January 2016 Around Town 2

Jerry Seinfeld in San Diego

On January 15 legendary comedian Jerry Seinfeld takes the stage at the San Diego Civic Theatre for one evening featuring two performances. While he became a household name with his classic sitcom “Seinfeld,” Seinfeld never forgot his standup roots. If you’re unfamiliar with Seinfeld’s standup, be sure to take in the night’s performance to discover his unique and pioneering brand of observational humor. Don’t miss this chance to see a comic great who has honed his skills for nearly 40 years. Tickets are limited. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. BroadwaySD.com

Santa By the Sea

Del Mar residents joined Santa and Mrs. Claus in the L’Auberge Amphitheater on the northwest corner of 15th St. and Camino Del Mar on Sunday, December 6.  Santa took the lists and checked them twice, so don’t be surprised if you get a personal letter back from him. Seasonal tunes were performed throughout the afternoon by the original Dickens Carolers and the Rad Hatter was on hand to assist the young and young at heart in creating fabulous and festive fedoras. Holiday treats and refreshments were available from local restaurants and little ones participated in the annual Passport to the North Pole by collecting signatures from participating Main Street retailers that could then be redeemed for special prizes.  The day culminated in the holiday tree lighting ceremony at 5 p.m. at the L’Auberge Amphitheater.  All activities were free and open to the public. For more info visit DelmarMainStreet.com.

San Diego Asian Film Festival

San Diego is home to the largest Asian Film Festival on the West Coast and featured more than 130 films from 15 different countries at five different venues in San Diego. Those lucky enough to attend experienced national and international films and got up close and personal with filmmakers and cast with Q&A and photo opportunities. Celebrities in attendance included Ken Jeong (Hangover, ABC’s Dr. Ken), Randall Park (The Interview, ABC’s Fresh Off The Boat), Jamie Chung (The Hangover II, III, Once Upon a Time, Big Hero 6), and Aaron Yoo (21, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist).

San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival

The San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival returned November 15th to 22nd and was bigger and better than ever. Local enthusiasts enjoyed food and wine and saw exciting new additions throughout the week as well as the return of festival classics such as the iconic Grand Tasting and signature Taco TKO Fish Taco Competition.

San Diego International Auto Show

The San Diego International Auto Show will feature more than 400 2015 Model-year vehicles, ride and drives, expanded exotics salon and much more. December 31 – January 3 at the San Diego Convention Center. E-tickets on sale now. Visit SDAutoShow.com 
for more info

Cinema at the Balboa Theatre

The installation of a state-of-the-art cinema system in the historic Balboa Theatre, including a 4k digital projector, full stage screen and high definition sound features amazing resolution, sound and picture quality for a compelling and entertaining film experience.  The film series includes selections chosen to highlight the Balboa’s legacy of film, as well as to communicate the bold and inclusive vision of San Diego Theatres.

Four to six films are planned to be featured each month, joining the already rich mix of performing arts programming at the Balboa Theatre. SDBalboa.org

Idina Menzel in “If/Then”

From January 5-10 at the San Diego Civic Theatre Tony Award-winner and Broadway superstar Idina Menzel (Wicked, Rent, Frozen, Glee) will reprise her critically-acclaimed performance as Elizabeth in If/Then, a role and a Broadway musical written specifically for her.

This “fascinating, ambitious, and original new musical” (New York Post) with unforgettable songs and a deeply moving story by the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning creators of Next to Normal follows two distinct storylines in the life of Elizabeth, a city planner who moves back to New York to restart her life in that city of infinite possibilities. When her carefully designed plans collide with the whims of fate, Elizabeth’s life splits into two parallel paths. If/Then follows both stories simultaneously as this modern woman faces the intersection of choice and chance. Visit BroadwaySD.com for more info.