Weekend Art Events in San Diego: Teen-Versionary, Park Social Exploration Day, “NextGen” and More

“NextGen”: exhibition of graduate artists

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The newest exhibit to open at the San Diego Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) Balboa Park site is a selection of works by artists who have graduated from regional art programs. The artists were selected by a jury composed of Beatriz Cortez (whose work “Glacial Erratic” I presented in early 2021), Isabel Dutra from Bread and Salt and María Elena Ortiz from the Pérez Art Museum Miami.

I saw glimpses of some of the pieces in the exhibition, including the beautiful interdisciplinary shadow play sculpture and performance, “You Took My Impression Never Touching Me” by Beck Haberstroh; Isidro Pérez Garcia’s serpentine assemblage sculpture, “Corazones de Sacrificio”; and the intriguing textile works of Gideon Sawyer. A total of seven artists have been selected, with María Antonia Eguiarte Souza, Victor Castaneda, Dianne Preciado and Matt Williams rounding out the list.

The exhibition opens on Friday evening with music by Xayn Naz. It’s free, but you can register in advance.

Details: Opens with a reception from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, July 14, 2022 through September 4, 2022. ICA San Diego-Central, 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park. Free.

Teen-Versionary: ‘Strings That Bind’

Teen-Versionary is Diversionary Theatre’s intensive, collaborative theater program for LGBTQ+ and allied youth, which includes a three-week rehearsal program and performances. This summer’s production, which is part of San Diego Pride, is about the idea of ​​being seen as “puppets of the system.”

The piece will combine puppet-style movement, poetry, music, art and dance, and will be performed by the group of nine teenagers and led by Wildred Paloma. Both performances are free, but RSVP is required to reserve a seat in the theater.

Details: 3 p.m. Friday, July 15 and 4 p.m. Saturday, July 16, 2022. Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd., University Heights. Free (prior reservation required).

Park Social Exploration Day

Visual Arts, Music, Outdoors
Park Social is the City of San Diego’s new public art program that connects artists with public parks in San Diego. It was launched in May with projects, installations, workshops, “activations” and other participatory events taking place on an ongoing basis until November – plenty of time for the public to gradually discover as much art as possible. This weekend’s “Social Exploration Day” is a way to make a day of it and visit several projects in a row. Nine of the 18 projects will be exhibited, mostly in their final form.

Courtesy of the artist

Detail of Margaret Noble’s chalk spray paint drawings for her Park Social public art installation, shown in an undated photo. The art spans the entire perimeter of Point Loma’s Plumosa Park and includes a sound element.
large balls of "thread" made from strips of clothing with two artists, seated and weaving on a loom.

Julia Dixon Evans

For Park Social, artists Sheena Rae Dowling and Yvette Roman cut community clothing into strips of fabric and weave them into blankets at San Ysidro Community Park, in a photo from May 16, 2022.

I recently featured Margaret Noble’s sonic chalk mural in Point Loma, “Locked Groove,” as one of five works of art for the summer. You can also read more here about “Collective Memory”, Yvette Roman and Sheena Rae Dowling’s installation and community event in San Ysidro. Saturday’s event also includes “Toltec totems” by Mario Torero and Sarah Bella Mondragon, which officially open on Friday as a pop-up at the Centro Cultural de la Raza, as well as the fountain in Balboa Park and the Plaza from Panama. .

Other projects playing Saturday are “Treeline” by Kasi Muñoz and Kline Swonger at Linda Vista; David White’s “Essential San Diego” at Kate Sessions Park in La Jolla; “Honeycomb Harmonies” by Keenan Hartsten at Scripps Ranch; “Reading to Strangers” by Allison Wiese at Mira Mesa; “Tribute to Paleteros” by Roberto Salas in University City; and Timothy Murdoch’s “Walking the Wall” at North Park Community Park.

Details: Times and locations vary. For a complete program, go here. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 16, 2022. Free.


Courtesy of Jazz Lounge

Leonard Patton (left) and Gregory Page (right, with guitar) perform in October 2021 at the Jazz Lounge, shown in a video.

‘LP & GP Collide’: Leonard Patton and Gregory Page

Folk/rock singer-songwriter Gregory Page has been recording and performing in San Diego for decades. His latest album, “One Hell of a Memory,” was released in 2020 (and with six of the 10 tracks featuring backing vocals by Jason Mraz, it almost felt like a collaboration).

In a pair of concerts this weekend, the great and prolific jazz singer Leonard Patton, who runs the new Jazz Lounge at Rolando, will join Page to sing together. I like the idea of ​​a collaboration between these two versatile singers and the distinct genres of folk and jazz, and the show promises to find the musical spaces where their styles “collide”.

Details: 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16, 2022. The Jazz Lounge, 6818 El Cajon Blvd., Rolando. $40 to $60.


Marianne de la Hoz

“Penelope, Destejidas” by Marianela de la Hoz is part of the artist’s new exhibition at the Timken Museum of Art, on view until September 4, 2022.

‘Destejidas (non-woven)’: Marianela de la Hoz

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Painter Marianela de la Hoz is the third regional artist to complete a residency at the Timken Museum of Art for their summer series, following Bhavna Mehta in 2018 and Roman de Salvo in 2019. After a two-year hiatus for the pandemic and renovations of the Timken, the program is back. De la Hoz has been “in residence” since mid-June and the exhibition officially opens this week. Her works have recently been exhibited at the San Diego Museum of Art and in a double exhibition with Helen Redman at Art Produce. For her residency, she focused on the character Penelope from Homer’s “Odyssey,” who fended off a hundred suitors while Odysseus was away in the Trojan War. De la Hoz was particularly inspired by how Penelope spent years weaving and undoing a burial shroud for her father.

Details: Timken Museum hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. On view until September 4, 2022. 1500 El Prado, Balboa Park. Free.

2022 San Diego International Mariachi Summit Gala Concert

Music, Dance
Billed as a “Leyendas del Mariachi” concert by legends of the mariachi world, this year’s concert marks the 25th anniversary of the Mariachi Scholarship Foundation, which holds a summit every year. Solo performers include Lupita Infante, Rafael Jorge Negrete, Juan Mendoza “El Tariacuri”, Gabriel Solis, and more, Mariachi Champaña Nevin, San Diego Binational Symphony Orchestra, and Ballet Folklórico Internacional.

Details: 7 p.m. Saturday, July 16, 2022. San Diego Civic Theater, 1100 Third Ave., Downtown. $33+.

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