Weekend Preview: Baja Wine Festival, ‘God Of Carnage,’ SummerFest And More
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Aired 8/2/12 on KPBS Midday Edition.
David Coddon, theater critic at San Diego CityBeat.
This weekend boasts a wide array of options — from Carlsbad to Baja — for your eyes, ears and bellies to enjoy.
Harvest season is upon us, which means it's time to sample the fruits of wine-growers' labors. This weekend, Baja's Guadalupe Valley will be in full swing during the annual Fiestas de la Vendimia, or harvest festival, which runs Saturday through August 19 at various locations in Baja California. Sample the region's wine and food and attend workshops and concerts at various locations during the two-week fest (view a full schedule of events).
The Old Globe presents the San Diego premiere of the Tony Award-winning play “God of Carnage,” a "savage comedy" about two sets of parents who meet to discuss and settle a playground fight between their children. Last year, the play was adapted into a film, directed by Roman Polanski. The play opens Friday and runs through September 2 at The Old Globe in Balboa Park.
San Diego Museum of Art's ongoing weekly Summer Salon Series is on a roll. Last week, the museum was open for 36 straight hours, bringing live artist performances, live bands, interactive art-making activities and more to the galleries. This week's event features a one-night-only performance by nationally recognized performer Andrew Dinwiddie, who will re-enact a 1971 sermon by Southern evangelist preacher Jimmy Swaggart (cousin of legendary rock 'n' roller Jerry Lee Lewis), based on an out-of-print vinyl recording.
La Jolla Music Society’s annual SummerFest kicks off this weekend (opening night is Friday). The chamber music festival features over 70 world class artists and ensembles performing concerts at various locations. One of the program's highlights is this Saturday, “Tan Dun's Water Passion," which will create a "water-instruments orchestra" at La Jolla Playhouse's Mandell Weiss Theatre. SummerFest runs through August 24 (view full schedule).
For those who don’t like to play the ponies, there is much more on offer at the Del Mar Racetrack this Saturday. Sip cold brews at Del Mar Beer Fest and grab some free chili and salsa samples at the Chili Cookoff. While your stomachs settle, enjoy an afternoon concert by '90s alt-rockers Cake.
Summer and Shakespeare go hand in hand. New Village Arts Theatre in Carlsbad presents the Bard's classic comedy “Much Ado About Nothing," which opens Friday. The free, outdoor production runs through August 12 at the Park at Pacific Ridge School in Carlsbad.