Celebrate October with us! -October is a very special month for several reasons. First, it’s National Arts & Humanities Month, launched by Americans for the Arts more than 30 years ago. It is the largest annual celebration for the arts and humanities in the nation which was launched by Americans for the Arts more than 30 years ago. I can’t think of another time in recent history when we truly need to illuminate the core values embodied by the arts. Next, in recognizing 2020 as the Year of the Woman, we have created a line-up of visual and performing arts programming that showcases women as a tribute to the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote. Finally, I encourage you to chat about the arts in your daily conversations with family, friends and colleagues to affirm your belief in the power of the arts to make a difference and change our lives for the better. Above all, here’s to a happy and artful October! Richard Schultz Cultural Arts Manager
Four Visions Exhibit spotlights multigenerational local artists Art holds an important place in the history of women’s fight for the vote. Art helped to inspire and unify the suffragists who were dedicated to expanding American democracy. Today, art continues to inspire and stir others. Opening Oct. 6, the William D. Cannon Art Gallery presents Four Visions: A Celebration of the Year of the Woman showcasing four multigenerational women artists who each bring their own inspiration and vision to their work. The four artists in this anniversary exhibition challenge our assumptions of media by working with traditional, as well as unexpected materials. Many of the pieces are solid and structural while others are ethereal.
Gallery Curator Karen McGuire commented, “I think it’s important to showcase artists who make me look at the world a different way. One of the privileges of being a curator is discovering new artists and bringing their beautiful works to our community.”
Artists are Anne Mudge (sculpture), Kline Swonger (mixed-media and sculpture),
Arts & Humanities Month Goes Virtual
The City of Carlsbad Cultural Arts Office presents an October series of events to coincide with National Arts & Humanities Month. For details and access, visit the Cultural Arts website. Performing arts programs are generously funded by the Carlsbad Friends of the Arts and the Carlsbad Library and Arts Foundation’s Robert H. Gartner Cultural Endowment Fund.
THEATRE- Letters Aloud presents All Our Best: Perseverance in Times of Struggle Thursday, Oct. 8 at 7:00 p.m.LIVE virtual eventAll Our Best is the perfect show to experience live during these troubling times by featuring real letters from real people throughout history writing about their experiences in times of pandemics, civil rights activism and finding hope, meaning and humor.
MUSIC FOR FAMILIES En Casa con Sonia with Sonia de los Santos Recorded musical experience available Wednesday, Oct. 14 through Monday, Oct. 19, 2020Join Latin Grammy nominee, Sonia De Los Santos from home with En Casa con Sonia! Sing along to her beloved songs, learn about the stories that inspire her music, and get to know the work of some of her favorite artists. Acompaña a Sonia ¡desde casa! Canta sus canciones, aprende sobre las historias que inspiran su música y conoce el trabajo de algunos de sus artistas favoritos.
FILM – The Music of StrangersSaturday, Oct. 24 and Sunday, Oct. 25 Free Film Streaming The Grammy-nominated documentary The Music of Strangers, follows members of the Ensemble as they gather in locations across the world, exploring the ways art can both preserve traditions and shape cultural evolution. Featured in this film is Silk Road member and pipa player Wu Man, who will be interviewed as part of the Artist Talk series for Carlsbad audiences. After watching The Music of Strangers, bring your questions to ask Wu Man during a dynamic discussion about her artistry on Monday, Oct. 29 at 7p.m..
POETRY AND JAZZ The Langston Hughes Project by Ron McCurdy Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 7:00 p.m.LIVE virtual event Artist Talk with Dr. Ron McCurdy Recorded performance available Wednesday, Oct. 21 through Sunday, Oct. 25Recorded live in the Schulman Auditorium, this multimedia concert performance of Langston Hughes’ kaleidoscopic Jazz poem suite, “Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz,” is a homage to the struggle for artistic and social freedom at home and abroad at the beginning of the 1960s. Together the words, sounds and images recreate a magical moment in our cultural history, which bridges the Harlem Renaissance, the post-World War II Beat writers’ coffeehouse jazz poetry world, and the looming Black Arts performance explosion of the 1960s. Program Sponsor: Carlsbad Library & Arts Foundation
MUSIC – Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents CMS Front Row Recorded performance available Wednesday, Oct. 28 through Monday, Nov. 1, 2020Debuting online in Carlsbad, CMS Front Row events include live, HD performance video from the CMS archive, featuring the thoughtfully-curated repertoire that CMS audiences have come to expect and enjoy. Each concert will include introductions by CMS Artists, and end with a Q&A with the featured artist, hosted by CMS co-Artistic Directors David Finckel and Wu Han.
INTERVIEW Artist Talk with Wu Man Monday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. LIVE virtual event Hosted by MiraCosta College Music Faculty Branden Muresan, journey through the mind of an artist and discover what drives and inspires her in this live virtual interview. Recognized as the world’s premier pipa virtuoso and leading ambassador of Chinese music, Wu Man has carved out a career as a soloist, educator, and composer giving her lute-like instrument—which has a history of over 2,000 years in China—a new role in both traditional and contemporary music. Program sponsor: Carlsbad Friends of the Arts More Info
Carlsbad Community Happenings
The following arts organizations are recipients of a City of Carlsbad Community Arts Grant.
North County Arts Network presents Open Your Hearts to North County Arts, an annual campaign of arts and culture timed with October as National Arts and Humanities Month. This year, North County Arts Network invited visual and performing artists and organizations to host virtual events and broadcast with online platforms with the hashtags #Openyourheartstoarts, #OYH2NCA, and #Northcountyarts. This arts-intensive social media campaign is designed to build greater public awareness and community support for the arts created within and provided to Carlsbad and North County. More Info
Museum of Making MusicCurtis Taylor: Live@MoMM Virtual Concert Friday, Oct. 27 p.m.. Free
Award-winning trumpeter Curtis Taylor’s lyrical and melodic improvisational style displays a level of maturity far beyond his years. His unique blend of soulfulness, harmonic sensibilities and rhythm melt together for an unforgettable sound that directly connects with the soul of the listener. According to Taylor, “When played honestly, music is the ultimate conveyor of truth and beauty.” More Info
Virtual Workshop: Good Life Lecture – Good Life Lecture: Breath Work for Stress Management with Shazia Gogia
Wednesday, Oct. 712:30-1:30 p.m., Free
Presented on Zoom, register at https://carlsbadca.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_J2KVBCm5QDOOah1vN_snYwThis workshop will explore physical and emotional health benefits from breath work. We will learn and practice together a few different breathing techniques to calm and balance the nervous system and to reduce stress and anxiety. Shazia Gogia is a yoga teacher, yoga therapist, ayurvedic practitioner and ayurvedic chef. Presented by the Carlsbad City Library. More Info
Virtual Concert: Pipe Dreams Thursday, Oct. 157-7:30 p.m., Free
Presented on Facebook Livewww.facebook.com/carlsbadcitylibrary/live/The “Live From My Living Room” concert series continues with a performance by Pipe Dreams. The duo features the combined talents of Cobby Brzeski, jazz and swing vocalist and songwriter, on flute, guitar and vocals and Andrew Bustamante on flute, beatbox and beatbox flute. Presented by the Carlsbad City Library. Virtual Good Life Lecture and concert are sponsored by Friends of the Carlsbad Library. More Info
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