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Jersey Boys returns to San Diego with the story of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, presented by Broadway/San Diego thru Nov. 11: Tues. at 7:30, Wed. at 7, & Thur. at 1:30 (except Nov. 1) & 7:30, Fri. at 8, Sat. at 2 & 8, Sun. at 1 & 6 (Nov. 4 at 6:30; no evening show Nov. 11). Head straight to Vegas with The Rat Pack——Live at the Sands, Nov. 19-25: Mon. & Tues. at 7:30, Wed. at 7, Fri. at 7:30, Sat. at 2 & 7:30, Sun. at 1 & 6. Civic Theatre, Third Ave. & B St., down town, 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 Nov. 6–Dec. 16: Tues. & Wed. at 7:30, Thur. & Fri. at 8, Sat. at 2 & 8 (no matinee Nov. 10 & 17), Sun. at 2 & 7. UCSD campus, 2910 La Jolla Village Dr., La Jolla, 858-550-1010; lajollaplayhouse.org.
An Ideal Husband, Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy about a wife who learns her husband’s past is not as ideal as she believed, rollicks at Lamb’s Players Theatre thru Nov. 18: Tues.-Thur. at 7:30, Fri. at 8, Sat. at 4 & 8, Sun. at 2. Find the holiday spirit with Lamb’s Players Festival of Christmas, Nov. 30—Dec. 29: Tues. (except Dec. 25), Wed. & Thur. at 7:30 (select dates at 2 also), Fri. at 8 (select dates at 2 also), Sat. at 2 & 8, Sun. at 2 & 6, plus Dec. 24 at 2 & 6. 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619-437-0600; lambsplayers.org.
Transylvania, anyone? The gothic tale of Dracula plays at North Coast Repertory Theatre thru Nov. 18: Wed. at 7, Thur. & Fri. at 8, Sat. at 8 (select dates at 2 also), Sun. at 2 & 7. An evening with Richard Lederer, Oct. 29 at 7, features the word wizard’s wit. 987 Lomas Santa Fe Dr., Ste. D, Solana Beach, 858-481-1055; northcoastrep.org.
Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt’s touching Oscar and the Pink Lady, about the relationship between a hospital patient and a volunteer, occupies the Old Globe Theatre’s Cassius Carter Centre Stage thru Nov. 4. Starring Harvey Fierstein, the Broadway-bound musical A Catered Affair launches on the Globe’s main stage thru Nov. 4. Both shows Tues. & Wed. at 7, Thur. & Fri. at 8, Sat. at 2 & 8, Sun. at 2 & 7. The Grinch brings his uniquely lovable grumpiness to the 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.
San Diego native Rick Najera brings another play to the San Diego Repertory Theatre with his comedy Sweet 15 (Quinceañera), Nov. 17–Dec. 16: Wed. at 7, Thur. & Fri. at 8, Sat. at 8 (select dates at 2 also), Sun. at 2 (except Nov. 18) & 7, plus Nov. 20 at 7. The Reduced Shakespeare Company pre sents an affectionate and hilarious look at The Bible: The Complete Word of God (Abridged), with music, wordplay and audience participation, thru Nov. 11: Wed.-Sat. at 8, Sun. at 2 & 7. Lyceum Stage, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown, 619-544-1000; sandiegorep.com.
Thoroughly Modern Millie takes audiences back to the Roaring Twenties at the Welk Resort Theatre, thru Nov. 4. Movie-turned-Broadway production Irving Berlin’s White Christmas plays Nov. 8–Dec. 30. Both shows Tues., Thur. & Sat. at 1:45 & 8, Wed. & Sun. at 1:45. Nov. 8860 Lawrence Welk Dr., Escondido, 760-749-3448; welktheatre.com.
Mel Brooks’ comedic musical The Producers plays at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, Nov. 23 & 24 at 8. 340 N. Escondido Blvd., 800-988-4253; artcenter.org.
