Thursday, June 16, 2005 | THEATER

Oft expectation fails, but Shakespeare still delivers. As part of the Old Globe’s 70th Anniversary summer line-up, the 2005 Shakespeare Festival opens this Sunday, running nightly rotations of classic favorites from the 1935 California Exposition, “The Comedy of Errors,” “Macbeth” and “The Winter’s Tale.” Darko Tresnjak, last season’s acclaimed director, returns as artistic director for the event.

The plays run in the outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre in Balboa Park, June 19 through Oct. 2, 2005. For more information, visit

Skating for Bronze. The Sledgehammer Theatre recently opened its 20th anniversary season with the world premiere of a new dark comedy play, “Bronze.” Written and directed by Sledgehammer’s Associate Artist Ruff Yeager, “Bronze” follows Cheryl Chan, a bronze medal-winning Olympic figure skater, and her three hostages at an all-night diner, as they share their tales of personal success and failure.

“Bronze” runs now through July 3, with performances Thursdays through Sundays, at Saint Cecilia’s Playhouse, 1620 Sixth Ave. in downtown San Diego. For more information, visit


Functional art. The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library wraps up its month-long exhibition, “5: San Diego Emerging Artists Collaborate on Furniture and Art” this Saturday. The exhibition features collaborative works from five pairs of local, young furniture designers and artists. Each pair was given one word to inspire their creations, which include a writing desk and prints (illustrating the word “correspondence) to a loveseat that incorporates elements of graffiti and hotrods (illustrating the slang term “fly”).

The Athenaeum, located at 1008 Wall St. in La Jolla, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Wednesdays until 8:30 p.m.). For more information, contact (858) 454-5872.

Make it soon. California Center for the Arts, Escondido celebrates its 10th birthday in eclectic style. “Making It: 10 Years of Artist Commissions at California Center for the Arts, Escondido”, showcases the diverse execution and style of artistic commissions over the past decade, including works by San Diego’s Stephen Curry, Roman de Salvo and Jay Johnson. An autumnal still-life coexists with a recreated light installation, written recollections from artists and the unveiled plans for a future glass-work commission in this nostalgic, but future-thinking exhibition.

The show runs for two more weeks only, through July 4, in Gallery Two of the museum. For more information, visit


Experimental sounds. Avant garde musicians Felix Fan (cellist) and David Cossin (percussionist) play at the Athenaeum Music & Art Library Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. The pair will perform work by Magnus Lindberg, Annie Gosfield, Marc Mellits and Tan Dun. The concert also features the premiere of “Close Together” by Julia Wolfe and Jimi Hendrix’s “Voodoo Child.”

Fan is a founding member of Muzik3 – an eclectic concert series featuring classical, contemporary and improvised music – and has played with renowned cellists Yo-Yo Ma and Janos Starker. Cossin, known for his work with Bang on a Can, has performed and recorded with a wide range of international composers and ensembles, including Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Bo Didley and Thurston Moore (of Sonic Youth).

The Athenaeum is located at 1008 Wall St. in La Jolla. For more information, contact (858) 454-5872.

– CLAIRE CARASKA, Voice Staff Writer, and JESSICA L. HORTON, Voice Contributing Writer

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