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From black-tie galas to costumed 5Ks, these events will keep your social calendar full—and you feeling good
October 18, 2019

Rafael Payare's San Diego Symphony Debut

The San Diego Symphony's new music director officially takes the stage October 5
October 1, 2019

San Diego Events Calendar: October 2019

How to be busy and important this month in San Diego
September 30, 2019

“Anastasia” Comes to the Civic Theatre

The fantasy lives on October 1-6 in San Diego
September 23, 2019

San Diego Events Calendar: September 2019

How to be busy and important this month in San Diego
August 30, 2019

John Leguizamo's 'Dirty, Nasty, Farce' Lands in La Jolla

The actor, comedian, voice-over artist, and playwright opens up about his newest production, Kiss My Aztec
August 21, 2019

2019-2020 San Diego Arts Preview

A curated list of performances, exhibits, and additional works gracing our stages and museums
August 20, 2019

Chaka Khan Brings the Funk to San Diego

The Queen of Funk hits up the San Diego Symphony's Bayside Summer Nights concert series on August 24
August 13, 2019

San Diego Events Calendar: August 2019

How to be busy and important this month in San Diego
July 31, 2019

The ’80s Are Alive and Well at Cygnet Theatre

You’ll have nothin’ but a good time at ‘Rock of Ages’
July 12, 2019

San Diego Events Calendar: July 2019

How to be busy and important this month in San Diego
June 28, 2019

5 Questions with PigPen Theatre Co. on “The Tale of Despereaux”

The super troupe returns to The Old Globe with an all-new musical
June 27, 2019

San Diego Events Calendar: June 2019

How to be busy and important this month in San Diego
May 29, 2019

San Diego Events Calendar: May 2019

How to be busy and important this month in San Diego
April 29, 2019

‘Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ Hits the San Diego Civic Theatre Stage

Grab a (golden) ticket to the timeless tale, reworked into a modern performance
April 24, 2019

Women Pioneer the Sky in 'They Promised Her the Moon'

The Old Globe tells the fascinating true story of Jerrie Cobb and the Fellow Lady Astronaut Trainees
April 18, 2019

'Cats' the Musical Pounces into San Diego Civic Theatre

The Tony Award-winning musical hits the stage April 16-21
April 5, 2019

San Diego Events Calendar: April 2019

How to be busy and important this month in San Diego
April 1, 2019

The Old Globe Puts Jerrie Cobb's Story Centerstage

They Promised Her the Moon debuts at The Old Globe April 6
March 28, 2019

La Jolla Playhouse’s ‘Diana’ Is a Moving Tribute to the People’s Princess

The multiple Tony Award–winning team behind Memphis and Come From Away take on the monarchy
March 13, 2019

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Heads to San Diego

The New York-based dance troupe celebrates 60 years with a tour honoring its founder
March 11, 2019

San Diego Events Calendar: March 2019

How to be busy and important this month in San Diego
March 1, 2019

Dave Brubeck’s 'Time Out' Is the Essence of Cool

Celebrating the jazz classic as it reaches its 60th anniversary
February 13, 2019

A Whole New Show: ‘Aladdin’ at Civic Theatre

See the star-studded performance, packed with Tony Award-winning talent
February 4, 2019

'Diana' Debuts at La Jolla Playhouse

Artistic Director Christopher Ashley discusses putting the People's Princess centerstage
January 30, 2019

San Diego Events Calendar: February 2019

How to be busy and important this month in San Diego
January 29, 2019

Seven Local Actors to Watch Out For in 2019

These newcomers to the San Diego theater scene showed some of the most promising talent I saw all last year
January 8, 2019

They Can Dance, They Can Jive: The Sexy, Stylish 'Mamma Mia!'

