Brothers Einar and Jamex de la Torre see parallels between their ornate, complex works of art and the place where their latest piece is being installed — the city’s new Central Library.

“Especially for us, because we like to make our work layered and Baroque, and rich, so the more, the better,” Jamex de la Torre told KPBS in a television segment this week. “And a library is a place where more is definitely better. You want more information, more access.”

The library opens Sept. 28.

You’re reading the Culture Report, Voice of San Diego’s weekly roundup of the region’s arts and culture news.

Local Roots

• A gallery called Thumbprint aims to bring street art sensibilities to La Jolla. CityBeat catches up with the owners, two years after the spot moved north from North Park.

• A drunk driver killed Dorothy Jaques’ son in Carlsbad in 1972, and the grief propelled her into art. Now the 86-year-old painter has woven herself deeply into nearly every local artist organization. (U-T)

• He swam in the Bud Kearns Memorial Pool in North Park as a young kid, and now Sam Woodhouse, artistic chief at the San Diego Repertory Theatre, frequents the pool as an adult. He tells the U-T visiting the pool can present a bit of a time warp:

“I’ll be swimming, and I’ll look up at the blue sky and palm trees, and I’ll say: ‘Is this the 1950s or now?’”

• During the day, James Watts works at a detention center downtown. But at 3:30 p.m., he leaves work. “And my life becomes my own,” he says in the latest episode of ArtPulse TV.

• Artist and San Diego State University professor Bill Nericcio carries an open mind about what qualifies as literature in his classes. He fleshes out the concept in an interview with artist Perry Vasquez for San Diego Free Press:

The only rule of thumb for me when it comes to what is “literature” is that it somehow conveys a story. From gossip on the street, salacious hieroglyphs in the men’s room, advertising on the side of a bus, anything is fair game.

• South Bay drummer Victor Penalosa landed a gig with a Bay Area band that rose to prominence in the 1960s and 1970s called the Flamin’ Groovies, now touring the world. (San Diego Reader)

• A tattoo artist who moved from San Diego to his new home on Staten Island last year quickly found a niche to settle in on the East Coast. He posted to Craigslist offering to trade ink for household items — and his new business Barter Ink was born. (Staten Island Advance)

Happening Here

• The City Council is considering competing plans for the future of Barrio Logan, as VOSD’s Andy Keatts has been following. Keatts highlighted the neighborhood’s formal inclusion of arts and culture in its planning:

It calls for things like encouraging diverse art installations, requesting that new projects include public art and using temporarily vacant storefronts for temporary art installations.

• Super-foodies weigh in on their favorite picks for local fish and chips, including The Shakespeare Pub and Grille on India Street. (U-T)

• There’s perhaps not a busier choir in town than Sacra/Profana, and the ensemble’s fifth season this year is full of collaborations with dance and musical groups. (U-T)

• A happening spot in San Ysidro called The Front regularly hosts readings, concerts, gallery shows and workshops.

• An outdoor movie-watching venue in Mission Hills is celebrating its 20th anniversary. The founders say they’re trying to create an experience that’s a bit like “cinema church.” (KPBS)

• The website ArchDaily featured a concrete 5,300-square-foot home in La Jolla designed by local architect Jonathan Segal.

• Carlsbad native Matt McBane wanted to present concerts of contemporary music in his hometown, and 10 years ago he began with a few college friends in a library. Now, this year’s Carlsbad Music Festival includes winners of the Pulitzer Prize, a Grammy and the MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant. (U-T)

We’ll feature the festival’s lineup and story in Wednesday’s “Meeting of the Minds” — I hope you’re planning to join us.

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Kelly Bennett

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

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