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San Diego’s Top Weekend Events: Santa, ‘Motown’ And Free Dance Lessons

A 2017 photo of Jasmine Maslanova-Brown (Florence Ballard), Trenyce (Diana Ro...

Photo by Joan Marcus

Above: A 2017 photo of Jasmine Maslanova-Brown (Florence Ballard), Trenyce (Diana Ross) & Quiana Holmes (Mary Wilson) in "Motown The Musical."

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Santa, 'Motown' and Free Dance Lessons


Nina Garin, editor/producer, KPBS/Arts Calendar


This weekend features a Christmas concert, a free day of dance and the return of "Motown the Musical."

'Motown the Musical'

Theater, Music

Broadway San Diego presents "Motown the Musical," a show about the life of Motown founder Berry Gordy.

The musical tells the story of Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to a music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Expect dazzling dance numbers and beloved songs like "My Girl" and "Ain’t No Mountain High Enough."

Details: 7 p.m. Dec. 26 and 27; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 28; 8 p.m. Dec. 29; 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 30; 1 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 31. San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown. $22.50 to $107.50; find "Motown the Musical" tickets.

San Diego Symphony's 'Noel Noel' Concert


If you’re looking for a festive kickoff to Christmas, the San Diego Symphony has you covered with its "Noel Noel" concert.

This family-friendly performance has a narrator and appearances by the San Diego Master Chorale and San Diego Children's Choir. You’ll also hear classical music favorites like the "March of the Three Kings" and "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy." It closes with a holiday singalong, plus a visit from Santa himself.

Details: 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Jacobs Music Center at Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St., downtown. $25 to $78; find "Noel Noel" tickets.

Free Day of Dance 2017


This annual event is for dance enthusiasts of all levels and abilities. Throughout the day you'll be able to meet the instructors and take sample classes from Malashock Dance, San Diego Ballet, Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater and NTC Foundation. Styles include ballet, modern, tango, jazz and theater. Just bring comfortable shoes and a sense of adventure.

Details: 8:30 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 26. Dorothea Laub Dance Place, 2650 Truxton Road, Liberty Station. Free; find classes and descriptions.

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