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San Diego’s Top Weekend Events: Two Crooners And A Festival

A photo from SummerFest Under the Stars, the kickoff event for the annual cha...

Credit: Courtesy of La Jolla Music Society

Above: A photo from SummerFest Under the Stars, the kickoff event for the annual chamber music festival.

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This weekend brings prestigious chamber musicians, art-themed films and two very popular pop crooners.

SummerFest 2017


August in San Diego means it's time for La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest, a prestigious chamber music festival that brings world-class artists and ensembles to La Jolla.

This year brings pianist/twin sisters Christina and Michelle Naughton, the Regina Carter Quartet and Finnish virtuoso Olli Mustonen. It will also feature the first ever performance of Beethoven's complete violin-piano sonatas, happening over four nights.

Details: Concerts run through Aug. 25. Times and locations vary. Free to $75.

Photo credit: Courtesy of San Diego Museum of Art

A film plays at San Diego Museum of Art's Screen on the Green movie night in this undated photo.

Screen on the Green

Film, Visual Arts

The San Diego Museum of Art screens free, art-inspired films every Thursday in August.

This year's selections include Audrey Hepburn's museum caper "How to Steal a Million and Woody Allen's charming "Midnight in Paris."

The movies are screened outdoors at the Botanical Lawn, east of the museum. Spots go quickly, so grab a picnic and show up early. Alcohol is allowed on the lawn until 8 p.m. and Panama 66 will have to-go items for sale.

Details: 8 p.m. Thursdays in August. Botanical Lawn, east of the San Diego Museum of Art, Balboa Park. Free.

Photo by Ben Watts

A publicity photo of musician Ed Sheeran.

Ed Sheeran


Love him or hate him, Ed Sheeran brings his pop songs to San Diego.

The young British folk singer is known for hit songs like "Shape of You" and "Thinking Out Loud" (and also for being part of Taylor Swift’s crew). Even though he’s a major pop star, Sheeran performs without a band, just letting his acoustic guitar and voice do all the work.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Valley View Casino Center, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., Point Loma.

Photo credit: Courtesy of the artist's website

A 2017 photo of musician Neil Diamond.

Neil Diamond


Iconic pop crooner Neil Diamond celebrates 50 years of show business with his latest tour.

The musician, age 76, began his career in 1966 with "Solitary Man" and has since penned such pop culture classics as "Sweet Caroline," "I'm a Believer," "Cherry Cherry" and many more.

Expect a two-hour concert of a long list of hits, accompanied by the musician's unparalleled showmanship and sequined outfits.

Details: 8 p.m. Tuesday. Valley View Casino Center, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., Point Loma. $53.50 to $153.50.

Reported by Katie Schoolov


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