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San Diego’s Top Weekend Events: Kendrick Lamar, The Beatles And Crawfish!

A publicity photo of musician Kendrick Lamar, who headlines The Championship ...

Above: A publicity photo of musician Kendrick Lamar, who headlines The Championship Tour.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Kendrick Lamar, The Beatles and Crawfish!


Nina Garin, editor/producer, KPBS/Arts Calendar


This weekend brings some high-profile names in music: The Beatles and Kendrick Lamar. Plus a lesson in how to eat crawfish.

The Championship Tour Featuring Kendrick Lamar and SZA


Pulitzer Prize-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar brings his Championship Tour to San Diego.

Lamar is known as a powerful storyteller, using sophisticated wordplay in his raps. His music is both critically and commercially successful. He recently curated the soundtrack for Marvel’s "Black Panther," an album that features artists from his label, Top Dawg Entertainment.

Now, those artists are part of The Championship Tour, and it features fellow chart-topping names like SZA and Schoolboy Q.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Mattress Firm Amphitheatre, 2050 Entertainment Circle, Chula Vista. $39.50 to $595; find tickets to The Championship Tour.

Photo by Gareth Jones

A promotional photo from Mark Morris Dance Group's "Pepperland."

La Jolla Music Society Presents Mark Morris Dance Group's "Pepperland"

Dance, Music

Mark Morris Dance Group celebrates the music of the Beatles with a dance show called "Pepperland."

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," the show features jazz arrangements of beloved songs like "With a Little Help From My Friends," "When I’m Sixty-Four" and "Penny Lane."

The Mark Morris Dance Group ensemble will tell the story of Sgt. Pepper using exaggerated movements, trippy pattern formations and bright costumes.

Presented by La Jolla Music Society, there will also be a chamber music ensemble exploring the classical and jazz side of "Sgt. Pepper."

Details: 8 p.m. Saturday. Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown. $20 to $75; find tickets to"Pepperland."

Photo credit: Courtesy of Gator by the Bay

A photo from Gator by the Bay 2017.

Gator by the Bay


If it’s Mother’s Day Weekend, that means it’s time for Gator by the Bay.

This popular Louisiana-themed festival highlights Zydeco, Blues and Cajun music. Headlining this year will be Grammy nominated Cajun acts Pine Leaf Boys and The Revelers.

The event also features plenty of food, including crawfish brought in straight from Louisiana - plus a lesson in how to eat them. You can also learn how to make other New Orleans treats like Beignets and Jambalaya.

Details: 3:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday; 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Spanish Landing Park, North Harbor Drive. $20 to $115, and free for active military with ID and kids age 17 and younger; find tickets to Gator by the Bay.

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