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Carlsbad Latest Arts and Culture Offerings

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Here’s to a spring filled with joy, beauty and abundant arts events! The thought of spring brings a smile and hope for something new and good to happen in our lives. We expect spring. We anticipate spring. We celebrate the arrival of spring. Images of vibrant hues remind us of our dreams and fuel our spirit. It’s an ideal time for that new style, a renewed outlook and stepping to a new beat. This month, Cultural Arts events, as detailed in this first of two e-news, embodies all these elements as essential to experiencing the visual and performing arts. Join us in celebrating the debut of spring 2023!

Richard Schultz, Cultural Arts Manager


The next Arts Commission regular meeting of 2023 is scheduled for Thursday, March 2, 2023, at 6 p.m. in Council Chamber. More info


Carlsbad Playreaders Monday, March 6 7:30 p.m.$5 suggested donation at the door

Schulman Auditorium – 1775 Dove Library

This funny play about depression finds a perfect balance between the irrepressible resilience of the human spirit and the capacity to find delight in the everyday. Playwright Duncan Macmillan crafted a tale described as charming, sad and exceptionally warm.


Soto Six Showtime @ The Schulman Saturday, March 11 7:30 p.m. Free admission

Schulman Auditorium, 1775 Dove Lane

Soto Six Jazz Sextet loves jazz and wants you to love jazz, too! They have a deep respect for the foundational roots of jazz in America, with a contemporary groove. More info

Grab a beverage and a treat before the show!

Conveniently located in the Anne Kulchin Courtyard, now open before city sponsored Schulman Auditorium performances and events.


Saturday, March 11 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Free admission

Dove Library, 1775 Dove Lane

Pop into the William D. Cannon Art Gallery’s latest exhibit, Contemporary Perspectives in Fiber Arts, and be inspired by the artists’ use of colors, fabrics and materials. Then get your “artist on” in the Children’s Garden for a weaving project using texture, color, string and more. It’s fantabulous!  More info


Are you (or do you know) an emerging Carlsbad-based artist, 18 years of age and older, anxious to share a special talent with the community? Is your expertise in dance, original music composition or lyrics? Perhaps your passion is for spoken word, poetry or visual arts using sustainable or recycled materials? Now through March 20, the city is accepting submissions to support qualifying emerging artists who specialize in these areas, as well as other funding categories for organizations and schools. More info


Visit the artwork by local artist Betsy Schulz on the Carlsbad Beach Chairs at the Batiquitos Lagoon, 7380 Gabbiano Lane. Betsy’s site-specific artwork connects flora and fauna. This beautiful scenic spot is part of the Cultural Arts’ Pop Up Art series, designed to heighten a greater awareness of local and regional artists through the city’s temporary public art program. 

Would you like to see more public art throughout the city? Visit the city’s public art interactive map to see works of art created by other talented women, like Contemplation by artist T.J. Dixon or the Historical Flowers of Carlsbad by artist Kim Emerson. More info


As part of the current Cannon Gallery exhibit, Contemporary Perspectives in Fiber Arts, North County artist Nancy Jo Smith, also known as Doshi, is showcasing her mastery of the Japanese technique of Shibori silk dying, an ancient Japanese fabric dying technique that creates various designs and patterns by manipulating or binding the fabric. Inspired by the coastal colors of her hometown Encinitas and the surrounding flora, Doshi’s works are vibrant and naturalistic. During her 35-year design career, she developed costumes for theater productions, television, special events and popular Southern California amusement parks. Doshi continues to create new works daily and is currently a costume design professor at California State University Long Beach. 


Here’s an insider look at the recently fabricated artwork for the tower section of Fire Station 2, which is kiln fired fused art glass. The fused artwork will undergo a lamination process for a more transparent quality. Artist Mary Carter Taub’s glass artwork is the city’s first venture into this art medium. Watch for its debut in the month ahead!  More info


Hooray for Hollywood as we celebrate the Oscars this month.

Films start at 6 p.m. Free admission

Schulman Auditorium 1775 Dove Lane More info


Drama, Music (2022, R, 2 h 38m) Wednesday, March 1, 6 p.m.

Cate Blanchett stars as Lydia Tár, widely considered one of the greatest living composer-conductors and first-ever female music director of a major German orchestra

The Fablemans

Drama (2022, PG-13, 2h 31min) Wednesday, March 8, 6 p.m.

Growing up in post-World War II era Arizona, young Sammy Fabelman aspires to become a filmmaker as he reaches adolescence, but soon discovers a shattering family secret and explores how the power of films can help him see the truth.

Top Gun: Maverick

Action, Drama (2022, PG-13, 2h 10m) Wednesday, March 15, 6 p.m.

After thirty years, Maverick is still pushing the envelope as a top naval aviator but must confront ghosts of his past when he leads TOP GUN’s elite graduates on a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those chosen to fly it.


Films start at 4 & 7 p.m. Free admission

Schulman Auditorium 1775 Dove Lane More info

Hit the Road

Iran, Drama (2021, NR, 1h 33m) Friday, March 3, 4 & 7 p.m.

Follows a chaotic, tender family that is on a mysterious road trip across a rugged landscape and fussing over the sick dog and getting on each other’s nerves.

Happy Times

China, Comedy, Drama, Romance (2000, PG, 1h 42m)

Friday, March 17, 4 & 7 p.m.

In an attempt to impress a divorcée that has caught his eye, an unemployed factory worker poses as the wealthy manager of a non-existent hotel. Hoping that his fabricated success will lead to holy matrimony, he instead finds himself the guardian of the woman’s blind stepdaughter.


Are you a creative Carlsbad resident with art to share? Fill out the Artist Interest Form for consideration as a display at a Carlsbad Library. Open to all ages and media, 2D work must be framed, weigh less than 10lbs and be hung by wire. No sculpture should be more than 12″ tall. Apply today! More info

multi-ethnic volunteer group raising hands against blue sky


You can support 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 wendy.sabinlasker@carlsbadca.gov or call 442-359-8351.   

Carlsbad Friends of the Arts
Dedicated to making the arts an integral part of the community experience. To become a member or volunteer, visit
Carlsbad Library & Arts Foundation
Financially supporting and enhancing Carlsbad libraries and arts facilities, programs and events.
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Public Art

Cultural Arts Office Carlsbad City Library complex, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad, CA 92011

(located on second floor) – 442-339-2090 main line arts@carlsbadca.gov  carlsbadca.gov/arts

City of Carlsbad | 1200 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008


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