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Weekend Preview: Tribal Baroque, Nature Walks and Latin Jazz

Tribal Baroque performs in San Diego on January 4, 2013, at ArtLab Studios in...

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Above: Tribal Baroque performs in San Diego on January 4, 2013, at ArtLab Studios in Normal Heights.

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It's a new year, which is the perfect excuse to try something new. From free nature walks to free live music, here are some suggestions for your weekend to-do list.

Still recovering from overindulging during the holidays? Time to take a hike! Learn the art of animal tracking during a free guided Wildlife Tracking Walk this Saturday, January 5, at 8:30 a.m. at Mission Trails Regional Park. During the two-hour walk, a park guide leads the group in how to discover and identify signs left behind by the resident critters. These walks occur on the first Saturday of every month and are suitable for all ages.

Another option to get you outdoors and moving is the Vernal Pool Walk this Saturday, January 5, at 9 a.m. at Lopez Ridge Park in Mira Mesa. Naturalist Mike Kelly leads participants on an easy walk and provides information about vernal pools — temporary pools of water that provide habitats for distinctive plants and animals — and the rare and endangered plants and animals that inhabit them.

Not the outdoorsy type? Treat your ears to some new sounds.

World music duo Tribal Baroque performs Friday, January 4, 8-10 p.m. at ArtLab Studios in Normal Heights. The duo, featuring singers/musicians Thoth and Lila'Angelique, create miniature operas using soprano and countertenor vocals, foot percussion, dance and violins. To get a sneak preview, check out the video below. For more on Thoth, watch the Academy Award-winning short documentary about his life and work as a street musician in New York, "Thoth" (2002).

Local jazz trumpeter Bill Caballero leads his Latin Jazz Jam tonight (Thursday, January 3) and every Thursday night from 7-10 p.m. at Voz Alta Project in Barrio Logan. Caballero is joined by several veteran jazz musicians who rotate week to week (Gilbert Castellanos has been known to show up), for a fluid, laid-back jam session featuring traditional Latin jazz songs as well as jazz standards performed in a Latin jazz style (from bolero to cha cha to cumbia to mambo). As Caballero says, “I never know what combination of sound I’m going to have from week to week ... Every week has its own magic."

Tribal Baroque "Gipsy Dance"


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