There are some things that I can always count on popping up in my Instagram feed: San Diego sunsets, cute animals doing cute things that make my heart explode, weird memes that are actually pretty offensive and beautiful architectural spaces that exist in our city.
While a Meeting of the Minds on cat pics would kind of rule, we’re excited to announce that the next incarnation of Voice of San Diego’s event series will focus on San Diego’s spaces and places.
We’re bringing in some of the brightest minds in architecture and structural design to talk about the buildings and locations that make their eyes pop into cartoon hearts. Those speakers are Jennifer Luce, Hector Perez, Rob Quigley, Mike Torrey and Catherine Herbst, with a special video presentation by Vicki Estrada. VOSD’s Scott Lewis will take the mic as the evening’s host.
Please join us on Wednesday, April 22, at the Central Library, a building that inspires many a ‘gram post itself. Your hometown wanderlust is sure to be set aflame. More info can be found here, and you can register at our Eventbrite page here. Also, be sure to catch Luce and VOSD Deputy Editor Catherine Green on NBC 7 this Thursday at 11:25 a.m. for some extra tidbits on our upcoming speakers.
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Bye Felicia, El Anatsui and More Visual Art Stuff
• Helen Redman’s work is like an onion or an emo kid’s hair: It has many, many layers. CityBeat talks to the artist about her latest exhibition, which tells the many-layered stories of womanhood and motherhood.
• Artist Brittany Segal wants you to pull a “Fame” and remember, remember, remember, remember her name while forgetting the major San Diego ties that come with it. (CityBeat)
• The Lemon Grove Library is going platinum on its walls. (U-T)
• The San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum is bringing North Country families a place to learn and have fun. (U-T)
• Terry Hansen’s beautiful woodwork is created against many odds. (U-T)
• Have you visited the El Anatsui exhibition at MCASD Downtown yet? It’s awe-inspiring and a sight to see. The U-T interviewed the artist about his process, work, life and more.
• Felicia Shaw, former program manager for the San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, is leaving San Diego for St. Louis for a big new role. (U-T)
• Lux Art Institute’s newest artist-in-residence Ebony G. Patterson explores gender, sexual identity, race, standards of beauty and much more in her stunningly poignant work. The U-T chats with the artist, who gives insight into her socially outspoken art.
• The lineup for the San Diego Jewish Arts Festival has been announced. (San Diego Jewish World)
Metal Brews and More Music and Performance News
• If your heart is metal as eff and your taste buds want to get on the same level, Brujos Brewing has collaborated with black metal band Ruines ov Abaddon to make a craft brew that can be sipped at the gates of hell. Or your apartment. Wherever darkness follows you. (CityBeat)
• The Spreckels Organ Pavilion is ready to get wild. Here’s the lineup of concerts for the summer.
• The San Diego Symphony is offering a free concert featuring different youth orchestras on April 26. RSVP on the symphony website by Friday, April 24, if you want to take in the show.
PacArts Film Fest and More Culture Crumbles
• Did you know there’s a Cat Café downtown where you can hang out with a bunch of cute kitties that are available for adoption? CityBeat’s resident cat daddy spent a day there and was really feline it. (See what I did there?)
• Pacific Arts Movement’s San Diego Asian Film Festival Spring Showcase kicks off Thursday. Every year the festival brings exciting, memorable and passionate films revolving around the Asian experience. They continue the tradition with films like “In Football We Trust,” which follows four young Polynesian NFL hopefuls using football as a way out of poverty and gang violence. Get ready for some “Friday Night Lights”-level tears. See the full lineup of films here.