March 14 2016 03:43 PM

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The Young Matador
Image by Craig Brayton


Performing and creating original theater is tough, but ask anyone who does it and you'll often get the same response: They do it for the love, despite the risks that come with it.

The same could also be said for bullfighting. Local theater veteran Derrick Gilday sees all kinds of parallels not only between theater and bullfighting, but he also sees being a matador as a metaphor for life.

"It's about staring right back, unflinching and ready for anything," says Gilday, one half of the production company Teatro Gustofino. "You must bullfight your destiny."

It's this unflinching attitude that's at the center of Teatro Gustofino's The Young Matador, an original production about a young man, Todo, who believes he's destined to be a bullfighter despite being the adopted son of a once-famous matador who has vowed never to fight again or let his children fight. What's more, the father raises Todo as a gay Buddhist, despite the fact that Todo knows he's not either. So yeah, it's complicated, but itís decidedly original.

"Just as bullfighting is steeped in tradition, so are the roles fathers have in shaping their sons vision of the world," says Gilday, who has performed in everything from Technomania Circus to Clowns Without Borders. "I would say this show is as much about killing a bull as it is about overcoming the sense of loss a man must overcome when he realizes he is all alone in the middle of the ring with the bull, which is life."

Gilday first created as a solo street show that he performed through the Central Valley of Mexico and Cali, Colombia in 2014. With help from Teatro Gustofino cohort Dan Griffiths, and the addition of music from local gypsy-jazz band Trio Gadjo, the play will make its stage debut for three performances starting Thursday, March 17, and running through Saturday, March 19, at the City Heights Performance Annex (3795 Fairmount Ave.). Tickets are $10 at, which is a small price to pay for supporting local, original theater.

Igudesman & Joo
Photo by Julia Wesely


It's difficult to get people to care about high art these days. Remember when the San Diego Opera was at risk of closing in 2014? No? Perhaps nobody wants to remedy our culture's apathy toward high art more than musicians Igudesman & Joo, who infuse the likes of Mozart and Bach with some much needed humor. Whether they're Riverdancing to their own songs or haphazardly foiling each other's performance, they're a joy to watch (as evidenced by a rabid YouTube following). Not only are they classically adept on piano and violin, respectively—sheer talent that even the most stuffy monocle-wearer can enjoy—they also sing, dance and have killer comic timing. The tasteful hilarity goes down at 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 20, at Copley Symphony Hall. Ticket prices range from $20 to $70.

Photo courtesy of Hugo Benson Photography


After getting a dose of Latino films this past week, we're ready to check out more high-minded arts from south of the border. The second annual Latin American Art Festival runs from Saturday, March 19, through Sunday, March 20, and will feature more than 70 hand-selected artists from various cities in Mexico, Ecuador, Guatemala, Colombia and more, presenting artwork as diverse as their regions. Some artists are animal rights activists and environmentalists, while others are breast cancer survivors or foodies. A few notables on the list include Hugo Crosthwaite, Essau Andrade and Aida Valencia. There will be music, dance, fashion, food and drinks, all in respect to Latin culture. The festival, which is taking place at the ARTS DISTRICT in Liberty Station (2730 Historic Decatur Road, Barrack 16), is free and goes from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days.


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