GO! Arts & Entertainment for Dec. 12-18

Sunday, Dec. 12

San Diego Symphony: Mahler's "Resurrection" Symphony ---- Mahler's Symphony No. 2 in C minor, "Resurrection"; 2 p.m.; Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St., San Diego; $20-$96; 619-235-0804 or


"Hanacpachap" ---- The Palomar Symphony, Palomar Chorale and Palomar Chamber Singers present Mozart's Missa Brevis in F major; "Hanacpachap," a classic polyphonic piece; Beethoven's Symphony No. 7; and seasonal favorites; 2 p.m.; Howard Brubeck Theatre, Palomar College, 1140 W. Mission Road, San Marcos; $12, general; $10, seniors; $8, students; 760-744-1150, ext. 2453, or

"Holiday Show 2010" ---- Classic Youth Theatre Inc. presents a youth holiday program featuring "Adventure for Santa" skit, Christmas carols, theatrical scenes, pop songs and blues guitar by Jeremy Price; 2 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 1393 Windsor Drive, Cardiff; and 7 p.m. Friday at 6350 Yarrow Road, Carlsbad; $10 (former CYT students get in free);


Scripps Ranch A Cappella Singers' holiday concert ---- Program of sacred and secular music; 2:30 p.m.; Scripps Miramar Ranch Library Center, 10301 Scripps Lake Drive, San Diego; free but donations accepted; 858-538-8158 or

The Music Men: "Twas the Night Before Christmas ---- A Parody" ---- San Marcos presents an afternoon of holiday entertainment by this men's a cappella chorus; 3 p.m.; San Marcos Senior Center, 3 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos; $13, reserved; $10, general; 760-744-9000.

San Diego Gay Men's Chorus: "Tinseltown" ---- Hollywood-style holiday concert features holiday-themed music from TV shows and movies; 3 p.m.; Birch North Park Theatre, 2891 University Ave., San Diego; $26-$40; discounts for seniors, students, military and groups of 10 or more; 877-296-7664 or

San Rafael Catholic Church's Christmas concert ---- Congregation's combined choirs ---- traditional, contemporary and handbells ---- perform Christmas favorites and special selections (choral, ensemble, duets and solos) and an audience sing-along; 4 p.m.; 17252 Bernardo Center Drive, Rancho Bernardo; free; 858-487-4314.


"Messiah-Sing!" ---- La Jolla Symphony & Chorus presents its annual performance of the Christmas portion of Handel's holiday oratorio, where the audience is invited to sing along during the "Hallelujah" chorus (scores available for rent on-site); 4 p.m.; St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, 6628, St. Isabel St., Carlsbad; $10; 760-438-3393.

91X Wrex the Halls ---- Christmas and only Christmas music from the Smashing Pumpkins, My Chemical Romance, Bad Religion, Jimmy Eat World, Switchfoot, Anberlin and A Day to Remember. OK, that description may not be true; 5 p.m.; Viejas Arena, San Diego State University, 5500 Canyon Crest Drive, San Diego; $25.91-$49.51; 800-745-3000 or

"An American Christmas" ---- Lamb's Players Theatre and the Hotel del Coronado host the 15th annual holiday dinner theater celebration. Guests will dine on a five-course gourmet dinner in the hotel's Grand Ballroom while being entertained by more than two dozen members of a wealthy Coronado family, circa 1910; 6:30 p.m. (through Dec. 26); Hotel del Coronado, 1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado; $120-$160, adults; $95-$125, children ages 5 to 12; 619-437-6000 or

"The Merchant of Venice" ---- Intrepid Shakespeare Company's second annual Free Will series of free staged readings of classic plays continues with William Shakespeare's dark tale of power and revenge about a greedy Venetian moneylender, featuring Old Globe veteran Jonathan McMurtry in the role of Shylock; 7:30 p.m.; Encinitas Library Community Room, 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas; free; 760-652-5011 or

MiraCosta College Orchestra Winter Celebration ---- Seasonal and classical works for the holidays; 7:30 p.m.; Concert Hall (Building 2400), MiraCosta College, 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside; $10, general; $8, students; 760-795-6815.

