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Julia Dixon Evans

Arts Calendar Editor and Producer

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Julia Dixon Evans writes the KPBS Arts newsletter, produces and edits the KPBS/Arts Calendar and works with the KPBS team to cover San Diego's diverse arts scene.

Previously, Julia wrote the weekly Culture Report for Voice of San Diego and has reported on arts, culture, books, music, television, dining, the outdoors and more for The A.V. Club, Literary Hub and San Diego CityBeat.

She studied literature at UCSD (where she was an oboist in the La Jolla Symphony), and is a published novelist and short fiction writer. She is the founder of Last Exit, a local reading series and literary journal, and she won the 2019 National Magazine Award for Fiction. Julia lives with her family in North Park and loves trail running, vegan tacos and live music.

Recent Stories by Julia Dixon Evans

Medium Festival Of Photography Has Worldwide Scope But Locals Get The Perks

March 2
By Julia Dixon Evans

San Diego-based annual festival attracts talented photographers for virtual workshops, lectures and more with several in-person exhibitions and outdoor shows.

The cassette cover for Wspgrl's new album,

5 Songs To Discover In San Diego In March

March 2
By Julia Dixon Evans

Discover new music from San Diego and beyond this month. We're listening to new tracks from Thee Sacred Souls, Wsprgrl, EST, Sarah Hennies and Karima Walker.

 Musician Rebecca Jade in an undated photo.

Influential: Rebecca Jade's Playlist

Feb. 25
By Brooke Ruth, Julia Dixon Evans

Rebecca Jade is a winner of multiple San Diego Music Awards, a jazz soloist, performs in her own band, Rebecca Jade and the Cold Fact, and is a backup singer for Sheila E. We asked her to reflect on her influences, and she told us about her childhood with a jazz singer for a mother, the songs that made her fall in love with music, and the artists that shaped her style.

A sculptural installation in Carlos Castro's

San Diego Weekend Arts Events: Carlos Castro's 'Remorses And Other Maladies,' Plus The Symphony And Drive-Thru Purim

Feb. 25
By Julia Dixon Evans

Our weekend arts picks include a new exhibition at Bread and Salt, the Symphony's homage to lives lost to police brutality, and the San Diego Ballet and San Diego REP take on Purim.

San Diego artist Kline Swonger's sculptural ins...

Collecting Objects, Collecting Words: The Art Of Kline Swonger

Feb. 24
By Julia Dixon Evans

San Diego artist Kline Swonger offers a glimpse at the pandemic's impact on her work. Plus, discover some of her recent sculptural works — soon to be installed in the airport and as part of the civic art collection's SD Practice program.

Tijera Williams' photo collage,

San Diego Weekend Arts Events: Tijera Williams, Anna Zinova, SDMA+ And Red Fish Blue Fish

Feb. 18
By Julia Dixon Evans

This weekend in the arts: a new exhibition at Hill Street Country Club, Red Brontosaurus Records streams an in-store show, a world premiere SDMA+ concert, experimental percussion and a globe-trotting dance film.

San Diego jazz saxophonist Charles McPherson is...

Influential: Charles McPherson's Playlist

Feb. 16
By Brooke Ruth, Julia Dixon Evans

San Diego jazz saxophonist Charles McPherson, now in his 80s, is still performing and recently released new work. Get to know the works that shaped him and continue to drive his music.

Composer Andrea Isabel González wrote a new wor...

Abstract Art With A Caterpillar, A Jabberwocky And A Bass Clarinet

Feb. 16
By Julia Dixon Evans

A new SDMA+ Art of Elan collaborative concert pairs abstract photography with new contemporary compositions for bass clarinet — inspired by the fantastical works of Lewis Carroll.

Detail of sculptural materials gathered from th...

San Diego Weekend Arts Events: New Outdoor Art Mini-Tour, Cygnet's 'Run/Fire,' Joshua Moreno And Mainly Mozart Drive-In

Feb. 11
By Julia Dixon Evans

Our weekend arts picks include a mini-tour of new outdoor works, site-specific visual art installations, a brand new play and two drive-in classical music performances to sweeten up your weekend.

Artist Amel Janae walks through her suspended t...

Amel Janae's Immersive Work Obscures — And Reveals — The Body

Feb. 11
By Julia Dixon Evans

San Diego artist Amel Janae's solo exhibition, "Like Honey" is on view now at Swish Projects, is a study of obscurity.

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