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San Diego Weekend Arts Events: SDMA+, Swish Projects, 'Taxilandia' And 'From Ashes'

Jan. 21
By Julia Dixon Evans

Our weekend arts and culture picks include a new Digital WOW production, Amel Janae's solo exhibition, a group show at Thumbprint, and Icelandic contemporary music paired with Ana de Alvear's art.

In the 2019 installment of The Old Globe's Powe...

The Old Globe's Powers New Voices Festival Champions Fresh Perspective

Jan. 20
By Julia Dixon Evans

A 2,500-year-old art form can (and must) still learn new tricks.

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San Diego Weekend Arts Events: Monumental History, Waves Of Feminism, Remedio Casero And Site-Specific Circus

Jan. 14
By Julia Dixon Evans

Our weekend picks for art and culture feature new offerings from OnStage Playhouse, the Women's Museum, Hill Street Country Club, San Diego Circus Center, regional Black artists and more.

Classics 4 Kids artistic director and conductor...

San Diego's Classics 4 Kids Recognized For Music Education Leadership

Jan. 13
By Julia Dixon Evans

Local organization set to receive 2021 California Music Educators Association honor for leadership as they adapt their school-based arts access programming during the pandemic.

Tijuana-based musician Ego Rangel's latest albu...

5 Songs To Discover In San Diego In January

Jan. 12
By Julia Dixon Evans

We're listening to new tracks from San Diego and Tijuana acts Lowlands, Lex and the Jewels, Ego Rangel, Shelbi Bennett, Alfred Howard and Low and Be Told.

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San Diego Weekend Arts Events: Good Faith Gallery, Turkish Folk Music, Manny Farber And Jazz

Jan. 7
By Julia Dixon Evans

Our weekend culture picks include new work by Jonny Alexander and musician Salami Rose Joe Louis, a mini video from the Symphony, Manny Farber at Quint ONE and the Athenaeum's livestreamed jazz.

Arabella Harrison is Sally, the lead singer of ...

'Fanboy' Thriller Shows Off San Diego Music Scene

Jan. 7
By Julia Dixon Evans

Catch the drive-in premiere of a new atmospheric, gritty crime drama about an underground band, fame and an unhinged fan by Ben Johnson — all set against a backdrop of San Diego's beloved live music venues.

Teros Gallery founder Alejandra Frank is pictur...

Closed Doors, 'New Suns' For Teros Gallery

Jan. 5
By Julia Dixon Evans

Now without a physical location, the City Heights art space Teros Gallery is transforming, and plans to collaborate with others like Burn All Books to help uplift the arts community.

The Casbah stage sits empty on April 28, 2020. ...

2020 Songs To Discover: A Year In Music In San Diego

Dec. 30, 2020
By Julia Dixon Evans

A look back at KPBS' music coverage in 2020, plus playlists of new music and a glance back at how the pandemic shaped (and is still shaping) our local music scene.

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Art From The Sidewalk: Max Lofano's 'Ray'

Dec. 29, 2020
By Julia Dixon Evans

Using simple materials, one San Diego artist created a stunning new site-specific work intended to be viewed at night from outside Art Produce Gallery — on view through Jan. 3.

Oceanside art space Hill Street Country Club vi...

'If People Are Coming Here, They Trust Me': Hill Street Country Club On Pause

Dec. 17, 2020
By Julia Dixon Evans

The Oceanside gallery and arts space made the decision to temporarily shut down in-person activities and cut appointment-only viewings for the safety of artists and community members.

A jazz quartet featuring Gilbert Castellanos, J...

San Diego Weekend Arts Events: Short Stories, Christmas Jazz, Tchaikovsky And Americana

Dec. 17, 2020
By Julia Dixon Evans

Get festive while getting a little culture this weekend with local art. Our virtual picks include jazz with the Symphony, a literary story concert, Hershey Felder's updated spin on Tchaikovsky, and an Americana Christmas.

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A Field Trip To A More Accessible Virtual Ballet

Dec. 16, 2020
By Julia Dixon Evans

"The Nutcracker" comes to life in a new interactive performance, platform and curriculum with Poway OnStage and Southern California Ballet.

