San Diego weekend arts events: The Symphony, 'Shutter Sisters,' Eclectic Lawn and more
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The big news and the art world this weekend is the celebration for winners of the San Diego art prize. And there's more from the symphonies take on Gabriel Garcia, Marquez to a mural walk to an old globe, commissioned new play. Joining me with all the details is KPBS arts, producer and editor, Julia Dixon Evans, and welcome
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Julia. Hi Maria. Thanks for having me.
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Let's start with the 2021 San Diego art prize and the exhibition of the four prize recipients. So who are the prize winners?
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Yeah, the artists selected for the art prize this year. It's Perry Vasquez, Belize, RSA Punka, and he go across the state. They're all in some way, connected to the border. In fact, most spend time living or working on both sides of the border in Tijuana and Sonata and Belize eras say who I spoke with this week is inspired by, by being divided between three homes. In fact, including her native Turkey,
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The idea of home, uh, has become much more theoretical over the years and more grounded and rooted in the idea of people, language, values, and traditions, things that are movable in ways that a house and a physical land is not. So you can see in my work that I examine this, uh, MI relocation and movements.
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And one of the things I love about all of these artists is the layers from each. You can get a really deep meaning of the work just from first glance. Like one of Perry Vasquez is this fantastic oil painting of one of those cell towers that looks like a Palm tree or Hugo CrossFits intricate drawings of Tijuana, but a closer look or seeing all of these works by all of the artists together brings out even more meaning. And these works will be on view at bread and salt opening tomorrow with a reception from five to eight, and then the band, the color 49, who Hugo Crossway collaborated with earlier this summer on, on a stop motion music video, they will perform at bread and salt at eight o'clock.
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The San Diego art prize exhibition opens at bread and salt tomorrow, and will be on view through the end of the year.
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The symphony is doing a performance of three pieces at the shell. One is Maurice Ravel is concerto in G with Ian Barnathan on piano. He is the director of the LA Jolla music society, Summerfest series. And this Ravel piece has a lot of movement to it. That's what I love about rebel. And it also shows a lot of his jazz influences too. It's lively while still being pretty emotive. They're also performing Mahler's symphony. Number one, as well as I've worked by contemporary Venezuelan, American composer, Rinaldo Moya. And this is where Gabriel Garcia Marquez comes in. This piece is called [inaudible], which translates to always Monday, always March and in 100 years of solitude, the mystic melchiot is room is where time gets stuck. It's always Monday and it's always March. And this work by Moise it's about that strangeness of time and about the character, the mystic
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That's Rinaldo boy CMP Luna stamping motto, which the symphony will perform tonight at seven 30 at the shell in the theater world, the old globe opens a brand new premiere this week. Tell us about shutter sisters.
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Yeah, this is a play by Mansa rot and it was part of the Globes powers, new voices festival in January, 2020. So it was back when the 2020 we got was almost entirely unimaginable. And the new voices festival is always sort of a factory for, for brand new plays and the globe develops these and workshops them culminating in a reading. So this will be the first time that shutter sisters is getting a full theatrical production and the plot surrealist. It follows two women with parallel lives. They have basically the same name. It's a variation of Michael and they're very different. One is a white woman and the other is black. And for one her mother has just passed away. And for the other, she is just kicked out her adult daughter. So both are dealing with a sort of grief. And of course the plot digs into their differences, but it really gets to the common ground between the two women, the place directed by Donna Washington. And it runs through November 7th. And this is an indoor production at the globe. So proof of vaccination or negative PCR test within 72 hours is required and masks are also required indoors.
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That's a shutter sister's opening tonight at the old globe. Now, for those of us who aren't quite ready to sit in an audience, there's still a way for us to watch a type of art performance mural painting. Tell us about ladies who paint.
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This is a project that's been going on since about 2018 and each year they gather 10 women in a sort of summer camp, like a mural camp. And this year it's all local women actually. And they'll take over a walkable route downtown. It, it spans from east village and to banker's hill and they're painting 11 new murals on the side of businesses in these pretty high traffic areas. Some of them haven't started painting yet, but many will be in progress or completed this weekend. There's four of them at hotels XE near seventh and island. There's one at bear Republic, CrossFit near ninth and G and then, uh, one at fifth and spruce near the seven 11. And all of these murals will be complete by October 18th. And you can follow along with the LWP 2021 hashtag firstname.lastname@example.org.
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And we have a list of the current locations on our website. Finally, Carlsbad music festival is hosting one of their single day outdoor concerts tomorrow. It's called eclectic.
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Yeah, it's like a mini festival. There's four performers. And just one stage that St. Michael's by the sea lawn in Carlsbad. And there's four acts communi Natarajan who performs traditional Indian folk and classical songs. Uh, the ed Kornheiser quartet doing instrumental jazz there's Americana singer and songwriter Francis bloom, and then LA based Shannon ley, who has a new full length album out today. And I love how she has the sparseness of folk music, but it's also really polished and, and, and modern sounding. And here's the track Geist from Shannon Lay's new album.
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Uh, Shannon lay is one of the performers at eclectic lawn, which takes place in Carlsbad tomorrow from two to 6:00 PM. You can find details on these and more arts events at kpbs.org/arts, or by signing up for Julia's weekly arts newsletter. I've been speaking with KPBS arts editor and producer Julia Dixon Evans. Thank you, Julia.
