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San Diego Weekend Arts Events: Miss Breed, Public Destruction, 'La Cage Aux Folles,' Zelos Quartet And Women's Film Festival

Sept. 16
By Julia Dixon Evans

This weekend in the arts: the Broadway musical that inspired "The Birdcage," a saxophone quartet, "The Rebellious Miss Breed" reopens the downtown library's art gallery, and you can trash some art at SDMA.

Yolanda López, at left in 1978 as part of her

Remembering Yolanda López, Chicana Artist And Activist From Barrio Logan

Sept. 16
By Julia Dixon Evans

Artists, writers, activists and administrators reflect on the work and influence of Yolanda López, who passed away this month. A retrospective exhibition of López's work will open in October at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego's downtown campus.

The experimental duo Skrapez is a project forme...

Summer Music: The DIY Chaos Of Skrapez

Sept. 15
By Jade Hindmon, Julia Dixon Evans, Kurt Kohnen

With manipulated synthesizers or homemade electronic instruments, the San Diego-based experimental duo Skrapez makes curious, creative and chaotic walls of sound.

Artist Ruth Pastine is pictured with

San Diego Weekend Arts Events: Quint Gallery, Gardens Of Anuncia, SDMA+ Disco Riot And Haydn Voyages

Sept. 9
By Julia Dixon Evans

Our weekend arts picks: Gail Roberts, Ruth Pastine and "Dust to Dust" in La Jolla, "Gardens of Anuncia" at The Old Globe, dancers interpret Ana de Alvear and the Hausmann Quartet on a boat.

A drawing from

Second Annual San Diego Design Week Looks To The Future

Sept. 9
By Julia Dixon Evans

San Diego Design Week showcases the potential of design in a sustainable, collaborative and intersectional border region. Outdoor options, installations, exhibitions and virtual events are running now through Sunday.

San Diego-based cumbia band Sonido de la Fronte...

Summer Music: Sonido De La Frontera Fuses Cumbia With Sound System Culture

Sept. 8
By Jade Hindmon, Julia Dixon Evans, Kurt Kohnen

Local supergroup embodies the San Diego-Tijuana region with a fresh cumbia sound and danceable songs in a forthcoming new album.

Dale Chihuly's 2005 glass sculpture,

Art For (All) People: The Mingei Is Back

Sept. 2
By Julia Dixon Evans

After a significant remodel, Mingei International Museum will reopen its (new) doors to the public with free admission this weekend, an always-free first floor and commitment to radical hospitality.

A still from one of filmmaker Evan Apodaca's sh...

Filmmaker Points Surreal Lens To San Diego’s Military History

Sept. 2
By Julia Dixon Evans

In a week-long online exhibition, Evan Apodaca's short films digitally topple monuments to uncover the troubling history of San Diego's military-industrial complex.

Christina Kim's textile work

5 Works Of Art To See In San Diego In September

Sept. 1
By Julia Dixon Evans

New visual art in town: Christina Kim at the Mingei, El Anatsui at San Diego Botanic Garden, Ivonne Garcia at Thumbprint, Chitra Gopalakrishnan in San Diego Design Week and the entire youth exhibition at MOPA.

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San Diego Weekend Arts Events: Carlsbad Music Festival, LITVAKdance, Janis Jones And Jam Diego

Aug. 26
By Julia Dixon Evans

This weekend in the arts: Dance, art and music in the Lux Art Institute/ICA San Diego North Campus garden, a three-day outdoor music festival, Janis Jones explores plastics in the ocean, and live graffiti with a silent disco.

Borrego Springs public library is shown in a Ju...

County Supervisors Vote To Reinstate Long-Lost Arts Entity

Aug. 26
By Julia Dixon Evans

In 1993, the county of San Diego eliminated their county arts commission. Thanks to the work of advocates and a unanimous vote from the county Board of Supervisors, it's on its way back.

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Summer Music: DJ Artistic Is A Pillar In San Diego Hip-Hop Scene

Aug. 25
By Jade Hindmon, Julia Dixon Evans, Kurt Kohnen

The KPBS Summer Music Series continues with DJ Artistic, considered an architect of the local hip-hop scene. DJ Artistic curates and produces events, makes space for emerging artists, and is a four-time San Diego Music Award winner.

Not Our First Goat Rodeo is shown in an undated...

