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Weekend Preview: ‘Other Desert Cities’, ‘Accomplice’ and Adams Avenue Unplugged

Editor's note: Adams Avenue Unplugged replaced the Adams Avenue Roots Festival, not the Adams Avenue Street Fair, which is held in September.

La Jolla Playhouse presents its fourth Without Walls production: ACCOMPLICE: ...

Credit: La Jolla Playhouse

Above: La Jolla Playhouse presents its fourth Without Walls production: ACCOMPLICE: SAN DIEGO, by Tom Salamon and Betsy Salamon-Sufott, directed by Tom Salamon, running March 26 – April 14.


David Coddon, theater critic, San Diego CityBeat

Kimberly Cunningham, associate editor, San Diego Magazine


A new play at the Old Globe, a recently extended out-of-the-norm theater experience, a folk music festival and a party celebrating North County San Diego are what's topping our to-do list this weekend.

"Other Desert Cities," which opens for previews starting this Saturday, April 27, offers a contemporary take on family drama at Balboa Park's Old Globe Theater. The story follows novelist Brooke Wyeth, who returns to her family home in Palm Springs for the holidays with a juicy manuscript, and what happens when family secrets threaten to rise from below the surface. The playwright, Jon Robin Baitz, created the ABC drama "Brothers & Sisters", a show that had more than its share of family drama. "Other Desert Cities" had a successful run on Broadway and opens at the Old Globe with a reputable cast of both newbie and veteran actors. Find tickets here.

Moving from a more traditional theater experience to one that's totally out-of-the-box, the La Jolla Playhouse's production of "Accomplice: San Diego" has been extended yet again through June 2. A Without Wall Presentation, "Accomplice: San Diego" is a totally unique theater experience that doesn't even take place in a theater. Rather, viewers are contacted only a day or two before the show with a meeting place. The day of, viewers set out on foot through Little Italy, following clues from cast members and interacting with businesses and the community to solve the mystery. Previous productions of "Accomplice" have taken place in London and New York City to excellent reviews.

Though it underwent a bit of a change in format last year, the Adams Avenue Unplugged festival is still going strong in 2013. Taking place along a two-mile stretch of Adams Avenue (running through University Heights, Normal Heights and Kensington), this folk music festival attracts both big name acts and local musicians alike. The two-day festival (happening on Saturday and Sunday) will feature sets from the likes of Los Alacranes and Reilly and Friends, all taking place inside local businesses (everything from restaurants to bars to art galleries).

North County San Diego is coming into its own these days and San Diego Magazine did a whole issue on the best of the best of what's up north. The magazine celebrates this issue with a party on Friday, April 26 at the Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad. Sample food from North County's top restaurants as well as wine, beer and live music. Buy your tickets here and use the promotional code "KPBS" to receive $10 off.

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