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San Diego’s Top Weekend Events: Music And Magical Realism

A 2017 photo of Annie Clark of the band St. Vincent.

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Above: A 2017 photo of Annie Clark of the band St. Vincent.

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This weekend brings some high-profile musicians, plus a dose of magical realism.

St. Vincent


St. Vincent is the stage name for musician Annie Clark, a woman who is often referred to as the female David Bowie.

That comparison makes sense when you consider St. Vincent's trajectory from timid singer/songwriter to full-on glam queen with poignant messages about society. Her new album, "Masseduction," features dark songs about power, anxiety and addiction delivered via pop music.

St. Vincent returns to San Diego for an all-ages show at The Observatory.

Details: 7 p.m. Saturday. The Observatory, 2891 University Ave., North Park. $44 to $169; find tickets to St. Vincent.

"Cloud Tectonics"


New Village Arts stages "Cloud Tectonics," a play by José Rivera directed by Herbert Sigüenza.

"Cloud Tectonics" is an apocalyptic love story, considered a modern masterpiece that transcends time and space. Told through a romance between Aníbal de la Luna and pregnant Celestina del Sol, it examines how elemental forces shape who we become.

Details: 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Through Feb. 25. New Village Arts, 2787 State St., Carlsbad. $33 to $36; find tickets to "Cloud Tectonics."

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A photo of the band Pinback.



Beloved San Diego band Pinback celebrates its 20th anniversary with a three-night gig at The Casbah.

Over the years, the indie group released a collection of modern classics, including "Summer in Abaddon," "Penelope," and "Good To Sea."

On Monday, Jan. 29, the opening act will be Major Entertainer; Tuesday, Jan. 30 features Shades McCool; and Wednesday, Jan. 31 is The Color Forty Nine.

Details: 9:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 29 through Wednesday, Jan. 31. The Casbah, 2501 Kettner Blvd., Midway District. $25 to $60; find tickets to Pinback.

John Luther Adams' 'Inuksuit' - A Border-Crossing Presentation


Composer John Luther Adams’ acclaimed piece, "Inuksuit," will be performed for free, but you'll have to go on a 30-minute hike to hear it.

On Saturday, a bi-national percussion ensemble will present the outdoor-specific music at International Friendship Park. Concertgoers will have to walk 1.8 miles each way, on level ground through soft sand on the beach.

The New Yorker's Alex Ross called "Inuksuit" "one of the most rapturous experiences of my listening life." So an almost 4-mile hike seems like a small price to pay. (FYI, it's much easier to access Friendship Park via the Mexican side.) This concert is part of the San Diego Symphony's It's About Time festival.

Details: 12:30 p.m. Saturday. International Friendship Park, off Monument Road, on the U.S.-Mexico border. Free; additional information about "Inuksuit."


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