San Diego Weekend Art Events: Photography, Art, Electroacoustic Music, Palestinian Poetry, and Two Local-Style Christmas Pieces


“Masters of photography: the Garner collection”

Visual art

Visible through a series of rooms at the San Diego Museum of Art, the “Mastery of photography“features dozens of iconic photographic works, as well as lesser-known works by essential photographers from the 20th century to the present day. These works are all on loan from local collectors Cam and Wanda Garner, and Cam even has a piece on display in the L The work is divided into three thematic sections, with Brett Weston, Minor White, Berenice Abbott, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange and Flor Garduño.

Details: On view until February 21, 2022. The museum’s opening hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. SDMA, 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park. $ 8-20.

Courtesy of the artist and the Quint Gallery / photo by Jeff McLane

“Western Sun” by Mara de Luca, on view at the Quint Gallery until January 8, 2022.

Mara de Luca: “Paintings of the West Coast” and Lee Materzzi: “Roughly cuts a smooth curved line”

Visual art

Mara de Luca is a contemporary artist based in Los Angeles, working on textures, colors and light in her paintings. This personal exhibition at Quint’s main gallery showcases West Coast inspired works – in fact, a minimalist sky blue and copper plated diptych called “La Jolla Shores”. I also like “Sky Scroll”, which is a somewhat sculptural work where a sheet of liquid paint seems to be curled and glued against the canvas.

Across the street in the old Quint ONE space, Lee Materazzi’s exhibition, “Roughly Cut a Smooth Curved Line” includes truly powerful work, playing with shapes, bright colors and the human form. Materazzi often zooms in on the corners or folds of the body to the point where it’s almost unidentifiable, blocking them with brightly colored rectangles. It is fascinating and evocative work, and thrilling to see two solo exhibitions of contemporary female artists next to each other.


Courtesy of Quint Gallery

“☐, 2021”, by Lee Materazzi. On view at the Quint Gallery until December 11, 2021.

Details: Mara de Luca is on view until January 8, 2022 at the Quint Gallery, 7655 Girard Ave .; Lee materazzi is visible until December 11 in the 7722 Girard de Quint space, both in La Jolla. Gallery hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free.

Project [BLANK]: Electroacoustic night


Project for the organization of performance and experimental music [BLANK] is finally back to the live audience after an impressive virtual detour during the pandemic – including their remarkable production of “Contralto” by Sarah Hennies. They return to Bread and Salt this Monday for a series of electroacoustic music performances, taking electronic and experimental devices and using those objects to manipulate acoustic or traditional instruments or other found sound objects. The music is strange at times, but also beautiful, disruptive, and challenges what music can do. With performances by Pablo Dodero, Nathan Hubbard, Jon Jolly, Francisco Eme and DJ Joe Cantrell.

Details: Monday, November 29 at 7:30 p.m. Bread and Salt, 1955 Julian Ave., Logan Heights. $ 5.

More music: Vinyl Junkies Record Shack celebrates its 4th anniversary and special Black Friday Record Store Day with two days of special releases and constant guest DJs, Friday and Saturday. The kick-off will be given on Friday at 9 a.m. You will get to see DJ Pokkey, Jake Najor, Carrie Feller, Rob Crow and many more on Friday; Justin Pearson, Vaughn Avakian, Ana Brown as well as live performances from Low Volts and mysterious “super” guests. Consult the schedule here. 2235 Fern Street, South Park.

‘Shubbak: An Evening of Palestinian Letters’

Literature, Poetry

This is a special performance that is part of the Miss Rebel Race exhibit and program currently underway at the San Diego Central Library. Librarian Clara Breed advocated for Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II. The program explores not only the role and work of Breed, but also larger and connected themes. This particular project is organized by Rebecca Romani and features local American Palestinians reading texts from Palestinians in Gaza – letters, personal stories and poetry, including the work of famous poet Mahmoud Darwish. It’s in person, following the library’s Shiley special events, and will also feature music by Farhad Bahrami or Dornob. It’s a free event, but places are limited so register in advance.

Details: Monday, November 29 at 6:30 p.m. San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., Downtown. To free/RSVP obligatory.

‘1222 Oceanfront: A Black Family Christmas’


San Diego playwright Dea Hurston worked with the creative team of Frankie Alicea-Ford, Kevin “Blax” Burroughs and Milena (Sellers) Phillips to design her all-new holiday musical. Phillips also wrote the lyrics, to a score by John-Mark McGaha. The story is about Dorothy Black – played by Phillips – who is a widow, hosting her adult children (including the talented Deja Fields) for a family Christmas Eve. There are a lot of family traditions and even more family dramas – and a note in the show’s schedule: this one has adult themes. The music is a mix of reimagined traditional Christmas carols as well as new originals.


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Victor Morris, Milena (Sellers) Phillips and Deja Fields will perform in New Village Arts’ production of “1222 Oceanfront: A Black Family Christmas”.

Details: On stage until December 26. Shows this weekend are Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m. New Village Arts, 2787 State St., Carlsbad. $ 27-59.

“Ebenezer Scrooge’s Big Christmas Show in San Diego”


Originally designed on the East Coast, writers Gordon Greenberg and Steve Rosen worked with The Old Globe to adapt this piece for San Diego, literally. It takes the characters and stories from Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” and places them all in turn in 20th century San Diego. It’s a comedy with music, and of course a good dose of absurdity based purely on the setting. Plus, the costume design is by talented David Israel Reynoso, which promises to be a truly stunning production.


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George Abud as Medium Scrooge, Orville Mendoza as M. Fezzi, Jacque Wilke as Ghost of Christmas Past, Bill Buell as Ebenezer Scrooge and Cathryn Wake as Lavinia in The Old Globe production of “Ebenezer Scrooge’s Big San Diego Christmas Show”, playing through December 26, 2021.

I don’t mean something like “If you only see an ‘A Christmas Carol’, do it”, but… if you’re not the type to connect with those traditional London winter scenes then this one. – this is for you.

Details: On stage until December 26. The shows this weekend are Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

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