Downtown San Diego drivers on Friday evening (April 15) were no doubt surprised to encounter San Diego State University’s loud, brassy pep band (aka the Marching Aztecs) performing outside the west entrance to the Jacobs Music Center to announce “Downtown” a concert that featured the university’s Wind Symphony, the Symphony Orchestra, and its Combined Choirs . . .

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San Diego State’s Master of Fine Arts program in musical theatre has a reputation for producing little known but interesting musicals and finding in them what’s interesting to contemporary audiences. The current production, Pal Joey, fits into that pattern but achieves mixed results…

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“I didn’t start out to make work that was funny,” says Monica Bill Barnes, who teams with radio host Ira Glass in “Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host.” “What I find tragic can make people burst into laughter.” ///
“I’ve done serious dances, but you can communicate a lot more with humor,” says Pat Sandback, who restages “Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries.” “I loved soap operas on the radio, especially “As the World Turns,” because it was so outrageous.”

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