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We put six creative people in front of a great crowd last week to let us know what we should be checking out in San Diego’s arts world. Here’s how you can see some of what they mentioned at our Meeting of the Minds event. What do you plan to check out?

Vanessa Dinning on connecting words, meaning and music (watch video):

• Symphony Exposé — a concert series where Nuvi Mehta explores the stories behind the music and the lives of the composers. The next one’s on Beethoven, coming up March 1.

Discounted tickets for the San Diego Opera performances of Moby-Dick, Don Pasquale and The Barber of Seville.

Lynn Susholtz on Eveoke Dance Theatre’s mission and footprint (watch video):

Reflections, Susholtz’s collaboration with Eveoke at her Art Produce Gallery, has been extended through Feb. 19. The dance and visual art collaboration portrays the stories of “six little-known women who have affected history in a profound way.”

D.A. Kolodenko on San Diego jazz (watch video):

• Free-admission jazz jam every Wednesday night at El Camino in Little Italy with Gilbert Castellanos, trumpeter.

• Other venues to see jazz: Croce’s in the Gaslamp, the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library in La Jolla and Anthology in Little Italy.

Constance White on meaningful public art (watch video):

• Here’s a map to the Stuart Collection’s 19 art pieces placed around the campus at UCSD. You can also read more about the artists and the work or get the free iPhone app to watch videos telling the stories of each piece.

• Follow the progress of the art planned for the airport, which White oversees.

K. Lorraine Graham on where poets fit in (watch video)

• The San Diego Museum of Art’s summer salon series (details for this year not posted yet; more info from 2011 series)

• Other resources for writers and those interesting in writing/reading: San Diego Writers, Ink; So Say We All; and readings at Agitprop in North Park.

Mario Chacon on the mural revitalization effort at Chicano Park (watch video):

Chicano Park Day, dances, booths, music and food, falls annually on the closest Saturday to April 22, because that’s the day in 1970 when the park was officially born. This year, the celebration’s theme is “Lowriders” on April 21. (He misstated the date when he was speaking that night, in case you already marked your calendar.)

Anybody interested in a field trip of sorts to see some of these? Leave us a comment or send me an email:

And if there’s something else from these presentations that you’re dying for more info about, let me know, and I’ll track it down!

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

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

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