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In the 1980s, the symphony allowed its home, the fancy 1920s-era Fox Theatre, to be hidden from the street by a massive office and hotel complex, the tallest high-rise in the city at that time. Now the symphony is trying to overcome the fact that its residence looks, from the outside, like just another commercial building by enlisting the help of Mitra Kanaani, who teaches at downtown’s NewSchool of Architecture and Design. We explain in a TV story with NBC7 San Diego.
What do you think of the plan? Do you like the red or neutral color scheme best? Several of you weighed in already; your thoughts appear to stack up more in favor of the plan, with a preference for the red, though there are a few detractors.
Have a look at the red rendering, courtesy of Kanaani:
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• The Arts Tix booth, on the other hand, never had a problem being seen from the street over the last two decades. But now the discount ticket-selling operation could be on its way out from its perch near the Broadway side of Horton Plaza.
A new plan for the mall involves redoing the front area to make it more friendly for public gatherings, and downtown redevelopment officials say the booth’s days on the plaza are numbered. But the people who run it say they’re still lobbying city officials to see if they can stay.
Here’s a rendering of what the new plaza would look like:
• You can get a taste this weekend of the former life of the downtown Fox Theatre, where the symphony now plays. The theater will host a viewing of the 1920 movie “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” complete with accompaniment on the theater’s original pipe organ. Valerie Scher talks with organist Russ Peck about the “Organmaster” shoes he wears and the spookiness of the music. (San Diego Reader)
• Splitting his musical time between church and classical as a kid, local pianist Joshua White discovered jazz in his teens and found a whole new way of thinking, according to a video by the Union-Tribune’s David Brooks.
• The audience is not a sophisticated art audience, curator Rachel Teagle acknowledges — some are toddlers! But the exhibits at the new “Trash” exhibit at the New Children’s Museum are painstakingly crafted anyway and the 2-, 3- and 7-year-olds climbing through are resonating with the concept of transforming trash to art. (KPBS)
• CityBeat recommends you check out Thursday’s Orchids and Onions awards for San Diego architecture wins and failures. And this weekend, the to-do list suggests attending the North Park Playwright Festival. The North County Times’ robust events calendar this week includes Gregorian chant, a hypnotist, a Steinbeck play and contemporary quilts.
• The production of “Heroes” at North Coast Repertory Theatre has a striking cast of “elder statesmen giants in American theater,” says artistic director David Ellenstein. (North County Times)
• Reviewing for the U-T, theater critic Anne Marie Welsh praises two San Diego female leads on local stages now. Rosina Reynolds in Cygnet Theatre’s “The Glass Menagerie” gives a “masterful portrayal of a great and challenging female role,” Welsh writes. And Linda Libby in Ion Theatre’s first attempt at a musical, “Gypsy,” is incandescent.
• Another local theater critic, Martin Jones Westlin, hopes the recent announcement of changing leadership at The Old Globe means the powerful theater will feature more local actors. (Words Are Not Enough)
• UCSD-TV posted online all of its videos of La Jolla Music Society’s popular summer festival concerts going back to 1999. That’s a lot of chamber music to watch.
Pacific Standard Time:
• ‘Where else are you going to get this European art background, combined with surfing, and put together into something that gets shown in L.A. and New York? It tells the whole story,’ says curator Dave Hampton in a U-T story. We’ve been following Hampton’s show of San Diego midcentury craft and design at the Mingei Museum, one of two local shows in a giant Getty-instigated project to focus on post-World-War-II Southern California art.
• D.C.-based arts journalist Tyler Green poked a bit of fun at how often the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s “Phenomenal” show has been called the “most-anticipated” of the Getty’s effort. But then he gave us some props for Sam Hodgson’s photographs, saying he guesses the show “will also be the source of the best PST pictures. Wowsa.”
We happen to agree.
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