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San Diego’s Top Weekend Events: From Dancing Bears To ‘Killer Tomatoes’

A 2018 photo of dancers from San Diego Ballet's

Photo by Gary Payne

Above: A 2018 photo of dancers from San Diego Ballet's "The Jungle Book."

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This weekend brings a ballet version of "The Jungle Book," a dance show inspired by "Romeo and Juliet" and anniversary screening for a beloved movie.

San Diego Ballet's "The Jungle Book"


San Diego Ballet presents a blend of ballet, jazz and hip hop in this retelling of Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book."

Artistic Director Javier Velasco uses modern ballet and jazz music to tell the story of a boy raised in the jungle by animals, trying to fight off the menacing tiger Sher Khan. The show also features puppets, bright costumes and ballet dancers in full animal makeup.

Sunday's performance features Muffins with Mowgli, a reception after the show in which the audience can take photos and mingle with dancers.

Details: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown. $15 to $50; find tickets to "The Jungle Book."

Photo credit: Courtesy of Beyond Babel

A 2018 promotional photo from "Beyond Babel."

Beyond Babel


"Beyond Babel" is an urban dance show inspired by both Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" and today's news headlines.

The new show was co-created and starring Keone and Mari Madrid, the husband-and-wife dance team known for their work on "So You Think You Can Dance," "Dancing With the Stars," "The Ellen Show" and Justin Bieber's "Love Yourself" music video.

"Beyond Babel" explores the way barriers affect families, friends and communities. Set to contemporary music, it follows a couple figuring out how to deal with a wall that's just been built between them.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Beyond Babel Theater, 2625 Imperial Ave., Barrio Logan. $35 to $125; find tickets to Beyond Babel.

Photo credit: Courtesy of IMDB

A promotional poster for "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes."

'Attack Of The Killer Tomatoes' 40th Anniversary Screening


UC San Diego presents a free, 40th anniversary screening of the 1978 cult film "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes" featuring the film's creators John DeBello, Stephen Peace and Costa Dillon.

This spoof of B-movies is about a group of scientists who band together to save the world from mutated killer tomatoes. Learn the story behind the making of this musical-comedy-horror film with a panel discussion before the screening.

Details: 2 p.m. Saturdays. Price Center Theatre, UC San Diego, La Jolla. Free; find additional screening details.


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