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September is "Arts Month San Diego"

08-15-2011 08:02 AM CET | Leisure, Entertainment, Miscellaneous

Press release from: Olive PR Solutions

Known for 70 miles of beaches and year-round mild weather, San Diego offers visitors arts and culture happenings that are just as dazzling as its Pacific Ocean views. During September, visitors can enjoy the vibrant local arts communities and help celebrate “Arts Month San Diego”. A month-long festival that celebrates the vibrancy and diversity of San Diego’s thriving visual and performing arts scene.

San Diego, CA, August 12, 2011 -- Known for 70 miles of beaches and year-round mild weather, San Diego offers visitors arts and culture happenings that are just as dazzling as its Pacific Ocean views. During September, visitors can enjoy the vibrant local arts communities and help celebrate “Arts Month San Diego”. A month-long festival that celebrates the vibrancy and diversity of San Diego’s thriving visual and performing arts scene.

Arts Month San Diego brings a diverse cross-section of arts and culture programs showcased throughout the month with participating galleries, artist-run initiatives, public art museums, performing arts events, and festivals.

Major events/exhibitions taking place during ARTS MONTH San Diego in September include:

Week 1: Discover Downtown -- Explore downtown San Diego’s contemporary art scene.

ART SAN DIEGO Contemporary Art Fair
Thursday, September 1, 2011 through Sunday, September 4, 2011
Hilton San Diego Bayfront / 1 Park Boulevard / SD CA 92101

Over Labor Day Weekend San Diego will be home to the third edition of ART SAN DIEGO Contemporary Art Fair. More than 60 leading galleries from the USA, Canada, Europe, Latin America, and Asia will be taking part. Chosen by ART SAN DIEGO’s Curatorial Director Marcela Quiroz Luna, the galleries – which include numerous new participants – will be showing works by over 500 artists. In addition to the gallery booths, special features include curated exhibitions, contemporary furniture design, solo-artist exhibitions, video-based works, performances, art in public spaces, and a lounge designed by noted Architect Jennifer Luce.

1812 Tchaikovsky Spectacular!
A Bridgepoint Education Summer Pops Concert
Friday, September 2, 2011 through Sunday, September 4, 2011

Embarcadero Marina Park South / SD CA 92101
We’re going out with a bang! It’s our spectacular, crowd-pleasing season finale: Tchaikovsky’s thunderous 1812 Overture complete with booming cannons over San Diego Bay. The Bridgepoint Education Summer Pops is San Diego Symphony's annual outdoor summer concert series. The concerts are performed on a stage we construct each year at Embarcadero Marina Park South, on San Diego Bay right behind the San Diego Convention Center.

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego: Jennifer Steinkamp: Madame Curie
Sunday, January 23, 2011 through Monday, January 2, 2012
Hours: 11am – 5pm daily / Closed Wednesday
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) - Downtown, Jacobs Building / 1001 Kettner Blvd. / SD CA 92101

Jennifer Steinkamp, Madame Curie, 2011, seven-channel, synchronized projection. Museum purchase with funds provided by Joan and Irwin Jacobs. Photo by Robert Wedemeyer. Jennifer Steinkamp’s largest indoor projection to date features a panoramic field of moving flowers and trees inspired by her research into atomic energy and its effects on nature. This specially commissioned work by one of today’s most prominent, time-based digital video artists features seven synchronized projections onto three walls of the 4,500-square-foot gallery at the museum’s location in Downtown San Diego.

Giant Puppet Parade / Embarcadero
Space 4 Art and the San Diego Guild of Puppetry are presenting the inaugural ART FUN, a free Giant Puppet Parade. Kids are invited to come to the plaza in front of the Hilton Hotel for the puppet, mask-making and drumming sessions prior to the parade. They can march in the Puppet Parade on the Embarcadero with their creations and then participate in a picnic on the giant Community Blanket created by Alexander Jarman.
Sunday, September 4 / Puppet & Mask Making: 11:00 – 1:00pm / Puppet Parade - 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Free for Children . Hilton Promenade (Outside) @ The Hilton Bayfront Hotel, 1 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101 More info: 619-269-7230 /

Week 2: Discover Little Italy -- Rich in Italian restaurants, shops that stock Italian imports, galleries and other boutiques that cater to residents and tourists.

