Now Playing: Shrek – The Musical

October 12 – 27, 2013 – J* Company Youth Theatre Launches Their 21st Season with Shrek- The Musical

J* Company Youth Theatre proudly presents the award winning show Shrek – The Musical, directed by Joey Landwehr. Join Shrek, a benign green ogre and unlikely hero, and his loyal steed Donkey as they set off on a quest to rescue the beautiful – if slightly temperamental – Princess Fiona from her tower guarded by a fire breathing lovesick dragon. Add the diminutive Lord Farquaad, a gang of fairytale misfits, and a biscuit with attitude, and you’ve got the must see musical comedy Shrek – The Musical.

Based on the blockbuster movie and the book by William Steig, with music by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire, the J* Company’s production consists of 72 cast members, 10 youth crew members and 4 youth orchestra members playing in the pit! Included in this fabulous youth cast are the following: Joshua Shtein (Shrek) from University City (Age 17 – High Tech High International School); Celia Tedde (Princess Fiona) from Clairemont (Age 16 -San Diego Jewish Academy); Sam Brogadir (Donkey) from University City (Age 15 -San Diego School of Creative & Performing Arts); Scott Peterson (Lord Farquaad) from Mira Mesa (Age 18 -San Diego School of Creative & Performing Arts); Samantha Tullie (Dragon) from Rancho Santa Fe (Age 15 – Canyon Crest Academy); Ian Laughbaum (Pinocchio) from San Marcos  (Age 16 -Greater San Diego Academy); and Adira Rosen (Gingy) from Mission Bay (Age 14- School of Creative & Performing Arts, SCPA).

Director Joey Landwehr brings a unique educational component to his directing when working with the cast. In his production of Shrek – The Musical, the themes of Difference/Protest/Acceptance are incorporated in the actors’ understanding of the characters they portray. His discussions with the Company are about being “different and united.” Working with the actors, Joey created an acting exercise; “Select the silliest thing about yourself that makes you different that you don’t mind sharing. This could be as silly as “I always eat marshmallows in the bathtub.” Or “I make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and then take them apart and lick all the peanut butter and jelly and throw away the bread.” Then create your own “freak Flag” or protest sign. This could be: a large collage of pink and white marshmallows adorned with the slogan “Up with soggy marshmallows!” The point is be as creative as possible and make sure you have your own flag colors.”  He explains to the cast, “What is most important in life is to accept yourself for whom and what you are.”

Rounding out J* Company Youth Theatre’s 21st Season are the following productions and upcoming auditions:

The Little Mermaid – December 6-15, 2013
Audition Dates and Times: September 30th and October 1st, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Ages: 7 – 15

The Wizard of OZ- February 28-March 16, 2014
Audition Dates and Times: January 7th & 8th, 4:00-6:00pm
Ages: 7 – 18

Disney’s Tarzan – May 9-18, 2014
Audition Dates and Times: March 4th & 5th, 4:00-6:00pm
Ages: 7 – 18

Shrek – The Musical runs on the following dates:

  • Friday, October 11th, 10:00am (School Performance / Matinee)
  • Saturday, October 12th, 8:00pm
  • Sunday, October 13th, 1:00 & 4:30pm
  • Saturday, October 19th, 8:00pm
  • Sunday, October 20th, 1:00 & 4:30pm
  • Thursday, October 24th, 7:00pm
  • Saturday, October 26th, 8:00pm
  • Sunday, October 27th, 1:00 & 4:30pm

All performances take place at the David and Dorothea Garfield Theatre at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, Jacobs Family Campus, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla. Visit the J* Company Youth Theatre website for more information and to purchase tickets.

Add comment October 15th, 2013

Free Admission – San Diego New Children’s Museum

October 13, 2013 – Free Admission to Celebrate NCM’s Newest Exhibit

Head over to the New Children’s Museum on Sunday, October 13, 2013 and get a taste of its newest exhibit, Feast: The Art of Playing with Your Food.

