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    Fall Festival / Festival de Otoño

    09:00 AM - 05:00 PM, every day through Nov 01, 2021.
    San Diego Botanic Garden
    $0-$18
    From the organizers:SDBG's Fall Festival connects visitors with harvest plants and autumn traditions, alike. From pumpkins and scarecrows to Halloween and Day of the Dead, the Garden decorates and celebrates the changing colors of nature and cooler temperatures in the air. Enjoy live music, hands-on crafts, fall-themed classes, and artist Katie Ruiz’s Dia de los Muertos ofrenda (see details below)! Bring items from home to contribute to a community altar to commemorate loved ones.Saturday, October 23 to Monday, November 1 / del 23 de Oct. Al 1ro de Nov.El Festival de Otoño de SDBG conecta a sus visitantes con plantas de temporada y tradiciones de otoño. Desde calabazas y espantapájaros hasta Halloween y el Día de los Muertos, el jardín decora y celebra los colores cambiantes de la naturaleza y las temperaturas más frescas en el aire. Este evento incluyente en el Jardín decora y celebra los colores cambiantes de la naturaleza y las temperaturas más frescas en el aire. Los visitantes podrán disfrutar música en vivo, estaciones temáticas de manualidades, clases sobre temas de otoño, y la ofrenda del Día de los Muertos de la artista Katie Ruiz (vea los detalles abajo). Traiga artículos de su casa para contribuir a un altar comunitario para conmemorar a sus seres queridos. Days with Special Events / Los días de actividades especiales Saturday, October 23 / sábado, 23 de octubre 10 am - 2 pm: face painting / pintura facial para niños 10 am - 4 pm: crafts / manualidades 11 am - 12 pm: Hullabaloo kids band / una presentación de la banda infantil 2 - 4 pm: Mariachi Real de San Diego band / una presentación de la banda Sunday, October 31 / domingo, 31 de octubre 10 am - 3 pm: crafts / manualidades12 - 2 pm: Billy Lee and the Swamp Critters band / una presentación de la banda To celebrate Día de los Muertos, SDBG has commissioned artist Katie Ruiz to create an ofrenda that will open to the public on October 23. Katie Ruiz is a Xicana artist who resides in San Diego. She was raised in Southern California and Northern Arizona. Ruiz is a figure painter and sculptor best known for her blanket series in which she portrays couples standing or lying under colorful Mexican blankets. She has a strong connection with nature and often uses natural objects like rocks, shells, leaves and sticks in her weavings and sculptures. Ruiz is dedicating the piece to another artist who recently passed away, Yolanda López—one of the most important Chicana/o/x artists working in California over the past five decades. Born in 1942 and raised in San Diego’s Barrio Logan neighborhood, López was based for much of her career in the Bay Area, where she passed at the age of 79. She is best known for her iconic Virgen de Guadalupe series, a seminal oeuvre in Chicanx feminist art she produced during the 1970s, which became some of the most-widely circulated images of a Chicano artist of her generation. López was also an activist and educator celebrated for her role in the Chicano art movement.Para una celebración especial del Día de los Muertos, SDBG ha contratado a la artista Katie Ruiz para crear una ofrenda que abrirá al público a partir del 23 de octubre. Katie Ruiz es una artista, pintora y escultora Xicana que vive en San Diego y es reconocida por su serie de mantas coloridas. Esta ofrenda se dedicará a Yolanda López – una de las artistas Chicana/o/x más importantes que ha trabajado en California durante las últimas cinco décadas, así como una activista y educadora célebre por su papel en el movimiento del arte Chicano. El Jardín también albergará un altar comunitario donde el público podrá traer artículos para conmemorar a sus seres queridos.
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    Día De Los Muertos Celebration: Craft Workshops

    06:00 PM - 10:00 PM, every day through Oct 29, 2021.
    Free
    Join the Sherman Heights Community Center in their Dia de los Muertos celebration! The SHCC will be hosting a series of Day of the Death-themed workshops for all the family. The workshop line up will take place on the following schedule:• Flower Crown Workshop on Monday, October 25 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. • Catrina Face Paintig for beginers on Tuesday, October 26 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Get tickets here!• Paper Flower Workshop on Wednesday, October 27 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.• Alebrije Workshop on Thursday, October 28 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. • Nicho Box Workshop on Friday, October 29 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. All workshops, except for the Catrina Face Painting, are free and open to all the public. For more information, please visit shermanheightscc.org/ddlm-2021-events or call (619) 232-5181.
    • Music
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    Camera Lucida: Mozart, Brahms, Beethoven

