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San Diego's Top Weekend Arts Events: J-Lo, Avocados And BunnyKitty

 June 7, 2019 at 10:13 AM PDT

Speaker 1: 00:00 We Love Avocados here in San Diego so much that there's an entire festival devoted to the green fruit. Plus Jennifer Lopez celebrates a milestone birthday and the San Diego Festival of the arts returns here with details is KPBS arts editor, Nina Garren. Hi Nina. Hello. So there was a music festival that worships at the altar of Avocados. Tell us what's going on. Evolution fest is basically the ultimate southern California festival. It happens like around sunset. People are going to be wearing their avocado socks and their avocado shirts and it's going to be an evening of music, food and arts. It's called evolution fest. Very interesting. Um, I understand that people can walk through and pose with the art installations. Yeah. If there's a day to look cute for your Instagram feed, and this is the day there's going to be so much, like they're going to be bright murals. There's going to be an avocado mascot. Last year they had like a squishy toy pit that was filled with like squishy Avocados that you could just like swim around in. All right. So you can really do it for the gram. Uh, tell us about the music. Who's performing? It's a lot of Electronica and indie pop. So Saint Lucia is headlining and they're in indie pop band than it's influenced by kind of eighties alternative. You've got lost kings, which is an Edm Dj from Los Angeles and Tim Legend. Kind of a trap. Chill out producer. Let's listen to Saint Lucia. This is dancing on glass. Speaker 2: 01:28 [inaudible] Speaker 1: 01:47 sounds like a lot of fun. I'm hoping with all this talk about Avocados at the festival will also be serving Avocados. Yes, there's going to be lots of avocado treats by popular food trucks. Of course expect some guacamole. Um, you'll see just kind of creative versions of Avocados you might even see. I'm economists that have designed sculpted into them. Just the for sure you need to show up hungry. I should add that. Um, the food is an extra price on top of admission. Okay, well the [inaudible] evolution festival happened Saturday at Broadway pier a now Jennifer Lopez, she is going on tour to celebrate her birthday. It's a milestone when, right? Yeah. She's celebrating her 50th birthday and she's not hiding it. She's celebrating it. And true j Lo style, so what kind of show can we expect? It's going to look back at her hits and how she's evolved since her 1999 debut on the sixth she's never been really the strongest singer, but she always puts on a good show. She can dance, she's good at acting and she always surrounded herself with the right people. Let's listen to Jennifer Lopez. This is on the floor featuring pit bull [inaudible] Speaker 2: 03:00 this step, if y'all are in animals and sail up the bug, break a sweat and work, don't stop [inaudible] Speaker 1: 03:12 sort of energy. They're a, Jennifer Lopez also has a reality show called world of dance. Will that be part of the show? Yeah. She'll have three acts open the show swing Latino, the Colombian Salsa group, the lab with like a junior tricks and stunts group and Briar Nolan who's a contemporary dancer, but Jennifer Lopez is also an amazing dancer and she still will be dancing a lot in this show that she is. Jennifer Lopez performance Monday at Pachanga arena San Diego and the San Diego Festival of arts is also this weekend. How is this different from the other art festivals in town? We have a lot of outdoor art festivals and this one has the reputation of being a little more elegant and attracts popular food vendors and breweries and there are several stages of live music by local artists. We have a clip from one of the local acts performing. This is Nina Francis singing cold water Speaker 3: 04:05 [inaudible] Speaker 1: 04:26 fit very mellow. I had tell us more about the art. What kind is it? Is it affordable? So it's kind of what you're going to expect. Painting, ceramics, photography. This year, graffiti artist Dave Ross is going to return from his first solo exhibition in New York. He created a character called Bunny Kitty, which is like a cute Tufts superhero and he wrote a book about this character, so his art will be there. It is affordable, but there will also be higher end pieces@thesandiegofestivaloftheartshappenedsaturdayandsundayatwaterfrontparkandofcourseyoucanfindmorearteventsatkpbs.org slash. Arts I've been speaking with arts editor, Nina Garren. Nina, thanks. Thanks. Have a good weekend. You too.

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We love avocados here in San Diego, so much that there’s an entire festival devoted to the green fruit. Plus Jennifer Lopez celebrates a milestone birthday, and the San Diego Festival of the Arts returns.
KPBS Midday Edition Segments