Feb. 26 2014 12:00 AM

San Diego arts-and-culture news and happenings

The doors of the Lux Art Institute's new Education Pavilion are almost ready to open

I recently dropped in on the folks at Lux Art Institute and was surprised to see the new 7,000-square-foot Education Pavilion looking like it's ready to open for business. The beautiful contemporary building will officially open to the public during a big shindig on April 12. Here's more on what you can expect from the new arts space: ---

The Lux Education Pavilion includes three large classrooms, a gallery, a community gathering space, a woodshop (with a kiln), a digital lounge, staff offices, and a spacious backyard landscaped for events, outdoor art classes and picnics. The facility will be the center for the following programs:

* Lux's growing youth education programs, including field trips, summer camps, after-school classes, and weekend   workshops.

* Community events including Family Day, Family Fridays, concerts, and film screenings.

* Adult programming, including studio art classes and a speaker series.

San Diego photographer and filmmaker Cy Cuckenbaker

Last week, the San Diego Foundation launched "Meet the Artists," a series of talks featuring local artists who received grants through its Creative Catalyst program. The talks are curated and moderated by famed local art critic Robert Pincus. The next free public event is "Filming Place and Culture," and the lineup is of photographers and filmmakers Cy Cuckenbaker, Neil Kendricks and Andrew Bracken. The talk's happening at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at the San Diego Foundation's Hoffman Room (2508 Historic Decatur Road, Suite 200, in Point Loma's Liberty Station). Pincus, by the way, is writing excellent reviews for the newly relaunched arts website, Culture Buzz.

The PGK Dance Project has announced a venue change for its March 14 and 15 "San Diego Dances" series of site-specific performances that take place in interesting alternative spaces throughout the county. Here's the statement from James Brown of Public Architecture + Planning, the guy who's running Bread & Salt, sent in a press release: "Due to an unforeseen stall in the ongoing remodeling of the spaces, Bread & Salt will not be able after all to host the incredible dance performance by PGK scheduled for March 2014 as originally anticipated. We hope to host PGK and other artists in the space in the coming months. "San Diego Dances" will move to You Are Here, the new contemporary building at 811 25th St. in Golden Hill.

"Signalscape" by Miki Iwasaki at the San Diego International Airport

Over recent years, the San Diego International Airport has successfully transformed itself into a home for some of the region's most compelling public art. The airport is further contributing to the local arts scene by hosting Aesthetics & Authenticity, a public symposium featuring local "it" artists, designers and professionals discussing the impact of art and culture on society and art's role in the infrastructure of our cities. The event will be held on March 8 and 9 at the new San Diego Public Library in East Village.

Illustration by Randall Christopher

Extremely smart and dedicated students  recently wrapped up a course called Bioinformatics Algorithms (Part 1). The challenging course was a massive open online course, or "MOOC," a free class offered by a talented team from UCSD-Pavel Pevzner, Phillip Compeau and Nikolay Vyahhi. The hundreds of students worldwide who enrolled didn't have to pay for it, but they didn't get any university credit for the hours they put in, either. In addition to the free education, the students were also rewarded for their hard work with a quirky-but-educational "Bioinformatic Cartoon" thrown into the course material. Created by San Diego comic artist and filmmaker Randall Christopher, each cartoon contains clues to what the students would be learning in the following chapters. While the illustrations are rad on the surface level to lay people, bioinformatics pros can quickly pick out the symbolism and meaning embedded in each unique piece. What a cool way to integrate comic art into a dense course on biological data. 

A piece by Gloria Muriel

I've been seeing several images of Gloria Muriel's solo exhibition at Thumbprint Gallery (920 Kline St., La Jolla) pop up in my Instagram and Facebook feeds, and I keep thinking to myself, Man, I've got to go see this show. My time is almost up, because the work comes down this Sunday, March 2. I like this description of the show by Muriel's friend, writer Marc Delgado: 

Gloria Muriel's first show of 2014 @ Thumbprint Gallery is her version of a solo acoustic set. Glow, who painted countless buildings & performed many colorful & inspirational shows in 2013, starts off 2014 with a quiet and intimate series of ball-point pen sketches.

"Edmund the Grasshopper" by Metalmorph

Metalmorph Sculpture Studio will showcase new work at the The Flower Fields in Carlsbad from Saturday, March 1, through Mother's Day.The studio's whimsical, colorful outdoor sculptures are constructed from industrial scrap metal, found objects and vintage tools. 

Quick-and-pretty linkage 

  • Check out ArtPin, a new arts app by some folks right here in San Diego. I'm really diggin' the concept of helping artists hook up with alternative gallery spaces.

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