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Downtown Calendar – December 2017

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FRIDAY, Dec. 1

‘Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play’
The heartwarming holiday classic retold in the tradition of a live 1940’s era radio broadcast. When a department store Santa claims he’s the real Kris Kringle, his case gets taken all the way to the Supreme Court. Performances through Dec. 24. 8 p.m. Horton Grand Theatre, 444 Fourth Ave. bit.ly/2zSJsF3

‘Peter Pan and Tinker Bell: A Pirate’s Christmas’
Enjoy a flying, singing, swashbuckling holiday adventure performed in the style of a British panto in San Diego. 7 p.m. Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway Suite 600. bit.ly/2i5RZct

SATURDAY, Dec. 2

“The Dream of the Nineties” photography exhibit
Features the work of nine San Diego photographers at the end of the 20th century, when artists were keenly aware of the emergence of digital media and the end of an analog era. 12-5 p.m. Downtown Central Library, 330 Park Blvd. bit.ly/2AhSREZ

Festival of Christmas:‘A Fargo Christmas’
Lamb’s Players Theatre has been celebrating its Festival of Christmas for 40 years and the annual Coronado tradition continues to deepen its roots. This year, resident playwright Kerry Meads brings fresh flair to the fest with “A Fargo Christmas,” filled with great music capturing the spirit of the season and a new narrative that also features plenty of onstage hilarity and joyous discoveries. 8 p.m. Lamb’s Players Theatre, 1142 Orange Ave. lambsplayers.org

SUNDAY, Dec. 3

The Casbah Presents Kate Bush Dance Party
The Kate Bush cover band of your dreams has finally arrived! Baby Bushka is Natasha Kozaily, Shelbi Bennet, Dani Bell, Lexi Pulido, Nina Deering, Leah Bowden, Batya MacAdam-Somer and Nancy Elizabeth Ross. 7:30 p.m. The Casbah, 2501 Kettner Blvd. bit.ly/2zTRlde

TUESDAY, Dec. 5

An evening with Denis Leary
7-8:30 p.m. Downtown Central Library, 330 Park Blvd. bit.ly/2kgd8VL

FRIDAY, Dec. 8

City Ballet’s ‘The Nutcracker’
City Ballet’s 23rd annual Nutcracker returns to the historic Spreckels Theatre in downtown San Diego. This lavish production is fashioned after the choreography of the great Russian master Lev Ivanov who created the very first “Nutcracker” more than 100 years ago. 7:30 p.m. Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway, Suite 600. bit.ly/1TqD5HQ

Exhibition: Wonderlust / A Group Show
13 Southern California artists will exhibit artworks featuring places and cities across the globe. Discovery abounds in this exhibition as, not only will selected works transport viewers to exotic locales, but one-third of the featured artists are showing at Sparks Gallery for the first time. Free to attend but RSVP required. 12-7 p.m. Sparks Gallery, 530 Sixth Ave. bit.ly/2zSkJk6

The PettyBreakers with Fleetwood Max
‘Runnin’ Down A Dream – A Celebration of the Life and Music of Tom Petty.’ Dinner packages available in house or with nearby Indigo Grill. 21 and up. 9 p.m. Music Box, 1337 India Street. bit.ly/2Bncmcs

SATURDAY, Dec. 9

California Ballet Company presents ‘The Nutcracker’
California Ballet’s glittering production leaps onto the stage of the San Diego Civic Theatre in America’s favorite holiday tradition. Under the baton of music director John Stubbs, Tchaikovsky’s extravagant score comes to life with a cast of over 150. 7:30 p.m. Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave. bit.ly/2zBX2bM

SUNDAY, Dec. 10

‘Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play’
The heartwarming holiday classic retold in the tradition of a live 1940’s era radio broadcast. When a department store Santa claims he’s the real Kris Kringle, his case gets taken all the way to the Supreme Court. Performances through Dec. 24. 2 p.m. Horton Grand Theatre, 444 Fourth Ave. bit.ly/2zSJsF3

