We’ve got some arts, culture, and community activities to recommend for this last weekend of October. Read on to learn more about a theater production by Mo’olelo, Halloween fun with the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA, and a benefit for southeastern San Diego’s own Common Ground Theatre.
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It’s the closing weekend of Mo‘olelo Performing Arts Company‘s production of Yellow Face, written by Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang.
A Pulitzer-prize finalist, Yellow Face takes a comedic and contemplative look at race through three main characters: a renowned Asian American playwright, the white actor who is mistakenly cast to play the Asian lead in his play, and the playwright’s father. The title refers to the practice of casting of Caucasian actors as Asian characters, whose looks were often altered through makeup to appear more Asian.
Performances take place in downtown San Diego at the Tenth Avenue Theatre and tickets can be purchased online at Mo‘olelo’s website. Through the company’s greening initiative, if you bring proof of carpooling, driving a hybrid, bicycling, or taking public transit to the show, Mo‘olelo will email you a $5-off coupon for your next Mo‘olelo production. How cool is that?
For more information, visit Mo‘olelo online or call (619) 342-7395.
• Through Sunday, October 31
Tenth Avenue Theatre
930 10th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101 (Google Maps)
Friday 7:30pm (SOLD OUT) / Saturday 7:30pm / Sunday 2pm
Tickets: $27. Discounts available to students with valid ID, seniors 65+, and members of Equity or Actor’s Alliance with valid ID
The Jackie Robinson Family YMCA is hosting its 12th annual Halloween Carnival this Sunday. This free event offers kids a safe and fun place to trick or treat, play games, enter a costume contest, and enjoy the Y’s transformation into a haunted house.
Community booths are available in the Trick or Treat Arena for organizations interested in sharing information about their programs and passing out candy/treats for the kids. More info can be found on the registration form.
Call (619) 264-0144 for more information on this event. Event flyers (English/Spanish) can be downloaded here. You can also learn more about the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA on Facebook.
• Sunday, October 31 from 5:00 – 8:00pm
Jackie Robinson Family YMCA
151 YMCA Way, San Diego, CA 92102 (Google Maps)
So, technically, this event takes place on a Monday night, but what better time to plan for it than now? Award-winning jazz guitarist, José Molina Serrano, will be accompanied by a group of talented friends at Humphrey’s Backstage Live to benefit Common Ground Theatre.
Originally established as the Southeastern Community Theatre, Common Ground has been producing both classics and new theater works by and about people of color for over four decades. This southeastern San Diego nonprofit also organizes a Youth Academy to provide mentoring and practical theater experience for youth from ages 7 – 17.
This is a 21+ show. Tickets are $50; not only are they tax-deductible, but you can bring a friend for free. These can be purchased online at Ticketmaster or at the Humphrey’s Backstage Live box office; call (619) 224-3577 for box office hours. For more information about the benefit, call Common Ground Theatre at (619) 263-7911.
• Monday, November 1 at 7pm
Humphrey’s Backstage Live
2241 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92106 (Google Maps)
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Have a great weekend!