Weekend Art Events in San Diego: ‘Surface Tension’, Music Connects, ‘Rhapsody in Blue’, ‘Campus Creatives’ and more

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In the arts this weekend: a new exhibition at ICA Central, free concerts by the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, the City Ballet at the Balboa Theater, Sacra/Profana sings at Fallbrook, a collective exhibition of teachers of visual art and “Into the Woods” from New Village Arts.

‘Surface tension’

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The upcoming exhibition to occupy the new ICA San Diego Central gallery in Balboa Park will feature immersive multimedia video work by seven artists from around the world, including San Diego-based Pinar Yoldas, as well as Marina Zurkow, Charles Atlas, Ulu Braun, Caroline Monnet and Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley. Each work investigates the relationship of humans to the ocean, ranging from our reverence for the ocean to our abuse and destruction. The exhibition opens with a reception on Friday, March 25 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. RSVP here.

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Details: March 25, 2022 through June 19, 2022 with a reception on Friday, March 25 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ICA San Diego Central, 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park. Free.

San Diego Symphony Music Connects

Classical music, Family
San Diego Symphony’s Music Connects is a free community outreach program, offering a free one-hour family concert in local neighborhoods. This weekend’s series features five shows throughout Saturday and Sunday. The program is the same for each concert, featuring five fun and vibrant works from a diverse cast of composers.

For Wes Anderson fans, one of the selections is “Simple Symphony” by Benjamin Britten, which was featured prominently in “Moonrise Kingdom”. The symphony will play two movements of the work, including the delightful “Playful Pizzicato” movement.

Other works are Tchaikovsky’s sweeping finale to “Serenade in C Major,” William Grant Still’s “Danzas de Panama,” selections from Ethel Smyth’s “Suite for Strings,” and Shostakovich’s “Chamber Symphony.”

Details: Program details here. Saturday, March 26 at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.. at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 3502 Clairemont Dr., Clairemont; 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, 2728 Sixth Ave., Banker’s Hill; and Sunday, March 27 at 2 p.m.. and 3:30 p.m.. at the John D. Spreckels Center, 1019 7th St., Coronado. Free.

City Ballet: ‘Rhapsody in Blue’

To dance
This City Ballet program features three major works, including a new ballet by the company’s resident choreographer Geoffrey Gonzalez, the titular “Rhapsody in Blue.” This piece, set to music by Gershwin, was created during the pandemic as an impressive filmed and staged virtual production. I’m sure the live performance will be spectacular, but I might miss the directing choices regarding close-ups and camera angles in the virtual version.

Courtesy of City Ballet / Anna Scipione

City Ballet dancers perform in the ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ program in an undated photo.

The second piece is “Danses Concertantes” by the famous choreographer George Balanchine, set to music by Igor Stravinsky. Balanchine originally created this work in 1944, but refreshed it in the 70s. This work is the epitome of Balanchine – fast, precise, athletic.

Finally, they will perform “La Bayadere – Kingdom of the Shades” by Marius Petipa, a dramatic excerpt from a larger work created in 1877.

Details: Friday and Saturday, March 25 and 26, at 8 p.m. Balboa Theater, 868 Fourth Ave., downtown. $30 to $97.

Sacra/Profana: American Landscape

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In Fallbrook, the Sacra/Profana Choral Ensemble will perform works inspired by national parks, including Saguaro National Park, Devils Tower National Monument, and more. The works will include settings of texts by John Muir and two West Coast premieres: “Crescent Meadow” by Neil Shaw Cohen and “Prairie Elegy” by Eric William Barnum. It’s a free show, presented by the Fallbrook Music Society and it will take place at the historic 1946 Mission Theater. If the music in this afternoon concert inspires you to explore the nature of Fallbrook while you’re up there, Check Santa Margarita River Trail Reserve or the (difficult) Mount Monserate raise.

Details: Sunday, March 27, 2022 at 2 p.m. Mission Theater, 231 N. Main Ave., Fallbrook. Free.

“Campus Creatives”: San Diego Fine Arts College

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I’m a big boy Fan of the San Diego college art scene, and this new exhibit at the California Center for the Arts Escondido features dozens of regional professors from San Diego’s many colleges and universities. Featured artists include Siobhán Arnold, Carlos Castro, Neil Kendricks, Sage Serrano, Griselda Rosas, Eva Struble, Sofia V. Gonzalez and many more.

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Courtesy of CCAE

Briana Miyoko Stanley’s “Aotearoa / The Long White Cloud” is shown in this undated photo.

Also on display will be works that participating professors have selected from among their students, presented on the “Wall of Emerging Artists”.

Details: On view Saturday, March 26 through May 15, 2022. Wednesday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Thursday-Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m. CCAE, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido. $6 to $12.

New Village Arts: “Into the Woods”

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Previews are underway for New Village Arts’ production of James Lapine’s “Into The Woods,” which was the same musical the company first produced 11 years ago. Our favorite fairy tale characters are immersed in intertwining storylines with, of course, Stephen Sondheim tunes. NVA is currently hosting its productions offsite while its theater undergoes renovations, so “Into the Woods” will be performed in the Oceanside Theater space at the Sunshine Brooks Theater, under the direction of Kristianne Kurner.

Details: Through May 1, 2022. Another low-cost preview performance is Friday, March 25 at 8 p.m. Opening night is Saturday at 7:30 p.m., with an additional show this weekend on Sunday at 2 p.m. 217 N Coast Highway, Oceanside. $23 students, $30 preview nights; $62 regular price.

More theater: Check out my preview of the Cygnet Theater production of Quiara Alegría Hudes’ “Water by the Spoonful” here.

For more curated arts editor’s picks, or to submit your own event, visit the KPBS/Arts Calendar.

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