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

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.Cirque du Soleil’s VoltaTheater, DanceCirque du Soleil returns with Volta, a big-top production that celebrates the culture of street sports.The mesmerizing Cirque acrobatics blend with jump ropes, roller skates, parkour movements and more.Even the costumes are street-inspired; designed by Zaldy, they’re infused with bright colors and bold patterns to complete the visual story. Every show has a message and this one is about embracing our differences in a time when social media isolates us.

Volta is Cirque du Soleils’s 41st original production and it will be performed at the Del Mar Fairgrounds through April.Details: 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays; 4:30 and 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 1:30 and 5 p.m. Sundays.Through April 28. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.Del Mar. $54 to $235; find tickets to Volta.

Intrepid Theatre.A 2019 promotional poster for the August Wilson Festival.August Wilson FestivalTheaterAugust Wilson is considered one of America’s best playwrights, and this weekend there will be a festival to celebrate his words and legacy.Wilson wrote a series of 10 plays, each set in a different decade, exploring the African-American experience in the 20th Century. Intrepid Theatre and the San Diego Central Library present an all-day event featuring student monologues, panel discussions and a staged reading of “Fences.”This festival was created because next year San Diego will participate in the 2020 National August Wilson Monologue Competition.Details: 12 to 6 p.m. Saturday.

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Chula Vista senior citizens rock the fashion runway

“Today’s fashion show is all about friendships,” said Mary Johnson with the community outreach team. “Friendships are just as important as taking Pauls Plaza, a senior living community.
SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – Senior citizens in Chula Vista lit up the runway at St. Paul’s Plaza, a senior living community.It was the center’s first fashion show and eight residents were transformed into models. Each had makeup, hair, and wardrobe provided thanks to Macy’s.“Today’s fashion show is all about friendships,” said Mary Johnson with the community outreach team. “Friendships are just as important as taking good care of yourself, exercising, and good nutrition.
As we get older friendships get even more important.”Ladies who modeled said the day made them feel special and confident.“A lot of people when they get to be our age don’t want to do anything different. But I still want to do different things!” said model and resident Nancy Curcio.St. Paul’s Plaza is an aging in place community, offering independent, assisted, and memory support.

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Chula Vista martial arts instructor sentenced for sexually assaulting girl

CHULA VISTA (KUSI) – A martial arts instructor who sexually assaulted a girl at his National City home was sentenced today to six years in state …
Gabriel Abel Gonzalez, 39, pleaded guilty last month to a single count of committing a lewd act on a child under 14.
Gonzalez, a jiu-jitsu teacher formerly based in Chula Vista, was arrested last August by National City police, who said the crimes happened at the defendants home, not at the gym where he taught classes.The criminal complaint, which originally listed four counts of lewd acts with a child against Gonzalez, states that the crimes happened on Aug 18.Gonzalez worked at the Chula Vista Jiu-Jitsu Club for six months prior to his arrest and Alliance Eastlake, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu training gym, before that for two years, according to his boss.
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