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Jersey Boys returns to San Diego with the story of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, Oct. 19–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). Civic Theatre, Third Ave. & B St., downtown, 619-570-1100; broadwaysd.com.
In The Adding Machine, a number-cruncher learns he will be replaced by a machine. At La Jolla Playhouse thru Oct. 7: Tues. & Wed. at 7:30, Thur. & Fri. at 8, Sat. at 8, 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 Oct. 5– Nov. 18: Tues.-Thur. at 7:30, Fri. at 8, Sat. at 4 & 8, Sun. at 2. 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619-437-0600; lambsplayers.org.
The classic country songs fly in Honky Tonk Angels, the story of three women who follow their dreams to Nashville, at North Coast Repertory Theatre thru Oct. 7. Transylvania, anyone? The gothic tale of Dracula plays Oct. 20–Nov. 18. Shows are Wed. at 7, Thur.-Fri. at 8, Sat. at 8 (select dates at 2 also), Sun. at 2 & 7. 7987 Lomas Santa Fe Dr., Ste. D, Solana Beach, 858-481-1055; northcoastrep.org.
Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt’s 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 Oct. 28. Shows are Tues. & Wed. at 7, Thur. & Fri. at 8, Sat. at 2 & 8, Sun. at 2 & 7. Davies: Tues.-Sun. at 8. 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619-234-5623; theoldglobe.org.
The San Diego Repertory Theatre struts out its new season with Ain’t Misbehavin’——The Fats Waller Musical Show, thru Oct. 15. The Reduced Shakespeare Company presents an affectionate and hilarious look at The Bible: The Complete Word of God (Abridged), with music, wordplay and audience participation, Oct. 17–Nov. 11. Shows are Wed.-Sat. at 8, Sun. at 2 & 7. Lyceum Theatre, 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: Tues., Thur. & Sat. at 1:45 & 8, Wed. & Sun. at 1:45. 8860 Lawrence Welk Dr., Escondido, 760-749-3448; welktheatre.com.
California Center for the Arts, Escondido’s season continues with Dirty White Tuxedo Pants and a Brown Plastic Bag, a witty and provocative look at the life of a homeless veteran living on the streets of L.A., Sept. 28 & 29 at 8. Teatro Lirica de Europa performs La Traviata, a tale of forbidden love set in Paris, Oct. 21 at 4. N*W*C* tells the powerful real-life stories of three young men from different ethnic backgrounds, Oct. 26 & 27 at 8. 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, 800-988-4253; artcenter.org.
Side by Side by Sondheim showcases some of Stephen Sondheim’s best early pieces, at Coronado Playhouse Oct. 19–Nov. 25: Thur., Fri. & Sat. at 8, Sun. at 2. 1835 Strand Way, Coronado, 619-435-4856; coronadoplayhouse.com.
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 Oct. 13–Nov. 11: Thur.-Sat. at 8, Sun. at 2 & 7. The macabre St. Nicholas recounts a twisted, vampiric tale of obsession, Oct. 15–Nov. 10: Mon.-Wed. at 8, Sat. at 2. 6663 El Cajon Blvd., Ste. N, 619-337-1525; cygnettheatre.com.
The Busy World Is Hushed offers a complex look at why religion, faith and the human heart can’t always be reconciled, at Diversionary Theatre Oct. 4-28: Thur. at 7:30, Fri. & Sat. at 8, Sun. at 2 & 7. 4545 Park Blvd., University Heights, 619-220-0097; diversionary.org.
Triple Espresso, San Diego’s all-time longest-running show, pours its last cups o’ caffeinated cheer thru Oct. 14 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.
J*Company Youth Theatre kicks off its 15th season with Susan Egan in Concert: The Belle of Broadway, featuring songs from classic composers as well as New York’s new generation of composers, Sept. 29 at 7:30. Disney Channel’s smash hit High School Musical comes to life on stage Oct. 18-28: Thur. at 7, Fri. at 10 a.m., Sat. at 8, Sun. at 1 & 4:30. David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre, 4126 Executive Dr., La Jolla, 858-362-1348; lfjcc.org.
