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San Diego’s Top Weekend Events: Savages And Vengeful Barbers

A photo of the band Savages.

Credit: Courtesy of Savages

Above: A photo of the band Savages.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Savages And Vengeful Barbers


Nina Garin, editor/producer, KPBS/Arts Calendar




Savages is a band from London that's getting attention for its ferocious rock and intense stage presence.

It's made up of four women who wear an unofficial uniform of black clothes and heavy eyeliner, led by singer Jehnny Beth. Together they create music that's both powerful and vulnerable with swirling guitars and lyrics about love and addiction.

It's a kind of music that's not easy to digest, but it's the kind of live show that's getting praised by Coachella attendees to NPR listeners. Ellen DeGeneres even had the band on her show.

This weekend, fans will have the chance to see Savages in a small, intimate venue. That won't be the case for long.

Details: 8 p.m. Friday. The Observatory, 2891 University Ave., North Park. $25; find tickets

Photo by Ken Jacques

A photo from San Diego Junior Theatre's "Sweeney Todd."

San Diego Junior Theatre's "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street"


Yes, it's true. A cast of tween and teens will stage "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," a macabre musical about love, loss and revenge.

This Stephen Sondheim show is a Junior Theatre premiere and will take on a Steampunk design to tell the story about a vengeful barber.

Playing Mrs. Lovett is longtime Junior Theatre member Jazley Genovese (pictured), who recently won the Ben Vereen Awards and represented San Diego in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards in New York City.

Details: 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 14. Casa del Prado Theatre, 1600 Village Place, Balboa Park. $11 to $15; find tickets.

Photo credit: Courtesy of the artist

Artwork by local painter, Dan Adams.

25th Annual Athenaeum Juried Exhibition Opening Reception

Visual Art

Get to know the work of artists living and working in San Diego at the Athenaeum's 25th Annual Juried Exhibition.

Noted as one of the region’s most prestigious and lively art shows, this year’s jurors are Mary L. Beebe, director, Stuart Collection, UCSD; Hugh Davies, the David C. Copley director & CEO, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; and Mark Quint, owner, Quint Gallery.

The 2016 exhibition includes the work of Dan Adams, Neil Kendricks, Arie Menes, Echo Lew, Pia Stern and many more.

Details: 6:30 p.m. Friday. Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St., La Jolla. Free; more information.

San Diego Gay Men's Chorus Presents Thriller — The Music Of Michael Jackson

Music, Theater

San Diego Gay Men's Chorus will celebrate the songs of Michael Jackson in its latest show, Thriller.

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You'll hear the chorus of 150 singers and dancers perform such songs as "We Are The World," "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough," "ABC," and, of course, "Thriller."

If you still have a sequined glove, feel free to wear it. Audiences are encouraged to show up in costume.

Details: 8 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave. $25.75 to $70; find tickets

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