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San Diego Weekend Arts Events: 'El Devenir,' Zine Fest, Takács Quartet, Duke Windsor and DIY workshops

Marcos Ramírez ERRE's work at The Front's 15th anniversary exhibition
Julia Dixon EvansJulia Dixon Evans
Marcos Ramírez ERRE's work in 'El Devenir/Becoming' is shown in an Oct. 11, 2021 photo, and is on view at The Front through Jan. 13, 2022.

This weekend in the arts: 15 years at The Front, San Diego Zine Fest, Takács Quartet, Duke Windsor at Art Night Encinitas and more.

'El Devenir/Becoming': The Front's 15th anniversary exhibition

Visual art, Music

Celebrating the 15th anniversary at The Front Arte & Cultura gallery in San Ysidro, this exhibition is absolutely worth a visit. Fortunately, through mid-January, there are ample opportunities to see the work by itself or during special events that are part of the anniversary celebration.

The works in the exhibition are by artists that have exhibited with The Front since the beginning of the gallery's 15 year run, and gallery director Francisco Morales said that the aim of the exhibition is for the artists to "contemplate the past and the future in the same blink of an eye."

Sama Alshaibi's video works are mesmerizing, and Rafael Lozano Hemmer's surveillance photography installation is sobering. Also in the show is a selection of works from Rizzhel Javier's "Landsick" project, which I featured in "5 works of art to see in San Diego in October."

Film and still photography from Tania Candiani pair dancers with dilapidated sports facilities in Havana. What struck me about these works is that the dancers hold onto each other in formations — a formation that would all fall apart if someone let go.

Tania Candiani's work at The Front
Mexican artist Tania Caniani's works are shown at the Front in an Oct. 11, 2021 photo.

Marcos Ramírez ERRE's work, mostly viewable through the front window features a caged tent, a representation of a migrant shelter, along with silkscreened maps and text on the walls that show the distance between the gallery and the migrant campground at garita El Chaparral (approximately 1.3 miles), which currently holds approximately 1,200 people waiting to cross into the United States.

Saturday evening, there's a sold-out NORTEC: Bostich + Fussible DJ set on The Front’s outdoor back patio, and the exhibition will be open for viewing. For more events check The Front website.

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Details: Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Front Arte and Cultura, 147 W. San Ysidro Blvd., San Ysidro. Free. (Note: Gallery hours are canceled Saturday, Oct. 16 to prepare for the NORTEC: Bostich and Fussible show.)

More visual art: The Museum of Contemporary Art opens their "Yolanda Lopez: Portrait of the Artist" exhibition with a community celebration on Saturday, Oct. 16 from 4-7 p.m. Admission is free. Listen to our feature on Midday Edition Thursday at noon.

Even more visual art: Perry Vasquez opens "Oasis" at Sparks Gallery with a reception Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Read our feature here.

San Diego Zine Fest

Books, Music

This year's San Diego Zine Fest kicked off its two-weekend run last week, and the second portion takes place Saturday and Sunday in Barrio Logan, in the parking lot of SideYard. Dozens of vendors, writers, artists, small presses, shops and zinemakers will peddle zines, books and art, with live music and live screen printing.

On Saturday at 2 p.m., writer Adam Gnade will read alongside Justin Pearson of Three One G records, both reading short works.

Details: Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 16-17, 2021 from noon to 4 p.m. SideYard, 1735 National Ave., Barrio Logan. Free.

Amanda Tipton
Takács Quartet, pictured in an undated photo, will perform at The Conrad Oct. 15, 2021.

Takács Quartet


The La Jolla Music Society presents the Takács Quartet, which kicks off LJMS's Revelle Chamber Music Series. Takács were founded in Budapest but now they're based in Boulder, Colorado. They'll perform a series of string quartets in the Baker-Baum Concert Hall at The Conrad, which is a gorgeous place to hear music. Haydn's "String Quartet in F Minor" will kick off the program, followed by British Black composer Coleridge-Taylor's "Five Fantasiestücke," which is a set of vibrant, character-driven fantasy pieces. They'll finish the evening with Schubert's magnificent "Death and the Maiden."

Details: Friday, Oct. 15, 2021 at 8 p.m. The Conrad, 7600 Fay Ave., La Jolla. $42-82.

Native Plant Printmaking Workshop

Visual art, Workshops

This donation-based, two-hour workshop is taught by Daisy Camacho at The Hill Street Country Club. Camacho will walk you through linoleum block printmaking, as well as understanding and appreciating the importance of native plants and the Indigenous botanical history of the region. This is a crossover project between HSCC and Campana Studios, and participants will draw or trace and hand-cut their own designs, then walk away with as many lino-cut prints as you want to print.

Details: Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021 from 12-2 p.m. The Hill Street Country Club, 530 S. Coast Hwy., Oceanside. $0-50.

Mingei Family Sunday: Sugar skull piñata workshop

Visual art, Folk art, Workshops, Family

Piñata artist Diana Benavídez will lead this month's Mingei Family Sunday, a series of workshops open to the public. Benavídez is known for her political and disruptive piñatas, but she's also an educator and will help you and yours construct your own sugar skull-shaped mini piñata. Benavídez will walk participants through the materials and process, as well as the history and folklore of the craft (and the way she uses piñata-making in her own artistic practice).

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Workshops are held each hour on the hour from noon to 4 p.m., and space is limited. Sign ups begin at 10 a.m. at the Mingei's new education center. And be sure to check out Nikigator, back in its home just outside the museum.

Details: Sunday, Oct. 17 at 12, 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. Mingei International Museum, 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park. Free.

Duke Windsor's "Golden Memories"
Courtesy of the artist
"Golden Memories" by Duke Windsor is on view at the Encinitas Library in his solo exhibition, "Illumination," through Nov. 8, 2021

Art Night Encinitas: Duke Windsor

Visual art, Music

Art Night Encinitas is a visual art and music crossover event across the city of Encinitas. A free shuttle bus will get you from point to point along the 6-venue route, including City Hall, several galleries along Coast Hwy, the Encinitas Community Center and Institute of Contemporary Art's North campus (formerly known as Lux Art Institute).

At the Encinitas Library, check out the official artist reception for Duke Windsor's solo exhibition, "Illumination," as well as Luis Marguia's works, plus live music from Coffee on the Moon and Nick Sanders throughout the evening.

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Details: Saturday, Oct. 16 from 6-9 p.m. Parking for Art Night available at City Hall (505 S. Vulcan Ave.), the Community Center (1140 Oakcrest Park Dr.) or the Encinitas Library (540 Cornish Dr.). Free.

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Corrected: October 15, 2021 at 4:54 PM PDT
This story has been updated to reflect The Front's gallery hours this weekend.
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