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San Diego’s Top Weekend Events: Skates, Pom-Poms And One ‘Gorgeous’ Kid

A 2017 photo from Cirque du Soleil's

Photo by Matt Beard @Cirque du Soleil 2017

Above: A 2017 photo from Cirque du Soleil's "Crystal" show.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Skates, Pom-Poms And One 'Gorgeous Kid'

GUEST:

Nina Garin, editor/producer, KPBS/Arts Calendar

Transcript

This weekend meshes sports and arts with an ice skating-themed circus performance and a musical about cheerleaders.

Cirque du Soleil Crystal

Theater, Dance

Cirque du Soleil presents its first, ever ice show, "Crystal."

The show blends circus artistry with figure skating, plus it uses the ice rink for projections to create a magical, underwater world.

"Crystal" features 20 skaters who learned how to do jumps and leaps and 20 acrobats who learned how to do tricks on ice. Together they tell the story of a girl who falls through the ice into a world of imagination, self-discovery and independence.

Details: 4 and 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1:30 and 5 p.m. Sunday. Valley View Casino Center, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., . $36 to $145; find tickets to "Crystal."

Photo credit: Courtesy of SDMT

A promotional poster for San Diego Musical Theatre's "Bring It On."

Bring It On The Musical

Theater

San Diego Musical Theatre presents its inaugural pre-professional production, "Bring it On," a musical by Lin Manuel-Miranda.

Directed by Carolyn Agan, the show features a cast of teens from throughout San Diego.

The story follows Campbell, cheer captain at Truman High School. An unexpected redistricting sends her to neighboring hard-knock Jackson High. Despite having the deck stacked against her, Campbell befriends the dance crew girls and, along with their headstrong and hardworking leader, Danielle, manages to form a powerhouse squad for the ultimate competition – the National Championships.

Details: 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Horton Grand Theatre, 444 Fourth Ave., downtown. $15 to $25; find tickets to "Bring it On."

Photo credit: Courtesy of the artist

A promotional poster for comedian John Mulaney.

John Mulaney

Comedy

You may not able to immediately place comedian John Mulaney, maybe because he's been involved with so many projects.

He was a writer on "Saturday Night Live" (and co-creator of the "Stefon" character played by Bill Hader); he has a Broadway show with his college friend Nick Kroll called "Oh, Hello" in which they portray old, grumpy Jewish men. He also has stand-up albums and specials, and is the voice of Andrew in Netflix's cartoon, "Big Mouth."

Details: 8 p.m. Sunday. Jacobs Music Center, 750 B St., downtown. $29 to $39; find tickets to John Mulaney.

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