Side by Side by Sondheim showcases selections of Stephen Sondheim’s best early pieces, at Coronado Playhouse thru Nov. 25: Thur., Fri. & Sat. at 8, Sun. at 2. 1835 Strand Way, Coronado, 619-435-4856; coronadoplayhouse.com.
ET CETERAIn Memoriam
Old Town San Diego commemorates Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, Oct. 26–Nov. 4. Rooted in Central and South American culture, the holiday honors deceased family and friends. Intricately designed altars, handmade paper cutouts and wood, terra-cotta and pa pier-mâché Day of the Dead decorations adorn the courtyard of the Bazaar del Mundo Shops and Casa Guadalajara restaurant. Activities include free sugar-skull making and decorating workshops for kids. 4133 Taylor St., 619-296-3161; bazaardelmundo.com. —— JENNA JAY
The Turn of the Screw tells of a young governess who cares for two orphaned children haunted by their former governess and the sadistic valet, at Cygnet Theatre thru Nov. 11: Thur.-Sat. at 8, Sun. at 2 & 7. The macabre St. Nicholas recounts a twisted, vampiric tale of obsession, thru Nov. 10: Mon.-Wed. at 8, Sat. at 2. It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play returns Nov. 23 – 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.
At Diversionary Theatre, Steven Fales’ solo Mormon American Princess reigns Nov. 1 at 7:30, Nov. 2 & 3 at 8. Torch Song Trilogy offers a comical glimpse into the life of a drag queen, Nov. 15–Dec. 16: Thur. at 7, Fri. & Sat. at 7:30, Sun. at 2. 4545 Park Blvd., University Heights, 619-220-0097; diversionary.org.
Triple Espresso, San Diego’s longest-running show, pours its cups o’ caffeinated cheer thru Feb. 17 with the perky humor of Hugh, Buzz and Bobby. 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.
Lyric Opera San Diego undertakes Giacomo Puccini’s romantic The Swallow (La Rondine), Nov. 9-18: Thur.–Sat. at 7:30, Sun. at 2:30. Birch North Park Theatre, 2891 University Ave., 619-239-8836; lyricoperasandiego.org.
Moonlight Stage Productions starts its winter season with Lillian Groag’s The Magic Fire, Nov. 1-18: Thur. & Fri. at 7:30, Sat. at 2 & 7:30, Sun. at 2. Avo Playhouse, 303 Main St., Vista, 760-724-2110, moonlightstage.com.
The buzz at New Village Arts Theatre is about Humble Boy, a pivotal-moments play about death, life and beekeeping, thru Nov. 11: Thur. & Fri. at 8, Sat. at 3 & 8, Sun. at 2. 2787-B State Street, Carlsbad, 760-433-3245; newvillagearts.org.
Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt’s touching Oscar and the Pink Lady, about the relationship between a hospital patient and a volunteer, occupies the Old Globe Theatre’s Cassius Carter Centre Stage thru Nov. 4. Starring Harvey Fierstein, the Broadway-bound musical A Catered Affair launches on the Globe’s main stage, extended thru Nov. 11. Both shows Tues. & Wed. at 7, Thur. & Fri. at 8, Sat. at 2 & 8, Sun. at 2 & 7. The Grinch brings his unique grumpiness to the 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.
Patio Playhouse offers Motherload, three one-act plays by Peggy Dougherty, Oct. 25–Nov. 4. The Man Who Came to Dinner digs in Nov. 16–Dec. 16. Both shows: Fri. & Sat. at 7, Sun. at 2. 201 E. Grand Ave., Ste. 1D, Escondido, 760-746-6669; patioplayhouse.com.
At Sixth@Penn: Marianne McDonald’s translation of Medea, thru Nov. 11: Thur.-Sat. at 8, Sun. at 2. 3704 Sixth Ave., Hillcrest, 619-688-9210; sixthatpenn.com.
Sledgehammer Theatre’s “Seven Crimes: A Celebration of Murder, Mayhem and Mutilation” combines three classic plays focusing on crimes of passion, perfect for the horror-film fan, thru Nov. 4: Thur.-Sat. at 8, Sun. & Wed. at 7. Tenth Avenue Theatre, 930 10th Ave., downtown, 619-544-1484; sledgehammer.org.
