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San Diego's Top Weekend Arts Events: From Beethoven To Toni Morrison

Aug. 9, 2019
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

This weekend is all about celebrating the classics. From an exploration of Beethoven’s string quartets, to the history of L.A.’s Gold Star Recording Studios. Plus a popular alternative band returns.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Arts Events: From Chamber Music To 'Jailhouse Rock'

Aug. 2, 2019
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

This weekend brings two high-profile music festivals, one celebrating chamber music and the other highlighting a little bit of everything. Plus relive the music … and dance moves … of Elvis Presley.

A 2019 photo of musician and author, John Doe.

John Doe: From Punk Rock Pioneer To Punk Rock Historian

July 26, 2019
By Nina Garin

With a second book recently published about the Los Angeles punk movement, X co-founder John Doe has evolved from a punk pioneer to a punk historian.

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Will My Kid Like 'Matilda'? A Guide To Kid-Friendly Arts In San Diego

July 23, 2019
By Nina Garin

Is "Matilda" basically just one long, depressing musical, or will kids like it? Check out this guide to kid-friendly arts in San Diego.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Arts Events: Broadway Stars, A Pop Princess And Pride

July 12, 2019
By Jade Hindmon, Nina Garin

This weekend brings major star power to San Diego — from teen pop royalty to a Marvel hero singing Broadway show tunes. Plus Pride highlights and a look at "Miss Saigon."

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Summer 2019 Guide To Outdoor Movies In San Diego

July 8, 2019
By Nina Garin

Summer is when San Diego's outdoor movie season really kicks in. From screenings in swimming pools to free movies in the park, here's a guide to where you can watch movies under the stars.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Arts Events: Tap Dancing, Hair Metal And Pop Stars

July 5, 2019
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

After the Fourth of July fireworks and barbecues, the weekend brings contemporary dance at the Bernardo Winery, hair metal at Cygnet Theatre and pop star Shawn Mendes.

Fireworks during the Big Bay Boom, July 4, 2014.

Where To Celebrate Fourth Of July In San Diego

July 3, 2019
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

It’s Fourth of July weekend and that means fireworks, patriotic concerts, and a little tap dancing, too. KPBS Arts Editor Nina Garin has details.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Arts Events: Shifting Perspectives

June 28, 2019
By Jade Hindmon, Nina Garin

This weekend is all about shifting your perspective, whether it’s a new look at the world of Harry Potter, baseball songs interpreted by the symphony, or a modern way of looking at grand European art.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Arts Events: Wonderspaces, Moonlight Amphitheatre And 'Little Shop Of Horrors'

June 14, 2019
By Jade Hindmon, Nina Garin

San Diego has plenty of summer staples, and this weekend two favorites return: Wonderspaces and Moonlight Amphitheatre’s summer season. Plus, don't miss a non-traditional staging of "Little Shop of Horrors."

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

June 7, 2019
By Jade Hindmon, Nina Garin

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.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Arts Events: From 'Fiddler' To The Fair

May 31, 2019
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

Get ready for Krispy Kreme cheeseburgers and mini doughnuts, the San Diego County Fair opens today! Also this weekend is a new "Fiddler on the Roof" and a look at music through the lens of autism.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Arts Events: From Jane Austen To 'Game of Thrones'

May 24, 2019
By Nina Garin

This long weekend is all about skewing your expectations, whether it’s a new take on Jane Austen, or listening to the music of "Game of Thrones" translated through the organ. Plus, the San Diego Jewish Arts Festival begins, and local high school students try their shot at Broadway.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Arts Events: Candy And Dandies

May 17, 2019
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

A new version of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" comes to town, the San Diego Museum of Art expands its notion of Spanish art, and an underrated 1990s band returns to town.

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Will My Kid Like 'Charlie And The Chocolate Factory?'

May 16, 2019
By Nina Garin

Is the musical "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" as terrifying as the movie versions? Check out this guide to kid-friendly arts in San Diego.

A 2019 promotional photo of musician Lila Downs.

San Diego's Top Weekend Arts Events: Mother's Day Edition

May 10, 2019
By Jade Hindmon, Nina Garin

It’s Mother’s Day weekend and there are events happening around town sure to please all kinds of moms -- whether it’s comedy by one of the all-time greats, music from Mexico or a new take on dance.

A 2014 photo of the House of Mexico dancers.

