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San Diego’s Top Weekend Events: Blues, Ballet And (Hopefully) Hill

A 2018 promotional poster for Ms. Lauryn Hill's concert tour.

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Above: A 2018 promotional poster for Ms. Lauryn Hill's concert tour.

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This weekend you can either indulge in nostalgia with the anniversary of a seminal hip-hop album, or look to the future with a new way of presenting ballet. Plus, a popular blues festival returns.

Ms. Lauryn Hill


It was 20 years ago that singer Lauryn Hill released her landmark album "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill," a project that gave us hits like "Doo Wop (That Thing)," and "Everything is Everything."

Since then, she's been considered one of the modern classics of as a modern day classic of hip-hop and R&B.

On this tour, Hill will be performing songs from that album, though because of her freestyle singing, perhaps not always in the way you remember them. Over the years, Hill's concerts have started late or finished early, so it's best to be ready for the unexpected.

Details: 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre, 5500 Campanile Drive, SDSU. $41 to $275; find tickets to Lauryn Hill.

San Diego Blues Festival


This year, the 8th Annual San Diego Blues Festival features Billy Gibbons, the blues-rock guitarist best known for being in the band ZZ Top.

The family-friendly event will also feature nine musical acts on two stages, plus local craft beer, cocktails and wine along with specialty food trucks and arts and crafts vendors.

This event is a fundraiser for the San Diego Food Bank and attendees are encouraged to bring donations of canned foods or cash.

Details: Noon to 8 p.m. Saturday. Embarcadero Marina Park North, 400 Kettner Blvd., downtown. $30 to $250; Find tickets to the San Diego Blues Festival.

The Rosin Box


The dancers from City Ballet of San Diego have come together to create a new, intimate way of presenting ballet: The Rosin Box!

Dancers Carly Topazio, Lauren Anthony, Liz Fittro, Brian Heil and Bethany Green have created their very own show featuring three never before seen ballets: "Crackerjack," "Wicked Games" and "Epiphany, If You Will."

The pieces combine contemporary dance with classical ballet and will be performed at the intimate Geoffrey theater.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 5 p.m. Sunday. The Geoffrey Off Broadway, 923 1st Ave., downtown San Diego. $25; find tickets to The Rosin Box.


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