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Stories by Nina Garin

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Fairy Tales, Fiddles And Folklorico

Aug. 17
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

You'll hear lots of music on and off stage in Vista, plus ballet in Balboa Park and mariachis at the Civic Theatre.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: 'Hairspray' And Indie Rock Pioneers

Aug. 10
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

This weekend brings a fun twist on the popular musical, "Hairspray," plus a super-sized concert by two giants of alternative rock: Weezer and The Pixies.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Films, Violins And LSD

Aug. 3
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

This weekend brings a renowned chamber music festival, a revamped film festival and a concert by a trio of Grammy-winning musicians.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: From Disco To The Decemberists

July 27
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

This weekend brings disco music, earnest folk songs and a visit by comedian Kathy Griffin.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: A Big Musical, A Small Musical And A Potter Musical

July 20
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

Three new musicals open this weekend, one based on a Disney movie, another based on an Irish indie film and the third inspired by the Harry Potter series.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Pride Edition

July 13
By Andrew Bowen, Nina Garin

San Diego Pride is underway and the weekend is filled with celebrations, art exhibitions, theater and a historic look at San Diego's LGBTQ+ community.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: A Funny Guy, A 'Funny Girl' And John Adams

July 6
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

This weekend brings a musical about John Adams, comedy by Kevin Hart and a festival that showcases films celebrating anniversaries, including "Funny Girl" and "The Red Shoes."

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The Old Globe Welcomes 'The Lorax' To Its World Of Seuss

July 2
By Brooke Ruth, Nina Garin

The Old Globe is home to "Dr. Seuss’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas," but the "Mean One" will have to share a space with another beloved Seuss character: The Lorax.

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

June 29
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

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.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Punk And Samba And A Hint Of Irish

June 22
By Alison St John, Nina Garin

This weekend marks the end of an iconic music festival. Plus you can go on a musical journey to Ireland and Brazil.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Art From India, Rappers From Illinois

June 8
By Nina Garin

This is a good weekend if you like art, whether it’s ancient paintings or digital images. Plus there’s one last chance to catch a world premiere play at Cygnet Theatre.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Everything Outdoors

June 1
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

Summer doesn’t officially begin until later this month, but in San Diego we mark the start of summer with the San Diego County Fair and other outdoor favorites.

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Summer 2018 Guide To Outdoor Movies In San Diego

May 24
By Nina Garin

Summer's almost here, and that means it's outdoor movie season in San Diego.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Jazz, Electro-Punk And Historic Houses

May 18
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

This weekend brings jazz and ballet, some electro-punk and a tour of South Park's historic houses.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Kendrick Lamar, The Beatles And Crawfish!

May 11
By Michael Lipkin, Nina Garin

This weekend brings some high-profile names in music: The Beatles and Kendrick Lamar. Plus a lesson in how to eat crawfish.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: North Park, 'South Pacific' And Luis Miguel

May 4
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo this weekend with "the sun of Mexico," tacos and micheladas. Or revisit a classic Rodgers & Hammerstein musical.

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So Fetch: 'Mean Girls', 'SpongeBob' Net The Most Tony Award Nominations

May 1
By Nina Garin and Camila Domonoske / NPR

The new musicals, based on a movie and an animated TV show, earned 12 nominations each. Angels In America, The Band's Visit and Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel each received 11.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Art Alive, ArtWalk And A Superstar Cellist

April 27
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

This weekend brings two major art events and a homecoming for superstar cellist, Tina Guo.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Spaces And Places

April 20
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

This weekend celebrates some of San Diego’s most beloved spaces and places, like Chicano Park and the former Sherwood Auditorium.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Coachella Edition

April 13
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is considered one of the quintessential music events in the country, and getting Beyoncé as a headliner is just one of the reasons why.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Jay Gatsby, Sean Penn And Branford Marsalis

April 6
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

It's a literary weekend with a ballet inspired by "The Great Gatsby" and a book reading by actor Sean Penn, plus musician Branford Marsalis returns for a classical music concert.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: 'The Phantom' Returns, And So Does Tommy Wiseau

March 30
By Alison St John, Nina Garin

This weekend brings some theatrical and pop culture reunions, as well as an evening of meditative noise.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Skates, Pom-Poms And One 'Gorgeous' Kid

March 23
By Michael Lipkin, Nina Garin

This weekend meshes sports and arts with an ice skating-themed circus performance and a musical about cheerleaders.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Local Music Awards

March 16
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

The San Diego Music Awards is a celebration of local music and a night when bands from a variety of genres are honored for their work.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Classics And Standards

March 9
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

This weekend is all about the classics: a beloved ballet, a timeless band and a long-held Japanese tradition.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Cultural Celebrations And Songs About Love

Feb. 23
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

This weekend brings celebrations of black history and Mexican art, plus a former San Diego musician returns.