    07:30 PM - 09:00 PM on Mon, 25 Oct 2021
    Virtual
    Free
    Monday, Oct. 25, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.Anthony Burr, clarinet, Charles Curtis, violoncello, Jeff Thayer, violin, and Reiko Uchida, piano will perform works of Mozart, Brahms, and Beethoven in an online concert.The concert is free to view on the UC San Diego Department of Music's website at music.ucsd.edu/live.Program:Wolfgang Amadeus MozartSonata for Violin and Piano in G major, K. 379 (1781)Johannes BrahmsTrio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano in a minor, Opus 114 (1891)Ludwig van BeethovenTrio for Violin, Cello and Piano in B-flat major, Opus 97 "Archduke" (1811)Ticketing Information: Free eventPresenting organization: UC San Diego Department of MusicEmail: mus-publicity@cloud.ucsd.eduPhone: (858) 534-3448Website: http://music.ucsd.eduArtist Information:Artist name: Camera LucidaArtist Website: https://music-cms.ucsd.edu/ensembles/camera-lucida/index.htmlYour information:Name: Sherry AnEmail: xuan@cloud.ucsd.edu
    • Food

    Local Chef Dinner Series With Duval Warner

    06:00 PM - 09:00 PM on Tue, 26 Oct 2021
    $150.00 to $150.00
    With so much culinary talent in San Diego, we wanted to create a special collaboration event featuring some of San Diego’s most notable chefs for a Guest Chef Series at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa. Enjoy a decadent coursed pairing dinner prepared by locally-celebrated Chef Duval Warner from Ranch 45, collaborating with Estancia's Executive Chef Vincent Savignano. Each course will be paired with a curated cocktail and or wine to accompany the meal and the chefs will chat about their inspiration for the dishes—the final menu to come in the next few weeks. Tickets are available for $150 and will not be sold at the door. Includes endless food and beverage experiences and complimentary valet parking Must be 21+ and present valid ID at check-in. More at https://www.meritagecollection.com/estancia-la-jolla/dining/local-chef-dinner-series
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    Recycle Right Webinar

    05:00 PM - 06:00 PM on Wed, 27 Oct 2021
    Free
    Recycling is the first step for many people on their journey to a low waste lifestyle, but recycling rules can be tricky to remember, even for the most seasoned “zero-waster.” The recycling system throughout San Diego County only works if everyone does their part to keep the right materials in the blue bin and the wrong ones out!Join I Love a Clean San Diego on Wednesday, October 27 at 5 p.m. for an in depth look at what items can and cannot be recycled. Gain a better understanding of what it means to recycle right as we break down how to dispose of those hard to recycle items and why how we recycle matters.Recycling plays an important role in preventing unnecessary waste from our landfills, and our Recycle Right Webinar is an opportunity to get informed on simple recycling best practices. We’ll be ready to answer all of your questions and make sure we are all recycling right!Please register to receive the Zoom link. Thank you to the County of San Diego for partnering on this event. Can’t wait to see you there!I Love A Clean San Diego is on Facebook + Instagram
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    Trick-or-Treat On India St.

    05:30 PM - 07:30 PM on Wed, 27 Oct 2021
    Little Italy
    Free
    Note: Updated from Friday, October 30 to Wednesday, October 27Trick-or-Treat on India Street is back! Families are invited to bring their little monsters out in costume attire to this fun and safe Halloween event to enjoy traditional trick-or-treating, as Little Italy businesses along historic India Street open their doors to give out candy and Halloween treats.Sweet and spooky fun will be had by kids of all ages at this beloved Halloween tradition! Maps of participating businesses will be available as the trick-or-treat fun happens at the Piazza della Famiglia on India and W. Date Streets.
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    Left Coast Quintet Halloween Concert

    05:00 PM - 06:30 PM on Thu, 28 Oct 2021
    Free
    The Left Coast Quintet invites you to a free concert in the park, featuring many of our Halloween favorites from movies and pop culture. Bring a blanket and dinner, set up on the grass, and get into the Halloween spirit with some great music!Date | Thursday, October 28 from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.Location | Old Trolley Barn Park This is a free event.For more information, please visit the LCQ Facebook page.
    • Food
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    Chef Jojo Ruiz & Chef Lucho Martinez Culinary Experience at Lionfish

