San Diego Weekend Artistic Events: Miss Breed, Public Destruction, “La Cage Aux Folles”, Zelos Quartet and Women’s Film Festival


This Weekend in the Arts: The Broadway musical that inspired saxophone quartet ‘The Birdcage’, ‘The Rebellious Miss Breed’ reopens the downtown library art gallery, and destroy ‘art to SDMA.

Credit: Karli Cadel / Cygnet Theater

Above: “La Cage aux Folles” at Cygnet Theater runs until October 13, 2021.

“La Cage Aux Folles”


This show’s official opening was a long one at the Cygnet Theater – they all took place in March 2020 and even had a preview before stopping altogether for an 18-month recall extended by a pandemic.

“La Cage Aux Folles” is an 80s Broadway adaptation of a French play of the same name, which was later adapted into the 90s film “The Birdcage”. The plot centers on a drag club that is in danger of being shut down and its owners, an older gay couple who try to act “normally” as they prepare to meet a future daughter-in-law. It is full of vibrant and memorable songs and dance numbers (I have a soft spot for “We Are What We Are”).

Cygnet requires members of the public to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative PCR test within 72 hours, and masks must be worn indoors regardless of vaccination status.

Details: Information about the event. Friday at 8 p.m. (full), Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Performances continue next week until October 13, Wednesday through Sunday. $ 25-58.

“The Rebel Miss Race” “Call To Serve”

Literature, Visual Arts, History

Clara Breed, a longtime San Diego children’s librarian, exchanged letters with young Japanese Americans during World War II incarcerations – if that rings a bell, it should be: Last year, the One Book, One San Diego children’s selection was “Write to Me,” which told its story.

Former Director of the San Diego Public Library and ...

This fall, the San Diego Public Library commemorates Breed’s life and advocacy with a series of programs that all revolve around an exhibit at the Central Library Gallery. It features photographs, archives and relics that highlight the experience of Japanese Americans during WWII, including a replica of a WWII barracks built on site at the library.

The exhibition begins with a reception in the sculpture garden on the 9th floor of the library on Saturday afternoon.

Details: Information on exhibitions and events. Saturday, September 18 from noon to 2 p.m., then visible Monday to Saturday afternoon until January 30, 2022. 330 Park Blvd., Downtown. To free.

San Diego Women’s Film Festival


The 8th Annual Women’s Film Festival, hosted by the Women’s Museum of California, is virtual again this year. This means you can stream all selections on demand with just a $ 15 festival pass, or attend an individual screening for $ 5. Some selections that stand out: the Australian short documentary “You Are Not Alone”, on the impact and prevalence of miscarriages; “3:35 to Boston”, by Kay Barnes, director of the GI Film Festival 2021, a short film about a runner; “You Didn’t See What I Saw”, a suspenseful Polish short; and “Red Threads”, a Lebanese film about a fashion designer in exile.

Details: Information about the event. Broadcast on demand from Friday September 17 to Sunday September 26, 2021. $ 5-15.

Part of the exhibition by John Raymond Mireles,

“Disestablishment”: event of public destruction

Visual art

Always wanted to throw works of art in the trash? Wait, don’t answer that. But on the steps of the San Diego Museum of Art Thursday and Friday afternoon, you can still try it out.

San Diego artist John Raymond Mireles’ exhibit, “Disestablishment,” is currently on view in the SDMA Free Gallery (near Panama 66), but these works were meant to be destroyed, just as the future Mireles presumes. for the pristine nature represented in his works. Dozens of stunning photographs feature two recently destroyed national monuments intended for mining or drilling. The public is invited to scratch, tear, pierce and leave their mark on the photographs as a symbol of human destruction on the planet.

SDMA will host

These works will then be hung up, destroyed, in the gallery and will be visible until January 30, 2022. Some remarks: you will have to sign a waiver and you must be over 12 years old to participate.

Details: Information on exhibitions and events. Thursday and Friday September 16-17 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park. To free.

More visual art: This weekend only, attend three exhibitions at once at the Oceanfront art museum. Charlotte Bird’s incredible quilting works open in a solo show on Saturday, Melissa Walter’s “Smallest of Places” runs through early November, and Mark Bryce’s “Love and War” show (originally set up for CECUT Tijuana ) will end on Sunday.

Music by the Sea: Zelos Saxophone Quartet


Okay, I admit. I was skeptical. A saxophone quartet? Not a but four saxophones? But the Zelos Quartet kind of blew me away. They will perform a collection of works, including some of the under-represented contemporary composers Clare Shore, Kevin Villalta, William Grant Still and more.

Details: Information about the event. Friday at 7:30 p.m. 540 Cornish Dr., Encinitas. $ 20.

For more artistic events, to submit your own, visit the KPBS / Arts calendar. And be sure to sign up for my weekly KPBS / Arts newsletter.


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