THURSDAY, Dec. 14

Dave Koz 20th Anniversary Christmas Tour
8 p.m. Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave. bit.ly/2Ai01JF

FRIDAY, Dec. 15

Ales N Rails Ugly Beer Tasting
The San Diego Model Railroad Museum knows that lurking in the depths of many people’s closets is a colorful, abundantly adorned, cheesy, and downright hideous holiday sweater which, were it not for Ales n’ Rails Ugly Christmas Sweater Party, would probably never see the light of day. Beer lovers join us with your ugly Christmas sweater and hop aboard to combine some of your favorite things: Ales, Rails, and ugly Christmas sweaters. 6-9 p.m. San Diego Model Railroad Museum, 1649 El Prado. bit.ly/2nm4ENY

SATURDAY, Dec. 16

Ugly Sweater Gaslamp Pub Crawl
Dig deep into the back of your closet and bust out your ugliest holiday sweater, then be ready to spread some yuletide fun and cheer through the streets of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. Starting at the Commons Bar, this guided tour includes exclusive drink specials at each venue and complimentary VIP entry at every stop. Plus, you’ll be invited to a festive pub crawl after-party where you can dance the night away. 7 p.m. The Commons Bar, 901 Fourth Ave. bit.ly/2AJSlka.

SUNDAY, Dec. 17

Coronado Kayak Tour
Kayak along San Diego Bay and explore the sights of the city in this leisurely guided tour that highlights the region’s renowned architecture, history and maritime culture. Along the way, you’ll enjoy views of Petco Park, the Embarcadero, the USS Midway, Naval Station North Island, the Silver Strand, the San Diego Convention Center, the Coronado Bridge and Glorietta Bay — all from the deck of your two-person, sit-on-top kayak. No previous kayaking experience is necessary for this fun and unique excursion that includes kayak rental, paddles, life vests and a paddle lesson. 1 p.m. Coronado Ferry Landing, 1201 1st Street. bit.ly/2j5K4N5

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 20

Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin
Actor and international piano virtuoso Hershey Felder embodies the iconic Irving Berlin to bring you the musical story of an immigrant boy who gave a country its voice. From Czarist Russia to New York’s Lower East Side, and then throughout the world, Berlin’s life and music epitomizes the American Dream, and his songs capture his patriotic vision of our country. Experience the stories behind this songwriter’s most popular and enduring work, including “God Bless America,” “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “White Christmas,” and more. Felder’s signature creation of character and musical performance will astonish, move and delight. 7 p.m. The Lyceum Stage, 79 Horton Plaza. bit.ly/2BBgQNS

FRIDAY, Dec. 22

Noel Noel
Holiday traditions are what make the season special. For Southern California one of those holiday traditions is the San Diego Symphony’s annual concert. “Noel Noel: A City Lights Concert” features classic holiday favorites, a joyous Christmas carol sing-along – and even a visit from ol’ Saint Nick. Also performing under the baton of conductor Sameer Patel is the San Diego Master Chorale. 8 p.m. Jacobs Music Center’s Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B Street. bit.ly/2h013kc

San Diego Gulls vs Ontario Reign
American Hockey League on the ice. 7 p.m. Valley View Casino Center, 3500 Sports Arena Boulevard. bit.ly/2BpiEbR

SUNDAY, Dec. 24

‘Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play’
The heartwarming holiday classic retold in the tradition of a live 1940’s era radio broadcast. When a department store Santa claims he’s the real Kris Kringle, his case gets taken all the way to the Supreme Court. Performances through Dec. 24. 2 p.m. Horton Grand Theatre, 444 Fourth Ave. bit.ly/2zSJsF3

MONDAY, Dec. 25: CHRISTMAS

TUESDAY, Dec. 26

Motown The Musical
The true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to a heavyweight music mogul. He launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat. Enjoy classic songs such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” and experience the story behind the music in the record-breaking smash hits. Family friendly, but contains some strong language. 7 p.m. Broadway San Diego, 3666 Fourth Ave. bit.ly/2zBLsNH