    06:00 PM - 08:00 PM on Thu, 28 Oct 2021
    $100 + tax
    Mexico City's Chef Lucho Martinez of Em Restaurant joins Lionfish's own Chef Jojo Ruiz for a collaborative culinary experience you don't want to miss!Includes a 3-course meal + amuse bouche + dessert and illegal Mezcal pairing.Date/Location:Oct. 28, 2021 @6:00pm LionfishFor more information on this event please visit:https://nightout.com/events/chef-jojo-ruiz-chef-lucho-martinez-culinary-experience-at-lionfish/tickets
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    Halloween Cocktails at Cutwater Spirits Tasting Room & Kitchen

    Every week through Oct 31, 2021.
    Sunday: 11:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Monday: 11:00 AM - 08:00 PM
    Tuesday: 11:00 AM - 08:00 PM
    Wednesday: 11:00 AM - 08:00 PM
    Thursday: 11:00 AM - 08:00 PM
    Friday: 11:00 AM - 09:00 PM
    Saturday: 11:00 AM - 09:00 PM
    Cutwater Spirits Tasting Room & Kitchen
    Cocktails range from $12 - $18
    The Cutwater Spirits Tasting Room & Kitchen cocktail menu is all treats, no tricks this spooky season featuring FIVE delicious concoctions created by Laura Price, Beverage Ambassador, Cutwater Spirits Tasting Room & Kitchen.These festive, BOO-zy (& Instagram-worthy!) libations are available now throughout the month - so be sure to stop by and taste each of the potionsBlood Moon ($18) - Devil’s Share American Whiskey, Blood Orange, Cherry Heering, VermouthBeetlejuice ($14) - Cutwater White Rum, Melon, Pea Flower, LimeHalloweentown ($14) - Cutwater Horchata Vodka, Carrot, Cinnamon, Ginger, Ancho, LemonEye of the Spider ($16) - Cutwater Vodka, Coffee Liqueur, Cacao, Hand Whipped Cinnamon CreamGraveyard Slush ($12) - Cutwater White Russian, CharcoalIn addition to the Halloween cocktails, Cutwater Spirits has also added the Cutwater Painkiller to its menu as part of the Giving Back Cocktail Initiative. Available at the Tasting Room & Kitchen now – December, $1 from each Cutwater Painkiller will benefit Another Round, Another Rally, a nonprofit financial resource for the hospitality industry, plus an additional $1 match by Cutwater.Cutwater recently hosted a fundraiser in NYC benefitting Another Round, Another Rally when they reunited the original bar team from the beloved NY bar PKNY (aka “Painkiller”), which was forced to close in 2013 due to rising Manhattan rents. Inspired by this event & to raise funds locally to support their colleagues in the hospitality industry, Cutwater developed a unique twist on the classic Painkiller.Hours:Wednesday11AM–8PMThursday11AM–8PMFriday11AM–9PMSaturday11AM–9PMSunday11AM–5PMMonday11AM–8PMTuesday11AM–8PMCutwater Tasting Room on Instagram
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    La Jolla Playhouse 2021 POP Tour: 'Pick Me Last'

    Every week through Dec 30, 2021.
    Sunday: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Monday: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Tuesday: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Wednesday: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Thursday: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Friday: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Saturday: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Virtual
    Free
    The La Jolla Playhouse's long-running educational theater production project, the Performance Outreach Program (POP) Tour snuck in just under the wire in 2020, with February performances on the Playhouse stage for several shows, though the actual tour across local schools that spring didn't happen due to the pandemic. This year's project, including the performance and all educational and behind the scenes components, are virtual, and highly produced at that. The 2021 commission is "Pick Me Last" by Idris Goodwin (whose breakbeat play "Hype Man" was recently produced by San Diego REP). "Pick Me Last" is a delightful script — funny and compelling, and it unfolds in a smart and curious way from the very first line. The POP Tour program is designed for grades 3-6, but this play has a dreamy timelessness and agelessness. —Julia Dixon Evans, KPBS (featured in San Diego Weekend Arts Events, May 27, 2021).From the Playhouse:A playground. Two teams. Two captains. It’s the same thing every day at Chavonne’s elementary school – her best friend Wes is always picked last. So she hatches a plan to end the schoolyard cycle. Still, after a few imaginary visits from visionaries Sigmund Freud and Elon Musk, plus a little help from the new kid, Chavonne learns that the problem she’s trying to fix may not be the one that needs solving. Don’t miss this funny and touching story – infused with music and poetry – about standing up for your friends and learning to let them stand up for themselves.Now available to stream through December 31! Book here to stream. "Pick Me Last" is by playwright Idris Goodwin. This La Jolla Playhouse 2021 Performance Outreach Program (POP) Tour production is directed by Jacole Kitchen.
    • Visual Arts
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    To Tame A Wild Tongue: Art After Chicanismo Digital Exhibition

