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Weekend Preview: VinOpera, Foxygen and Fairy Tales

Indie-rock band Foxygen plays Soda Bar Saturday, March 31.

Credit: Angel Ceballos

Above: Indie-rock band Foxygen plays Soda Bar Saturday, March 31.


Barbarella Fokos, NBC Universal correspondent and writer at the San Diego Reader.

Peter Holslin, Music Editor, San Diego CityBeat.


This weekend's offerings are diverse: including an operatic dinner, an indie-rock show, a circus show for the kiddos and a little punk rock to round it all out.

On Thursday night, diners will have the chance to enjoy a four-course Italian meal while taking in a live performance by opera singers Daniel Hendrick and Kasondra Kazanjian. Downtown's Acqua Al 2, which also has locations in D.C. and Florence, Italy, calls the event VinOpera, creating an out-of-the-norm dining experience for those who are lovers not only of fine dining but also fine arts. Each course will also be paired with wines from Italy’s Batasiolo Winery. Find more details and make a reservation at the event's Facebook page.

Saturday night you'll want to head over to the Soda Bar to catch a live performance by up-and-coming indie-rock act Foxygen. The duo, comprised of singer/songwriter Sam France and guitarist/keyboardist Jonathan Rado, just put out a new album titled We are the 21st Century Ambassadors , which is getting great reviews. Their modern sound is heavily influenced by rock legends like The Rolling Stones and David Bowie, but they manage to put a new spin on every beat. Get all the details at Soda Bar's website.

Next up is a kid-friendly circus show happening on Saturday, March 30 at North Park's Sunset Temple. Fairy Tales: A Curious Collection of Fractured Fables will put a new twist on all the fables most people know and love: Little Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Sleeping Beauty and more. Put on by Otherwise Entertainment, a group known around town for their eclectic, neo-circus performances, the show is sure to dazzle and amaze with its stunts and acrobatics. Find tickets for the events here.

The weekend concludes with a Sunday night show at The Casbah featuring Iceage, a rowdy punk act from Denmark that's known for sending its fans away with bloody noses. The band has received a lot of press and international acclaim since they formed in early 2008, when they were all still teenagers, and they just put out a new album: You're Nothing. Their brand of post punk is a mix of experimental riffs and breathy vocals, featuring lyrics that are riddled with angst. Get your tickets at The Casbah's website.

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