Weekend Art Events in San Diego: HEM Crew and Barrio Art Crawl, Adia Victoria, Someday Mouse, ArtWalk and more

HEM Crew and Barrio Art Crawl

Visual art, Music
In a new exhibit, “Making Echoes with Lines,” the HEM Crew (Hecho en Mexico) will install graffiti works on the walls of the Athenaeum Art Center in the Bread and Salt complex. HEM Crew is Israel Elizondo “Shente” and Nestor “Spel” Mondragon. The cross-border duo has been creating graffiti works in the region since 1989.

Griselda Rosas / Athenaeum Art Center

Artists Israel Elizondo “Shente” and Nestor “Spel” Mondragon are the HEM Crew, shown in an undated photo installing their exhibit at the Athenaeum Art Center.

To kick off the exhibit, the opening reception will feature a live graffiti painting event, taking place during the Barrio Art Crawl on Saturday at 5 p.m. The exhibition will be open until August 20, 2022.


Courtesy of Best Practice

A still from Nathaniel Klein’s 2019 three-channel video, “99c or Less (CMY).”

Also opening at Bread and Salt on Saturday: Melanie Taylor’s solo exhibition Terrain in the main gallery, including works on paper and paintings. Taylor’s atmospheric and evocative works are anchored in natural spaces, with trees and plant life filled with movement and urgency.

At Best Practice (which is also at Bread and Salt), Nathaniel Klein and Brody Albert will open “A, B, C, D,” an exhibition of found object works, videos and more.

Elsewhere in Barrio Logan: “Viva la Vida: A Frida Kahlo Art Exhibition” features the work of 50 local artists celebrating Frida Kahlo’s birthday at Corazon del Barrio (former Galeria La Bodega, now functioning primarily as a performance space ). Musical performance by Betty Bangs and more, with food, drinks and vendors like Por La Mano Press.

Details: Barrio Art Crawl is 12-8pm Saturday, July 9, 2022; most gallery receptions are 5-8pm Bread and Salt, 1955 Julian Ave; Corazon del Barrio, 2196 Logan Ave A, and elsewhere in Barrio Logan. Free.

“Someday Mouse: Infinite Loops” by Katherine Brannock

Visual art

Artist Katherine Brannock described her “Someday Mouse” project on Instagram as “uplifting beauty,” and it’s hard to beat that.

As a solo exhibition at the Thumbprint Gallery in La Jolla, Brannock will display dozens of drawings of her “Someday Mouse” character, many of them stills from animated shorts featuring the mouse character made famous in her books “The Adventures of a mouse”.


Katherine Brannock

A photo from Katherine Brannock’s animated cycle Someday Mouse, which will be on display in the Thumbprint Gallery starting July 9, 2022.

Brannock draws the mouse with a stunning dot-shading method, and the mouse finds himself on wild and mundane adventures, exuding hope, calmness, and optimism, which is incredibly soothing and enjoyable. You can try to figure out the who/what/when/where/why of the mouse here.

Save the date: Brannock will also be showing an exhibition of a completely different series later this month at the Trash Lamb Gallery, opening on 23 July.

Details: It opens from 5pm to 10pm on Saturday 9 July 2022 and runs until 6 August. Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. and by appointment. Fingerprint Gallery, 920 Kline St., La Jolla. Free.

goodbye Victoria

Tennessee-based singer Adia Victoria has a lush and soulful voice, with a powerful and curious blend of folk, country, indie rock and southern blues.

Singer Adia Victoria poses in a black and white photo, wearing a dress.

Courtesy of the artist/Casbah

Singer Adia Victoria appears in an undated photo.

Her 2021 album, “A Southern Gothic” featured guests such as Jason Isbell and Matt Berninger of The National as well as Stone Jack Jones. Victoria will play at the Casbah on Sunday with Olympia, Washington-based indie band Oh, Rose.

Details: 8:30 p.m. Sunday, July 10, 2022. The Casbah, 2501 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy. 18 dollars.

More music: Locally based Collective FF and members of the San Diego Symphony will pair with a Ukrainian refugee flautist for a benefit concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 10 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 334 St. 14, Del Mar. Free/donation based.

Little Italy ArtWalk Summer Series

Visual Art, Performance
If you haven’t had a chance to check out the Little Italy ArtWalk Summer Series, there are still two Sundays left. It lasts every two months until July 24.

The summer program has scaled back from the full spring shebang, with just a few dozen artists, including Hassan Atapour, Jaclyn Corrales, John Savage, Judith Rivero, Rebecca Noelle and more.

Details: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, July 10 and Sunday, July 24, 2022. Piazza Della Famiglia, 523 W. Date St., Little Italy. Free.

Closing soon: ‘Freestyle Love Supreme’

Theatre, Dance, Music

It’s your last chance to see this high-energy production at The Old Globe. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 2004 collaboration with Thomas Kail and Anthony Veneziale originally took the form of an ensemble comedy and improv musical performance and eventually found its way to Broadway in 2019 (along with a Grammy nomination).


Joan Marcus

Cast members of The Old Globe’s “Freestyle Love Supreme,” pictured in an undated photo.

In the spirit of improvisation, audience members offer suggestions throughout the show and the performers incorporate them into the performance, prompting a unique progression of pieces each night for an otherwise narrative-less script. No show will be the same – but there are only a few shows left. Closes Sunday, July 10.

Details: The remaining shows are Thursday and Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 5pm and 9pm and Sunday at 2pm and 7pm. The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park. $52-$112. Learn more here.

More theater: Also closing this Sunday is Wildsong Production’s Jekyll & Hyde. You can check out the KPBS feature on the game here. Remaining performances are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at OB Playhouse and Theater Company, 4944 Newport Ave., Ocean Beach. 25 dollars.

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