20 things to do this weekend: Parade of Lights, ‘The Colors of Christmas’ concert, ‘La Pastorela’



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San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

5 p.m. Sunday. San Diego Bay from Shelter Island toward Coronado Ferry Landing. Free. sdparadeoflights.org

More than 80 lavishly decorated sailboats, yachts and dinghies will light up San Diego Bay on Sunday during the 48th annual Parade of Lights. The theme this year is “Comic-Con on the Bay,” with vessels putting on displays inspired by their favorite comic books. The flotilla sails at 5 p.m. from the south end of Shelter Island past Harbor Island, the Embarcadero, Seaport Village and The Pier at Cesar Chavez Park. The boats then cross the bay to Coronado and finish at the Coronado Ferry Landing around 7 p.m. CAROLINA GUSMAN

Holiday Bubbly & Brunch at the Beach

11 a.m. Sunday. 723 Felspar St., Pacific Beach. $89, including tax and tip. (858) 270-2323. t23hotel.com/jrdn

Toast the holidays — and how lucky we are to enjoy oceanside festivities in December — when JRDN executive chef David Warner welcomes France’s glam Champagne house Billecart-Salmon for a four-course, four-glass holiday edition of the restaurant’s popular Bubbly & Brunch at the Beach. On JRDN’s sand-swept patio, brunchers will have a view of the Pacific Beach pier’s Christmas tree decorations. Paired with the accessible elegance of the Billecart and Warner’s always-tasty cooking, it sounds like the epitome of eat, drink and be merry. MICHELE PARENTE

Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade

2 to 3 p.m. Sunday. MLK Promenade Park, adjacent to the Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter, 401 K St., Gaslamp Quarter. Free for spectators. gaslamp.org

Furry creatures and their handlers will jingle all the way through the Gaslamp Quarter on Sunday at the 12th annual Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade. Costume contest judging takes place from noon to 1:30 p.m., and the parade steps off promptly at 2 p.m. from under the archway at Fifth Avenue. A Holiday Pet Market will be open from noon to 5 p.m. featuring vendors, live music and festive activities. Entry in the pet parade is $15 per pet in advance online, or $20 on the day of the event. Day-of registration and check-in begins at 11:30 a.m. After the parade, winners of the costume categories will be announced at the Pet Parade stage. CAROLINA GUSMAN

Holiday in the Village

4 to 9 p.m. today; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. In the area of La Mesa Boulevard and Spring Street in downtown La Mesa. lamesavillageassociation.org

It’s time for Holiday in the Village with the La Mesa Village Association’s annual event downtown. For two days, the whole family is encouraged to bundle up and head out for live entertainment with holiday music, dance performances, food, activities for kids, shopping, and more. LISA DEADERICK

“Gary Heffern’s Last Waltz” film screening, plus a performance by Gary’s Kids

3 p.m. Sunday. The Casbah, 2501 Kettner Blvd., San Diego. $10 (must be 21 or older to attend). (619) 232-4355. casbahmusic.com

Gary Heffern is not the only San Diego punk-rock pioneer to have performed at the Casbah multiple times over the past 30 years. But the former lead singer of The Penetrators is the only one who travels here from Rovaniemi, Finland, where he has lived for years. Alas, Heffern may not repeat that trip much longer. The singer, songwriter, poet and author announced his retirement from performing shortly prior to his two January Casbah performances with The Penetrators and as a headliner on his own. He will be honored Sunday at the Casbah with a screening of “Gary Heffern’s Last Waltz,” Grossmont College professor Raul Sandelin’s film that documents Heffern’s January farewell Casbah performance. It’s the second film documentary to be made about Heffern. After the film, Heffern will be further honored by an all-star San Diego band, aptly named Gary’s Kids. It should be an afternoon of both celebration and misty-eyed reflection for performers and fans alike. GEORGE VARGA

“A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play”

