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San Diego’s Top Weekend Arts Events: Wonderspaces, Moonlight Amphitheatre And ‘Little Shop Of Horrors’

A 2019 photo of Maja Petrić's art installation,

Credit: Courtesy of Wonderspaces

Above: A 2019 photo of Maja Petrić's art installation, "We Are All Made of Light"

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San Diego has plenty of summer staples, and this weekend two favorites return: Wonderspaces and Moonlight Amphitheatre’s summer season. Plus, don't miss a non-traditional staging of "Little Shop of Horrors."

Aired: June 14, 2019 | Transcript

San Diego has plenty of summer staples, and this weekend two favorites return: Wonderspaces and Moonlight Amphitheatre’s summer season. Plus, don't miss a non-traditional staging of "Little Shop of Horrors."

Wonderspaces

Visual Arts

Wonderspaces is one of San Diego’s favorite new summer traditions, and it returns for another season of immersive and interactive art.

This pop-up museum takes visitors through a variety of rooms with installations that include a rainbow-colored room, and a reflective metal walkway that you can ride like a wave. Plus, there are all-new virtual reality experiences.

For 2019, the Wonderspaces theme is “In Common” and all the artwork was created keeping other people in mind.

Details: 3:30 to 11 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. Through Sept. 1. B Street Pier, 1140 North Harbor Drive, downtown. Free to $27; find tickets to Wonderspaces.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Moonlight

A promotional photo of Moonlight Amphitheatre.

Moonlight Summer Season

Theater

For theater lovers, the start of Moonlight Amphitheatre's summer season is another local favorite thanks to its high-quality shows and picnic-friendly seating.

This year's 39th season just got started with Mel Brooks' "The Producers," a story about a producer and an accountant who try to produce a Broadway flop, only to have it become a hit.

The season continues with the family-friendly "Matilda" from July 17 through Aug. 3; the beloved "West Side Story" from Aug. 14 through 31; and the gender-bending "Victor/Victoria" from Sept. 11 through 28.

Details: "The Producers" runs 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays through June 29. Moonlight Amphitheatre, 1250 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. $8 to $57; find tickets to "The Producers."

Photo by Daren Scott

A 2019 photo from New Village Arts' production of "Little Shop of Horrors."

"Little Shop of Horrors"

Theater

Don’t expect anything traditional about New Village Arts' "Little Shop of Horrors." The Carlsbad theater has a new version that’s full of unexpected surprises.

The story about a carnivorous plant that only survives on human blood is still campy and silly. But instead of the greedy Mr. Mushnik, now you have a Mrs. Mushnik, plus a Greek chorus that includes a male tenor along with the usual female voices.

This staging still has beloved songs written by "The Little Mermaid" songwriting team of Alan Menken and Howard Ashman.

Go if you dare, but prepare for some scares.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays; 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Through Aug. 4. New Village Arts, 2787 State St. Carlsbad. $25 to $50 find tickets to "Little Shop of Horrors."

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