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San Diego’s Top Weekend Arts Events: Joffrey, ‘Angels’ And Mariachis

A 2018 photo of dancers from The Joffrey Ballet.

Photo by Cheryl Mann

Above: A 2018 photo of dancers from The Joffrey Ballet.

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Whether you like ballet or ballet folklorico, this weekend is filled with all kinds of dance. Plus Tony Kushner's epic "Angels in America" opens at Cygnet Theater.

Joffrey Ballet


La Jolla Music Society welcomes a rare performance by Chicago's Joffrey Ballet.

Under the direction of Ashley Wheater, this program of new works includes "Encounter" and "Beyond the Shore" by Nicolas Blanc and "Joy" by Alexander Ekman.

Also on the program is "In Creases" by Justin Peck, a fast, contemporary ballet in which dancers form complex shapes and patterns both as a group and individually. The dance is performed to a live score for two pianos composed by Philip Glass.

There will be a 7 p.m. prelude interview hosted by Molly Puryear, executive director of Malashock Dance.

Details: 8 p.m. Friday. San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave. downtown. $29 to $89; find tickets to Joffrey Ballet.

Photo by Rachel Esther Tate

A 2019 photo of Cygnet Theatre's "Angels in America" cast.

'Angels in America'


Cygnet Theatre stages the epic drama "Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes."

The two-part play is an examination of AIDS and gay culture in America during the 1980s. Written by Tony Kushner, the complex work revolves around various characters struggling with their identities and confronting who they are once they or their loved ones contract HIV, the disease that causes AIDS.

Directed by Sean Murray, the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning drama is broken in two parts: "Millennium Approaches" and "Perestroika." They will be performed in rotating repertory from March 6 through April 20.

Details: Opens 8 p.m. Saturday. Continues through April 20. Cygnet Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town. $25 to $60; find tickets to "Angels in America."

This 2016 photo features a performer from the Mariachi Festival in National City.

Mariachi Festival

Music, Dance

This year, the seventh annual Mariachi Festival moves from National City to Chula Vista's Bayside Park.

But the event, which brings together amateur mariachis from throughout Mexico and the United States, remains the same. Middle and high school bands will perform traditional songs from Mexico, and the top bands will win cash and prizes.

The family-friendly event also features ballet folklorico dance groups, a fashion show, an area for kids, beer and cocktail gardens, crafts and more.

Details: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Bayside Park, 999 Bayside Parkway, Chula Vista. $5 to $50; find tickets to Mariachi Festival.

Reported by Kris Arciaga


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