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San Diego’s Top Weekend Events: ‘Hairspray’ And Indie Rock Pioneers

A 2018 photo of Bethany Solmka as Tracy Turnbland in San Diego Musical Theatr...

Photo by Ken Jacques

Above: A 2018 photo of Bethany Solmka as Tracy Turnbland in San Diego Musical Theatre's "Hairspray."

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: 'Hairspray' and Indie Rock Pioneers


Nina Garin, editor/producer, KPBS/Arts Calendar


This weekend brings a fun twist on a popular musical, plus a super-sized concert by two giants of alternative rock.



San Diego Musical Theatre presents "Hairspray," a show that won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Original Score.

The local production is directed by J. Scott Lapp, choreographed by Jill Gorrie and stars Bethany Solmka as Tracy Turnbland.

Set in 1962 Baltimore, the quirky, plus-sized, Tracy Turnblad dreams to dance on The Corny Collins Show. After learning new dance moves from her African-American friends, she wins a spot on Corny's show.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Through Sept. 2. Horton Grand Theatre, 444 Fourth Ave., downtown. $30 to $60Find tickets to "Hairspray."

Photo by Travis Shinn

A 2017 photo of the rock band the Pixies.

The Pixies and Weezer


Back in the 1990s, a concert featuring Weezer and The Pixies would have felt like a dream. This weekend, that show becomes reality.

The Pixies is a seminal alternative band, creating a songwriting style that was jangly and fragmented. The Pixies influenced hundreds of bands, most notably Nirvana, R.E.M. and fellow tourmates, Weezer.

Weezer was an alternative powerhouse in the 1990s thanks to hits like "Buddy Holly" and "Undone (The Sweater Song)." Lately the band has been focusing on covers songs, like Toto’s "Africa."

Details: 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Mattress Firm Amphitheatre, 2050 Entertainment Circle, Chula Vista. $25 to $258 find tickets to The Pixies and Weezer.

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