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San Diego’s Top Weekend Events: Classics And Standards

A photo from City Ballet's

Photo by Dale Stokes

Above: A photo from City Ballet's "Giselle."

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Classics and Standards


Nina Garin, editor/producer, KPBS/Arts Calendar


This weekend is all about the classics: a beloved ballet, a timeless band and a long-held Japanese tradition.

City Ballet Presents 'Giselle'


City Ballet stages "Giselle," a beloved ballet about love and forgiveness.

Set in Germany during the Renaissance, Giselle falls in love with Albrecht, a nobleman pretending to be a peasant. Giselle is shocked to discover that Albrecht is engaged to marry a princess, and dies of a broken heart. One night Giselle rises from her grave and finds Albrecht surrounded by a large group of ghostly spirits trying to make Albrecht dance to death. Giselle intervenes, showing her power of love and forgiveness.

Giselle will be performed by Ariana Gonzalez and Sumire Ito, and Albrecht will be performed by Iago Breschi and Lucas Ataide.

Details: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway, downtown. $34 to $89; find tickets to "Giselle."

Photo by The Asahi Shimbun

Japanese white-eyes perch on the branch of a bloomed cherry blossom near the Kukurigawa River on March 7, 2016, in Hita, Oita, Japan.

Cherry Blossom Festival

Visual Arts, Dance

Take time to relax in Balboa Park at the 13th annual Cherry Blossom Festival.

Guests are invited to explore and relax in a grove of pretty, pink cherry blossom trees, a practice that follows a Japanese tradition called hanami.

Also happening will be a cultural celebration featuring dancers, drummers and artists, as well as a Japanese marketplace and food vendors.

Details: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Japanese Friendship Garden, 2215 Pan America Road, Balboa Park. $8 to $12; find details about the Cherry Blossom Festival.

Photo credit: Courtesy of San Diego Symphony

A promotional photo of The Manhattan Transfer.

The Manhattan Transfer


The jazzy Manhattan Transfer returns for its 45th anniversary concert.

This Grammy-winning band is known for its a capella singing and creative harmonies in music that ranges from jazz to R&B. Though its founder Tim Hauser died in 2014, the original band is still together -- now joined by Trist Curless.

The Manhattan Transfer will release a new album at the end of March, but you can hear some of the new songs at this weekend’s concert.

Details: 8 p.m. Saturday. Jacobs Music Center, 750 B St., downtown. $25 to $69; find tickets to The Manhattan Transfer.

Video by Katie Schoolov

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