Organ for the Senses
May
27
8:00 pm20:00

Organ for the Senses

  • Spreckels Organ Pavilion

Expanding out of last year’s highly acclaimed program, this year’s Organ For the Senses welcomes seven composers from the U.S., Sweden, Australia, and Mexico for an event that will challenge listeners as much as challenge the sonic and architectonic limits of the Spreckels’ organ itself. Curator Alan F Jones (Laminal Audio, Marginal Frequency) has selected regional and nationally renowned contemporary musicians to create works for the world’s largest outdoor pipe organ. Each composition, ranging from eight to twelve minutes in length, seeks to explore the physical properties of the organ itself, wherein vibrationallydriven works feature as prominently as key traces of melody. In aggregate, the music will feature inherent electronic elements, and electronics-as-accompaniment, exploring how the organ functions as a massive analogue synthesizer. Jones’ choices for these performances comes out of an interest to challenge some of the most brilliant minds in experimental music to approach the instrument both obliquely and organically, including music from composers who have never written for organ. In every case, we will all be hearing these works for the first time in a global premiere.

The Vine Affair
Jun
2
6:00 pm18:00

The Vine Affair

  • San Diego Art Institute

The Vine Affair is Balboa Park Cultural Partnership's first annual wine festival, entwined within five tasting galleries in Balboa Park. Each location will house several wineries, food vendors and breweries. Beyond taste and smell, the night will be a feast for the senses. See art within the museums, touch and interact with exhibitions, and hear live music in several locations. 

Parkeology: Border Trolley Tours
Jun
6
Jun 24

Parkeology: Border Trolley Tours

  • Balboa Park

Despite the fact that the San Diego/Tijuana border is the most transited in the world, only 1 in 4 San Diegans take the drive south to cross. 100 years ago, during the Panama-California Exposition, locals and tourists visiting the Spanish dancers, gem exhibitions, and Native American reenactment villages of Balboa Park often hopped on a trolley and for an “enjoyable 20-mile ride” to “Tia Juana.” Many of the popular restaurants, casinos, and racetracks in Tijuana were funded by the same American dollars that built Balboa Park. Yet in less than a century, the public imagination of fluidity between San Diego to Tijuana has hardened in sync with the concrete border wall itself...

Solos Duos Todos
Jun
15
6:00 pm18:00

Solos Duos Todos

  • San Diego Art Institute

Admission: $5

SDAI is pleased to invite experimenters working with sound, video, movement, and other media, in collaborative improvisation.

Performers are invited to bring a reasonable amount of gear to experiment with, set up in a circle, each perform 3 minute solos (getting to know you), then 3 minute duos (AB, BC, CD, DE, EF, FA – ideally with people you haven't played with before), then a short set of everyone together (5-10 minutes). This is not an open mic, so please don't expect to play anything precomposed.

The goal is to experiment in collaboration, try new styles/equipment, and meet new people. Please bring a small set up with practice amp, mono into the mixer, acoustic, or your own projector. For dancers/movers, the floor is smooth concrete, no marley. The instrumentation/medium is open, but the structure is fairly rigid. Performers ought to be willing to collaborate and leave each other space. Audiences have the opportunity to see/hear talented performers of San Diego in chance encounters.

Participation is FREE with RSVP
Email: nlesley@sandiego-art.org with subject "Solos Duos Todos" and include your equipment/instrumentation plan

AUDIENCE: $5 admission to the performance & SDAI gallery
Beer/Wine: $5

Make Music Day: SOLOS DUOS TODOS
Jun
21
2:00 pm14:00

Make Music Day: SOLOS DUOS TODOS

  • San Diego Art Institute

SDAI is pleased to participate in Make Music Day in Balboa Park. Make Music is a free celebration of music around the world on June 21st. Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, it is now held on the same day in more than 750 cities in 120 countries. All events, in every location, are free and open to the public.

www.makemusicday.org/sandiego

SDAI will host a special edition of SOLOS DUO TODOS, which will encourage musicians to experiment in new encounters and chance interactions. Multiple sessions throughout the day will give groups of improvisers the chance to perform short solos, then duos, then all together. SOLOS DUOS TODOS is an excercise in spontaneous collaboration and acceptance.

If you'd like to participate, please email: nlesley@sandiego-art.org

Poetry & Art
Jun
23
6:30 pm18:30

Poetry & Art

  • San Diego Art Institute

On Friday, June 23, Poetry & Art Series 2017 presents the 2017 San Diego Poetry Annual (SDPA).  Editors and authors published in the anthology read poems from this year's edition. There will guest appearances by San Diego authors Anthony BlacksherJudy ReevesAdam Greenfield and Jimmy JazzFranco Z will perform A Brief History of Jazz.  People’s Choice Poem Performance Awards follow featured readings and performances.   DJ Gill Sotu will provide music and sound throughout the show.  This interactive arts and culture experience will include beverages, snacks and plenty of time to mingle. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. Members are free, nonmembers $5 at the door.

WHITE SUNS • SILENT • TELECAVES
Jul
8
7:00 pm19:00

WHITE SUNS • SILENT • TELECAVES

  • San Diego Art Institute

SDAI is pleased to host NY noise duo WHITE SUNS (Load/The Flenser/UgExplode Records), along with "Mexicali's great goth hope" SILENT (ThreeOneG Records), and LA's opaquely ambient TELECAVES (I Had An Accident/Absence of Wax Records).

Summer Art Camps
Jul
10
Aug 18

Summer Art Camps

  • San Diego Art Institute

SDAI is proud to host its first full day summer art camp. Each unique week of projects will correspond with a popular contemporary art theme. Campers will have the chance to experiment with a wide range of media including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, and video. 


Life Drawing: Session 2
May
24
6:00 pm18:00

Life Drawing: Session 2

  • San Diego Art Institute

SDAI brings back the opportunity for guests to practice figure drawing from a live model. Exercise skills in proportion, gesture, and observation each month starting in April. Artist and SDAI Gallery Manager, Kevin Freligh will facilitate each session, providing tips and advice for those in need of a little extra support and motivation.