    Every week through Dec 30, 2021.
    Sunday: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Monday: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Tuesday: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Wednesday: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Thursday: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Friday: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Saturday: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Virtual
    Free
    View this exhibition online now at MCASD-Digital in English or in Spanish.“…And I think, how do you tame a wild tongue, train it to be quiet, how do you bridle and saddle it? How do you make it lie down? … Wild tongues can’t be tamed, they can only be cut out.” - Gloria Anzaldúa, “How to Tame a Wild Tongue,” Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza (1987) Virtual Charla (Talk) Schedule:Charla > Cog•nate Collective Thursday, Jul 16, 2020 - 11 a.m. Charla > Claudia Cano Thursday, Aug 20, 2020 - 11 a.m. Charla > Julio César Morales Thursday, Sep 17, 2020 - 11 a.m.Charla > Perry Vásquez Thursday, Oct 15, 2020 - 11 a.m.To Tame a Wild Tongue: Art after Chicanismo brings together more than 25 artists, all of whom explore aspects of the Mexican American experience. Drawn exclusively from the Museum’s holdings and filling the Museum’s Farrell, and Wortz galleries, this exhibition includes painting, sculpture, and installation, taking the Chicano Art Movement as a point of departure. The politically and culturally inspired movement was created by Mexican American artists during the counterculture revolution of the late 1960s and early 1970s.Heavily influenced by the iconography of revolutionary leaders, pre-Colonial art, Mexican religious icons, and socio-political issues, the movement resisted and challenged dominant social norms and stereotypes to move towards cultural autonomy. Against this backdrop of social and cultural activism, the exhibition features works from the 1980s to our current moment, interrogating the reverberations of the post-Chicano moment with special attention paid to our transnational region.To Tame a Wild Tongue borrows its title from Gloria Anzaldúa’s pivotal text that underscores language as a source of both cultural identity and cultural hybridity. Taking a nod from Anzaldúa’s text, the exhibition foregrounds the cultural hybridity that exists within a transborder context, without relying on identity alone as the Chicano Movement did. Instead, the artists in this exhibition, who may or may not identify as Chicano/a/x, explore conceptual processes linked to the social, cultural, and political issues related to Mexican Americans living in the United States or to those living and making work on either side of the border.Split into five thematic sections, the exhibition examines ideas of activism, labor, rasquachismo, domesticana, and the border. Questioning what it means to create political and socially oriented work outside of the label of Chicano/a/x, many artists breach ethnic, cultural, and class barriers, as well as the physical borders that shape an urban, multicultural experience.To Tame a Wild Tongue: Art after Chicanismo is organized by MCASD Curatorial Fellow Alana Hernandez and made possible by gifts to the annual operating fund. Institutional support of MCASD is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture and the County of San Diego Community Enhancement Fund.
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    Del Mar Pumpkin Station

    Every week through Oct 30, 2021.
    Sunday: 09:00 AM - 07:00 PM
    Monday: 09:00 AM - 07:00 PM
    Tuesday: 09:00 AM - 07:00 PM
    Wednesday: 09:00 AM - 07:00 PM
    Thursday: 09:00 AM - 07:00 PM
    Friday: 09:00 AM - 09:00 PM
    Saturday: 09:00 AM - 09:00 PM
    Del Mar Pumpkin Station
    Free
    The Del Mar Pumpkin Station is open daily Oct. 1 through Oct 31, 2021.Sunday – Thursday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.Friday & Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.The Attractions:Pumpkin Patch2 Giant Slides*Train JumpPlay CenterAntique CarouselSwing RideEl Paso Train RideSky Fighter RideCar RideTubs of Fun RideSwing RideAll locations have FREE Parking & AdmissionPumpkins are individually priced based on sizeOutside food & drink are welcome!Dogs on leashes are allowed this season.
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    • Halloween

