San Diego Weekend Artistic Events: Carlsbad Music Festival, LITVAKdance, Janis Jones and Jam Diego

This Weekend in the Arts: Dance, Art and Music in the Garden, a three-day outdoor music festival, art from plastics in the ocean, and live graffiti with a silent disco.

Credit: Courtesy Arooj Aftab

Above: Detail of the cover of Arooj Aftab’s “Vulture Prince” album. Aftab performs at the Carlsbad Music Festival on Sunday August 29, 2021.

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Issued: August 27, 2021 |

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Carlsbad Music Festival


Three days of live outdoor music in the Carlsbad Village area kicks off Friday afternoon. You can pick up a three-day pass or just attend a single day. Proof of vaccination or recent negative COVID test is required. Some highlights of the day: Friday, don’t miss Charlie Arbeláez Afro-Cuban Sextet at 6 p.m. and indie pop duo Vákoum at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, you can see Art of Elan at 4:30 p.m., prolific percussionist Nathan Hubbard and his trio in concert with Anastasya Korol at 5 p.m., and don’t miss Systems Officer, a solo project by Pinback’s Armistead Burwell Smith IV.

On Sunday, acoustic duo Nathan & Jessie kick off at 1 pm, and a new addition to the lineup is experimental and contemporary trumpet composer Steph Richards with her band “Power Vibe”, performing at 4:30 pm. The event ends with the haunting music of New York-based Pakistani singer Arooj Aftab.

Details: Information about the event. Friday 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Stages are located at St. Michael’s by-the-Sea, 2775 Carlsbad Blvd, and Magee Park, 258 Beech Ave., Carlsbad. $ 21 for one-day tickets, $ 59 for three-day passes, or $ 229 to 259 for VIP passes.

LITVAKdance: “Dancing in the open air”

Dance, Visual arts, Music

So much to love in one event. This Saturday, LITVAKdance will present its first live shows since March 2020 in the garden pavilion of the Lux Art Institute, which will soon be reintroduced as the Institute of Contemporary Art San Diego North Campus. The performance will feature choreography by guest artists Joshua Manculich and Rebecca Margolick, as well as their own LITVAK dancers Ashley Akhavan and Emily Miller. There is also a guest performance by the Ballet Collective San Diego.

In addition to dance, it’s also an opportunity to discover the Montalban Quintet, an eclectic group that infuses jazz, minimalism, post-punk and more. The quintet is composed of Chris Prescott, Kenseth Thibideau, Carl Prescott, Julie Kitterman and Greg Friedman. Violinists Pete Polansky and Yale Strom will also accompany certain works.

And then there is art! This is the opportunity to discover the work of the new artist in residence, the first official artist under the new name of the institution. Exhibition by Christine Howard Sandoval, “Coming Home” will be on view until October 31 and explore Indigenous identity in California. Sandoval created a series of prints using adobe, masking tape and paper.

Details: Information about the event. Saturday August 28 at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. 1550 El Camino Real, Encinitas. 10-25 $

Jam Diego Silent Disco


There is something wildly intimate and vulnerable about a silent nightclub: Strangers have gathered, dancing, but a passer-by may not hear a thing. Everyone puts on headphones and plugs in to listen and dance to the same music – in the case of Friday night it’s live music from Heaping Teaspoon and DJ battles between hip-hop, motown and dancehall afro beats , including this week’s KPBS Summer Music Series star, Artistic DJ.

There is also live graffiti from Ms. Unique. Quartyard is an outdoor venue, and the show is 21+.

Details: Information about the event. Friday from 6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. 131 Market Street, downtown. $ 5.

Janis Jones: “In the flow”

Visual art

I know we’re all talking about the NY Times’ absolute teardown of cotton tote bag So this week is a good time to review why we were trying to escape single-use plastics in the first place. Janis Jones is an educator and mixed media artist who collects waste and plastics from the oceans to build beautiful – and unsettling – works of art that raise awareness of where our plastic objects go when we put them aside. This is a solo show at the Hill Street Country Club, and Jones invests the walls and floors, installing sculptural works that invoke swimming pools, overflowing with rainbow-colored trash. The exhibition will open with a virtual reception and a 1 p.m. lecture on Zoom, followed by an in-person reception at the gallery at 5 p.m. The exhibition will then be visible during gallery opening hours and by appointment until October 9.

Details: Information about the exhibition. Virtual artist conference: Saturday at 1 p.m. on Zoom. Opening Reception: Saturday 5-7: 530 S. Coast Hwy, Oceanside. To free.

More visual art: This is your last chance to listen to ‘And We Will Sing In The Tall Grass Again’ during The Front’s Saturday hours, 11 p.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The mighty group show in San Ysidro ends Wednesday. You can read the report on this exhibition here: A New Generation of Artists Imagines a Dismantled Future.

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Julia dixon evans

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opening quotesclosing quotesI write the weekly KPBS Arts newsletter and edit and produce the KPBS Arts calendar. I am interested in involving the people of San Diego in the diversity of art and culture created by the creators who live here.

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