January 14, 2000
by Berenice Cisneros
Pualani Hula Dancers
The Pualani Hula Dancers will present a free program with one or two ancient hulas and chants followed by modern hulas using a variety of hula instruments at 2 p.m. on January 15. Scheduled in the Rosemary Lane Galeria at South Chula Vista Library, 389 Orange Ave., the program includes the stories of the dances, as well as a discussion about and demonstration of the instruments. For more information, call 585-5755.
The tall ship "Californian" will be open for free public tours at Chula Vista Yacht Harbor from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on January 15 and 16. The tours will be at Marina Parkway Pier along Chula Vista Yacht Harbor adjacent to the California Yacht Marina. The "Californian" is a 145-foot topsail vessel and a wooden replica of the "Law-rence," which was one of the fastest of the cutter class and sailed along the California coast during the Gold Rush. For more information about participating in this or future sails, interested persons may call 420-7176 or 420-1607.
To welcome the millennium, the second largest Bridal Show in the U.S., Bazaar Bridal will ring in the New Year, Sunday, January 16, at the San Diego concourse in downtown San Diego (3rd and B Streets) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bridal Bazaar boasts the participation of over 300 vendors, 2,000 brides, and several thousand of their friends.
An exciting highlight last year, the Bridal Bazaar will again host a grand prize giveaway of a 1-carat Diamond ring from Robbins Bros., the world's largest engagement ring store. Show exhibitors range from large businesses including Nordstrom's, Macy's, Robinson's-May, JC Penny, and Gary's Tux, to smaller niche shops specializing in headpieces, DJ's, florists, caters, musicians, and much more. Tickets for the show are available at the door for $8, with $2 discount coupons at Clothestime Stores. Bring your Ralph's card and receive $3 off your ticket. For more information, call 755-6601.
Popular Children's Book Gets Musical
The California Center for the Arts, Escondido, continues with a delightful production of Judith Viorst's best-selling children's book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day on Sunday, January 16 at 1:00 p.m. All seats are just $9.50 and includes the performance, the opportunity to meet the cast, and after-show presentation by a local child-ren's group, and a hands-on art project. The musical adaptation of Alexander is presented by The Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration on Tour and features professional adult performers.
The Southwestern College production of Mariachi Quixote has been selected as the college's sixth play to reach regional finals of the American College Theatre Festival. They will be on stage again January 20-22. Three benefit performances will play in Mayan Hall beginning at 8 p.m. on the college campus. Tickets for the performances will be $10 and $20. For more information, call 421-6700 x5316.
Doc Severinsen and His Big Band
Doc Severinsen and His Big Band take center stage for a performance of classic blues, jazz and swing tunes on Friday, January 21 at 8 p.m. at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. The night will be swinging to Doc Severinsen's sizzling and sassy trumpeting, and he'll be joined by some of the best musicians he played with while he was music director of The Tonight Show. Tickets are prices from $31 to $46 and may be purchased now by calling 1-800-988-4253.
Vegas superstar Wayne Newton brings his show to East County Performing Arts Center, January 22. He has performed live, for more than 30 million people, and on television and record for many times that number. Newton has epitomized the talent, glamor and energy that is Las Vegas for so long that he is called "Mr. Las Vegas." Tickets are priced at $66, $56, & $46 and may be purchased by calling 440-2277.
Opera's 35th Anniversary
Verdi's II Trovatore launches San Diego Opera's 35th Anniversary International Season on January 22 - February 2, with a stellar cast of performers and a new production. One of Verdi's most thrilling masterpieces, II Trovatore is a vocal showpiece that takes the audience on a dramatic journey through the castles and valleys of medieval Spain.
Opera subscriptions begin at $93 for any three operas and are also available in four- and five-opera packages. Subscriptions can be purchased online at www.sdopera.com or by calling 232-7636. Single tickets for all operas start at $31.