Opens today. 7:30 p.m. Fridays; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Through Dec. 22. Oceanside Theatre Company at the Sunshine Brooks Theatre, 217 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside. $15-$29. (760) 433-8900. oceansidetheatre.org

You don’t have to turn into Scrooge to tune into him: Once again, Oceanside Theatre Company dials in its broadcast-style adaptation of “A Christmas Carol,” with all the action set in a 1940s radio studio. Ted Leib directs the family-minded production, which comes complete with vintage-commercial breaks. JAMES HEBERT

“Carols by Candlelight” 30th anniversary concert

8 p.m. tonight and Saturday. California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido. $19-$87. (800) 988-4253. carolsbycandlelight.com

This annual fundraising concert for Rady Children’s Hospital was co-founded in 1989 by Grammy Award-winning Poway Mayor Steve Vaus. To date, it has raised more than $1 million. This year’s lineup — which features Collin Raye, Bryan White and Jamie O’Neal — will also include Vaus and his daughter, Anna. Craig Campbell will also perform, but only at the Dec. 14 concert. Anna Vaus is a 2018 graduate of Belmont University’s College of Entertainment and Music Business. In 2016, she became the first-ever recipient of the $40,000 “Women Creators” scholarship, which was established in 2015 by country-music star Miranda Lambert. GEORGE VARGA

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Singer Oleta Adams rose to prominence in the 1980s through her collaborations with Tears For Fears and Phil Collins. She has been a solo artist ever since.
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“The Colors of Christmas,” featuring Peabo Bryson, Oleta Adams, Bebe Winans and Jody Watley

7 p.m. Sunday. Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter. $31.25-$62.50. ticketmaster.com

For the past 27 years, R&B vocal star Peabo Bryson has led the annual “Colors of Christmas” tour, which is designed to bring soulful fervor to even the most staid holiday chestnuts. For this year’s edition, Bryson will be joined by Oleta Adams, Bebe Winans and Jody Watley. GEORGE VARGA

Irving Flores presents “The Latin-Jazz Side of Christmas”

8 p.m. tonight. Dizzy’s, Arias Hall (behind the Musicians Association building), 1717 Morena Blvd., Bay Park. $25. (858) 270-7467. dizzysjazz.com

Born in Veracruz, Mexico, Irving Flores has built a solid reputation as one of the area’s most versatile and resourceful jazz-and-beyond pianists. A longtime musical partner of top San Diego trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos, Flores’ credits range from Willie Colon and the San Diego Chamber Orchestra to Paulina Rubio and the Spanish Harlem Orchestra. Expect a propulsive evening of music when he performs a Latin-jazz Christmas concert with singer Katleen Dugas, accordionist Eduardo Reyes, bassist Justin Grinnell and drummer Kevin Higuchi. GEORGE VARGA

“For the Sender”

7:30 p.m. Saturday. La Paloma Theater, 471 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas. $25. forthesender.com

As a child actor in Hollywood, Alex Woodard appeared on “The Love Boat.” As an adult singer-songwriter, he address matters of the heart, soul and psyche. To date, he has made three books and accompanying albums — each with the title “For the Sender” — all featuring stories and songs inspired by real-life letters and correspondence that were shared with Woodard by their senders or recipients. For this year’s annual “For the Sender” concert, Woodard and Molly Jenson will also perform holiday songs with a lineup that includes 2019 Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Jack Tempchin, Nickel Creek co-founder Sean Watkins, Gregory Page and Nena Anderson. Proceeds from the show go to Team RWB’s Surf Camp for Veterans. GEORGE VARGA

“An Irish Christmas”

8 p.m. tonight. Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter. 8 p.m. $30-$40. sandiegotheatres.org

This Celtic-flavored evening will showcase leading Irish dancers Caterina Coyne, Tyler Schwartz and Connor Reider. Music will be performed by members of the 32-year-old Kerry Traditional Orchestra. Jigs and reels should abound, with lots of seasonal flavoring. GEORGE VARGA

