San Diego Weekend Art Events: Oceanside Music, So Many Photographs, “Don Quixote” and More

“Music in the Museum” and Shinpei Takeda

Music, Art, Food
This Friday, Oceanside Museum of Art is hosting a special music and lowrider festival, featuring music by Dezzy Hollow and street dancing by Wild7s Freestyle Krew. Admission to the museum is free and the event is centered around the ‘Oceanside Unfiltered’ photography exhibit.

Rapper by the ocean Dezzy Hollow recently released a new album, “One Nation Under the Funk”, and you can watch the latest video, for “roll through“, which just dropped last week.

Dezzy Hollow – Roll Thru (Official Music Video)

Also at Friday night’s event, OMA will unveil Tijuana and Germany-based artist Shinpei Takeda’s new exhibition, “Limit of Your Safe Space,” so be sure to check out Takeda’s work while you are there. “Limit of Your Safe Space” is in part the product of workshops that Takeda held with refugees and immigrants around the world, designing augmented reality manifestations of their own stories of safe passages, safe spaces, or objects sure.

Takeda is known for its large-scale immersive sculptures and sound installations, and this installation will deliver. Twisted barbed wire, holes drilled directly into the walls, and other large-scale elements will fill the space alongside augmented reality collaborations, allowing the user to immerse themselves in the uniqueness of the many pieces in this project.

Details: Friday, May 6, 2022, 5-9 p.m. Shinpei Takeda’s installation is on view through September 10, 2022. “Oceanside Unfiltered” is on view through May 29, 2022. Oceanside Museum of Art, 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside. Free during this Friday’s event, but book a ticket in advance to secure a place. $0 to $10 otherwise.

‘San Diego Views’: Photography Exhibition / Medium Festival of Photography

Visual Arts, Photography
The Medium Festival of Photography is underway this weekend, in person and virtually. But if you’re just looking to check out great photographs of locals, the Joseph Bellows Gallery has just opened a new group exhibition, “San Diego Views.”

Rebecca Webb / Joseph Bellows Gallery

Archival pigment print by Rebecca Webb: “Untitled (Dusk, Ridge Top, Ranchita, CA).” 2021.

Featuring the work of 12 regional photographers, including Medium founder scott b. Davis, John Brinton Hogan, Farrah Karapetian, Phillip Scholz Rittermann, Rebecca Webb, Michael Mulno, Han Nguyen and many more, this is not a palm trees and sunsets approach to the “views” of San Diego. It is based on a portfolio produced by Photographs Incorporated in late 2020 of these artists’ work, and the gallery is expanding the portfolio to include additional works. The selections reflect a broad experience of the region, a broad identity, and draw attention to each photographer’s unique style and practice.

Details: The Opening Reception will be Friday, May 6 from 5-8 p.m. and will be viewable through June 10, 2022. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. or by appointment. you. Joseph Bellows Gallery, 7661 Girard Avenue, La Jolla. Free.

Chris Warren: “The Omni Echo”

Music, Sound Immersion

Chris Warren sits between two green discs as part of his project, "The Omni Echo"

Courtesy of the artist

Chris Warren sits with an immersive sound project in an undated photo.

Musician, teacher and sound artist Chris Warren launched his “Omni Echo” project in 2018 and has been installing it periodically over the past four years. It sounds simple enough – just two large green discs located on either side of a participant, but a noise created inside the Omni Echo will reverberate forever. A visitor can immerse themselves in a single note, or harmonize a dozen times, or simply let ambient noise invade them.

Warren is the current artist-in-residence in Art Produce’s Cooler Room, and the Omni Echo is open to the public while he is there. Visitors can find the Cooler Room by entering through the Garden Gate on Hermann Ave.

Details: Thursday to Saturday, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m., through May 15, 2022. Art Produce, 3139 University Ave., North Park. Free.

City Ballet presents ‘Don Quixote’

Dance, Ballet
This weekend, City Ballet of San Diego will present its production of “Don Quixote,” an adaptation of the Miguel de Cervantes novel by company choreographer Elizabeth Wistrich based on Marius Petipa’s original ballet. This is a classic, theatrical, fantasy story and production, with a live performance by the City Ballet Orchestra. Expect ornate costumes, fairies, and at least a few duels.

Watch a brief overview:

Details: Two performances, 8 p.m. Saturday, May 7 and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 8, 2022. California Center for the Arts Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido. $27 to $99.

Pieces by young writers

The 37th installment of the Playwrights Project’s teen theater program kicks off this weekend with opening night performances on Saturday in person. Next Saturday, May 14, 2022, will be a “hosted” virtual streaming option, followed by two weeks of on-demand streaming for all four pieces. Three of the short plays are entirely produced: “Boxed In” by Declan Kallberg, 14, “Petunia” by Ana Cabrera, 15, and “Revenie” by Jacqueline Vellandi, 17. There’s also a staged reading of “The Jealous Soccer Ball,” co-written by 13-year-old Ahmed Al Hashimi and Yaseen Issa. You can meet the playwrights and learn more about each work in this series of interviews that Playwrights Project facilitated.

Details: Live performance Saturday, May 7 at 7 p.m., Joan B. Kroc Theater, 6611 University Avenue, Rolando. $50 or pay what you can. The virtual broadcast begins Saturday, May 14 at 7 p.m. $20 or pay what you can.

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