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Keep up on the arts scene with KPBS/Arts editor, Nina Garin.

Happy Valentine's Day, arts friends. Romance is great and everything, but over on the KPBS/Arts Facebook group, we've been talking about our favorite breakup songs. There's a lot variety in what you all listen to when you have a broken heart! There's everything from Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me" and Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone" to more emo options like "Vindicated" by Dashboard Confessional and Slints' "Washer." Personally, Elliott Smith's entire "XO" album has been a reliable breakup companion. Here's hoping you won't need these songs today, let's get on with this week's arts news and highlights.

What You Should Know

  • Start saving now for Broadway San Diego's upcoming 2019/2020 season. Shows that will be headed here include "Anastasia," "Dear Evan Hansen," "Disney's Frozen," "Mean Girls," "Come From Away" and "My Fair Lady." Also on the schedule is "Jesus Christ Superstar," "Rent" and "Blue Man Group." → Find more details.
  • The Craig Noel Awards celebrate local theater, and on Monday the ceremony honored the best shows from 2018. Big winners included Lamb's Players' staging of "Once" and The Old Globe's "A Thousand Splendid Suns." Actors of the year went to the much-deserving Kevin Hafso Koppman and Nadia Guevara. → See the complete list of winners.
  • Black Comix Day returns Saturday to the Malcom X Library. The free event spotlights African-American comic book artists and writers. → Listen to the KPBS interview with organizer and comic book creator Keithan Jones.
  • The Birds Without Paradise art installation has left Liberty Station and can now be seen flying overhead at Seaport Village. These colorful paper birds are a student art collaboration focusing on cross-border connections. → Read more.
  • Ticketmaster update: some good shows are going on sale this weekend, including Father John Misty with Jason Isbell; Beck with Cage the Elephant; Heart; and Coheed and Cambria with Mastodon. → Find tickets and details.

(Super) Short Review

"Aubergine" at San Diego Repertory Theatre through Sunday

This play is advertised as "an unforgettable story of love, family and the healing power of food." Really, though, it's a slow exploration about death with some food anecdotes delivered in the form of monologues. It's also about memories, culture and family. Try as the talented cast might, there are just too many ideas that keep "Aubergine" from making a true connection with the audience.

Upcoming Events

Promotional photo for Justin Timberlake's The Man Of The Woods Tour. Courtesy of Valley View Casino Center

Justin Timberlake

Thursday, February 21 at 7:30 p.m.
$90 - $400 | Get tickets


A photo from Beer & Ballet, courtesy of California Ballet.

California Ballet's Beer & Ballet

Saturday, February 23 at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.
$40 - $75 | Get tickets


Promotional photo of Charles McPherson performing on the saxophone. Courtesy of Laurent Kramer.

Jazz At TSRI: Charles McPherson 80th Birthday Celebration

Tuesday, February 26 at 7:30 p.m.
$32 - $105 | Get tickets


You In The Arts

Photo credit: Courtesy of Ovation Theatre

A 2019 photo from "Freaky Friday."

"You In the Arts" features San Diegans engaging in the arts, like these young actors from North County's Ovation Theatre.

This is the last weekend to catch "Freaky Friday," a musical about a mother and daughter who magically switch places and learn a lesson in empathy and understanding. It's based on both the 1976 and 2003 films and was also staged at the La Jolla Playhouse in 2017. Find tickets and details here.

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