San Diego Weekend Arts Events: A Hanukkah Play, Los Lobos, SDSU Art Gallery And Festive Choral Music

Dec. 11, 2020
By Julia Dixon Evans

Our picks for holiday (and not) arts and culture you can safely stream from home this weekend include New Village Arts, SACRA/PROFANA, the "Upon Closer Inspection" virtual exhibition and a Los Lobos holiday livestream.

Lamar Perry is The Old Globe's artistic associa...

New Podcast Melds Holiday Traditions With Hope For Diverse Local Theater

Dec. 10, 2020
By Julia Dixon Evans

The Old Globe's "Gather Round" short-form podcast brings holiday magic, tradition, new voices and more access to theater. And yes, there are recipes.

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San Diego's Top Holiday Arts Events: 2020 Edition

Dec. 9, 2020
By Julia Dixon Evans

These holiday performances, programs and exhibitions are stepping up to the pandemic's challenges to deliver traditions in less-than-traditional ways.

Leonard Patton and Peter Sprague will perform M...

San Diego Weekend Arts Events: Projected Photography, 'A Christmas Carol,' ArtWalk And Jazz

Dec. 3, 2020
By Julia Dixon Evans

Our picks for arts and culture this weekend include a filmed dance production, photography projections at The Front, The La Jolla Playhouse's 'A Christmas Carol," ArtWalk and jazz with Peter Sprague and Leonard Patton.

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San Diego Youth Dance Program Hasn't Skipped A Beat

Dec. 3, 2020
By Julia Dixon Evans

After fifteen years without a permanent home, local youth dance nonprofit TranscenDANCE Youth Arts Project settles down with a new, future space and a digital production, "Home Within A Home."

Damage to San Diego artist Scott Gengelbach's w...

Artworks Vandalized In Local Outdoor Exhibition

Dec. 1, 2020
By Julia Dixon Evans

Three works of art damaged in the Mesa College drive-thru art exhibition feature images or text related to law enforcement.

San Diego jazz pianist Ed Kornhauser's debut ja...

On 'The Short Years,' Ed Kornhauser's Jazz Is Of The Moment

Nov. 24, 2020
By Julia Dixon Evans

A new album of original quartet compositions by San Diego musician Ed Kornhauser dwells in the ephemeral nature of jazz.

Rafael Payare conducts at Copley Symphony Hall ...

San Diego Weekend Arts Events: The Symphony, SoulKiss Theater, Bryan Ali Sanchez, Contemporary Music, New Dance And More

Nov. 19, 2020
By Julia Dixon Evans

Our weekend picks for the arts include new short plays by emerging Black playwrights, Bryan Ali Sanchez's solo exhibition at Bread and Salt, the San Diego Symphony's innovative performance, and a virtual dance performance, contemporary trumpet, harp and percussion

The Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) sits emp...

COVID-19’s Staggering Economic Impact On The Arts In San Diego

Nov. 19, 2020
By Julia Dixon Evans

In new research from the University of San Diego Nonprofit Institute and the city of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, COVID-19's effects on nonprofits in the region have been grim, particularly in the arts and culture sector.

Actor Jessica John performs in the Roustabouts ...

San Diego Weekend Arts Events: Virtual Ballet, Drive-Thru Art, Cedrice, Women In Film And A Refugee Play

Nov. 13, 2020
By Julia Dixon Evans

This weekend's top arts events include offerings from City Ballet, the Women's Museum of California, Roustabouts Theatre Co., Mesa College Art Gallery, and a Gill Sotu-curated showcase.

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Mesa College's Drive-Thru Exhibition Innovates Art And Education

Nov. 12, 2020
By Julia Dixon Evans

A new exhibition featuring 35 striking new works by a broad range of established and emerging artists opens this weekend at Mesa College … in the parking lot.

Japanese band Tricot performs a no-audience sho...

5 Songs To Discover In San Diego In November

Nov. 10, 2020
By Julia Dixon Evans

We asked local bands who they'd like to see come to town and share a stage with. Check out new releases from the locals along with their picks like Corey Floods, Tricot, Busta Rhymes, Elis Paprika and more.

Local arts group Project [BLANK]'s shadow puppe...

