San Diego Weekend Arts Events: Photography, art, electroacoustic music, Palestininan poetry and two local-style Christmas plays
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This weekend in the arts, you can lose yourself and contemporary art electro-acoustic music and Palestinian poetry. Plus, we have a few San Diego style Christmas plays to get your seasonal festivities. Rolling. Joining me with all the details is KPBS arts editor and producer Julia Dixon Evans. Julia. Welcome.
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Hi Jane. Thanks for having me.
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So first, the San Diego museum of art recently reopened a collection of American photography. Tell us about this show.
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Yeah, this is masters of photography, the garner collection, and I saw it this last weekend. There are multiple rooms here. They're all arranged dramatically with dozens and dozens of work. So photography all from the 20th century through the present. And these are all on loan from local collectors cam and Wanda garner cam garner even has worked in the exhibition too. In some of the works that stood out to me are ones from Ansell Adams. There's Brett Western minor, white Berenice Abbott Walker, Evans, Dorothea Lange, and Flor Garduno. And this weekend SCMA, his hours are 10 to five today and Saturday, and then 12 to five on Sunday. It's really worth, uh, walking around this one. All right.
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Masters of photography, the gardener collection is on view at the San Diego museum of art. Now through February 21st on Monday, the musical organization project Blanc presents an evening of electro-acoustic music. Tell us about that.
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So electro-acoustic is a style of music where electronic and experimental devices and structures are, are used to kind of manipulate acoustic or other instruments to really transform the sound. It can be weird and it can also be really beautiful and disruptive. It kind of makes you question what music is or what it's meant to do. And project blank is finally back to live in person audiences after what's really been an impressive digital couple of seasons for them. So this will be Monday night at bread and salt, and it's just five bucks. There are performances from Pablo Dodaro, Nathan Hubbard, John jolly, and Francisco ma whose album treatise on violence came out earlier this year. And we're listening to a track on the album called time, which also features found noise and Monica Camacho on vocals
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That's Francisco and may who will perform at project blanks electro-acoustic and bread and salt Monday at seven 30. There's an evening of Palestinian letters at the San Diego central library on Monday evening. What do you know about this?
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Yeah, it's called Scheibach and it's actually a part of the rebellious miss breed program from the library, which also includes this big exhibition about the Japanese American incarceration focuses on how librarian Clara breed advocated for people during the war. And this particular show, this performance is curated by Rebecca Ramani and features Palestinian Americans reading texts from Palestinians in Gaza. So there's letters, personal narratives and poetry, including the work of Mahmoud Darwish. They'll also be music, notably Farhad, Bahrami of doorknob collective. This is free, but it is limited seating and you have to register in advance and be sure to get there early so that you can check out the full exhibition in the library gallery as well.
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And Shabaka and evening of Palestinian letters takes place Monday at 6:30 PM. Now let's shift gears to some seasonal offerings like a new Christmas musical at new village arts. Tell us about 1222 ocean front, a black family. Christmas.
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Yeah, this is San Diego playwright. Dear Hurston's brand new holiday musical. And this was the brainchild of Hurston along with Kevin Blacksburg rose and Milena sellers. Phillips Phillips is also the main character. And also she wrote the lyrics and the score is by John mark. McGaha it's already on stage with plenty of shows this weekend through December 26, that the story is about Dorothy Black that's Phillips, who is a widow and her family, Christmas Eve with her grown children, including the talented deja fields. There's lots of family traditions in some family drama. There's also a note in the program that this one has adult themes, the music, the mixture of re-imagined traditional Christmas carols, and then some new originals to here's a little taste,
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And you can see 1222 ocean front, a black family Christmas at new village arts in Carlsbad tonight at 8:00 PM, Saturday at 7:30 PM and Sunday at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM. How about the old Globes adaptation of a Christmas Carol that set right here in San Diego.
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This is Ebeneezer. Scrooge is big San Diego Christmas show it's by Gordon Greenberg and Steve Rosen. And yeah, it's literally taken the Dickens story and set it in San Diego at the turn of the 20th century. This is a comedy with music and of course the sort of absurdity of it being set right here in Balboa park and elsewhere in San Diego. But otherwise it really keeps the themes of Dickens. The costume design is by the amazing David Israel Reinoso so it promises to be a really stunning show. I don't want to say something like if you only see one, a Christmas Carol this year, but if you don't really connect to that old fashioned wintry London scene, this one's for you. And there are shows this weekend for your December 26.
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You can catch Ebeneezer. Scrooges big San Diego Christmas show at the old globe tonight at seven and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM for details on all these and more arts events and to sign up for Julia's weekly KPBS arts newsletter, go to kpbs.org/arts. I've been speaking with KPBS arts, producer and editor, Julian Dixon Evans. Julia.
Speaker 2: (06:33)
Thanks. Thank you, Jade. Have a good weekend. You too.
This weekend in the arts: "Masters of Photography" at SDMA, Mara de Luca and Lee Materazzi at Quint, Project [BLANK], "Shubbak," "1222 Oceanfront: A Black Family Christmas," and "Ebenezer Scrooge's Big San Diego Christmas Show."
