Weekend Art Events in San Diego: Arctic Science Meets Music, “Carmen,” Lani Emanuel, and More


“Six seasons”: Lei Liang with the Mivos quartet

The Inuit native community of Nunavut in Canada follows at least six seasons on their calendar based on hunting and migration signals. This timeline has informed new work by composer and UC San Diego music professor Lei Liang, based on a long collaboration with scientists at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography – in particular recordings made from the floor of the distant sea of Chukchi by oceanographers. In a live performance, Liang weaves new music with these ocean sounds, including the sounds of water, the movement of ice, and the sounds of beluga whales and other ocean creatures. The title of the composition might suggest Vivaldi, but Liang’s piece explores the transitions and journeys found in the sea, inspired by each Inuit season.

The piece is for electronics (the recordings) and strings (mostly in response to the recordings), commissioned by Mivos Quartet, and they will perform the work in a unique and immersive concert presented by ArtPower UCSD.

Details: 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday, October 15, 2022. Conrad Prebys Music Center, 9500 Gilman Dr., UC San Diego. $9 to $30. Note: Both performances are now sold out. Watch for a recording of this work in the near future.

Pacific Lyric Association: ‘Carmen’

Theatre, Opera, Music
The music for Bizet’s opera “Carmen” is provocative, brooding and gloriously showboating. It’s also distinct, familiar, and used in a ton of pop culture and commercials: from “Prelude” to Carmen’s “Habanera” to “Exit of Escamillo.” NPR called it Bizet’s “hit parade” on par with “West Side Story”. (Warning: this NPR segment is a pure earworm.)

Courtesy of the Pacific Lyric Association

Performers from the Pacific Lyric Association are featured in a 2015 production of “Carmen.”

The opera is set in Spain, about a gypsy, Carmen, and a soldier, Don José, mingled with tragic seduction and jealousy. Pacific Lyric Association (PLA) presents the production at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido this weekend in three performances. “Carmen” is a “comic opera”, which usually means that the plot progresses with both the song and the dialogue between songs, and PLA also uses its own English narration before the main scenes to help explain this. that is happening. If opera intimidates you, this could be your gateway.

Other performances will take place next weekend, October 21-23, at the Joan B. Kroc Theater.

Details: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, October 14 and 15 and 3 p.m. Sunday, October 16, 2022. California Center for the Arts Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido. $60+.


Courtesy of the artist / OMA

‘I Can Fly’ by Lani Emanuel is on view at the Oceanside Museum of Art through February 26, 2023. Undated image.

Lani Emanuel: “Beside herself”

visual art
Gesture, fashion and emotion were the first things I noticed in Lani Emanuel’s work, in a new exhibition at the Oceanside Museum of Art. “Beside Herself” is a series of large figurative paintings that chronicle the formative years of a girl’s life, and the swings from joy to grief, annoyance to awkwardness are so palpable. Emanuel paints with a minimal backdrop, so the focus is on light and movement in the image.

Details: On view until February 26, 2023. Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Friday. Oceanside Art Museum, 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside. $0 to $10.

“Checked Out: an experimental festival of music and art”

Music, Sound, Visual Arts
An all-ages music festival at the library – sounds super wholesome, right? Stay Strange is an experimental noise art and music collective, and if your idea of ​​”wholesome” is dark and very loud, this is the show for you. Noise art takes some getting used to, but there’s a joy to be found in pushing the boundaries, whether that’s experimenting with electronics, sound and gear or just screaming. Artists like Quadra, Dark Friends, Christian Hell, Kole Galbraith and more will perform, and in the courtyard there will be art and zines from a group of vendors, including the San Diego Zine Fest.

Details: 12:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday, October 15, 2022. San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., Downtown. Free.

Mostly Mozart Stars Orchestra Festival

There are two concerts remaining at the Mainly Mozart All-Star Orchestra Festival this season, which marks a return to indoor concerts for the organization. At the start of the pandemic, Mozart mostly broke new ground with outdoor classical concerts with picnic-car and pod-style gigs, but now they’re looking to a new home: a new theater at the Del Mar Fairground. which will eventually be operated by the Belly Up.

Friday’s performance, “Pure Soul,” features piano concertos by Mozart and Ravel, as well as the playful “Divertissement” by 20th-century French composer Jacques Ibert. Also on the program, the contemplative and poetic piece in one movement by Ralph Vaughan Williams, “The Lark Ascending”.

Saturday is subtitled “Mozart & Folk” and features Mozart’s “Violin Concerto No. 5”, another by Vaughan Williams – his “Fantasia on Greensleeves” and Dvorák’s “Slavonic Dances Op. 72”.

Details: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, October 14 and 15, 2022. The Center at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar. $20+.


The California Ballet ceased professional performances several years ago, but on Saturday former principal dancer Trystan Merrick will lead the company in a new production featuring works by Merrick, Thor Sutowski, Christina Krejer. Also worth noting are two world premieres, one by Daniel Wentworth and the other by Zaquia Mahler Salinas from the local contemporary dance company Disco Riot.

Details: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, October 15, 2022. Joan B. Kroc Theater, 6611 University Ave., Rolando. $30 to $65.

More weekend art events we cover

The “Script/Rescript” exhibit opens at the San Diego State University Art Gallery Thursday evening with a reception from 4-7 p.m. Read this article to learn more about the works of ten artists with disabilities.

Film festivals galore: The San Diego Filipino Film Festival and the San Diego Italian Film Festival both kick off this weekend.

There’s an entire exhibit devoted to Hemingway’s appearances, cameos, and homages in comics and pop culture, now on view at the Comic-Con Museum.

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


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