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San Diego’s Top Weekend Arts Events: From Ritmos Latinos To Broadway!

A promotional photo from San Diego Ballet's Ritmos Latinos 2019.

Credit: San Diego Ballet

Above: A promotional photo from San Diego Ballet's Ritmos Latinos 2019.

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Valentine’s Day is over– but not romance. This weekend there's a dance program from San Diego Ballet that explores the romance and artistry of Latin music, plus Broadway San Diego announced its plans for the 2019/2010 season and there's a lot to look forward to.

Ritmos Latinos

Dance, Music

San Diego Ballet brings back its annual celebration of Latin music featuring a mix of ballet, tango, ballet folklorico and more.

Ritmos Latinos will include the rousing mariachi classic, "Que Bonito Amor," a passionate "Tangata" tango dance, plus a piece called "Por Los Muertos," written and performed live by jazz musician and composer Gilbert Castellanos.

"Por Los Muertos" is a piece that honors Southern California jazz icons like Mundell Lowe, Daniel Jackson and Snooky Young, and features choreography that's more improvisational than the usual structure of ballet.

Details: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown. $35 to $50; find tickets to Ritmos Latinos.

Photo credit: Atlantic Recording Corp.

Beloved local band Louis XIV reunites in 2019.

Louis XIV


The Casbah continues its 30th anniversary celebration with San Diego's own glam-rock band Louis XIV.

The band known for its hits "Finding Out True Love is Blind" and "It's the Girl That Makes Him Sad," will reunite for two shows this weekend.

Louis XIV began as a roots-inspired band called Convoy, but by 2003 vocalists/guitarists Jason Hill and Brian Karscig along with drummer Mark Maigaard connected with bassist Jimmy Armbrust and created Louis XIV: a glam band that channeled vintage Rolling Stones.

On Friday, Louis XIV performs with Nicky Venus and Ignant Benches. On Saturday, The Slashes and Demasiado are on the bill.

Details: 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The Casbah, 2501 Kettner Blvd., Midtown. $25; find tickets to Louis XIV.

Photo credit: Matthew Murphy

"Come From Away," which had its world premiere at La Jolla Playhouse in May 2015, received seven Tony Award nominations including one for artistic director Christopher Ashley.

Broadway San Diego


Start saving now for Broadway San Diego's upcoming 2019/2020 season, which includes many shows coming to town for the first town.

On the lineup is "Dear Evan Hansen," the Tony-winning musical about a teen who desperately wants to be accepted. It runs Dec. 31, 2019 through Jan. 12, 2020.

Tina Fey's "Mean Girls," based on her 2004 movie is still a big seller on Broadway. The touring production will be at the Civic Theatre June 9 to 14, 2020.

And La Jolla Playhouse's "Come From Away," which tells the story of airline passengers stuck in Newfoundland during the 9/11 attacks returns to San Diego as a touring show June 23 to 28.

Other shows on the lineup include "Anastasia," Oct. 1 to 6; "Disney's Frozen," March 26 to April 12, 2020; "My Fair Lady," July 7 to 12, 2020; "Jesus Christ Superstar," Nov. 12 to 17; "Rent," May 8 to 10, 2020; and "Blue Man Group," Nov. 8 to 10.

Details: Subscriber tickets are on sale now. Individual tickets will be released later this year. find details at Broadway San Diego.


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