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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: 'Swan Lake' And Halloween Musicals

A photo from California Ballet's "Swan Lake."
Courtesy of California Ballet Company
A photo from California Ballet's "Swan Lake."
San Diego's Top Weekend Events: 'Swan Lake' And Halloween Musicals
San Diego's Top Weekend Events: "Swan Lake" and Halloween musicals GUEST:Nina Garin, editor/producer, KPBS/Arts Calendar

This is KPBS Midday Edition . I'm Maureen Cavanaugh. Halloween is not until Tuesday but there shaping up for a very spooky weekend around town. There will be costume parties but they are in for Halloween treat at a local museum. Joining me is Nina Garin. Welcome . thank you.Before we get into all things spooky, you have a non-Halloween event you are excited to tell us about.Yes it is Swan lake. They're doing Swan lake which is considered the most iconic shows ever. In case you forgot it's about a prince who falls in love with a girl who's under an evil spell.I've seen quite a few listings in San Diego. What is different about this one?It is confusing because there is a Russian ballet that is touring and it's made stops and it will be here on Halloween. This particular one is put on by California ballet.Swan lake is not the easiest piece to dance the San Diego have dancers who can handle this question markWe don't have the quality of dancers like New York but there's been a lot of growth and a lot of changes. Jared nelson is there and his productions are very creative and they are very technically strong. I'm very optimistic.Let's listen to a clip and now . This is dance of the little swans. [ Music ]Swan lake happen Saturday and Sunday at the San Diego civic theater. Let's move on to the Halloween events. There's a lot going on but you're bringing attention to some that have an arts focus. Tell us happening at the Oceanside Museum of Art.They're going to have a Halloween party and they're going to have roving magic, tarot card readings, photo booths and lots more.This party is tied to an exhibition.They have great show going on. He was hand-picked by Walt Disney to design the attractions at Disneyland and he's known as the guy who created it's a small world and the haunted mansion. This exhibition and the party has a lot of the whimsical spirit.The small world event the most spooky out of it, what else should we know about this party question markThere is going to be tequila shots in school classes. You can buy taco plates and a video light show and an art and music performance. The only thing is you have to be over 21.Art After Dark happen Saturday at the Oceanside Museum. Next you have something a little bit spookier. Terror at the 10th.It's a building full of scary stuff that I'm not going anywhere near but if you like it, it happened at the 10th Avenue art center in the main attraction is the performance of evil dead the musical. It's a show that gives you goggles and ponchos if you're sitting too close to the front.They call it the splash zone. Is this a poor music all -- musical question markThey add jokes and singing in musical numbers.What else is happening?This going to be a horror art exhibit. You will be able to play games until dawn. You can start playing card games. There will be ghost wars of the 10th Avenue arts building.Terror at the 10th this Friday through Sunday at the 10th Avenue arts building downtown. Finally, we have the Demon Barber of Fleet street.They are doing a concert reading of a Stephen musical and the audience is invited to come and listen to the music and show up in costume.Would you remind us what it's about?It's about a man who returns to London and open to barbershop to avenge at the people that made him suffer. Kenny Perez up with this woman who owns a pie shop.Johnny temp starred in a movie version of Sweeney Todd. Let's listen to a son from that version.[ Music ]The original cast is even better.This is a reading not a full performance but it features a cast of some favorites.Yes, it has Sean Murray who is a director and also actors that everyone loves around town.The Halloween concert reading of Sweeney Todd happens Monday and Tuesday at Cygnet Theatre. I've been speaking with Nina Garin. Happy Halloween.Happy Halloween.Midday edition is produced by Marissa and Michael Lipkin. Art segment producers are Beth Accomando. The senior producer is Meghan Burk. Our technical director is Emily. Stay with us for KPBS Roundtable coming up after the break. I'm Maureen Cavanaugh. have a great weekend.

Halloween may not be until Tuesday, but many events are happening this weekend. Here's a look at some arts-related options.

California Ballet's 'Swan Lake'

Dance, Music

California Ballet Company stages the quintessential and beloved ballet, "Swan Lake."

This local production tells the story of a prince who falls in love with a mysterious Swan Queen. This ballet has all the elements of classic ballet, from the white tutus to the timeless Tchaikovsky score.

The show features Ana da Costa and Reka Gyulai alternating as Odette/Odile; and Trystan Merrick and Toshiro Abbley alternating as Prince Siegfried. "Swan Lake" runs about two hours and isn't recommended for children younger than age 6.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 1 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday. San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown. $25 to $125.

Promotional illustration for Oceanside Museum of Art's Art After Dark.
Courtesy of Oceanside Museum of Art
Promotional illustration for Oceanside Museum of Art's Art After Dark.

Art After Dark: Dia De Los Muertos

Visual Arts

In celebration of Dia de los Muertos and Halloween, Oceanside Museum of Art will have a colorful party tied to its current exhibition, "Rolly Crump: It’s Kind of a Cute Story."

Rolly Crump designed iconic Disney spaces like It’s A Small World, The Enchanted Tiki Room and the Haunted Mansion. This 21-and-over party takes that whimsical spirit for a night of roving magic, a video light show, ballet folklorico and more.

Details: 7 p.m. Saturday. Oceanside Museum of Art, 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside. $25 to $60.

Terror at the Tenth


You'll find a spooky celebration at Terror at the Tenth.

There's a performance of “Evil Dead the Musical,” a show that requires goggles and ponchos for anyone sitting in the "splash zone." There will also be ghost tours and tales of the 10th Avenue Arts building, a horror art exhibit, and gaming until dawn.

Details: 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Tenth Avenue Arts Center, 930 Tenth Ave., downtown. $22 to $25.

A promotional photo for Cygnet Theatre's concert reading of "Sweeney Todd."
Courtesy of Cygnet Theatre
A promotional photo for Cygnet Theatre's concert reading of "Sweeney Todd."

Halloween Concert Reading of 'Sweeney Todd'


Cygnet Theatre has an appointment with the Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

Favorite local actors will do a concert reading of "Sweeney Todd," the story of a demonic barber who takes revenge on the people who made him suffer.

This is a way to celebrate Halloween without having to leaving the theater, especially since costumes are encouraged at the performances.

Details: 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Cygnet Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town. $40.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: 'Swan Lake' And Halloween Musicals

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