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San Diego’s Top Weekend Events: Arts In North County

A photo from Queen Califa's Magical Circle by artist Kiki de Saint Phalle.

Credit: Courtesy of California Center for the Arts Escondido

Above: A photo from Queen Califa's Magical Circle by artist Kiki de Saint Phalle.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Arts in North County


Nina Garin, editor/producer, KPBS/Arts Calendar


North County is in the midst of transforming into an arts hub, and this weekend's exhibition of work by Niki de Saint Phalle and play based on a Jules Verne novel are good examples why.

Niki De Saint Phalle: "Mythical California"

Visual Arts

California Center for the Arts, Escondido celebrates the work of Niki de Saint Phalle with its "Mythical California" exhibition.

On display will be never-before-seen sketches, photos, models and blueprints of her creative process making Queen Califa's Magical Circle. This larger-than-life sculpture garden was her final project, and it's filled with the bright colors, unique mosaics and fantastical creatures that made her an internationally-renowned artist.

Also on view will be work by local mosaic artists inspired by de Sainte Phalle.

Details: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Through March 4. California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd. $5 and $8; find tickets to "Mythical California".

Photo by Aaron Rumley

A photo of actors Richard Baird and Omri Schein starring in North Coast Rep's "Around the World in Eighty Days."

"Around the World in Eighty Days"


North Coast Rep presents the San Diego premiere of "Around the World in Eighty Days," a play based on the Jules Verne novel and adapted by Mark Brown.

It is a story about adventurer Phileas Fogg who, in 1872, makes a bet with his friends that he can go around the world in 80 days. It is an adventure filled with danger, romance and comic surprises.

Directed by Allison Bibicoff, actors Will Vought, Loren Lester, Omri Schein, Lovlee Carroll and Richard Baird will portray 42 different characters.

Details: 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays; 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays. North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Dr., Suite. D, Solana Beach. $42 and 53; find tickets "Around the World in Eighty Days".

Carlsbad Starring Artists: Pulling Back The Curtain

Theater, Music, Dance

The City of Carlsbad’s Cultural Arts Office launches a new series that features interviews with San Diego-based artists, followed by a live performance.

The first in the three-part series spotlights New Village Art's Teatro Pueblo Nuevo, featuring an interview with director Herbert Siguenza and actor Nadia Guevara. That will be followed by a live performance of "Cinderella Eats Rice and Beans."

Future events will spotlight live music and dance.

Details: 2 p.m. Saturday. Dove Library, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad. Free; additional information.

Reported by Katie Schoolov


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