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San Diego Weekend Arts Events: Sasha Koozel Reibstein, 'The Snowy Day,' 'Herd Immunity,' Shane Hall with Ash Easton and SDIFF short films

Sasha Koozel Reibstein
Sasha Koozel Reibstein's "Sacral Schism, 2021" is made from ceramic and 22k gold (12 x 8 x 8 in) and is on view at Quint Gallery through March 5, 2022.

This weekend in the arts: Sasha Koozel Reibstein at Quint, Junior Theatre and Animal Cracker Conspiracy's spin on Ezra Jack Keats, "Herd Immunity" at SIP Gallery, the San Diego International Film Festival's virtual shorts program and Shane Hall's Casbah residency.

Sasha Koozel Reibstein: 'Are You Okay in the Dark?'

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San Diego sculptor Sasha Koozel Reibstein is known for her fantastically shaped pieces, somewhere between otherworldly, alien and deep sea flora. Her signature use of drip forms manifests in pearlescent or shiny metallic blobs growing like lifeforms from the nooks and crannies of sculptures — her work has a sense of being suspended in time, and could somehow keep growing/oozing. In this exhibition at Quint's 7722 Girard gallery (formerly Quint ONE), Koozel Reibstein will show a series of new pieces.

Across the street in the main gallery (7765 Girard), a collection of works on paper by Manny Farber is already on view, plus, in the tiny The Museum Of____ in the back, you'll find an exhibition of wall-hung Kanthas, or textiles from Nirmala Seshadri-Jagannath's Amba Gallery.

Details: Saturday, Jan. 22 through March 5. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., but the Koozel Reibstein will be at the space from 1-4 p.m. Quint Gallery, 7722 Girard, La Jolla. Free.

'The Snowy Day And Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats'



San Diego Junior Theatre has partnered with Animal Cracker Conspiracy's Iain Gunn and Bridget Rountree to bring shadow puppets and a puppet dog to this production of Ezra Jack Keats' beloved stories. Gunn and Rountree's work is gorgeous, and with director Kandace Crystal at the helm, this promises to be a special play. JT limited the run of this production to be more mindful of COVID, so your only chance is to catch it this weekend.

Audiences will be grouped in pods, with seat placement assigned in order of ticket sales.

Details: Friday Jan. 21 at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Casa Del Prado Theatre, 1650 El Prado #208, Balboa Park. $16-18.

'Herd Immunity'

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Collage of artworks for "Herd Immunity" featuring the work of Claudia Cano, Neil Kendricks, Michael Sitaras and Perry Vasquez.

SIP Art Studio & Gallery in San Marcos is relatively new on the scene, and the latest exhibition is a group show curated by Hugh M. Davies, the long-time CEO and director of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (1983-2017). Davies has enlisted the work of Claudia Cano, Perry Vasquez, Neil Kendricks and Michael Sitaras for this exhibition, and though there is no particular theme to the works, he's calling the show "Herd Immunity" more as a nod to our collective experience right now.

I particularly love Claudia Cano's vivid pop art and disruptive conceptual or performance pieces, and Perry Vasquez was one of the 2021 recipients of the San Diego Art Prize. Two exhibitions of Vasquez's work recently closed (as in: barely a week ago). Neil Kendricks currently has illustration, short story and video work on view at Oceanside Museum of Art, and his work is evocative and intricate — especially the works that are sketched in the pages of other books. Painter Michael Sitaras will be showing a series of abstract dog paintings (!) inspired by artists, historical figures, celebrities, or even global warming.

An opening reception takes place Saturday, Jan. 22 from 4-7 p.m., with wine and waffles.

Details: On view Saturday, Jan. 22 through Mar. 5, 2022. Opening reception Saturday from 4-7 p.m., or viewable by appointment (858-336-6678). SIP Art Studio + Gallery, 215 S. Pacific St. #104, San Marcos. Free.

Visual art closing soon: 'El Devenir / Becoming' is closing this weekend at The Front Arte & Cultura in San Ysidro. Gallery hours this week are daily through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 147 W. San Ysidro Blvd., San Ysidro. Free.

Marcos Ramírez ERRE's work at The Front's 15th anniversary exhibition
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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. 22, 2022.
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Poster for the short film "Frank & Emmet," which is part of the San Diego International Film Festival's January virtual screening, Jan. 20-21, 2022.

San Diego International Film Festival January Channel Screening: Shorts

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I have a soft spot for short films, and I also have a soft spot for outsider and underdog stories. This month, the San Diego International Film Festival Channel's program features both: 5 short films dealing with loss, grief, and life on the edges. There's "Frank & Emmet," about a puppet and his puppeteer, "His Name Was Gerry," about a child grieving his friend, "Moon," about an ex-con cook on the brunch beat, "Denzel," about an alter ego, and "Break Any Spell," about a girl turning to LARP to cope with her mother's Alzheimer's.

You can screen the films on-demand beginning at 12:01 Thursday through end of day/midnight Friday. A Q&A with the filmmakers follows the screening.

Details: Thursday, Jan. 20 through Friday, Jan. 21, 2022. Virtual. $12.99 for an individual ticket, or $9.99 for a monthly membership.

Shane Hall and Ash Easton at the Casbah


Shane Hall continues his Monday night residency at the Casbah, sharing the stage with Ash Easton (also known as Hllndr). It's a three-week long local soul program, also part of the Casbah's anniversary celebration. Shane Hall opens the show, followed by Easton.

Hall's latest EP, "Slow" just came out earlier this month, and we featured one track in our '5 songs' feature in December.

Hllndr's latest EP, "From the Ashes" came out in 2020.

Details: Monday, Jan. 24 at 8:30 p.m. Casbah, 2501 Kettner Blvd., midtown. $8.

Be sure to check with event organizers for updates before heading out. For more arts events, or to submit your own, go to the KPBS/Arts calendar, and be sure to sign up for the weekly KPBS/Arts newsletter here.