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Weekend Preview: ‘Scottsboro Boys’, ‘Barber Of Seville’ And Mark Morris Dance Group

Above: The Mark Morris Dance Group perform this weekend at the Birch North Park Theatre in North Park.

We had to cancel our regular Weekend Preview segment for radio because of juggling show topics and breaking news.

Even though U-T theater critic Jim Hebert and arts writer Valerie Scher couldn't join us in studio, they gave us some cultural picks for your weekend. Some great options here to add to ArtWalk, Early Evening at Mingei and Camarada Tapas and Tango Festival at the Neurosciences Institute, all happening this weekend.

La Jolla Music Society presents The Mark Morris Dance Group, performing Saturday afternoon and evening at the Birch North Park Theatre in North Park.

The world-premiere new musical "Hands on a Hardbody", featuring music by Amanda Green and Phish front man Trey Anastasio, opens Friday at the La Jolla Playhouse. (Read a preview by U-T San Diego theater critic Jim Hebert preview and listen to an interview with the co-composers on KPBS Midday Edition.)

San Diego Opera presents the comic classic “The Barber of Seville” Friday and Sunday (closing night) at the Civic Theatre in downtown. KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando looks at the Rossini opera's influence in pop culture. (Read a review in the U-T San Diego.)

The controversial Broadway musical "The Scottsboro Boys" has its West Coast premiere Saturday at The Old Globe in Balboa Park. Tune in to KPBS 89.5FM tomorrow morning to hear arts reporter Angela Carone's story on the production.

Orchestra Nova performs selections from a wide range of composers, including Beethoven, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Bernstein and Gershwin among many others in “Masterpiece Hits” on Sunday at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido.

Catch new plays written by young dramatists (ages 11-18) during The Playwrights Project, which runs now through Sunday at the Lyceum Theatre in downtown. (Read a review in the U-T San Diego.)

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