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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Irish Poetry And Local Music

This undated photo shows dancers from the Malandain Ballet Biarritz in "Beauty and the Beast."
Courtesy of La Jolla Music Society
This undated photo shows dancers from the Malandain Ballet Biarritz in "Beauty and the Beast."
San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Irish Poetry And Local Music
San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Irish Poetry And Local Music GUEST: Nina Garin, editor/producer, KPBS/Arts Calendar

This is KPBS Midday Edition . Preview is about something more. Celebrating Saint Patty's day with something more than green beer or we are seeing a version of beauty and the beast with something more for grown-ups and something with the San Diego music awards. Here to tell us more is Nina Garin Hello. There is nothing wrong about celebrating with some green beer but I understand there is an event that might be more satisfying. Yes. This is the open reading of Irish poetry. It is happening at the bookstore in La Jolla. People are coming together to read from James Joyce, William Butler Yeats and Seminole bucket and many more.'s back out as a work? Back to you had to prepare? I lot of people do show up prepare. They are waiting for this. They come with the passage ready to read but you can just show up and there are books there. It starts at 7 and it is broken down into three segments. You brought James Joyce. It was a great affair, the annual dance. Everybody who knew them came to it. There were members of the families, old and the family. There were the numbers the choir and eight pupils and even some of Mary Jane's pupils also. Never once had fallen flat. That is from a recorded version of the dead the doublers by James Joyce. The open reading happens tonight at DG well books in La Jolla. Disney is releasing a new version of the beauty and the beast classic version but you are recommending a different beauty and the beast. I am recommending a non-Disney version. This is not kid friendly. It is not kid friendly. This is a ballet, right? Why is it not kid friendly. This is a contemporary piece and it is dark and sensual. It does not focus on the plot. Bill represents the human soul and the beast is life and instincts. Tell us about this dance company. It is a popular ballet company in Europe. It was created in 1998 to increase public awareness of dance. Even though it is rooted in ballet, it plays with costumes and sets them lighting to make it a lot more theater like. It is rare that a piece like this comes to San Diego. They La Jolla music society is Saturday night at the civic theater. I have heard that people can get in with a student ID for $12.50. Yes. They are offering student tickets for $12.50 at the door. Now speaking of things that are rarely seen, the new Village arts is staging a weekend saying, a play that had you if any performances here. What is this about? It is about a Jewish family in the early years of the depression. Each is looking for their own version of the American dream. Some think it is possible in some think it is a farce. It was written by Clifford who was known for writing theater of social protest. Why are they putting on this peace? The theme is the American experience. Given the rise of the tension with the communities, they felt it was important to it. This was written over 80 years but it still resonates. A wake and things begins this weekend and it will be staged at the new Village art through April 16. We are going to talk about the music awards. Tell us about that. They celebrate all local music. Gives awards to bands from hip-hop, wrap, it was very popular but it took a year off this year, it is coming back and it used to be in October and now it is in March. It is at the house of blues. What does the award on or? It honors the bands and the recordings. It honors live performance and every aspect of local music. The public, it is for the best bands and then there are members of the music Academy and they vote for the individual all homes plus the song of the year endowment the air. Tell us who is nominated this year. It is a familiar name. Entre day, blink 182, and it band called capitation. Pierce the veil and switch would. Let's listen to a little bit from the debut album. This is forever mine. [ MUSIC ] that was from forever mine and perform live on Friday. I think that is going to win. Just a catch. The music awards returns Tuesday at the house of blues. I have been speaking with Nina Garin. Happy thinks Patrick's Day --'s Patrick's Day. Midday edition is produced by Michael Lipkin and work worries. The producers are Nina Garin. The senior producer is Megan Burke the executive producer is now awash. Technical direction is from Emily and today.

This weekend brings an Irish literature marathon, a rarely-staged play, a celebration of local music and more.

Malandain Ballet Biarritz


The esteemed Malandain Ballet Biarritz returns to San Diego with its version of "Beauty and the Beast."

Set to music by Tchaikovsky and choreographed by Thierry Malandain, this contemporary dance version tells a rite-of-passage story where Beauty represents the soul, and the Beast is force and instincts.


Just announced: La Jolla Music Society is offering anyone with student identification $12.50 tickets at the door.

Details: 8 p.m. on Saturday at San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown; $20 to $75; find tickets.

A photo of author James Joyce, taken by Alex Ehrenzweig in 1915.
A photo of author James Joyce, taken by Alex Ehrenzweig in 1915.

St. Patrick's Day Open Reading Of Irish Poetry And Prose


D.G. Wills presents the 38th Annual St. Patrick's Day Open Reading of Irish Poetry and Prose.

Fans of Irish literature are invited to read passages by James Joyce, William Butler Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, Samuel Beckett and many more. Bring your favorite selection or find something to read at the store. The evening is broken down into three segments, with the final one devoted to Joyce's X-rated love letters to his wife, Nora Barnacle. Beer and whiskey will be served.


Details: 7 p.m. on Friday at D.G. Wills Books, 7461 Girard Ave., La Jolla; Free; additional information.

A photo of the 2017 cast of "Awake and Sing!" includes (from left) J. Tyler Jones, Eric Poppick, Joe Paulson, Sandy Campbell and Anna Rebek.
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A photo of the 2017 cast of "Awake and Sing!" includes (from left) J. Tyler Jones, Eric Poppick, Joe Paulson, Sandy Campbell and Anna Rebek.

"Awake and Sing!"


New Village Arts stages "Awake and Sing!" a play about Jewish immigrants during the Great Depression that is rarely staged in San Diego.

The play follows the Bergers, a lower-middle-class family living in a Bronx apartment. Some see America as a land of opportunity while others believe the American Dream is over. Written by Clifford Odets, the piece about immigration still resonates today.

Details: 8 p.m. on Fridays at 3 and 8 p.m. Sundays at 2 p.m. through April 16 at New Village Arts Theatre, 2787 State St., Carlsbad; $33 to $36; find tickets.

San Diego Music Awards


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

The San Diego Music Awards is back! Only now, it happens in March, plus at its new home at the House of Blues.

Find out which bands will win in categories that include Best Jazz, Best Hip Hop/Rap, Best Indie/Alternative and Artist of the Year.

There will also be performances by Hirie, The Verigolds, Gilbert Castellanos & the Young Lions All Stars, Steph Johnson & The Voices of Our City Choir, Schizophonics and The Creepy Creeps.

Details: 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday at House of Blues, 1055 5th Ave., downtown. $36; find tickets.