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Keep up on the arts scene with KPBS/Arts editor, Nina Garin.

Hello, arts friends. The KPBS/Arts newsletter is going on a bit of a summer break. After today's short email, we'll be back for regular arts news and highlights on June 27. You can still get your arts fix over on the KPBS/Arts Facebook page, where I invite you to start some conversations, too.

What You Should Know

  • The California Center for the Arts, Escondido revealed its 25th anniversary season, and it's filled with a sophisticated mix of music, theater, dance and visual arts. Highlights include: works on paper by Edgar Degas (exhibition opens in July); OK Go: The Live Video Tour (Oct. 30); An Evening With Sophia Loren (Nov. 24); Black Violin (March 6); a "Napoleon Dynamite" reunion (May 8); and soprano Renée Fleming (May 21). → See the complete lineup.
  • Sad you never got to see The Go-Go's-inspired musical when it was on Broadway? You'll get a chance to see it at Diversionary Theater. For its upcoming 34th season, Diversionary announced it will stage "Head Over Heels" in May 2020. Did I mention it's also adapted from Philip Sidney's 16th century prose poem, "Arcadia"?. → Find details, plus see the rest of the season lineup.
  • As part of its In Transit exhibition, the SDSU Downtown Gallery will honor World Refugee Day on Thursday, June 20. The all-day, free event will include a participatory project, presentations, and stories of migration that help define San Diego’s identity. → Read more about it.
  • To celebrate its 40th anniversary, Moonlight Amphitheatre will stage five musicals next summer instead of its usual four. The lineup features: "An American in Paris," "Something Rotten," Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Cinderella," "Ragtime" and "Kinky Boots." → Subscriber tickets go on sale in January. Read more details.

(Super) Short Review

"Get Your House in Order" at La Jolla Playhouse trough June 30

I usually go to the theater to get away from horror - whether it's real or imaginary. But this play, about a couple on a backyard date as the world seems to crumble around them, is filled with thrills and eerie moments, like a scary movie playing out in front of you. Saying much more would really spoil the suspense. But know that Ike Holter's play is witty and fast-paced, and Linda Libby is a standout as a neighbor trying to keep herself together during what could be the end of the world.

At The Movies (by Beth Accomando)

Samuel L. Jackson Returns as 'Shaft'

In 1971 “Shaft” announced a new kind of black screen icon. Hollywood tried to build on the Shaft name in 2000 with Samuel L. Jackson playing Shaft’s nephew. Now Jackson is back with another incarnation of the New York private detective in yet another film simply named “Shaft.”

Upcoming Events

Promotional graphic of art by John Waiblinger. Courtesy of John Waiblinger.

In the Gallery Artist Talk with John Waiblinger

Thursday, June 13 at 6 p.m.

visual arts

A promotional poster for Shock in the Park, courtesy of Culture Shock.

Shock In The Park 2019

Sunday, June 16 at 11 a.m.



Promotional photo of Lucinda Williams. Courtesy of Belly Up Tavern on Facebook.

Lucinda Williams & Her Band Buick 6

Monday, June 17 at 8 p.m.
Tuesday, June 18 at 8 p.m.
$48 - $50 | Get tickets


You In The Arts

Photo credit: Karen Elitzky

A 2019 photo of tap student Lily Johnson

"You In the Arts" features San Diegans engaging in the arts, like 9-year-old tap dancer, Lily Johnson.

It's dance recital time around the county, and Lily is getting ready for her show with GC Dance Company, happening this weekend in Escondido. In this photo, she's at a dress rehearsal for her tap routine to "Hit Me Up" by Gia Farrell. Find tickets and show details here.

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