Art Production: AiR Open House and “116 Drawings by Ketanji Brown Jackson”
Alexander Zimmerman, or Zim, recently received his MFA from SDSU with a series of live streamed portraits, mostly of prominent figures in social justice and current events. In an exhibition at Art Produce, he further explored this relationship between the internet, activism, and his distinctive artistic and performative style by progressively live streaming the works in “116 Drawings by Ketanji Brown Jackson”. The finished effect is stunning, with all 116 works filling the gallery walls, and it can also be seen day or night from the sidewalk along University Ave. viewed from North Park. The exhibition closes with a reception on Saturday.
Details: The graduation reception will be held on Saturday, August 6, 2022 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., coinciding with the Artist-in-Residence (AiR) program open house, which runs from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m :00 p.m. Art Produce, 3139 University Ave., North Park. Free.
“A Weekend in Paris” at SummerFest
This weekend’s La Jolla Music Society SummerFest features three days of Paris-themed concerts, each part of a historic romp through what made Paris the cultural hub we know it to be.
“Most of the pieces are from these two iconic periods in Paris, basically a 100-year span from the mid 18 Années Folles’, the crazy years, mostly focusing on the 1920s Paris and the 30s,” said Inon Barnatan , Music Director of SummerFest “We went back in time and basically lived through the years that made Paris what it is, the center of culture where all the writers, composers and thinkers were all in the same pot. “
Friday’s performance touches on the salons and masquerades of Paris, including works by Chopin, Debussy and Ravel – as well as André Caplet’s “Conte Fantastique”, which pays homage to Edgar Allen Poe’s short story “The Masque of the Red Death”.
Saturday will focus on Le Conservatoire de Paris – including “Nocturne” by a young prodigy, Lili Boulanger. “She was one of the brightest stars to leave the Winter Garden,” Barnatan said.
Sunday afternoon’s concert explores the ways Parisian composers have borrowed styles from around the world, with works by Saint-Saëns, Ravel, Couperin and others.
Bonus: There is one free, open rehearsal on Friday at 2 p.m. Cellist Efe Baltacigil, pianist Inon Barnatan, violinist Liza Ferschtman and violist Yura Lee will rehearse Fauré’s “Piano Quartet No. 1 in C Minor” – to be performed during Saturday night’s concert – followed by a question-and-answer session -Round. Drop in, no reservation required.
Details: 7:30pm Friday and Saturday and 3pm Sunday 5-7 Aug 2022. Baker Baum Concert Hall at The Conrad, 7600 Fay Ave., La Jolla. $48-$98.
New Sculpture: Adam Belt, Christopher Puzio, Chris Thorson
The Quint Gallery in La Jolla opens an exhibition of new sculptures by three artists: Adam Belt, Christopher Puzio and Chris Thorson. The work of all three sculptors is downright wonderful, but don’t miss Thorson’s misleadingly modest collection of everyday toiletries transformed into cast bronze sculptures – recognizable forms of protective things like tubes of Neosporin or sunscreen bottles that are really only recognizable by the vessel the actual substance.
While you’re there at Quint’s 7655 Girard gallery, check out Dana Van Horn’s “Caught” in the tiny The Museum Of ___ room tucked away at the back. Van Horn’s grid-like arrangement of 441 monochrome mugshot watercolors represents the artist’s nightly ritual: painting a mugshot every night.
Details: On view from August 6th to September 17th, 2022. The gallery is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 11am to 5pm. Quint Gallery, 7655 Girard Ave., La Jolla. Free.
Local playwright Charles Borkhuis’ new play ‘Blue Period’, chronicling the life of Picasso, closes this weekend at Chula Vista’s OnStage Playhouse. The story chronicles a time in Pablo Picasso’s life when he and his close friend were dating Carles Casagemas left Spain for Paris – leading to the tragic events in their friendship that sparked Picasso’s famous ‘Blue Period’.
Details: Remaining performances are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays 4-7 August 2022 at 2pm. OnStage Playhouse, 291 Third Ave., Chula Vista. $22-$25.
More theatre: You can learn a little more about the production of The Old Globe’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, watch Beth Accomando’s interview with director Patricia McGregor here and our playlist listening session with cast member Miki Vale – the original Shakespeare -Rap in production. This weekend’s performances are Thursday through Sunday at 8 p.m. Runs until September 4th.
“Pollinators and Jazz”
music, jazz. meal
Enjoy dinner and drinks in the charming al fresco garden at MAKE Projects in North Park and learn about the impact pollinators have on your food – plus a live jazz performance by the Young Lions Jazz Conservatory conducted by Rob Thorsen.
MAKE Projects is an urban farm and restaurant that provides employment and experience to low-income women and youth from refugee and immigrant communities. If you were driving down 30th Street south of the university, you might have noticed the thriving food garden on the property next to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. The proceeds from the tickets will directly support the work of the non-profit organization.
Details: 5-7:30 p.m. on Friday, August 5, 2022. MAKE Projects, 3725 30th St., North Park. $15 for youth, $50 for adults.
Richard Ybarra: “Lights, Nights: Neon”
Fine arts, photography
Photographer Richard Ybarra has been photographing neon signs for four decades, and his new exhibition at La Jolla’s BFree Studio is a love letter to the art form’s impact on the nighttime landscape. Gallery hours are 11:00 am to 5:00 pm Tuesday through Sunday, but this weekend you’ll have two opportunities to view it in the evening: the first Friday, La Jolla ArtWalk, and the opening reception on Saturday.
BFree Studio opened its La Jolla gallery almost a year ago, in August 2021.
Details: La Jolla’s First Friday Art Walk takes place on Friday, August 5 from 4pm to 7pm; the opening reception is Saturday, August 6, 5-7pm. On view through August 15, 2022. BFree Studio, 7857 Girard Ave., La Jolla). Free.
More visual arts: ArtWalk returns to Liberty Station this weekend, Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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