At Anthology: Gregory Pogue, Nov. 3 at 8; Jesse Davis, Nov. 4 at 7:30; Anthology House Band, Nov. 8 at 7:30; Tierney Sutton Band, Nov. 9 & 10 at 7:30; Average White Band, Nov. 14 & 15 at 8; Little Charlie & the Nightcats, Nov. 16 at 7:30 & 10; James Cotton, Nov. 17 at 7:30 & 10; Brian Bromberg’s Down Right Upright with Randy Brecker, Gary Meck, Mitchell Foreman and Dave Wecki, Nov. 18 at 7 & 9. 1337 India St., Little Italy, 619-595-0300; anthologysd.com.
At the Belly Up Tavern: Polyphonic Spree and Rooney with The Redwalls, Nov. 1; J.J. Grey and Mofro with Marc Ford, Nov. 2; Atomic Punks, Nov. 3; Super Diamond, Nov. 9 & 10; Jake Shimabukuro with Joanie Mendenhall, Nov. 11 at 8; Lyrics Born, Nov. 15; New Monsoon and Deadline Friday, Nov. 16; Suzanne Vega, Nov. 17; Buck-O-Nine with Social Green, Nov. 21; The English Beat with Gadfly, Nov. 23; The English Beat with RiceRokit, Nov. 24; Josè Gonzàlez with Cass McCombs, Nov. 26; Boogie Nights-Metro, Nov. 30. Shows at 9 unless noted. 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach, 858-481-8140; bellyup.com.
At Canes Bar & Grill: Tainted Love (’80s tribute), Nov. 3 at 9; Kavena, Silence Betrayed and Mad Martigan, Nov. 7 at 8; The Hold Steady and Art Brut, Nov. 8 at 8; Junior Reid, Nov. 9 at 9; Little Brother and People Under the Stairs, Nov. 10 at 9; M.I.A., Nov. 11 at 8; Melvin Seals & the JGB, Nov. 15 at 8; 40 Ounces of Freedom, Stepping Feet and The Big Provider, Nov. 23 at 9; Guttermouth, Nov. 24 at 8. 3105 Ocean Front Walk, Mission Beach, 858-488-1780; canesbarandgrill.com.
Rockin’ the Casbah: Low Vs. Diamond and Something for Rockets, Nov. 1; Dengue Fever, The Soft.Lightes, War and Cinema and Red Pony Clock, Nov. 3; Enon, Love of Diagrams and The Deadly Finns, Nov. 4; Do Make Say Think and Apostle of Hustle, Nov. 5; The Lawrence Arms, American Steel, The Falcon and Sundowner, Nov. 6; Robbers on High Street, Great Northern and Jealous Girlfriends, Nov. 7; Celebration and Kill Me Tomorrow, Nov. 8; Heavy Trash and PowerSolo, Nov. 9; The Walkmen and The Subjects, Nov. 10; Octopus Project, Nov. 11; Big Sandy & His Flyrite Boys, Nov. 16; Transfer, Spell Toronto and Crash Encore, Nov. 17; Cash’d Out, Nov. 24; White Magic, Nov. 26; Don Caballero and From Monument to Masses, Nov. 29. Doors open at 8:30. 2501 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy, 619-232-4355; casbahmusic.com.
At Cox Arena: Maroon 5 with The Hives and Phantom Planet, Nov. 9 at 8; Alejandro Sanz, Nov. 21 at 8; Van Halen, Nov. 25 at 7:30. 5500 Canyon Crest Dr., SDSU campus, 619-594-7315; cox-arena.com.
At 4th and B: Joe Rogan, Nov. 2 at 8; Bill Bellamy, Nov. 3 at 7; Provoked with Henry Rollins, Nov. 8 at 7:30; The Swell Season, Nov. 11; D.L. Hughley, Nov. 18 at 7; Iron and Wine, Nov. 27 at 8; John Butler Trio with Brett Dennen, Nov. 30 at 7. 345 B St., downtown, 619-299-2583; 4thandb.com.
