When Cirque du Soleil rolls into town, one of the first things they do is push up the big top. Its quite a sight as almost everyone on staff pitches in—artists, technicians, hired local labor and even office lackeys—raising the roof with good old-fashioned manpower.
After that spectacle, of course, comes the real magic. This year, Cirque is bringing Totem, a tale that traces the journey of the human species from its amphibian beginnings onward and upward. Cirque tells the story through what Totem company manger Jeff Lund describes as a back-to-the-classics approach.
There are very strong acrobatic elements, he said. A high-bar act opens the show, and then theres just an array of different acrobatic elements—high-risk elements—and a duo trapeze act thats pretty spectacular, as well.
You end up on the edge of your seat holding your breath at points, he promised.
Lund calls himself a carnie on steroids because of the juggling of logistics that comes with managing a roughly 170-person traveling village like Cirque, which requires 65 trailer trucks to fit all the gear. But dont feel sorry for the guy and the rest of the Cirque crew just yet. Lund said that while most people imagine circus folks living out of trailers, roughing it up on the road in true carnival style, in reality, the staff is typically put up in top-notch corporate housing. During the shows run in San Diego—Wednesday, April 25, through May 13, theyll be staying in sweet pads in La Jolla.
Its good to know that a nice chunk of the $49-and-up change youll be paying for a ticket to Totem goes right back into supporting the talented artists and crew who work so hard to make the magic happen.
As part of the ongoing Tijuana revival, Mingei International Museum partnered with the Centro Cultural de Tijuana (CECUT) for Mingei: Beauty of Use, an exhibition of 500 pieces of fine folk art, currently on display at CECUT. Now, Mingei will bring back a bit of Tijuana to its space in Balboa Park (1439 El Prado) for Early Evening @ Mingei: Looking South—Mirando al Sur, happening from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 27. The event will feature eats from chef Miguel Angel Guerrero of Tijuanas famed restaurant La Querencia, Guadalupe Valley wines and electronic jams by Bostich + Fussible from Nortec Collective. Therell also be historic postcards and photographs by Manuel Bojorkez on display, as well as live art demos by Alejandro Martinez Peña, Maria Evangelina Rodriguez and other regional artists. Tickets are $10 to $15.
Native plants are the red-headed step-kids of the flora world, often overlooked because, well, theyre everywhere—growing on the side of the highway, sprouting from vacant lots. But, when tended and thoughtfully placed, theyre gorgeous. On Saturday and Sunday, April 28 and 29, the California Native Plant Society will show off 25 of the countys best examples of landscaped local horticulture during the San Diego Native Garden Tour. Your $20 ticket gets you self-guided access to spots like the Fallbrook Wetland Park, the gardens at Lux Art Institute and something called the San Marcos Getaway. Register at cnpssd.org/tour or at the Chula Vista Nature Center (1000 Gunpowder Point Drive) on Saturday. Each tour day starts with a marketplace where you can purchase a gourmet breakfast, native plants and other garden accoutrements.