Performance Art Portal 2

By: Marc Emmelmann

Many dank artistic expressions are flowering this spring in our fine city of culture and diversity. There is something for everyone, and I’ve jotted down a few happenings that may be complementary to your vibe. Take a look!

San Diego Symphony is doing something unique at Copley Symphony Hall with the second of their 2010 Silent Film Nights, airing NOSFERATU (1922) on May 7th & 8th. Of course, it will be accompanied by the San Diego Symphony performing the original soundtrack.

“San Diego Dances” graces Golden Hill with a hybrid dance fusion April 9th and 10th featuring Jennifer Curry with dancers of Somebodies Dance Theater, Eveoke Dance Theatre, The California Ballet, and The PGK Project.

If you have little ones to engage, mime company Imagination Express is spinning the tale of “Charlotte’s Web” at Centers of Leaning by the Sea, May 7-May 15. Let them open your eyes to the invisible and your ears to the silent!

I would be remiss not to mention La Jolla Music Society bringing Paul Taylor Dance Company to San Diego on May 8th. PTD is hailed by the New York Times as “…one of the few indisputably great dance companies in the world.”

Musicals are gaining popularity nationwide. One of San Diego’s favorite outdoor theatres, Starlight Theatre has box office record breaker, “SUDS: The Rocking 60’s Musical” in the pipeline. SUDS is the story of a young teenage girl and the two guardian angels that come to teach her about finding true love. Another feel good musical getting kudos is “Pump Boys & Dinettes” presented by Lambs Players at Horton Grand Theatre in the Gaslamp Quarter. Who knew a little stop on Highway 57 is where all the fun is?

North Parkers may be interested to know about the homegrown “House of Ill Repute vs. Virtuousness” at North Park Vaudeville and Candy Shoppe. This being their annual melodrama, April 2-24, you can cheer the hero, boo the villain…and find out if hoochy koochy dancer Cupcake will find her long lost children.

SUSHI- you can’t eat it but you sure can indulge. SUSHI Performance and Visual Art has their own urban industrial venue in the East Village, downtown. They present more of their Fresh Sound Series with “Fields Have Ears” on May 7. Expect up to 16 performers at any given time in combination with multi-channel sound. SUSHI also presents “Life is a Bowl of Cherries,” a two-act dance/theater work examining life’s big questions of “why are we here and where are we going?” Check it April 9-11.

Broadway San Diego is bringing us colorful treats at the Balboa Theatre with “Cirque Dreams Illumination” from April 13-18. It’s a highly imaginative, theatrical and even suspenseful plunge into performance art. If you missed Kooza in town, don’t miss Cirque Dreams! Capitalizing on their spring roster, BDS presents “Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles!” You can get into this multi-media, multi-dimensional Beatlemania experience May 14-16 at the Civic Theatre.

Asian Story Theater presents “Return of the Monkey King” at Lyceum Stage (Horton Plaza) April 21-25.  It’s flavored with martial arts and is a live music comedy adventure.

Fern Street Circus brings us “HOPE” with Blum the Clown returning from 20 years of circus travel. Find out what’s in his Pandora’s Box of wonders between May 21-30, where clowns, jugglers, acrobats, aerialists and wire walkers are all touched and inspired.

Boredom, curiosity, or passion are all acceptable reasons to get out of the house. You can get connected to the arts at (a program of The San Diego Performing Arts League, 501 C-3.) Email to get on a free ticket giveaway list and receive updates from Arts Tix, including special half price tickets offers!

“Drama is like a dream, it is not real, but it is really felt.”
– Abhinavagupta

bringing you that fire! stay tune for more posts.

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