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Weekend Preview: Bike the Boulevard, Kinetic Art, Carlsbad Music Fest And Barrio Art Jam

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Great neighborhoods, great music and great fun are all ahead this weekend.

We're suggesting a handful of events for your listening pleasure, as wells as quality venues to enjoy some art and inject some culture into your weekend.

Bret Barrett is a sculptor, painter and kinetic artist whose work is made from found objects with electronic and mechanized pieces. He automates these works to create surreal pieces of art that are imaginative, bizarre and wonderful.

Barrett's new exhibition, ‘Engineered Truths and Time Traveled Devices’ opens with a reception from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 at Visual. The collection will remain on view through Oct. 5.

The first annual Barrio Art Jam guarantees to be an exciting and interesting cultural event.

Here, attendants can enjoy a variety of music showcasing the Latin genre from Jazz fusion and Son Jarocho. Featured bands include Cantua, Surefire Soul Ensemble and Afrojazziacs.

Barrio Art Jam takes place Friday, Sept. 20 at the Bread and Salt in Logan Heights starting at 9 p.m. Event is $10 at the door.

Photo credit: El Cajon Business Improvement Association

Bike the Boulevard participants.

Bike the Boulevard is back once again! Hop on your bicycle and start off the ride at Til-Two Club. You can then spend the rest of the day biking up and down El Cajon Boulevard, stopping at Tiger! Tiger!, Gym Standard and the Void.

This is a very casual, fun ride brought to you by the El Cajon Business Improvement Association. The approximate mileage one way is 1.5 miles. Good beer, balloon animals, prizes — what's not to like?

The event starts at noon on Saturday, Sept. 21 with activities spread throughout the day.

Photo credit: Carlsbad Music Festival

The Carlsbad Music Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary of “adventurous music by the beach” with its biggest and most exciting festival to date Friday through Sunday, Sept. 20 - 22.

Highlights of this year's festival include the California debut of N.Y. vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth.

This year's festival will feature more than 50 performances in three days with concerts in Magee Park and Carlsbad Village Theater on Saturday and Sunday, as well as the Village Music Walk on Friday, all curated by Festival Founder and Director, composer Matt McBane.

All concerts will take place in the charming seaside Village of Carlsbad in walking distance of the beach, hotels, restaurants and the Coaster train station.

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