While other publications looked back at art and music in San Diego, the U-T put out four lists each featuring Three Faces to Watch in dance, theater, pop and jazz and  classical music. It’s a smorgasbord for the voracious art and culture-philes.

In dance, Geoff Gonzalez, Erica Buechner and Brian Bose are short-listed as movers who’ll make a splash in our dance scene.

“I’m inspired by how people can express themselves physically in ways I’ve never seen before to tell stories that entertain and wow people,” aspiring EGOT winner Bose told the U-T.

Michael S. Garcia, 17, is named a face to watch in theater after his standout performance in “In the Heights” and “Zoot Suit.

When you’re looking to catch a live show in 2014, make sure to keep a lookout for Gayle Skidmore, Larry Groupé and Leonard Patton. Skidmore just won the San Diego Music Award for best singer-songwriter after years of toiling the folk and indie-pop scene.

“I write songs all the time, whether I want to or not,” she said. “It’s what I have always loved, and I’ve worked very hard to develop my skills in performing and songwriting. I’m very passionate about the music I create, and I love to share it.”

For a more high-brow concert experience, the U-T gives its stamp of approval to Alice Teyssier, Michael Gerdes and Priti Gandhi.

“I think you create your own prospects,” Teyssier, a UCSD doctoral student in flute and voice, told the article. “And you have to be willing to do things that don’t pay, or don’t pay very much, because you believe in them.”

Ain’t that the damn truth for all us foolish creative folks. Less money, mo’ creative freedom!

You’re reading the Culture Report, Voice of San Diego’s weekly collection of the region’s cultural news.

Extra Best-Of’s, Cool Curators and More Art News

• You think that just because it’s officially 2014 you won’t get any more nostalgic Best of2013 lists? Ha! KPBS shared a video Year in Review, featuring its top local art and culture stories, while San Diego CityBeat gathered its picks for the art that made an impact last year. While that list gave a tip of the hat to some of the coolest art happenings of 2013, I have to add the WoW Festival, MCASD’s game-changing collaboration with La Jolla Playhouse that brought visual art, theater, dance and performance art to local masses. The cool public art at the County Operations Center also deserves a huge mention for giving public art a place to flourish despite the major cutbacks to the Port of Diego’s public-art program.

• I once curated a large group art show at Space 4 Art. It was extremely fun, rewarding and, most of all, a total pain in the butt. It gave me a whole new level of respect for the curators regularly organizing incredible art exhibitions in our fair city. So Rogelio Casas of Centro Cultural de la Raza, I send you an e-high five for all your hard work.

He tells the U-T, “My experience is more the curator’s school of hard knocks.”

I wonder what GPA you need to get in that school.

• Where Magazine gives a shout-out to San Diego Museum of Art’s Noah Doely photography exhibition, “By the Light,” which runs through Feb. 25. If you haven’t seen it, rectify that mistake ASAP.

•The Athenaeum Music and Arts Library published a book about its very talented artists. (La Jolla Light)

• Galleries are kicking off 2014 with a bang, hitting us with great exhibitions this week. There’s Manifestations, featuring new work by Romali Licudan, Edward Frausto and JC Carino, conceptual artist Matthew Hebert’s opening at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, Alone Together at Noel-Baza Fine Art, David Adey’s metaphors for the human condition at Scott White Contemporary and Jorge Gutierrez’s solo show at Visual. Looks like it’s time to make that cloning machine happen.

• If Bret Barrett and Ryan Tannascoli’s artwork involving movement, kinetics and sound ever become self-aware, well, it would be the most frighteningly awesome thing ever. See their pieces in motion at Sound Machines.

• Love Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder and many of the funny-makers of yesterday and today? Of course you do. Otherwise you’d be a humorless robot. Thumbprint Gallery enlisted artists to honor the comedians they admire. Check out pieces by Annie Lou, Paul Naylor, Carrie Anne Hudson and others on Tuesday night for “No Laughing Matter.”

• Art Pulse Gallery’s annual exhibition, Momentum is back on Jan. 9 for the fifth time. It features art by Dani Dodge, Ansley Pye, Rob Morey and other graduates of the organizations Artist Mentor Program.

• Do you think you can go for a full 24 hours? These artists did! (U-T)

• A Ship in the Wood’s fascinatingly quirky Helm Series returns once again with “The Acting Project,” a multi-media installation made up of five video projections by Casey Smallwood. It sounds amazingly bizarre.

Experimental Sounds, Hot Guys Dancing and More Culture Stuff

• Craftlab Gallery in Oceanside has become a destination for cool, experimental music in San Diego. Curator/owner John Salisbury knows his awesome tune-age. Check out the next concert this Friday with Karl Blau, Jason Begin and Monochromacy, who will play “hypnotic experimentation.” Far out!

• “Hot Guys Dancing,” choreographer Michael Mizerany’s beautiful gift to the local dance scene, returns to Diversionary Theater to give us all a case of the hot-and-bothereds. Hummina! Hummina! Hummina!

• For once, you won’t hear shushing at the Escondido Library, thanks to this upcoming opera performance.

So Say We All is bringing late-night TV to life with its latest live comedy series, Genuine Class. This Thursday, check out local funny dudes and some special guests as they dish out jokes and jokes and jokes and spaghetti, spaghetti.

• Mike Glancy knows how to make a champion parade float. Everyone else can take a seat. (La Jolla Light)

• La Jolla Playhouse announced its 2014 Performance Outreach Program (POP) Tour production, “Suzette Who Set to Sea,” by Tasmanian playwright Finegan Kruckemeye. It will tour schools throughout the county from starting Feb. 3.

• It’s a great week to head out to the theatahhh, thanks to the opening of “Bug” at the Ion Theater. Playwright Tracy Letts (who wrote Oscar contender “August: Osage County”) tells the tale of obsessive love and paranoia, all set within an Oklahoma hotel room. It’s gonna get real!

Alex Zaragoza

Alex Zaragoza is a freelance writer covering arts and culture in San Diego and Tijuana. She also writes the column "There...

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