Sunday, November 19: Global Winter Wonderland
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Thursday | 16

David Sedaris talks about his new books and more at Balboa Theatre

Past Event

David Sedaris

  • Thursday, November 16, 2017, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Avenue, San Diego
  • $40 - $47

David Sedaris

David Sedaris returns with social critiques that have made him one of America’s preeminent humor writers. Sedaris is the author of Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice and several collections of personal essays. He recently released two new books, a collection of diaries titled Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977–2002) and David Sedaris Diaries: A Visual Compendium. Stick around post-performance for a book-signing session.


The ice-skating season begins at Liberty Station

Rady Children’s Ice Rink at Liberty Station

Rady Children’s Ice Rink

The season runs through Sunday, January 7; closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. During the day expect young children and parents at the rink. As the sun goes down the teens come out for faster-paced skating. Night sessions attract adults willing to give ice skating a try. All proceeds benefit the Rady Children’s Hospital’s Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.


Friday | 17

Patton Oswalt called Regan “the best stand-up working today.”

Past Event

Brian Regan

  • Friday, November 17, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
  • Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Avenue, San Diego
  • $50

Brian Regan

Brian Regan recently signed a two-special deal with Netflix, joining the club with Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, and Jerry Seinfeld. Brian Regan: Nunchucks and Flamethrowers premieres on November 21. His last stand-up special, Brian Regan: Live from Radio City Music Hall (2015), was the first live broadcast of a stand-up on Comedy Central. Patton Oswalt has called Regan “the best stand-up working today.”


Saturday | 18

The biggest wine and food celebration on the West Coast, at the Embarcadero

Past Event

San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival: Grand Tasting

San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival

The grand finale of the seven-day San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival is the Grand Tasting, with 150 wine (and beer and spirits) purveyors offering 700 wines. Sample from a wide range of domestic and international wineries, discover new labels, and taste cuisine from over 60 chefs as they compete for $50,000 in prizes...plus 30 gourmet food companies to nosh through. They call it the biggest wine and food celebration on the West Coast. The Mocktail Lounge is new this year, with alcohol-free offerings.


SeaWord aims to bring the season to the sea

SeaWorld Christmas Celebration

  • SeaWorld, 500 Sea World Drive, Mission Beach
  • $90

SeaWorld Christmas Celebration

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration “brings the season to the sea,” November 18 to January 6. Visit Santa’s Christmas Village (children can listen to Mrs. Claus during story time and share their wish list with Santa), meet Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and friends, and take in the new nativity show, O Wondrous Night, with over 30 carols, storytelling puppets, and live animals. Dolphins and pilot whales celebrate the season in a holiday performance, Dolphin Island Christmas. Lots of lighted trees and holiday music throughout the park. All events included with park admission.


Sunday | 19

The largest display of traditional Chinese lanterns outside of China

Global Winter Wonderland

Global Winter Wonderland

An international celebration featuring the largest display of traditional Chinese lanterns outside of China, “Cirque du Soleil-level acrobatics,” 35+ carnival rides, holiday-themed activities and games, and international food and shopping. The luminescent, hand-crafted lanterns are inspired by international landscapes from around the world such as the Taj Mahal and the Eiffel Tower, many of which are newly designed for San Diego. Nearly 100 Chinese artisans arrive eight weeks prior to hand-sew the intricate lantern displays that can reach heights of 20 feet. Designing and illuminating lanterns is a rich Chinese custom dating back 2000 years. San Diego has not hosted a large-scale holiday-lights attraction since 2013, when the Holiday of Lights at the Del Mar Fairgrounds was discontinued after nearly two decades. Runs select days, November 19 through January 7.


Tuesday | 21

This entry in Art of Élan’s concert series draws inspiration from The Pérez Simón Collection

Past Event

Art of Élan: Modern Masters from Latin America

Art of Élan: Modern Masters from Latin America

This entry in Art of Élan’s gallery concert series draws inspiration from Modern Masters from Latin America: The Pérez Simón Collection, with music by Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos, Mexican composers Gabriela Ortiz and Silvestre Revueltas, and Cuban composer Tania León. Opening October 21, the exhibition charts a trajectory from the late 1800s to the first decade of this century, showcasing the work of seminal figures from countries including Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, Brazil, and Uruguay.

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