Arts & Culture Newsletter: Live from La Jolla, it’s SummerFest!

Hello and welcome to the UT Arts & Culture newsletter.

I am David L. Coddon, and here’s your guide to all the essentials in San Diego arts and culture this week.

La Jolla Music Society “Live from The Conrad: La Jolla SummerFest 2022” is more than just a front row seat to the chamber music festival that ended on August 26th. It’s even closer than that.

Using robot cameras and low-profile cinematic technology, director Tristan Cook has created a retrospective on-stage experience for the viewer at home. Starting Saturday, by accessing LJMS’s online digital concert hall, select performances from this summer’s music festival filmed by Cook can be streamed for free.

The series begins with three SummerFest 2022 performances and will offer seven more during the digital series. Also included will be behind-the-scenes footage, artist interviews and more.

Cook credits the access to the stage he has enjoyed with facilitating “an inside look at music. It’s almost like being invited to the performance.

“Chamber music is in itself an intimate art form. It relies on the looks between musicians on stage. In the room, you feel the energy, but you’re not able to see the inner workings of how they put this music together.

This program is an outgrowth of LJMS’ “Live from the Conrad” series that began during the 2020 COVID-19 shutdown.

“Fortunately,” Cook said, “one of the positives of the pandemic was that it forced technology to accelerate at a rapid pace in order to accommodate the kind of media that was needed at the time.” .

Now, he added, “We have the opportunity in the arts world to capture world-class performances and deliver them to as many people as possible through this new technology.”

visual art

Artwork by Canadian street artist Shane Goudreau, whose work is part of an exhibition at the EC Gallery in Solana Beach.

(Courtesy of Fitz Contemporary)

CE Gallery on Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach takes him to the streets in October. Works by Banksy, Harry Bunce, Karl Striker and others will be on display when “Burner: a collective exhibition of international street artists” opens on Saturday. The show runs until October 27.

Canadian street artist Shane Goudreau will be at the gallery Saturday and Sunday. His work is part of the exhibition. Check it out on Goudreau’s Instagram page.


Five men with a video camera behind the counter of a convenience store in the film "Clerks III."

From left Jeff Anderson, Brian O’Halloran, Kevin Smith, Austin Zajur and Trevor Febrman in the film ‘Clerks III’.

(Lions Gate)

The “Clerks III” roadshow is coming to a theater near you: the Balboa Theater downtown. by director Kevin Smith “Clerk III The Convenience Visit” features a screening of the new film starring Brian O’Halloran and Jeff Anderson and a Q&A with Smith afterwards. Show time is Sunday at 7pm

The “Clerks” comedies, released over a long period of time (1994, 2006 and now), have a cult fanbase, though their appeal somewhat escapes me. Here is the trailer for “Clerks III”.


FILE - Miles Teller poses for photographers as he arrives at the film's premiere

Miles Teller poses for photographers as he arrives at the premiere of the film ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ at the 75th International Film Festival, Cannes, South of France, Wednesday May 18, 2022. Teller will host the opening episode of ‘ Saturday Night Live” on October 1, 2022.

(Vianney Le Caer/Associated Press)

Some may say that “Saturday Night Live” is only as good as his writing. Fair point. But in recent years, the sheer talent of its cast members has overcome skit scripts that otherwise might have flopped completely. I refer to Pete Davidson, Aidy Bryant, Melissa Villaseñor, Cecily Strong and especially Kate McKinnon.

They’ve all moved on (as have Chris Redd, Kyle Mooney and Alex Moffat) now, leaving the “SNL” which begins its 48th season Saturday on NBC with a bunch of new faces. Is there a new star among them? Could be. History suggests that just when we think “SNL” has ultimately Worn out of his welcome, a gifted new member of the ensemble emerges.

Miles Teller (“Top Gun: Maverick”) hosts the season opener, with musical guest Kendrick Lamar.


Mojalet dancers Andrew Holmes and Kathryn McLean.

