Top San Diego Weekend Events: May 19-22: Diversionary Theatre, Escondido Street Fair and More

Here are the main events taking place in San Diego from Thursday, May 19 through Sunday, May 22.

Thursday May 19

‘Eighty six’

Diversionary Theater presents the world premiere of Jeremy J. King and Sam Salmond’s AIDS musical based on David B. Feinberg’s novel about the search for love and connection in the early years of the epidemic of AIDS. 7 p.m. on Thursday. 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. 2 p.m. on Sunday. Until June 12. Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd., University Heights. $20 to $55. (619) 220-0097.

“Mother of the Maid”

The Moxie Theater presents the final weekend of Jane Anderson’s play about the mother-daughter relationship between French saint Joan of Arc and her mother, Isabella of Arc. 7:30 p.m. Thursday. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 2 p.m. Sunday. Moxie Theater, 6663 El Cajon Blvd., Suite N, San Diego. $35 to $37, with $15 peak tickets for unsold seats an hour before the show starts. (858) 598-7620.

“Rang of Mud”

Cygnet Theater presents the Southern California premiere of Dominique Morisseau’s play about two generations of sisters navigating class, race, love and family on Mud Row, a neighborhood in West Chester, Penn. Open on Wednesday and until June 19. Opening hours, 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. 2 p.m. on Sunday. 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town San Diego. $30 and up. (619) 337-1525.

Ninth Annual Groff Exhibition

A San Diego County High School Art Juried Exhibition through the California Art Education Association is being held both online and in person at the City Gallery at San Diego City College. Artwork by students from several high schools is featured, including Bonita Vista, Bishop’s, Poway, Westview, Canyon Crest, Pacific Ridge, Ramona, La Jolla Country Day School and more. Until Sunday, with an awards reception to close the exhibition. City Gallery, San Diego City College, 1313 Park Blvd., San Diego.

Exhibition “Visual Dialogues”

The San Diego Watercolor Society presents an exhibition of water-based mediums juried by award-winning artist Ken Goldman. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday. Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Until May 29. Gallery of the San Diego Watercolor Society, 2825 Dewey Road, Building 202, Suite 105, Liberty Station, San Diego.

Friday May 20

The San Diego Vocal Ensemble SACRA/PROFANA



The San Diego Choral Ensemble SACRA/PROFANA will present “Seconds”, a program of world premiere compositions by composers Carol Barnett and Joshua Shank that have only been performed once before. 7 p.m. Friday. Christ Lutheran Church, 4761 Cass St., San Diego. $10 to $35. (619) 432-2920.

“Ain’t Misbehavin’: The Fats Waller Musical Show”

Coronado Playhouse presents this musical celebration of the famous American jazz pianist and composer by Richard Maltby Jr. and Murray Horwitz. Opens Friday and closes June 18. 8 p.m. Thursday to Saturday. 2 p.m. on Sunday. 1835 Strand Way, Coronado. $34-$30 (619) 435-4856.

Saturday May 21

Participants run in GiGi's Playhouse San Diego's San Diego Donut Run 2019.

Participants run in GiGi’s Playhouse San Diego’s San Diego Donut Run 2019.

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San Diego Donut Race

Run for a good cause — and a donut! Now in its fifth year, San Diego Donut Run is raising money for Gigi’s Playhouse, a San Diego-based Down Syndrome Success Center. The event features a 5,000 km run, a 1 km inspirational walk and a race for children against Down syndrome. All participants receive a donut, as well as a shirt and a medal. Additionally, a one-hour celebration will take place at the finish line with rewards and activities. 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Crown Point Shores, 700 Corona Orient Road, Mission Bay. See website for registration details;

World Bee Day at the Japanese Friendship Garden

Save the bees! In honor of World Bee Day, this family-friendly event will feature exhibits, interactive demonstrations and other fun and educational activities. Scheduled programs include a bee sound simulator, a San Diego seed exchange, and a ChiMES music lesson for kids, which includes songs about bees. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Japanese Friendship Garden Upper Garden, 2215 Pan American Road East, Balboa Park. Free event with entry. ($12 adults; $10 students, seniors and military; children 6 and under free.)

20th edition of May Ride and Family Street Festival

Rev your engine on the annual May Ride, which benefits the Armed Services YMCA. All bikes and cars are welcome at this community event, which also features 80 vendors, including food; meet and greet actor Ed Adams and arm wrestler Allen Fisher; and live entertainment from Sully Band, Sweet Soul Sister and The Wick Hauser Band. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Biggs Harley-Davidson, 1040 Los Vallecitos Blvd., #113, San Marcos. Registration is $29 for a rider or $30 for a rider and passenger; military discounts available. Donations requested for participants not taking part in the walk;

Sal Vulcano

Comedian Sal Vulcano is making East County laugh for just one night. The stand-up act, part of comedy group The Tenderloins, is best known for his work on “Impractical Jokers.” 7 p.m. Saturday. The Magnolia, 210 East Main St., El Cajon. Tickets start at $40;

“Songs of Ascension”

San Diego Master Chorale presents the premiere of Shawn Kirchner’s choral arrangement of Psalms 120 and 134 for voice, strings and harp. 7 p.m. Saturday. First Presbyterian Church of San Diego, 320 Date St., San Diego. $30. (858) 581-2203.

La Jolla Symphony and Chorus

Next up will be a chorus performance by political and vocal artist Melissa Dunphy’s “What do you think I fought for at Omaha Beach?” based on the public testimony of WWII veteran Phillip Spooner’s testimony at a marriage equality hearing in 2009. Also featured will be “Peaceable Kingdom” by Randall Thompson, Evelyn Simpson Curenton featuring Psalm 91 , “What does the Lord Require?” by Eric Nelson. and Mike Sammes’ setting of Laurence Binyon’s poem “For the Fallen”. 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan, 4321 Eastgate Mall, San Diego. $15 to $20.

“Best of Gershwin & Gershwin”

Bodhi Tree Concerts presents a program of vocal concerts by brothers George and Ira Gershwin, featuring singers Sacha Boutros, Walter DuMelle, Ben Read, Mary Taylor and Enrique Toral. 7 p.m. Saturday. La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd., La Jolla. $20 to $30. (619) 546-7660.

Sunday May 22

Escondido Street Festival

The Escondido Street Festival returns Sunday to historic Grand Avenue between Escondido Boulevard and Juniper Street in downtown Escondido. Highlights of the family-friendly festival, which has been running for nearly 30 years, include live music and hundreds of craft and retail vendors selling unique handcrafted gifts and imports, as well as a international cuisine. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. FREE ENTRANCE.

Animae chef Tara Monsod's tuna crudo will be served at the MAKE Projects charity dinner on May 22 at Animae.

Animae chef Tara Monsod’s tuna crudo will be served at the MAKE Projects charity dinner on May 22 at Animae.

(Tara Monsod)

MAKE projects at Animae

Five female chefs from San Diego County will team up Sunday night at Animae Restaurant for a charity dinner that will benefit DO projects, a local employment enterprise for refugee and immigrant women and youth. Each chef will create their own dish for the five-course menu. Host chef Tara Monsod of Animae will prepare a tuna crudo dish; chef Carmine Lopez of Wolf in the Woods will prepare a smoked pork belly dish; Claudette Zepeda from Vaga will serve a dish of braised beef shank with chilli; Herb & Sea’s Marissa Williams will prepare a local rockfish dish with a cherry tomato vinaigrette; and Laura Warren from Puffer Malarkey Collective will be baking a Strawberry Rhubarb Pie. 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Sunday. Animae, 969 Pacific Highway, San Diego. $220 per person. Book at

Maria R. Newman