San Diego weekend arts events: Chicano Park Day, Anne Mudge and the Bard's 459th birthday
S1: Welcome back to Midday Edition. I'm Jade Hindman for our weekend art preview. We have all the details on Chicano Park Day , Shakespeare's 459th birthday. And we'll also take a closer look at a few concerts going on this weekend. Joining me to walk us through it all is KPBS arts producer and editor Julia Dixon Evans. Julia , welcome. Hi , Jade.
S2: Thanks for having me.
S1: Chicano Park's been around 53 years. There's an upcoming celebration.
S2: But this is actually their first in-person event since since before the pandemic. So it's been years since everybody's gotten together at Chicano Park to celebrate this. And it kind of centers around at noon , there's a flag raising ceremony. Everything all stops at the festival because this is a symbol of of kind of the passing on of the park and the activism to those younger generations , because the raising of a flag was one of the very first thing those activists did in the 1970s. They had occupied this land to stop construction equipment. And after 12 days of this , the city agreed to buy the area , buy the land and designated as a park. And then , of course , all of those murals began on the freeway pillars. And so this Chicano Park Day is really a celebration of that history and this ongoing activism that's ongoing community. The theme this year is kindling the new fire for their 53rd year. There's going to be three stages dozens of musicians and DJs , poetry readings , traditional dancers and speakers as well. You'll find Aztec , indigenous dance , cumbia , Latin jazz , rock , hip hop , Folklorico and Bill Caballero. DJ Betty Bangs , Latin alternative R&B duo Ruby Clouds is also playing. This is Their Eyes of Love song we're playing right now. Everything.
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S2: And along with the music and all of the performances , there's going to be hundreds of lowriders and classic cars and a car show , and it'll also be the first time they've had a Chicano Park Day event. While the Chicano Park Museum and Cultural Center has been open. So you have to get tickets to go in the museum. Adults are $10 and youth 18 and under are free , but otherwise the main event is is totally free. And it all starts at 950 in the morning with an opening blessing at the kiosk , which is that red and green painted stage and gazebo and the whole thing runs until 5 p.m..
S1: And I know a lot of work went into to putting that museum together. Sounds like a great event and something everyone can look forward to. It's also Shakespeare's birthday , and the Old Globe always has a big party.
S2: It's a free event. It's one of their access community arts engagement programs. They have cupcakes for everyone and a birthday sing along. There'll be tons of fun stuff you can join in on , like a Renaissance dance workshop. You can watch a fight choreography , demonstration. In the past , they've done sword fighting and there'll be a little workshop with some of their fight experts. And that's all outside of the the the Old Globe.
S2: They're doing a puppet show with a telenovela version of a of a 12th night scene. Last year , the puppeteers did a kind of wrestling match version of a of a War of the Roses scene. So I'm looking forward to seeing this. And the cast of the 19th. We'll do some sonnets. The 19th is currently on stage and it is closing soon. And they'll also have other monologues and scenes from Shakespeare's plays.
S1: All right. Sounds like a lot to enjoy. Also , here's something that combines visual art and plants. Britton New backers , new exhibit at the Cal State University San Marcos Library.
S2: She often works with preserved moss and plants , a lot of ferns , and she sometimes even uses this powder moss that she glues in place. And she did the rotunda design that was at Art Alive at San Diego Museum of Art a year ago. So in 2022. And the way she works is she makes these sculptures , they're huge and they're kind of coated with moss , almost like paintings , and they have these geometrical patterns in them. It's really incredible to look at. One of the sculptures in this show is is like a toppling stack of of spheres , these circles that are covered in mosses of all different colors of greens and with with these patterns around them. And it's huge. This is this will be taller than you are. And this is all in the CSU San Marcos Kellogg Library. It's on the third floor and it's open whenever the library is open. So that's kind of cool On a college campus. That means it's open really late weekdays and Sunday it's open until midnight. But the hours will change after after the semester ends in May , but it's on view through July.
S1: It sounds like it's definitely something to see. Another exhibition that's opening this weekend is an Mudge at Quint Gallery.
S2: She's been around a long time and this is an exhibition of work that's really representative of the stuff she does so well. This is called Wire and Beads. It's a hint to what you'll see. Wire and lots of beads. These are these really delicate hanging , almost like a mobile. They seem really weightless and they're made of made of fine wire , twisted and bent into shapes with with bead accents. And they almost kind of they're like bouncy and floaty. You can you can walk around them and underneath them and they've completely filled the space at Quint Gallery.
S2: She works with Wire and she'll kind of fold and twist this wire into these shapes , sometimes adding those beads. And she works a lot with tension and gravity and symmetry and like how something will hang. So that's she doesn't necessarily follow any intentional pattern as she twists the wire. She works intuitively. But what you can see in this show , there's like a sense that these are kind of like plant systems or fungal networks. So there's something very botanical about it.
