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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Rolodex and Roosters

A photo of (from left) Karyn Overstreet, Joy Yandell and Allison Spratt Pearce from the 2017 production of "9 to 5: The Musical."
Courtesy of San Diego Musical Theatre
A photo of (from left) Karyn Overstreet, Joy Yandell and Allison Spratt Pearce from the 2017 production of "9 to 5: The Musical."

Remember secretary pools and rotary phones? Travel back to those days, or even further, with these top weekend events.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Rolodex and Roosters
San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Rolodex and Roosters GUEST:Nina Garin, editor/producer, KPBS/Arts Calendar

This is KPBS Midday Edition. I am Maureen Cavanaugh. The weekend preview was reliable and on time. This week, we will talk about the celebration of the year of the rooster plus blast from the past. We have art from a lost generation with World War I. We have Nina Garin hello. The movie is a famous workplace and tell us what is going on at San Diego physical theater. It is nine to five the musical. It is exciting. Some of our listeners may not remember that. Tell us about it. It is a workplace comedy about the secretary -- the secretaries who have a sexist boss and a takeover and change the policies. It is about empowering. Besides the theme song, 9 To 5, I do not remember there being real sick in them middie. Right. That was a hit. It was huge. Dolly Parton has written 18 original songs. She earned a Tony and Grammy nomination. There is a new set of Dolly Parton music that will be seen. We have a clip from the musical theater cast singing the title song 9 To 5 . Is it Mac working 9 To 5 , what a way to make a living. Rarely getting by You will lose your mind and they never give you credit. It's enough to drive you crazy if you let it [ MUSIC ] You have the actresses in the movie, tell us who was doing those parts? Judy which was the Jane Fonda part was Allison, and violet is being played by Julian. The Dolly Parton character is played by Karen. 9 To 5 opens this weekend. Next, we move further back to the past, all the way to World War I within a art expedition at San Diego. They partnered with the British Museum and we will bring you the X submission from the British Museum. It is the first time that these prints have been seen in the Western United States. What is behind its? There are 60 works of British modernism and the Grosvenor school. They are graphic art pieces that captured the changes that were happening in Europe. You will see a lot of industrial looking images and racing cars and also experimental images with colors and they were doing a lot with new materials and figuring out how colors can come together. Artist names that we would recognize square They are not household names they are regarded highly as graphic artist. We have British Martin from the British Museum is on display at the home family Galleries through May 19. We come up to the present with diversionary theater. They are doing something unique. What is that? There are two places in rotating repertory. Lisa Krohn is the woman who helped write this book for the it Tony O Ward winning middie. She is known for provocative place. What place will people be able to seek? Back these are her parents place. First one is called 2.5 minute and it is about a father and daughter trying to mend their relationships and talking about life events that have happened to them. The second one is called well. It is a bout a mother and daughter. It is a little more experimental. Is about a woman who uses are to have discussions with her mother and avoiding confrontation. You call them the parent place but I understand this is the first time these of impaired. It is the first time that they have been paired to see both at the same time in a rotating repertory. These play through March 19. Finally, it is time for the year the rooster. Tell us about Chinese new year and the cultural fair. It is happening downtown. It is a popular event. You will see the great celebrations with lion dancers and a lantern parade. Your dance demonstrations. It is a bunch of wonderful activities. You can eat? Yes. There is so much food. They say it will be a night market and there is a lot of foods and great desert. The role also be more Americanized food if you are looking for that also. You have to tell us what this symbolizes. 2017 is the year of the red chicken/rooster. They are called the red fire chicken. It is about financial events and issues. We will see. If this happens all day Saturday and Sunday on third Avenue and J Street downtown. I have been speaking with Nina Garin . Have a good weekend.

"9 to 5: The Musical"

Theater

Dust off that Rolodex! San Diego Musical Theatre presents "9 to 5: The Musical," a theater adaptation of the 1980 film starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton.

The workplace comedy finds three women bonding over their sexist boss and eventually decide to take charge and change office practices. The show features Parton’s original hit song, "9 to 5," plus 18 original Parton numbers, including "Backwoods Barbie" and "Shine Like the Sun."

Details: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays; 7:30 p.m. Thursdays. Through Feb. 26. Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway, downtown. $32 to $72; find tickets.

A lion head for Chinese New Year.
Courtesy of Mark Markley
A lion head for Chinese New Year.

Chinese New Year Food and Cultural Fair

Food, Dance

This popular Lunar New Year celebration honors the Year of the Rooster. This is a two-day party in the streets of downtown that brings lion dancers, martial arts demonstrations, storytellers, cultural performances and a lantern parade.

There will also be plenty of street food, with booths modeled after a bustling Night Market.

Details: Festivities begin at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Chinatown District, 3rd Avenue and J Street, downtown. Free; additional information.

A photo of Samantha Ginn (left) and Shana Wride appearing in Diversionary's 2017 staging of Lisa Kron plays.
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A photo of Samantha Ginn (left) and Shana Wride appearing in Diversionary's 2017 staging of Lisa Kron plays.

Lisa Kron plays

Theater

Diversionary Theatre stages two plays by Lisa Kron in rotating repertory.

Kron, who wrote the lyrics and book for the Tony Award-winning musical "Fun Home," is known for her inventive and provocative plays.

"2.5 Minute Ride," first seen at the La Jolla Playhouse in 1996, is about a woman's investigation of her relationship with her father through three life events. In "Well," a woman uses art to avoid confrontation with her mother.

Details: Both plays open this weekend and continue through March 19. Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd., University Heighs. $15 to $45; find tickets.

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

British Prints

Visual arts

The University of San Diego and The British Museum have partnered to bring a unique exhibition: British Modern from the British Museum: From the Great War to the Grosvenor School. This collection of works, which has never been seen in the western United States, showcases the birth of the British modernist movement during World War I.

Details: On display from noon to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. The Hoehn Family Galleries at Founders Hall 102, University of San Diego, 5998 Alcala Park. Free; additional information.