San Dieguito United Methodist Church "Christmas Vespers" ---- The Encinitas church's Chancel Choir, Orchestra and Bell Choir present Camille Saint-Saens' "A Christmas Oratorio" and Robert Shaw and Russell Bennett's "The Many Moods of Christmas," Suites 1 and 2, with organist and guest vocalists; 7:30 p.m.; 170 Calle Magdalena, Encinitas; free will offering; 760-753-6582 or

"An Irish Christmas" ---- The stars of Riverdance join this celebration of Irish music, dance, storytelling and laughter; 8 p.m.; Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave., San Diego; $37.50-$70; 800-745-3000.

Monday, Dec. 13


"A Christmas Carol" ---- The Escondido Public Library presents actor/filmmaker Duffy Hudson in his one-man stage adaptation of Charles Dickens' holiday fable, where he plays all the characters; 6 p.m.; Turrentine Room, Escondido Library, 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido; free (space is limited, arrive early for best seating); 760-839-4601.

Star 94.1's Jingle Ball 2010 ---- The early show stars David Archuleta and Orianthi. The late show features Sara Bareilles and Ryan Star; 6:30 and 9 p.m.; Anthology, 1337 India St., San Diego; $20-$49; ($390-$450, booths of 4 to 6)

Tuesday, Dec. 14

The Platt Brothers ---- California Center for the Arts, Escondido's Performances for Youth Series presents this comedy trio who combine comedy skits, acrobatics, singing and music in their youth-friendly program; 9:30 and 11 a.m.; Center Theater, CCAE, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido; $2.50; 800-988-4253.

Rancho Buena Vista Band Christmas concert ---- 7 p.m.; RBV High School, 1601 Longhorn Drive, Vista; free; 760-331-7331.

Tuesday Night Comics ---- North Coast Repertory Theatre presents its monthly stand-up comedy night, this time with a holiday theme, hosted by Mark Christopher Lawrence; 7 p.m.; North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987D Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach; $15-$20; 858-481-1055 or

Needtobreathe ---- The Daylights open; 8 p.m.; House of Blues San Diego, 1055 Fifth Ave., San Diego; $20-$22.50; 619-299-2583 or

Concrete Blonde ---- Marking the 20th anniversary of landmark album "Bloodletting." Ravens Moreland opens; 8 p.m.; Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach; $30-$32; 858-481-8140 or

Wednesday, Dec. 15

"The Merry Christmas Show" ---- Puppet Express and Eva Kvass presents the show at Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theatre through Dec. 29; 10 and 11:30 a.m. (also 10 and 11:30 a.m. Thursday and Friday; 11 a.m., 1 and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 19); Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater, Balboa Park, San Diego; $5, adults; $4, seniors; $3, children 12 and under; 619-544-9203 or


Carlsbad Choraleers Christmas show ---- 1 to 2 p.m.; Carlsbad Senior Center, 799 Pine Ave., Carlsbad; free; 760-602-4650 or

Laura Meyer ---- Folk; 8 p.m.; Portugalia, 4839 Newport Ave., San Diego; $5; 619-370-5735 or

Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks ---- Funny folk-rock musician was featured in Thursday's Preview section. He is on tour in support of his first Christmas album; 8 p.m.; Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach; $22-$24; 858-481-8140 or

Billy Idol ---- Perfect your rebel yells; 9 p.m.; House of Blues San Diego, 1055 Fifth Ave., San Diego; $49-$104; 619-299-2583 or

Thursday, Dec. 16

"The Quibbles" ---- Carlsbad Senior Playreaders presents Richard and Karen Riehl in a reading of Karen Riehl's 1940s radio-hour style comedy, featuring skits and sing-alongs; 12:45 p.m.; Vista Library, 700 Eucalyptus St., Vista; and at 2 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Carlsbad Senior Center, 799 Pine Ave., Carlsbad; free; 760-268-1946.