At House of Blues: Architecture in Helsinki, Nov. 2 at 9; Jonas Brothers, Nov. 3 at 11 a.m.; State Radio, Nov. 3 at 8:30; Hanson, Nov. 3 at 9; Ween, Nov. 5 at 9; Suffocation, Immolation and Skinless, Nov. 6; Gin Blossoms, Nov. 7; She Wants Revenge, Kenna and The Start, Nov. 8; Stars, Nov. 9; B-Side Players, Salvador Santana Band and Cipes & The People, Nov. 10; Dave Mason with John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, Nov. 11; Bayside, The Sleeping, June, A Day to Remember and Driver Side Impact, Nov. 13 at 7; Misfits, Agent Orange and D.I., Nov. 15; Puddle of Mudd with Deepfield, Nov. 18 at 7:30; Amon Armath, Nov. 19 at 7; Down, Nov. 20 at 9; Newfound Glory, Senses Fail and A Cursive Memory, Nov. 23 & 24 at 7; Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Nov. 25; Travis with Maximo Park, Nov. 26. Shows at 8 unless noted. 1055 Fifth Ave., downtown, 619-299-BLUE; hob.com.
The Al McKay Allstars’ 13-piece band celebrates the music of Earth Wind & Fire, Nov. 17 at 8 in the Poway Center for the Performing Arts. 15498 Espola Rd., Poway, 858-748-0505; powayarts.org.
At Soma: Minus the Bear, Helio Sequence and Grand Archive, Nov. 2 at 7; Chiodos, Emery, Scary Kids Scaring Kids, The Devil Wears Prada and Underminded, Nov. 3 at 6:30; Circa Survive with Ours, The Dear Hunter and Fear Before the March of Flames, Nov. 4 at 6:30; Coheed & Cambria, Clutch and The Fall of Troy, Nov. 10 at 7; Paramour, The Starting Line and Almost, Nov. 11 at 6:15; Say Anything and Hello Good-Bye with Polysics, Nov. 17 at 7; Big D & the Kids Table, Whole Wheat Bread and Akas, Nov. 18 at 6; Drop Dead Gorgeous, The Number 12 Looks Like You and Idiot Pilot, Nov. 29 at 7; As I Lay Dying, All That Remains, Haste the Day and Through the Eyes of the Dead, Nov. 30 at 6:30. 3350 Sports Arena Blvd., 619-226-7662; somasd.com.
At the Sports Arena: Sugarland, Change, Little Big Town and Jake Owen, Nov. 2 at 8; Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus, Nov. 8 at 7. 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., Loma Portal, 619-220-TIXS; ticketmaster.com.
UCSD’s ArtPower! hosts the Paris Piano Trio, Nov. 10 at 8, and the Quartetto di Venezia, Nov. 17 at 8 in the Neurosciences Institute (10640 John Jay Hopkins Dr., Torrey Pines Mesa). 858-534-TIXS; artpower.ucsd.edu.
The Athenaeum presents the Joe Loyano Quartet, Nov. 6 at 8; the Guarneri String Quartet, Nov. 13 at 7:30; and the trio of Peter Erskine, Alan Pasqua and Dave Carpenter, Nov. 20 at 8. Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St., La Jolla, 858-454-5872; ljathenaeum.org.
The Fallbrook Music Society presents the Redlands Symphony Orchestra, playing works by Peter Maxwell Davies, Creston and Mozart, Nov. 11 at 3 at Bob Burton Center for the Performing Arts, 2400 S. Stage Coach Lane, Fallbrook, 760-451-8644; fallbrookmusicsociety.org.
Jacobs’ Masterworks performances by the San Diego Symphony: Mahler’s Symphony No. 3, Nov. 3 & 4 at 8; Schubert’s Symphony No. 8, Nov. 16 & 17 at 8, Nov. 18 at 2. Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St., downtown, 619-235-0804; sandiegosymphony.com.
