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San Diego Weekend Arts Events: Cataphant, Word Up, Zlatomir Fung, Mindanao Dance And Music, Trolley Dances And Omar Pimienta

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This weekend in the arts: Cataphant at Swish Projects, Word Up in-person, cello virtuoso Zlatomir Fung livestream, folk performance from the Philippines, Trolley Dances and Omar Pimienta at Lux.

Speaker 1: 00:00 This weekend in the arts, we have a new exhibition of art that takes on the Tijuana river valley. The first on-site event at the old globe, since COVID began a cello virtuoso on a livestream and the return of trolley dances. Joining me with all the details is KPBS arts editor, Julia Dickson Evans. Julia. Welcome.

Speaker 2: 00:19 Hi Jane. Thanks for having me.

Speaker 1: 00:21 Okay. So first up a new regional artist at Lux art Institute opens his exhibition tonight, which is inspired by the study of borders and waterways like the Tijuana river. Tell us about this show.

Speaker 2: 00:34 Yeah, this is Omar P manta, and he's a cross-border artist having grown up in Tijuana and he studied and worked in San Diego. He does an interdisciplinary art practice that kind of emerging of different forms. And in this exhibition sediment, there's photography sculpture and mixed media often together like sculptural lettering set on top of landscape photography at the Tijuana river or the valley in natural spaces that are around that area. And this particular river is it's heavily politicized. It's charged with a lot of geographic and biological purpose, as well as political and social and the language parts of his art really make us think about that. Some of the writing on his photographs is things like time is foreign or landscape is a social construct. And my favorite is there's a field of nasturtiums with the words, this is concrete over it. And he's also a poet and has published a poetry collection. That's also called sedimentary and tonight at the opening, he'll read some of that poetry that outside and the Lux garden. And they'll also be an artist talk and a DJ set too. This is also your last chance to see best Sierra comes exhibition up there at Lux as well. Omar

Speaker 1: 01:51 Pinned me into his exhibition at Luxe art Institute opens tonight with a reception from six to 9:00 PM. Viewing appointments are also available Saturday from two to 5:00 PM. Now to the theater, the old globe is hosting their first onsite event in over a year. Tell us what their word up program will look like and how we can attend. Yeah,

Speaker 2: 02:11 So this is a free event and it's in their outdoor Copley Plaza space just outside of the theater. And it will also be word app, which is hosted by Laura [inaudible]. And it's like a sort of casual, low pressure participation thing where they bring in creative experts that are from in or out of the theater world to talk about and collaborate, live on whatever their particular craft is. This weeks is hip hop and freestyle rap with hip hop artists, Mickey veil and rapper, Rick scales make available start things off at five o'clock with a pre-show DJ set. And the old globe suggests dancing, which I, I don't know if everybody's quite ready for that level of social awkwardness. And then lady Caroline's will also be open at five. Then at five 30, they'll dig into the art of freestyle rap and hip hop performance. Um, both of these artists are really amazing. Here's a track from Rick scales, project 18 scales. This is called anything you want.

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Speaker 1: 03:35 Anything you want by Rick scales, project 18 scales, Rick scales and Mickey veil will be at the outdoor Plaza at the old globe for word up doors open at five. And the program starts at five 30 tonight. Trolley dances, San Diego, his beloved site-specific dance program is also back this weekend. Tell us what we can expect there.

Speaker 2: 03:57 Yeah, they had to cancel last year's performance, of course, and they just streamed a collection of clips from previous shows. So it's really great to get back to the actual trolleys. They'll do a shorter version, just three stops in four dances with new site specific choreography from some trolley dances favorites like Monica bill Barnes and the return of Jean Isaacs. If you get tickets to the tour, you'll start at the 70th street trolley stop for the first performance. Then with your masks on you'll take a short ride to some nearby stations for the other dances. And if you want to try your luck at just walking up to peak the performances kind of audit style, they'll be at 70th street. Then the San Diego state station for two performances, and then to Grandville for that final dance. San Diego dance theater does caution that there is limited room for walk-ups. So your safest bet is to just get a ticket in advance. Trolley

Speaker 1: 04:56 Dances takes place this weekend with performances on Saturday and Sunday, starting at 70th street trolley station at 10 30, 1130, 1230 and one 30 each day. Uh, now let's say you're, you're not ready to go to a live performance yet. Are there any new concerts available to just live stream?

Speaker 2: 05:13 Yeah. LA Jolla music society will live stream an outdoor concert of cello and piano music on Sunday. And even if you wanted to go see this one live, you couldn't because all of the in-person shows are sold out. They're bringing in young cello virtuoso so that Amir Fung and pianist Richard food to perform three works there's sonatas from Beethoven and foray. And then this really mysterious tonal dance piece called duo for cello and piano by American composer. Arthur Berger,

Speaker 1: 06:03 You for cello and piano by Arthur Berger. You can hear it performed by his Latin mere fun. Go on cello and Richard Fu on piano and alive stream concert this Sunday at 3:00 PM for details on these and more events or to sign up for Julia's weekly KPBS arts newsletter, go to I've been speaking with KPBS arts editor, Julia Dixon Evans, Julia, thanks and

Speaker 3: 06:30 Have a great weekend. [inaudible].

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