San Diego Weekend Art Events: City Ballet, DNA New Works, Sparks Summer Showcase, ‘Beehive’ and Julianna Zachariou (KPBS Midday Edition segments)
This Weekend in the Arts: Sparks Summer Showcase, La Jolla Playhouse’s new play series, “Beehive the ’60s Musical,” indie pop at the Soda Bar and “On the Move” brings the City Ballet back to the public.
Speaker 1: 00:00 This weekend, the city ballet is back on stage. There is a chance to experience brand new works of dramatic writing in person at the LA Jolla Playhouse. There is an art exhibition made of plants and a visual art and music collaboration at the Casbah. Join me with all the details as KPBS Writer and Art Producer Julia Dickson Evans, and welcome Julia.
Speaker 2: 00:23 Hi Maureen. Thank you for. Then
Speaker 1: 00:26 City Ballet launches its new season. This weekend. Tell us about these shows.
Speaker 2: 12:30 am This is not only the first in-person season for them after what has been a fairly productive virtual pandemic season, but it is also their very first season in the summer. It is usually an off season or a festival season or a teaching season for dancers. So it seems like a nice gift for the dancers as well as for the audience and in a way to celebrate the fact that each of the shows this weekend we will have an outdoor reception with the dancers and all the company as well. And what are they going to play? So they make two new pieces. There is a choreography of their own Jeff Gonzalez, with whom he often does really moving and powerful stuff for them. And the city ballet makes this blend of classic and contemporary ballet out of everything from the choreography, the costumes, and the musical choices. So one of those pieces this weekend is called Unbroken, which is about resilience. And the other is in the hourglass desert, which is a reflection on time. I saw little pieces of rehearsals for these two tracks and they look really fantastic.
Speaker 1: 01:37 All right. The city ballet returns to the stage with two shows at the Grand Horton Theater downtown tonight and Saturday night at 7:30 am, the LA Jolla Playhouse has free performances. This weekend, part of their series of new DNA works. So Julia, what can we expect?
Speaker 2:01:55 DNA new works. It’s a two week festival and it just kicked off this weekend. They read four new plays on location at the Playhouse. And this weekend’s works include Elisa Sanai’s Sumo. Drang Sumo takes place in the S Sumo Wrestling Training Center and follows six men who are committed to this tradition, this way of life. And there is another room. All the men who didn’t frighten me with any idea. This one is a Playhouse commission and the story follows linking the main character. Um, when his wife finds out she can’t get pregnant, Ty decides to wean off her testosterone to carry the baby on her own. And a lot of the characters in the story are actually in the form of hauntings of men from their past.
Speaker 1: 02:46 The new round of DNA work is taking place next weekend. This weekend All The Men That Scared Me Off is tonight at 7:30 am and Saturday at 2:00 pm. And Sumo is Saturday night at 7:30 am Now, for green thumb art lovers, you recommend an unconventional solo show in a new location for the more unconventional side of art. Tell us about what’s on display at the trash Lam gallery.
Speaker 2: 03:12 Yeah, that’s not a mall in South Park. And right now, they’re showing the work of artists Britton, a new funder. She’s a former dancer and also has roots in the punk and DIY scene and not necessarily the trained art world, but what she does is these incredible sculptures. They’re using things from the natural world like animals and plants, and she’ll build these incredibly intricate sculptures using succulents planted in skulls, as a form of plant taxidermy and in the gallery, it’s okay. Art photographs of these sculptures. Plus some of the actual sculptures. One is this massive piece with mosses and herbs, then tiny bones and teeth sticking out. Also, the gallery has a stack of magnifying glasses, so you can get up close to see all the details,
Speaker 1: 04:04 The exhibition of the new donors of Brittany between this and that guardians of the fertile void is visible until August 8, the garbage lamb gallery is open from Thursday to Saturday from noon to 6 and Friday from noon to five in the world of music. The group, the color 49, are hosting a concert for the release of a record tonight at the Casbah, but there is a special connection to the visual arts here. Tell us about their new animation clip,
Speaker 2: 04:30 Color 49. They worked with two collaborators from Mexico on a song, musician Rubin Allbritton, then border artists. You do CrossFit. I just profiled CrossFit this week. He is one of the recipients of the 2021 San Diego Art Award. And his work is awesome. He’s a designer. So all he does is draw. He’s a very improviser, which means he has a general idea of what he’s doing, but the process of creating art informs a lot of those details. One of these trademarks is stop motion animation. They use the process as a part of the story. In fact, he won the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery competition in 2019 for an animated portrait. He made a migrant his truly challenging work. The idea that visual art should be static, a Hugo CrossFit illustrated and animated this song. What would I know about the color 49? He used a handheld camera to take something like 700 photos per drawing. And it looks like a ghost is drawing them on the page. I told CrossFit a bit about this process and what inspired the book
Speaker 3: 05:39 Just to read the lyrics immediately. I know I could already see if the video and I can see the imagery that I wanted this idea of, uh, how, uh, you know, in a way love is interrupted by that boundary and then love always triumphs over the border, but then the border returns. And so it’s, there’s this idea of this struggle of discussing things trying to come together, but then torn apart by this very geometric element of the line of a border,
Speaker 1:06:07 Color 49 will perform at the Casbah tonight in a fundraiser for the museum School doors open at 8:30 a.m. and performances start at 9:30 a.m. I a collaboration with artists? Ugo Crossway is out on all platforms today for more details on these and other art events and to sign up for Julia’s weekly arts newsletter, go to kpbs.org/arts. I spoke with KPBS writer and artistic producer Julia Dixon Evans, and as always, thank you Julia. Thanks Maureen. Have a good week-end.
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