    Rancho Bernardo Pumpkin Farm

    Every week through Oct 30, 2021.
    Sunday: 09:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Monday: 09:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Tuesday: 09:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Wednesday: 09:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Thursday: 09:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Friday: 09:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Saturday: 09:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Free
    Rancho Bernardo Pumpkin Farm is open daily: Oct 1- 14 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct 15- 31 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Attractions: Train Ride 8′ Tall Corn Maze Petting Zoo Tractor Hay-Wagon Cut your own Sunflowers Pumpkin Farm Get the scoop on tickets for all activities. Admission and parking are FREE.
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    Treats from Savorite

    07:00 AM - 04:00 PM, every day through Oct 31, 2021.
    Free
    Savorite has teamed up with Donut Bar and Dripz and together, we're giving away free coffee and free cookies! Donut Bar and Dripz are helping San Diegans to fuel their coffee and sweet obsessions with their tasteful creations. Claim your freebies via the Savorite app and visit their locations in Pacific Beach and La Jolla to get yours! ___________________________________________________________________ How do I get my free coffee and cookie? 1. Download Savorite: https://bit.ly/eventbritesavoritefallwinter 2. Open the app and claim your deal 3. Head to Donut Bar and Dripz and show your in-app voucher to redeem Deals are limited so you have to be quick to claim yours before they run out! For the latest news follow us on Instagram: @savoriteapp
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    Mission Valley Pumpkin Station

    Every week through Oct 30, 2021.
    Sunday: 09:00 AM - 09:00 PM
    Monday: 11:00 AM - 09:00 PM
    Tuesday: 11:00 AM - 09:00 PM
    Wednesday: 11:00 AM - 09:00 PM
    Thursday: 11:00 AM - 09:00 PM
    Friday: 09:00 AM - 09:00 PM
    Saturday: 09:00 AM - 09:00 PM
    Mission Valley Pumpkin Station
    Free
    Mission Valley Pumpkin Station is open daily Oct. 1 through Oct 31.Monday – Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday – Sunday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.The Attractions:2 Giant Slides*Mini SlideSwing RideSky FighterFerris WheelTubs of FunEl Paso Train RideBoat Ride Petting ZooPumpkin Patch
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    Kids Free San Diego

    Every week through Oct 30, 2021.
    Sunday: 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Monday: 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Tuesday: 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Wednesday: 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Thursday: 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Friday: 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Saturday: 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    San Diego Museum Council
    Free
    Make unforgettable family memories this October as Kids Free San Diego returns Oct. 1-31, 2021!Enjoy more than 100 fun deals to play, eat, stay and explore including more than two dozen art, cultural, and science museums and historical sites in San Diego County.Visit: https://sandiegomuseumcouncil.org/kids-free-october-2020-rediscover-san-diego-together/ or call 619-957-4660Presented in partnership with the San Diego Tourism Authority.
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    • Animals
    • Halloween

    Bonita Pumpkin Farm

    Every week through Oct 30, 2021.
    Sunday: 09:00 AM - 06:00 PM
    Monday: 09:00 AM - 06:00 PM
    Tuesday: 09:00 AM - 06:00 PM
    Wednesday: 09:00 AM - 06:00 PM
    Thursday: 09:00 AM - 06:00 PM
    Friday: 09:00 AM - 06:00 PM
    Saturday: 09:00 AM - 06:00 PM
    Bonita Pumpkin Farm
    Free
    Bonita Pumpkin Farm is open daily: Oct. 1 -14 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. NOTE: Oct. 15 - 31 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Exit Sweetwater Road off 805.We are on the corner of Sweetwater Road and Bonita RoadThe Attractions: Train Ride8′ Tall Corn MazePetting ZooTractorHay-WagonCut your own SunflowersPumpkin FarmGet the scoop on tickets for all activities. Admission and parking are FREE.
    • Visual Arts
    • Arts
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    • Painting

