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San Diego’s Top Weekend Events: Art From India, Rappers From Illinois

A photo from the Epic Tales From Ancient India exhibition.

Credit: Courtesy of San Diego Museum of Art

Above: A photo from the Epic Tales From Ancient India exhibition.

This is a good weekend if you like art, whether it’s ancient paintings or digital images. Plus there’s one last chance to catch a world premiere play at Cygnet Theatre.

Epic Tales From Ancient India

Visual Arts, Museums

Starting this weekend, San Diego will be home to one of the most comprehensive collections of South Asian paintings outside of India.

Epic Tales From Ancient India: Paintings from The San Diego Museum of Art is a unique exhibition that will showcase ancient paintings the way they were meant to be seen: as a story that explains classic works of literature.

The pieces will tell the stories of Lord Vishnu, the Hindu god Rama and tales from Persian literature. The exhibition also features a variety of events, including daily storytelling, dance performances and film screenings.

Details: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays; closed Wednesdays. San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park. Free to $15; additional information about Epic Tales from Ancient India.

Photo credit: E3 Photography

A photo of artwork on display from the 2017 San Diego Festival of the Arts.

San Diego Festival of the Arts

Visual Arts, Music

If you’re looking for something more contemporary, head to the San Diego Festival of Art where you’ll see sculpture, photography, digital art and so much more.

Once known as the La Jolla Festival of the Arts, this popular event has relocated to Waterfront Park and is still showcasing a juried collection of visual artists from around California.

The event is also popular for its live music stages, food from favorite San Diego restaurants, and of course, craft beer and cocktails.

Details:10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Waterfront Park, 1600 Pacific Highway, Embarcadero. $14; find tickets to San Diego Festival of the Arts.

Photo credit: Cygnet Theatre

A 2018 photo from the play "The Wind and the Breeze."

"The Wind and The Breeze"

Theater

This is your last chance to catch the world premiere of "The Wind and the Breeze" at Cygnet Theatre.

It follows the story of a disenchanted rapper named Sam who decides to stake out a spot for the Fourth of July fireworks … in February. He’s visited by a group of longtime friends and young musicians who want Sam to be the king of the neighborhood he once was.

There’s not a lot of action in this play, but it’s powerful thanks to the beautiful language and standout performances by the small cast.

Video by Katie Schoolov

Details: 8 p.m. Friday; 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Cygnet Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town. $37 to $59; find tickets to Cygnet Theatre.

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