San Diego Weekend Arts Events: Memories, Counterpoints, Boundaries and Chekhov
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In the arts this weekend, we have classical music on a boat, a tap, dancing, and piano collaboration, a new play, and plenty of visual art. Joining me with all the details is KPBS arts, producer and editor, Julia Dixon Evans. Julia. Welcome.
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Hi Jade. Thanks for having me tonight at
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The LA Jolla music society, a worldly now tap dancer and piano duo will grace. This stage performing an impressive repertoire of compositions. Tell us about Conrad TA and Caleb
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Tyr. Hey, this is tap dancer, Caleb Tyr, who is absolutely mesmerizing to watch. And then his frequent piano player, collaborator, Conrad TA. They routinely do performances together. I've I've watched a few and sometimes it feels like the dance is informing the music more than the other way around. And they recently had a performance video collected in the library of Congress. It's a performance set to a solo piano arrangement of Gershwin's Rapsody Lou, and even just listening. You can hear how, how the floor and the tap dancing becomes part of the music team. And they're performing at the music society's baker bound concert hall, and they'll do a set that starts with Bach some original compositions, some jazz avant garde music and the Gerwin as well.
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Conrad TA and Caleb Tyr will perform counterpoint tonight at 8:00 PM for a new art exhibition at city college's city gallery for artists were chosen because of how drawing has a role in their work though, the results aren't always drawing. Tell us about this one, right?
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This is a group of four regional artists. There is Tatiana Ortiz, Rubio, who she works in large scale murals most of the time, but a lot of her works use charcoal. So there's definitely a sketch element there. Another artist is Dakota new who has these life size foam core cutouts. Some of them are, are wearable that he tapes to his body, but most of them in this exhibition are arranged as standing paper, doll type sculptures in a sort of play scape inside their room. And the drawings on these are pre do fantastical and kind of grotesque to there's Vicki Walsh, who has this sort of layered portraiture using oil paint, but in transparent layers to make this realistic skin effect. And her works are beyond realistic. It's like taking a close up to the extreme and exaggerating the flaws or even making a face larger than life. And finally, Catherine MOWA, she is known for her large scale black and white botanical or tree drawings. So yeah, all of these works start with are somehow informed by drawing, but the exhibition has painting sculpture and mural as well.
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Selected drawings opens on Saturday and runs through March 1st in the theater, a new play opens at Cignet called life sucks. It's a retelling of a play by checkoff. Tell us about this one. Yeah, this is
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A play by playwright, Aaron poner and it's a retelling of two checkoffs uncle Vaya from 1898. Aaron poner kind of made a career out of adapting. Classic works into these absurd contemporary takes, including an adaptation of checkoffs, the Seagul. I can't say the full title on the radio, but it was stupid blank bird and Cigna produced that one to you in 2016, but in life sucks, it's basically a really dysfunctional dinner party with a complicated gathering of ex friends, former lovers, current lovers, long lost in-laws and more. And plus there's a dash of murder mystery. Mm.
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Life sucks. Just open ATS Cignet theater, and it will run through FA February 27th. The Houseman quartet returns to the Berkeley ship at the maritime museum on Sunday for a concert. Tell us about this performance. Yeah,
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This is part of their Heden voyages series, where they're making their way through all of Heden string quartet compositions, and for these concerts, which are quarterly. They also pair those with other composers. So people who were writing quartets around the same time as Heden, but also contemporary composers. And for Sundays selections, they have picked French romantic composer, Jermaine Thai fair, and a composition. She wrote in 1919, and then in composition by contemporary multidisciplinary artist, Leila OU she is an Avan classical and electro pop performer and composer. And they're gonna play her piece if the stars align, which is stunningly gorgeous,
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The Haman cortets Hiden voyages stars align takes place Sunday at 2:30 PM at the maritime museum fondly a new exhibition at the LA Jolla historical society, invited artists to come in and explore their archives, then make new works art with that. Uh, tell us about memory choices, artists transform the
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Archive. This one is all put together by curator Elizabeth wreckage, who also runs herein, which is a new local visual arts journal. And she invited seven artists to Rumage through the LA JOA historical society's archives. And they each made new works inspired by what they found and it's alled to be a study of memory and history, and also a way of making those things history. Collective. I have seen glimpses of a few of the pieces so far. They're incredible. Janelle ILAs has built a wood frame structure. It's adorned with tangled branches and Palm Frans. Joshua Marino has, has made a series of powerful sketches. Alice Weiss is working with this massive found banner about a daily Matia. There's gonna be a mixture of disciplines and also scopes there's sculptures, there's smaller wall pieces, and some people are working directly with the archival content and some of them are more conceptual
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Memory traces opens this weekend with gallery hours on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4:00 PM. It's on view through may a 15th, you can find details on these and more arts events or sign up for Julia's weekly KPBS arts firstname.lastname@example.org slash arts as always check with event organizers for last minute changes or important COVID protocols. I've been speaking with KPBS arts editor and producer Julia Dixon Evans. Leah. Thanks.
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Thanks so much Jade.
This weekend in the arts: "Memory Traces" at the La Jolla Historical Society, tap dance and piano at La Jolla Music Society, Evan Lopez at Mortis Studio, the Hausmann Quartet, "Selected Drawings" at City Gallery and "Life Sucks" at Cygnet Theatre.
'Counterpoint': Conrad Tao and Caleb Teicher
Tap dancer Caleb Teicher and collaborator, pianist Conrad Tao, will grace the La Jolla Music Society's Baker-Baum Concert Hall stage on Friday with a program that traverses through a range of composers: from Bach to Tao and Teicher themselves, to Art Tatum, Gershwin, Ravel and more, then back to Bach.
