Weekend Art Events in San Diego: Live Arts Fest, Juneteenth at the Globe, “Iron” and More

Axis: Feast of June 16

Poetry, Music, Comedy
Poet and performer Gill Sotu hosts The Old Globe’s free Juneteenth production, held on the famous outdoor stage of the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, presented by AXIS, the series of free, community-focused, family-friendly cultural programs .

Saturday’s two-hour event will include a performance of Sotu’s short play, “Sucker Punched,” comedy sets, poetry performances, as well as hip-hop, choral and soul music.

Tickets are free, but reservations are required due to the theater’s limited capacity.

Details: Noon to 2 p.m., Saturday, June 18, 2022. The Old Globe Lowell Davies Festival Theater (open air). 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park. Free (reservations required).

Living Arts Festival

In previous years, before the pandemic, the San Diego Dance Theater (SDDT) Live Arts Festival was a 10-day program of dance performances. This year it’s a bit more low-key, with six performances over four days this weekend alone – but it’s still a great opportunity to check out new dance performances from a wide range of SDDT collaborators.

Courtesy of Teatro en el Incendio

Tijuana-based contemporary dance company Teatro en el Incendio performs “La capacidad de los peces para sufrir” in an undated photo. The group will perform the work at the San Diego Dance Theater’s Live Arts Fest on June 17, 2022.

Catch Tijuana’s Teatro en el Incendio on Fridays at 8 p.m., dance group Minerva Tapia performs Saturdays at 5 p.m., and a piece of “in our red world” by Odessa Uno will be performed at 8 p.m. Sunday performances are Todd Mitchum and Ian Isles at 5 p.m., and bkSOUL at 8 p.m.

Details: From Thursday, June 16 to Sunday, June 19, 2022. Performances are at 8 p.m. each evening, plus shows at 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Light Box Theater, 2590 Truxtun Rd., Ste. 205 Liberty Station. $12 to $20.

‘The iron’

Directed by Jacole Kitchen, Roustabouts Theater Co. presents the 2002 play “Iron” by Scottish playwright Rona Munro. Munro, a famous writer for stage and screen, also wrote several episodes of “Doctor Who” – the series finale for the previous series, which aired in 1989, as well as a recent episode “The Eaters of Light”. in 2017. But I “nerdily” digress.

Onstage in San Diego, “Iron” is set in a women’s prison, and the story takes place primarily between two women, a mother and a daughter. Josie, the daughter, visits her mother for the first time after 15 years. Fay, the mother, is serving a life sentence for the murder of her husband, Josie’s father. Munro’s writing is powerful, yet silent and deeply real.


Courtesy of Daren Scott

Kate Rose Reynolds and Rosina Reynolds are shown in an undated production photo for ‘Iron’.

For this production, real-life mother and daughter actors will play Fay and Josie: Rosina Reynolds and Kate Rose Reynolds, respectively. Two additional characters (Richard P. Trujillo and Jada Alston Owens) serve as the prison guards – who also serve as occasional guides for the rocky reunion of mother and daughter.

Details: Performances take place at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Until June 25, 2022. Presented by Roustabouts at the Moxie Theater, 6663 El Cajon Blvd., College Area. $30 to $45.

SDMA+ San Diego Shakespeare Society Midsummer ArtStops

Visual Arts, Theater
The San Diego Museum of Art’s new exhibition of contemporary Chilean artist Fernando Casasempere’s work, “TERRA,” is striking in its scale, aesthetic and significance, touching on human impact on the planet. Several rooms contain four distinct series of clay works by Casasempere – metaphorically using Earth as a material for making art on Earth.

For Saturday’s brief performances, the San Diego Shakespeare Society will converse iconic scenes and monologues from The Bard with these works of art. Performances will include excerpts from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Hamlet”, among others, and cast members include Suthe Mani, Michael Rodriguez, Mark Petrich, Keira Mogavero, Nicki Barnes and Steve Smith.⁠

Details: 1 and 2 p.m. Saturday, June 18, 2022. San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park. Free with museum admission ($8 to $20, or free for museum members).

Space 4 Art June Open Studios

visual art
Artists with studios at Space 4 Art open their doors Friday for a free event. Along with insight into the creative process and recently completed works, a series of performances by Drummers Without Borders’ Felix Diaz, experimental tuba player Jonathan Piper, and “no know,” a soundtrack by Sean Francis Conway and producer by KPBS Andrew Bracken.

Details: 7 p.m. Friday, June 17, 2022. Space 4 Art, 340 16th St., Downtown/East Village. Free.

More visual art: Discover our report on “The buses are coming”, a presentation of photographs on the Freedom Riders. The outdoor exhibit opens with a reception from 5-9 p.m. on Friday, June 17, 2022 at the Quartyard, presented by the San Diego African American Museum of Fine Art. On view until September 7.

Last chance visual art: Two exhibitions will close at Bread and Salt this weekend: Nikko Mueller at Best Practice; and Joe Yorty and Joe Cantrell in the main Bread and Salt gallery.

Mainly Mozart All Star Orchestra Festival: closing weekend

I’m a sucker for a piece by Saint-Saëns, and his “Cello Concerto No. 1” is a beauty – melodic, brooding, graceful and technical all at once. German cellist Maximilian Hornung is the soloist for Friday night’s performance at the Surf Cup Sports Park.


Courtesy of Marco Borggreve

Cellist Maximilian Hornung is seen in an undated photo.

On Friday, the orchestra will also play Ralph Vaughn Williams’ “hit” 1909 suite “The Wasps,” which, despite its ubiquity and recognition, remains a pleasure to listen to time after time. They will end the evening with Haydn’s “Symphony No. 104” and Mozart’s majestic and driving “Overture to La Clemenza di Tito” (of course, there is Mozart).

Saturday’s closing night includes only two plays. Schubert’s magnificent “Unfinished Symphony” and Mozart’s iconic “Requiem”, with the support of the San Diego Master Chorale.

Seating at the All Star Orchestra Festival is pod-style: guests purchase a pod, which admits and accommodates up to four people. Section B, the general admission section, is always available, so arrive early to secure a spot and bring your own blankets and chairs.

Details: 7:30 p.m., Friday, June 17 and Saturday, June 18, 2022. Surf Cup Sports Park, 14989 Via de la Valle, Del Mar. $60 for four / $15 per person. Some VIP tickets are also available.

For more arts events, or to submit your own, visit the KPBS/Arts Calendar. And sign up for my weekly KPBS/Arts newsletter here.

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