San Diego Weekend Arts Events: Not Our First Goat Rodeo, TwainFest, Miguel Montaño, U-T Festival Of Books And The Rosin Box

Aug. 19
By Julia Dixon Evans

This weekend in the arts: Yo-Yo Ma comes to the Shell, TwainFest in Old Town, a pop-up exhibition at The Hill Street Country Club in Oceanside, a virtual book fest and The Rosin Box's contemporary ballet.

Matt Hoyt in an undated photo.

Artists, Foodies And Musicians Mourn The Loss Of A San Diego Creative Great

Aug. 19
By Julia Dixon Evans

The death of Matt Hoyt, owner of Starlite, filmmaker, musician, artist and collaborator left the local creative community shocked and saddened. "Matt readily convened groups and offered support, bolstering San Diego's creative ecosystem. He connected us."

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Summer Music: Bill Caballero's Latin Jazz Jam Is Built To Last

Aug. 18
By Julia Dixon Evans, Kurt Kohnen, Maureen Cavanaugh

In our next installment of the 2021 KPBS Summer Music Series: A weekly Latin jazz jam in Barrio Logan is a welcoming space for beginners and pros alike, with trumpeter Bill Caballero at its heart for nearly 18 years.

Soda Bar, a live music venue and bar in City He...

San Diego Venues Respond To Rise In COVID Cases By Implementing New Policies

Aug. 12
By Brooke Ruth, Julia Dixon Evans

Arts, music and performance venues have been re-evaluating their COVID protocols with the rise of the Delta variant. Many are now requiring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test, but for some, it comes down to what can or can't be implemented.

San Diego Weekend Arts Events: Pop-Up WOW, Gabriela Lena Frank, Melissa Walter, DIY Wire Art And Neighborhood Art Fairs

Aug. 12
By Julia Dixon Evans

Our weekend arts picks include free, outdoor, innovative theater at Liberty Station for the La Jolla Playhouse's Pop-Up WOW, a SummerFest contemporary composer takeover, Melissa Walter's DNA forensic art at OMA, a free, all-ages Jennifer Vargas wire art workshop at Art Produce and four neighborhood art fairs.

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Summer Music: In OB Band Boostive, Childhood Friends Master Dub-Hop

Aug. 11
By Julia Dixon Evans, Kurt Kohnen, Maureen Cavanaugh

In a new installment of our 2021 KPBS Summer Music Series, meet the Ocean Beach-based band Boostive, who've built on years of friendship to develop on-stage synergy and dub-hop success.

Anthony Ramirez and Tania Costello of Glass Spe...

Glass Spells Make Bright Songs For A Dark Night

Aug. 11
By Julia Dixon Evans

In their new album, "Shattered," San Diego's Glass Spells offers lush synth pop with work-from-home style, best listened to at night. The band will play an album release show at Soda Bar on Aug. 14, 2021.

Detail of Beliz Iristay's work

5 Works Of Art To See In San Diego In August

Aug. 10
By Julia Dixon Evans

For your summer art bucket list, here's some don't-miss new work on view right now in San Diego, including a San Diego Art Prize recipient, several murals and works viewable outdoors.

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Panca's 'El Más Allá' Opens At The New Children's Museum

Aug. 7
By Julia Dixon Evans

A vivid, weird and imaginative installation by 2021 San Diego Art Prize Recipient Panca at The New Children's Museum helps reflect kids' big feelings in a big world.

The San Diego Symphony held a ribbon cutting ce...

San Diego Weekend Arts Events: The Shell, SummerFest, Nahla Valdez, John Mireles And The Circus

Aug. 5
By Julia Dixon Evans

The San Diego Symphony opens their new outdoor venue, The La Jolla Music Society's SummerFest delivers a hybrid concert, immersive art from Art Power Equity, contemporary photography at SDMA and Fern St. Circus.

Finnegan Blue's Willie and Anna Lee Fleming in ...

Summer Music: Finnegan Blue's High-Energy Americana Is Big On Originality And Soul

Aug. 4
By Julia Dixon Evans, Kurt Kohnen, Maureen Cavanaugh

The KPBS Summer Music Series continues with the high-energy, original folk stylings of Finnegan Blue, a brother-sister fronted band that combines bluegrass with second line jazz and Irish folk.

The Oceanside Museum of Art has reopened its do...