Each performer would put on a pretty great show solo, but together their creative partnership is undeniable. I recently spent some time watching the filmed performance of Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" that's housed in the Library of Congress, and the interplay between tap and piano almost seems to suggest the piece was written for this setting.
Details: Friday, Feb. 4, 2022 at 8 p.m. with a special prelude at 7 p.m. Baker-Baum Concert Hall, 7600 Fay Ave., La Jolla. $36-$80.
'Memory Traces: Artists Transform the Archive'
In this new exhibition, curated by Elizabeth Rooklidge, artists were inspired by pieces in the La Jolla Historical Society's archives and collection. The seven artists are Allison Wiese, Chantal Wnuk, Janelle Iglesias, Joe Yorty, Joshua Moreno, Robert Andrade and Shirin Towfiq — who work in a variety of disciplines.
I love the idea of re-visioning works from the past, and in the process studying memory and history.
What I've seen of the pieces so far are incredible: Janelle Iglesias' wood frame sculpture with tangled palm fronds, Allison Wiese's massive banner, powerful sketches by Joshua Moreno, to name just a few from this fascinating list of artists, each making unique work.
Details: On view Feb. 5 through May 15, 2022. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. La Jolla Historical Society, 7846 Eads Ave., La Jolla. Free.
More visual art, memories and history: The San Diego History Center is marking Black History Month by revisiting their "Celebrating San Diego Black History and Heritage" exhibition and local Black history timeline both in-person and virtually. This week, KPBS Midday Edition interviewed Shelby Gordon of the San Diego History Center about the exhibition, and you can listen to the interview here, and check out their virtual exhibition here.
Hausmann Quartet's 'Haydn Voyages: Stars Align'
The Hausmann Quartet returns to the Berkeley ship at the Maritime Museum this Sunday afternoon. As is always the case with their "Haydn Voyages" series, they'll perform several of Joseph Haydn's string quartets alongside other works by modern composers or Haydn's contemporaries. It's their way of not just methodically going through Haydn's entire catalogue of string quartets like it's a to-do list (but yes, that too), but of studying the musical genre with one of its particularly prolific composers as a critical starting point.
This quarter's concert pairs Haydn with French Romantic composer Germaine Tallefaire's lovely "String Quartet (1919)" and contemporary multidisciplinary avant-classical and electropop performer, songwriter and composer Leila Adu's "if the stars align…" Adu's work is gorgeous and enchanting, with unsettling microtone harmonies, and a whimsy that's as refined and purely classical feeling as it is worldly and modern.
Musicologist Derek Katz from UC Santa Barbara will discuss the selections throughout the show.
Details: Sunday, Feb. 6 at 2:30 p.m. Maritime Museum, 1492 North Harbor Dr., downtown. $10-$60.
Evan Lopez: Blurring Boundaries
Visual art, Outdoors
A new window exhibition is up at Mortis Studio, replacing Denja Harris' textile works. Sculptor Evan Lopez has installed two clay sculptures in the front windows on 25th St., both playing with the idea of form and function and boundaries. Lopez's use of materials and textures is intentional and evocative. One of the two pieces has a clay base, evoking maybe a tree or a sort of foot, draped in blood-red, transparent plexiglass. Another is almost cellular, some sort of otherworldly, microscopic organism with holes punched through curved cylindrical clay.
The works are viewable from the sidewalk in a lit window display 24 hours a day.
Details: On view through Mar. 6, 2022. Mortis Studio, 1028 25th St., Golden Hill. Free.
City College's City Gallery reopens with a group exhibition, featuring new works by four regional artists: Dakota Noot, Tatiana Ortiz-Rubio, Catherine Ruane and Vicki Walsh. Even though the final medium of these artists is different — whether painting, sculpture, mural, large format works, etc — their artistic process begins with (and sometimes ends with) drawing.
I love Dakota Noot's grotesque paper sculptures, whether foam-core and standalone or intended to be taped to his own body like a fantastical paper doll outfit. Catherine Ruane is known for her large-scale, black and white botanical or tree drawings. Vicki Walsh's portraiture is made with oil paint, but in transparent layers to replicate skin. Her works are beyond realistic — taking a close-up to an extreme or making a face far larger than life — with exaggerated flaws. Tatiana Ortiz-Rubio has installed a massive cloud mural made from charcoal, which draws into focus the intersection of the past and present. You can read more about Ortiz-Rubio's work here.
Details: On view Feb. 1 through Mar. 1, 2022, with an opening reception Saturday, Feb. 5 from 5-7 p.m. Parking is free in the staff lot on C St. and 14th St during the reception. Otherwise, gallery hours are Tuesday through Thursday from noon to 4 p.m. and by appointment. City College Arts and Humanities Bldg. AH314, 1508 C St., downtown. Free.
More visual art: Check out "5 works of art to see in San Diego in February" for more works on view this month.
Cygnet Theatre kicks off 2022 with a production of Aaron Posner's "Life Sucks," which is a retelling of Anton Chekhov's 1898 play "Uncle Vanya." The setting is a gathering of friends, hopeful lovers, ex-lovers, former in-laws, and other questionable company, all culminating in a murder mystery-style tension. This production is directed by Rob Lufty and starring Beatrice Basso, Frank DiPalermo, Savanna Padilla and more.
Details: Feb. 3 through Feb. 26, 2022. This weekend's performances are Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m. Cygnet Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town. $20-$49.
More theater: I've spotlighted five plays (including "Life Sucks") opening this month in San Diego, and you can read the roundup here.