S1: That sounds very interesting. And when you say she works with tension and gravity and symmetry , it really sounds like she also works kind of as an architect as well as an artist.
S2: And I love the idea of thinking about these sculptures as architecture. That's a really a really great insight into into these pieces because it , it also really does fill the space. I love that. Yeah.
S1: Yeah. So much talent goes into it.
S2: It's open and free for their gallery hours from 11 to 5 , Wednesday through Saturday. And then they're doing a reception this weekend with artists on Saturday from 6 to 8.
S1: And the San Diego made factory is hosting a spring market at the Julep event space near downtown in Little Italy. You know , I always love a good market.
S2: And this is always just a nice way of checking in on makers and creative people in San Diego. There's 85 total vendors , artists , florists , makers , and they have an admission fee. It's $6 if you get tickets in advance or $7 the day of. But kids are free. They're also having live music throughout the day. As stand up for me is indie folk singer songwriter Allie Rowell. She's performing at 230 and has a new EP coming out this year. And I actually she's on my radar because NPR sent us sent KPBS , a list of all of the local submissions to the recent Tiny Desk contest , and she was one of them. And I clicked on the link and listen to it like five times. It is so beautiful. This is her song , Projector Screen.
UU: Work and Show Brand.
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S1: And that leads me to my next question.
S2: We'll start at the Casbah on Saturday night. We the Karma's is an R&B group based in North County , and they get millions of views on their YouTube videos. They have kind of this surfy R&B vibe. This is their latest single. It's called Keep Going. And it's definitely on the beachy end of their range.
UU: No , I'm going slow. Eliza Very nice and solid clothes. And they don't even care about me. And it shows , but I pick myself up.
S1: Very nice.
S2: LA based indie pop act Gloom is playing. She calls herself a reformed child star and also a Walmart. Marilyn Monroe and her latest album , Main Character , is such a great listen. There's appearances from Sean Lennon and Rufus Wainwright on that. But also playing that night is twin ritual. They're a local band with Laura Levin , Hagen of Le Chateau on vocals , and Anthony Ramirez from Glass Spells. This band formed in 2016. But this show is their album release , and it's going to be exciting to hear new work from them. They've been putting out work steadily , but it has been a while , and this is their latest single , Wicked Little Town.
UU: I've been trying to make it in a world you don't even see how. Don't you know how much that hurts ? We've missed you. Stop saying. It's no big deal. Is my life. Need you to know that it's real.
S1: And if you're looking for something more classical , the San Diego Symphony is performing at the Shell this weekend.
S2: He's joining as a soloist on piano. And Debussy is like , when I think of Debussy , I think of piano partly because of Clair de Lune , but he is a magician with the piano. And the orchestra will also be doing Mahler's Fourth Symphony. And of course , Raphael will be conducting. These are both shows at the Shell , 730 on Friday and Saturday nights.
S1: And finally some Britpop San Diego gay men's course style. Tell us about that. Great.
S2: Great. So they're doing two shows at the theater Saturday at 8:00 , which will be ASL interpreted and Sunday at three. So this is going to be such a fun show. I've listened to a few clips on their Instagram of some of these pieces. They're going to be doing some modern Britpop as well as some of the classics. So things like Adele , Sam Smith , Coldplay , but of course , Bowie and Queen and Elton John and the Beatles. It's going to be a lot of fun.
S1: And you can find details on all these and more or sign up for Julia's weekly arts newsletter at pbs.org. Slash Arts. I've been speaking with KPBS arts producer and editor Julia Dixon Evans. Julia , thanks.
S2: Thank you , Jade. Have a good weekend.
S4: You too.
Anne Mudge: 'Wire and Beads'
Fallbrook-based artist Anne Mudge just fully adorned the inside of Quint Gallery with her seemingly weightless, suspended wire and bead sculptures. Mudge works intuitively when creating these sculptures, using gravity, balance and symmetry to guide the next move as she twists, sculpts and adds beading. Coexisting with this physical architecture is something unexpectedly biological. It's a wonder to walk beneath and amongst these pieces — and don't miss the intricate shadows on the walls.
Details: On view through May 27. Opening reception: 6-8 p.m. Saturday, April. 22. Quint Gallery, 7655 Girard Ave., La Jolla. Free.
53rd Chicano Park Day
Heritage, Art, Music, Dance
The first in-person Chicano Park Day since before the pandemic takes place on Saturday, celebrating the history of Chicano Park as a place of activism, community and art. Beginning with a blessing at the "kiosco" at 9:50 a.m., the event runs through 5 p.m. and is free.
Three stages will feature speakers and performances of music, poetry, ballet folklorico, traditional Aztec dance, DJs and more, including Bill Caballero, DJ Betty Bangs and Latin alternative duo Ruby Clouds — plus dozens more. Low riders, food and drinks will also be at the park.
