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San Diego Weekend Arts Events: 'The Bridge,' 'Pick Me Last,' 'The Great Indian Kitchen,' 'Harawi' And 'Measurements Of Progress'

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Our weekend arts picks: Malashock Dance outdoors, new Indian film screening with Chitra Gopalakrishnan's exhibition, UCSD MFA closing reception, an AAPI group show, Project [BLANK]'s latest and La Jolla Playhouse's POP Tour.

Speaker 1: 00:00 This weekend in the arts there's brand new choreography, schoolyard misfits, a mouthwatering film, and three headed monsters. Joining me with all the tails is KPBS arts editor, Julia Dixon Evans, and welcome Julia. Hi Maureen. Thanks for having me a new group show at good-faith gallery in Sherman Heights is exploring the experience of Asian American Pacific Islander artists and activists in San Diego. Tell us about good Dora lives.

Speaker 2: 00:31 Yeah, so terrace gallery and burn all books put together. This show has works by emerging AAPI artists in town, and it's inspired by the misunderstood enemy and antagonist of Godzilla called Gadara. Who's a three-headed monster. So in the show they're zenes illustration photography, even wheat paste murals and there's sculpture. Like one work that really stands out to me is Stacey UES, dis harmonics, a 2000 machine, and she's made it entirely out of felt. It has these little knobs and switches for various survival tactics. She was raised with things like nod, smile, ignore, and also levers to slide between things like shrink or take up space, work hard, or burn it down. The show also draws on the history of a relatively under documented type of activism and organizing there specifically Deidre, which is our radical anti-imperialist tick. Asian-Americans seen from the sixties and seventies. Last week I visited the gallery and I asked the curator Carmel or Prudencio about how this inspired the show.

Speaker 3: 01:41 Oh, a good example of documentation of the work that Asian-American organizers were doing was Deidre. And that was something I look to as inspiration to create my own archive here of what folks have been doing. Like it's a lot of preservation of memory, but still trying to be present in this moment and look at how this environment has shaped, how we're seeing the past and what's possible for the future too

Speaker 1: 02:10 Good. Dora lives will be on view at good faith gallery tonight and Saturday from seven to 10 and Sunday from noon to 5:00 PM. After that, the exhibition will be viewable by appointment through June 19th, food domesticity and women are all themes in a new film out of India called the great Indian kitchen. It's streaming this weekend with an art exhibition in Oceanside. Julia, tell us how we can.

Speaker 2: 02:38 Yeah. So hill street country club is putting on this free film screening and discussion, and they're using a hybrid platform model. Like you can reserve a limited spot to go to the gallery, or you can watch it online, uh, on the walls right now at the gallery is Sheetrock go Christian's exhibition called augmented realities, which is a really astonishing look at women and myth. She paints these really powerful women and mothers with just a little something extra about them, shiny armor, actual spikes, protruding from their skins, sticking out from the canvas. And there's even some actual AR animation involved. Here's she check a pallet Christian from when I spoke to her about the show last month

Speaker 4: 03:21 In this show, I'm trying to reimagine like what if, what if we are the true superheroes that we look towards the men and we look towards these macho characters for strength, but it's in our vulnerabilities, the kind of vulnerabilities we have overcome or are aware of and are working with on a daily basis, which are the reason for our resilience. The show

Speaker 2: 03:47 At hill street country club is on view through June 20th and to pair with it. They've chosen the great Indian kitchen, which is a 20, 21 feature film out of India. And they're doing a special screening and Q and a with Sheetrock of Gopalakrishnan Christian and about the film and how it speaks with her work. This film it's about a young bride who is struggling with the invisible domestic labor of being a married woman, particularly revolving around food.

Speaker 1: 04:13 Uh, the great Indian kitchen screen Saturday at 5:00 PM at hill street country club, as part of teacher [inaudible] exhibition of artworks, there are very limited in-person spots, or you can join online now for some in-person outdoor dance. Julia, tell us about the open air dance performances from malice shock dance this weekend.

Speaker 2: 04:38 Yeah. So John Malish shocks partnered up with that trusting Griffin dance company out of Kansas city to bring brand new original choreography set to new and original compositions by Phillip Daniel. And this is an outdoor performance is on a new stage at Liberty station on the south promenades grassy area. It's part of this ongoing dances in the air festival, which is a partnership between a bunch of the dance companies in Liberty station. And that's running for a few more weeks. I've seen a few excerpts of rehearsals of this one, the bridge it's an eight movement work, and they're all really nice contemporary and mentalist style, both the choreography and the music it's purposive and strong and athletic, but it has a ton of emotion. It's going to be a treat

Speaker 1: 05:24 Outdoor performances of the bridge from malice shock dance take place tonight and Saturday and Sunday night at six 30 at the new outdoor stage at arts district Liberty station. And in the theater world, LA Jolla Playhouse has released this year's pop tour show Aegis. Goodwin's pick me last, Julia, this is for youth, but do you think we all might enjoy it?

Speaker 2: 05:49 Yeah. So the pop tour, it's primarily a touring production that tours local schools, but it's always a top commissioned play. This year is no different, but it is virtual. And it also has a bunch of extra digital components and behind the scenes videos, playwright interest, Goodwin's pick me last it's about kids getting well picked last for sports at recess, but it's really smart and it's funny, and it has a way of unfolding the plot and kind of a absurd and curious mystery way. There's plenty of music. Goodwin has a pretty distinct use of breakbeat and music in his works. And there's a lot of heart about misfits and finding connections. It's designed for grades three through six, but I totally enjoyed it. It has such a timelessness to it.

Speaker 1: 06:40 The LA Jolla Playhouse 2021 pop tour production of pick me last is now streaming online school groups can set up special visits with the production team, but the general public can also watch the play online for details on these and more arts events or to sign up for Julia's weekly KPBS arts newsletter go to kpbs.org/arts. I've been speaking with KPBS arts editor, Julia Dixon Evans, Julia. Thank you. Thank you. Have a great weekend.

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Maureen Cavanaugh and Jade Hindmon host KPBS Midday Edition, a daily radio news magazine keeping San Diego in the know on everything from politics to the arts.