THE ARTS CELEBRATE CREATIVITY AND LOVE
February places love centerstage with Valentines exchanged and platitudes of romance everywhere. It’s also Black History Month. We celebrate both this month with concerts and films representing creativity as a universal constant. Just like love! So, what’s your favorite love song? If you ask a dozen friends or colleagues, you’ll probably get at least two dozen different song titles. (I tried and that’s what happened.) What’s even more interesting is a request for a favorite song often evokes a vivid recollection from the respondent. That’s what the arts do! They evoke emotions and stir memories. So, why not make new memories this month with Cultural Arts? This e-news, the first of two, offers opportunities to create those new memories. Who knows it might even lead to a new love connection? And that makes Cupid very happy…especially in February! Richard Schultz, Cultural Arts Manager
TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THE NEW VILLAGE MURAL
2787 State Street, Carlsbad, CA 92008, West wall
There’s an exciting art element that brings a new face to the Village through a stunning mural titled “Passengers” at the newly renovated Dea Hurston New Village Arts Center. The mural was completed by Arizona-based artist Clyde as a nod to New Village Arts Center, the Carlsbad beach culture, movement and travel. Clyde’s mural is part of the Cultural Arts’ Pop Up Art series, which features temporary art installations throughout the city to enliven the community, spark conversations and connect local businesses with creative placemaking while supporting economic vitality through The Arts: Everyday, Everywhere. More info
EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC OF BROADWAY SHOWCASE
Carlsbad City Library, Dove Lane Schulman Auditorium, Saturday, Feb 4, 2:30 p.m. FREE
Join us as we celebrate local, up and coming, young talent. After a series of four weekly workshops titled “The Magic of Broadway,” these young performers will share several popular Broadway tunes and dance techniques which they’ve learned from guest artists Judy Grant and Joey Landwehr. The public is invited to be wowed by these young talented performers as they create their own Broadway magic.
FUSION: GEOMETRIC GARDEN OPENS FEB. 7
Carlsbad Sculpture Garden – 2955 Elmwood St., Carlsbad, 92008
Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free
The gates to the Carlsbad Sculpture Garden will open at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7 for all visitors to enjoy the new outdoor gallery exhibit Fusion: Geometric Garden. Six local artists feature sculptures that are unique on their own, focusing attention to angular lines and shapes while highlighting connectedness through geometric forms. More info
CULTURAL REMIX THROUGH MUSIC
Front Row Saturday – Saturday, Feb. 11 at Schulman Auditorium 7:30 p.m. Free
This tropical Afro-Latin combo borrows aesthetics from the 1960s, 70s and 80s. Each song echoes a remix of history and invites the audience to engage in a musically liberating evening filled with the rhythms of Peru, Colombia, Brazil and beyond. More info
NEW COMMUNITY ARTS GRANTS CYCLE OPENS FEB. 13
The City of Carlsbad is pleased to announce that the application process for the FY2023-24 Community Arts Grant cycle will open on Friday, Feb.13. Funding categories, application requirements and new components in the guidelines will be available on-line. A series of workshops will provide insights on the process. More info
COMMUNITY ARTS GRANTEE SPOTLIGHT: CAMARADA
Sunday, Feb. 5 at 4 p.m., Schulman Auditorium Carlsbad City Library, 1775 Dove Lane Free
Cultural Arts is pleased to focus on 2022-23 Community Arts Grants recipient Camarada which will present a sizzling and passionate performance of tango music, song and dance. This concert precedes Camarada’s upcoming tango tours to Arizona, New Mexico, Uruguay, and Argentina later this spring.
Monday, Feb. 6 ay 7:30 p.m. Schulman Auditorium Carlsbad City Library, 1775 Dove Lane
$5 donation recommended
The 2023 season of the Carlsbad Playreaders launches with Tina Howe’s comedy Painting Churches, which focuses on the relationship between an artist daughter and her aging parents. This performance honors the group’s founders, the late Jim and Pat Hansen, with a memorial reading of the first play ever produced as a company, directed by past artistic director Jack Missett.
ARE YOU FEELING CINEMATIC?
Celebrating Black History Month with enthralling stories filled with inspiration.
Wednesdays 6 p.m. Carlsbad City Library, 1775 Dove Lane, Schulman Auditorium Free
The Woman King
Action, Drama, History
(2022, PG-13, 2 h 15m)
Wednesday, Feb. 1
Starring Viola Davis, this historical epic is inspired by true events that took place in the Kingdom of Dahomey in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Biography, Drama History
(2022, PG-13, 2h 10min)
Wednesday, Feb. 8
A poignant story of a mother’s grief turned into action and the universal power of a mother’s ability to change the world.
Biography, Drama, Sport
(2021, PG-13, 2h 24m)
Wednesday, Feb. 15
A look at how tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams became who they are, after coaching from their father, Richard Williams.
ENGAGE GLOBALLY THROUGH FILM
Films start at 4 & 7 p.m. – Free
Carlsbad City Library 1775 Dove Lane, Schulman Auditorium More info
I Am Not A Witch
Zambia, Drama, Comedy, Fantasy
(2017, NR, 1h 33m)
In a remote Zambian community, a girl is denounced as a witch and sent on a trajectory of exploitation as a tethered member of a witches’ camp, a witch for hire and a tourist exhibit.
CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS
Share your love of the arts with others by supporting arts education and performing arts programs onsite at city libraries and around town. No arts experience needed, just a belief in the arts as a positive presence in our community. To learn more, please contact Wendy Sabin Lasker, Community Arts Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 442-359-8351.
CARLSBAD ARTS COMMISSION
The next Arts Commission regular meeting of 2023 is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023, at 6 p.m. in Council Chamber. More info
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