The latest in a series of Museum-wide thematic exhibitions designed to help visitors think, play and create, Feast: The Art of Playing with Your Food explores the subject of food through playful, multi-sensory and immersive experiences. The exhibition features 21 art installations and activities to engage and educate. The Feast Grand Opening event is open to the public free of charge through a grant from Target Corporation.

Free admission and the Grand Opening of Feast: The Art of Playing with Your Food takes place on Sunday, October 13, 2013 from 12:00 pm (noon) to 6:00 pm at the San Diego New Children’s Museum, located at 200 West Island Avenue in Downtown San Diego. The Museum is easily accessible from the MTS Convention Center Trolley stop, Seaport Village and the Gaslamp Quarter.

Add comment October 10th, 2013

Free Family Art Day at the Oceanside Museum of Art

October 6, 2013 – Free Museum Admission and Art Activities

At Free Family Art Day, children and their parents work closely in the artistic process designing small works of art that reflect concepts and themes from the exhibitions on view. All art activities and exhibitions on view are free to the public. Projects are designed to engage children of all ages. No art experience is required for the art activities and all supplies will be provided. Healthy refreshments and kid-centric docent tours will be provided.

Head over to the Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA) on Sunday, October 6, 2013, and join in the fun as participants explore landscape art at Free Family Art Day! Using paint, paper, yarn, felt and other materials, participants will create their own landscape: either a two-dimensional painting or collage or a three-dimensional shadow box landscape.

The Oceanside Fire Station 1 will also be holding an Open House on the same day! The street in front of the museum and the fire house will be closed down to offer exciting fire station demos, t-shirt and food sales. OMA will also have a special fire house creative project for the entire family on the patio.

Free Family Art Day takes place at the Oceanside Museum of Art on Sunday, October 6, 2013 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. OMA is located just north of San Diego at 704 Pier View Way in downtown Oceanside, within walking distance from the Oceanside transit center with Amtrack, Coaster, Sprinter and Metrolink stops. For more information about Free Family Art Days and other events taking place at the Museum, visit the Oceanside Museum of Art website.

Add comment October 3rd, 2013

Kids Free Days at the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park – October 2013

October 1 to 31, 2013: Free Child Admission All Month Long!

It’s that time of the year again! From October 1 to October 31, 2013, in honor of the Zoo’s founding, children ages 3 to 11 receive free general admission to the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park when accompanied by an adult.

Note: The Zoo’s Guided Bus Tour and the Skyfari Aerial Tram are not included with Kids Free entrance and must be purchased separately at the Zoo. The Safari Park’s Africa Tram Safari and the Conservation Carousel are not included with Kids Free entrance and must be purchased separately at the Park.

For more information about Kids Free Days, visit the San Diego Zoo’s Kids Free Days webpage.

Enjoy, San Diego!

Add comment September 28th, 2013

Kids Free In October 2013 – Museum Month Coupon

October 1 to 31, 2013 – Kids Can Visit 40 Museums for Free

The San Diego Museum Council invites kids to explore San Diego’s diverse museums…for free! From October 1 to 31, 2013, children ages 12 and under receive free admission with paid adult admission at any one of over 40 participating museums. Just download the coupon (link below) and off you go!

Research from the American Association of Museums points to the important role museums play in a child’s education, making back-to-school season an ideal time for exploring museums. And with Kids Free in October, the experience just got a little more affordable!

Explore the hidden treasures of the ocean or the far reaches of outer space. Delve into local history, visual arts, botanical gardens, architectural treasures, and more…all here in San Diego!