I'll admit it: I'd been reluctant to see Mamma Mia!. People don't have fun in serious art, I thought, swirling my brandy snifter.
December 22, 2018

San Diego Events Calendar: January 2019

How to be busy and important this month in San Diego
December 21, 2018

San Diego Ballet Company Stages 'The Nutcracker'

See the 29th annual performance at Copley Symphony Hall December 29-30
December 10, 2018

San Diego Events Calendar: December 2018

How to be busy and important this month in San Diego
November 30, 2018

Race and Class Alienation Cut Both Ways in Moxie Theatre’s 'Fade'

A privileged TV writer and an Angeleno janitor search for common ground in this play from Tanya Saracho, showrunner of Vida
October 31, 2018

San Diego Events Calendar: November 2018

How to be busy and important this month in San Diego
October 31, 2018

San Diego Events Calendar: October 2018

How to be busy and important this month in San Diego
October 1, 2018

‘Bull in a China Shop’ Reaches But Doesn’t Grasp

Diversionary Theatre stages an ambitious but disjointed portrayal of suffragists Mary Woolley and Jeannette Marks
September 27, 2018

Carole King Musical Comes to Civic Theatre

Suit up for some kind of wonderful evening as Beautiful: The Carole King Musical hits the San Diego stage
September 24, 2018

San Diego Rep’s Tragicomic ‘Fun Home’ is Growing Up at Its Most Awkward and Beautiful

See a weekend show if possible—the Tony Award–winning musical may be too much emotion to handle on a work night
September 18, 2018

A Sneak Peek at ‘The Heart of Rock & Roll’

The Old Globe’s newest world-premiere musical promises a familiar soundtrack and all the good feels of an ’80s rom-com
September 5, 2018

2018-2019 San Diego Arts Preview

54 plays, concerts, ballets, and exhibits you need to see this upcoming season, and more
September 3, 2018

San Diego Events Calendar: September 2018

How to be busy and important this month in San Diego
August 30, 2018

'Voyeurs de Venus' is Moxie’s Boldest, Most Thought-Provoking Show Yet

How do you chronicle the marginalized without distorting or exploiting them?
August 23, 2018

The Body-Positive 'Hairspray' Is a Riot and a Wild Ride

San Diego Musical Theatre stages the high-camp classic about breaking down barriers to representation
August 10, 2018

San Diego Events Calendar: August 2018

How to be busy and important this month in San Diego
July 31, 2018

San Diego Events Calendar: July 2018

How to be busy and important this month in San Diego
July 2, 2018

'The Tempest' is a Feast for the Senses at The Old Globe

The 2018 Summer Shakespeare Festival brings one of history’s most fantastic plays to life with lavish imagination
June 27, 2018

'Dr. Seuss's The Lorax' Debuts at The Old Globe

The classic kid's story recounts a timely message about the environment and conservation
June 22, 2018

San Diego Events Calendar: June 2018

How to be busy and important this month in San Diego
May 31, 2018

Three Generations of Women Resist the State in 'The Madres'

1970s Argentina takes center stage in Moxie Theatre’s powerful world premiere play
May 24, 2018

Tony Winner Audra McDonald Heads to San Diego

The Beauty and the Beast and Private Practice actress takes the stage at Copley Symphony Hall
May 16, 2018

‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ Explores Female Relationships at The Old Globe

We chat with playwright Ursula Rani Sarma about the challenges of bringing Khaled Hosseini's novel to the stage
May 1, 2018

San Diego Events Calendar: May 2018

How to be busy and important this month in San Diego
April 25, 2018

San Diego Events Calendar: April 2018

How to be busy and important this month in San Diego
March 29, 2018

Cirque du Soleil Hits the Ice in San Diego

The celebrated performance troupe brings their moves to the ice rink for the first time ever
March 14, 2018

Malashock Dance Company Turns 30 with a Bang

The modern dance troupe holds a 30th anniversary concert at Lyceum Theatre this month
March 12, 2018

'Dirty Dancing' Takes on San Diego

The Civic Theatre brings the beloved film to life on stage
January 31, 2018

San Diego Events Calendar: February 2018

How to be busy and important this month in San Diego
January 30, 2018

La Jolla Playhouse's 'The Cake' Tackles a Timely Topic

The writer and producer behind hit TV show This is Us brings a sticky subject to the stage
January 29, 2018