Lyric Opera San Diego begins its season with Man of La Mancha, Sept. 28-30 & Oct. 4-7: Fri. & Sat. at 7:30, Sun. at 2:30. Birch North Park Theatre, 2891 University Ave., 619-239-8836; lyricoperasandiego.org.
Mystery Café’s interactive production When There’s a Will ... There’s a Wake takes place during dinner, Fri. & Sat. at 8 at the Imperial House Restaurant (505 Kalmia St., downtown). 619-544-1600; mysterycafe.net.
The buzz at New Village Arts Theatre is about Humble Boy, a pivotal-moments play about death, life and beekeeping, Oct. 6–Nov. 11: Thur.-Sat. at 8, Sun. at 2 & 7. 2787-B State Street, Carlsbad, 760-433-3245; newvillagearts.org.
Patio Playhouse presents Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite, a comedy focusing on the lives of three different occupants of Suite 719 at New York’s famous Plaza Hotel, thru Oct. 21: Fri. & Sat. at 7, Sun. at 2. 201 E. Grand Ave., Escondido, 760-746-6669; patioplayhouse.com.
Katie Couric’s children’s book, The Brand New Kid, comes to life Oct. 27 at 7. Poway Center for the Performing Arts, 15498 Espola Rd., Poway, 858-748-0505; powayarts.org.
Sledgehammer Theatre’s Halloween spectacular, “Seven Crimes: A Celebration of Murder, Mayhem and Mutilation,” combines three classic plays focusing on crimes of passion, perfect for the horror-film fan, Sept. 30–Nov. 4: Thur.-Sat. at 8, Sun. & Wed. at 7. Tenth Ave. Theatre, 930 10th Ave., downtown, 619-544-1484; sledgehammer.org.
Mozart’s Last Year provides a new look at the most famous tragedy in music history, at Vantage Theatre Oct. 5-28: Fri. & Sat. at 8, Sun. at 2 & 8. 2004 Park Blvd., 619-235-6135; home.san.rr.com/vantagetheatre.
At Anthology: Michelle Shocked, Oct. 3 at 7; Spyro Gyra, Oct. 4, 5 & 6 at 7:30; Bugs Henderson, Oct. 10 at 8; Metta Quintet, Oct. 12 at 8; Brian Auger, Oct. 13 at 8 & 10; Ira B. Liss Big Band Jazz Machine, Oct. 14 at 7; Red Holloway, Oct. 16 & 17 at 8; Anthology House Band, Oct. 18 at 8; Lee Rocker, Oct. 19 at 8 & 10; Jamie Plays Jobim, Oct. 21 at 7:30; Al Di Meola, Oct. 23 & 24 at 8; Anthology House Band, Oct. 25 at 8; Eddie Palmieri, Oct. 26 at 8 & 10, Oct. 28 at 8. 1337 India St., Little Italy, 619-595-0300; anthologysd.com.
At the Belly Up Tavern: Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush, Oct. 1 at 8; The Radiators with Diablo Dimes, Oct. 4; Railroad Earth and Hot Buttered Rum, Oct. 5; Common Sense with Split Finger, Oct. 6; Dark Star Orchestra, Oct. 10 & 11; Delta Nove with Mr. Tube, the Flying Objects and Qu’est-ce Que C’est, Oct. 12; The Subdudes, Oct. 13; Martin Sexton with Martyn Joseph, Oct. 14 at 8; Ken Andrews with Charlotte Martin and First Wave Hello, Oct. 19; Pine Mountain Logs, Oct. 20; Junior Brown, Oct. 21 at 8; Mum, Oct. 23; Ceu, Oct. 30 at 8; Halloween Heat with ’80s Heat, Oct. 31. Shows at 9 unless noted. 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach, 858-481-8140; bellyup.com.