Mojalet dancers Andrew Holmes and Kathryn McLean.

(Manuel Rotenberg)

Co-founder Faith Jensen-Ismay’s Mojalet Dance Collective celebrates its 30th anniversary with performances Saturday and Sunday at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts. The company‘s past work program is called “Stronger Together”.

READ MORE: Mojalet Dance Collective celebrates its 30th anniversary with concerts on October 1 and 2


Cygnet Theater in the Old Town presents "Cabaret."

The Cygnet Theater in the Old Town presents “Cabaret”.

(Courtesy of Ken Jacques)

One of my favorite musical productions of the year so far, “Cabaret” of the Cygnet Theater ends its race on Sunday. If you haven’t seen it, do so before the end of the weekend.

Dark and uncompromising, Cygnet’s staging mirrors the “Cabaret” he produced in 2011. Blending the decadence of Berlin’s Kit Kat Klub with the looming Nazi evil of the early 1930s, “Cabaret” will take you through the emotional ringtone. This Cygnet production stars Karson St. John, who also played emcee in 2011’s “Cabaret,” and features a most touching supporting performance from Linda Libby as Fraulein Schneider.

READ MY REVIEW HERE: Cygnet Theater presents a superior production of “Cabaret”

On another theatrical note: my pal and former partner on the high school debate team, Cameron Crowe, is now on Broadway, with his “Almost Known” musical debut premieres Monday at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater in New York City. This show, an adaptation of Crowe’s 2000 film, premiered at the Old Globe Theater three years ago. Break your leg, my friend.

More theater

Kristina Wong at the La Jolla Playhouse West Coast premiere "Kristina Wong, overlord of the sweatshops."

Kristina Wong at the La Jolla Playhouse West Coast premiere of ‘Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord’.

(Courtesy of Jenna Selby)

Here’s the latest theater news and reviews, courtesy of the Union-Tribune theater critic Pam Kragen:


University of California Television invites you to take advantage of this special selection of programs from across the University of California. Descriptions courtesy of and text written by UCTV staff:

Global TV: “Inspector Montalbano”: Professor Stephanie Malia Hom joins moderator Anna Brusutti to discuss the Italian series “Inspector Montalbano”. Brusutti provides a detailed analysis of the history of Italian television broadcasting and distinguishes it from other national contexts. Hom explores the Sicilian setting of the show and connects contemporary discrimination against migrants from abroad to a larger history of regional and global flows. Hom and Brusutti also examine the show’s regional dialects, the structure of organized crime in Italy, and the prolific work of author Andrea Camilleri.

“Design at Large: Housing Justice and Urban Design”: Finding solutions to California’s housing crisis is daunting. Soaring rents and housing prices, near non-existent housing supply and pent-up demand, and widespread homelessness are the result of a complex and multi-faceted set of issues. Housing policy is also contested territory in a home rule state where more than 482 local jurisdictions have the power to shape land use regulations and zoning. How can we reverse the spiraling downward trajectory and decades of discriminatory and unjust policies that have made housing in the state unaffordable and untenable for low-to-moderate income families?

“Firearm injuries as a public health problem”: In the United States, more than 100 people are killed and more than 200 are injured by firearms every day. As an emergency physician, Megan L. Ranney has seen the effects of this violence firsthand. In this program, she discusses the basic epidemiology of firearm injuries, explains the factors underlying them, and advocates new inclusive prevention strategies. Her research focuses on the development, testing, and dissemination of digital health interventions to prevent violence and related behavioral health issues.

And finally: the best events of the weekend

The Musical Touring Company "Cats," which plays from September 27 to October 27.  2 at the San Diego Civic Theater.

The touring company of the musical “Cats”, which plays from September 27 to October 27. 2 at the San Diego Civic Theater.

(Courtesy of Matthew Murphy)

Here are the best things to do in San Diego for the weekend of September 29-October 2.

Coddon is a freelance writer.

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