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San Diego’s Top Weekend Events: Coachella Preview, Plus Dancing

A publicity photo of musician Kendrick Lamar, who headlines the Coachella Val...

Above: A publicity photo of musician Kendrick Lamar, who headlines the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Coachella Preview


Nina Garin, editor/producer, KPBS/Arts Calendar

Alex Zaragoza, host/producer, Unherd TV show

Is Coachella a music festival, a lifestyle or both? Hear the discussion, plus picks for best headlining and underground acts with San Diego music writer and TV host Alex Zaragoza on Midday Edition Friday.

And for those not traveling to the desert, here are some other weekend options.

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival

Music, Visual Arts

The two-weekend music and arts festival brings hundreds of bands and DJs to Southern California. Headliners include Radiohead, Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, Future, New Order, Justice and many more.

Details: Friday through Sunday and April 21 through 23. Empire Polo Club, Indio. Additional information.

Photo credit: Courtesy of San Diego Dance Theater

Dancers from the 2017 Live Arts Festival.

Live Arts Festival 2017

Dance, Visual Arts

The Live Arts Festival is a 10-day dance and arts festival curated by Jean Issacs. This year's theme, "Think About It! Dance About It!" uses today's news and issues to guide the work.

This weekend you will see Heart-Driven by Daniel Diaz, a piece inspired by letters and notes the artist writes to himself when there is no one to talk to. Plus Enthalpy of Fusion by artist Anna Katharina Scheidegger, a multimedia performance that uses melting ice sculptures to reflect the effects of global warming.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday through April 23. White Box Theater, 2590 Truxtun Road, Studio 205, Liberty Station. $20 to $120; buy tickets.

A photo from the 1939 movie "The Wizard of Oz."

'The Wizard of Oz' with the San Diego Symphony

Music, Film

Watch the 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz" on a giant screen while the San Diego Symphony Orchestra performs the score by Harold Arlen and Herbert Stothart.

The family-friendly event will have a costume contest before the show, so come dressed as your favorite character (prize is a four-pack of tickets to "Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets" at Bayside Summer Nights). Sign up in the outer lobby starting at 6:30 p.m.

Details: 8 p.m. on Saturday. Jacobs Music Center at Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St., downtown. $20 to $85; find tickets.

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