'Hanjo' Transforms Opera’s Playground

Nov. 5, 2020
By Julia Dixon Evans

Local arts group Project [BLANK]'s shadow puppet digital opera recently won a nationwide award — and challenges how to record and engineer orchestral and opera works in digital platforms.

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San Diego Weekend Arts Events: Sculptural Exhibitions, Filipino Film, ArtWalk And Latin Chamber Music

Nov. 5, 2020
By Julia Dixon Evans

Our picks for the arts this weekend: Tom Driscoll at ICE Gallery, Anne Mudge, Kline Swonger, Marisol Rendón and Bianca Juarez at Cannon Art Gallery. Plus Sine Kwento Filipino stories and film, Camarada's Latin chamber music and ArtWalk Liberty Station is back.

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Spooky San Diego Weekend Arts Events: Halloween Theater, Día De Los Muertos, Wearable Art And Dead Man's Party

Oct. 29, 2020
By Julia Dixon Evans

Our picks for this creepiest of weekends: Edgar Allen Poe readings, Shakespeare at SDMA, Teros Gallery's outdoor event, virtual fashion at OMA, spooky organ music, an Oingo Boingo cover band, a community ofrenda and much more.

The Old Globe and KPBS will pair up to bring

The Grinch Set To Steal The Airwaves This Winter

Oct. 29, 2020
By Julia Dixon Evans

The Old Globe and KPBS pair up to bring "Dr. Seuss's How The Grinch Stole Christmas!" to a new radio play format while theaters remain closed.

San Diego Opera's

Buckle Up For Some Opera, Kids

Oct. 29, 2020
By Julia Dixon Evans

San Diego Opera's "La Bohème," a famously perfect first opera and a car full of snacks makes for a COVID-safe and slightly chaotic night of culture.

An undated photograph taken at Chicano Park is ...

Honoring Chicano Park's 50 Year History — And Its Future

Oct. 28, 2020
By Julia Dixon Evans

'La Tierra Mia," Bob Dominguez's new book and photography exhibition features archival photography from Chicano Park's 1970 takeover and onward, including contemporary work by young photographers.

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San Diego Weekend Arts Events: Good Trouble, RIP Bar Pink, Baroque Women, The Breath Project, Bruce Lee And More

Oct. 22, 2020
By Julia Dixon Evans

This weekend's art and culture offerings include Hiroshima Mockingbirds at Bar Pink, Blindspot Collective's multidisciplinary live theater, the nationwide Breath Project, Bach Collegium livestream, "La Tierra Mia" at Swish Projects and "Be Water" at the SDAFF drive-in.

The San Diego Ballet will present

'The Nutcracker' Drive-In For A Pandemic Holiday Season

Oct. 22, 2020
By Julia Dixon Evans

The San Diego Ballet plans drive-in Nutcracker performances to bring COVID-safe visions of sugarplum fairies to an outdoor stage in Liberty Station.

Murals in San Ysidro and near Tijuana's Institu...

Public Art Connects Neighborhoods Across The Border

Oct. 21, 2020
By Julia Dixon Evans

Murals in San Ysidro and near Tijuana's Instituto Municipal de Arte y Cultura (IMAC) connect seven cross-border artists and provide critical access to art to the two communities.

PGK Dance Project takes the virtual stage with ...

San Diego Weekend Arts Events: #SaveOurStages, PGK Dance, Drive-Thru Art, Oceanside Culture And More

Oct. 15, 2020
By Julia Dixon Evans

Our picks for the arts and culture this weekend include the San Diego International Film Festival, live music, a lot of drive-in experiences, Oceanside's vibrant culture, virtual dance and plenty more.

Jean Lowe's new site-specific installation at Q...

Artist Jean Lowe Plays With Depictions Of Women

Oct. 15, 2020
By Julia Dixon Evans

A new site-specific installation at Quint ONE, "POW!" is a conceptual look at the portrayals of women in art as "all nostrils and teeth and boobs."

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'Bad Wolves' Is A New Single From Jason Mraz, Rebecca Jade, Veronica May And Miki Vale

Oct. 13, 2020
By Julia Dixon Evans

The collaboration features local musicians, dancers and producers and sends a strong message about systemic racism and toxicity in power.

Jamilla Okubo's mural is installed in front of ...

