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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: From Germany To Latin America

Work by Mexican artist Alejandra Phelts will be on view at the 2017 Latin American Art Festival.
Work by Mexican artist Alejandra Phelts will be on view at the 2017 Latin American Art Festival.
San Diego's Top Weekend Events: From Germany To Latin America
San Diego's Top Weekend Events: From Germany to Latin America GUEST:Nina Garin, editor/producer, KPBS/Arts Calendar

The forecast calls for glorious spring weekend in San Diego. This is the first weekend in April. An event is a family friendly outdoor festival. Before we get to that, there are two grown-up entertainment that we would like to talked about. We have Nina Garin The first grown-up outing takes us back to the decadence of 19 Nina Garin The first grown-up outing takes us back to the decadence of 1920s Berlin. Think cabaret but with a modern twist. Tell us about this. Max Raabee and Palast Orchester is inspired by that music and glamour from decadent eras in Germany. He dresses in a top hat and tails. He has dancers, a 12 piece orchestra any issue back to that time. The ceasing in German? Yes. Some of his songs are in German. He does do songs in English. Lately, he is known for giving a distinct sound to popular music. He has covered tainted love and we Will rock you and Britney Spears. Here is Max covering "Oops! ...I Did It Again." . [ music ] [ laughter ] How can you not like that? [ laughter ] What characterizes this entertainment? That era was intellectuals and artists and innovators and sexual freedom and there was cabaret where everywhere. It was a rich time for the arts and sciences. Is there a lot of interest in this time period? The decadent 20s of Berlin? Back there has been. In 2014, cabaret was revived. It came to CD8 last summer. It went on Amazon and a have a subplot that happens during the time period. That is how I became into it. They present Max Raabee and Palast Orchester tonight at the Balboa theater. Also for the grown-ups, "Bedrooms and Boyfriends 2" . It is not a short play. It has a common theme and tell us about that. These are short plays in the bedroom. There are three playwrights. They had each written a short piece. They are about love and lust. They happen in a one bedroom set. Can you tell us about the pieces? And the people who wrote the place? This is the second one. The first one staged last summer. The first playwright is from last year. He is doing my life. He makes fun of sitcoms. Jonathan Hammond is doing delivery which is a mysterious piece about a delivery man. We have pigs in a blanket which is making connection with a sexy telegram person. This is for grown-ups but what rating would you give it? And all current ask? Packet is a strong R. It is for mature audiences. There is the visionary theater, most of couples are same-sex couples. "Bedrooms and Boyfriends 2" happens at the theater. We can take the kids out of the house. This is the art festival. Tell us about that. Is a great art show. It brings in 100 artists all over Latin America. It has a showcase of art. What kind of art? What kind of things can people expect to see? The theme is let your art to find your country. A Chilean artist has painted on wood panels and are abstract pieces from Mexico City. I was there last year and I salsa great things like someone to did little Made little sweaters to put over potted plants. The festival has food. Tell us about that. That is one of the best parts. There is a Latin cuisine show that Showcased. We have a favorite. There is a Mexican beer and wine garden. I do not know if you have tried this for Mexico but you can only do two bottles per person. This is a great place to experience the different wines happening in Baja. There is an entertainment stage with folklore dancing and people have two days to enjoy the art festival. It runs Saturday and Sunday. I've been speaking with Nina Garin. Thank you . Thank you.

This weekend's events take you around the world and then to the bedroom.

Latin American Art Festival

Visual Arts

This two-day festival brings visual artists from all over Mexico and South America. Explore and purchase art from Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Guatemala and many cities in Mexico and the United States.

Along with visual arts, the outdoor festival will also have a Latin Cuisine Showcase with a variety of food booths, plus a Baja beer and wine garden, an entertainment stage and more.


Details: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Barrack 16, Arts District Liberty Station, 2730 Historic Decatur Road, Point Loma. Free; additional information.

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

"Bedrooms and Boyfriends 2"


This collection of short plays (for adults-only audiences) are all set in a bedroom. It features the premieres of three new works by Samantha Ginn, Jonathan Hammond and Michael Mizerany.

Mizerany's "My Life As a Sitcom" confronts sitcom tropes; Hammond's "Delivery" is about a mysterious pizza delivery man; and Ginn's "Pigs In a Blanket" deals with a connection made with a sexy singing telegram.

Details: 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. on Sunday. Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd., University Heights. $20 to $25; buy tickets.

German singer Max Raabe in this undated photo.
Courtesy of La Jolla Music Society
German singer Max Raabe in this undated photo.

Max Raabe and Palast Orchester


Max Raabe & Palast Orchester returns to San Diego with another show full of class and 1920s-era music.

Together with Raabe's 12-piece orchestra, he channels the spirit and decadence of the German Weimar with dancers, vintage sounds and fancy clothes.

The musician is also known for adding his signature style to pop songs, including Britney Spears' "Oops! ... I Did It Again."

Details: 8 p.m. on Friday. Balboa Theatre, 868 4th Ave., downtown. $25 to $75; find tickets.