    41st International Exhibition

    Every week through Oct 30, 2021.
    Sunday: 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    Monday: 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    Thursday: 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    Friday: 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    Saturday: 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    San Diego Watercolor Society
    Free
    The San Diego Watercolor Society presents the 41st Annual International Exhibition juried by Master Watercolor artist, Joseph Zbukvic. This exhibition represents the very best of watermedia art from around the world. The exhibit runs Oct. 3-31, 2021 at our Gallery in The ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station The Gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The paintings can be viewed and purchased online as well. Please visit https://www.sdws.org/ for more information.
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    Disestablishment: John Raymond Mireles

    Every week through Jan 29, 2022.
    Sunday: 12:00 PM - 05:00 PM
    Monday: 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Thursday: 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Friday: 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Saturday: 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    San Diego Museum of Art
    Free
    'Public destruction events' at the museum steps:Thursday, Sept. 16 from 2-5 p.m.Friday, Sept. 17 from 2-5 p.m.Be part of the Disestablishment: John Raymond Mireles exhibition as it overturns the traditional museum experience by inviting the public to destroy photographs of remote landscapes that have recently had their US National Monument status revoked and been opened to drilling and mining. Large-scale photographs by local San Diego artist John Raymond Mireles are now on view at the Museum showcasing the remote beauty of these sites, then on September 16 and 17, Mireles invites the public to help mark and destroy the works. The photographs will then be rehung in their tattered form. The destruction of the images question complicity by mimicking the fate that awaits the scenic sites.The public destruction events on September 16 and 17, held on the Museum steps, will invite the public to use pens and tools to mark, scratch, and rip into the works.Signed waiver required to participate. Must be 12 years or older and minors must be accompanied by an adult.Virtual artist talk: Friday, Sept. 17 at 10 a.m. Register here.About the exhibition:When the federal government slashed several National Monuments in 2017 down to just fractions of their prior size to make way for drilling and mining, local artist John Raymond Mireles traveled to Escalante-Grand Staircase and Bears Ears in southern Utah to document what remains, and what was once protected."Disestablishment," a new exhibition at the San Diego Museum of Art, is a collection of photographs from these newly unprotected lands, before the damage sets in. But Mireles won't stop there. The exhibition runs until the end of January, but in mid-September, the museum will host several "public destruction events." Visitors will be invited to cut, hammer on, tear, walk on and otherwise physically, permanently damage the art. The altered works will be then rehung on the wall.It's a way of making the future destruction of these pristine lands more tangible and visceral, and implicating the viewer along the way.Bonus: these works will be on view in the free galleries that are adjacent to Panama 66, and don't require museum admission. Further bonus: I love to see SDMA spotlighting local, living artists.Details: Exhibition information. "Disestablishment" opens at SDMA Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021 and runs through Jan. 30, 2022. Two "Public Destruction Events" will be held Sept. 16 and 17. Free.--Julia Dixon Evans, KPBSFrom the organizer:August 7, 2021–January 30, 2022Disestablishment overturns the traditional and expected museum experience. Local San Diego artist John Raymond Mireles shares photographs of remote and staggeringly beautiful sites that have recently had their US National Monument status revoked, opening the sites for mining and drilling, and invites the public to take part in destroying images of these landscapes.In 1996, Escalante-Grand Staircase and Bears Ears were designated as National Monuments to protect the especially wild and scenic regions of Southern Utah, an area so remote that it was the last in the United States to be mapped. In order to allow private companies to extract the oil and coal deposits that exist in the area, in 2017, the Federal government drastically reduced Escalante and cut it into three smaller sections. Bears Ears was shrunk to a fraction of its former size. The unprotected landscapes are now open for oil drilling and coal mining—high-impact activities that will forever damage the virgin landscapes and archeologically rich terrain of the region.John Raymond Mireles traveled to Southern Utah in 2019 to photograph lands that had previously been protected but have since been opened to drilling and mining. For this exhibition, he has printed his work on an immersive scale using solvent ink on cellulose paper.In order to create a visceral understanding about the potential damage that awaits these environments, during the course of the exhibition the artist will remove the prints from the wall and invite visitors to physically damage the works. Participants are encouraged to hammer on, cut away, stomp on, tear, and tag these prints. The destruction is an integral part of the exhibition, with public responses filmed and included in the re-installation of the altered works. These actions question complicity by mimicking the fate that awaits these areas.
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