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San Diego’s Top Weekend Events: Irish Poetry And Local Music

Above: This undated photo shows dancers from the Malandain Ballet Biarritz in "Beauty and the Beast."

Aired 3/17/17 on KPBS Midday Edition.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Irish Poetry And Local Music

GUEST:

Nina Garin, editor/producer, KPBS/Arts Calendar

Transcript

This weekend brings an Irish literature marathon, a rarely-staged play, a celebration of local music and more.

Malandain Ballet Biarritz

Dance

The esteemed Malandain Ballet Biarritz returns to San Diego with its version of "Beauty and the Beast."

Set to music by Tchaikovsky and choreographed by Thierry Malandain, this contemporary dance version tells a rite-of-passage story where Beauty represents the soul, and the Beast is force and instincts.

Just announced: La Jolla Music Society is offering anyone with student identification $12.50 tickets at the door.

Details: 8 p.m. on Saturday at San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown; $20 to $75; find tickets.

A photo of author James Joyce, taken by Alex Ehrenzweig in 1915.

St. Patrick's Day Open Reading Of Irish Poetry And Prose

Books

D.G. Wills presents the 38th Annual St. Patrick's Day Open Reading of Irish Poetry and Prose.

Fans of Irish literature are invited to read passages by James Joyce, William Butler Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, Samuel Beckett and many more. Bring your favorite selection or find something to read at the store. The evening is broken down into three segments, with the final one devoted to Joyce's X-rated love letters to his wife, Nora Barnacle. Beer and whiskey will be served.

Details: 7 p.m. on Friday at D.G. Wills Books, 7461 Girard Ave., La Jolla; Free; additional information.

A photo of the 2017 cast of "Awake and Sing!" includes (from left) J. Tyler Jones, Eric Poppick, Joe Paulson, Sandy Campbell and Anna Rebek.

"Awake and Sing!"

Theater

New Village Arts stages "Awake and Sing!" a play about Jewish immigrants during the Great Depression that is rarely staged in San Diego.

The play follows the Bergers, a lower-middle-class family living in a Bronx apartment. Some see America as a land of opportunity while others believe the American Dream is over. Written by Clifford Odets, the piece about immigration still resonates today.

Details: 8 p.m. on Fridays at 3 and 8 p.m. Sundays at 2 p.m. through April 16 at New Village Arts Theatre, 2787 State St., Carlsbad; $33 to $36; find tickets.

San Diego Music Awards

Music

Special Feature KPBS/Arts Events Calendar

Find San Diego's best arts events on the KPBS/Arts events calendar.

The San Diego Music Awards is back! Only now, it happens in March, plus at its new home at the House of Blues.

Find out which bands will win in categories that include Best Jazz, Best Hip Hop/Rap, Best Indie/Alternative and Artist of the Year.

There will also be performances by Hirie, The Verigolds, Gilbert Castellanos & the Young Lions All Stars, Steph Johnson & The Voices of Our City Choir, Schizophonics and The Creepy Creeps.

Details: 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday at House of Blues, 1055 5th Ave., downtown. $36; find tickets.

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