San Diego Weekend Arts Events: ‘Twenty Women Artists: NOW’, The 2021 Juried Biennial Exhibition And SD Practice

July 30
By Brooke Ruth, Emilyn Mohebbi, Jade Hindmon, Julia Dixon Evans

This weekend in the arts: "Twenty Women Artists: NOW" wraps up its exhibition, the 2021 Juried Biennial Exhibition hosts its closing reception, and SD Practice continues at two locations in the county.

Musician Jelani Aryeh in an undated photo.

Summer Music: Jelani Aryeh Went From High School Football Star To Gifted Pop Artist

July 28
By Julia Dixon Evans, Kurt Kohnen, Maureen Cavanaugh

Audiences are back, venues are opening up, and San Diego is bursting with music from local artists this summer. KPBS Summer Music Series returns, kicking things off with Jelani Aryeh.

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Kaitlyn Greenidge Discusses Her Highly Anticipated Novel, 'Libertie'

July 27
By Emilyn Mohebbi, Julia Dixon Evans, Maureen Cavanaugh

Author Kaitlin Greenridge joined KPBS Midday Edition on Tuesday to discuss the book. She will be speaking Saturday during the second weekend of this year's virtual San Diego Writer's Festival.

Detail from the cover of San Diego author Chris...

Baseball, Earthquakes And The Healing Power Of Friendship In San Diego Author's New Book

July 26
By Julia Dixon Evans

Chris Baron's middle-grade novel-in-verse, "The Magical Imperfect," is set in the Bay Area during the 1989 World Series, following the friendship of two young outcasts as they navigate ancestry, illness, magic and the earth cracked open.

Actor Eboni Muse, at center, performs with the ...

San Diego Weekend Arts Events: City Ballet, DNA New Works, Sparks Summer Showcase, 'Beehive' And Julianna Zachariou

July 22
By Julia Dixon Evans

This weekend in the arts: Sparks Summer Showcase, La Jolla Playhouse's new play series, 'Beehive the '60s Musical,' plant sculpture at Trash Lamb, indie pop at Soda Bar and "On the Move" brings City Ballet back to audiences.

A still from Hugo Crosthwaite's stop-motion ani...

Hugo Crosthwaite: A Life In (Stop) Motion

July 21
By Julia Dixon Evans

The 2021 San Diego Art Prize recipient created a music video in his signature stop-motion animation style for a new single by The Color Forty Nine and Rubén Albarrán, It premieres July 23 at The Casbah.

Three of Guillermo Galindo's works are on displ...

San Diego Weekend Arts Events: Pride, Guillermo Galindo, North Park Book Fair, 'And We Will Sing Again In The Tall Grass' And iPalpiti Festival

July 15
By Julia Dixon Evans

Our weekend arts picks include the North Park Book Fair, Sidro Saturdays and an exhibition at the Front, Pride, Guillermo Galindo's found object sonic devices and the iPalpiti Festival.

Marchers participate in the San Diego Pride Res...

San Diego Pride: Hybrid Events, Full-Strength Heart

July 14
By Julia Dixon Evans

With virtual and in-person events, some scaled back or moved outdoors, Pride is back. Plus, this year, the inaugural Larry T. Baza Art and Culture Award honors Diversionary's Matt Morrow.

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Taking A Page From The Past In 'Dear ONE'

July 14
By Julia Dixon Evans

Diversionary Theatre's newest Teen-Versionary production takes place during SD Pride with outdoor performances of Joshua Irving Gershick's 2012 play set in midcentury queer America.

San Diego Weekend Arts Events: SD Practice, Ghost Light Masquerade, Cristóbal Gracia, 'Soft Plans' And High Tea

July 8
By Julia Dixon Evans

New civic art at Bread & Salt and San Diego Art Institute, The Rosin Box’s live, haunting dance, hot sauce art at Best Practice, music video night at Ken Club and an outdoor music, art and food gala.

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Shadow Puppetry Festival Finds Beauty In The Dark

July 6
By Julia Dixon Evans

San Diego's Twisted Heart Puppetworks presents the first annual "Shadows Across the Globe" virtual, worldwide shadow puppet festival July 9-11, 2021, with free performances streaming online.

Javier Arreguin Villegas'

San Diego Weekend Arts Events: Art That Reframes American Independence

July 2
By Julia Dixon Evans

For the July 4th weekend, a closer look at who we consider American and what it means to have a relationship with the land.

