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Stories by Claire Caraska

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Weekend Preview: The Beach Boys, Mrs. Magician And A Strawberry Fest

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The long Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start to summer, and there are many events happening this weekend to help you welcome warmer days.

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'Cruisin' Califas' Brings Lowrider Art To Oceanside Museum

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A new exhibition at the Oceanside Museum of Art celebrates the art and artists of lowriding.

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Weekend Preview: Surf Film Festival, Art Openings And Delta Spirit

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From surf films to art openings to live music, there is no shortage of cultural offerings happening this weekend in San Diego.

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Orchestra Nova Goes Green With New 'Surf'-Inspired Work

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Orchestra Nova celebrates Mother Nature in a new concert series, featuring Beethoven and the world premiere of Joseph Waters' commissioned piece, "Surf".

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'Ramp It Up' Brings Skateboarding To The Museum Of Man

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A new exhibition at the San Diego Museum of Man celebrates the vibrancy of Native American skateboarding culture.

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Weekend Preview: 'Scottsboro Boys', 'Barber Of Seville' And Mark Morris Dance Group

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Big things are happening on San Diego stages this weekend, from two opening musicals to one closing opera, plus modern dance and classical music.

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Trey Anastasio Talks Musicals And Hardbodies

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A real-life contest where contestants compete in a "hands-on" endurance test to win a brand-new hard body truck is the inspiration for the La Jolla Playhouse's new musical.

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Weekend Preview: Taste Of Julian, Taj Mahal And 'Ripples From Walden Pond'

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Theatergoers, foodies and music lovers can all rejoice this weekend, and enjoy a variety of events and activities.

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Coachella Comes To San Diego

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The annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival kicks off this weekend. But if you don't have tickets to the sold-out event, don't despair. Several of the bands are playing smaller venues here in San Diego.

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Weekend Preview: Art After Dark, The Nervous Wreckords And New Comedy Club

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Whether you're looking for outdoor daytime adventures or you prefer indoor nighttime art, music and comedy events, we've got you covered. Here are some of this weekend’s highlights.

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SACRA / PROFANA And Choral Music For The iPod Generation

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A local choral ensemble will perform "The Little Match Girl Passion”, a 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning composition by David Lang, which fuses Bach’s “Saint Matthew Passion” with the Hans Christian Andersen short story “The Little Match Girl”.

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'Tortilla Curtain' Makes Its World Premiere At SD Rep

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T.C. Boyle's critically acclaimed novel "The Tortilla Curtain" has been adapted to the stage and will have its world premiere at San Diego Rep this week.

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Weekend Preview: Nortec Collective, Paper Airplane Fest And Surf-Inspired Art

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Drama, music, anime, surf-inspired art AND paper airplanes? Start planning your weekend now.

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Flaming Lips' "Yoshimi" Is Coming To The Playhouse

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The La Jolla Playhouse announced today that it will premiere a new musical based on The Flaming Lips' album "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots".

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Sandra Bernhard: Still Stirring Things Up After All These Years

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Comedienne/actress Sandra Bernhard is bringing her new one-woman show, "I Love Being Me, Don't You?" to the La Jolla Playhouse for a four-night engagement.

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What's New In Local Music

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San Diego CityBeat's annual "Local Music Issue" is out today. From experimental electronica to hip-hop, music editor Peter Holslin and writer Quan Vu give us the lowdown on what's new and exciting in San Diego's music scene.

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New Documentary Showcases An 'American Troubadour'

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American singer-songwriter Don McLean has a career that spans more than 40 years and more than 300 songs. And a new documentary reveals that there is much more to the man than just "American Pie."

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'Parade' At Cygnet Exposes Dark Chapter In U.S. History

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The controversial 1913 trial and conviction of Leo Frank, a Jewish factory worker accused of raping and murdering a thirteen-year-old girl in Atlanta, Georgia, provides the backdrop for a new production at Cygnet Theatre.

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The Drama Of War Reporting

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In the last two weeks alone, journalism has suffered the loss of three reporters covering some of the most dangerous conflicts around the world. A new production from Mo'olelo Performing Arts offers some dramatic context to these current events.

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A Whale Of An Opera

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The great chase for the most famous of white whales now gets the opera treatment: "Moby-Dick" makes its West Coast premiere this weekend at the San Diego Opera.

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Weekend Preview: 'In The Wake', Chicago Symphony And The Amazing Acro-Cats

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From Shakespearean comedy and contemporary dramas that explore political, religious and personal complexities to concerts featuring the best and brightest in classical music, plus acrobatic felines, here are this weekend’s highlights.

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Tijuana Chef on a Mission

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Tijuana-based Chef Javier Plascencia was recently profiled in The New Yorker, and San Diego Magazine goes behind the scenes with the writer.

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Weekend Preview: New Stage And Plate Offerings

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From new theatrical productions to innovative new dining spots, there are many new things to try throughout the city this weekend.

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A Trip Through American History With Culture Clash

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Culture Clash returns to La Jolla Playhouse with a new play, "American Night: The Ballad of Juan José," which examines our collective history through the eyes of an immigrant as he studies for his U.S. citizenship test.

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Hands Will Roll At Cygnet Theatre

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One man's search for his severed hand drives the dark comedy of "A Behanding in Spokane," which makes its Southern California premiere at Cygnet Theatre.

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Weekend Preview: Taste of Opera, Mexican Institute of Sound and New Restaurants

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From an opera-inspired cooking class and new dining destinations, to live dance music from Mexico City and “transcendental folk” from Colorado, there is no shortage of things to see, hear and do in San Diego.

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