UCSD’s 2007-2008 ArtPower! season kicks off this month (and lasts through April) with a lively and eclectic showcase of international music, dance and film. Hailed as “one of the most profound choreographers of his modern dance generation” by The New York Times, Ronald K. Brown makes his West Coast premiere Oct. 13. In the chamber music section, Hugo Wolf Quartet plays Oct. 12; the Emerson String Quartet brings its “dynamic artistry” to campus Oct. 27. Appalachian guitar master Wayne Henderson, bluegrass banjo virtuoso Sammy Shelor, The White Top Mountain Band and fiddle and banjo masters Kirk Sutphin and Eddie Bond perform the rootsy music of Appalachia with “Music from the Crooked Road” Oct. 19. The new FilmPower! program, which presents international flicks in “innovative screening formats,” inaugurates Oct. 10 with John Waters’ one-man vaudeville act, This Filthy World. Celebrate Halloween with author David Sedaris, who gives voice to his deliriously funny pen during an Oct. 31 reading. All shows are at Mandeville Auditorium on the UCSD campus. Call 858-534-TIXS or check artpower.ucsd.edu for times and ticket prices.
At Canes Bar & Grill: Iration, Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds and Rice Rabbit, Oct. 4 at 8; Arm the Angels and Non Profit, Oct. 5 at 8; Cash’d Out (Johnny Cash tribute band), Oct. 6 at 9; MF Doom, Oct. 12 at 9; Dead Man’s Party (Oingo Boigo tribute band), Oct. 27 at 9; Alfred Howard & the K23 Orchestra, Oct. 31 at 8. 3105 Ocean Front Walk, Mission Beach, 858-488-1780; canesbarandgrill.com.
Rockin’ the Casbah: Bonde do Role and Juiceboxxx, Oct. 1; Datarock, Oct. 2; Jesu, Earthless and Wolves in the Throne Room, Oct. 4; Vagabond Opera, Sleeping People CD release show, Kill Me Tomorrow and Aspects of Physics, Oct. 6; Gram Rabbit, Oct. 7; Nellie McKay, Oct. 8; Holly Golightly and The Broke-Offs, Oct. 9; Rogue Wave, Oct. 10; Numbers, Oct. 11; The Avengers and Pansy Division, Oct. 12; Hacienda Brothers CD release show, Oct. 13; Levinhurst & Lol Tollhurst, Oct. 13; Mobius Band, Oct. 14; USSA, Weedeater and Love’s Holiday, Oct. 15; Two Gallants, Blitzen Trapper and Songs for Mom, Oct. 17; Black Lips, The Spits, Heartaches and The Sess, Oct. 18; Matt Pond PA, Oct. 19; Electric Six, Oct. 19; The Fiery Furnaces, Oct. 21; Black Mountain and Cave Singers, Oct. 22; Earlimart, Office and Firstwavehello, Oct. 23; Rocky Votolato, Jesse Sykes and Sweet Hereafter, Oct. 24; Qui, Model/Actress, Oct. 26; Southern Culture on the Skids and Hillstomp, Oct. 27; Quasi and Frightened Rabbits, Oct. 29; Tristeza, Georgie James and Aqueduct, Oct. 30. Doors open at 8:30. 2501 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy, 619-232-4355; casbahmusic.com.
At Coors Amphitheatre: Alan Jackson and Brooks & Dunn, Oct. 14 at 8. 2050 Otay Valley Rd., Chula Vista, 619-671-3500; hob.com.
At Cox Arena: Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, Oct. 24 at 7:30; Gwen Stefani, Oct. 30 at 8. 5500 Canyon Crest Dr., SDSU campus, 619-594-7315; cox-arena.com.
At 4th and B: Younge Jeezy, Oct. 2 at 8; Justice, Oct. 7 at 7; The Black Crowes and Buffalo Killers, Oct. 9 at 8; The Tragically Hip, Oct. 13 at 9; The Pogues, Oct. 26 at 9. 345 B St., downtown, 619-231-4343; 4thandb.com.
