San Diego Weekend Arts Events: Latinx Theater, San Diego Art Prize, Performance Art And Math Rock
Speaker 1: 00:00 It's the weekend and with it, plenty to do to get your arts and culture fix, it may not include any big holiday weekend outings or events, but that's okay. There's still art. We have some brand new virtual theater, the winners of the San Diego art prize and a live streamed instrumental rock show. Joining me is KPBS arts editor and producer Julia Dickson Evans with the details. Welcome Julia. Hi, Alison. So first up is the San Diego repertory theaters Latin next new play festival. Tell us about this. It's a virtual program, right? Speaker 2: 00:29 So this is the fourth annual festival and it will be entirely online this year. This festival discovers and produces new works by playwrights across North and South America. And it also hosts panels and showcases this year, they're doing five original theater presentations, including four new plays and one sort of showcase of comic memoir work by Margaret Gomez. So the kickoff play is Francisco Mendoza says machine learning, which isn't exactly about COVID, but it looks at how someone used robots to take care of an ailing family member. So it feels kind of like it has an unsettling timeliness to it. And yeah, these plays are scattered throughout the weekend, alongside panels about dramaturgy direction design and more Speaker 1: 01:18 That San Diego reps. Latinix new play festival at screening on Friday through Sunday online. No. How can we see some quote unquote live music this weekend? Speaker 2: 01:28 Yeah, so the Casbah recently started having bands come in to the empty venue and perform, and they're live streaming. These shows on the Twitch platform. It's not the same as being at the Casbah for a show, but these are really well-produced and you can also feel this sort of energy from the bands because they all miss performing and they miss each other. The Saturday night, the instrumental band Louis pinches pinches will perform. They're kind of like a dark indie progressive twist on the surf rock band. There's a bit of dreamy shoe gaze, and also the sense that if there was singing, which there isn't, but it would be like a long scream. It's definitely worth tuning into to watch, or even just having it on as a backdrop for dinner or something. This is summer sweater from their album released last year. Speaker 1: 02:35 [inaudible] that's Los Pinochet pinches that spins live on Saturday at 8:30 PM from an empty Casbah via Twitch. Now moving on into the visual arts and also the in-person arts. Tell us a little about the San Diego art prize. Speaker 2: 02:49 Yeah. So each year the San Diego art prize celebrates the work of four regional artists. And this year they're all women I've been following these finalists for a while now. And their work is exceptional photographer. Alana era, Tim plays with rewriting history and representation in art Kriselda Rose says always has a way of infusing textures and materials and her visual art and sculpture. Um, Melissa Walter really works with light and shadow and science and KRE Fukiyama, who also has a notable colored plexiglass installation on the side of the North park target. And she's known for her work with shapes and light. And the four of them are showing the works that they made specifically for this art Prez show at bread and salt. There'll be a metered entry art opening on Saturday from five to eight, where they're only letting in a few people in the building at a time, but the art space will be open for appointment only individual viewings from the Saturday on through late October. And one of the strange silver linings of this pandemic is getting that feeling of being the only person in a museum or gallery space. Speaker 1: 03:58 That's true. Yeah. The San Diego art prize finalist exhibition kicks off Saturday evening at bread and salt and Barrio Logan with socially distant viewings or by appointment. And I hear you have one more visual art recommendation for those of us who aren't ready to be in a room with other people yet, and are also tired of staring at zoom. Speaker 2: 04:17 Yeah, there's a new mural and Loya as part of the Athenaeum murals of LA Jolla project, Tijuana artists, Marcos Ramirez NRA has installed this brand new work, which replaced those as previous 2015 work on the side of an office building at seven six one one Fe Avenue. The new pieces is called in chains and features optometry chart style, a quote from the late American band leader. Paul Whiteman jazz came to America 300 years ago in chains. So you can even make a little driving tour and seek out some of the other murals. There's several more that have just been installed this quarantine even. Speaker 1: 04:57 Yeah. And that's outside. So that's a great idea, Julia. So we've been speaking with KPBS arts editor and producer Julia Dixon Evans. Thanks so much. Thank you, Alison. And for more arts events or to sign up for the KPBS arts newsletter, you can go to kpbs.org/ Speaker 2: 05:57 [inaudible].