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San Diego’s Top Weekend Events: Cultural Celebrations And Songs About Love

This undated photo shows Kuumba Fest's parade of living history.

Credit: Courtesy of Kuumba Fest

Above: This undated photo shows Kuumba Fest's parade of living history.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Cultural Celebrations and Songs About Love


Nina Garin, editor/producer, KPBS/Arts Calendar


This weekend brings celebrations of black history and Mexican art, plus a former San Diego musician returns.

Kuumba Fest

Theater, Visual Arts, Dance

Kuumba Fest started as a gang diversion program in the 1990s and has since grown into the city’s longest-running festival of black heritage and culture.

The theme for 2018 is Black 2 Position (Trust & Respect), and the event honors African-American history with a weekend of original plays, fashion shows, talent shows, music performances and lots more.

Details: 2 to 8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m Saturdays; 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown. Free to $20 per event; find tickets to Kuumba Fest.

Photo caption: A photo of artwork by Jorge Tellaeche.

Photo credit: J. Walcher Communications

A photo of artwork by Jorge Tellaeche.

Barrios Hermanos Border Art Show

Visual Arts

Barrios Hermanos, a collective that connects neighborhoods in Tijuana and San Diego, presents a show by artists popular on both sides of the border.

Jorge Tellaeche of Mexico City and Rodrigo "Rod" Villa of Mexicali create colorful, evocative pieces inspired by their lives in the United States and Mexico.

Details: 6 p.m. Friday. Rose Wine Bar, 2219 30th St., South Park; Free; find details about Barrios Hermanos.

Photo by Shervin Lainez

A 2015 promotional photo of musician Anya Marina.

Anya Marina


Former San Diego resident and ALT 949 radio DJ, Anya Marina, returns to perform a concert at Java Joe's.

Marina, known because her quirky pop songs are often used on popular TV shows and movies, has a unique storytelling style and relatable songs about love and loss.

Details: 8 p.m. Sunday. Java Joe's, 2611 Congress St., Old Town. $20; find tickets to Anya Marina.

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