March toward spring with the arts…
March possesses an array of identities. This month kicked off with the party to end all parties, Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday. Of course, there’s the infamous Ides of March. It’s Women’s History Month to acknowledge their significant contributions throughout history. St. Patrick’s Day celebrates everything that’s Irish. And the spring equinox finally arrives on March 20, promising warmer weather and the return of the Flower Fields. In Carlsbad, March offers a bouquet of arts events. Cultural Arts welcomes the new normalcy where we will experience the arts together again!
Front Row Saturdays @The Schulman
Ryan Hiller March 19, 7:30 p.m. Free admission
Rock ‘n roll takes centerstage when the popular Virtually Artful performer Ryan Hiller returns to the Schulman. Hiller, a highly skilled local entertainer, has a deep resume of performing with such well-known artists as Van Morrison, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chris Issac and Sir Elton John. Sponsored by the Carlsbad Friends of the Arts, Hiller’s performance features original compositions, as well as songs from the American songbook of blues and jazz. More info
Cinema Club – Wednesday Film Series
This month’s film theme is the books you love and the characters you want to be, as reimagined by the artistic vision of movie makers. So, do you dream of being the next James Bond?
No Time to Die Wednesday, March 9, 6 p.m.(2021, PG-13, 2h 43m)
James Bond has left active service. His peace is short-lived when an old friend from the CIA turns up asking for help. More films
Cinema Club – International Film Fridays
Rafiki Friday, March 18, 4 & 7 p.m.(2018, NR, 1h 23m)
“Good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives,” but Kena and Ziki long for something more. When love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety.
We continue our salute to the classical composers you need to know by featuring two concerts monthly by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
Intimate Bach Streaming March 9-14
Appearing at a propitious moment in the history of music, Johann Sebastian Bach brought together the principal styles, forms, and national traditions that had developed during preceding generations and, by virtue of his synthesis, enrich them all.
Bartók and Beethoven Streaming March 23-28
Ludwig Van Beethoven is considered to be one of the world’s greatest composers, and lesser known composer, Béla Bartók will provide the viewers a delightful contrast in styles, composition and inspiration.
William D. Cannon Gallery Reimagined: The Artist’s Book Now through May 14
Spotlight on Artist Judith Christensen
For San Diego artist Judith Christensen, an artist’s book has content, often text, and sometimes image, but not necessarily pages in the traditional sense. Tactile, three-dimensional surfaces—the side of a miniature house or an origami paper dress hanging on a string—function as pages. Her interest lies in the significance of the everyday concerns of life—from baking bread to pruning a rose, to conversations at the breakfast table. She searches for items that suggest the imprint of human life, items that, when integrated with other elements, engage viewers in a dialog with the piece, with themselves, and hopefully with each other. More info
Library showcases aspiring young Carlsbad artist
Meet Annika Brucia, a 17-year-old local artist who specializes in oil painting. She attends Envision Visual Arts Conservatory at Canyon Crest Academy. Her art centers around human emotion and memory, particularly the unique challenges of the recent COVID-19 lockdowns. She commented, “Through my work, I hope to capture a diverse array of experiences that all members of our community can relate to and give something positive back to my home city.” Her art is on display in the Carlsbad City Library on Dove Lane through April.
Meet Sculpture Garden artist: Christopher Lee
Christopher Lee’s design process is initially driven by materials and tools, then the concept evolves. Lee’s sculpture, titled Scion, has a double meaning, “a young shoot or twig of a plant, especially one for grafting” and “a descendent of a noble family.” Lee pulls inspiration from the materials to define the visual storyline of this work of art. Visit the Sculpture Garden and Scion will greet you at the gate!
Flying off the shelves: The Carlsbad Sculpture Garden coloring book
Designed for all ages, this special edition activity book features artist information, line drawings and the library’s list of resources. It’s available at all three Carlsbad libraries, Senior Center and Pine Avenue Community Center. They’re so extremely popular that we’ve printed more and you can view online.
|Two upcoming Arts Commission vacancies
Do you enjoy serving your community? Do you have a passion for the Arts? Then please consider submitting an application by March 21 to serve on the Arts Commission. Members must be 18 years of age or older, a registered voter and a resident of Carlsbad. For more information and to apply, please visit the city’s Boards & Commissions webpage.
|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.
Arts Commission MeetingVirtual EventsFront Row SaturdayShowtime @ The Schulman
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