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Salvador Dalí's "The Ascension of Christ"
While you may want to plan a vacay to San Diego to hit the beaches this summer, there's another reason to go, and one that provides air-conditioning: It's the only U.S. stop for the exhibition "El Greco to Dalí: The Great Spanish Masters from the Pérez Simón Collection" Head to the San Diego Museum of Art for your only chance to see 64 famous artworks from such masters as Picasso and Dalí.
The exhibit, which opens July 9, features the work that covers the history of Spanish art over the last 500 years. You'll see oil paintings, sculptures and drawings at the Balboa Park museum.
The party animals at the San Diego Zoo are going to keep the fun going later into the night with the Nighttime Zoo program. Okay, by "late," we mean 9pm. To take advantage of San Diego's long summer days, the zoo is staying open three hours later than usual and it's offering a slate of evening-only offerings.
Aside from visiting the animal residents, the zoo will have everything from acrobats to bird shows to Calypso musicians who play while hula-hooping starting June 25 to September 6, from 3 to 9pm.
When we walk along the sidewalks in New York City, we can't help but stop and gawk at the street performers. Whether it be the break dancers, the spray-paint landscape artist, heck, even the silver guy who stands there completely stillwe at least take a peek. But they're not only in NYC, and San Diego will pay homage to their own performers with a Spring Busker Festival on April 10 and 11.
Buskers from all over the country will fill San Diego's Seaport Village for the fourth annual fest and take turns entertaining the crowd. The lineup isn't just a bunch of jugglers—though there will be some of those. Sword swallowers, fire eaters, tumblers and magicians will perform. Greg Frisbee will juggle knives with his hands on fire and Hillbilly Willy will rattle off jokes and fiddle all while riding a unicycle.
While people crowd downtown San Diego's Horton Plaza for ice skating and shopping around this time of year, the city offers a holiday alternative at the , which decks itself out in lights, fake snow and themed activities for Jungle Bells.
A highlight of the Jungle Bells celebration, which lasts until January 2, is the eco-friendly synthetic ice rink, the first time the zoo's offered the feature. But don't expect Rockefeller Center. This small rink is better for wobbly kiddies learning how to skate than adults looking to practice their figure eights.
It's hard to feel the holiday vibe in San Diego when the temps hover at 80 degrees and the only trees you see are of the palm variety. But when traditional events like the Balboa Park's 32nd annual December Nights roll around, it starts to feel a lot like Christmas.
San Diego's kick-off to the season will take place December 4 from 5 to 10 p.m. and December 5 from noon to 10 p.m. in Balboa Park. More than 300,000 revelers are expected to attend December Nights, the largest free community festival in the city. Start off the festivities at the International Christmas Festival at the House of Pacific Relations Cottages. There you can get eats from all around the globe like Polish kielbasa, Panamanian fried plantains and Filipino lumpia, a yummy kind of egg roll. But wait, there's so much more...
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In the Old Globe’s Summer Shakespeare Festival production of Cyrano de Bergerac, Patrick Page plays the nasally-well-endowed titular character and Dana Green stars as Roxane.
If you are looking to wind down the season with one more alfresco outing, head to San Diego's Old Globe Theatre for the Summer Shakespeare Festival. The 74th annual fest offers Bard classics Twelfth Night and Coriolanus and in a break with tradition, Cyrano de Bergerac, the first non-Shakespeare play the theater has featured since it revived the festival five years ago.
The three productions rotate nightly in the Globe’s outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre through September 27. This way, if you're in town for a couple of days, you can catch all three. But if you can only make a day or two, here's a rundown of the shows to help you decide which play to see:
If you're looking for a good excuse to head to San Diego for a girls-only weekend, then the San Diego Women's Film Festival is probably a great one. The well established event is celebrating its sixth year of supporting female filmmakers and this year looks to welcome over 400 independent films.
From October 2 to 5, the festival seeks to illustrate positive messages about relevant social issues. The films will focus on ideas relating to ethnicity, class, culture and gender. Be sure to note your favorite, as the festival has screened some films that have gone on to win Oscars. The events begin on Thursday with a preview party at the Reading Cinemas' Gaslamp Stadium 15 and continue there throughout the weekend. An all access pass is $50.