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Weekend Preview: ‘Pippin,’ Restaurant Week And Pinback

Mission Hills' Brooklyn Girl is one of the many restaurants participating in ...

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Above: Mission Hills' Brooklyn Girl is one of the many restaurants participating in San Diego Restaurant Week, Sept. 16-21.


David Coddon, theater critic at San Diego CityBeat.

Keli Dailey, food writer at U-T San Diego.


Whether you're a theater lover, music lover, foodie or all of the above, this weekend has plenty to offer. Here are some of the highlights:

A reimagined staging of the classic Broadway musical, “Pippin,” is in previews now and opens Saturday, September 15. The coming-of-age story of a young prince's personal quest for happiness and purpose runs through October 14 at the Diversionary Theatre in University Heights.

It's back ... San Diego Restaurant Week starts Sunday and runs through Friday, September 21 at various restaurants. U-T San Diego food writer Keli Dailey provides a comprehensive guide to the week's must-eat spots.

Bernard Slade's 1975 romantic comedy “Same Time Next Year” tells the tale of two people, each married to others, who meet for an annual romantic tryst. The play, which was also adapted into a 1978 motion picture starring Alan Alda and Ellen Burstyn, is in previews now and opens Saturday at New Village Arts Theatre in Carlsbad. The on-stage romance continues through October 7.

September is National Chicken Month and some local restaurants will be celebrating with a friendly competition this Saturday. Judges will weigh in during the Chicken Cook-Off at the Del Mar Highlands Town Center in Del Mar. There will, of course, be free samples for the public.

San Diego's own Pinback perform Saturday at Sunset Temple in North Park, as part of the two-day San Diego Music Thing. The much beloved indie-rock duo recently announced that it will release a new album, "Information Retrieved" (Temporary Residence) — its first full-length in five years — on October 16. Get a sneak preview of the new album. View the complete San Diego Music Thing schedule.

Sample Hawaiian-inspired cuisine and drinks all while supporting a good cause — the UC San Diego Regional Burn Center — during “An Evening of Aloha,” Sunday at Stingaree in the Gaslamp Quarter. Hosted by the Cooks Confab, more than two dozen local chefs will whip up several small plates, including tuna poke, pork belly with pineapple and octopus, lemongrass beef short rib and even some with SPAM.

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