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Craig Noel Awards Honor San Diego Theater

Feb. 13
By Nina Garin

Every year San Diego's theater critics award the best plays and musicals that were performed on San Diego stages, and this year's big winners include "In the Heights" and "The Ballad of Emmett Till."

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Moxie, Miranda And Being Bold

Feb. 9
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

This weekend brings a YouTube sensation, Greek heroines and a presentation of "Bold" dances.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Super Bowl Alternatives

Feb. 2
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

It’s Super Bowl weekend, but what if you're not watching the game? Here are some options for other activities happening Sunday.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Music And Magical Realism

Jan. 26
By Michael Lipkin, Nina Garin

This weekend brings some high-profile musicians, plus a dose of magical realism.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Unconventional Art Experiences

Jan. 19
By Michael Lipkin, Nina Garin

With dance, visual art and music exploring new themes and ideas, this is a good weekend if you’re looking to experience art outside your comfort zone.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Arts In North County

Jan. 12
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

North County is in the midst of transforming into an arts hub, and this weekend's exhibition of work by Niki de Saint Phalle and play based on a Jules Verne novel are good examples why.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: 'Hamilton'-mania

Jan. 5
By Alison St John, Nina Garin

"Hamilton," the smash musical opens in San Diego this weekend and so many people are excited, even those who don't like theater.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Unconventional New Year's Eve Picks

Dec. 29, 2017
By Alison St John, Nina Garin

From old-fashioned concerts to a roller skate party, here are some New Year's Eve ideas that go beyond nightclubs and fancy dinners.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Santa, 'Motown' And Free Dance Lessons

Dec. 22, 2017
By Alison St John, Nina Garin

This weekend features a Christmas concert, a free day of dance and the return of "Motown the Musical."

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Donna Summer Musical Heads To Broadway

Dec. 20, 2017
By Nina Garin

"Summer: The Donna Summer Musical" is La Jolla Playhouse's sixth show to play on Broadway this season.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Motels, 'Cabaret' And Hova

Dec. 15, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

This weekend features iconic names in theater and hip hop, as well as an unconventional art show.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Your Guide To December Nights 2017

Dec. 1, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

You can say that in San Diego, the holidays don't officially begin until December Nights weekend. Here's a guide to navigating the popular Balboa Park event.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Disco, Jazz And Tennis!

Nov. 24, 2017
By Alison St John, Nina Garin

This holiday weekend features a tribute to the Queen of Disco, a swing dance party and some Tennis.

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Which San Diego 'Nutcracker' Is Right For Me?

Nov. 16, 2017
By Nina Garin

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

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: To The Theater!

Nov. 10, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

'The Grinch' returns, plus standout productions in Rolando and Carlsbad.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: 'Homegrown' Dances And San Diego Songs

Nov. 3, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

San Diego's 'Homegrown' talent takes center stage in a weekend that is filled with locally-produced ballet, visual arts and music.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: 'Swan Lake' And Halloween Musicals

Oct. 27, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

Halloween may not be until Tuesday, but many events are happening this weekend. Here's a look at some arts-related options.

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Old Globe Announces Summer Season 2018

Oct. 20, 2017
By Nina Garin

The Old Globe brings "Much Ado About Nothing" and "Dr. Seuss's The Lorax" to its summer season.

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Your Guide To The WoW Festival - Downtown Edition

Oct. 19, 2017
By Nina Garin

La Jolla Playhouse's immersive theater experience heads to downtown San Diego this year. Here's a guide to help figure it all out.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Depeche Mode, Janet Jackson And Coldplay

Oct. 6, 2017
By Nina Garin

San Diego is heading into a big weekend for concerts with a heavy heart and a heightened concern about security. Just a week after the mass shooting in Las Vegas at a country music concert, San Diego is welcoming some high profile acts.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: U2 And 'Billy' And Ballet

Sept. 22, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

One of the biggest events of the season hits San Diego, plus a highly-anticipated musical opens.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: An Ambitious Art Show

Sept. 15, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

Celebrate Mexican Independence Day with a massive art installation and a party in Old Town.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: All About Musicals ... And Blues

Sept. 8, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

A collection of award-winning musicals opens in San Diego this week, plus a popular blues festival returns.

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San Diego's Top Weekend Events: Last-Chance Summer

Sept. 1, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

San Diego's summer past times are coming to a close, catch them before it's too late.

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