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San Diego’s Top Weekend Arts Events: From Border Art To Indie Rock

Artist Griselda Rosas, Wolf Parade, the Plays By Young Writers Festival and San Diego Museum Month

Photo by Griselda Rosas

Mixed media, collage and embroidery work by Griselda Rosas

It's Superbowl Weekend, and for our weekend preview, here are some arts events to discover instead, from indie rock at the Belly Up, finding hope in the youth, to a cross border artist. Plus we've also got the details on San Diego Museum Month.

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It's Super Bowl Weekend! A perfect time to find plenty of art and culture in San Diego instead.

Aired: January 31, 2020 | Transcript

Griselda Rosas

Visual Art

Griselda Rosas' work is about to be everywhere. You can find her stunning mixed media and embroidery-tinged collage work at Lux Art Institute right now, in conjunction with the Chiachio and Giannone residency. She is displaying an exhibition of her mixed media embroidery as the Featured Regional Artist alongside the residency now through March 14, with a reception and artist talk on March 6.

Her work is incredibly informed by place, and specifically the border. She purchases materials in Tijuana and brings them to San Diego to her studio to work serving as miniature migrations of both art and artist: brightly colored embroidery thread, dolomite and salts to grow her own crystals for sculptures, vintage placemats and more all across the border with Rosas for her work.

In addition to the Lux Art Institute installation, Rosas' work can also be seen in February at the "Illuminations" group show at San Diego Art Institute opening Feb. 8; at "Ready Lane" group show at City Gallery at San Diego City College opening Feb. 8.; and at Oceanside Museum of Art, in conjunction with the Oceanside Public Library's "Big Read" program.

Details: Griselda Rosas on display at Lux Art Institute, now through March 14, 1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas; more information here.

Photo by Astrid Lyre

Wolf Parade

Wolf Parade

Music

Canadian indie rockers Wolf Parade perform at the Belly Up tonight. They're touring in support of their latest album, "Thin Mind," just released last week.

Wolf Parade first formed in 2003, with their much-loved debut album, "Apologies to the Queen Mary," released in 2005. In the 15 years since they've trimmed down to a trio.

With vocals and songwriting by both the keyboardist Spencer Krug and guitarist Dan Boeckner, their new album is polished but still essential.

Details: 9 p.m. Friday. Belly Up, 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach; find tickets here.

Photo by Playwrights Project

A promotional still from 'Feliz Cumpleaños.'

35th Plays By Young Writers Festival

Theater

The Playwrights Project presents the 35th Plays by Young Writers Festival on Saturday, featuring three fully produced performances of youth scripts, and one staged reading.

From hundreds of submissions across California, the winners were selected by a team of judges — including prolific playwright Lauren Yee, who herself was produced by the Plays by Young Writers Festival when she was a teen and whose play, "The Great Leap" is currently at San Diego's Cygnet Theatre.

The full productions include "Love is Blind," a dystopian love story by 15-year-old Aiko Lozar, "Like Father, Like Daughter," by 16-year-old Izzy Ster and "Feliz Cumpleanos," a story about a girl grappling with daily life after her parents are deported, by 17-year-old Jordan Marie Finley.

A staged reading of 11-year-old Torrey Woodfill's script, "The Hurricane," portrays two friends tackling their fears. Each winning writer is from the San Diego region.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Joan B. Kroc Theatre, 6611 University Ave, San Diego; find tickets here.

Photo by New Children's Museum

'Smile' by Panca at the New Children's Museum in an undated photo.

San Diego Museum Month

Museums

February is Museum Month in San Diego, a project by the San Diego Museum Council that grants half-price admission to more than 40 participating member museums and cultural institutions. Some special exhibitions or films will require additional costs.

Just in time for Super Bowl weekend, you can pick up a Museum Month pass at any area library, Macy's store or when you stay at a Hilton Hotel.

Along with several other annual programs from the San Diego Museum Council, Museum Month aims to increase access to art and culture by lowering barriers like cost.

Details: Saturday Feb. 1 through Feb 29; more information here.

For more arts and culture events, check out our KPBS Arts calendar or subscribe to the KPBS Arts newsletter.

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