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San Diego’s Top Weekend Events: From Jazz To Joan

An undated photo of art from North Park Festival of the Arts.

Credit: Courtesy of North Park Main Street

Above: An undated photo of art from North Park Festival of the Arts.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: From Jazz to Joan


Nina Garin, editor/producer, KPBS/Arts Calendar


This weekend brings jazz, art, and a little bit of camp courtesy of Joan Crawford and Bette Davis.

21st Annual Festival Of The Arts In North Park

Visual Arts, Music

The 21st Annual Festival of the Arts in North Park is a free art and live music event that also highlights the neighborhood's craft beer and food.

Held along University Avenue, the festival is separated into various blocks. There is the Live Art Block that showcases contemporary artists creating pieces out of everyday objects. There is the Waypoint Public Craft Beer Block, a ticketed area that gets you unlimited tasters from more than 30 local craft brewers. There is also a live music and performance block, a kids block, an artisan block and much more.

Details: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. Throughout North Park. Free; additional information.

Photo credit: Warner Brothers

Joan Crawford and Bette Davis deliver gothic horror as famous sisters in a twisted relationship in "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?"

Celebrate Bette Davis and Joan Crawford


If you loved the TV series "Feud: Bette and Joan," now is your chance to watch the infamous thriller "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" on the big screen. The movie stars Bette Davis and Joan Crawford in a story about an aging actress who holds her paraplegic sister captive in an old Hollywood mansion.

There will also be a double feature of the films that earned Bette Davis and Joan Crawford their Oscars, "All About Eve" and "Mildred Pierce."

"All About Eve," starring Davis, is a 1950 film about a girl who maneuvers herself into the company of an established but aging actress. "Mildred Pierce," starring Crawford, is 1945 film about a hard-working mother who divorces her husband and starts a successful restaurant business to support her spoiled daughter.

Details: 5 p.m. Saturday; 1 and 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Balboa Theatre, 868 4th Ave., downtown. $7 to $15; find tickets.

Photo credit: Courtesy of San Diego Ballet

A 2016 photo of San Diego Ballet dancer Camille McPherson.

San Diego Ballet's A Night Of Jazz and Dance

Music, Dance

San Diego Ballet brings back its popular night of jazz and dance featuring saxophonist Charles McPherson.

This mixed repertoire will debut McPherson's new work, "Reflection and Hope," as well as 2015's "Sweet Synergy Suite," as dancers — including his daughter Camille McPherson — perform pieces choreographed by Javier Velasco.

Details: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Lyceum Theatre, Horton Plaza, downtown. $25 to $50; additional information.

Photo credit: Promotional photo

An udated photo of jazz pianist Chucho Valdés.

Chucho Valdes


The San Diego Symphony's Jazz @ Jacobs concerts closes its season with a rare appearance by Cuban jazz pianist Chucho Valdés.

Valdés is the conservatory-trained son of Cuban music icon Bebo Valdés and an eight-time Grammy winner. He has spent much of his career exploring and highlighting Latin music.

For his San Diego performance, he will perform a concert of solo piano.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Jacobs Music Center, 750 B St., downtown. $20 to $85; additional information.

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