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6 Things to Do in San Diego This Weekend: July 1-3

Enjoy live music by the water, in the flower fields or at the theater this holiday weekend
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July 1

Leonard Bernstein’s New York

Opening New Village Arts’ theatrical season at the Flower Fields of Carlsbad Ranch is Leonard Bernstein’s New York, which pays tribute to the conductor’s most cherished works from iconic musicals like West Side Story and On The Town. Featuring Johnisa Breault and Trevor Rex, Bernstein’s works are presented in a two-character format and examine his devoted connection with New York City as well as his friendships with other Broadway music titans like Stephen Sondheim, Betty Comden and Adolph Green. The show officially opens July 1 and runs from July 3 until the end of the month. 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad

Marvel’s Black Panther in Concert

Don’t miss the San Diego Symphony Orchestra’s exhilarating performance of Ludwig Göransson’s Academy Award-winning score for Black Panther at the Rady Shell this Friday. One of Marvel Studios’ most-revered films, Black Panther became an instant classic due to its resilient story, memorable performances and fantastic soundtrack. Led by conductor Susie Benchasil Seiter and featuring talking drum soloist Massamba Diop, the symphony looks to replicate the most intense moments of the film as well as the beauty and triumph witnessed on screen. 222 Marina Park Way, Embarcadero

July 2

Little Italy Summer Film Festival — Ammore e Malavita

Little Italy’s Summer Film Festival kicks off this Saturday at the Amici Park Amphitheater with a screening of the 2017 Italian film Ammore e Malavita (Love and Bullets), a mafia musical that humorously cycles through mafioso stereotypes. Admission is $10 and the doors open at 7:30 p.m., with the film starting at 8 p.m. There will be a new Italian film screened with English subtitles every Saturday night until September 3. Food and blankets are welcome, so plan a picnic and dress warm as you enjoy your night at the movies. 1660 Union Street, Little Italy

Distilled: San Diego Spirit & Cocktail Festival

With 180 unique spirits and mixers to try, including a few rare bottles, the Distilled: San Diego Spirit & Cocktail Festival features local mixologists and distilleries. Hosted inside the San Diego County Fair’s Garden Show area, $35 general admission tickets come with a five-tab wristband for 1/4 oz pours and 1 oz. pours on mixed cocktails. The $130 VIP tickets include access to VIP lounge areas serving signature cocktails and appetizers. Following the event, enjoy free admission to the fair. 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar

July 3

My Yard Live Beer Co. 3rd Anniversary Music and Beer Festival

To celebrate their three-year anniversary, My Yard Live Beer Company is hosting a fun afternoon full of music, games and tasters for all those who attend. From 1-7 p.m., there will be live musical performances, including a special show from KISS tribute band Kisstroyer, as well as axe throwing, mechanical bull riding and tasters from Mujeres Brew House, Setting Sun Sake and more. Children aged 5 and under are free and tickets are available at the door. 288 Rancheros Drive, San Marcos

July 3-4

Kraftwerk 3-D Show

Revolutionary German electro band Kraftwerk, known for their extensive electronic musical legacy and creative live performances are bringing their Kraftwerk 3-D concert to the San Diego Civic Theatre. Using synths, computerized voices and radiant colors, Kraftwerk 3-D is a daring mix of music and performance art that brings the band’s second live album to life. The performance clocks in at just over two hours, with tickets starting at $62.50 and can be purchased here. 1100 Third Avenue, Downtown

Ammore e Malavita

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By Ryan Hardison

Ryan Hardison is a freelance arts and entertainment writer and recent graduate of San Diego State. When he's not staring at his laptop, he's likely eating an adobada burrito or getting sunburnt at the beach.

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