San Diego’s Top Weekend Arts Events: From ‘Fiddler’ To The Fair
Friday, May 31, 2019
Credit: Courtesy of San Diego County Fair Facebook
Get ready for Krispy Kreme cheeseburgers and mini doughnuts, the San Diego County Fair opens today! Also this weekend is a new "Fiddler on the Roof" and a look at music through the lens of autism.
San Diego County Fair
Summer doesn’t officially begin until June, but around here, we mark the start of the season with the opening of the San Diego County Fair.
This year’s fair theme is Oz-some, inspired by "The Wizard of Oz." And you'll find a yellow brick road that will lead you to all your fair favorites: fried food, farm animals, carnival rides and art exhibits.
As for the concerts, you’ll get a mix of pop, country and Latin music with standouts that include Pitbull, Lindsey Stirling, Smokey Robinson and Los Tigres del Norte.
Details: Closed Mondays and Tuesdays in June. Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Wednesdays; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Through July 4. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar; find tickets to the San Diego County Fair.
"Fiddler on the Roof"
Did you know there’s a new adaptation of "Fiddler on the Roof?" But don’t worry, traditionalists, it still captures why the musical has been beloved since 1964.
Broadway San Diego brings this updated story of Tevye, the poor milkman trying to hold together traditions in the face of a changing world.
There's an extra level of resonance about the Jewish experience in this version, thanks to a framing device that happens at the very beginning and end of the show (no spoilers here).
The main reason to see it, though, is the updated choreography. Instead of Jerome Robbins' ballet-inspired moves, these dancers feel more authentic and gritty, as if they truly are expressing the emotions of a Russian shtetl in 1905.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 1 and 6 p.m. Sunday. San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown. $22.50 to $71.50; find tickets to "Fiddler on the Roof."
Mainly Mozart's Music and the Mind
The Mainly Mozart Festival opens this weekend with Music & The Mind, an event that looks at music through the lens of autism.
Throughout the weekend, musicians, researchers, doctors and therapists will gather to explore the role that music plays in the brain. It will feature a speech by autism advocate Temple Grandin and a concert by blind pianist Derek Paravicini who also has autism.
The Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra continues throughout June with concerts by internationally renowned musicians and ensembles including Israel Philharmonic Concertmaster David Radzinski.
Details: Music and the Mind is 7 to 10 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Venues vary. $80 to $140; find tickets to the Mainly Mozart Festival.
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