Kettner Nights in Little Italy North
Friday, September 9, 2011 Little Italy North (Check-in at Meyer Fine Art / 2400 Kettner Boulevard #104 / SD CA 92101)
Held from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. In Little Italy North, the art has as much flavor as the espresso and tantalizing marinara. The Art and Design District of San Diego’s Little Italy was modeled after New York City’s trendy SoHo and Chelsea districts; offering art-lovers and design patrons diverse resources. Come explore this ever-growing distinctive neighborhood with an art walk through the businesses and studios on Kettner Boulevard and India Street from Grape to Laurel Streets. For more information, please call Meyer Fine Art at 619-358-9512.

ArtWalk on the Bay
Saturday, September 10, 2011 through Sunday, September 11, 2011
Hilton San Diego Bayfront / 1 Park Boulevard / SD CA 92101
ArtWalk on the Bay - A Fine Arts Festival - Extraordinary Art. Extraordinary Setting. Our mission is to create an environment designed to introduce Southern Californians to original art, to provide attendees with the opportunity to meet the artists and to purchase art directly from the artists. The festival celebrates art of all kinds through partnerships with various community groups representing both visual and performing arts.

Week 3: Discover Coronado - The City of Coronado is a small beach community, with an island feel.

Coronado Art Walk 2011
Wednesday, September 17 through Sunday, September 18, 2011
Mission Federal ArtWalk / Little Italy, San Diego / W Beech St & Kettner Blvd / SD CA 92101

The 2011 Coronado Art Walk will be held at the Coronado Ferry Landing from 10:00am till 5:00pm. The 2-day Coronado Art Walk is put on by the Coronado Historical Association and is an admission free, public event designed to foster creativity and appreciation for the wonders of art. Artists will be housed in tented booths along the entrance and on the grounds of the Ferry Landing.

Painting, hand crafted jewelry, photography, ceramics and other mediums will be featured. Artists have been selected by a jury for their ability to express the vast and varied world of art in their particular art form. This exciting venue will include Interactive Art Activities to delight both children and adults.

Week 4: Discover La Jolla - Famous for its beautiful beaches, fine dining options, pricey shops, and beautiful scenery - but it also offers significant cultural institutions.

Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface
Sunday, September 25, 2011 through Sunday, January 22, 2011
Museum of Contemporary Art (MCASD) - La Jolla / 700 Prospect Street / SD CA 92037
Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface focuses on perceptual investigations undertaken by artists during the 1960s and ’70s in Los Angeles, fomenting some of the most vanguard practices engaging young artists today. Larry Bell, Mary Corse, Robert Irwin, Bruce Nauman, James Turrell, and Doug Wheeler are among a cadre of artists whose work focused on visual perception and facilitated an awareness of the viewer’s physical body moving through space. MCASD, which was founded in La Jolla in 1941, has been actively collaborating with many of the artists featured in Phenomenal since the 1960s. The exhibition will feature key works from MCASD’s collection as well as loans from prominent public and private collections. Phenomenal is part of Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA 1945-1980, a major region-wide initiative funded and spearheaded by the Getty Foundation. The exhibition is organized for MCASD by Director Hugh M. Davies and Curator Robin Clark.

LaJolla Playhouse: Milk Like Sugar
Tuesday, August 30, 2011 through Sunday, September 25, 2011
Mandell Weiss Theatre / La Jolla Playhouse / 2910 La Jolla Village Drive / La Jolla, CA 92037
Stuck in dead-end town and ignored by her family, 16-year-old Annie decides to create her own future by entering into a pregnancy pact with two of her high school friends. With savage humor and gritty poetry, Kirsten Greenidge's new play explores the challenges of choosing between the safety of the life you know and the danger of the life you desire.

