Performance Art Portal

By. Marc Emmelmann

San Diego exudes a delicious buffet of performance art experiences to be had. I’m writing to shed some light on what I believe to be the choicest nugs of entertainment suitable for date nights, solo outings, co-worker excursions, and of course some emotive inspiration and multi-sensory enjoyment.  We are a true arts melting pot with many genres to indulge in. From avant-garde to modern to classical, professional, semi-professional, community, and so on, there are no excuses for boredom!

Sadly, the reality is that attendance at arts events is down. This national trend has left our creative communities yearning for a grassroots renaissance. People like you and I will simply have to start putting our entertainment dollars into live performance art. The product is plentiful, there are plenty of seats to be filled, and you get immersed in an industry dedicated to creativity, community, and liberty for all!

Let’s get our March previews started.

Modern dance company The PGK Project has been producing top-grade dance events like San Diego Dances, 4x4xFloor, and The Movement.  Peter Kalivas is the artistic director and entrepreneur behind these edgy shows that rove San Diego County, sometimes at neighborhood lounges or even hair salons. They will easily leave you rubbing your eyes, and it’s not because they’re bloodshot and red.

OMG… Broadway San Diego is bringing the funny and fabulous with Legally Blond The Musical at the Civic Theatre starting March 21. More funny can be found with John Leguizamo-Diary of a Madman at La Jolla Playhouse between March 4-14 and Night of the Laughing Dead at Mystery Café Theatre (every Fri & Sat) which occurs at the Imperial House Restaurant in Bankers Hill. Its dinner-theatre, so you get to be apart of an interactive zombie and werewolf film whilst nibbling on your entree.

Two words: Puppet Festival! Get whimsical with the San Diego Guild of Puppetry at their annual Puppetry Festival between March 18-20 & 26-27.  Another magical treat is The Secret Garden at Patio Playhouse in Escondido showing until March 14.

If psychological thrillers and intimate venues are appealing, consider BlackBird at Compass Theatre in Hillcrest, showing all of March.  Another intimate venue, Diversionary Theatre (the nations 3rd oldest LGBT theatre) presents the dark comedy Speech and Debate beginning March 28.

Did you enjoy the musical movie Sweeney Todd? Try catching it live on stage at Cygnet Theatre starting March 18. Surely you recall the murderous barber-ism, music, humor and visceral drama!

There is always something brewing on college campuses. I Love You Because is showing March 11-13 & 17-20 at Grossmont College. Presenting new works in dance-theatre is UC San Diego with winterWORKS! It’s one night only, so mark your           calendar for March 10. San Diego State University will be stoking us out with Tom and Huck and Jim starting March 14.

As for delicious music, SUSHI Performance & Visual Art presents more of their Fresh Sound Series on March 18 with Scott Amendola and Wil Blades performing everything from avant-garde to funk, bebop to rock.

Tickets costs are not that bad. You can even find discounted tickets for many of the shows I’ve mentioned. More information about these shows and discounts can be found at All the monies earned by San Diego Arts Tix are invested back into the San Diego Arts community, so buy your tickets from them!

“Performance art is the ultimate in creativity. Since it has so many possibilities at creativity, its essence tends to become creativity.” Jack Bowman

bringing you that fire! stay tune for more posts.

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