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San Diego’s Top Weekend Events: Art Alive, ArtWalk And A Superstar Cellist

An Art Alive floral designer's interpretation of

Credit: Courtesy of San Diego Museum of Art

Above: An Art Alive floral designer's interpretation of "Specter of the Evening" by Salvador Dali is pictured in this undated photo.

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This weekend brings two major art events and a homecoming for superstar cellist, Tina Guo.

Art Alive

Visual Arts

Spring in San Diego is synonymous with Art Alive, the San Diego Museum of Art's annual fundraiser.

At this popular event, floral artists reinterpret works from the museum's permanent collection into creative arrangements. For one weekend, the museum is filled with bright flowers and visitors can participate in floral-themed workshops and even buy flowers for sale.

A main attraction of Art Alive is the grand Rotunda display, and this year it’s designed by husband-and-wife design team Daniel Schultz and Natasha Lisitsa. The couple, known for large-scale floral installations, have used the Nancy Lorenz: Moon Gold exhibition as their inspiration.

Details: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park. $5 to $250; find tickets to Art Alive.

Photo credit: Courtesy of ArtWalk

A photo from a past Mission Federal ArtWalk.

Mission Federal ArtWalk

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There are lots of ArtWalk events in San Diego, but the largest and most popular is the one that happens every April in Little Italy.

34th annual Mission Federal ArtWalk transforms nearly 20 blocks into a giant art gallery filled with photography, sculpture, handmade jewelry, watercolors and handmade crafts.

The two-day festival is also known for a sprawling KidsWalk area, with hands-on activities for children. In addition, there's a Dance on the Edge program with performers that include City Ballet of San Diego, Culture Shock Dance Troupe, Flamenco Arana, the PGK Dance Project and more.

New this year will be spoken word artists, interactive exhibits and an avant-garde pop-up tent.

Details: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Throughout Little Italy. Free; find additional ArtWalk information.

Photo credit: Courtesy of the artist

A promotional photo of cellist Tina Guo.

Tina Guo with San Diego Civic Youth Orchestra


Cellist Tina Guo has performed with musicians like Hans Zimmer and Johnny Marr, but did you know she got her start in San Diego?

Guo grew up in Poway and was a member of the San Diego Civic Youth Orchestra before going to USC's Thornton School of Music on full scholarship.

Since then, she's played on movie scores for "Wonder Woman," "Inception" and many others while also performing around the world. She returns to San Diego for a concert with with the San Diego Civic Youth Orchestra. The program includes classical pieces along with some of Guo's original compositions.

Details: 7 p.m. Sunday. California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd. $35 to $65; find tickets to Tina Guo.


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