Jeff Smith 1:30 p.m., May 2
Best San Diego Events: December 27-January 2
Thursday | 27
VAMP BEST OF 2012
So Say We All dedicates this December storytelling and live literature performance showcase to celebrating their favorite performers of 2012: Jessica Ruane, April Ventura, Ryan Bradford, Pat Johnson, Justin Hudnall, Holland Holzer, Laura Condi, Brian Simpson, Dallas McLaughlin, Rory Kelly. Dance party to follow, featuring DJ Ill Spectre. Ages 21+. $0–$5.
WHEN: 8:30 to 11:00 p.m.
WHERE: Whistle Stop Bar, 2236 Fern Street, South Park. 619-284-6784
Friday | 28
SHEN YUN ASIAN BALLET
Troupes of nearly 100 dancers, musicians, and soloists. 5000 years of culture and history come alive on stage. A magic journey through ancient dynasties and faraway lands. 30-country world tour. $60-$200.
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 North Escondido Boulevard, Escondido, shenyunperformingarts.org
Saturday | 29
JOURNEY THROUGH THE CITY
Visitors of all ages can invent their own city and explore an imaginary urban environment with others during this guided workshop. Working with more than 1000 pieces of various materials, visitors will be able to manipulate and transform their visionary models of urban landscapes. The workshop’s theme is integration: How would you design buildings and roads around a river?
WHEN: 1:00 to 2:30 p.m or 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park
Sunday | 30
LUMINOUS PAINTING IN OIL
Spend the day painting. Visiting artist Cynda Valle guides participants in the exploration of both the notion of chiaroscuro (the notion that to achieve luminosity, the painted light must also include shadow), as practiced by classical painters, and the use of broken color, as practiced by the impressionists. Each student will produce a painting using the methods and materials discussed. Materials list provided upon registration. $122–$140.
WHEN: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Bravo School of Art, 2690 Decatur Road, Studio 206, Point Loma. 619-223-0058; Bravoschoolofart.com
Monday | 31
Hosted hors d’oeuvres and complimentary mixed cocktails 8–9 p.m., with party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. Two rooms of turbo sound. Updated lighting, sound, visuals, and decor. Local art displays and smoking patio. Featuring Halo, Mark Quark, Philaye, Drummer John, DJ Ala, Cris Herrera, Paul Najera, Jason Tokita, James Curry, Flo. Hosted by Surface, Soulonbeat, Dive, Siesta, Interconnected, Solid. Ages 21+. $35–$45.
WHEN: 8:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.
WHERE: Queen Bee’s Art and Cultural Center, 3925 Ohio Street, North Park. 619-255-5147; queenbeessd.com
Tuesday | 1
Keep the celebration going with bottomless champagne and mimosas, buffet, and live entertainment on San Diego Harbor. Omelet station, seafood station, carved top sirloin, turkey breast, oven-roasted potatoes, bacon, sausage, sliced ham, and more. Just be sure to leave room for the pancakes, Belgian waffles, fresh fruit, assorted pastries, and a chocolate fountain. $37.50–$59.50.
WHEN: 10:30 a.m to 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: Flagship San Diego Harbor Excursion, 990 North Harbor Drive, Downtown. 619-522-6155; flagshipsd.com
Wednesday | 2
San Diego Dance Theater presents “Cabaret Dances: The Water Lilies (Nymphéas),” an impressionistic dance based on Monet’s water lily paintings, permeated by the artistic energy of creating and performed with live music. Free.
WHEN: 4:00 and 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: California Center for the Arts, 340 North Escondido Boulevard, Escondido. 760-839-4186; artcenter.org/performances/