SATURDAY, Dec. 30

‘Peter Pan & Tinkerbell: A Pirate’s Christmas – A Lythgoe Family Panto’
This is a flying, singing and swashbuckling holiday adventure performed in the style of a British panto in San Diego. Step into the Balboa Theatre and embark on a wild quest with Tinker Bell, Wendy and Peter Pan, as they try to put a stop to the plot of some dastardly pirates who plan to kidnap Peter as a present to Captain Hook. Filled with big laughs, magic, dancers and contemporary songs by everyone from Taylor Swift to the Bee Gees, this family show has a little bit of something for everyone. 7 p.m. Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave. bit.ly/2i5sqbg

SUNDAY, Dec. 31

Moonlight San Diego New Year’s Eve Cruise
San Diego Nightlife presents sixth annual Moonlight San Diego NYE Cruise 2016 aboard the California Spirit, with three decks to mingle, open bar all cruise, complimentary tray-passed appetizers. Ring in 2018 aboard this $15 million luxury yacht with your significant other and your friends with breathtaking views of the San Diego skyline, San Diego Bay, Coronado Bridge, and more. Two DJs on two floors with two dance areas playing the hits of today with house and Top 40 and Hip-Hop. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. California Spirit Yacht, 990 N. Harbor Drive. bit.ly/2AKqgZZ

Craft Beer New Year
Stone Brewing is hosting a New Year’s Eve party. You’ll get three drink tokens good for house wines and draft beer, one specialty glass of Cava Commemorative glassware, food stations with heavy appetizers and desserts, live band from 8:30–11:30 p.m., outside, weather permitting. DJ 11 p.m.–1 a.m. inside main dance hall; photo booth, Bocce Ball, Courtyard Corn Hole, Jenga, Connect 4, Ring Toss, Dominoes and more. 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, Liberty Station, 2816 Historic Decatur Rd. bit.ly/2zTH7cI

Gatsby’s House SD NYE 2018
Ring in 2018 at San Diego’s Striders Ultra Lounge, the site of this year’s “Gatsby’s House” New Year’s Eve bash. It’s a stylish evening of dancing, drinking and partying that harkens back to the Roaring ’20s. Local DJs spinning the latest tracks. There’ll be a four-hour open bar, two levels for mingling and one spectacular countdown. Come dressed in semi-formal attire, or go all out in F. Scott Fitzgerald-inspired finest – from bespoke suits to fringed shifts – and get ready to shake in the New Year. Flapper party favors and glow toys to help keep things fun, flashy and festive. Striders Ultra Lounge, 100 J St. bit.ly/2zSn2Ur

Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin
Actor and international piano virtuoso Hershey Felder embodies the iconic Irving Berlin to bring you the musical story of an immigrant boy who gave a country its voice. From Czarist Russia to New York’s Lower East Side, and then throughout the world, Berlin’s life and music epitomizes the American Dream, and his songs capture his patriotic vision of our country. Experience the stories behind this songwriter’s most popular and enduring work, including “God Bless America,” “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “White Christmas,” and more. Felder’s signature creation of character and musical performance will astonish, move and delight. 2 and 7 p.m. The Lyceum Stage, 79 Horton Plaza. bit.ly/2BBgQNS.

New Year’s Eve Yacht Party
Celebrate this New Year’s Eve on San Diego’s most elegant oversized luxury yacht, The Spirit of San Diego. This 500-capacity luxury yacht has three levels, outdoor decks, lounges and two dance floors. Two dance floors, scenic decks, champagne greeting, premium open bar all night, tray-passed appetizers, party favors. 9 p.m.–12:45 a.m. Spirit of San Diego Yacht, 990 N. Harbor Drive. bit.ly/2Bpv17K

MONDAY, Jan. 1: NEW YEAR’S DAY

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 3

‘Hamilton’
With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical direction and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, “Hamilton” is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of founding father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first treasury secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, “Hamilton” is the story of America then, as told by America now. Appropriate for ages 10 and up, since there is some strong language. 7-10 p.m. Presented by Broadway San Diego at San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave. bit.ly/2zUoMwf 

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