Weekend Arts Events in San Diego: design and dance across the region – 71Bait

San Diego Design Week

Design, fine arts, architecture, workshops
San Diego Design Week 2022 explores the influences and inspiration of design in all its forms in the San Diego-Tijuana area. Presented by the Mingei, it features over 90 events, exhibits, panels, discussions, tours, workshops and more throughout San Diego and Tijuana.

The organizers have grouped many of the activities and offerings into “Collections” by category, so you can browse everything culinary, or everything kid-friendly, or everything Mexico at once, to name a few. With the San Diego-Tijuana region’s upcoming designation as the 2024 World Design Capital (WDC 2024), design professionals are filled with opportunity and potential, and the Design Week program will highlight the region’s design power.

Some highlights:

Taylor Chapin / Courtesy of Art Produce and San Diego Design Week

A poster by Taylor Chapin is part of the Posters of Optimism/Posters of Your Imagination exhibition at Art Produce, part of San Diego Design Week 2022.

Design Fail: A Night of Storytelling and Community is joined by six storytellers – Virgen Barnet, Stacey Juwel, Maya Madsen, Rich Magale, Amanda E. Nelson and Miki Vale – who delight us with wild tales of creative project failure. Thursday, September 22, 6-8 p.m. at the San Diego Made Factory.

Posters of Your Imagination is an exhibition of new, upbeat posters by local artists and designers, on view September 23 with a 5-7pm Happy Hour, the annual Art Produce Garden Party fundraiser September 24 through November 12, 2022.

Mash Up: A Creative Industry Symposium is Vanguard Culture’s mini art conference and symposium as part of Design Week. Day 2, Friday, begins at 9:00 am with “World Design Capital Next Steps” – an essential discussion for anyone interested in the region’s approach to WDC 2024.

“Processing” at The Hill Street Country Club in Oceanside, with designer Nicholas Bijan Pourfard, sculptor Stephen Hartzog, ceramist Sofia Limon and sculptor Evan Lopez. This group exhibition explores functional art and process and material based design and is open to the public for one day only, Saturday 24th September with a reception from 5pm to 9pm

Fungi: Sculpturally Hand Woven Silk and Horse Tail Fungi Clusters by fiber artist Rachel Ehlin-Smith at the Trash Lamb Gallery in South Park. This window installation (visible from the outside at all times) will be received on Saturday, September 24, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

ICA Family Day features activities centered around the current exhibitions by artist-in-residence Yaw Owasu and regional artist Carolina Caycedo. 24 Sept from 12pm-2pm

“International Fashion Show: Diversity Through Design” is a show and market featuring international food and various fashion designers taking place at Fair@44 on Saturday, September 24 from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Border Inspiration: Port of Entry – Downtown Tijuana Pedestrian Route by Tatiana Perez/Se Hace Arquitectura is a self-guided tour of Tijuana available each day of Design Week.

Julius Shulman: Modern San Diego is a design talk by historian Keith York about famed architectural photographer Julius Shulman and his work in the area. Sept. 23 at 5 p.m. at 3789 1/2 Park Blvd.

Meet Us at the Map: Inspiring Ocean Conservation through Public Art is a project tour of The Map by Robin Brailsford and Wick Alexander at the Walter Munk Education Plaza in La Jolla. September 24 at 2 p.m

Mod Swap at Objects USA is an outdoor market running September 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., offering collectors their mid-century wares to swap or buy.

Visit the Design Week website for the full schedule and map.

Details: Daily through Sunday, September 25, 2022. Times and locations vary. Most events are free.

trolley dances

San Diego Dance Theater’s popular, site-specific dance production returns for just one weekend. The dance company has partnered with the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) for over two decades to present an interactive trolley tour of dance performances.


Dancers from the San Diego Dance Theater perform at Trolley Dances in an undated photo.

Dozens of dancers perform works by a handful of choreographers during the two-hour tour. It begins at the brand new Blue Line stop near UTC and UC San Diego, the Nobel Drive Trolley Transit Center. This year’s choreographers are Trolley Dances founder Jean Isaacs, along with Rachel Catalano, Minerva Tapia, Terry Wilson and Tijuana-based company Péndulo Cero Danza Contemporánea. Youngsters are free with the Pronto Pass.

Details: Tours depart every hour from 10:15 am to 2:15 pm Saturday and Sunday, September 24-25, 2022. Nobel Drive Trolley Transit Center, 3449 Nobel Dr., La Jolla. $0-$25.

The Rosin Box Project: “Barre Crawl”

dance, film, food
The Rosin Box Project (TRBP) begins with drinks and bites at Liberty Station’s Stone Brewing before taking a short stroll to the nearby Light Box Theater. “In Focus” series. The film is by San Francisco Ballet dancer and choreographer Myles Thatcher – TRBP recently presented new choreographic work by Thatcher in their Debuts showcase – and filmmaker Brandon Lazo. Transport is available if required.

Details: Friday, September 23, 2022 at 7 p.m. Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens, 2816 Historic Decatur Rd., Liberty Station. $50.

San Diego Ballet: Signature Moves

dance music
The San Diego Ballet will combine two crowd favorites for their fall Latin show this weekend. “Mambo Mania” is choreographed by Javier Velasco, the company’s artistic director, and “Que Bonito Amor” is accompanied by live mariachi music by Southwestern College’s Mariachi Garibaldi group.

Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, September 24 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, September 25, 2022. Southwestern College Performing Arts Center, 900 Otay Lakes Rd., Chula Vista. $15-$45.


Courtesy of Oceanside Theater Company

Synthia L. Hardy appears in an undated photo in ‘Billie! Backstage with Lady Day”.

“Billie! Backstage with Lady Day’

theatre, music
The Oceanside Theater Company presents a production of the play “Billie! Backstage with Lady Day” by playwright and performer Synthia L. Hardy. It’s a look at the life and work of Billie Holiday performed by Hardy and musician Woody Woods. The play unfolds as Holiday answers questions from imaginary reporters, resulting in a mix of story and music.

Details: Opens Friday 23 September to 2 October 2022. Performances this weekend are Friday and Saturday at 8pm; 2 p.m. Sunday. 217 N Coast Hwy, Ocean side. $35.

“World’s Smallest Show: Exploring Paper Cinemas”

visual art
Popular in the early 19th century, paper, toy, tabletop, or model theaters were often sold as DIY replica kits in theaters. Some are exquisitely detailed three-dimensional displays, somewhere between a pop-up book and a diorama. Paper theater collector Scott Paulson curated a wide selection of paper theaters for this exhibit at the La Jolla Historical Society.

Details: “The World’s Smallest Show: Exploring Paper Cinemas”. On view until January 22, 2023. Museum opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. La Jolla Historical Society, 7846 Eads Ave., La Jolla. Free.

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