Weekend Art Events in San Diego: Cog•nate Collective, “Mía”, Iranian Music and more
Cog•nate Collective, ‘Tianquiztli: Portraits of the Market as Portal’
Cog•nate Collective’s new exhibit at ICA San Diego’s North Campus in Encinitas is part of an ongoing work by the artist duo. “Portraits of the Market as Portal” examines street markets, cross-border communities and the trade in objects.
Tianquiztli is the indigenous Aztec/Mexican origin of “Tianguis”, the open air markets in Mexico. But Cog•nate Collective also wanted to tie their work to another use of the term Tianquiztli, the constellation of the Pleiades.
Cog•nate Collective is a long-standing collaboration between artists Misael Diaz and Amy Sanchez Arteaga, recipients of the 2022 San Diego Art Prize. Her works can also currently be seen in the art prize exhibition in the art gallery of the central library.
After an artist talk at 6:30pm, music will be provided by youth producer/artist Armaan Damani.
Details: On view through January 29, 2023. Reception and Artist Talk 5:30-9 p.m. Saturday, November 19, 2022. Institute of Contemporary Art San Diego: North Campus, 1550 S El Camino Real, Encinitas. Free.
LITVAKdance Fall 2022 Performance
San Diego contemporary dance company LITVAKdance will perform five works by different choreographers for their fall concert.
The pieces are: Issa Hourani’s All I Left You, which draws on Hourani’s Middle Eastern and Mexican roots and the social and religious rituals and practices of Middle Eastern culture; Ronen Izhaki of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance will premiere a new piece, Each Grain of Rice, about everyone having their own story; and Rebecca Margolick’s work Bayit weaves Yiddish folk dance with contemporary movement.
WHYTEBERG (Gracie Whyte and Laura Berg) is a performance duo from LA. ‘I Hear Everyone You Know Is More Relevant Than Anyone I Know’ is an amazing title and this work premiered earlier this year with LITVAKdance’s ‘Dancing Outdoors’ programme. And the piece “We Find Home” by LITVAK founder Sadie Weinberg, which premiered at LITVAK’s debut in 2018, is about the longing for home.
The performances are accompanied by live music from Kristopher Apple, Pete Polansky and Joe McNalley.
Note: Masks are compulsory for the performance on Sunday at 5 p.m. For other performances, masks are optional.
Details: 4pm and 7pm Saturday, November 19; and 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday, November 20, 2022. San Dieguito Academy, 800 Santa Fe Dr., Encinitas. $15-$25.
Bocón Arts: “Mía: All Mine”
Local theater organization Bocón Arts was founded in 2013 to bring collaborative works of different voices to the stage for all ages.
Mía: All Mine is a bilingual play written in Spanish by Amaranta Leyva and translated into English by Carmen Rivera – part of a bi-national translation residency at the now-defunct Lark Play Development Center.
The play follows an 8-year-old girl, Mía (played by Vanessa Flores Cabrera), as she struggles with the trauma of domestic violence. It’s a disturbing story, but told in a way that’s accessible — but not watered down — to younger audiences and families. “Don’t be afraid, moms, dads. Sit down with your children and watch Mía,” the company urges. It is directed by Daniel Jáquez of TuYo Theater and this is the US premiere.
Details: On stage through November 20, 2022. Remaining Spanish language shows are on Friday November 18 at 7pm; 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19; and 5:30 p.m. Sunday, November 20. The remaining English language shows are on Saturday 19 November at 5:30pm and Sunday 20 November at 2:00pm. Woodbury University School of Architecture, 2212 Main St., Barrio Logan. $10-$20.
A journey into the folk and traditional music of Iran
The Music Department of UC San Diego hosts a performance by Persian brass band Khosrow Soltani and Iranian percussionist Mohammad Ghavihelm. The instrumentalists, who have been playing together since they were young, will explore folk music from Iran using traditional instruments.
This performance is at UCSD’s Conrad Prebys Music Center in the Experimental Theater. The building is convenient to both the Blue Line Trolley and the Gilman Parking Structure, which has toll booths ($2 an hour on weekends). The concert is free for UCSD students, faculty and staff.
Details: Saturday, November 19, 2022 at 7 p.m. Conrad Preby’s Music Center, 9500 Gilman Dr., UC San Diego. $0-$25.
Payare performs ‘Brahms’ Symphony No. 1′
Brahms’ “Symphony No. 1” is a dramatic work with a particularly beautiful and emotional second movement. Pianist Marc-André Hamelin will accompany the symphony with Franz Liszt’s mesmerizing Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major.
They open the concert with Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde”, one of my favorite pieces – slow and atmospheric, with an unbelievably long, energetic build-up.
Rafael Payare will conduct the San Diego Symphony in two performances at two different venues this weekend, one indoors and one outdoors.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 17 at The Shell (222 Marina Park Way, downtown, $25-108) and 7:30 p.m. Friday, November 18 at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido (340 N. Escondido Blvd. , Escondido, $25-$70).
More weekend art events to report on
Here is KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando’s look at the La Jolla Playhouse production of Shakespeare’s As You Like It. Personally, I rewound and rewatched the excised paper doll explainer segment multiple times. Performances this weekend are Thursdays and Fridays at 8pm and Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm. On stage until December 11th.
Pop Smoke: A Veteran Art Exhibition curator Amber Zora joined KPBS Midday Edition last week to talk about the exhibition, veteran art and more. You can listen to the interview here. The Oceanside Museum of Art is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with extended hours until Friday at 8:00 p.m. On view until January 15, 2023.
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