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San Diego’s Top Weekend Arts Events: Alvin Ailey, ‘Cabaret’ And Zandra

A photo from Alvin Ailey's

Credit: La Jolla Music Society

Above: A photo from Alvin Ailey's "Revelations."

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Spring is in the air, bringing some very sophisticated arts options: world class dancers from Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, a local production of "Cabaret" and a conversation with Zandra Rhodes about the fashion of Princess Diana.

Alvin Ailey Dance Theater

Dance

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is a company founded by choreographer Alvin Ailey so that he could include more African-Americans in the world of dance.

Since forming the company in 1958, it has evolved into one of the most innovative modern dance groups, earning the title of “Cultural Ambassadors to the World” from the Library of Congress.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will be in San Diego to perform classic pieces like “Revelations,” a favorite that celebrates black heritage and a world premiere about spiritual awakening titled “The Call.”

Details: 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Jacobs Music Center, 750 B St., downtown. $29 to $99; find tickets to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Photo by Ken Jacques

A 2019 photo from Coronado Playhouse's "Cabaret."

"Cabaret"

Theater

The musical "Cabaret" was first staged on Broadway in 1966, but more than 50 years later it’s a show with themes that are still relevant today.

In "Cabaret," The Kit Kat Club was a refuge for artists and outcasts just as the Nazis were coming to power in Germany.

And starting this weekend, the Coronado Playhouse transforms into 1930s Berlin, where the Emcee and Sally Bowles will perform songs like “Wilkommen” and “Maybe This Time.”

This version will also explore the psychology of people who are too afraid to act or speak up against power.

Details: Opens 8 p.m. Friday. Continues 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. Through April 28. Coronado Playhouse, 1835 Strand Way, Coronado. $22 to $28; find tickets to "Cabaret."

Photo by Little Fang

A 2019 photo of Jeanna de Wall as Diana and Roe Hartrampf as Prince Charles.

Zandra Rhodes at "Diana"

Theater, Fashion

Designer Zandra Rhodes will discuss her relationship to Princess Diana at a talkback event on Sunday at the La Jolla Playhouse.

The world-premiere musical "Diana" explores the Princess of Wales’ bold fashion choices - from her iconic wedding gown to a sexy black dress. Rhodes, who designed clothes for the princess, will discuss why Diana’s fashion choices were so important.

You don’t need a ticket to the show to attend the talk, just show up to the theater by 4 p.m. and you’ll be able to attend the discussion for free.

Details: 4 p.m. Sunday. La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla. Free; find details about the event.

Reported by Roland Lizarondo

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