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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Savages And Vengeful Barbers

A photo of the band Savages.
Courtesy of Savages
A photo of the band Savages.
San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Savages And Vengeful Barbers
San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Savages And Vengeful Barbers GUEST:Nina Garin, editor/producer, KPBS/Arts Calendar

This is KPBS Midday Edition. I'm Maureen Cavanaugh. It's been a big Newsweek complied with today's said news in San Diego of the death and injury of two police officers. It would be nice to take a break this weekend and recharge. KPBS/Arts calendar editor Nina Garin is here. To tell us what's up. The ban Savages is in town and there is a lot of buzz around the show. They are a band from London, the singer is from Paris. It's for women they are always wearing black and heavy eyeliner and they are very intense. They play amazing music. It's very hard to describe. People call it post punk, it's very intense rock. May I share a personal story? For many years I like the new musician PJ Harvey, she was strong and powerful and I got a charge out of her. I saw Savages at Coachella and it came back . Let's hear a clip, [ MUSIC ] [ MUSIC ] [ MUSIC ] . You say that they show might be the last time to see Savages in a small venue. They did play a small show, they are now moving up to a bigger show. This might be your last chance to see them. Savages performs at The Observatory tonight in North Park. They Sweeney Todd Demon Barber. There's a lot of blood and murder in this show. All of the young actors handle that? That is a good question this is the first time that Junior Theatre is doing Sweeney Todd. They say they are not dumbing it down, they are going to be murder and blood, they will use ribbons instead of blood. It won't so be graphic. They're going to be doing mood lighting. The costumes will be steam punk. For those of us who have not seen Sweeney Todd can you give us a recap? It's the Stephen Sondheim musical about a barber who murders customers with the help of his landlady and they turn those bodies into meat pies. It was turned into a Johnny Depp movie and got 18 following that way. For those of us who don't know how skilled are the performers with the San Diego Junior Theatre? Can they handle this? They are very skilled. One of them was a finalist for the Ben Vereen Awards and went to the New York and trained professionally for a week. Sweeney Todd opens this weekend at San Diego Junior Theatre and runs through August 14. The 25th Annual Anthenaeum Juried Exhibit opens this weekend what is this? This is a look at art done by people who have lived or displayed their work in San Diego. It's a show that's curated by a prestigious group of experts. This year it's Mary Beebe director of the Stuart Collection and Hugh Davies from the Museum of them -- contemporary art and Mark Quint. Some of the artists are Dan Adams, he does great paintings of dogs. Neil Kendricks is a longtime artist in town. Echo Lew, Pia Stern. There are 30 in total. This focuses on people who have lived and worked in San Diego. Why is there a need for an exhibition like this? There are so many artists, this is a great chance for them to have their own spotlight and it's also a great way for -- it has up-and-coming artists and established artists. This is a way for them to connect and display their work together. It's a nice tradition. This is the 25th anniversary. The Anthony Ems juried expedition runs tonight through September 3. The gay men's chorus is celebrating Michael Jackson with the new show called "Thriller". What can audiences expect This will be Michael Jackson's greatest hits, you will get songs from the Jackson five to his later work. They are doing something special with "We are the World". It's very timely they are describing it as uplifting and powerful, there will be 150 singers and dancers for the show. The "We are the World" will be meaningful, especially after the news and they have their own controversies this should send a message Can you describe what a game ends performances like? They usually have a theme, they did Madonna and 2014 and it's not just singing, there is dancing and acting. [ MUSIC ] [ MUSIC ] [ MUSIC ] San Diego Gay Men's Chorus Theater presents "Thriller" The Music of Michael Jackson on Saturday. I've been speaking with Nina Garin. I'm Maureen Cavanaugh. Thank you for listening. Have a very good weekend.



Savages is a band from London that's getting attention for its ferocious rock and intense stage presence.

It's made up of four women who wear an unofficial uniform of black clothes and heavy eyeliner, led by singer Jehnny Beth. Together they create music that's both powerful and vulnerable with swirling guitars and lyrics about love and addiction.


It's a kind of music that's not easy to digest, but it's the kind of live show that's getting praised by Coachella attendees to NPR listeners. Ellen DeGeneres even had the band on her show.

This weekend, fans will have the chance to see Savages in a small, intimate venue. That won't be the case for long.

Details: 8 p.m. Friday. The Observatory, 2891 University Ave., North Park. $25; find tickets

A photo from San Diego Junior Theatre's "Sweeney Todd."
Ken Jacques
A photo from San Diego Junior Theatre's "Sweeney Todd."

San Diego Junior Theatre's "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street"


Yes, it's true. A cast of tween and teens will stage "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," a macabre musical about love, loss and revenge.


This Stephen Sondheim show is a Junior Theatre premiere and will take on a Steampunk design to tell the story about a vengeful barber.

Playing Mrs. Lovett is longtime Junior Theatre member Jazley Genovese (pictured), who recently won the Ben Vereen Awards and represented San Diego in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards in New York City.

Details: 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 14. Casa del Prado Theatre, 1600 Village Place, Balboa Park. $11 to $15; find tickets.

Artwork by local painter, Dan Adams.
Courtesy of the artist
Artwork by local painter, Dan Adams.

25th Annual Athenaeum Juried Exhibition Opening Reception

Visual Art

Get to know the work of artists living and working in San Diego at the Athenaeum's 25th Annual Juried Exhibition.

Noted as one of the region’s most prestigious and lively art shows, this year’s jurors are Mary L. Beebe, director, Stuart Collection, UCSD; Hugh Davies, the David C. Copley director & CEO, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; and Mark Quint, owner, Quint Gallery.

The 2016 exhibition includes the work of Dan Adams, Neil Kendricks, Arie Menes, Echo Lew, Pia Stern and many more.

Details: 6:30 p.m. Friday. Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St., La Jolla. Free; more information.

San Diego Gay Men's Chorus Presents Thriller — The Music Of Michael Jackson

Music, Theater

San Diego Gay Men's Chorus will celebrate the songs of Michael Jackson in its latest show, Thriller.

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

You'll hear the chorus of 150 singers and dancers perform such songs as "We Are The World," "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough," "ABC," and, of course, "Thriller."

If you still have a sequined glove, feel free to wear it. Audiences are encouraged to show up in costume.

Details: 8 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave. $25.75 to $70; find tickets