At House of Blues: Jorma Kaukonen, Oct. 1 at 7:30; Metric and Crystal Castles, Oct. 3 at 7; They Might Be Giants, Oct. 4 at 7; Turbonegro, Oct. 5; Pat Monahan, Oct. 7 at 8; David Crowder, Phil Wickham and The Myriad, Oct. 12 at 6:30; Weird Al Yankovic, Oct. 13 at 7; Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, Oct. 14 at 7:30; Zucchero, Oct. 16; Drowning Pool with The Exies, Oct. 18; Jimmy Eat World, Oct. 19 at 7; The Tommy Castro Band, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Magic Dick and Deanna Bogart, Oct. 20; Boys Like Girls with All Time Low, The Audition and We the Kings, Oct. 24 at 6; Sick of It All with Madball, Viva Hate and Sinking Ships, Oct. 28 at 6; deejay Krush, Oct. 30. Shows at 8 unless noted. 1055 Fifth Ave., downtown, 619-299-BLUE; hob.com.
Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay: Hootie & The Blowfish, Oct. 3 at 7:30; Air Supply and Christopher Cross, Oct. 5 at 7; Steve Tyrell, Oct. 7 at 7:30; Keali’i Reichel, Oct. 18 & 19 at 7. 2241 Shelter Island Dr., 629-220-8497; humphreysconcerts.com.
Pala Casino Spa & Resort presents Steve Miller Band, Oct. 5; Twelve Girls Band, Oct. 6. Shows open at 7:30. Palomar Starlight Theater, 11154 Hwy. 76, Pala, 619-220-TIXS; palacasino.com.
At Soma: Misery Signals, Oct. 2 at 6:30; Underoath, Oct. 3 at 7; Saosin, Oct. 5 at 6:30; The Spill Canvas, Oct. 9 at 7; Aiden, Oct. 10 at 7; Cradle of Filth and CKY, Oct. 11 at 7; Rilo Kiley, Oct. 12 at 7; Between the Buried and Me, Oct. 13 at 6:30; Dashboard Confessional, Oct. 14 at 6:30; Escape the Fate, Oct. 15 at 7; Family Force 5, Oct. 19 at 7; Stick to Your Guns, Elysia, Catherine, His Irate Life and Burning the Masses, Oct. 20 at 6:30; Converge, Oct. 21 at 6; Chevelle, Oct. 24 at 7; Job for a Cowboy and Behemoth, Oct. 27 at 6:30. 3350 Sports Arena Blvd., 619-226-7662; somasd.com.
At the Sports Arena: RBD, Oct. 27 at 8. 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., 619-220-TIXS; ticketmaster.com.
Viejas Entertainment presents Daughtry, Oct. 3 at 8; Styx, Oct. 7 at 7:30; Bill Engvall, Oct. 12 at 8. Alpine Park, 5005 Willows Rd., Alpine, 619-445-5400 or 619-220-8497; viejasentertainment.com.
ArtPower! hosts the Hugo Wolf Quartett, Oct. 12 at 8, and the Emerson String Quartet, Oct. 27 at 8. Both shows in Mandeville Auditorium, 9500 Gilman Dr., UCSD campus, La Jolla, 858-534-TIXS; artpower.ucsd.edu.
California Center for the Arts, Escondido presents the San Diego Symphony performing Bernstein’s “Symphonic Dances” from West Side Story, Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dance, Oct. 11 at 8. Verdi’s La Traviata is staged by Teatro Lirico D’Europa, Oct. 21 at 4. 340 N. Escondido Blvd., 800-988-4253; artcenter.org.
The Carlsbad Music Festival, a San Diego-based alternative classical music fest, moves into its fourth year Sept. 24-30 with concerts showcasing So Percussion, the Calder Quartet, Felix Fan's trio Real Quiet, Christine Southworth and clarinetist Evan Ziporyn. Call for show locations. 760-809-5501; carlsbadmusicfestival.org.