La Jolla Music Society presents the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, led by pianist Wu Han, Nov. 10 at 8 at Sherwood Auditorium (700 Prospect St., La Jolla); the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Nov. 12 at 8 at Copley Symphony Hall (750 B St., downtown); and the Quartet San Francisco, Nov. 16 at 7:30 at Schulman Auditorium, Carlsbad City Library (1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad). 858-459-3728; lajollamusicsociety.org.
La Jolla Symphony opens its season with the American premiere of Philip Glass’ Cello Concerto, John Luther Adams’ The Light that Fills the World and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4, Nov. 3 at 3, Nov. 4 at 8. Mandeville Auditorium, 9500 Gilman Dr., UCSD campus, La Jolla, 858-822-3774; lajollasymphony.com.
San Diego Chamber Orchestra presents “Baroque Pearls,” Nov. 9 at 7:30 in St. Paul’s Cathedral (2728 Sixth Avenue, downtown), Nov. 12 at 7:30 in Sherwood Auditorium (700 Prospect St., La Jolla), Nov. 23 at Del Mar Country Club (6001 Clubhouse Dr., Rancho Santa Fe). 858-350-0290; sdco.org.
Acoustic Music San Diego presents Terri Hendrix with Lloyd Maines, Nov. 2 at 7:30; Ellis Paul, Nov. 4 at 7:30; Erin McKeown with Matt the Electrician, Nov. 17 at 7:30; Eliza Gilkyson, Nov. 18 at 7:30. 4650 Mansfield St., Normal Heights, 619-303-8176; acousticmusicsandiego.com.
Hosted by UCSD’s ArtPower!, “Ecstasy of the Whirling Dervishes” is a mix of poetry and music, Nov. 16 at 8. Mandeville Auditorium, 9500 Gilman Dr., UCSD campus, La Jolla, 858-534-TIXS; artpower.ucsd.edu.
The Athenaeum Mini-Concerts series offers free performances at noon in the Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown (Nov. 12, Tommy Gannon Trio; Nov. 26, Connie Shue) and in the Athenaeum’s Joan & Irwin Jacobs Music Room, 1008 Wall St., La Jolla (Nov. 5, vocal duet Serenati; Nov. 19, pianist Hyue-eun Ham). 858-454-5872; ljathenaeum.org.
Bernardo Winery offers live music every Sun., 2-5, thru Dec. 30. 13330 Paseo del Verano Norte, Poway, 858-487-1866; bernardowinery.com.
Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals take over the Civic Theatre, Nov. 18 at 8. Third Ave. & B St., down town, 619-570-1100; broadwaysd.com.
California Center for the Arts, Escondido presents crooner Julio Iglesias, Nov. 2 at 8; Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, Nov. 3 at 8; Cherryholmes, a Nashville-based bluegrass band, Nov. 11 at 7; Peter, Paul & Mary, Nov. 16 at 8; Clint Black, Nov. 17 at 8; Queen Latifah, Nov. 19 at 8. 340 N. Escondido Blvd., 800-988-4253; artcenter.org.
KSDS Jazz 88.3 presents Benny Golson as part of its Jazz Live concert series, Nov. 13 at 8. City College’s Saville Theatre, 1313 Park Blvd., 619-388-3037; jazz88online.org.
San Diego Folk Heritage presents Judy Taylor, Nov. 3 at 7; and A Celebration of the Latin Harp, Nov. 17 at 7:30. Shows are in San Dieguito United Methodist Church, 170 Calle Magdalena, Encinitas, 858-566-4040; sdfolkheritage.org.
Music at the San Diego Museum of Art: Roberta Piket Trio, Nov. 7 at 5:30. Copley Auditorium, 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619-232-7931; sdmart.org.
The Spreckels Organ Society hosts free concerts every Sun. at 2, showcasing a variety of organists. Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park, 619-702-8138; sosorgan.com.
Sushi Perfomance and Visual Art hosts a concert and costume party, The Tiger Lillies’ Misery Guts Tour, Nov. 2 at 8. San Diego Women’s Club, 2557 Third Ave., Bankers Hill, 619-235-8466; sushiart.org.