by Berenice Cisneros
AFSI invites you to an evening of socially conscious art, dance / theatre production, a silent auction, food, and drink to raise funds for Alpha Project, Creative Arts Consortium and AFSI's programs. This is a program made up of students and local artists collaborating each semester to create art depicting social issues. This semester's issue: Mental Illness. To purchase your tickets please call 619-615-8949 or visit www.afsi.org.
A Magical Musical Holiday
Capture the magic of the holidays at a Musical Holiday Celebration, December 15, noon to 9:00 p.m. at the new Peninsula Centre for the Performing Arts, located at 3156 Sports Arena Blvd. Enjoy free live performances all day long including the Gotta Sing Gotta Dance All Stars from Point Loma High School. Also Glen Fisher's Gomango Invasion Orchestra will be taking the stage for shows at 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. Concert admission is $10. To add to the holiday event, there will be an art exhibition in acrylic, oil, watercolor, photography, computer art/design and mixed media. For more information, call 224-4644.
Performing Holiday Tradition
Handel's Messiah has been a holiday tradition throughout the western world for nearly 300 years. Each year the San Diego Chamber Orchestra collaborates with the 120-Voice San Diego Master Chorale and four internationally acclaimed soloists to bring this masterpiece steeped in a richness of color, texture and spirituality.
Saturday, Dec. 15 @ 7PM at East County Performing Arts Center, 210 E. Main, El Cajon. Tickets $16 - $26.
Sunday, Dec. 16 @ 3:30PM at Church of the Nativity, 6309 El Apajo, Rancho Santa Fe. Tickets $28 - $75.
Friday, Dec. 21 @ 8PM at St. Joseph's Cathedral, 1535 Third Ave., Downtown San Diego. Tickets $15 - $75.
Saturday, Dec. 22 @ 7PM at St. James By-the-Sea, 743 Prospect St., La Jolla. Tickets $28 - $75.
Sunday, Dec. 23 @ 2PM at California Center for the Arts, Escondido. Tickets $15 - $30.
For tickets and more information visit www.sdco.org or call the San Diego Chamber Orchestra at 1-888-848-7326, x7.
Emilia's Sugarplum Nightmare
A play by George Weinberg-Harter and Gail Lee West, with original musical numbers. It's the night before Christmas Eve and little Emilia is working feverishly on a term paper exploring the origin of Christmas traditions. She falls asleep over her computer and the Three Wise Men enter her dream, intent on ambushing Santa Claus and putting him on trial for usurping the significance of the season. Squabbling wise men, turncoat elf, chaotic trial, surprise witness, all play a part in helping Emilia learn the true meaning of Christmas. Emilia's Sugarplum Nightmare opens December 13 - 16 at Lamplighters Community Theatre, 8305 University Ave., La Mesa; and December 18 - 22 at Asian Repertory Theatre located at 3010 Juniper St., San Diego. Tickets are $14 for adults, $8 for children age 4-13 and $10 for seniors & military. For reservations and further information call 233-9407.
Audiences of all ages will enjoy the magic and fantasy that the Nutcracker delivers with its five performances, complete with orchestra, December 14-16 at the Spreckels Theater, downtown San Diego. This City Ballet Production has been awarded the Tommy Dance Award. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, December 14 and 15, a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, December 15, a 1p.m. matinee on Sunday, December 16 and a final performance 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 16. Tickets range from $19 for balcony seating to $33 for orchestra seating. To order priority tickets call (858) 272-8663. Keep in mind the season closes with the ever-popular Peter Pan, awaking the child in all of us, May 18 - 19 at the Spreckels Theatre.
Candlelight and Carols
San Diego First Assembly, located at 8404 Phyllis Place will be presenting Candlelight and Carols this December. Performances will be Dec. 14th and 15th at 7 p.m. and at 6 p.m. on Dec. 16th. This production features a chorus of 50 and a 37-piece orchestra designed to be a joyous and thoughtful celebration of the Christmas story. Performances are free. For more information, please phone Sharon Jahr at 858-560-1870 x 132.
Holiday in The Park
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park will host its 13th annual Holiday in The Park free celebration on December 14 and 15 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. The event focuses on how San Diegans celebrated the holidays during the late Mexican to early American periods, 1840's and 50's. The park will be adorned with luminarias and other historical holiday decorations. Holiday singers and musical entertainment will circulate throughout the Park to spread the feeling of the season. There will be free craft events for children. There will also be a rare chance for visitors to experience free night walking tours of Old Town museum by lantern light.
Other free activities and entertainment include two nightly performances of La Pastorela, blacksmiths, music groups and a free 1869 newspaper at the San Diego Union Building. State Park merchants will offer complimentary holiday treats. Food and refreshments will be available for sale. La Pastorela will be performed at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
"An American Christmas"
Preparations are on the way for Lamb's Players' 10th production of An American Christmas. This is a remarkable three-hour event that takes place at the Hotel Del Coronado's beautiful Grand Ballroom. The year is 1901, and as you enter the ballroom, 26 versatile performers take you back to the turn of the century for a festive family celebration. It's an unforgettable evening filled with story, song, dance, and laughter, all woven around a five course-gourmet meal. Tickets for An American Christmas are $95 - $130 or adults and $64 - $94 for children aged 5-12. The all inclusive ticket includes the five-course meal, champagne toast, parking tax and gratuity. Seating is at round tables of eight. the attire is festive. The doors to the Grand Ballroom open each night at 6:30 p.m. To purchase your tickets call the Lamb's Players Box Office at 437-0600.