Election-Themed Art To See In San Diego This Weekend

Oct. 2, 2020
By Julia Dixon Evans

Infuse your weekend with some voting-themed art in San Diego this weekend in between checking the news.

San Diego Weekend Arts Events: Living Room Play Festival, Trash Lamb Gallery, FilAmFest And More

Oct. 8, 2020
By Julia Dixon Evans

This weekend in San Diego arts, celebrate the pandemic Zoom play phenomenon, take in a dance film, check out a brand new South Park art space, discover new literature and so much more.

Poet Kazim Ali's latest book,

Poet Kazim Ali Explores What A Voice Can Do

Oct. 6, 2020
By Julia Dixon Evans

"The Voice of Sheila Chandra" is a new collection by San Diego poet Kazim Ali that studies sound, time, history and fate.

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San Diego Weekend Arts Events: 'Move American', Jazz at the Athenaeum, Space-Travel Theater, Rembrandt And More

Oct. 1, 2020
By Julia Dixon Evans

Our picks for this weekend's arts and culture offerings include livestreamed jazz, an outdoor, socially-distant garden screening of powerful dance films, Rembrandt's etchings, and on demand theater.

Movement artist Desiree Cuizon in her dance fil...

Dance Is A Reflection Of Power: Short Dance Films Mobilize The Body And The Vote

Oct. 1, 2020
By Julia Dixon Evans

San Diego-based Disco Riot's short dance film project, "Move American," will screen this Saturday at Art Produce.

San Diego band Strange Ages released a new EP, ...

5 Songs To Discover In San Diego In October

Sept. 30, 2020
By Julia Dixon Evans

We're listening to new music from Dani Bell, Ingonoir, Vanessa Zamora, Strange Ages and Cults.

Actor, storyteller and teaching artist Bibi Mam...

San Diego Weekend Arts Events: Oral Storytelling At The Old Globe, Italian Film Festival And A Virtual Goth Night

Sept. 24, 2020
By Julia Dixon Evans

Our arts and culture picks for the weekend ahead feature an oral tradition workshop, innovative digital theater, the launch party for the San Diego Italian Film Festival, a new protest photography exhibition, a livestreamed goth night from the Casbah and songwriter Amenta Abioto.

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'Normalize Radical': Photographer Johnny Nguyen's Retrospective Show

Sept. 24, 2020
By Julia Dixon Evans

Oceanside's Hill Street Country Club art space will host a retrospective of Nguyen's decade of protest photography, with in-person, socially distanced receptions this weekend and appointment or online viewing through November.

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San Diego Opera's 'La Bohème' To Get The Drive-In Treatment

Sept. 22, 2020
By Julia Dixon Evans

San Diego Opera's production to be one of the first live operas to resume performances in the United States.

A broken storefront window at North Park's Folk...

Folk Arts Rare Records Enlists Artist Celeste Byers For Ruth Bader Ginsburg Mural

Sept. 22, 2020
By Julia Dixon Evans

A broken storefront window and an esteemed local muralist come together in North Park for community solidarity and a reminder to continue RBG's fight for equality.

A work by regional artist Beliz Iristay is part...

San Diego Weekend Arts Events: Cosmo Whyte And Beliz Iristay, Dance Film, Latino Film Festival And The Niceties

Sept. 17, 2020
By Julia Dixon Evans

The new normal in the arts and culture scene in San Diego is an ever-evolving mix of formats and this weekend has it all: in-person gallery experiences, virtual theater and dance, and digital film festivals.

The Hausmann Quartet performs in an empty conce...

For The Hausmann Quartet, The Music Sets Sails Again (Sort Of)

Sept. 17, 2020
By Julia Dixon Evans

San Diego string quartet to perform aboard the Maritime Museum's Berkeley ship and stream diverse classical picks to your landlocked home.

Justin Eisinger, George Takei, Harmony Becker, ...

Explore The 2020 One Book, One San Diego Selections With George Takei And San Diego Public Library

Sept. 17, 2020
By Julia Dixon Evans

Upcoming author events with George Takei, plus San Diego Public Library programming to get to know the 2020 One Book, One San Diego selections and discover the art of writing letters amid a crisis

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