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Thank you so much, Maureen. Have a good weekend.
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'Payare, Barnatan and Mahler'
Rafael Payare conducts the San Diego Symphony at The Shell Friday evening, featuring guest pianist Inon Barnatan, known in town as the La Jolla Music Society's SummerFest music director. Barnatan will perform Ravel's jazz-tinged Concerto in G with the symphony, a lively and sweeping work. The symphony will also perform Mahler's lovely and majestic Symphony No. 1 and a 2014 work by contemporary Venezuelan-American composer Reinaldo Moya. This piece, "Siempre lunes, siempre marzo (Always Monday, Always March)" was inspired by Gabriel García Márquez’s "One Hundred Years of Solitude" — in the book, there's a room where time moves strangely, where it's always Monday, and it's always March.
Details: Friday, Oct. 8, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park, 222 Marina Park way, downtown. $25-108.
Mansa Ra's "Shutter Sisters" was first unveiled as a reading in The Globe's Powers New Voices Festival in January 2020 — back when 2020 held nothing but promise.
Opening this weekend is the theatrical premiere of "Shutter Sisters," a Globe-commissioned work by Mansa Ra (who also has playwriting credits under his previous name, Jiréh Breon Holder). It's a surrealist work, following two women with parallel lives, one, who is white, named Michael, and another, who is Black, named Mykal. There's themes of motherhood, identity, womanhood, belonging, resilience — and ultimately finding common ground. The work is directed by Donya Washington, and stars Terry Burrell and Shana Wride.
Proof of vaccination or negative PCR test within 72 hours required for entry, and masks are required indoors. "Shutter Sisters" is performed on an indoor stage.
Details: Shows Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m. The show runs through Nov. 7 with varying weekly dates and times. The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park. $30-102.
The Matt Hoyt Retrospective
Visual Art, Film, Music, Memorial
Filmmaker, musician, artist, comedian and owner of Starlite Matt Hoyt passed away suddenly on Aug. 14, 2021 after a sudden battle with cancer. This Sunday, Bread and Salt will host a retrospective of his work — including his short films and video clips — plus musical performances. Masks, plus proof of vaccination (or negative COVID test within 48 hours) are required to enter. The event will also be livestreamed beginning at 4 p.m.
Details: Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021. Doors at 2 p.m., program at 4 p.m. Bread and Salt, 1955 Julian Ave., Logan Heights. Free.
2021 San Diego Art Prize Exhibition
Visual Art, Music
The San Diego Art Prize exhibition opens at Bread and Salt on Saturday at 5 p.m., with a live performance from The Color Forty Nine at 8 p.m. The band collaborated with one of the prize recipients, Hugo Crosthwaite, on an animated music video (which will screen at the exhibition). You can learn more about fellow recipients in our recent features on Beliz Iristay here and Panca here, here and here, and stay tuned for a forthcoming story about Perry Vasquez.
Details: Opens Saturday with a reception from 5-8 p.m. followed by a Color Forty Nine performance at 9 p.m. Runs through Dec. 31. Gallery hours: Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.Bread & Salt, 1955 Julian Ave., Logan Heights. Free.
Ladies Who Paint mural walk (in progress)
Visual Art, Outdoors
Currently at work downtown are 12 women artists, creating 11 new murals on the sides of buildings in high-traffic areas — this is your chance to see murals in action. Ladies Who Paint was established in 2018 by Roxy Prima and Phoebe Cornog as a sort of summer camp-like collaborative for women muralists. The last two years have prompted some adaptations, and this year's cohort is all local artists. Already in progress are works by Lindsay Sochar, Thao French, Sarah Tate and Enchi at Hotel Z near 7th Ave. and Island Ave. downtown, Hanna Gundrum's work at Bear Republic Crossfit near 9th Ave. and G St., and Eva Struble's mural at 5th Ave and Spruce St. in Banker's Hill. The other artists will begin later in the weekend or early next week, and all the new murals will be finished by the October 18. Follow the hashtag #lwp2021 to stay up to date.
Details: Through October 18, 2021. Various locations near downtown. Free.
More visual art: The Front Arte & Cultura's anniversary exhibition kicks off this weekend with gallery hours Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., but much of the programming begins next week, with a Monday evening reception, followed by the Saturday, Oct. 16 performance by NORTEC: Bostich + Fussible.
Eclectic Lawn is a single-day, outdoor concert put on by the Carlsbad Music Festival — and in keeping with their broad and unique curation, it will feature vocal performances from LA-based Shannon Lay, North County's own Francis Blume and Indian classical music composer and performer Kamini Natarajan, plus instrumental jazz from the Ed Kornhauser Quartet — winner of the 2021 San Diego Music Award for his debut jazz album, "The Short Years."
Shannon Lay will release a brand new full-length album on Friday, Oct. 8. Lay's music is sparse but polished, twinged with retro folk sounds and modern experimentation. Here's the single, "Geist," the forthcoming album's title track:
Details: Saturday, Oct. 9 from 2-6 p.m. (doors at 1:30). St. Michael's-by-the-Sea lawn, 2775 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad. $5-15