San Diego Weekend Art Events: Art Production, Bodhi Tree, ‘The Garden’, Art + Science, and ‘Relax’

Trifecta: Art, Science, Patron

Visual art

The Historical Society of La Jolla is hosting a new exhibition that brings together artists and scientists, honoring in particular the endowed chairs for working biology researchers made possible by partial correspondences from the Jacobs family. Ten of the research scientists currently in such presidential positions have been paired with artists from San Diego to create new works informed by the scientist’s research and work – especially human existence.

There is the work of Marcos Ramierez ERRE, the De La Torre brothers, Siobhan Arnold, David Adey, Xuchi Naungayan Eggleton, Debby and Larry Kline, Mely Barragan, Christopher Puzio, Cesar and Lois Collective and Wendy Maruyama.

Details: Opens Saturday, September 25, 2021 and runs until January 16, 2022. Noon to 4 pm Wednesday to Sunday. 780 Prospect Street, La Jolla. To free.

Garden party / ‘En Bonne Compagnie’

Music, Visual arts, Poetry, Dance

To celebrate their 21st anniversary, Art Produce opens a new group exhibition with more than twenty artists, mostly artists who have exhibited works in their gallery or worked in residency at the gallery. The lineup is impressive, including artists like Bhavna Mehta, Kline Swonger, Anne Mudge, Marianela de la Hoz, Katie Ruiz, Arzu Ozkal and many more. This exhibit will be on display from September 25 to October 30, but to get a first glimpse of it on Saturday you’ll need to attend their celebration, a “Garden pARTy” fundraiser. In addition to the exhibit, this (otherwise open-air) event will also feature musical performances by the Sue Palmer Quartet, dance by Disco Riot, and poetry readings by Ted Washington. It’s a 21+ event, with artisan food and cocktails.

“Brief note # 7”, a hand-cut paper work by Bhavna Mehta, will be presented at Art Produce from September 25, 2021.

Details: Opening reception and birthday party on Saturday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. $ 50. Exhibition subsequently open until October 30, with gallery opening hours Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. Free. 3139 University Avenue, North Park.

More visual art: The San Diego Institute of Contemporary Art officially opens its doors in Balboa Park this weekend, with an exhibition of Gabriel Rico’s work as well as a complementary installation at Nat. Got a preview this week and it’s great – watch our post tomorrow. Spoiler: There’s an augmented reality coyote. Vernissage Friday, September 24 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (free for members or $ 10 general admission), but the museum opens to the public and is always free, starting Saturday.

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Bodhi Tree Concerts tenth anniversary concert


Celebrating ten years of combining music and fundraising for community organizations, Bodhi Tree Concerts will turn their birthday party into this. Along with dozens of performers, singers, instrumentalists (including an accordionist!), They will also organize a food drive for Feeding San Diego and raise funds to put on a new children’s opera, “Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote” by Pulitzer Laureate Anthony Davis and Quincy Troupe, commissioned by Bodhi Tree.

Musician Leonard Patton will perform Broadway hits in a virtual show on Sunday, March 7, 2021.

Rachel Fawn Kolb / courtesy of the artist

Musician Leonard Patton will perform Broadway hits in a virtual show on Sunday, March 7, 2021.

Performers include Irving Flores and Rob Thorsen, Ken Anderson and Dale Fleming of the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Choir San Diego (check out this week’s KPBS summer musical series with the MLKCCSD here LINK TK), Brandon Nguyen and Lesley Leytham, Leonard Patton and Kim Hendrix-Racine and more. Held at St. James-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, proof of COVID vaccination or negative PCR test within 72 hours is required, and masks must be worn indoors by all guests.

Details: Saturday, Sept. 25 at 7:74 p.m. 3, rue Prospect, La Jolla. $ 25.

‘The garden’


In “The Garden,” playwright Charlayne Woodard focuses on a moment, at a garden gate, when an aging black woman and her daughter (played by Woodard) reconcile after being apart for three years. It won’t be a smooth and easy reunion; these two women are fighters, and they have years of problems and secrets and history to unpack, right there by the garden edge. This is a world premiere for the La Jolla Playhouse, and it’s co-directed by Patricia McGregor and Delicia Turner Sonnenberg. Proof of COVID vaccination or negative PCR test within 48 hours required. Masks required.

Details: The performances this weekend are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and a morning on Saturday at 2 p.m. The show runs until October 17. 2910 La Jolla Village Dr., La Jolla. $ 25-47.

Charlayne Woodard (left) and Stephanie Berry at the world premiere of La Jolla Playhouse's production of
Charlayne Woodard (left) and Stephanie Berry at the La Jolla Playhouse world premiere, “The Garden”, by Charlayne Woodard. The play opens September 21, 2021 and is co-directed by Patricia McGregor and Delicia Turner Sonnenberg.

More theater: “The Mineola Twins” also opens this weekend at the Moxie Theater. Check out our “5 Must-See in San Diego in October” roundup for more shows to put on your calendar.

“Relax with Teros and burn all the books”

internet variety show

Part talk show, part clip show, part telethon… maybe? Teros Gallery and Burn All Books have teamed up to bring you ‘Relax with Teros & BAB’, a new weekly live internet project. The artists, poets, zinemakers, writers, creators and performers who have published, exhibited and otherwise involved with both Teros Gallery and Burn All Books over the years and all the brilliant, inventive and collaborative creators so I look forward to see what they come up with in this format. Prepare for the weird, but be prepared for a lot of heart.

Details: Live stream via Twitch Sunday, September 26 at 5:00 p.m. Free.

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