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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: David, Dua And Fireworks

A 2017 photo from San Diego Symphony's Bayside Summer Nights.
Courtesy of San Diego Symphony
A 2017 photo from San Diego Symphony's Bayside Summer Nights.
San Diego's Top Weekend Events: David, Dua And Fireworks
San Diego's Top Weekend Events: David, Dua And Fireworks GUEST: Nina Garin, editor/producer, KPBS/Arts Calendar

This is KPBS Midday Edition. The weekend before the Fourth of July means the last weekend of the San Diego County fair, and the first weekend of another San Diego tradition. Bayside summer nights. Plus we get a visit from a celebrity writer and a British popstar. Joining me for our weekend preview is Trent -- KPBS Nina. >> Thank you hello. >> San Diego Symphony Bayside summer night starts this weekend. Nina, remind us that that is. >> People might remember it as summer pops. Bayside summer nights is the name it's hard for the last few years. It's outdoor concert series that happened at the Marina Park South. When it always begins with start -- star-spangled pops. It will happen this weekend and you are patriotic hits. As well as rousing selections from movies and Broadway. And it is of course will feature fireworks. >> So begins with this part -- star-spangled pop but what out wells will perform? >> There are so many genres that will be covered. If you like country music, Clint Black will be there. If you like Broadway, Megan Hilty and George Gershwin tribute will be there. Fans of pop and rock can heal -- here those genres. And there's a whole jazz series as well. >> You brought a clip from one of the shows you are excited about. >> Yes, they are going to do a remastered version of West side story. He will screen that on the big screen. It will have live music accompaniment. So, I brought the songs something is coming from Westside because I feel like it showcases the music and the orchestra. [ music ] >> Okay, do all the performances feature the San Diego Symphony? >> Most of them do, the jazz concert do not because they have their own bands of musicians. Some of the rock concerts do not. But if you are there because you want to hear the symphony, I would say the best nights are Beethoven by the bay or the finale be 1812 Czajkowski spectacular. >> For those who have never been to this venue can you tell us what the experience is like? >> Yes is a gorgeous outdoor venue. There are tables that you can sit at. There are also bleachers and lawn seats that are less expensive. You can bring your own picnic. You cannot bring wine. Alcohol and beer has to be purchased on site. I have been and have tips like prepurchase your parking because parking is an issue. Also bring blankets or sweaters because it gets very cold. >> Very chilly by the bay. >> Bayside summer nights kicks off this weekend and stayed -- and continues until September. >> British popstar do you Lippa -- Sherry has a lot of hits on the radio. >> The fun thing about her is that she started doing covers at age 14 on you too. And then, she started recording music and now she has one album. She is also spot a fives most extreme woman of 20 -- 2017. >> So it is pop but it's more like CR or -- as I or pink. She stays a lot of different sounds and a lot of collaborations with Miguel and Calvin Harris. Let's hear this. This is one case. >> [ music ] >> A lot of people are calling this the song of the summer so we will see. >> I heard there was a issue for Dua Lipa concert. Yes in Denver she had to cut it short because she had an ear infection. I would definitely check your social media, your whatever channels to make sure that the show in San Diego is still happening. I did check last night, and she posted Instagram photos hiking so it looks like she's okay. I would double check. >> Dua Lipa performs tonight. >> Beloved author David Ceder is returns to San Diego for an intimate reading at the bookstore in La Jolla. Why is he in town? >> He's promoting a new book called Calypso. It's his usual observations, but this time there about middle age and mortality. It has 21 different stories. Many that have never been published before. >> Can you tell us or figure out what it is about David Ceder is his writing that makes it so popular? >> He is really funny. He's an author humorist and he writes about the mundane just everyday things. But somehow, he gives it so much depth and meaning. Also over the years he has turned his real life family into characters. Like a sister -- sisters Lisa and Amy and they always make appearances like they do in Calypso. In just feel like you know him.'s -- >> You have an excerpt from Calypso you will share with us. >> He wrote a story about coming to the United States during the a bola -- Ebola scare. >> I started seeing people wearing facemasks in airport and decided that I hated them. What bugs me I realize, was that their flagrant regard for their own lives. It seemed not just overcautious but downright conceited. I mean why should they live? >> That's from David's near -- new book Calypso. How can people go to this event? >> It's a ticketed event and you have to buy the tickets through Warwick's. On the website or on the phone. Tickets are very limited. There is a waiting list if you need to get on one. >> He reads from his latest book tonight at Warwick's and La Jolla. I've been speaking with arts calendar Nina Goering. Thank you. >> Thank you have a good weekend.

It’s the weekend before 4th of July, which means it’s the start of the Bayside Summer Nights season. Plus we get a visit from a high-profile actor and British pop star.

Star Spangled Pops

Music

Bayside Summer Nights kicks off its season with Star Spangled Pops, an annual salute to America. It's a concert that features patriotic favorites and rousing songs from movies and Broadway.

This year's concert will include selections by composers John Williams, George Gershwin and Aaron Copland, plus traditional songs like "My Country, ‘tis of Thee," and "America the Beautiful."

There will also be a salute to the Armed Forces and a fireworks finale.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Embarcadero Marina Park South, 200 Marina Pkwy., downtown. $25 to $92; find tickets to Bayside Summer Nights.

A publicity photo of British pop singer Dua Lipa.
Courtesy of SDSU
A publicity photo of British pop singer Dua Lipa.

Dua Lipa

Music

British singer/songwriter Dua Lipa returns to San Diego for a headlining show at SDSU's outdoor amphitheater.

She has a rotation of hits on mainstream radio, but her complex pop songs have earned her comparisons to esteemed musicians like Sia and Pink.

Lipa started her career on YouTube, doing covers of her favorite artists. In 2017 she released her first album, with songs like "IDGAF" and "New Rules," earning her the title of Spotify’s most streamed woman of 2017.

Details: 8 p.m. Friday. Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre, 5500 Campanile Drive, SDSU. $25 to $35; find tickets to Dua Lipa.

A publicity photo of author/humorist David Sedaris.
Courtesy of Warwick's
A publicity photo of author/humorist David Sedaris.

David Sedaris

Books

Author and humorist David Sedaris will read and discuss his latest book, "Calypso," a look at middle age and mortality.

The book features 21 different stories from Sedaris' vacation home on the Carolina coast, many of which have never been published. His real-life family, which have become familiar characters throughout his writing career, are once again subjects in "Calypso."

Tickets for the reading must be purchased in advance.

Details: 7 p.m. Friday. Warwick's, 7812 Girard Ave., La Jolla. $30.17; find tickets to David Sedaris.