Cristóbal Gracia's upcoming installation at Bes...

5 Works Of Art To See In San Diego In July

July 1
By Julia Dixon Evans

Discover art by Cristóbal Gracia at Best Practice, Nicholas Galanin at Quint ONE, Sofia Gonzalez at San Diego Art Institute, LaRissa Rogers at The Front and Javier Arreguin Villegas at The Hill Street Country Club.

A New Generation Of Artists Imagines A Dismantled Future

July 1
By Julia Dixon Evans

A postcolonial, post-gender world is imagined in a new group exhibition at The Front gallery in San Ysidro, featuring work from LaRissa Rogers, Fox Maxy, Yasmine Kasem, Carolina Montejo and more.

Detail of the cover for Jelani Aryeh's album,

5 Songs To Discover In San Diego In July

June 30
By Julia Dixon Evans

We're listening to new music from Jelani Aryeh, Julianna Zachariou, Irenie, SD State of Mind anthology and Rain on Fridays. Plus, two upcoming shows, and a bonus cassette-only album of self-released San Diego bands.

Nicholas Galanin's

San Diego Weekend Arts Events: The Music Of Drag, A Quint Reception, Music En La Calle, Anticuado And Carmen Cusack

June 24
By Julia Dixon Evans

This weekend in the arts: Kelsey Brookes at Quint, drag artist Jaye Piper Rosewell, a City Heights music festival, Javier Arreguin Villegas, and outdoor music at The Old Globe.

'Everything You See Could Be A Lie': The Hyperrealism Of Ana De Alvear

June 23
By Julia Dixon Evans

Madrid-based contemporary artist Ana de Alvear's colored-pencil drawings call reality into question at San Diego Museum of Art.

Percussionist and curator Steven Schick perform...

San Diego Weekend Arts Events: To The Earth Festival, Sidro Saturdays, 'The Mango Tree,' Xenos And Art Alive

June 17
By Julia Dixon Evans

Our weekend arts picks include classical music honoring the planet, a fictional band comes to life, SDMA gets the floral treatment, a new San Ysidro art crawl and a Black playwright's world premiere.

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'Say It Loud' Celebrates Juneteenth With Local Black Talent

June 16
By Jade Hindmon, Julia Dixon Evans, Megan Burke

The San Diego Black Artist Collective has put together a week-long festival of art, theater, music and dance celebrating the Black experience to commemorate Juneteenth.

The Civic Theatre in San Diego sits empty in an...

Live Audiences Return To San Diego

June 15
By Jade Hindmon, Julia Dixon Evans

As California lifts pandemic restrictions on crowds and social distancing, San Diego performance venues prepare for a long-awaited return of live audiences.

Joy Yvonne Jones, one of the organizers of San ...

San Diego Weekend Arts Events: 'Say It Loud,' Wagner New Play Festival, Young Choreographers And Mainly Mozart

June 10
By Julia Dixon Evans

Our weekend arts picks include the launch of a theater-centric Juneteenth festival, brand new plays you can listen to on Spotify, outdoor dance from emerging choreographers and Mozart under the stars.

'Ways Of Seeing': How Artists View Their Worlds

June 10
By Julia Dixon Evans

A new group show in La Jolla brings artists and visitors together to consider perspectives. This weekend marks Thumbprint Gallery's first opening reception since the pandemic began.

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

June 3
By Julia Dixon Evans

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.

Akiko Surai's

5 Works Of Art To See In San Diego In June

June 3
By Julia Dixon Evans

Discover new art in San Diego right now at Swish Projects, Mission Pacific Hotel, the Athenaeum, Quint Gallery and a storefront in City Heights. The pieces tackle mental health, climate change, meditation and gentrification.

Detail of the album cover for 10-19 and the Num...

5 Songs To Discover In San Diego In June

June 2
By Julia Dixon Evans

Discover new music from bands in the region, including 10-19 and the Number Men, Accidents, The Verigolds, Maura Rosa and Satanic Puppeteer Orchestra.

Malashock Dance presents

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

May 27
By Julia Dixon Evans

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.

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'Ghidorah Lives': A Love Letter To Organizers Past, Present And Future

May 27
By Julia Dixon Evans

Teros Gallery and Burn All Books team up for a new group exhibition of AAPI artworks at Good Faith Gallery, inspired by the misunderstood monster and "Gidra," a radical zine founded in 1969.

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