Weekend Art Events in San Diego: Folk Art, Cabaret, City Ballet, Zine Swap and More


‘This is Our Story’: American Vernacular Art from the Kaplan Collection

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Self-taught artists from across the country are featured in this new exhibition at Mingei. None of the featured artists has practiced in a traditional academic setting. Curator Emily Hanna – recently hired by the museum as the new Exhibitions Director and Chief Curator – has assembled a collection of works illustrating folk art. Artists include AJ Boudreaux, Jon Bok, Rosie Lee Light, David Butler and many more.

Details: On view Saturday, July 23, 2022 through February 26, 2023. Museum hours this weekend are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. Mingei International Museum, 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park. $0 to $14.

Catherine Brannock

One of Katherine Brannock’s ‘Weikenings’, part of her ‘Four Letter Words: GIRL’ exhibition opening Saturday July 23, 2022 at Trash Lamb Gallery. Undated photo.

Katherine Brannock: “Four-Letter Words: GIRL”

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South Park’s Trash Lamb Gallery will open an exhibition of prints (and more) from Katherine Brannock’s upcoming graphic novel series, “The Weikenings.” The exhibition is called “Four Letter Words: GIRL”, and it’s actually the second solo exhibition Brannock has at the moment, both with separate series of works. The first, at Thumbprint Gallery in La Jolla, features Brannock’s adorably wholesome “Someday Mouse” character, including stills from an animation project. At Trash Lamb, his works are more fantastical and dark. The “Weikenings” are a collection of creatures meant to manifest childhood anxieties. In the exhibition, she will present several versions of each creature, including sketches, studies and “sparks” (pictured).

Details: Opening from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday July 23, 2022 with an animated screening and an artist talk at 8 p.m. Gallery hours: noon to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday or by appointment. On view through August 28, 2022. Trash Lamb Gallery, 2365 30th St., South Park. Free.


Cygnet Theater recently opened a production of “Cabaret,” the 1966 musical with music by John Kander, book by Joe Masteroff and lyrics by Fred Ebb. It is set in 1931, at the famous Kit Kat Klub in Berlin, based on the 1951 play, “I Am a Camera”, by John Van Druten and Christopher Isherwood’s novel, “Goodbye to Berlin”. Show up early for this Friday’s performance for “Theatre on Tap,” with craft beer discounts at a special pre-show gathering at 7 p.m., plus a post-show cast and director forum .

Details: Performances this weekend are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 21; 8 p.m. Friday, July 22; 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday July 23; and 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 24, 2022. Cygnet Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town. $40+.


Domaine Tamara de Lempicka ARS 2022

Tamara de Lempicka’s iconic “Self-Portrait (Tamara in a Green Bugatti)” is one of the Polish artist’s most famous paintings. 1929.

Soon to be closed: ‘Lempicka’

It’s your last weekend to catch this Broadway-bound musical in its first production at the La Jolla Playhouse. “Lempicka” features the iconic and prolific Polish Art Deco artist Tamara De Lempicka. Check out KPBS reporter Beth Accomando’s report on the coin here.

Details: The remaining sessions are at 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 21 and Friday, July 22; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday July 23; and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 24, 2022. $25 to $95.

City Ballet: “In motion: reinvented”

To kick off its new season, the City Ballet of San Diego will stage three performances of new twists on select classics, as well as a world premiere by company choreographer Geoffrey Gonzalez, on “Serenade No. 13 (Eine Kleine Nachtmusik)” from Mozart. Some of the traditional works are “Lilac Fairy Variation” from “The Sleeping Beauty”, “The Origin of Myrtha and the Willis” from “Giselle”, and many others. Each of them has been updated and “reimagined” with new choreography.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, July 21-23, 2022. Torrey Pines Performing Arts Center, 3710 Del Mar Heights Rd., Del Mar. $39-$59.

The interior of Libélula Books shows shelves and tables filled with books and plants.

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The interior of Libélula Books in the Barrio Logan neighborhood of San Diego, California is shown in an undated photo.

Zine Swap: SD Zine Fest and Libélula Books

Whether you have a zine to swap or just want to shop, Libélula Books is the place to be on a Saturday afternoon. In partnership with the San Diego Zine Fest, the event will also feature zine-making materials and, of course, access to Libélula’s fantastic selection of books. Close enough to Comic-Con to feel like you’re part of things, but far enough to breathe a little.

Details: 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, July 23, 2022. Libélula Books, 950 S. 26th St., Barrio Logan. Free.

Joyce Rooks, Greg Ito and more at Encinitas Art Night

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While there’s plenty to choose from on Saturday night’s traveling Encinitas Art Night, start with musician Joyce Rooks at 5:30 p.m. at the Encinitas Library (540 Cornish Dr.). A longtime fixture of the San Diego music scene, Rooks was in late 1970s punk bands The Cockpits and The Dinettes, and has backed local bands over the years as a cello studio musician. , and recorded his own compositions as a multi-instrumentalist and electronic. musician.

Rooks is now primarily a visual artist — and was part of the “Cultural Cannibalism” group show at the Coachella Valley Art Center this spring, curated by Susan Myrland. But, as Rooks writes on his website, music is his “first love.”

Greg Ito will also hold a closing performance with his “flower sculpture” at ICA San Diego North, installed on the hill behind the museum. It’s 6 p.m. at 1550 S. El Camino Real.

Here is the full schedule of performances, art talks and exhibitions, along with a map and shuttle information.

Details: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 23, 2022. Multiple locations. Free.

Chicks and Jenny Lewis

I was in the Law Seats at the 1999 Lilith Fair, where The Chicks (then the Dixie Chicks) were performing at that same Chula Vista Amphitheater (also then a different name) – about a year and a half after the release of “Wide Open Spaces.” That show was almost exactly 23 years ago, and this weekend they’re back. While their latest album, 2020’s “Gaslighter” is a solid listen, “Wide Open Spaces” has apparently seen a TikTok resurgence recently. Jenny Lewis will also perform.

The Chicks – Gaslighter (Official Video)

Details: 7:00 p.m. Saturday, July 23, 2022. North Island Credit Union Amphitheater, 2050 Entertainment Cir., Chula Vista. $40+.

Comic-Con (and more)

Comic-Con is back. Check out Beth Accomando’s panel recommendations here, as well as my roundup of offsite events here.

You can find all of our Comic-Con coverage here.


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Fans leave the convention center on the first day of Comic-Con International held at the San Diego Convention Center on July 21, 2016.

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