'Masters of Photography: The Garner Collection'
On view through a series of rooms at San Diego Museum of Art, the "Masters of Photography" exhibition features dozens of iconic works of photography, plus lesser known works by pivotal photographers from the 20th century through the present day. These works are all on loan from local collectors Cam and Wanda Garner, and Cam even has a piece on view in the exhibition. The work is divided into three thematic sections, with standouts from Brett Weston, Minor White, Berenice Abbott, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange and Flor Garduño.
Details: On view through Feb. 21, 2022. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. SDMA, 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park. $8-20.
Mara de Luca: 'West Coast Paintings' and Lee Materzzi: 'Roughly Cut a Smooth Curved Line'
Mara de Luca is a Los Angeles-based contemporary artist, working with textures, colors and light in her paintings. This solo exhibition at Quint's main gallery features works inspired by the west coast — in fact, one minimalist sky blue and copper-plated diptych is called "La Jolla Shores." I also love "Sky Scroll," which is a somewhat sculptural work where a sheet of liquid paint appears to be looped and tucked against the canvas.
Across the street in the former Quint ONE space, Lee Materazzi's exhibition, "Roughly Cut a Smooth Curved Line" includes really powerful work, playing with shapes, vivid color and the human form. Materazzi often zooms in on nooks or creases in the body to the point that it's almost unidentifiable, blocking them out with rectangles of strong color. It's fascinating and evocative work, and exciting to see two solo shows by contemporary women artists right next to each other.
Details: Mara de Luca is on view through Jan. 8, 2022 at Quint Gallery, 7655 Girard Ave.; Lee Materazzi is on view through Dec. 11 at Quint's 7722 Girard space, both in La Jolla. Gallery hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free.
Project [BLANK]: Electroacoustic Night
Performance and experimental music organization Project [BLANK] is finally back to live, in-person audiences after an impressive virtual detour during the pandemic — including their noteworthy production of Sarah Hennies' "Contralto." They're returning to Bread and Salt this Monday for a series of electroacoustic music performances, taking electronic and experimental devices and using those objects to manipulate acoustic or traditional instruments or other found sound objects. The music is sometimes strange, but also beautiful, disruptive and calls into question what music can do. Featuring performances from Pablo Dodero, Nathan Hubbard, Jon Jolly, Francisco Eme and DJ Joe Cantrell.
Details: Monday, Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m. Bread and Salt, 1955 Julian Ave., Logan Heights. $5.
More music: Vinyl Junkies Record Shack celebrates their 4th anniversary, and the special Black Friday Record Store Day with two days of special releases and constant guest DJs, Friday and Saturday. It kicks off Friday at 9 a.m. You can catch DJ Pokkey, Jake Najor, Carrie Feller, Rob Crow and more on Friday; Justin Pearson, Vaughn Avakian, Ana Brown plus live performances from Low Volts and mystery "super" guests. Check the schedule here. 2235 Fern St., South Park.
'Shubbak: An Evening of Palestinian Letters'
This is a special performance that's part of the Rebellious Miss Breed exhibition and program currently underway at the San Diego Central Library. Librarian Clara Breed advocated for incarcerated Japanese Americans during World War II. The program not only explores Breed's role and work but also larger, connected themes. This particular project is curated by Rebecca Romani, and features local Palestinian Americans reading texts from Palestinians in Gaza — letters, personal narratives and poetry, including the work of noted poet Mahmoud Darwish. This is in person, at the library's Shiley special events suite, and will also feature music from Farhad Bahrami or Dornob. It's a free event, but seating is limited so register in advance.
Details: Monday, Nov. 29 at 6:30 p.m. San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., Downtown. Free/RSVP required.
'1222 Oceanfront: A Black Family Christmas'
San Diego playwright Dea Hurston worked with the creative team of Frankie Alicea-Ford, Kevin "Blax" Burroughs and Milena (Sellers) Phillips to devise her brand new holiday musical. Phillips also wrote the lyrics, to a score by John-Mark McGaha. The story is about Dorothy Black — played by Phillips — who is a widow, hosting her grown children (including the talented Deja Fields) for a family Christmas Eve. There's plenty of family traditions and even more family drama — and a note in the show program: this one has adult themes. The music is a mix of reimagined traditional carols as well as some new originals.
Details: On stage through Dec. 26. Shows this weekend are Friday at 8 p.m. Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. New Village Arts, 2787 State St., Carlsbad. $27-59.
'Ebenezer Scrooge's Big San Diego Christmas Show'
Conceived originally on the east coast, writers Gordon Greenberg and Steve Rosen worked with The Old Globe to adapt this play for San Diego, literally. It takes Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" characters and narratives, and sets them all in turn of the 20th century San Diego. This is a comedy with music, and of course a hefty dose of absurdity based on the setting alone. Plus, the costume design is by the talented David Israel Reynoso, so this promises to be a really visually stunning production.
I don't want to say something like "If you only see one 'A Christmas Carol,' make it this," but… if you're not one to connect to those traditional wintry London scenes, then this one's for you.
Details: On stage through Dec. 26. Shows this weekend are Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
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