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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Kaaboo And Roald Dahl Day

Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler performs in Moscow, Russia, Sept. 5, 2015. The band will headline this year's Kaaboo Music Festival.
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Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler performs in Moscow, Russia, Sept. 5, 2015. The band will headline this year's Kaaboo Music Festival.
San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Kaaboo And Roald Dahl Day
GUEST:Nina Garin, editor/producer, KPBS/Arts Calendar

A celebration and Balboa Park on is the children's writer who created Willy Wonka. Some big boomers celebrities headline and music Festival in Del Mar just two events featured on their weekend preview. Joining me with the details is Nina Garin. Tell us are aboutIt is an upscale Festival . It is geared towards a doll's three days at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The headliners are Aerosmith, Jimmy Buffet, and Jack Johnson. Because it is geared toward older audience, it is not just music, right but There's a whole bunch of other stuff. You will see stage for food and there will be chef competitions chocolate and beer pairings and then we have this great comedy stage where Sarah Silverman is coming, Cheech and Chong, and there's public arts and a relaxation zone where you can go we get your hair blowdried. As you say, it is upscale so what does that mean about the tickets? They are VIP packages were you can have private concerts and luxury hangout tents and accounts years to pick up. Those were $3500 starting and their sold-out. When was the last time San Diego had a musical festival like this? It started last year but it was so new and no one was sure how it would do and it attracted about 15,000 people a day last year. Before Roald Dahl had street scene . Totally different vibe. That was just in the streets and not luxurious but it did bring out some big acts. We had our favorite fashion designer, King I West. So I brought up big acts. With Chan 20 are there any ask that you can rack men. I love comedy. She plays the bar mitzvah boy and for bands at this genius are really fun. We have a clip. [ Music ]is happening this weekend . There is a birthday celebration and Balboa Park on Sunday. Who are we celebrating? It is world dolls one hundredth birthday. It is a giant celebration all over Balboa Park. It is put on by right out loud. Remind us of some of the work of Roald Dahl He wrote Matilda, which is on Broadway. Steven Spielberg did his book the big friendly giant. He did fantastic Mr. Fox, which is one of my favorites. James and the giant peach and of course, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. What kinds of things will people be able to do at the celebration? They are going to be doing all kinds of fun things. There will be a community reading of the twists and screaming -- screening of the witches and Charlie and the chocolate factory. It happened Sunday at Balboa Park. The San Diego Opera has been octave but it opens the season this weekend with a special concert. He is a world renowned Polish tenor. People really love him because he embodies the character. He really feels it. I her San he has performed with the San Diego Opera before? Yes, he was -- A Masked Ball in that same year he saying as a soloist in Verdi Requiem. And this sells out in New York, London, and Paris. We have a clip. [ Music ] what is on the program for the special concert in San Diego? You will be doing art songs, which is works from -- and more. Piotr Beczala perform Saturday at the Balboa theater. A guy named Adam is coming to San Diego to ruin everything. There is this guy named Adam Conover . He has a show that called -- that's called Adam Ruins Everything and he tells truth about all these things like diamond engagement rings and how summer vacation so actually help you. I spent all day watching him. He just ruins everything and including fish stock goes. He will be in San Diego and I am so scared that he is going to ruin all of our favorite things. Where can people find the show? You can watch it on to TV or clips on YouTube and he also has a podcast. We will record a show tonight at The Music Box in Little Italy. I have been speaking with Nina Garin.

This weekend brings a giant music festival, a 100th birthday celebration and more.

Kaaboo

Music

Kaaboo bills itself as an upscale music, comedy and food festival aimed at an older crowd. It launched in September 2015 and this year features Aerosmith, Lenny Kravitz, Jack Johnson and Jimmy Buffet among many others.

Instead of battling the dust storms of Coachella, VIP attendees are able to watch shows from an on-site swimming pool, lounge in cabanas, get preferred seating and valet parking and more. Regular ticket holders will find various stages located throughout the expansive Del Mar Fairgrounds.

See the complete lineup here.

Details: Noon to midnight Friday through Sunday. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar. $299 to $779; find tickets.

Roald Dahl is pictured in this undated photo.
Roald Dahl Estate
Roald Dahl is pictured in this undated photo.

100 Years of Roald Dahl

Film, Theater

Celebrate storyteller Roald Dahl's 100th birthday at a community celebration happening throughout Balboa Park.

The author of such favorites as "Matilda," "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and "James and the Giant Peach" will be honored with film screenings, Japanese storytelling, readings, an organ concert and even birthday cupcakes over at the House of England.

The Museum of Photographic Arts will screen "Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory," while the San Diego Art Institute will show "The Witches." Find a complete list of activities here.

Details: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Throughout Balboa Park. $5 to $15 for individual events; find tickets.

Tenor Piotr Beczala will sing in recital with San Diego Opera.
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Tenor Piotr Beczala will sing in recital with San Diego Opera.

San Diego Opera Presents Piotr Beczala

Music

Polish tenor Piotr Beczala opens the San Diego Opera season with a recital of arias and art songs.

Beczala is considered one the leading tenors of this generation who regularly sells out opera houses in New York, London and Paris. The concert will include works from Verdi, Puccini, Dvorak, Strauss and more. Most recently Beczala performed in San Diego Opera's "A Masked Ball" and the "Verdi Requiem."

Details: 7 p.m. Saturday. Balboa Theatre, 868 4th Avd., downtown. $20 to $130; buy tickets.

Adam Conover hosts the TV and web series, "Adam Ruins Everything."
Publicity photo
Adam Conover hosts the TV and web series, "Adam Ruins Everything."

Adam Ruins Everything Live

Theater, Comedy

Adam Conover is the host of "Adam Ruins Everything," a TV and web series that basically does ruin all the things we love.

Find San Diego's best arts events on the KPBS/Arts events calendar.

He explains facts about everything from diamond engagement rings and summer vacations to the NFL and the electoral college.

Conover brings his show to Little Italy's Music Box and will perhaps ruin some of San Diego's most beloved things...

Details: 8 p.m. Friday. The Music Box, 1337 India St., Little Italy. $35 to $50; find tickets.

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