San Diego Weekend Arts Events: Baseera Khan, Flower Fields Theater, Dances To Strings, 'Hype Man' And Wood Type Prints
Speaker 1: 00:00 This weekend, the arts world is testing the waters of in-person live events. There's an art exhibition, opening reception and live theatrical performances in a beautiful outdoor setting. Plus plenty of virtual options to joining me for our weekend preview as KPBS arts editor and producer Julia Dixon Evans, and welcome Julia. Speaker 2: 00:23 Hi Maureen. Thanks for having me first. Speaker 1: 00:25 We have an actual art opening reception in person on site. Tell us about Lux art institutes, newest exhibition. Speaker 2: 00:35 Yeah, they're bringing best Sierra con to be the artist in residence for the next six weeks and kicking things off with a little COVID style party. Tonight, you have to get a ticket and a time spot in advance. They're doing 30 minute time slots. And while you're there, you can listen to live sets from DJ Omega Watts and get a preview of the art. What I've seen of Kahn's work is really incredible and it kind of restructures things like fashion or textiles, photography, and collage, and even multimedia performance art. It's all kind of to study identity con identifies as femme, Muslim American and their work hones in on these boundaries between assimilation and hiding. I love that the spots for this event are really limited, but if you miss it tonight, you can make an appointment to see it during their regular gallery hours too. Speaker 1: 01:28 But Sierra con's opening receptionist tonight from six to eight with advanced reservations required and will be on view at Lux art Institute in Encinitas through June 5th, next up of virtual performance, that pairs music for strings with dance. Tell us about this. Speaker 2: 01:45 Yeah, this is local dance company, lit VOC dance, and they've put together this program of seven short works, all set to music. The dances are by guest choreographers, Rebecca Margalick and Miley Okamura as well as their company dancers. And they create a new choreography for this program. The music ranging from Bach to klezmer to improvise jazz and also contemporary original it's like this piece by violinist Christopher Apple called ever, ever These performances were filmed on stage with the masked musicians right there on stage with the dancers. So they're at the LA Jolla music societies, Baker bomb, concert hall, or also the LA Jolla historical society with Steria cottage. So expect plenty of elegance and intrigue in these limited spot. Virtual screenings Speaker 1: 02:46 Litvak VOC dance presents dances to strings Saturday night at 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM live performances are not only within reach. Now they're a feast for all the senses. Tell about new village arts theaters residency at the Carlsbad flower fields. Yeah, Speaker 2: 03:04 This weekend, the company will kick off a six month residency at the flower fields bringing outdoor performances with actual audiences each month through October. And this weekend they'll start with something. They've done it a few times throughout the pandemic. It's a cabaret style showcase. So like a mildly scripted musical performance where the focus is really on the singing talent and the tunes that curation with this group, new village arts is always really fun. And this weekend's theme is carpooling songs, all songs that the actors like to sing on commutes or road trips, these performances are tonight and Sunday evening. And this opening weekend for the residency is sort of like a preview. So the ticket prices are reduced. It $33 masks are required, except when you're at the concession tables and the flower fields, strawberry snack bar will be open. And your ticket also lets you get into the flower fields, which are currently in bloom. So be sure to get there early Speaker 1: 04:03 New village arts commuting with friends, outdoor performances are tonight and Sunday at 6:30 PM at the Carlsbad flower fields. And now to the theater worlds, virtual spaces, what San Diego rep bringing to our screens this week? Speaker 2: 04:19 Yeah, they've partnered with company one theater and American repertory theater to bring a filmed production of address. Goodwin's 2018 play called hype. Man. I break beat play hype. Man's about a hip hop trio. It's fronted by the namesake hype man and also a white rapper and the script it's set against a backdrop of protest and escalating police brutality. And it tackles white privilege and the power and shortcomings of shared lived experiences, the performances and the music itself in this play are really fantastic. Here's here's a clip. Speaker 3: 04:57 So sticker this. How many of these do you have alone? So we got to do something well, what are we watching? Right. Nobody would see a cupboard like, like stop shooting us 18 times. Wait, hold up. Let's talk about this. It's trying to do, we can't tell me when I can and cannot say human lie height, man. We like one voice, you know, Speaker 1: 05:18 Hype man of breakbeat plays streams on demand with San Diego rep through May 8th closing later this month at Quint galleries, new space is an installment of a notable large scale Lightbox work. Can you tell us about this and how we can see it? Speaker 2: 05:33 Yeah. So Quinn recently moved their main gallery into a space on Gerard and the first exhibition, there is this installation of a 1992 work by Chilean artist, Alfredo Yar, it's photography. Lightboxes called walking on water and it depicts migrants crossing the border at the Rio Grande day. It's a series of relatively simple photographs, but they're so and bright that they're just absolutely stunning. And the focus is on the feet in the water, which makes it anonymous. I think it really implicates the viewer into understanding your own culpability and also how these stories are told. There's rarely a face and a name to the full story of immigration. And of course the dangers of border crossing are just as relevant today. As in 1992, it's all viewable by appointment. You just send the gallery and email or, or make a quick call to set something up. Speaker 1: 06:27 Alfredo yards, walking on water closes April 20 email@example.com slash arts, and you can sign up for the weekly KPBS arts newsletter there. I've been speaking with KPBS arts editor, Julia Dixon Evans, Julia. Thank you. Speaker 2: 06:48 Thank you, Maureen. Have a great weekend.