June Performance Art Portal

Here’s to another San Diego summer chock full of artistry! In San Diego, there are endless activities, both during the day and at night. We are bursting at the seams with things to do!

Staring with Arts Tix, insiders call it “The Booth.” It’s the go to place for 1/2 price theatre-music-dance tickets that are typically available 1-2 days prior to performances or the day of.  It’s also the one-stop-shop for getting connected to the arts with a variety of performances to choose from on any given day, though not necessarily discounted. Before the days of the internet, The Booth had lines up and down the street, much like the DMV in Hillcrest does today. Thankfully, www.sdartstix.com has relieved that kind of nauseating bottlenecking. You’ll also be pleased to know it’s an official Ticketmaster outlet as well. The last one in San Diego proper!

Arts Tix often has day of 1/2 off tickets for Broadway San Diego shows; pick them up at The Booth or online through a special promo code WTIX. This summer, BSD presents Avenue Q and Into the Heights. Three time award winning Avenue Q is known as “jaw dropping hilarious,” and is about a bright-eyed college grad that moves to NYC with big dreams and a tiny bank account. The only apartment he can afford is way out on Avenue Q, where everyone’s looking for the same things he is: a decent job, a stable relationship, and a “purpose.” Eventually, Princeton learns to embrace the ups and downs of city life and realizes that the real world isn’t so bad after all! I love the disclaimers on this show: “RATING: NOT APPROPRIATE FOR CHILDREN DUE TO LANGUAGE AND ADULT CONTENT SUCH AS FULL PUPPET NUDITY AND SEXUAL SITUATIONS.”  More so, “Avenue Q has not been authorized or approved in any manner by The Jim Henson Company or Sesame Workshop, which have no responsibility for its content.”

Into the Heights is the 2008 Tony Award Winner® for Best Musical with an exhilarating journey into one of Manhattan’s most vibrant and tight-knit communities, Washington Heights. This musical is great for the whole family.

This is pretty edgy- Dog Sees God. It’s here June 4-27 in University Heights at Diversionary Theatre via Innermission Productions. If you are an old-school Peanuts fan, and you know Charlie B and the gang, then consider this zany paradoxical production; I HIGHLY recommend it. Here is the scoop: CB’s dog dies from rabies and CB begins to question the existence of an afterlife.  His best friend is too burnt out to provide any coherent speculation; his sister has gone Goth; his ex-girlfriend has recently been institutionalized; and his other friends are too inebriated to give him any sort of solace. But a chance meeting with an artistic kid, the target of this group’s bullying, offers CB a peace of mind and sets in motion a friendship that will push teen angst to the very limits.  Expect an ending that’s both haunting and hopeful.

Get ready for Summer and Smoke at New Village Arts Theatre in Carlsbad. This Tennessee Williams play first premiered in NYC for 102 performances in 1948. It’s a haunting and poetic drama which will transport you to the oppressive and sweltering summer of Mississippi to experience the unrelenting vicissitudes of desire- spiritually, philosophically, and sexually.

The PGK Project will be hosting “4 x 4 x Floor” at Bluefoot Bar & Lounge in North Park on June 8. Stop by for drinks, dance, and mingling. The last time I attended a 4 x 4 x Floor, I truly enjoyed the sassy burlesque troop, the fierce flamenco and seductive modern movements. Always a solid mash-up of dance!

More dance fun with Dance Jam every Friday from 9pm- midnight at Eveoke Dance Theatre in North Park. Dance Jam is a by-product of the expressive arts movement that began in the early ‘70s along with the post-modern and contact improvisation dance movements.

A gigantic impeding dance festival is coming this August. Free to the public, see dance of all kinds inside the 650-seat Casa Del Prado Theatre as well as a beautiful outdoor venue at Balboa Park.  Over 70 regional dance groups perform works over three days. Many dance types, styles, ethnic heritages and abilities will be showcased including the region’s most acclaimed and stunning professionals, while offering work in world forms, modern dance, contemporary dance, jazz, tap, ballet, hip-hop, Butoh dance and much, much more!

I always like to mention kid friendly arts connections- this month let’s check out ACT San Diego. Their mission is to provide educational and artistic opportunities to young actors to perform, act and learn the art of stagecraft in a fun, satisfying, yet highly professional environment.  ACT San Diego rents out the Lyceum Theatre in downtown San Diego, giving their students top notch experiences in stage acting. They have recently done Rent and are currently getting ready for Bye Bye Birdie and Dracula!

On the comedy front, we have Comedians of Chelsea Lately featuring Whitney Cummings, Jo Koy, Josh Wolf and Chuy on June 18 at Humphrey’s By the Bay.

Brew Ha-Ha Entertainment is operating out of Twiggs (4950 Park Blvd) on Saturdays with live local comedy. NO COVER, DRINK MINIMUM OR AGE REQUIREMENT.  Shows are 90 minutes, and never have more than 5 comics per show. They feature a variety of comics, professional and semi professional, doing “TV clean comedy.” Last week, pop-rocks were passed out to everyone and San Diego’s “laughing yogi” makes steady appearances. For more information call 619-922-9057.

Lastly, The Mainly Mozart Festival is here to spark up the chamber music circuit June 8-19.  One of the key artists participating is James Ehnes, who “…produces a simply gorgeous palette of timbres–sometimes warm and velvety, sometimes with the pellucid clarity of lark song at dawn, elsewhere thrillingly powerful and incisive” (London Times).  Also Anthony McGill will be gracing the festival with “…the sweetness of his tone and the energy of his
phrasing.” (New York Times) This summer concert series has been occurring since 1989!

Did you know about the FREE organ concerts at Balboa Park on Sundays at 2pm? The Spreckels Organ, one of the world’s largest outdoor pipe organs has 4,530 pipes ranging in length from the size of a pencil to 32 feet. Since 1917, San Diego has had a civic organist who performs free weekly Sunday concerts. More details at www.sosorgan.com.

Visit www.sdArtsTix.com for tickets or more information. As a little disclaimer- not all shows/performances/events mentioned are available at Arts Tix, but many are, and there are many more not mentioned that are too!

“It frees us from the past and opens up the future in ways that we can’t conceive of yet… To know art, to understand art and most of all, TO DO ART is the solution to humanity’s problems.”
-Dr. Silvia Hartmann

bringing you that fire! stay tune for more posts.

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