Christmas Carol Sing-Along and Spreckels Organ Holiday Concert, featuring Raúl Prieto Ramírez

2 and 6 p.m. Sunday. Spreckels Organ Pavilion, 2125 Pan American Road East, Balboa Park. Free. (619) 702-8138. spreckelsorgan.org/calendar

San Diego Civic Organist Raúl Prieto Ramírez will pull double-duty when he performs two holiday concerts Sunday at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park. The first, at 2 p.m., reunites him with Lauren Leigh Mar, who also handled vocal duties in June at Ramírez’s Led Zeppelin tribute concert. The second, at 6 p.m., will feature him with several singers from the San Diego Opera and and members of the Navy Band Southwest Wind Ensemble. GEORGE VARGA

The Blind Boys of Alabama Christmas show, with Nicki Bluhm

8 p.m. Sunday. Belly Up, 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. $40 general admission; $70 reserved seating; must be 21 or older to attend. (858) 481-8140. bellyup.com

Jimmy Carter was a child when he co-founded the Blind Boys of Alabama in 1939. He is still a vital member, 80 years later, of this legendary gospel-music group, which to date has won five Grammy Awards and earned a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Whether singing Christmas favorites and spirituals, or collaborating with such admirers as Ben Harper, Peter Gabriel and Mavis Staples, the Blind Boys bring heart-stirring fervor to every note they sing. GEORGE VARGA

San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus: “Jingle”

6 p.m. Sunday. Sycuan Casino Resort’s Live & Up Close, 5469 Casino Way, El Cajon. $29-$39. (800) 279-2826. sycuan.com

The stage will be overflowing Sunday with singers, musicians and dancers for an evening of holiday favorites by the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus. Last year’s edition of “Jingle” included some singing nuns who, in all likelihood, were not actual nuns. Will their appearances become an annual habit? GEORGE VARGA

SAN DIEGO, CA November 30th, 2018 | Tuyo Theatre Company players (from left) Peter James Cirino, Ber

SAN DIEGO, CA November 30th, 2018 | Tuyo Theatre Company players (from left) Peter James Cirino, Bernardo Mazon Daher (back), Crystal Mercado (front), Patrice Amon (front), and Daniel Jaquez (back) jump for photos on Friday in San Diego, California. | (Eduardo Contreras / San Diego Union-Tribune)
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“Pastorela 2.0” and “La Pastorela de los Milagros”

“Pastorela 2.0”: Opens today. 7:30 p.m. Fridays; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Through Dec. 22. TuYo Theatre at the Don Powell Theatre, 5400 Campanile Mall, San Diego State University campus. $17 (discounts available). (619) 594-6884. ttf.sdsu.edu

“La Pastorela de los Milagros”: 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. Through Dec. 22. Teatro Máscara Mágica at San Diego Rep’s Lyceum Space, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown. $10-$25. (619) 544-1000. lyceumevents.org

For close to 30 years now, San Diego’s Teatro Máscara Mágica has been the local torch-bearer for a beloved Christmas tradition with its annual revisit to “La Pastorela,” the biblically based play that draws on Spanish and Mexican roots. Now, though, the venerable company has some company, as the upstart TuYo Theatre launches its own version: “Pastorela 2.0.” The two shows premiere one day apart this week: TMM’s “La Pastorela de los Milagros” at the downtown Lyceum Space tonight, TuYo’s new production at San Diego State University’s Don Powell Theatre on Friday. Of course, there’s no reason think this town isn’t big enough for a pair of “Pastorelas.” And as different as the two troupes’ takes on the tradition sound, it turns out they have significant connections. JAMES HEBERT

The San Diego Symphony: “Noel, Noel”

7:30 p.m. Saturday , Dec. 20 and Dec. 21; 2 p.m. Sunday , Dec. 21 and Dec. 22. (The Dec. 15 performance is a “family concert.”) Jacobs Music Center’s Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St., downtown. $25-$84 for evening concerts. (619) 235-0804.

