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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Our Biggest Concert, Ever?

San Diego-based musician Andra Day will be part of the RiseUp As One concert.
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San Diego-based musician Andra Day will be part of the RiseUp As One concert.
San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Our Biggest Concert, Ever?
San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Our Biggest Concert, Ever? GUEST:Nina Garin, editor/producer, KPBS/Arts Calendar

It is and make a concert in the celebrity event and it also has a larger cultural purpose. It is this weekends RiseUp as one event. We will talk about plus artwork created before your eyes and the ballet. Joining me is Nina Garin. This weekend there's a cross-border unity concert and you are calling it the big show ever. What is going on? I think it might be. It is cold RiseUp As One . Celebration of music and unity and it is bringing some of the biggest acts in Latin America to the Cross Border Xpress and it will be broadcasted on Univision, fusion and Facebook life. It is really big. I do remember something quite this large happening. Was performing? Most of the people are Latin Grammy winners multiple times. We have -- he was a pop singer. We have one of the most Vans in the world. There are known for singing these detailed ballads about cross-border life. And then we have another Mexican figure. The list goes on and on. A performer is Andra day. Let us hear her song. It is entitled RiseUp. [ Music ] That was used recently as the theme song for CNN. That is Andra day. There will also be some special guest at this concert. So there's a actor who I love very much. It is cochaired by so many things. Recently Maranda decided to cochair it. Is this concert political? So it's happening on the border wall and I think that it is political. It is telling people in these border neighborhoods to be united and stand together. It is not outright political. How do get in? Tickets are free. You have to listen to certain radio stations. You can stop by the studios. So basically listen to Latin radio stations and stop by Univision and check social media and check the websites. You can also watch it streaming live on Facebook. The RiseUp is a concert that happens on Saturday. As you said it can be watched on fusion networks. There's a lot of music also quite a bit of dance happening this weekend. There is California ballet opens the season with a show called Jump Jive . This is a show that infuses ballet with the band music and rock music. It is the first show that features their new associate artistic director. It is going to have pieces from The Great Gatsby which is really popular. So it is kind of a night of contemporary ballet. [ Music ] there was also something for those that prefer more classic ballet? Yes. Swan lake is going to be in San Diego for one night only. We don't often get to see a ballet like this in San Diego. The people putting it on is a touring company that takes us all around the country. It is three acts in two intermissions. It is such a beautiful ballet. So Swan lake is Saturday at sparkle Peter. The Jump Jive is Saturday and Sunday at the Balboa theater. If you are looking for an affordable way to begin or add to your art collection, there is the art Institute event tonight. What is happening? It is cold the Monster Drawing Rally. There is going to

This weekend brings a cross border concert, a bunch of ballet and a chance to begin (or enhance) your art collection.

RiseUp As One - A Celebration Of Music and Unity


Some of the biggest Latin and pop artists are heading to the border for RiseUp As One, a bi-lingual music event celebrating unity, that will be broadcast around the world.

Performances are scheduled from Miguel Bosé, Luis Coronel, Andra Day, Lila Downs, Jorge Drexler, Fonseca, Jesse & Joy, Juanes, Natalia Lafourcade, Los Tigres del Norte, Lupillo Rivera, Alejandro Sanz, Julieta Venegas, and Carlos Vives.

There will also be special guests including Gael García Bernal and Jonás Cuarón of "Desierto," Mía Maestro, Wilmer Valderrama and more.

Details: 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Cross Border Xpress, 2745 Otay Pacific Drive, Otay Mesa. Free; tickets will be given away via social media, radio and at Univision. The concert will be broadcast live on Univision and Fusion networks, as well as on Facebook Live and other outlets. More information.

A scene from California Ballet's "The Great Gatsby."
Courtesy of California Ballet
A scene from California Ballet's "The Great Gatsby."

California Ballet's 'Jump Jive'


California Ballet opens its season with Jump Jive, a night of ballet infused with everything from 40s Big Band to 60s rock.

The program features energetic pieces like Jared Nelson's "Jump Jive," which combines Big Band music with classical dance; the West Coast premiere of Septime Webre's "Fluctuating Hemlines," an athletic contemporary ballet; selections from Webre's "The Great Gatsby;" and the fast-paced "Suite Vivaldi" by Francisco Gella.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Balboa Theatre, 868 4th Ave., downtown. $40 to $75; find tickets.

A scene from Russian Grand Ballet's "Swan Lake."
Courtesy of Russian Grand Ballet
A scene from Russian Grand Ballet's "Swan Lake."

Russian Grand Ballet's 'Swan Lake'


Russian Grand Ballet brings the "ballet of all ballets" to Spreckels Theatre for one night only.

"Swan Lake," the tale about love and deception featuring Tchaikovsky's timeless music will be performed by this touring company. The ballet is three acts and has two intermissions, for a total run time of about three hours.

Details: 8 p.m., Saturday. Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway, downtown. $29 to $69; find tickets.

A photo from San Diego Art Institute's Monster Drawing Rally.
A photo from San Diego Art Institute's Monster Drawing Rally.

Monster Drawing Rally

Visual art

Come watch over 100 artists drawing live at the San Diego Art Institute as part of the Monster Drawing Rally.

The artists will be drawing live in four different one-hour shifts. At the end of each shift, the fresh art will be up for grabs on a first-come, first-served basis. The original pieces will be sold for $60, so this is the place to go if you've been looking to start or add to your art collection.

Proceeds benefit the San Diego Art Institute.

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

Throughout the night there will be live music by Big Bloom, HEXA and Mankinda. Artists participating include Acamonchi, Addison Stonestreet, Bhavna Mehta, Dion Terry, Kevin Bannister, Mariana Salazar, Paola Villasenor (PANCA), True Delorenzo and many more.

Details: 6 p.m. Friday. San Diego Art Institute, 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park. $5 at the door.

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