San Diego's Top Weekend Arts Events: Comedy, Concerts And Cinco De Mayo

May 3, 2019
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

Cinco de Mayo is on Sunday and there are several celebrations happening around San Diego. Plus, late-night host Seth Meyers brings his comedy act to town, and Humphreys Concerts by the Bay are starting up again.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Arts Events: From Paintings To Pointe Shoes

April 26, 2019
By Jade Hindmon, Nina Garin

Warm weather means outdoor arts events like the popular Art Walk and Adams Avenue Unplugged. Or, if you want to stay indoors, there’s a dance performance of some favorite classical ballets.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Arts Events: 'Cats' And Comics

April 19, 2019
By Jade Hindmon, Nina Garin

Two modern comedy greats visit San Diego this weekend: Ali Wong and Marc Maron. Plus the musical "Cats" is back with new staging and costumes.

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Will My Kid Like 'Cats?' A Guide To Kid-Friendly Arts In San Diego

April 18, 2019
By Nina Garin

Is the musical "Cats" worth seeing with kids? Check out this guide to kid-friendly arts in San Diego.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Arts Events: From Flower Art To Flower Crowns

April 12, 2019
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

This weekend is all about flowers, whether it’s the floral arrangements at Art Alive or the flower crowns at Coachella. Plus NPR’s radio program “From the Top” is in town for a live taping.

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True Story Of The Mercury 13 Brought To Old Globe Stage

April 8, 2019
By Brooke Ruth, Nina Garin

A play at The Old Globe tells the true story of Jerrie Cobb, a woman who trained to become one of America’s first astronauts. Despite outperforming her male counterparts, Cobb never got the chance to go to space.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Arts Events: Disney Princesses And Death

April 5, 2019
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

Cinderella, Mulan and Jasmine' this weekend is all about Disney princesses, from three different Cinderella ballets to a concert by Lea Salonga. Plus a new musical at the Old Globe that explores the death of a father.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Arts Events: Cirque, August Wilson And Ukuleles

March 29, 2019
By Jade Hindmon, Nina Garin

This weekend offers an eclectic mix of arts, from a jam with the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain to Cirque du Soleil’s street-inspired acrobatics. Plus, there's a festival dedicated to the playwright August Wilson.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Arts Events: Alvin Ailey, 'Cabaret' And Zandra

March 22, 2019
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

This weekend, San Diego has some very sophisticated arts options: from world-class modern dancers to a conversation with one of Princess Diana’s fashion designers.

A 2019 publicity photo of Randy Rainbow.

San Diego's Top Weekend Arts Events: From Randy Rainbow To James Joyce

March 15, 2019
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

It’s St. Patrick’s Day weekend and there are celebrations all throughout the county, but there's also a literary celebration happening in La Jolla. Plus internet sensation Randy Rainbow comes to town and the San Diego Museum of Art celebrates works from Asia.

A 2018 photo of dancers from The Joffrey Ballet.

San Diego's Top Weekend Arts Events: Joffrey, 'Angels' And Mariachis

March 8, 2019
By Jade Hindmon, Nina Garin

Whether you like ballet or ballet folklorico this weekend is filled with all kinds of dance. Plus Tony Kushner's epic "Angels in America" opens at Cygnet Theater.

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La Jolla Playhouse 'Diana' Musical Is Finally Here

March 1, 2019
By Nina Garin

Tony-winning director Christopher Ashley discusses why Princess Diana continues to fascinate us more than two decades after her death.

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Nia Vardalos And Her 'Tiny Beautiful Things'

Feb. 19, 2019
By Nina Garin

Actor and playwright Nia Vardalos talks about why she was moved to write a play based on Cheryl Strayed's "Dear Sugar" online advice column.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Arts Events: From Ritmos Latinos To Broadway!

Feb. 15, 2019
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

Valentine’s Day is over– but not romance. This weekend a San Diego Ballet dance program explores the romance and artistry of Latin music, plus Broadway San Diego announced its new season.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Arts Events: Tap, Cellos And Dinosaurs

Feb. 8, 2019
By Jade Hindmon, Nina Garin

You know it’s a good weekend when there’s tap dancing and dinosaurs involved.

A 2018 photo from Collage dance show.

San Diego's Top Weekend Arts Events: From Dance To Cabaret

Feb. 1, 2019
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

If you’re a football fan, you already know what you’re doing this Super Bowl weekend. But also happening this weekend is a romantic cabaret, a dance showcase and the return of a popular indie band.