Expect glorious harmonies to reign at these six concerts. The lineup includes the San Diego Symphony, conducted by Ted Sperling, with Broadway star Betsy Wolfe, the San Diego Master Chorale, the San Diego Children’s Choir, and you (at least, during the audience-sing-along segments). GEORGE VARGA

San Diego Zoo Jungle Bells

Zoo hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday through Jan. 5 (except Christmas Eve, when the zoo closes at 5 p.m.). San Diego Zoo, 2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego. Free with paid admissionor membership; free parking. (619) 718-3000. zoo.sandiegozoo.org

The three-week celebration kicks off Friday and runs through Jan 5. During the festival, the zoo remains open until 8 p.m. (except on Christmas Eve, when the park will close at 5 p.m.). The park is open on Christmas and New Year’s Day. Festivities start around 4 p.m. and feature lighted displays, including “dancing light” animal sculptures, holiday décor, live animal shows, storytelling, carolers, food specials, live music, a 4-D movie, and Santa Claus and his elves. CAROLINA GUSMAN

“A Christmas Carol”

7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays; 3 and 8 p.m.Saturdays; 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays. Through Dec. 29. Cygnet Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town. $35-$60 (discounts available). (619) 337-1525. cygnettheatre.com

When Charles Dickens wrote “A Christmas Carol” in 1843, he didn’t divide the saga into chapters. He gave it “staves” — a musical term for the lines on which a song is plotted. That seems just right for this lyrical “Ghost Story of Christmas” (as the novelist called it), whose tone starts out as a kind of funereal dirge and ends with an ode to joy. And it’s especially fitting for Cygnet Theatre’s elegant, Victorian-accented staging of the piece, which is filled with songs of the season. Those involved with the show, now in its sixth season, follow another kind of music, too: an intricate symphony of entrances and costume changes and choreographic cues and shifting sets. The audience witnesses only the finishing notes of all that activity, but there’s a whole lot of orchestration going on backstage. Here, documented in photos over the course of one performance, is how the people behind “A Christmas Carol” make the whole thing sing. JAMES HEBERT

“A Christmas Story”

7 p.m. Wednesdays-Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays; 4 p.m. Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Through Dec. 29. San Diego Musical Theatre at the Horton Grand Theatre, 444 Fourth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter. $30-$70. (858) 560-5740. sdmt.org

The movie-based musical “A Christmas Story” is a show with plenty of warmth and good cheer; it’s also a show that has a pack of disgruntled elves dispatching kids down a department store chute that looks like something out of the macabre “Sweeney Todd.” Suffice it to say this is a piece that likes its humor on the cheeky side. As narrated at SDMT by the wonderful Steve Gunderson — taking a break from the Old Globe’s “Grinch” musical after many seasons — “A Christmas Story” tells the tale (familiar from the film) of a Midwestern kid’s quest for the gift of a BB gun. The songs by Oscar and Tony Award winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul complement the story with humor and tunefulness, and with its big cast and sweet-sounding orchestra, the production is a snappy one all around. JAMES HEBERT

City Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”

Through Dec. 22. Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway, downtown. $24.99-$92. (858) 272-8663. cityballet.org

It’s the holidays, and the “Nutcrackers” just keep on coming. For the next three weekends, the dance artists of City Ballet will perform “The Nutcracker” at Spreckels Theatre downtown with John Nettles conducting the City Ballet Orchestra. Choreography is by Elizabeth Wistrich. The Victorian-era story of young Clara’s magical journey into the land of Christmas is danced to the Tchaikovsky score by the City Ballet Orchestra. On-stage Champagne Reception tickets are available for the performance on Dec. 21, a Saturday evening show. On Dec. 11, the company will perform a special sensory-friendly show that “has been adapted for people with a wide variety of sensory or special needs,” including “lowered light and sound cues and relaxed theater rules.” UNION-TRIBUNE


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