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Weekender: From San Diego Architects to Tijuana Music Fests

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This weekend, San Diego will be the host of a variety of art and cultural events. It's also a big weekend for music in Tijuana with two concerts gathering a number of international artists.

Read all about what's taking place, below.


"Playing With Form and Light" at NewSchool of Architecture & Design

Saturday, November 17 at 9:30 a.m.

Friends of San Diego Architecture continue their third Saturday of the month lecture series. This month's guest speaker is Wallace E. Cunningham. The designer of the concrete and floor-to-ceiling glass, Razor Residence in La Jolla will discuss the elements surrounding his approach to design.

1249 F Street San Diego, 92101, 619-232-1385


Border Field State Park. | Photo: qbac07/Flickr/Creative Commons License

U.S./Mexico Border Draw-in at Border Field State Park

Saturday, November 17 at 11 a.m.

Conceived by Los Angeles-based artist Hillary Mushkin, Incendiary Traces, will host another evening of dialogue and collective art-making at Imperial Beach. Members of non-profit The Periscope Project, artist Alessandra Moctezuma and historian Susanna Newbury will be present during the public exchange.


1500 Monument Road, San Diego, 619-575-3613

Film & Media Arts

Arab Film Festival at Museum of Photographic Arts

Friday, November 16 and Saturday, November 17

The 16th edition of the festival kicked off October 11 in San Francisco. After traveling through Berkeley, San Jose and Los Angeles it is making its last stop at "America's Finest City." Films, Bahiya & Mahmoud (Lebanon,) Here (Jordan,) More Than Smoke (Jordan,) and Where Do We Go Now? (Lebanon,) will screen tonight. The War Around Us (U.S./Palestine,) I Wish We Were Dancers (Kuwait,) Soul (United Arab Emirates) and Masquerades (Algeria) will be showcased on Saturday.

1649 El Prado, San Diego, 92101, 619-238-7559


Downtown with David Sedaris at Balboa Theatre

Sunday, November 18 at 8 p.m.

ArtPower! at UC San Diego presents an evening with writer and radio personality David Sedaris. The night will conclude with a book signing.

868 4th Avenue, San Diego, 92101, 619-570-1100


'Margaret Noble: 44th and Landis' at MCASD. | Photo:

'Margaret Noble: 44th and Landis' Performance at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Downtown

Saturday, November 17 at 7 p.m.

In Margaret Noble: 44th and Landis (on display until Jan 20, 2013,) multi-disciplinary artist and San Diego-native, Margaret Noble, illustrates the characteristics of the environment she was raised in and presents them through an array of hanging paper cuts. During Saturday's 1-hour event, Noble's work will take a different life as the artist animates the installation with electronic sounds.

1100 & 1001 Kettner Boulevard, San Diego, 92101, 858-454-3541


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Festival Norte Sonoro at Leyvas Paradise

Friday, November 16 at 7 p.m.

Festival Norte Sonoro is about musical collaboration. Presented by art and music organization Nrmal, the project invites international artists for short term residencies that culminate with the production of a digital EP. The 2nd annual concert lineup includes New York-based DJ Rupture, Venezuela's Cardopusher, Montreal native Poirier, Brasil's Psilosamples, Sun Araw and Venus X. Access the EP from last year's event in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, here.

Avenida Revolución 1026, Zona Centro, Tijuana

All My Friends Music Festival at Casa de la Cultura

Saturday, November 17

Now in its third year, Tijuana's All My Friends Music Festival is bigger than ever. This time around, more than 40 musical acts are scheduled to take the stage. Highlights include performances by Upsilon Acrux, Crystal Antlers, María y José, Helado Negro and Chelsea Wolfe.

Shuttle service to and from the concert is available by Turista Libre.

Avenida París y Lisboa 5, Altamira, Tijuana, 011-52-1664-114-57-07


Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots.. | Photo: La Jolla Playhouse

Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots at La Jolla Playhouse

Through December 16

Directed by Des McAnuff, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots is an action-packed love story. Set to the music of psychedelic rock band, Flaming Lips the performance features a giant robot and a highly illuminated stage.

2910 La Jolla Village Drive.,La Jolla, 92037, 858-550-1010

Visual Arts

Detail of 'Deer, Falls, House' by Ernest Silva. Acrylic on paper. 2006. | Photo: Double Break

Closing Reception of 'Works by Ernest Silva' at Double Break

Friday, November 16 at 6 p.m.

Painter Ernest Silva's impressionist illustrations evoke memory. After today's closing event, Saturday will be your last chance to see the works of the University of California, San Diego professor.

1821 5th Avenue, San Diego, 92101, 619-238-2325

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Top Image: Detail of 'Noble: 44th and Landis' at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. | Photo:

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Melody Soto is a journalist living in the San Fernando Valley.
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