San Diego Weekend Arts Events: Shakespeare goes outdoors, Saki, MartyO, 'A Sonic Youth,' Belladon and community ofrendas
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You can add some art and culture to your spooky weekend without door performances of Shakespeare's creepiest scenes, Latin inspired, classical ballet, and some artistic community offering does joining me with all the details is our KPBS arts editor and producer Julia Dixon Evans. Welcome Julia.
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Hi Jason. Thanks for having me on. All right, so
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Let's start with the Shakespeare. Uh, we have two ways to get a Shakespearian fixed this weekend, both of them free and both of them outdoors.
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Right? And I think it's so perfect that we're bringing in this spooky weekend with Shakespeare because he's written some of the darkest stuff. Uh, first is the old Globes free globe for all tour, which is it's an annual program. They do to bring Shakespeare performances out into the community. And this performance, this year is kind of a mashup of famous Shakespeare works, but using an audience call and response style. So with actors, improvising and a DJ who is the Globes teaching artists wrapper Mickey Vale, this tour lasts for about two weeks and chances are, you'll have a performance near you this afternoon. It's at three 30 at the Martin Luther king Jr. Memorial park in Southeast San Diego. And then Saturday at four at the Chula Vista public library. Both of these are outdoors and official seating is first come first served with masks required, but you could also bring a blanket or a chair of your own to sit or stand nearby. And at the San Diego museum of art, they're doing an outdoor version of one of their SDMA plus programs. This is partnering with the San Diego Shakespeare society. There'll be in the sculpture garden. That's just behind Panama 66 and actors will perform spooky scenes from plays like Macbeth and the Tempest. These are near the sculptures and there'll be taking some cues and inspiration from those artworks as well. They're short shows on Sunday. So it's actual Halloween and the show times are 3, 3 45 and four 30 in the afternoon.
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Shakespeare call and response is today at three 30 and Saturday at 4:00 PM. And the San Diego Shakespeare society performs at the S D M a sculpture garden Sunday afternoon at three in the classical music roll Bach, Collegium kicks off a new season with some works of music, both written in the year, 1707. Tell us about this show.
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Yeah, they're calling the concert a Sonic youth because both of these are really early compositions by Bach and Handel. Um, there's some of their earliest surviving manuscripts, even including box Chris lag in total abandon, which translates from German into Christ play in deaths, bonds
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And on a brighter note, Bach Collegium performs at all souls church in point Loma, which has this really lovely wall of stained glass by local artists, James hovel,
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Bach Collegium perform Saturday at 7:00 PM at all souls and point Loma. This week, you wrote about the San Diego ballet who are bringing back their REIT. Most Latinos concert. Tell us about this.
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Yeah, the show runs this weekend and next with two afternoon performances each weekend, and these are outdoors. The choreography is inspired by and set two different styles of Latin music. So like Mambo and mariachi though, it's still very much a classical ballet. So you'll have the dancers dancing on points and doing the traditional foot positions, but with costumes and music that reflect the Latin roots and folklore
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I talked to choreographer Javier of Alaska this week, who is the long-time artistic director of the San Diego ballet. And he said that a lot of this is inspired by his own family history, like the mariachi number they're doing K Benita M or the first time he heard that was when his aunt sung it to the bride to be at a family wedding 20 years ago at another number. Mama mania is a mashup of music by Cuban Mambo, legend Perez Prado. And he said, this also came out of his own childhood.
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When my parents used to have parties at the house, I was responsible for like, uh, putting the records on the record player. I just remember the great time that my parents had, but I also remember the album covers. They have these, you know, twisting wild women in these vibrant colors. It always just sort of stuck with me
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That San Diego ballet choreographer, Javier Velazco, the San Diego ballet performs read most Latinos Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 PM on Liberty stations, new outdoor stage. There are also some DIA de Los Muertos celebrations this weekend, but you have a few off renders or community altars at art galleries to check out,
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Right? So you belong here in city Heights has one, and you can send in your pictures via a Google form ahead of time, and they will print them out for you and add them to the altar. It's viewable from the sidewalk through the windows 24 7 all weekend through Tuesday, but they also have some indoor hours where you can actually go inside and spend some time with it or place your own items there. Those hours are Sunday from 11 to 6:00 PM and then Monday and Tuesday, 11 to 7:00 PM. And in Logan Heights at bread and salt, they're building out an Altera with the help from the public on Sunday, all day from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. And it will be on view Monday and Tuesday evenings. In fact, Tuesday, the artist Ponca will be at the gallery and we'll give you a personalized item for your own friend day. If you show up
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You so much, Jane. Have a good weekend.
This weekend in the arts: Saki and MartyO at OMA, SDMA+ the San Diego Shakespeare Society, Bach and Handel's earliest works, Little Dame's Halloween show at the Ken, and community ofrendas around the region.