The following museums are participating in the 2013 Kids Free in October Museum program:

  • Barona Cultural Center & Museum
  • Birch Aquarium at Scripps
  • Cabrillo National Monument
  • California Surf Museum
  • Coronado Museum of History & Art
  • Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
  • Gaslamp Museum at William H. Davis House
  • Heritage of the Americas Museum
  • Japanese Friendship Garden
  • La Jolla Historical Society
  • Living Coast Discovery Center
  • Lux Art Institute
  • Marston House Museum & Gardens
  • Mingei International Museum
  • Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
  • Museum of Making Music
  • Museum of Photographic Arts
  • Oceanside Museum of Art
  • Reuben H. Fleet Science Center (galleries only)
  • San Diego Air & Space Museum
  • San Diego Archaeological Center
  • San Diego Automotive Museum
  • San Diego Botanic Garden
  • San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum
  • San Diego History Center
  • San Diego Model Railroad Museum
  • San Diego Chinese Historical Museum
  • San Diego Museum of Art
  • Santa Ysabel General Store & Backcountry Visitor Center
  • Serra Museum
  • The NAT (San Diego Natural History Museum)
  • The New Children’s Museum
  • Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center
  • Timken Museum of Art
  • USS Midway Museum
  • Veterans Museum & Memorial Center
  • Visions Art Museum
  • Water Conservation Garden
  • Warner-Carillo Ranch House
  • Women’s Museum of California

The fine print: The free admission offer is valid for children ages 12 and under with coupon and with paid adult admission. There is a limit of two free child admissions per paying adult. The offer does not apply to field trips or specially ticketed events or exhibits. Other restrictions may apply; see website for details.

The 2013 Kids Free in October museum program runs from October 1 to 31, 2013. To take advantage of this free child admission offer, click here to download and print the Kids Free in October coupon and present it to the participating museum of choice. There is no limit to the number of museums that you can visit, however you may need to print out a separate coupon for each venue you visit. For more information, visit the Kids Free in October 2013 webpage on the San Diego Museum Council’s website.

Add comment September 25th, 2013

ArtSplash 2013 in Carlsbad

September 28 & 29, 2013 – Free Family Friendly Art Celebration in North County

ArtSplash, Carlsbad’s unique celebration of the Arts, returns to Armada Drive (immediately above the Carlsbad Flower Fields) for another year of free, family friendly celebration of art and entertainment in North County.

Attracting over 35,000 visitors each year, ArtSplash is best known for its street paintings by professional and amateur artists who create replicas of masterpieces entirely with chalk directly on the streets of Armada Drive.

In addition to these incredible street paintings, ArtSplash 2013 will feature non stop arts and entertainment, chalk art, a kids’ area, fine art vendors, sand sculpting, speed painting, a silent auction fabulous food and Bone Wheels skateboard demonstrations.

ArtSplash 2013 takes place on Armada Drive between Canon and Palomar Airport Roads (above the Carlsbad Flower Fields) on Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29, 2013. ArtSplash is a free, family friendly event (tickets must be purchased separately for Taste at ArtSplash). Free parking is available during the event.

Add comment September 24th, 2013

2013 Taste of Downtown

September 26, 2013 – Tasty Bites from Over 50 of Downtown San Diego’s Finest Eateries for 1 Low Price!

Bring your appetite because the 21st Annual Taste of Downtown is back and better than ever!

Treat your taste buds to a night on the town…Downtown San Diego that is! The 2013 Taste of Downtown is back and takes places on Thursday, September 26, 2013 with over 50 participating restaurants throughout San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, Financial District, East Village and Horton Plaza..

Once you arrive in one of the four Taste of Downtown featured neighborhoods, prepare to take a trip through a culinary wonderland of restaurants, bistros, takeouts and the newest hot spots San Diego has to offer. The highly anticipated Taste of Downtown is the perfect opportunity to treat your taste buds to a fun, delectable night out. This self-guided tour will be both an adventure and a delight, offering complimentary shuttle service to and from each neighborhood to ensure you get a bite of all the restaurants in participation and maximize your Taste of Downtown experience!