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Old Globe Stages Play By 'Black Panther' Star Danai Gurira

Jan. 28, 2019
By Nina Garin

The Old Globe stages "Familiar," a play about wedding drama, written by "Black Panther" star Danai Gurira.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Elton, Isabella and 'Hamlet'

Jan. 25, 2019
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

There’s plenty going on in the arts this weekend, but some of the biggest events coming to San Diego are actually happening mid-week: Elton John’s farewell tour, Isabella Rossellini’s circus-themed show and a renowned dance troupe from China.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Arts Events: Iliza, 'Dolly' And Beethoven

Jan. 18, 2019
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

This weekend brings a millennial comic, a meddling matchmaker and an ambitious chamber music group.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Arts Events: From Punk To Payare

Jan. 11, 2019
By Jade Hindmon, Nina Garin

This weekend is packed with diverse music events, from punk to classical, and even a capella.

A 2018 photo of Rafael Payare the new music dir...

San Diego Symphony's 'Hearing the Future' Festival Marks Debut of Rafael Payare

Jan. 4, 2019
By Nina Garin

January is typically a slow month, a time to take a breath and catch up from the holidays. But now that the San Diego Symphony puts on an annual music festival, January is brimming with concerts, dance performances and art shows.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: New Year's Weekend

Dec. 28, 2018
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

New Year’s Eve is almost here and that means San Diego will have its share of fancy dinners, harbor cruises and block parties. But if you’re looking for a weekend event that’s more arts-friendly, here are some options.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: A Look To 2019

Dec. 21, 2018
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

This time of year, when people are talking about the year's best, we look ahead to some of the most anticipated arts events coming up in 2019, from world-premiere shows to art exhibitions.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Billie, Bob and Mary

Dec. 14, 2018
By Jade Hindmon, Nina Garin

This weekend, a longtime San Diego artist gets a museum retrospective, 91X presents its holiday concert and we look forward to the return of Mary Poppins!

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Fleetwood, Vile And Holiday Lights

Dec. 7, 2018
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

This weekend is full of classics, from a treasured Balboa Park event to a revered rock band. Plus an underground music star returns to San Diego.

The Christmas Story Tree at Balboa Park's Decem...

Your Guide To December Nights 2018

Dec. 6, 2018
By Nina Garin

You can say that in San Diego, the holidays don't officially begin until December Nights weekend.

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'The Year To Come' Is A New Play About Family, Politics And Swimming Pools

Nov. 30, 2018
By Nina Garin

La Jolla Playhouse pairs director Anne Kauffman with playwright Lindsey Ferrentino for the world-premiere of "The Year to Come."

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Pie, Chili And The Bard

Nov. 30, 2018
By Jade Hindmon, Nina Garin

This weekend brings a musical about pie, a neighborhood chili battle with live music, and Shakespeare-style plays made up on the spot.

The Sugar Plum Fairy greets her young attendant...

Navigating 'The Nutcracker': Which Show Is Right For You?

Nov. 21, 2018
By Nina Garin

It may seem too early to think about “The Nutcracker,” but performances have begun and will continue through the end of the year.

A 2018 photo of Aaron C. Finley as Mike Randolp...

Clint Black Debuts New Musical In San Diego

Nov. 14, 2018
By Nina Garin

Country music at the Globe is an unlikely pairing, one Black even acknowledges. For his own musical, Black and co-writer James Sasser based the story on songs from Black's 1995 holiday album, "Looking for Christmas."

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: New Films, The Moz And Paula!

Nov. 9, 2018
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

Beloved '80s-era musicians return to San Diego this weekend, plus a small film festival brings major releases to Coronado.

A 2018 photo of art by Claudia Cano that will b...

This Pop-Up Art Event Will Help Kickstart Your Collection

Nov. 8, 2018
By Nina Garin

San Diego Art Institute's C-Note Pop-Up Art event sells contemporary works for $100, $200 and $300.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Deftones, Swans And 'Wicked'

Nov. 2, 2018
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

This weekend brings major voices in music, from Elphaba in "Wicked" to a festival curated by the Deftones. Plus a grand composer is celebrated.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: The Arty Side Of Halloween

Oct. 26, 2018
By Nina Garin

Halloween in San Diego isn't just about pumpkin patches and haunted houses. There are plenty of spooky arts events happening around town.

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