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San Diego Weekend Guide: April 23-25 – Riffing and the Radio

Jazz and comedy take over the Quartyard this weekend. Photo credit: @QuartyardSD, via Facebook

Two classics take center stage this San Diego weekend as we shift to a more balanced pandemic life in which we get out more and live a little. Meanwhile, arts and activism blend in a community and a theater event.

Chicano Park Day mostly shifts to a virtual affair, in the celebration’s return after the pandemic wiped out their 50th anniversary last year. San Diego State shows its support by hosting a Zoom stream at 6 p.m. Friday of Singing Our Way to Freedom, by San Diego filmmaker Paul Espinoza. The documentary, about Ramon “Chunky Sanchez,” depicts the life of the San Diego musician and activist who wrote “Chicano Park Samba.”

In addition, check out Facebook for commemorations of the political activism and art that led to the park’s famous murals. There’s also an in-person 3 p.m. fundraiser Saturday at Copal y Tierra, 2076 Logan Ave., to support art in the community.

Playwrights Project’s annual collaboration with San Diego State, “Beyond Prison Walls,” continues at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The short plays, written by alumni of the project’s “Out of the Yard” program, for those who are incarcerated, will be performed via Zoom by SDSU students. A conversation with the writers, some of them from Donovan Correctional Facility in Otay Mesa, follows each free performance. Reserve tickets online.

Family dynamics stressing you out? Well, Hamlet is always there to put things in perspective. Tune in to KPBS 89.5 FM at 7 p.m. Friday as the Old Globe premieres the first half of Hamlet: On the Radio. The theater based the new audio production of Shakespeare’s tragedy on the 2017 summer staging, with star Grantham Coleman returning in the title role. Listen to the second half at 7 p.m. Saturday. More airings are set for May and June. The play also can be streamed on KPBS’ app.