Make sure to come hungry as the list of participating restaurants is continuously growing!  Treat yourself, indulge and enjoy the diverse culinary culture that the unique San Diego restaurants have to offer! With more restaurants added daily here is a glimpse at some of the restaurants participating in this year’s Taste of Downtown:

East Village

  • East Village Tavern + Bowl
  • Detox Lounge
  • Donut Bar
  • Knotty Barrel
  • Lotus Thai Downtown
  • Starbucks -10th Avenue
  • The District
  • Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery
  • Valentine’s Mexican Food
  • Venissimo Cheese
  • Village 631

Financial District

  • Ra Sushi
  • Sixth Avenue Bistro
  • Spike Africa’s Fresh Fish Grill & Bar
  • Starbucks – Broadway
  • Tender Greens
  • Urban India Restaurant and Bar

Gaslamp Quarter

  • All Stars Sports Bar & BBQ
  • Bolillo Tortas
  • Chianti
  • Ciro’s Pizzeria & Beerhouse
  • Dick’s Last Resort
  • Donovan’s Prime Seafood
  • Gaslamp Tavern
  • Heavenly Cupcake
  • Henry’s Pub
  • Hooters of Gaslamp
  • Kamikaze 7 Sushi Joint
  • La Fiesta
  • La Puerta
  • Lucky Bastard Saloon
  • Maloney’s Tavern
  • McFadden’s Restaurant & Saloon
  • Meze
  • Ocean Room
  • Rockin’ Baja Lobster Coastal Cantina
  • Royal India
  • Starbucks F Street
  • Starbucks Market
  • The Commons Bar
  • The Counter Downtown San Diego
  • The District
  • The Field Irish Pub & Eatery
  • The New Yorker
  • Urban Bar & Grill
  • Whiskey Girl

Horton Plaza

  • Starbucks Horton Plaza

The 2013 Taste of Downtown takes place on Thursday, September 26, 2013 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. This event sells out every year, so make sure to snatch your tickets before they’re all gone! To purchase advance tickets, and for more information, visit the 2013 Taste of Downtown website.

Bon appetit, San Diego!

Add comment September 22nd, 2013

Freebies for Kids in October 2013

October 1 to 31, 2013 – San Diego Brings Back County Wide Freebies for Kids

San Diego brings back destination-wide Kids Free San Diego – a month full of deals, discounts and freebies for kids!

Occurring during the entire month of October 2013, the program provides kids free incentives at more than 100 San Diego hotels, restaurants, attractions, museums and transportation companies.

Kids Free San Diego is a special gift to the entire San Diego community as well as to the millions of visitors who travel to San Diego annually.

Highlights of the Kids Free San Diego program include:

Free Kids Admission to:

  • Legoland
  • Seaworld (kids eat free at Seaworld too!)
  • San Diego Zoo
  • San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park
  • Birch Aquarium
  • USS Midway Museum
  • Belmont Park

Kids Ride Free on:

  • Amtrak California Pacific Surfliner
  • Hornblower Cruises
  • Old Town Trolley Tours
  • San Diego Seal Tours

Kids Eat Free at:

  • Croce’s
  • Hard Rock Café San Diego
  • John’s Incredible Pizza Company
  • Vigilucci’s Coronado

Kids Stay Free at:

  • Over 50 hotels in San Diego

The fine print – Age restrictions, adult purchase requirements and other restrictions and conditions apply; check individual promotions on the Kids Free San Diego 2013 webpage for details.

Enjoy, San Diego!

Add comment September 19th, 2013

San Diego Restaurant Week Taste 2013 – Ticket Giveaway

Win Tickets to #SDRWTaste2013 Taking Place on Sept. 12, 2013

What better way to kick off San Diego Restaurant Week 2013 than with a premier tasting event?!? Back by popular demand, San Diego Restaurant Week will be having it’s very own kick off event! #SDRWTaste2013 will be an exclusive first look at what to expect for the coming San Diego Restaurant Week, which will run Sunday, September 15 to Friday, September 20, 2013!

