Weekend Art Events in San Diego: “Ragtime,” Dance, Jazz, and How-to Books

The Rosin Box Project: “Beginnings”

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The concert features four new contemporary ballet works – two by guest choreographers Katarzyna Skarpetowska and Myles Thatcher and two by Rosin Box Project resident choreographers Katie Spagnolletti and Jeremy Zapanta. I have seen pieces of some of these works; they are powerful, expressive and beautiful. Here is a clip on Instagram of Zapanta’s work, including an excerpt from an original score by San Diego composer and musician Zane Alexander.

It’s the finale of their current season, and there are four chances to see it – plus a virtual option.

Details: 7:30 p.m. from Thursday to Sunday, from September 1 to 4, 2022. Virtual broadcast at 7:00 p.m. on September 3. Mingei International Museum, La Atalaya Foundation Theatre, 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park. $40-$45 for live performance, $25 for virtual performance.

May-ling Martinez: “Bright Emergence”

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This weekend feels like the calm before the (visual arts) storm that is about to hit the region in September (San Diego Art Prize! Alexis Smith at MCASD! Design Week! And more!). But there’s still plenty of artwork to check out right now, including new works by Puerto Rican-born, San Diego-based artist May-ling Martinez, currently on display at Quint ONE, their Bread location. and Salt in Logan Heights.

Courtesy of Quint Gallery

Close-up of “Luminous Emergence” by May-Ling Martinez, which is on view at Quint ONE in Logan Heights through September 11, 2022.

“Luminous Emergence” is a unique multimedia work installed in the tiny gallery. It’s a projection screen suspended in space, dotted with a group of illustrations that fall somewhere between petroglyphs and borrowed medical textbooks or illustrations from survival/how-to manuals – complicated knots alongside crystal-like objects and vague suggestions of fantastical organs and sinewy muscles, tendons and veins. It’s easy to get a little lost in the details of this deceptively unassuming piece.

Details: On view through September 11, 2022. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 1955 Julian Ave., Logan Heights. Free.

‘Ragtime’ at the Moonlight Amphitheater

The beloved and award-winning musical “Ragtime” – based on the 1975 novel EL Doctorow – follows three individuals living very different lives in early 20th century America. Coalhouse Walker Jr. is a black musician from Harlem, “Mother” is an upper-class housewife from Westchester, and Tateh is a Jewish immigrant. The soundtrack is, of course, full of songs tinged with ragtime and jazz, as well as klezmer and contemporary styles.

Outdoor production of Moonlight closes this weekend, so this is your last chance. It is directed by John Vaughan and stars Bets Malone as Mother, Charl Brown as Coalhouse and Geno Carr as Tateh, alongside a large cast and orchestra. Note that “Ragtime” includes foul language, including racial slurs.

Details: On stage until September 3, 2022. Remaining performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, September 1-3, 2022. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The Moonlight, 1250 Vale Terrace Dr., Vista. $8 to $61.

‘Fandango for Butterflies (and Coyotes)’ at La Jolla Playhouse

It is a production of the New York theater company En Garde Arts presented at La Jolla Playhouse.


Actors and musicians from the La Jolla Playhouse and En Garde Arts production of ‘Fandango for Butterflies (and Coyotes)’, in an undated photo.

The new play, written by playwright Andrea Thome with music composed by Sinuhé Padilla, is set in a communal “fandango”. The term signifies a specific dance, but it is also a joyous gathering and celebration with storytelling, music, and dance that is common to Latin American immigrant communities. In the play, this particular fandango takes place just before Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids take over the city.

Details: On stage until September 25, 2022. Performances this weekend will be at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday September 1-4 and 7 p.m. Sunday, September 4, 2022. La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Dr ., UC San Diego. $25 to $60.

Jazz at the Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

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This group of 15 world-renowned jazz instrumentalists is Lincoln Center’s resident jazz ensemble in New York City and is led by jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis. At a JLCO show, expect a wide range of jazz works, from classics to new works by orchestra members. This performance at Shell doesn’t include the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, but it does include a special pre-show ensemble from the Young Lions Jazz Conservatory, so arrive before 6:15 p.m. to check out some great upcoming San Diego talent.

DetailsSunday, September 4, 2022. Rady Shell at Jacobs Park, 222 Marina Park Way, Downtown. $50 to $110.

Visionary Dance Theatre: ‘Cradle’

Throughout the summer, Mojalet Dance Collective (“Mojalet” is a portmanteau of modern, jazz and ballet dance styles) invited dance companies from across the county to present work, as well as share some of the their.

To conclude this summer series, the Visionary Dance Theater presents three performances of the work “Cradle” by choreographer Tanya Lewis. The piece blends Western dance styles with traditional Middle Eastern dance, reflecting Lewis’ background and upbringing.

DetailsSaturday, Sept. 3: 7 p.m.; 2 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, September 4, 2022. Vine Arts Village Theatre, 12540 Oaks North Dr., Rancho Bernardo. $16 to $21.

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