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San Diego Weekend Arts Events: Shakespeare goes outdoors, Saki, MartyO, 'A Sonic Youth,' Belladon and community ofrendas

MartyO's "She Gazed at the Carousel with Rose-Colored Glasses" is on view beginning Oct. 30, 2021 at Oceanside Museum of Art.
Courtesy of the artist / OMA
MartyO's "She Gazed at the Carousel with Rose-Colored Glasses" is on view beginning Oct. 30, 2021 at Oceanside Museum of Art.

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'

Visual art

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.

Bach Collegium musicians use early and modern instruments to perform in an undated photo.
Courtesy of Bach Collegium
Bach Collegium musicians use early and modern instruments to perform in an undated photo.

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

Music, Art

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."

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.

You Belong Here ofrenda from 2020
Courtesy of You Belong Here
An ofrenda is installed at You Belong Here in City Heights in 2020.

Día De Los Muertos ofrendas and festivals

Community ofrendas:

  • 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.

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.

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