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San Diego’s Top Weekend Events: Spaces And Places

A low-rider on view at Chicano Park Day.

Photo by Angela Carone

Above: A low-rider on view at Chicano Park Day.

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This weekend celebrates some of San Diego’s most beloved spaces and places, like Chicano Park and the former Sherwood Auditorium.

Chicano Park Day

Dance, Music

Chicano Park Day is one of San Diego’s favorite events, a celebration of the park’s social and artistic history.

Back in 1970, the Barrio Logan community rose up and protested plans to build a California Highway Patrol parking lot. That struggle, as well as issues the Mexican-American community continues to face, is what you see depicted on the park’s many murals.

This year features a new mural that shows the Virgin of Guadalupe carrying water to immigrants in the desert. It was painted by Sal Barajas, one of the artists who painted the first mural in 1973.

At the celebration you’ll find Chicano music, Indigenous and folkloric dancing, a lowrider car show, food, crafts and speakers from the local community.

Details: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Chicano Park, Barrio Logan. Free; read additional Chicano Park Day details.

Photo credit: Courtesy of the artist and Company Gallery, New York

A photo of artist Yve Laris Cohen.

Yve Laris Cohen: Meeting Ground

Visual Arts

How does an artist pay homage to a torn-down theater? He recreates it inside a museum.

La Jolla’s Sherwood Auditorium once hosted everything from community dance groups to renowned authors like Allen Ginsberg.

The theater was closed to allow for the expansion of the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego. But locally-raised artist Yve Laris Cohen built an installation that honors that space.

By rebuilding part of Sherwood Auditorium inside MCASD's downtown space, Laris Cohen aims to create a feeling and explore the idea of moving from one space into another. As a transgender artist, Laris Cohen's work is often about transition.

To honor the theater's rich community history, there will also be a secret live performance in the gallery every Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m.

Details: On view 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (closed Wednesdays). Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, 1100 Kettner Blvd., downtown. Free to $10; find tickets to MCASD.

Photo credit: Courtesy of the artist

A promotional photo of musician Jean-Michel Jarre.

Jean-Michel Jarre


Jean-Michel Jarre is a French composer and a pioneer of synthesized and electronic music.

He's known for his grand, record-breaking concerts, providing more of an experience than a traditional show. For this tour, Jarre created a new laser harp, which is an instrument created out of lasers that Jarre plucks and moves with his hand.

You'll have to see for yourself at this show, which closes out his first in North American tour.

Details:8 p.m. Saturday. Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway, downtown.. $49 to $89; find tickets to Jean-Michel Jarre.


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