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San Diego’s Top Weekend Arts Events: From ‘Fiddler’ To The Fair

A 2018 photo of the San Diego County Fair at sunset.

Credit: Courtesy of San Diego County Fair Facebook

Above: A 2018 photo of the San Diego County Fair at sunset.

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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.

Aired: May 31, 2019 | Transcript

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

Music, Dance

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.

Photo by Joan Marcus

A 2019 photo from "Fiddler on the Roof" at Broadway San Diego.

"Fiddler on the Roof"

Theater

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."

Photo credit: Courtesy of Mainly Mozart

A promotional photo of musician Derek Paravicini.

Mainly Mozart's Music and the Mind

Music

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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