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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: 'Star Trek,' Opera And More

A photo from "Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage" concert.
Courtesy of Broadway San Diego
A photo from "Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage" concert.
San Diego's Top Weekend Events: 'Star Trek,' Opera And More
San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Trekkies, Opera And More GUEST:Nina Garin, editor/producer, KPBS Arts Calendar

You're listening to Midday Edition on KPBS I am Allyson St. John in for Midday Edition . The weekend is upon us. And there's something for everyone. From a Star Trek concert to a musical. Here is the weekend preview. Star Trek fans will be heading over to the civic theater this weekend. There will be a concert called Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage concert . There will be a live Symphony and they will be playing music from the Star Trek from the original series, all of them. Let's have a little listen to all of it. Yes. [ Music ] What is the experience like? It is kind of like you are going to be Symphony and sit listen to music. But there will also be clips from the TV show and movies projected on the big screen. So you will hear your favorite hit and you will see them. So it is a fun experience for Star Trek fan for people who want to get more into it. People might be dressing up as well. Yes. So that is Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage concert tonight at the San Diego civic Theatre. The San Diego Opera is going on the listening tour and the first one is tonight. They are listening to the us. The general director David Bennett wants to hear from the public about the Opera. Is it too long. Is it just right? He is going to ask the public sessions. What people expect when they go to this? These will be multi-media conversation. People will be responding to questions in real-time with their phones. People are encouraged to show up with fully-charged smartphones or devices that can access the Internet. So it will be kind of modern. There will be some other was happening throughout the next few months. The one tonight is at the natural history Museum. The other stops are in La Jolla, Carlsbad. For those of you who want to give feedback about the Opera you can do that at the natural history Museum. Reservations are required and can be made online. There is a different Opera put nonentity organ -- putting on another program tonight. They are the city Opera. They like pieces that tell a story. There was a lot of buzz about them at the La Jolla Playhouse last October. The show was called "The Andrée Expedition" . It is based on a true story of three Swedish men that wanted to travel to the north below -- North Paul in a hot air balloon. That didn't go very well for them. The show is based on diary entries from that journey. Interesting. So that is "The Andrée Expedition" playing this weekend. At the bread and salt gallery in barrio Logan. This year we have the UC San Diego's Muir Musical presents "In The Heights" which is from the actors to the orchestra. They are interested in theater and not necessarily majoring in. So kind of experimental. And remind us what the productions. "In the Heights" is like a love story set in Washington Heights. It is a heavy Latino community. The show mixes rap and so fun I think we have a clip of it. [ Music ]. That Celtic it will be fun. Is this an annual thing? Yes they do it every year. They put on very ambitious shows. They take it really seriously and it should be a great experience. "In The Heights" basis weekend and next weekend at the Mandeville auditorium. The live arts Festival is a 10 day dance event and this weekend they are doing a free showcase of what you can expect during the Festival in April. There will be modern dance all over the place. You will see choreographers locally and internationally, a black lives matter piece, and a wheelchair performance as well. That looks like something to look for to. The kickoff is Saturday at the Joe and five -- Joe & Vi Jacobs Center. So Tim Flannery a long time musician will be playing. Here is a clip of what it will sound like. [ Music ] So that is Tim Flannery part of the trans-35 -- Tony Gwynn memorial concert . The money goes to fund a new Memorial structure Powayin --in Poway where he lived. That is Tony Gwynn memorial concert . This Friday at the Poway Center for performing arts. That is for us on Midday Edition today . I am Allyson St. John. Thanks so much for listening.

San Diego Opera listening tour

Music

San Diego Opera wants to know what you think about opera. Is it too long? Too expensive? Perfect as it is? The public is invited to share thoughts and chat with San Diego Opera General Director David Bennett at one of its community listening tour stops.

Using smartphone technology, these multi-media conversations will allow participants to respond to questions in real time and drive the conversation about the future of San Diego Opera.

