San Diego Weekend Arts Events: Spring Tide, Here’s Blueberries, Lots of Dancing and More

Disco Riot: “Ex Nihilo”


Contemporary dance company Disco Riot is about to begin a Bay Area performance series with San Francisco-based FACT/SF, which was co-founded by Oceanside native Charles Slender-White. FACT/SF will then come to San Diego next spring to play a show together.

Before Disco Riot hit the road though, they’ll be doing a performance of their new track “Ex Nihilo” for a local crowd. It’s a 35-minute quintet based on lectures by philosopher Alan Watts and also features original music by Johnny Tarr.

details: 4:30-5:30pm Saturday, July 30, 2022 City Heights Performance Annex, 3795 Fairmount Ave., City Heights. Free/donation based (RSVP required).

“There are blueberries here”


Next week, watch my feature on this world premiere of the play, co-produced by La Jolla Playhouse and Tectonic Theater Project — known for 2000’s “The Laramie Project,” based on the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard. “Here There Are Blueberries” follows the true story of a young archivist at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum who receives an album of photographs from Auschwitz. The photos show the lives of the Nazis who ran the camp – in their spare time – and the archivist sets out to find out who they were.

The play uses projection to give the audience their own connection to the photographs.

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The La Jolla Playhouse and Tectonic Theater Project’s production of “Here There Are Blueberries” is shown on stage in an undated photo.

For playwrights Moises Kaufman and Amanda Groenich, telling a story that relates to the real lives of Nazi guards and workers came down to the clear distinction the creative team made between humanization and thinking of the people in the pictures as human beings.

“Our game is not exculpatory. She is not forgiving,” Groenich said. “As one of our heroes says, the Holocaust did not happen in the passive voice. People are actively committed to doing this.”

Kaufman said historians’ approaches to the Holocaust are transforming. “There’s also a lot of interest now in the perpetrators and how they did what they did and how they became what they became,” Kaufman said.

details: Previews this weekend are at 8pm Thursday and Friday; and 2:00pm and 8:00pm Saturday. Performances run from Tuesday 2 August to 21 August 2022.

Spring Tide: A Mini Pop Up Festival

Visual art

Tijuana-born artist Armando de la Torre’s Park Social project is a mini-festival at the Southcrest Recreation Center, in a part of the neighborhood that’s bisected by Highway 94. The pop-up is informed by folk arts like puppetry and storytelling, especially in a model for bringing together a community through music, poetry and art making. De la Torre is an instructor at the San Diego Puppetry Guild.

Audience members can participate in workshops or create their own art, or listen to or watch performances during the mini, one-day festival.

details: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Saturday, July 30, 2022. Southcrest Community Park, 4149 Newton Ave., Southcrest. Free of charge.

Two female dancers wearing sunglasses pose against a bright pink background.  One stands on one leg wearing a pale jersey.  One is leaning on one arm and one leg, wearing green trousers, a black jersey and a blue scarf.

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Two dancers from LITVAKdance are shown in an undated photo.

LITVAKdance: Dancing in the open air

Dance, Visual Art

Contemporary modern dance company LITVAKdance will collaborate with a handful of other dance companies for a set of performances on Saturday: Los Angeles-based Whyteberg and Entity Contemporary Dance, Tijuana’s Lux Boreal and local The Rosin Box Project. With live music by the Perla Negra Latin Jazz Quartet, the dancers will perform outdoors on the ICA San Diego North campus.

While you’re there, check out the visual art currently on view. These are the final days of Aaron Glasson’s Primordial Refuge, which closes on July 31.

The MH-1 is a work of wood, steel and a waterproof paper-like body that floats or can be towed by bicycle.

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Aaron Glasson’s “MH-1” is shown in an undated photo.

details: 4:30pm & 7:30pm Saturday, July 30, 2022 ICA San Diego North, 1550 El Camino Real, Encinitas. $25.

30th Annual Juried Exhibition

Visual art

The Athenaeum Music and Art Library in La Jolla will open its annual juried exhibition – the 30th year they’ve done so. There were nearly 900 works submitted for the call for artists, from a record 316 artists. Juried by Anita Feldman, Associate Director of Curatorial Affairs at the San Diego Museum of Art, and visual artist Marianella de la Oz, 40 artists were selected, including Carlos Castrejon, Brandi Maddalena, Bridget Rountree, Sybil Rubutt, and more.

details: Opens with a reception at 6:30-8:30pm on Friday, July 29, 2022. Additional gallery hours this weekend are 10:00am-5:30pm on Saturday. Athenaeum Music and Arts Library, 1008 Wall St., La Jolla. Free of charge.

San Diego Gay Men’s Choir: “Get On Your Feet”

Music, choir

The San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus has a new artistic director, Dr. Charles Beal, and this is his first show with the group. It’s also a great way to end Pride Month in San Diego. The choir will perform arrangements of hits from the 80s including Journey, Whitney Houston, Pet Shop Boys and more.

details: 8:00 p.m. Saturday, July 30 and 3:00 p.m. Sunday, July 31, 2022 Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave., downtown. $30.50+.

More music: Check out my story on the La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest, which starts Friday.

Addie Lyon: “Do You Think Too Much Too?” Pop-Up Exhibition

Visual art

In a one-night-only pop-up event, The Hill Street Country Club will showcase works by artist Addy Lyon, including a 6pm screening of her short film.

Lyon’s work is informed by her own experiences with mental health, and she uses her art both as a means of healing and a way to normalize public conversations around mental health. Lyon also uses sustainable artistic practices in her art, including the use of recycled canvases and other materials, including donated paints.

details: 4-8pm Saturday, July 30, 2022 The Hill Street Country Club, 530 S. Coast Hwy., Oceanside. Free of charge.

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