Saki: 'Birds of a Different Feather' and MartyO: 'Social Security'
Last week, I snuck a peek at the installation-in-progress of these twin exhibitions at Oceanside Museum of Art — full of dressforms draped with sculptural fiber works and quilted dresses. The works tackle gender, consent and more, and in doing so, powerfully explore beauty and expression.
Marty-O, known for her upcycled and quilted fashions that comment on domesticity and repression by studying women's roles throughout the suffrage movement and through the 20th century. Saki's work is informed by the way the males in the bird kingdom are the ones who get dressed up, so in a series of installations she explores ultra glam style for men. Plus don't miss the Melissa Walter, Neil Kendricks and Charlotte Bird solo exhibitions also on view.
Details: Opens Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021 and runs through Jan. 23, 2022. Oceanside Museum of Art, 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside. Open Thursday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. $5-10.
Spooky ArtStops: SDMA+ San Diego Shakespeare Society
Literature, Storytelling, Theater, Visual art
The San Diego Shakespeare Society will take over the San Diego Museum of Art outdoor sculpture garden on Sunday for three, free performances. Working with the sculptures as a backdrop, the actors will perform poetry and the spookiest selections from Shakespeare's greats, like "Macbeth," "Othello" and "The Tempest."
The SD Shakespeare Society has been performing these readings at SDMA for years, and you can get a taste for the show from last Halloween's virtual production here.
Look for the meeting point on the museum steps before heading over to the garden. Performances take place beginning at 3 p.m.
Details: Sunday, Oct. 31 at 3, 3:45 and 4 p.m. San Diego Museum of Art May S. Marcy Sculpture Garden (behind Panama 66), 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park. Free.
More Shakespeare: The Old Globe's free "Globe for All" program brings Shakespeare to the community in a new homage to the bard with an improv-inspired "call and response" format, a DJ, and actors who will bend to the audience's whims. They still will manage to include excerpts from five different Shakespeare plays. This weekend: Friday at 3:30 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park; and Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Chula Vista Public Library. All outdoors. Free.
'1707: A Sonic Youth'
Bach Collegium, under the direction of Ruben Valenzuela, will kick off their new season with some early works from Bach and Handel — both written in 1707. Handel's "Dixit Dominus" ("The Lord said") is reported to be his earliest surviving, dated autograph, or handwritten manuscript. And Bach's "Christ lag in Todes Banden" ("Christ lay in death's bonds") is said to be one of his earliest church cantatas, based on a Martin Luther hymn.
Valenzuela has titled this season "Total Sound Explosion," which is a nod to the drama and intensity of these works. They'll also be kicking off a professional recording project with this show, so if you want your applause forever burned into the musical archives, show up.
Side note: the performance will be held at All Soul's Church, home of the stunning botanical stained glass wall by iconic regional artist James Hubbell.
Details: Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021 at 7 p.m. All Soul's, 1475 Catalina Blvd., Pt. Loma. $15-55.
More music: The San Diego Symphony performs a program including works by contemporary American composer Carlos Simon alongside Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 and one of my favorite works, Wagner's "Overture to Tannhäuser." Two shows: Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 5 p.m.
Little Dame Shop Halloween Concert and Art Show
There's a Halloween party, concert and art show on Saturday night at The Kensington Club. On my radar: a live set from one of our recent KPBS "5 Songs" picks Belladon, who just released a new single, "Truths You Crave." https://www.kpbs.org/news/arts-culture/2020/09/03/5-songs-discover-san-diego-september
Also performing will be La Boogie Buena, Snack Pack and Jinx.
Little Dame Shop, who is hosting, has put together a group show with DIY and visual artists like Kiki, Foxine Jay, Wendy Gracia, Allycat and many more.
Details: Saturday, Oct. 30 at 8:30 p.m. Kensington Club, 4079 Adams Ave., Kensington. $15. Tickets at the door.
Día De Los Muertos ofrendas and festivals
- You Belong Here (3619 El Cajon Blvd, City Heights). You can submit photos via Google form for inclusion, or bring them in during visiting hours. The ofrenda will be viewable from the sidewalk 24/7, with indoor hours Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., plus Monday and Tuesday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Bread and Salt (1955 Julian Ave, Logan Heights). The public can help build the altar Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with viewings Monday from 5-8 p.m. and Tuesday from 4-8 p.m.
- The Front/Casa Familiar, Blk Box Gallery and Partnership 4 Success at San Ysidro Civic Center (212 W. Park Ave., San Ysidro). Three different altars from three San Ysidro organizations and art spaces will be open Thursday and Friday, and Monday and Tuesday from 4-7 p.m.
Community Día De Los Muertos festivals:
You can also find some big neighborhood Día De Los Muertos festivals, including in City Heights on Saturday, Chula Vista on Friday, and California Center for the Arts Escondido on Saturday.
Folklórico de Los Ángeles and Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar: 'Ofrenda': The Shell will host the Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles and Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar on Sunday for a performance of traditional dances and music from across Mexico, plus contemporary and popular works like the "Coco" soundtrack and songs by Selena. Sunday at 6 p.m.