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San Diego Shares: Arts and Culture

We asked, "What local visual or performing arts experience, show, or exhibit are you excited about this year?" You answered, and we are sharing your responses below. Thank you for sharing about art and performances that excite and matter to you. [NOTE: Responses may have been edited for length and clarity. Hyperlinks were included if participants submitted a URL.]

Mural in a Parking Lot
Photo by GARY RUIZ on Unsplash

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre presented by La Jolla Music Society. - Derek Floyd

STEAM Day at ARTS in National City including their gallery exhibition, Possible Futures: Convergence of Art and Technology. - Yanet Lopez

North Coast Symphony is performing works by woman composers at the San Dieguito United Methodist Church in Encinitas. - Valerie Chereskin

Robert Frost Society Sesquicentennial Celebration of Poetry in Spring 2024. Lots of wonderful poets slated to read/perform. - Robert Hass

Maraya Performing Arts will present the world premiere of, "Bayanihan," an immersive docu-style dance theatre spectacle that shares the personal stories and resilience of the multigenerational Filipinx families who reside in South Bay San Diego. The performance is slated [to take place at] the outdoor terrace of the Chula Vista Civic Branch Library on August 19 and 20, 2023. Bayanihan is intended to complement the current exhibition of “Filipinos of South Bay '' [which] is currently on display at the Chula Vista Civic Center Library. - Anjanette Maraya-Ramey

Queer Mvmnt Fest! June 12-18 at various locations throughout San Diego. This festival is free to the public and shares performances, workshops, discussions, and community-building events highlighting the creative work of LGBTQ+/BIPOC artists from San Diego and beyond. - Zaquia Mahler Salinas

We're excited that the Choral Consortium of San Diego is bringing back its Beer Choir San Diego events, bigger and better than ever. The next one is scheduled for Friday, April 28, 7 pm, at Resident Brewing (inside The Local) in downtown San Diego. - Carol Manifold

Sabrosas Mentoring Project [which is a part of] Sabrosas Latin Orchestra, an 11-piece of female salsa band -- They have launched their mentoring program, inviting high school and college students considering a career in music to join them for rehearsals and performances. The first performance featuring these young musicians was held on April 2 at the Coronado ferry Landing in front of an audience of hundreds. - Elizabeth Howard

Three new Art Quilt exhibitions opening June 10 at Visions Museum of Textile Art: Joe Cunningham: "Iceless Age", Local artists from Quilts on the Wall: "Sunrise Sunset", and Kimberly Rado: "Whimsical Journey. - Ann Olsen

Una storia Segreta exhibit (about Italian American internment) opening April 27 at New Americans Museum. - Linda Caballero-Sotelo

The WOW festival, partnering with The Veterans Art Project, will present 10 Veterans displaying their artwork. This ARC of artmaking is one of the many positive health and wellness outcomes available to our Veteran participants. This dignified display of completed artworks is the deepest form of self-advocacy, empowering our Veterans to use their creative faculties to share with their communities the opportunities available through creative endeavors. Come see and engage with our Veterans and discover what mental wealth looks like. - Steve Dilley

Monarch School Metamorphosis Art Exhibition, Friday, May 12 at 5:30 pm at The Chrysalis, Monarch's Center for the Arts. - Carter Anderson

WORLD PREMIER of MURDER ON THE LINKS at North Coast Rep. - Bill Kerlin

5 Free Point Loma Summer Concerts outdoors at Point Loma Park. Concerts feature a large main stage with a local youth band followed by a well-known big band. The concerts are on 5 consecutive Fridays beginning on July 14. Family, friends, and dancing fun! - Carolyn Bick

We at Fern Street Circus (Fern Street Community Arts) want to let you know about our annual Neighborhood Tour 2023 and our new show, "Hoy por ti, mañana por me (Today for you, tomorrow for me)". The show features international circus artists and students they teach at free-of-charge programs in City Heights. Saturdays & Sundays at 2 pm in 10 different City parks, April 8 - May 14. - John Highkin

Looking forward to the Coastal Communities Concert Band’s “Salute to Young Musicians” concert at San Dieguito Academy on April 23 and the “South of the Border” concert at Carlsbad Community Church on June 17. - Richard Radosh

Ride the Cyclone -- a San Diego premiere musical presented by Trinity Theatre Company, performing July-August at the Tenth Avenue Arts Center in East Village of San Diego. - Sean Boyd

La Jolla Playhouse's WOW Festival 2023 (April 27-30 at the Rady Shell at Jacobs Park and surrounding locations) and La Lucha (previewing April 27-30 at MCSSD Downtown)! - Becky Goodman

I am excited about our upcoming production of Bayanihan in August! It will be a beautiful collaboration of artists from San Diego's Filipino community. Using spoken word and dance, we will convey the Filipino immigrant experience. - Diego Lynch

Thank you to all who shared what exciting arts they look forward to or have experienced! We look forward to continuing this discussion in the future.

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