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We’re getting really excited for our arts and culture event Wednesday. More than 100 people have said they’re coming. Have you?

Recognize some of these speakers? They’re some of the most creative, interesting people in this county. And we’ve interviewed or featured several of them or their topics before. Here’s a roundup of our past interactions with them:

Jennifer Luce is a well-regarded architect at Luce et Studio. She’ll be talking about the burgeoning contemporary furniture design scene in San Diego. In my chat with her a couple of years ago, she said despite living in San Diego for a couple of decades, she still tries to think like a foreigner, not yet like a local:

I want to always be looking and never be content that I know where I am. I want to always wonder what San Diego is.

Jay Porter owns The Linkery and El Take It Easy. He also helps run Tijuego and will be talking about art installations in Tijuana’s Colonia Federal neighborhood. We recently celebrated Sam Hodgson’s new photo book at El Take It Easy.

Evan Schumacher is co-founder of InstantEncore.com, along with one of VOSD’s board members, Bill Stensrud. He’ll be talking about how Art of Elan is making local classical music hip. (I posted a photo to Twitter from one of their standing-room-only concerts in Barrio Logan earlier this year.)

Ben Strauss-Malcolm is gallery director at Quint Contemporary Art, and was the first person in our What’s on Your Wall? series. He’ll be talking about the murals by internationally renowned artists springing up in La Jolla, which we wrote about and showed you on Behind the Scene TV late last year.

Seema Sueko is founder and artistic director of Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company. She’ll be sharing a field guide to the local theater ecosystem. That’s along similar lines to the story we did earlier this year about Mo’olelo moving in to the 10th Avenue Theatre:

The big companies like La Jolla Playhouse and the Old Globe don’t exist in a vacuum. There are medium-sized theater companies and baby theaters. There are shows that can pay actors and shows that can’t. There are theaters that have been able to raise enough money to buy their own buildings and those who rent. And within those that rent, there are those with a fixed home and those that rove from performance to performance or from season to season. For the county’s several roving or “gypsy” theater companies — groups with plays, casts and crews and sets but no stage of their own — the effort to find a space in which to perform that play can be a difficult endeavor.

And David Flores is community design and development officer at Casa Familiar. He’ll be talking about the new, renovated space for art in San Ysidro that we visited last week for Behind the Scene TV. I first met Flores when I was writing about the city of San Diego’s fizzling “City of Villages” program, and then explored more of what he’d been teaching San Ysidrans about the principles of planning.

Please join us at the Kettner Daylight Studio on June 1, and tune in online soon to watch their presentations, thanks to our event partners at Media Arts Center San Diego.

Thanks again to our friends at Sezio for helping us spread the word and posting some of these great flyers, which Chadwick Gantes designed, all over town:

I am the arts editor for VOSD. You can reach me directly at kelly.bennett@voiceofsandiego.org or 619.325.0531. Or you can keep up with me on Twitter @kellyrbennett or on Facebook.

Kelly Bennett

Kelly Bennett is a former staff writer for Voice of San Diego.

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