San Diego Weekend Arts Events: Sasha Koozel Reibstein, 'The Snowy Day,' 'Herd Immunity,' Shane Hall with Ash Easton and SDIFF short films
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In our weekend arts preview, we'll take you to sculptures that are like other worldly portals, a theatrical and puppetry take on the snowy streets of Ezra Jack ke stories. Plus a Monday night soul. Joining me with details as K PBS arts editor and producer Julia Dixon Evans. Julia. Welcome. Hi
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Jay. Thanks for having me. So Quint
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Gallery in LA Jolla has some new work on view for an acclaimed local sculptor. What can we expect?
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Right. So Quinn smaller gallery Gerard. There are two. They are just about to open an exhibition of new sculptures by San Diego based artist, Sasha Koel Stein and her work is instantly recognizable. I love the way she makes these sort of portals. Um, she fashions sculptures into something that looks otherworldly or alien, or maybe it's from the bottom of the ocean. And she uses a drip form method that make parts of her work look alive, or at least like it's suspended in time. Like someone just press pause on it and any, it, it could start moving again. And a lot of these drip forms are gold or pearlescent. So it's just really striking against the rest of the sculpture, which sometimes looks like lava rock. That's all at their seven, seven to two Gerard space, formally known as Quint one. And Ripstein will be there from one to four on Saturday afternoon.
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And there's some other interesting works on display at QUT. What can we
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Find there? Yeah. So at the main space kind of across the street, they recently opened a show of works on paper by Manny Farber. And these are pieces he made in the period between 1968 and 1980, which is before he moved to Southern California. And it's kind of a distinct period in his style. He cut these large shapes, huge shapes, and then worked layers and layers into it, pouring paint from above even so while these are technically works on paper, and that's also the title of the exhibition, they seem so much more sculptural than that. And also in the back of Quint's main gallery in the tiny, the museum of space, they're showing a series of traditional Kaha textiles
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And Quint is hosting an open house style reception Saturday afternoon, but their gallery hours are 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Tuesday through Saturday. Now for some theater, uh, youth theater. In fact, what stood out to you about junior theater's production of Ezra, Jack Kee stories.
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First these stories for sure, the snowy day is such an iconic children's book about a boy rediscovering his neighborhood after a snowfall, it won the KACO medal in the, the sixties and the setting was modeled after the diverse tenement neighborhood of Keith's own childhood and this junior theater production, which is directed by Candace crystal. They've paired up with pepper tree artists, Bridget Roundtree, and Ian gun from animal cracker conspiracy. And they've been working together with the casting crew to create these shadow puppets and projections, as well as a handcrafted puppet dog. And this production run is just this weekend. So that's tonight at seven and, and then two o'clock shows Saturday and Sunday, they shortened the run to reduce COVID risk. And they're also going to be seating audience members in family pods.
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That's San Diego, junior theater's production of the snowy day and other stories by Ezra, Jack Keats on stage this weekend only more visual art. This one in the north county sip art studio and gallery in San Marcos is opening a group exhibition tomorrow. Tell us about herd immunity.
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Yeah, this one's curated by Hugh M Davies, who was the longtime director of museum of contemporary art San Diego from the early eighties until about five years ago. And he is enlist. Did the work of Claudia Cano, Perry Vasquez, Neil Kendricks, and Michael Satara for this exhibition. And there's no theme connecting the work, which is kind of refreshing. And so he picked the term herd immunity just to mark this exhibition's particular place in time. And these artists are all great. And you unique Claudia cans known for her vivid pop art collage pieces or her more disruptive performance pieces to Perry Vasquez was one of the San Diego art prize recipients. And he is recently been working through a massive Palm tree painting phase, but he's also known for really intricate character driven and illustrations and Neil Kendricks, who currently has an exhibition on view at Oceanside museum of art.
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That one is illustration and sketches set to original short stories. He also makes use of found canvases. So think like the pages of books that he draws directly on. And I think he'll be showing some of those works at sip. And finally there's painter Michael Satara who will show a series of abstract dog paintings kind of in the pop style. And each one is inspired by celebrities or historical figures or even just concepts. And there will be an opening reception Saturday from four to seven o'clock and they'll have refreshments. And then after that, it will be viewable by appointment. That's
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Her immunity on view until March 5th at sip gallery in San Marcos. Finally, some Monday night music to ease back into the work week, blues soul and Americana singer. Shane hall continues his Monday night, right at the Kaba what's on, uh, this Monday.
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Yeah. So this is not only a three week showcase for local soul music, but it's also part of the Kaba 33rd anniversary. And for each of Shane Hall's nights, he's been there every Monday. He will be sharing this stage with another singer. This week is Ash Easton or Hollander. And she put out an EP in 2020, which is really fantastic. And then Shane hall who will be performing first, by the way, he just released his new EP a few weeks ago called slow. I featured a single from this in December on our five songs to here in San Diego series. And that one was called life up, such a genre bending track for him. And now that the album is out, I've been really loving the opening track. It's not even two minutes long, but is really captivating. And this one is also called slow. I will leave you with that.
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Feel. Every kid straight through touch push is soul
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That Shane hall, all who perform at the Kaba Monday night, you can find details on these and more events or sign up for Julia's weekly arts email@example.com slash arts, as always be sure to check with organizers for last minute cancellations before heading out. I've been speaking with KPBS arts editor and producer Julia Dixon Evans. Julia, thanks.
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Thanks for having me Jade for.
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?'
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.
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.
San Diego International Film Festival January Channel Screening: Shorts
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.
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