San Diego's Top Weekend Events: 'Homegrown' Dances And San Diego Songs

Friday, November 3, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin
Credit: Courtesy of San Diego Ballet
Above: A 2017 photo of San Diego Ballet dancers.

San Diego's "Homegrown" talent takes center stage in a weekend that is filled with locally-produced ballet, visual arts and music.

San Diego Ballet's 'Homegrown'

Dance, Music

San Diego Ballet celebrates local music and dance with this unique "Homegrown" presentation.

In the mid-1970s, local radio station 101 KGB held a contest for local songs about San Diego. The top 12 songs were featured on an album, known as Homegrown. San Diego Ballet Artistic Director Javier Velasco grew up in San Diego and was inspired by the music from this album. He brings these songs to life in this nontraditional ballet piece.

The program also features "My Blue Heaven and Other Songs from Grandma's Player Piano," a nostalgic look at romance by choreographer Matt Carney.

Details: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Through Nov. 12. White Box Theater, 2590 Truxtun Road, Studio 205, Liberty Station. $25; find tickets.

Legacy in Black

Visual Arts

San Diego History Center and San Diego African American Museum of Fine Art present Legacy in Black, an exhibition that highlights the work of African American artists with connections to San Diego.

The artists featured include Manuelita Brown, Ernie Barnes, Jean Cornwell Wheat, Albert Fennell, Kadir Nelson, Faith Ringgold, and Charles Rucker.

Details: Exhibition opens Sunday and runs through April 15, 2018. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. San Diego History Ceter, 1649 El Prado, Balboa Park. Free; additional information.

La Jolla Symphony and Chorus: Crossing The Rue St. Paul

Music

La Jolla Symphony & Chorus presents a weekend of music connected to French and American traditions.

This season opener celebrates 50 years of collaboration with UC San Diego and features faculty and students as guest artists including Cecil Lytle, Asher Tobin Chodos and Stephanie Richards.

The program includes George Gershwin's "An American in Paris" and "Rhapsody in Blue," Aaron Copland's "Quiet City," new arrangements of Duke Ellington's "Mood Indigo" and "Solitude," and the premiere of Concertino for Two Pianos & Orchestra by pianist/composer Asher Tobin Chodos.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Mandeville Auditorium, 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla. $15 to $35; find tickets.

Black Heart Procession

Music

San Diego band The Black Heart Procession celebrates the 20th anniversary of its debut with a pair of concerts at The Casbah.

The indie band is known for its moody, uneasy music. And it's the main project of band co-founder Pall Jenkins, who is also from Three Mile Pilot, Mr. Tube and many other local projects.

Details: 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The Casbah, 2501 Kettner Blvd., Midtown. $15; find tickets.