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A Culture Shock Nutcracker and Carnaval Fantastique are in town

Or start the year off with Hamilton. If you can get tickets.

Friday, January 5: A Culture Shock Nutcracker
  • Friday, January 5: A Culture Shock Nutcracker

Thursday | 4

SoundOn is a four-day exploration of contemporary chamber music

SoundOn is a four-day exploration of contemporary chamber music

Past Event

SoundOn Festival of Modern Music: Voyages

SoundOn Festival of Modern Music: Voyages

Now in its 11th year, the soundON Festival of Modern Music brings together an international roster of composers and performers in a four-day exploration of contemporary chamber music with a series of concerts, performances, workshops, lectures, and art. “The format allows us to present unconventional works in an informal and enjoyable setting,” say the promoters. “We also reach out to young artists and audiences through an interactive workshop to build a new generation of new music supporters and artists.” The January 4 concert, “Exotic images from an inner journey,” features works by composers Toshio Hosokawa, Anne LeBaron, Juan Pablo Contreras, Roger Reynolds, and Adam Greene. One-day pass: $20 members, $25 nonmembers, $10 students. Festival pass available.


Friday | 5

A Culture Shock Nutcracker mashes up dance genres, theatrical styles, and holiday traditions

A Culture Shock Nutcracker mashes up dance genres, theatrical styles, and holiday traditions

Past Event

A Culture Shock Nutcracker

  • Friday, January 5, 2018, 7 p.m.
  • Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway, San Diego
  • $20 - $45

A Culture Shock Nutcracker

Culture Shock San Diego presents a modern rendition of the family classic, a mash-up of dance genres, theatrical styles, and holiday traditions. Tchaikovsky’s original score is fused with contemporary music and pop-culture references. “For our fifth season, we’ve moved from a hip-hop show to a broader focus. We will continue to use hip-hip and street styles to tell much of the dance portion of the story, but our motivation is pop culture and we’ve added more dance forms.” The show begins with an homage to the musical-theater hit Beauty and the Beast with tap, contemporary dance, and popping while referencing everything from Star Wars to Bowie’s Labyrinth.


Saturday | 6

Hamilton comes to San Diego

Hamilton comes to San Diego

Hamilton, The Musical

Hamilton, The Musical

The costumes are late 18th and early 19th Century, with knee breeches, velvet coats, and the occasional scented kerchief. The stage looks candlelit. And the characters are America’s founding fathers (Washington, Jefferson, John Adams). But instead of Mt. Rushmore statues creaking into stony life, the multi-racial cast sings and raps the story of Alexander Hamilton’s rise (from illegitimate child to first secretary of the treasury and commander of the new U.S. Army) to his fall in the famous duel with Aaron Burr.


Sunday | 7

Carnaval Fantastique, acrobats + Vegas-style dancers + lasers

Carnaval Fantastique, acrobats + Vegas-style dancers + lasers

Past Event

Carnaval Fantastique

Carnaval Fantastique

Carnaval Fantastique presents a show called “Entertainment at the Speed of Light” for one night only, a combination of acrobats, Vegas-style dancers, and laser special effects. Performers from around the world will bring their talent to the stage with feats of strength, balance, and contortion.


One of the many contests at Kiss the Bride

One of the many contests at Kiss the Bride

Past Event

Kiss the Bride: Bridal Show

  • Sunday, January 7, 2018, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Pala Events Center, 11154 Highway 76, Pala
  • $10 - $12

Kiss the Bride: Bridal Show

With runway bridal-fashion shows, wedding-cake samples, advice from wedding professionals, and lots of contests and prizes. First 100 brides receive a pink swag bag. Oh, and there’s a “grooms’ corner,” with TVs to catch the NFL games.


Slow Death III, the latest from experimental-musician Sam Lopez

Slow Death III, the latest from experimental-musician Sam Lopez

Past Event

Slow Death III: A Noise Music Festival

  • Sunday, January 7, 2018, 2 p.m.
  • Helmuth Projects, 1827 Fifth Avenue, San Diego
  • $8

Slow Death III: A Noise Music Festival

This is the newest Stay Strange Production from local experimental musician Sam Lopez, who sometimes performs as Zsa Zsa Gabor. Local performers include electro-headbangers Skrapez, ambient experimentalists Monochromacy, and a new side band from onetime Trummerflora Collective honcho Marcelo Radulovich called Son of Radul, which Lopez describes as “demon hurdy gurdy.” Also appearing: L.A. electro-percussionists White Eyes, tuba-twister Jonathan Piper, and two bands from New Orleans, tape-loopers Proud/Father and bleak-moaners Dolce. Yours Truly Jane Palmer performs between sets on homemade instruments constructed from everyday items.


Wednesday | 10

Explore the plight of animals and peruse The Wildlife Project exhibition

Explore the plight of animals and peruse The Wildlife Project exhibition

Past Event

Wildlife Protection Lecture with Big Life

Wildlife Protection Lecture with Big Life

Join a speaker from Big Life Foundation to explore the plight of animals threatened by poaching and illegal ivory trade and peruse artist Wendy Maruyama’s efforts to promote wildlife preservation with The Wildlife Project exhibition.

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