If you miss all the goodness San Diego’s theater and music performers have to offer, it’s a good weekend for you, full of premiere streams of collaborations, comedies, new creations and more.
Before the performances, though, comes an opportunity to hear from a UC San Diego artist-in-residence, Beatriz Cortez, at noon Friday on the UCSD Visual Arts YouTube channel. The Los Angeles artist’s work focuses on “modernity, memory and loss in the aftermath of war and the experience of migration.”
Art of Elan and the San Diego Museum of Art continue their partnership with “Identities.” Spanish artist Ana de Alvear’s work focuses on a “search for identity,” in this case explored by Art of Elan musicians in a free online performance featuring “Spectra” by Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir. The video premieres at 7 p.m. Friday on the museum’s YouTube channel. The concert is part of the series “Transformations,” which continues through May.
Take a look at the lighter side of politics through comedian Kristina Wong’s lens. “Kristina Wong for Public Office” at San Diego Repertory Theatre depicts her outlandish take on actually winning a seat on her local neighborhood council. Price per household is pay-what-you-can with a recommended cost of $25. It streams at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Ready for your spotlight? The La Jolla Playhouse presents Part 1 of “A Thousand Ways,” an interactive experimental art performance by the duo 600 Highwaymen. The production requires ticket holders to participate in encounters while guided by instructions, questions, prompts and physical direction. Performances for Part 1, titled “A Phone Call,” continue through Feb. 14, with Parts 2 and 3 set to follow at a later date. A viewing costs $25.
The Playhouse also features “Taxilandia,” the second in a free series of virtual salons launched by Brooklyn-based artist Modesto Flako Jimenez, who seeks to touch base with artists whose work has been influenced by gentrification. At 1 p.m. Saturday, artist Joy Yvonne Jones shares photos and explores her Carlsbad and Oceanside neighborhoods. It’s also a workshop of sorts, as one of the salons will lead to a deeper creative collaboration. Reserve a spot online.
Continuing at 7 p.m. Friday, The Old Globe presents the eighth annual Powers New Voices Festival for readings of new plays. This year’s event streams online through Sunday on the free Hopin platform. Friday and Sunday, experience readings of complete works – “Fuente Ovejuna,” a new translation of a Spanish tale of uprising, and “Under a Baseball Sky,” about a friendship forged on community and sport. On Saturday, hear several pieces from members of the San Diego Black Artists Collective. Streams are free, but reservations are required.
– Staff reports