Hervé Koubi's Most Recent Work Comes to UC San Diego

The French choreographer's Ce Que Le Jour Doit A La Nuit fuses capoeria with street dance
December 29, 2017

'Hamilton' Is Finally Coming to San Diego

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash-hit musical will be at the San Diego Civic Theatre
December 22, 2017

'A Culture Shock Nutcracker' Mixes Genres and Gets Rid of Stuffy Traditions

Tchaikovsky's original score is the only thing classical about Culture Shock San Diego's annual hit
December 14, 2017

'Cinderella' Brings the Magic to San Diego

The time-honored rags to riches folktale steps onto the San Diego Civic Theatre stage for one weekend only
November 23, 2017

Laura Osnes on the Broadway Success of 'Bandstand'

The one-time San Diego starlet opines on the military musical's takeaways and prospect of it touring to San Diego
November 13, 2017

San Diego Opera's 'As One' Follows a Transgender Woman's Transition

Co-librettist Kimberly Reed tells us about this topical opera
October 9, 2017

Moxie Theatre Launches a Lesbian Outreach Initiative

The Bechdel Brigade spotlights strong work by female artists
September 5, 2017

San Diego Fall Arts Preview 2017-2018

From a George Balanchine ballet to a Gilbert and Sullivan opera, we've rounded up all the must-see shows and events starting this fall.
August 25, 2017

29 Must-See Shows in San Diego This Season

A George Balanchine ballet, Carole King a capella, and a Gilbert and Sullivan opera—we’ve rounded up the must-see shows and events starting this fall.
August 25, 2017

Scripps Ranch Theatre Puts San Diego in the Spotlight

The sixth annual Out on a Limb new plays festival focuses on works with San Diego themes
July 11, 2017

'The Bodyguard' Makes Its San Diego Debut

The musical made famous by Whitney Houston comes to the Civic Theatre
June 6, 2017

The Show About Shows Podcast #15: Taylor Peckham

The musical director of Broadway San Diego’s Jersey Boys talks growing up in SD and life on the road with a Broadway show
May 12, 2017

The Show About Shows Podcast #14: Jennifer Thorn, Toni Robin

We talk advocacy for women in theatre with reps from Moxie and The Bechdel Brigade
May 9, 2017

Inside the Icon: 'Jersey Boys'

The award-winning musical got its starts at the La Jolla Playhouse and returns to San Diego this month
May 2, 2017

The Show About Shows Podcast #13: Larry Baza

The chair of the SD Commission for Arts and Culture stops by to discuss dramatic cuts to city funding
May 2, 2017

Get Your Dose of Jimmy Buffett at La Jolla Playhouse

Escape to Margaritaville, set to the singer's greatest hits, debuts this month
May 2, 2017

The Show About Shows Podcast #12: ‘The Who’s Tommy,’ Desha Crownover, Imahni King-Murillo

We talk with two ambassadors of San Diego Junior Theatre and review a classic rock opera at OB Playhouse
April 28, 2017

San Diego Events Calendar: May 2017

How to be busy and important this month in San Diego
April 28, 2017

'La Traviata' Brings Roaring Good Times to the Civic Theatre

Giuseppe Verdi’s classic tale takes the stage this month
April 17, 2017

The Show About Shows Podcast #11: 'Into the Beautiful North,' Dr. Rebecca Johannsen

We talk with the writer and actor behind Women at War and review a border-crossing adventure on the Lyceum Stage
April 14, 2017

The Show About Shows Podcast #10: SDMT’s 'First Date'

We are treated to a live performance of a First Date song
April 7, 2017

The Show About Shows Podcast #9: Producing The ‘Safe’ Musical

We discuss the pressure theater companies are under to fill seats
March 31, 2017

Up Close and Personal With Gene Kelly

The Hollywood icon’s wife celebrates his life and legacy in a new show coming to San Diego
March 29, 2017
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