Four months ago, we packed into a lively room in Little Italy and heard from six local arts gurus about buzzing arts and culture happenings in San Diego. Now, here are some more chances to get out and see the things they talked about.

Art of Élan: Evan Schumacher, a self-professed classical music skeptic, told us why he looks forward to going to the chamber ensemble’s concerts as much as he anticipates a football game. Art of Élan’s season starts with a concert Tuesday called “Mexicali,” including some traditional folk-sounding music and more current classical music from Mexico. You can get tickets at the door, ahead of time at the San Diego Museum of Art (where the concert is) or on Ticketmaster.

• Murals in La Jolla: Ben Strauss-Malcolm pulled up the curtain on a couple of upcoming murals in the outdoor art project in La Jolla. The latest piece to go up is by John Baldessari, who grew up in National City and has become an internationally renowned artist. The mural is of a seascape with a cloud painted to look like a brain hovering over a palm tree. You can see the piece on the wall of 1250 Prospect Street, or sneak a peek in this La Jolla Light story about the piece. You can also see all of the existing murals and the proposed next locations on this nominating page for the local Orchids and Onions award.

• MoMitA: We heard about this interesting installation of development plans, once on display at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, from David Flores of San Ysidro nonprofit Casa Familiar. I’d first heard the exhibition would be up only through July but I just got a note the other day that it’s still open. You can set up an appointment to view the show by emailing

• Local Theater: Seema Sueko barely took a breath in her six-minute allotment to regale us with the diversity of San Diego’s theater scene. Sueko’s theater, Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company, had a busy week: The company received a national award and opened its production of “26 Miles.” There’s a ton happening right now in local theater, a dizzying amount of which the Union-Tribune’s Jim Hebert gets out to. You can follow his coverage at @jimhebert.

• San Diego Furniture Design: Here’s a topic that’s going off this month.

Famed local architect Jennifer Luce schooled us on some of the furniture design that’s coming out of San Diego and Tijuana, and together with San Diego State’s Wendy Maruyama put together a show for the art fair last month. Maruyama will represent one of three “generations” of SDSU furniture design in a panel discussion happening in a few weeks at the Mingei International Museum.

The Mingei’s focus is all about San Diego furniture, craft and design for its piece of the giant Getty-organized look at Southern California art in the decades following World War II. We stopped by and took some photos while the show was being mounted last week.

• Tijuana Arts Neighborhood: Last month, local artist Omar Lopez organized a project on both sides of the border called “Twins in Twain,” where San Diego and Tijuana artists each screen-printed T-shirts to try to sell one of each style on either side. The TJ piece happened at the Casa del Tunel venue that Jay Porter talked about in his look at the art innate in the Mexican neighborhood. Last I heard there were still a few shirts for sale.

Whew. Get out there! And tell them you heard about it at “A Meeting of the Minds.” Meanwhile, be thinking: Who should speak at our next event?

I’m Kelly Bennett, the arts editor for VOSD. You can reach me directly at or 619.325.0531.

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

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