On Thursday, September 12, 2013 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Broadway Pier in the Port Pavilion, foodies from all over San Diego will gather to indulge in this premiere tasting event. Over forty of San Diego Restaurant Week’s best restaurants will be serving up tasty bites of house specialties that will delight the taste buds! Each sample will be paired with a unique beverage to enhance the flavors of each dish sampled.

#SDRWTaste2013 tickets and additional information are available online at the San Diego Restaurant Week 2013 website.

Want to Go to #SDRWTaste2013 for Free? We’re Giving Away Tickets! is giving away two tickets to the San Diego Restaurant Week Taste 2013, taking place on Thursday, September 12, 2013! The two tickets will be awarded to one winner.

Here’s how to enter the #SDRWTaste2013 Ticket Giveaway:

1. You must be subscribed to receive email updates to be eligible to enter the Ticket Giveaway. If you are not currently subscribed to receive email updates from, click here to become a Subscriber or, follow the link in the top right corner of this webpage.

2. Subscribers who would like to be entered into the Ticket Giveaway should send an email to RandomSanDiego {at} yahoo {dot} com with the subject line “I want to go to #SDRWTaste2013”

3. Contest ends at 11:59:59 a.m. on Wednesday, September 11, 2013. The winner will be contacted via email no later than 5:00 pm on Wednesday, September 11, 2013.

4. If you are the winner, your tickets will be delivered to you before the event.

The fine print: In this Giveaway, one winner will receive two tickets to the San Diego Restaurant Week Taste 2013 (#SDRWTaste2013) event which takes place on Thursday, September 12, 2013 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Broadway Pier (Port Pavilion) in San Diego. Tickets may not be resold and bear no cash value. This Giveaway is open to Subscribers to the email updates only; one entry per Subscriber. To be entered in the Giveaway, you must send an email to the address noted in #2 above using the subject line noted in #2 above. The eligibility period ends on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 11:59:59 am. Winner will be selected at random and notified via email no later than 5:00 pm on September 11, 2013. No purchase necessary. Other restrictions may apply.

Good luck!

Add comment September 9th, 2013

San Diego Restaurant Week – September 2013

September 15-20, 2013 – Delicious Dining at Delectable Prices

San Diego Restaurant Week brings the city’s vibrant food scene to life for one week of delicious dining, showcasing the freshest ingredients, most flavorful dishes and tastiest culinary gems that San Diego has to offer!

Home to some of the world’s most delectable restaurants and master chefs, San Diego proudly welcomes back San Diego Restaurant Week where you can choose from over 180 of San Diego’s most delightful and delicious eateries for three-course prix-fixe dinner menus ($20.00 – $40.00 per person, depending on the restaurant) and the perfect lunch pairings at prix-fixe menus ($10.00 – $20.00 per person, depending on the restaurant).

Participating in San Diego Restaurant Week is easy – there are no passes to buy, no coupons to carry and no cards to punch. To help you decide which restaurants to go to, you can view the menus online at the Restaurant Week website. Advance reservations are strongly recommended; call the restaurant directly to make your reservation or check the Restaurant Week website to see if you can make a reservation online (via OpenTable).

This past January, over 140,000 people participated in the event and even more are expected in September, so reservations are strongly recommended to make sure you are able to sample your favorite flavors!

San Diego Restaurant Week 2013 runs from Sunday, September 15 through Friday, September 20, 2013.  Select restaurants will also be hosting diners for into the second week. So mark your calendars and discover why San Diego is quickly becoming one of the nation’s most diverse and sophisticated culinary destinations!  Visit the San Diego Restaurant Week website for more information and to view a complete list of participating locations.

Editor’s NoteBack this year: San Diego Restaurant Week Taste 2013 – a special kick-off event with over forty of San Diego Restaurant Week’s best restaurants serving up samples of house specialties that will delight your taste buds! Click here to get the scoop on how to win tickets to this exclusive event!

Add comment September 5th, 2013

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