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Street Beat Takes Junk and Makes Music

The high-energy exhibition combines urban rhythm with hip hop moves, virtuoso percussion and acrobatics.

Trash can tops and metal objects aren’t just junk to Street Beat, a theatrical song and dance show performing at the on Saturday at 8 p.m.

Ben Hansen, the drummer and creator of Street Beat, has three favorite parts, including “Walter’s bucket solo after the intermission. He amazes me every time. The combo of his cross sticking twirls and energy makes it an epic piece every time,” he said.

Other favorites: “The intro to our beat boxing number, which cracks me up every time,” he said. And the Street Beat Drum Off. “By bringing audience members on stage, you never know what will happen.”

The show merges African, Cuban, Latin, West African and jazz rhythms, featuring a six-member company of drummers, musicians and dancers.

“Street Beat is our most explosive, eclectic and electrifying show in the 2011/2012 season,” said Michael Rennie, executive director of PCPA. “It is also our only dance production. We’ve had tremendous success with dance companies from around the globe: China, Hungary, the Philippines. This year we thought we’d bring in dance from the exotic land of Los Angeles. If you’re a fan of dance televisions shows like ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ or ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ this is right up your alley.”

Tickets start at $10 for kids. For more details, visit powayarts.org or call 858-748-0505.

If Street Beat is a little too loud, perhaps a more serene option this Saturday is the Hoot, Howl and Prowl at the , where guests will be led on a one-mile adventure through the reserve on the lookout for live critters.

Kicking off at 5:30 p.m., guests will be led in small groups departing every 15 minutes, with the last group leaving at 8 p.m.

In the spirit of Halloween, docents will be dressed in wildlife costumes, and kids are encouraged to do the same. Children will receive a glow necklace at the start, and hot chocolate at the end of the tour.

The cost is $5 per person. For more information or to make a reservation, call the Blue Sky office at 858-668-4781 or visit the Lake Poway Administration building at 14644 Lake Poway Rd.  Participants will park at Lake Poway, where a free shuttle will transport families to the reserve.

On Sunday, the and middle schools will perform with the Palomar Symphony at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts. The orchestra concert will begin at 4 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Donations will be accepted at the door. For more information, email Ulli Reiner at ureiner@powayusd.com.

Equine Abby October 25, 2011 at 02:54 PM
It is neat that the community provides these events.

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