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San Diego’s Top Weekend Events: U2 And ‘Billy’ And Ballet

Bono and Larry Mullen Jr. of U2 perform at the Rose Bowl during The Joshua Tr...

Photo by Jordan Strauss / Invision / Associated Press

Above: Bono and Larry Mullen Jr. of U2 perform at the Rose Bowl during The Joshua Tree tour on Sunday in Pasadena, May 21, 2017.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: U2 And 'Billy' And Ballet

GUEST:

Nina Garin, editor/producer, KPBS/Arts Calendar

Transcript

One of the biggest events of the season hits San Diego, plus a highly-anticipated musical opens

U2, Beck

Music

Rock band U2 brings its highly-anticipated Joshua Tree Tour 2017 to San Diego.

The band will be performing all the songs from its 1987 release, "The Joshua Tree," an album with iconic songs like "I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For" and "Where the Streets Have No Name."

U2 has always been a political band, so expect some social commentary at tonight’s event.

This tour started in May and is getting rave reviews from fans across the country. And make sure to get there early because indie favorite Beck is opening the show.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday. San Diego Stadium (formerly known as Qualcomm), 9449 Friars Road, Mission Valley. $35 to $600; find tickets.

Photo credit: Courtesy of San Diego Musical Theatre

A 2017 photo of Charlie Garton in "Billy Elliot."

'Billy Elliot'

Theater, Dance

San Diego Musical Theatre and California Ballet present this co-production of "Billy Elliot," a Tony Award-winning musical with music by Elton John.

Set in Northern England against the turbulent miner’s strike of 1984, 11-year-old Billy realizes he has a passion for dance, much to the chagrin of his family and community.

Playing Billy in this production is 10-year-old Charlie Garton.

Details: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays; 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Oct. 8. Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway, downtown. $22 to $72; find tickets.

Photo credit: Courtesy of 40 North

A promotional graphic for the 40 North Dance Film Festival.

40 North Dance Film Festival

Dance, Films

The third annual 40 North Dance Film Festival brings three days of dance films, immersive art shows and a panel discussion.

If you are wondering what a dance film is, it can be anything from a short documentary to a stylized story using dance instead of dialogue.

The event begins Monday with a kickoff celebration and continues with screenings and art shows throughout San Diego.

Details: Various times Monday through Saturday, Sept. 30. Various locations. Free to $30; find tickets.

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