"Mistletoe, Music & Mayhem" ---- North Coast Repertory Theatre presents the premiere of Matt Thompson and Phil Johnson's zany holiday cabaret show/sketch comedy; 7:30 p.m. (also 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and 2 p.m. Dec. 19); North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987D Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach; $20-$25; 858-481-1055 or

"Annie" ---- Star Theatre presents its annual production of this musical based on the "Little Orphan Annie" comic strip; 7:30 p.m. (also 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Dec. 19); Star Theatre, 402 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside; $15, general; $12, seniors, students, military; $7, children under 12; 760-721-9983 or

Kottonmouth Kings ---- Party/support group meeting for Proposition 19 supporters; 8 p.m.; House of Blues San Diego, 1055 Fifth Ave., San Diego; $22.50-$25; 619-299-2583 or

Los Lobos ---- Los Fabulocos, and Kid Ramos also on the bill; 8 p.m.; Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach; $35-$37; 858-481-8140 or

"Mr. Scrooge and Mr. Dickens" ---- Patio Playhouse presents an adaptation of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" featuring Dickens himself narrating the holiday novel, along with performances of music, dancing and singing; 7 p.m. (also 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Dec. 19); Patio Playhouse, 201 E. Grand Ave., Suite 1D, Escondido; call for ticket prices; 760-746-6669 or

Friday, Dec. 17

MandoBasso ---- Jazz; 7:30 p.m.; It's a Grind, 2744 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad; 760-434-2216.

"A Mary Christmas: Mary and Friends" ---- Premiere Productions' Holiday Theatre Festival presents local singer/songwriter Mary Jaeb, performing selections from her new holiday CD "A Mary Christmas," along with special guests; 7:30 p.m. (also 1 p.m. Saturday); Broadway Theater, 340B E. Broadway, Vista; $17.50; 760-806-7905 or

Frequency Vocal Jazz winter concerts ---- The student jazz choir performs classic and contemporary jazz compositions; 7:30 p.m. (also Saturday); Concert Hall (Building 2400), MiraCosta College, 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside; $10, general; $8, students and seniors; 760-795-6815 or

San Diego Symphony: Holiday Pops ---- Features guest vocalist Brian Stokes Mitchell, San Diego Master Chorale and San Diego Children's Choir; 8 p.m. (also 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19); Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St., San Diego; $20-$85; 619-235-0804 or

Greyboy Allstars ---- Funk and jazz. Opener Fitz & Tantrums will be featured in Thursday's Preview; 9 p.m.; Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach; $25-$27; 858-481-8140 or

Saturday, Dec. 18

Rob Halford ---- Judas Priest frontman and Hillcrest local; 6 p.m.; 4th & B, 345 B St., San Diego; $30-$55; 619-231-4343 or

Feeding the Soul Foundation benefit concert ---- The Oceanside charity will host a CD release concert featuring 10 of the artists on the disc, which includes Bushwalla, Dawn Mitschele, Alex Woodard, Raining Jane, Gregory Page, Luc & the Lovingtons and more; 7 p.m.; the Neurosciences Institute, 10640 John Jay Hopkins Drive, La Jolla; $50 (proceeds benefit the Lewy Body Dementia Association);

Neal E. Boyd ---- Pop-singing winner of "America's Got Talent"; 7 p.m.; Casino Pauma, 777 Pauma Reservation Road, Pauma Valley; $35; 800-745-3000, 760-742-2177 or

34th annual Candlelight Presentation of Lessons and Carols ---- Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala Choir presents lessons and carols, with traditional and new music, with Scripture focused on the Christmas season; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18 and 19; Mission San Diego de Alcala, 10818 San Diego Mission Road, San Diego; freewill donations; 619-283-7319.

Anjelah Johnson ---- Comedian; 7:30 and 10:30 p.m.; Pala Events Center, Pala Casino Spa & Resort, 11154 Highway 76, Pala; $20-$25; 800-585-3737 or

Gary Hoey: Ho Ho Ho Holiday Show ---- Surf/hard-rock guitarist; 8 p.m.; House of Blues San Diego, 1055 Fifth Ave., San Diego; $20-$37.50; 619-299-2583 or

Peter White Christmas jazz show ---- Rick Braun and Mindi Abair also on the bill; 8 p.m.; Grand Ballroom, Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, 7100 Four Seasons Point, Carlsbad; $75; 760-603-6800 or