HEM Crew and Barrio Art Crawl
Visual art, music
In a new exhibition, Making Echoes with Lines, HEM Crew (Hecho en Mexico) will install graffiti on the walls of the Ateneum Art Center in the Bread and Salt complex. The HEM team is Israel Elizondo “Shente” and Nestor “Spel” Mondragon. The cross-border duo has been creating graffiti in the region since 1989.
To kick off the exhibit, an opening reception will include a live graffiti painting event that will take place during the Barrio Art Crawl on Saturday at 5 p.m. The exhibit will be on view until August 20, 2022.
Also opening at Bread and Salt on Saturday: Melanie Taylor’s solo exhibition Terrain in the main gallery, featuring works on paper and paintings. Taylor’s atmospheric, emotional works are anchored in natural spaces, with trees and flora filled with movement and urgency.
At Best Practice (which is also at Bread and Salt), Nathaniel Klein and Brody Albert will open “A, B, C, D,” an exhibition of found object works, video, and more.
Elsewhere in Barrio Logan: “Viva la Vida: Frida Kahlo Art Exhibition” features the work of 50 local artists celebrating Frida Kahlo’s birthday at Corazon del Barrio (formerly La Bodega Gallery, now functioning primarily as a performance space). Musical performances by Betty Bangs and more, with food, drinks and vendors like Por La Mano Press.
details: Barrio Art Crawl is 12pm to 8pm, Saturday, July 9, 2022; most gallery receptions are 5 to 8 p.m. Bread and Salt, 1955 Julian Ave; Corazon del Barrio, 2196 Logan Ave. A and elsewhere in Barrio Logan. Free of charge.
“Someday Mouse: Infinite Loops” by Kathryn Brannock
Artist Kathryn Brannock described her “Someday Mouse” project on Instagram as “breathtaking cuteness,” and it’s hard to top that.
As a solo exhibit at Thumbprint Gallery in La Jolla, Brannock will display dozens of drawings of her “Someday Mouse” character, many of them stills from short animations featuring the mouse character made famous in her “The Adventures of Someday Mouse” books.
Brannock paints the mouse with a mesmerizingly subtle method of dot shading, and the mouse finds himself on adventures both wild and mundane, exuding a hope, calm and optimism that is incredibly comforting and enjoyable. You can try to figure out who/what/when/where/why on the mouse here.
Save the date: Brannock will also be showing an exhibition from a very different series later this month at the Trash Lamb Gallery, opening on 23 July.
details: Opens 5pm to 10pm Saturday 9 July 2022 and on view until 6 August. The opening hours of the gallery are from 12:00 to 16:00 and by appointment. Thumbprint Gallery, 920 Kline St., La Jolla. Free of charge.
Tennessee-based songwriter Adia Victoria has a lush and soulful voice, with a powerful, curious blend of folk, country, indie rock and Southern blues.
Her 2021 album A Southern Gothic featured guests such as The National’s Jason Isbell and Matt Berninger, as well as Stone’s Jack Jones. Victoria will play at the Casbah on Sunday with Olympia, Washington-based indie band Oh, Rose.
details: 8:30 PM Sunday, July 10, 2022 Casbah, 2501 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy. $18.
More music: On a local level FF Collective and members of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra will pair with a Ukrainian refugee flutist for a benefit concert at 3:00 pm on Sunday, July 10 at St. Peter, 334 14th St., Del Mar. Free/donation based.
Little Italy ArtWalk Summer Series
Visual art, performance
If you haven’t had a chance to check out the Little Italy ArtWalk summer series, there are two Sundays left. Held every two months until July 24.
The summer program is scaled back from the full spring festival, with just a few dozen artists, including Hassan Attapour, Jacqueline Corrales, John Savage, Judith Rivero, Rebecca Noel and more.
details: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, July 10 and Sunday, July 24, 2022. Piazza Della Famiglia, 523 W. Date St., Little Italy. Free of charge.
Closing Soon: “Freestyle Love Supreme”
Theatre, Dance, Music
This is your last chance to see this high-energy production at The Old Globe. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 2004 collaboration with Thomas Kyle and Anthony Veneziale first took the form of an improvisational comedy and musical performance group and eventually found its way to Broadway in 2019 (along with a Grammy nomination).
In the spirit of improvisation, audience members make suggestions during the show and the performers incorporate them into the show, setting in motion a unique progression of pieces each night for an otherwise storyless script. No two shows are the same — but there are only a few shows left. Closes Sunday 10th July.
details: The remaining shows are from 8pm on Thursday and Friday, from 5pm and 9pm on Saturday and from 2pm and 7pm on Sunday. The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park. $52-$112. Learn more here.
More theater: Also closing this Sunday is Wildsong Production’s Jekyll & Hyde. You can check out the KPBS feature in the game here. Remaining performances are 8:00 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3:00 p.m. Sunday at OB Playhouse and Theater Company, 4944 Newport Ave., Ocean Beach. $25.
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