La Jolla Playhouse: Susurrus
Friday, September 16, 2011 through Sunday, October 2, 2011
Performances: Thursdays through Sundays / 9 am – 4 pm
Up to 6 patrons admitted every 15 minutes
A site-specific piece presented by Playhouse at the San Diego Botanic Garden / 230 Quail Gardens Drive / Encinitas, CA 92024
La Jolla Playhouse will launch its innovative, site-specific Without Walls (WoW) program this fall with Susurrus, written by David Leddy. Susurrus is a unique audio play that has been presented around the world in various garden locations. Audiences experience a subtly woven narrative by listening on iPods, where they’ll hear the play unfold while following a mapped route through the San Diego Botanic Garden, specifically designed by the playwright. Without actors or stage, Susurrus is part radio play, part avant-garde sonic art and part stroll in the park. The listener hears snippets about opera, memorial benches and botany, which fit together into poignant story of love and loss.

Week 5: Discover Balboa Park – the nation's largest urban cultural park.

From El Greco to Dalí
Spanish Masters from the Pérez Simón Collection
Saturday, July 9, 2011 through Sunday, November 6, 2011
The San Diego Museum of Art / 1450 El Prado / SD CA 92101
The San Diego Museum of Art is proud to be the only U.S. museum to show From El Greco to Dalí: Spanish Masters from the Pérez Simón Collection. This spectacular survey of Spanish art from the 16th century to the 1970s will feature 64 works drawn from one of the world’s finest private collections, on view from July 9 to October 3, 2011. From the golden age of Charles V and on through the modern period, this exhibition showcases such acclaimed masters of the Spanish school as El Greco, Ribera, Murillo, Goya, Sorolla, Picasso, Dalí and Miró. Spanning five centuries, this selection of works by some of the world’s most celebrated artists illustrates a splendid chapter in the history of Spanish art. Visitors to the exhibition will also be invited to discover dazzling artists little-known in the U.S., such as the Romantic Manuel Barrón y Carrillo, or the Modernist Romero de Torres.

Paradise Found: Mapping San Diego
September 2011
1492 North Harbor Drive / SD CA 92101
What do Cook, Melville and Gauguin have in common? They are all coming to San Diego this year (well, not literally) for a unique floating exhibition aboard the Maritime Museum of San Diego’s Berkeley. “Cook, Melville and Gauguin: Three Voyages to Paradise” celebrates the adventurous spirit of discovery and the search for paradise. To help celebrate, the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture and the San Diego Foundation have launched a tribute to “Paradise Found” featuring events, exhibitions, festivals and performances that capture the adventurous spirit of discovery in all of us. An online calendar of events at celebrates exploration, imagination, innovation, creativity and the pursuit of paradise. Get ready to explore & find your own Paradise!

MOPA's Biannual Photo Auction 2011
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 / 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
MOPA | Museum of Photographic Art / 1649 El Prado / San Diego, CA 92101
MOPA is proud to introduce Photo Auction 2011, southern California’s premier photography auction. The auction will feature over 70 established and emerging photographers, with all proceeds benefitting MOPA’s world-class exhibitions and education programs. Works for auction will be available for preview online beginning August 15. Auction services provided by Christie’s Los Angeles.

Trolley Dances 2011: presented by Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater and the Metropolitan Transit System
Saturday, September 24 through Sunday, September 25, 2011
Saturday, October 1 through Sunday, October 2, 2011
Trolley Maps & Schedules:
Featuring 50 of San Diego’s most adventurous dancers! A one- of- kind ride to see site - specific dance. Free parking plentiful. 6 Guided Tours Daily (10 am - 3 pm): Good walking shoes, some water and a sense of adventure! Tours begin at the Grantville Trolley Station on the Green Line and travels to Santee. KIDS ON BOARD: Also returning this year was the highly successful education/outreach component called Kids on Board, which provides an opportunity for students from underserved schools to be part of the Trolley Dance experience. After an in-school workshop on site-specific dance, students will then take the Trolley tour on Friday, September 23 at no cost to them or their school.

For a complete list of events, please visit

Hotels participating in special “Arts Month” promotions include: Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Omni San Diego Hotel, The US Grant, W Hotel, Hotel Del Coronado, La Valencia Hotel, Manchester Grand Hyatt.

Contact / Web Address
E-mail: Jennifer von Stauffenberg /Olive PR Solutions .619-302-3181

During September, visitors can enjoy the vibrant local arts communities and help celebrate “Arts Month San Diego”.

Jennifer von Stauffenberg
Olive PR Solutions
350 West Ash St. #103
San Diego, CA 92101

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