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San Diego’s Top Weekend Arts Events: Iliza, ‘Dolly’ And Beethoven

A promotional photo of Iliza Shlesinger.

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This weekend brings a millennial comic, a meddling matchmaker, and an ambitious chamber music group.

Iliza Shlesinger


Comedian Iliza Shlesinger straddles the line between two generations — Gen X and Millennials — so she can joke about things like landlines and stalking your ex on Instagram.

Because of this, Shlesinger describes herself as an "Elder Millennial," which is the name of her recent Netflix special and her current tour. Her comedy is a blend of storytelling and nostalgia, with a dose of feminism.

And if she looks familiar, it could be because Shlesinger was also the first female and youngest person to win the NBC reality contest, "Last Comic Standing."

Details: 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday. Balboa Theatre, 868 4th Ave., downtown. $31.50 to $141.50; find tickets to Iliza Shlesinger.

Photo by Julieta Cervantes

A 2018 photo of Betty Buckley in "Hello, Dolly!"

"Hello, Dolly!"


Revisit the beloved character Dolly Gallagher Levi in the musical “Hello, Dolly!”

Broadway San Diego stages this revival which starred Bette Midler on Broadway and now features Betty Buckley as the show’s star.

The classic musical is about a meddling matchmaker and mistaken identities. It features elaborate costumes and beloved songs like "Hello, Dolly" and "Put On Your Sunday Clothes."

Of course, Carol Channing, who died earlier this week, played the first Dolly on Broadway back in 1964.

Details: 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown. $22.50 to $178; find tickets to "Hello, Dolly!"

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A promotional photo of Ariel Quartet.

Ariel Quartet


Israel’s Ariel Quartet is on an ambitious endeavor: to perform Beethoven’s complete cycle in honor of the composer’s 250th birthday next year.

At this performance, the quartet will perform Beethoven Cycle Part 1, which includes some of his greatest compositions — from his early years influenced by Mozart to the later, complex reflections of his life.

The Ariel Quartet formed 20 years ago, when the musicians were in middle school, and they’ve since evolved into an internationally respected chamber music group.

Details: 8 p.m. Friday. Conrad Prebys Music Center, 9500 Gilman Drive, UC San Diego. $40 to $59; find tickets to Ariel Quartet.

Reported by Roland Lizarondo


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