Weekend Art Events in San Diego: ‘On the Move’, ‘Bob Fosse’s Dancin’, ‘Women in Jazz’ and More
This weekend in the arts: Melody Jean Moulton and Annalize Neil at Trash Lamb; more than 40 bands at Adams Avenue Unplugged; “Bob Fosse’s Dancin'” at the Old Globe; “Women in Jazz 2022” at Quartyard; high school bands and orchestras at the Shell; “Les Paul Through the Lens” at the Museum of Music; and Susan Narucki sings “Kafka Fragments”.
Two big events in the arts world this weekend have their own unique features this week, so be sure to check out our San Diego Book Crawl stories (including our interview with first-time crawl entrant, the new Libélula Books at Barrio Logan), and the San Diego Museum of Art’s annual flower show, Art Alive.
“Bob Fosse’s Dance”
Now open at the Old Globe, “Bob Fosse’s Dancin'” is a reimagining of the original 1978 Broadway hit, “Dancin’.” Wayne Cilento starred in the original and has now adapted the work for modern stages.
Fosse’s choreography is known for being larger than life, athletic, showy and varied, and this production captures that versatility and energy. It’s a concert-style piece, rather than a narrative piece, and features a range of dance styles set to popular music from the 1970s. This production is officially headed to Broadway, so catch it here now for your bragging rights.
Details: Opening night: Thursday April 28 and through May 29, 2022. The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park. $52+.
‘On the Move’: Melody Jean Moulton and Annalize Neil
The founder of the Trash Lamb Gallery, Melody Jean Moulton, will join forces with Annalize Neil for a rapid exhibition for two in the South Park space. I love Neil’s pieces that mix cyanotype and watercolour, and Moulton’s woodblock and mixed media collages are amazing. The two have also created collaborative works. The gallery will hold a reception on Saturday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Details: Opens Saturday April 30, 2022 with a reception from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and is visible until May 29. Normal gallery and boutique hours are Saturday 12-6pm (this weekend they will close at 5pm) and Sunday 12-5pm or by appointment. Trash Lamb Gallery, 2365 30th St., South Park. Free.
International Jazz Day ft. Women in Jazz 2022
It’s a man’s world out there in jazz, but Allison Adams Tucker has teamed up with a local women in jazz group for an upcoming showcase. The musicians include the legendary Holly Hofmann on flute, Lexi Pulido on vocals and guitar, Melonie Grinnell on piano, Evona Wascinski on bass, Monette Marino on percussion and Samantha Lincoln, a young performer who is part of the Young Lions Jazz Conservatory to the battery.
Here’s a little video the Young Lions recently posted to Blue Train Ensemble’s Instagram, featuring the amazing Samantha Lincoln ripping it up on drums.
Details: Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 6 p.m. Quartyard, 1301 Market St., East Village. $20.
Adams Avenue disconnected
A two-mile stretch of Adams Ave., from University Heights to Kensington, will host a (mostly) free acoustic music festival, with performances by Sara Petite, Whiskey & Burlap, Aimee Jacobs, the Louis Valenzuela Trio, Rookie Card, Grandpa Drew and tons Suite. A performance by former X singer John Doe is the only ticketed event, a 7 p.m. performance at the Normal Heights United Methodist Church. Shows are inside bars and venues along the route.
Whiskey & Burlap recently won the 2022 San Diego Music Award for Best Folk Album. They will perform at 4 p.m. at the Swan Bar (2933 Adams Ave. at 30th). Here is a song from that album:
Details: Saturday April 30, 2022 from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. (detailed schedule here). Multiple locations along Adams Avenue from University Heights to Kensington. Free (John Doe: $25).
SDUSD High School Music and Orchestra Festival
OK, I’m showing my true colors as a former high school band nerd, but this sounds great: Seven regional high school bands are performing at the Shell in a free show on Saturdays, with no reservations or tickets required. Orchestras, wind ensembles and/or advanced bands from Patrick Henry, Mira Mesa, Morse, Madison, Point Loma, Scripps Ranch and San Diego High Schools will perform.
If you’re looking for a family-friendly, no-pressure way to visit the Shell (and even try some of the food options!), this is a great opportunity. Bonus portion of “the kids are fine”.
Details: Saturday, April 30, 2022 from 1 to 4 p.m. The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park, 222 Marina Park Way, Downtown. Free.
Photo exhibition “Les Paul through the lens”
Visual Arts, Photography, Music
This traveling photographic exhibit from the Les Paul Foundation chronicles the life and work of luthier (a fancy word for guitar maker), blues guitarist, and songwriter Les Paul, who lived from 1915 to 2009. The Museum of Carlsbad Music will be hosting the exhibit through the end of May, and while you’re there, be sure to visit the “sit and play” area of the main museum.
Details: On view through May 31, 2022. Museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 5790 Armada Dr., Carlsbad. $10-$15
More visual art, music, performance: The Fed ArtWalk Mission takes place in Little Italy on Saturday April 30 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday May 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“Fragments of Kafka” by György Kurtág
Music, Vocal Music, Hybrid Event
Kickstart the work week with a cutting-edge musical performance. On Monday night, acclaimed San Diego-based soprano Susan Narucki will perform the ambitious “Kafka Fragments” with Curtis Macomber on violin Monday at UC San Diego Conrad Prebys Concert Hall.
The work, completed by contemporary Hungarian composer György Kurtág in 1986, is a song cycle and performance based on fragments of writings found by Franz Kafka – notes, letters, diaries and other ephemera. There’s a free in-person event on campus, or you can tune in for the livestream.
Details: Monday, May 2, 2022 at 7 p.m. Conrad Prebys Concert Hall, 9500 Gilman Dr., UC San Diego (or live). Free.
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