphony No. 2, Apr. 27 at 8, Apr. 29 at 2; A Bach Family Album, May 3 at 7:30; Berlioz’ Requiem, May 18 & 19 at 8, May 20 at 2; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, May 25 & 26 at 8, May 27 at 2 (also May 24 at 8 in the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., 800-888-4253; artcenter.org). Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St., downtown, 619-235-0804; sandiegosymphony.com.
Acoustic Music San Diego presents Ronny Cox, May 3; Don Edwards, May 4; Vienna Teng, May 6; Fairport Convention, May 11; Jesse Winchester, May 17; Rory Block and Kelly Joe Phelps, May 18; Tish Hinojosa, May 25. Shows begin at 7:30. 4650 Mansfield St., Normal Heights, 619-303-8176; acousticmusicsandiego.com.
At the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library: pianist Rossina Grieco, May 4 at 7:30; cello player Hai-Ye Ni and pianist Lin Hong, May 25 at 7:30. Lunchtime mini-concert: Rob Thorsen & Friends, May 7 at noon. Free lunchtime mini-concert at the Lyceum Theatre (79 Horton Plaza, downtown): Mayor’s Concert, May 14 at noon. Jazz at The Neurosciences Institute (10640 John Jay Hopkins Dr., Torrey Pines Mesa): Brad Mehldau, May 2 at 8. Jazz at the Studio (Athenaeum School of the Arts Studio, 4441 Park Blvd., University Heights): Anthony Wilson/Chico Pinheiro Quartet, May 20 at 8. Unless noted, shows are at 1008 Wall St., La Jolla, 858-454-5872; ljathenaeum.org.
At the California Center for the Arts, Escondido: Hiroshima, May 18 at 8. 340 N. Escondido Blvd., 800-988-4253; artcenter.org.
Lyric Opera San Diego presents Grammy-nominated songwriter and record producer Allen Toussaint with A.J. Croce, May 15 at 8. Stephen & Mary Birch North Park Theatre, 2891 University Ave., North Park, 619-231-5714; lyricoperasandiego.org.
In San Diego Folk Heritage’s Musical Odyssey Concert Series: Albert & Gage, Apr. 28 at 7:30; Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum, May 5 at 7:30; John Taylor & Hamewith, May 12 at 7. San Dieguito United Methodist Church, 170 Calle Magdalena, Encinitas. 858-566-4040; sdfolkheritage.org.
Music at the San Diego Museum of Art: May 2 at 5:30, Jazz in the Park with the Houston Person Quartet. May 8 at 7, How To Listen to Jazz explores “The Role of Drums in the Jazz Trio” with drummer Joe LaBarbera, pianist Mike Wofford and bass player Tom Warrington. Copley Auditorium, 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619-232-7931; sdmart.org.