This weekend features iconic names in theater and hip hop, as well as an unconventional art show.
Ion Theatre Company stages the musical theater classic, "Cabaret."
This musical is set in a Berlin nightclub just before the Nazi rise to power. But the Kit Kat Club serves as a refuge for those who feel marginalized, or who are disturbed with the political climate.
The intimate local production adds clever nods to modern American politics, and also features two people playing the role of the iconic Emcee. The results are both clever and heartbreaking.
Details: 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 4 and 8 p.m. Saturdays. Through Dec. 23. Ion Theatre, 3704 6th Ave., Hillcrest. $18 to $59; find tickets.
An alternative to the traditional art gallery, "Hotels/Motels" is a show that transforms hotel rooms into art spaces.
Artists from all over Southern California will meet at the Lafayette Hotel to turn each space into a different experience. Some will be performance rooms with poetry and music performances. Others will have art exhibits where visitors can find work inside desk drawers or projected on curtains.
Details: 7 p.m. Friday; noon to 10 p.m. Saturday. Lafayette Hotel, 2223 El Cajon Blvd., North Park. $15 to $20; find tickets.
San Diego gets a visit from hip hop superstar Jay-Z.
His latest album, "4:44" was nominated for 8 Grammy awards, leading the competition for most nominations. It is an album that brings a more mature sound from the iconic musician.
On "4:44" Jay-Z raps about everything from race, wealth and even his infidelity to his wife Beyonce. But because Jay-Z is always an entertainer first, concertgoers can also expect to hear beloved hits like “Dirt Off Your Shoulder” and “Empire State of Mind”
Details: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Viejas Arena, 5500 Canyon Crest Drive, SDSU. $45 to $438; find tickets.