Check, Please: A (Virtual) Open Mic Experiment, Brit Bennett And Kiley Reid In Conversation, 'Far From Kawthoolei' Documentary Screening, 'Fierce Tenderness' A Virtual Art Exhibition, Front Porch Gallery Pop-Up Show, The Rosin Box Project Presents 'Ghost Light Masquerade' A Virtual Immersive Ballet Performance, Balboa Park Reopening, The Show Must Go On! The Afro-Peruvian Sextet's Livestreaming Experience

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Keep up on the arts scene with KPBS/Arts editor, Julia Dixon Evans.

Have you seen this public art installation? It's a striking play of light, color, shadow and location. Perched high above our heads, Kaori Fukuyama's colorful plates jut out in waves on the side of Target. (Yes, Target.) Housed in selfie-wall saturated North Park, I love that this piece got me thinking about our collective obsession with public art and Instagrammability before it got me thinking about color and light.

"Wave of Change." Photo credit: Kaori Fukuyama

There's a lot going on this weekend. Plenty of opportunities to discover new work being made right here, including the Powers New Voices Festival at the Old Globe. Plus, a fantastic group exhibition, "Endangered," opens at the California Center for the Arts and features many greats like Rebecca Webb, Margaret Noble, Anna Stump and Jean Lowe.

Visual Arts Feature: Kaori Fukuyama

Over-Under No.1 by Kaori Fukuyama

Kaori Fukuyama's is the kind of work that reminds you that light exists. And with her new exhibition "Between the Lines" opening tonight at a small University Heights gallery, I jumped at the chance to talk to her. [Read the profile here.]

What You Should Know

  • Don't miss the monthly Barrio Art Crawl this Saturday, starting at 4 p.m. with dozens of participating institutions, galleries and more.
  • You have probably heard about the big Tool show(s). But have you heard the one about the comedians? The U-T interviewed Nick Youseff, who is part of "The Comedians Following Tool on Tour: The Tour." In other Tool-adjacent news, local dark/industrial metal act (who makes his own massive, complicated instruments) Author & Punisher is Tool's opening act this tour.

Closing Soon

It’s your last chance for these installations, exhibitions and performance runs:

  • Lucky us. I spoke too soon last week, and Alex Kershaw’s video installation, “Something Other Than Its Own Mass" has been extended one more week and closes at Best Practice this Saturday.
  • The ultra-catchy touring Broadway show "Dear Evan Hansen" ends its tour run in San Diego on Sunday.

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Haden TripletsThe daughters of world renowned bassist Charlie Haden, the Haden Triplets are NPR Tiny Desk favorites and have collectively performed with countless other acts including The Rentals, That Dog, Beck, Anais Mitchell and more. Get your tickets here.

News & Notes

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In addition to being the KPBS arts reporter, Beth Accomando also volunteers as a film programmer through Film Geeks SD and co-hosts a pair of annual film series at Digital Gym Cinema. This Sunday marks the launch of a monthly ...

Upcoming Events

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Check, Please: A (Virtual) Open Mic Experiment

Ongoing now until October 1




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Brit Bennett And Kiley Reid In Conversation

Tuesday, July 7 at 4 p.m.


Promotional graphic for the documentary 'Far From Kawthoolei," courtesy of filmmaker.

'Far From Kawthoolei' Documentary Screening

Ongoing now until August 31


Promotional artwork "Velocity" by Wanda Honeycutt. Courtesy of San Diego Watercolor Society.

'Fierce Tenderness' A Virtual Art Exhibition

Ongoing now until August 1

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Front Porch Gallery Pop-Up Show

Ongoing now until August 1

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TRBP artist Lauren Anthony, photo by Carly Topazio

The Rosin Box Project Presents 'Ghost Light Masquerade' A Virtual Immersive Ballet Performance

Ongoing from July 17 until July 24
$50 | Get tickets


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Balboa Park Reopening

Friday, July 3 at

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The Show Must Go On! The Afro-Peruvian Sextet's Livestreaming Experience

Sunday, July 12 at 4 p.m.
$7 - $48 | Get tickets


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