The Fallbrook Music Society presents the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Janos Rolla, featuring works by Mendelssohn, Elgar, Liszt, Dvor?ák and Brahms, Sept. 30 at 3; classical guitarist Angel Romero, Oct. 21 at 3. 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: Brahms’ Violin Concerto, Oct. 5 at 8, Oct. 7 at 2; Bernstein’s “Symphonic Dances” from West Side Story, Oct. 12 & 13 at 8, Oct. 14 at 2; Berlioz’ Symphonie Fantastique, Oct. 26 & 27 at 8, Oct. 29 at 2. Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St., downtown, 619-235-0804; sandiegosymphony.com.
Westwind Brass launches its season with “Ain’t Misbehaving,” paying tribute to the group’s favorite composers from around the world, Oct. 12 at 7 in St. Paul’s Cathedral (2728 Sixth Ave., downtown), Oct. 20 at 7 in the Neurosciences Institute (10640 John Jay Hopkins Dr., Torrey Pines Mesa) & Oct. 21 at 4 in La Mesa United Methodist Church (4640 Palm Ave., La Mesa). 619-501-3562; westwindbrass.org.
Acoustic Music San Diego presents Tom Russell, Oct. at 7:30; Catie Curtis, Oct. 19 at 7:30; Laurence Juber, Oct. 20 at 7:30; John Stewart, Oct. 26 at 7:30. 4650 Mansfield St., Normal Heights, 619-303-8176; acousticmusicsandiego.com.
Music from the Crooked Road, hosted by UCSD’s ArtPower!, includesWayne Henderson, Sammy Shelor, the White Top Montain Band, Kirk Sutphin and Eddie Bond, Oct. 19 at 8 in Mandeville Auditorium, 9500 Gilman Dr., UCSD campus, La Jolla, 858-534-TIXS; artpower.ucsd.edu.
The Athenaeum Mini-Concerts series offers free performances Oct. 1, 15 & 29 at noon in the Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown, and Oct. 8 & 22 at noon in the Joan & Irwin Jacobs Music Room, 1008 Wall St., La Jolla. 760-451-8644; ljathenaeum.org.
Bernardo Winery offers live music every Sun., 2-5. 13330 Paseo del Verano Norte, Poway, 858-487-1866; bernardowinery.com.
The Birch North Park Theatre hosts a Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular, Oct. 12 at 8, and an evening of klezmer music with The Klezmatics, Oct. 28 at 7. 2891 University Ave., North Park, 619-239-8836; birchnorthparktheatre.net.
California Center for the Arts, Escondido presents Solid Blues, an evening of blues and gospel music with Mavis Staples, Charlie Musselwhite, the North Mississippi Allstars and Joe Krown, Oct. 19 at 8. 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, 800-988-4253; artcenter.org.
Coastal Communities Concert Band presents its annual fall concert, a tribute to George Gershwin, Oct. 7 at 2:30. Carlsbad Community Church, 3175 Harding St., Carlsbad, 760-489-2382; cccband.com.
KSDS Jazz 88.3 presents jazz flutist Dave Valentin as part of its Jazz Live concerts, Oct. 9 at 8. Saville Theatre, 1313 Park Blvd., 619-388-3037; jazz88online.org.
The San Diego Early Music Society launches its International Series with a performance by the French ensemble Clement Janequin, exploring the fascinating connection between birdsongs, love and music, Oct. 19 at 8. St. James by-the-Sea, 743 Prospect St., La Jolla, 619-226-4266; sdems.org.
San Diego Folk Heritage presents Baja Blues Boys, Oct. 13 ; Molly’s Revenge, Oct. 20. Shows at 7:30 in San Dieguito United Methodist Church, 170 Calle Magdalena, Encinitas, 858-566-4040; sdfolkheritage.org.
Music at the San Diego Museum of Art: Jeff Hamilton Trio, Oct. 3 at 5:30; Art of Elan: The Red Series, Oct. 23 at 7. 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.