The flag raising ceremony happens at noon. In 1970, when activists occupied the park for 12 days to protest construction on land that had been promised as a park, a flag raising was one of the first things the activists did to claim the space.
The new Chicano Park Museum will be open — their first year open during a Chicano Park Day celebration — though admission is separate: $10 for adults, free for youth 18 and under. Museum tickets are available to buy in advance (a good idea; they may sell out).
Details: 9:50 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Apr. 22. Chicano Park, Logan Ave and Cesar E. Chavez Pkwy, Barrio Logan. Free.
'Happy Birthday Mr. Shakespeare'
Theater, Music, Dance, Puppetry, Family, Outdoors
Cupcakes, sonnets, sword fighting and … telenovelas: that's right, The Old Globe is celebrating Shakespeare's birthday.
Each year, AXIS, the Globe's arts engagement community program presents a free, outdoor party for the Bard. Catch a puppet show featuring a telenovela-inspired rendering of a "Twelfth Night" scene, sonnet performances from the cast of "The XIXth" (it's their closing weekend), fight choreography demonstrations and a workshop, a Renaissance dance workshop — and cake.
Details: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Apr. 22. The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park. Free.
San Diego Symphony: Jean-Yves Thibaudet Plays Debussy
Rafael Payare brings the San Diego Symphony back to the Rady Shell this weekend for two concerts, Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 4, and a set of lush and harmonious works by Claude Debussy.
Pianist Jean-Yvez Thibaudet will join the Symphony for "Fantaisie for Piano and Orchestra." The other Debussy work, "Prélude à “L'après-midi d'un faune (Afternoon of a Faun)" is a beautiful piece and is said to have been the composition that cemented Debussy's status as a world-class composer.
Details: 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Apr. 21 and Saturday, Apr. 22. The Rady Shell, 222 Marina Park Way, downtown. $25+.
Britton Neubacher: 'Emergence'
Britton Neubacher was the 2022 Art Alive rotunda designer at the San Diego Museum of Art, showcasing a moss-covered pyramid at the heart of the floral festival last year.
She has a new solo exhibition installed in the CSU San Marcos Kellogg Library, in the 3rd floor gallery. "Emergence" includes a series of Neubacher's intricate botanical sculptures, playing with geometry and natural materials like preserved moss and ferns. My favorite, "Song of Increase," is a huge stack of five toppling spheres, each in increasing size, stacked on top of each other, made (of course) of moss. You can view the exhibit during library hours. It's open until midnight Sunday through Thursday, and while the hours will be reduced after the CSUSM semester ends in May, the exhibit will be on view through July. You can also take a peek at the pieces in the online exhibit portal here.
Details: On view through July 31. Kellogg Library at CSUSM, 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd., San Marcos. Free.
San Diego Made Spring Market | Aly Rowell
Makers, Visual art, Food, Music
San Diego Made is hosting their springtime "shopping event" featuring more than 85 makers, artists, designers, florists and other vendors. There's an admission fee of $6 presale, $7 on-site for adults (kids are free), but there's also live entertainment, including a set from indie-folk songwriter Aly Rowell.
NPR recently sent along a list of any Tiny Desk Contest entries from our KPBS coverage area, and I've been making my way through the (impressively long) list. As soon as I finished watching Aly Rowell's "Projector Screen," I started it over again. She'll play a set at the Spring Market at 2:30 p.m.
Details: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Apr. 23. Julep Venue, 1735 Hancock St., downtown. $6 advance, $7 door. Kids free.
Concerts: Twin Ritual, We The Commas, BritPop
Music: Indie, Pop, R&B, Choral
Here's a quick roundup of some more concerts on my radar this weekend:
We The Commas are playing at the Casbah on Saturday at 9:30, with Winnabego and Topeka Clementine. We The Commas define themselves on TikTok as "surf alternative R&B," and their videos are getting millions of views on YouTube. The North County brothers' latest single, "Keep Going," fits solidly in the beachy end of their range. Details and ticket information here.
Glüme and Twin Ritual are playing at Soda Bar Saturday. LA-based Glüme has a new album out, "Main Character," which chronicles her upbringing as a child actor and features appearances from the likes of Sean Lennon and Rufus Wainwright. She'll be supported here by Twin Ritual, a project helmed by Anthony Ramirez from Glass Spells and Laura Levenhagen of Le Chateau. Twin Ritual will celebrate their new album. Details and ticket information here.
San Diego Gay Men's Chorus will bless the world of Brit pop music with their theatrical, choral stylings this weekend, with shows at the Balboa Theatre Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Their approach to Brit pop includes the classics like Elton John, Queen, Bowie and the Beatles to more modern acts like Coldplay, Sam Smith, Adele and more. Details and ticket information here.
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