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This weekend in the arts: Mahler, Ravel and Moya at The Shell, ‘Shutter Sisters’ opens at The Old Globe, eclectic outdoor music, murals in progress, prize-worthy art and the work of the late Matt Hoyt.
‘Payare, Barnatan and Mahler’
Rafael Payare conducts the San Diego Symphony at The Shell Friday evening, featuring guest pianist Inon Barnatan, known in town as the La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest music director. Barnatan will perform Ravel’s jazz-tinged Concerto in G with the symphony, a lively and sweeping work. The symphony will also perform Mahler’s lovely and majestic Symphony No. 1 and a 2014 work by contemporary Venezuelan-American composer Reinaldo Moya. This piece, “Siempre lunes, siempre marzo (Always Monday, Always March)” was inspired by Gabriel García Márquez’s “One Hundred Years of Solitude” — in the book, there’s a room where time moves strangely, where it’s always Monday, and it’s always March.
Details: Friday, Oct. 8, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park, 222 Marina Park way, downtown. $25-108.
Mansa Ra’s “Shutter Sisters” was first unveiled as a reading in The Globe’s Powers New Voices Festival in January 2020 — back when 2020 held nothing but promise.
Opening this weekend is the theatrical premiere of “Shutter Sisters,” a Globe-commissioned work by Mansa Ra (who also has playwriting credits under his previous name, Jiréh Breon Holder). It’s a surrealist work, following two women with parallel lives, one, who is white, named Michael, and another, who is Black, named Mykal. There’s themes of motherhood, identity, womanhood, belonging, resilience — and ultimately finding common ground. The work is directed by Donya Washington, and stars Terry Burrell and Shana Wride.
Proof of vaccination or negative PCR test within 72 hours required for entry, and masks are required indoors. “Shutter Sisters” is performed on an indoor stage.
Details: Shows Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m. The show runs through Nov. 7 with varying weekly dates and times. The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park. $30-102.
The Matt Hoyt Retrospective
Visual Art, Film, Music, Memorial
Filmmaker, musician, artist, comedian and owner of Starlite Matt Hoyt passed away suddenly on Aug. 14, 2021 after a sudden battle with cancer. This Sunday, Bread and Salt will host a retrospective of his work — including his short films and video clips — plus musical performances. Masks, plus proof of vaccination (or negative COVID test within 48 hours) are required to enter. The event will also be livestreamed beginning at 4 p.m.
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Details: Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021. Doors at 2 p.m., program at 4 p.m. Bread and Salt, 1955 Julian Ave., Logan Heights. Free.
2021 San Diego Art Prize Exhibition
Visual Art, Music
The San Diego Art Prize exhibition opens at Bread and Salt on Saturday at 5 p.m., with a live performance from The Color Forty Nine at 8 p.m. The band collaborated with one of the prize recipients, Hugo Crosthwaite, on an animated music video (which will screen at the exhibition). You can learn more about fellow recipients in our recent features on Beliz Iristay here and Panca here, here and here, and stay tuned for a forthcoming story about Perry Vasquez.
Details: Opens Saturday with a reception from 5-8 p.m. followed by a Color Forty Nine performance at 9 p.m. Runs through Dec. 31. Gallery hours: Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.Bread & Salt, 1955 Julian Ave., Logan Heights. Free.
Ladies Who Paint mural walk (in progress)
Visual Art, Outdoors
Currently at work downtown are 12 women artists, creating 11 new murals on the sides of buildings in high-traffic areas — this is your chance to see murals in action. Ladies Who Paint was established in 2018 by Roxy Prima and Phoebe Cornog as a sort of summer camp-like collaborative for women muralists. The last two years have prompted some adaptations, and this year’s cohort is all local artists. Already in progress are works by Lindsay Sochar, Thao French, Sarah Tate and Enchi at Hotel Z near 7th Ave. and Island Ave. downtown, Hanna Gundrum’s work at Bear Republic Crossfit near 9th Ave. and G St., and Eva Struble’s mural at 5th Ave and Spruce St. in Banker’s Hill. The other artists will begin later in the weekend or early next week, and all the new murals will be finished by the October 18. Follow the hashtag #lwp2021 to stay up to date.
Details: Through October 18, 2021. Various locations near downtown. Free.
More visual art: The Front Arte & Cultura’s anniversary exhibition kicks off this weekend with gallery hours Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., but much of the programming begins next week, with a Monday evening reception, followed by the Saturday, Oct. 16 performance by NORTEC: Bostich + Fussible.
Eclectic Lawn is a single-day, outdoor concert put on by the Carlsbad Music Festival — and in keeping with their broad and unique curation, it will feature vocal performances from LA-based Shannon Lay, North County’s own Francis Blume and Indian classical music composer and performer Kamini Natarajan, plus instrumental jazz from the Ed Kornhauser Quartet — winner of the 2021 San Diego Music Award for his debut jazz album, “The Short Years.”
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Shannon Lay will release a brand new full-length album on Friday, Oct. 8. Lay’s music is sparse but polished, twinged with retro folk sounds and modern experimentation. Here’s the single, “Geist,” the forthcoming album’s title track:
Details: Saturday, Oct. 9 from 2-6 p.m. (doors at 1:30). St. Michael’s-by-the-Sea lawn, 2775 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad. $5-15