Details: The first of four events happens at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 31. Charmaine and Maurice Kaplan Theater at The San Diego Natural History Museum, 1788 El Prado, Balboa Park. RSVP and find the complete schedule here. For additional details call (619) 232-7636.

A photo from "Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage" concert.
Courtesy of Broadway San Diego
A photo from "Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage" concert.

Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage concert

Music

This 50th anniversary concert tour features a live symphony orchestra playing music from the many incarnations of "Star Trek."

As the music is performed, iconic "Star Trek" film and TV footage will be simultaneously screened on a 40-foot wide screen.

Fans can expect to hear excerpts from "Star Trek: The Original Series;" "Star Trek: The Motion Picture," "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan," "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine;" "Starfleet Academy" and more.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31. San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 3rd Ave., downtown. $56.90 to $94.50; find tickets or call (800) 653-8000.

A poster for City Opera's "The Andrée Expedition"
Courtesy of City Opera
A poster for City Opera's "The Andrée Expedition"

City Opera's "The Andrée Expedition"

Music

City Opera stages "The Andrée Expedition," a story of three young Swedes set out to circumnavigate the North Pole in a magnificent hot air balloon.

Starring Ruff Yeager, John Craig Johnson and Jack French, this real-life adventure captures the friends who took to the skies in 1897. They were so enthusiastic, they packed tuxedos in case the winds blew them to San Francisco. That didn't happen.

They did document the journey in a series of diary entries, which became the inspiration for Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, Dominick Argento’s "The Andrée Expedition."

Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2; 3 p.m. Sunday, April 3. Bread & Salt, 1955 Julian Ave., Barrio Logan. $20; find tickets or call (619) 261-2505.

Tony Gwynn in 1998.
Jeff Haynes AFP/Getty Images
Tony Gwynn in 1998.

Music and Memories: Tony Gwynn memorial concert

Music

This concert event honors baseball legend Tony Gwynn and will raise funds for a memorial structure in Poway.

Performers include longtime Tony Gwynn teammate Tim Flannery with his band the Lunatic Fringe, Richie McDonald of Lonestar, Steve Vaus, Eve Selis, and more.

There will also be guest appearances by sports personalities like Shawne Merriman, Trevor Hoffman and Mark Grant. Mark Larson will serve as the Master of Ceremonies.

Details: 8 p.m. Friday, April 1. Poway Center for the Performing Arts, 15498 Espola Road, Poway. $60 to $100; find tickets or call (858) 748-0505.

This photo features performers from San Diego Dance Theater's Live Arts Festival.
Manny Rotenberg
This photo features performers from San Diego Dance Theater's Live Arts Festival.

Live Arts Fest kick off: Diversity in Movement

Dance

This free concert performance celebrates the 10-day Live Arts Festival presented by San Diego Dance Theater.

The kick-off event will feature a sampling of the entire festival in one performance. Great for all ages with a diverse range of artists from internationally-renowned choreographers, to the hottest grass roots dance groups in San Diego — even performers that don't let their wheelchairs stop them from grooving.

Details: 2 p.m. Saturday, April 2. Joe & Vi Jacobs Center, 404 Euclid Avenue, Lincoln Park. Free; for additional details call (619) 225-1803.

A promotional poster for UC San Diego's Muir Musical, "In the Heights."
Courtesy of UC San Diego
A promotional poster for UC San Diego's Muir Musical, "In the Heights."

UC San Diego's Muir Musical presents "In The Heights"

Theater

UC San Diego’s Muir Musical Ensemble is a student organization that produces completely student-run musical theater productions.

This year the group stages the Tony Award-winning musical “In The Heights,” with music and lyrics by "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes.

Set in New York City during the heat of summer and infused with a Latin beat, “In The Heights” is a story that reflects the joys and heartbreaks of a Latin American neighborhood grappling with profound changes.

Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, April 2, Sunday, April 3, Thursday, April 7 and Friday, April 8; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 9. Mandeville Auditorium, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla. $10 to $15; find tickets or call (858) 534-8497.

You'll find many more events on the KPBS/Arts calendar.

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