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San Diego weekend arts events: Carolina Caycedo, ‘The Lion King,’ Tchaikovsky and more

San Diego weekend arts events: Carolina Caycedo, 'The Lion King,' Tchaikovsky and more

Carolina Caycedo: ‘Aesthetics of Commodity’

Visual art
The scope of artist Carolina Caycedo’s work is broad and often touches on environmental and social justice, with complicated sculptures, performance and installation works. The Los Angeles-based artist was born in London to Colombian parents, and has shown work around the globe.

The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) San Diego’s north campus will open an exhibition of Caycedo’s digital collages made from historical stocks and bonds.

The financial documents are from Puerto Rico, Virginia and Pennsylvania, and Caycedo’s works explore and reveal the origins of the term “bonds” in slavery, as bonds began as a way to further capitalize off the mortgaging of human slaves.

In a series of collages, the artist follows the origins and path of debt, oppression and capitalism. This regional artist exhibition opens on Saturday,

Details: On view Friday, Aug. 26 through Oct. 30. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. ICA San Diego: North, 1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas. Free.

‘The Lion King’

Theater, Music, Dance
Who among us hasn’t held out our cats, arms outstretched, as we surveyed our shared kingdoms? Broadway San Diego brings the touring production of Disney’s “The Lion King” to the Civic Theatre for the next two and a half weeks.


Courtesy of Deen van Meer

The Lionesses in the Broadway production of Disney’s “The Lion King” are shown performing in an undated photo.

The show is a six-time Tony Award winner, with a delightful Tim Rice/Elton John soundtrack, and the choreography and set design is vivid and impressive.

Details: On stage through Sept. 11, 2022. This weekend’s performances are 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown. $35.50+.

Tchaikovsky’s Symphonic Tales

Music, Literature
This concert is a special edition of the San Diego Symphony’s annual performance of Tchaikovsky. Due to the ongoing Russian war in Ukraine, the symphony has pulled the “1812 Overture” from the repertoire.

They will still perform Tchaikovsky, just not that particular piece, written as a celebration of Russian war victory.

“When you understand that this was commissioned to really showcase Russian imperialism and aggression and that it is the canons of war, it feels to us highly inappropriate to perform it this year under the certain circumstances — when this unprovoked war in Ukraine is literally decimating that country, and people are fighting for their lives. It did not seem that it is appropriate for us,” said San Diego Symphony CEO Martha Gilmer. KPBS spoke with Gilmer in early July when they announced the change.

Instead, they’ll add “The Tempest Fantasy Overture, Op. 18,” Tchaikovsky’s moody and pensive tone poem that was inspired by Shakespeare’s play. Also on the program are Tchaikovsky’s “Francesca da Rimini,” and selections from “Eugene Onegin, as well as Rimsky-Kosakov’s “Russian Easter Overture.”

The concert will also feature live narration of the classic literature that inspired these works, from San Diego-based actors Jesse Perez and Shana Wride.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, 2022. The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park, 222 Marina Park Way, downtown. $40-$90.

NextGen Performance: Gideon Sawyer and beck haberstroh

Visual art, Movement
Graduating artists from UC San Diego’s visual arts program have their work on view at ICA’s central Balboa Park campus, now through Sept. 4. This Saturday afternoon, two of the works will be “activated” with performance, movement and interactions with the pieces.

Gideon Sawyer’s work, his “skins,” are textile sculptures made from clothing, built to resemble bodies and limbs, though representing a sense of struggle and restriction. The performance speaks to the process of finding freedom from such restrictions.


Courtesy of ICA San Diego

“You took my impression without ever touching me” by beck haberstroh is shown in an undated photo.

Another work, “You took my impression without ever touching me” by beck haberstroh, is a massive, hanging, light-up textile work that features “impressions” of multiple faces. The work features a 15 minute performance.

Details: 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022. ICA San Diego Central, 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park. Free.

‘Essential San Diego’

Visual art, Outdoors
Artist David White’s Park Social project will be installed at Kate Sessions Park in Pacific Beach on Saturday afternoon. “Essential San Diego” is a sculpture and virtual reality video installation that looks like a seemingly innocuous set of tourist overlook binoculars. Instead of the sweeping panoramas from Kate Sessions, viewers will see videos of essential workers doing the everyday tasks of their jobs in San Diego, and also expressing a series of emotions as they work. The piece feels like a commentary of what’s at the heart of this beautiful place, and a reminder that they’re human beings.

Details: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022. Kate Sessions Park, 5115 Soledad Rd., Pacific Beach. Free.


Courtesy of Oolong Gallery

Artist Sam Keller is shown in an undated photo with a Cheetos-inspired sculpture.

‘Sunblock 5000’

Visual art
A new group exhibition opens at Oolong Gallery in Solana Beach on Sunday, featuring work by twelve artists, including Brian Lotti, Amelia Baxter, Sam Keller, Mauricio Muñoz, Taylor Chapin (who will also be featured as a solo regional artist at ICA San Diego next spring), Jerry Hsu and more.

The works explore the weirdness on the fringe of beachy and sun-drenched aesthetics, possibly best described by their promo video, an edited clip from “Robocop.” I hear there’s a pile of oversized Cheetos involved.

Details: Opening reception is noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28. On view through Oct. 9, 2022. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Oolong Gallery, 349 N Hwy 101, Solana Beach. Free.

For more arts events, to submit your own event, or to sign up for the weekly KPBS/Arts Newsletter, visit the KPBS/Arts calendar.

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La Jolla Business Roundup: International offerings, ‘Lion King’-themed events in store

La Jolla Business Roundup: International offerings, 'Lion King'-themed events in store

Several new businesses have opened or are about to throughout the La Jolla area, including some that bring an international flair.

Here’s a rundown, along with other business happenings around town.

Mrkt Space

Operating as an all-in-one cafe and market, Mrkt Space opened in late June in the Whitney Building in La Jolla Shores at 2202 Avenida de la Playa.

Owner Matt Power said the establishment offers “an elevated casual experience” with everything from coffee to cocktails and breakfast to dinner.

“We use the Australian method of making coffee … which creates a creamy, flavorful product,” said Power, an Aussie himself. “But my business partners are Italian, so the menu is reflective of that.”

Items include avocado toast for breakfast and light meals for lunch; grab-and-go items such as baked goods, meat and cheese plates, salads and sandwiches; vegan options and a full market of snacks and wine.

Power said the afternoon offerings tend to focus on the Italian-inspired aperitivo concept of cocktails and bites.

“We’re reinventing convenience, so it is a high-quality experience,” he said.

Learn more at

Eppig Brewing

Eppig Brewing is looking to open a La Jolla location by the end of the summer at 1273 Prospect St. The 1,300-square-foot tasting room will take the space of a former art gallery and will feature an ocean-view patio area.

It will join two other San Diego-area Eppig tasting rooms.

Eppig co-founder Todd Warshaw said the move into La Jolla is “an obvious choice.”

“We knew there was demand for our award-winning beers in neighborhoods besides Vista and Point Loma, so our co-founders had been eyeing ideal locations for expansion,” he said. “The Village of La Jolla [is] … a prime location consistently trafficked by both the residential community as well as tourists, a great local property owner [is] eager to work with us, and who can ignore the ocean views and breezes? We can’t wait to contribute fresh, local craft beer to the neighborhood.”

Eppig, founded in 2016 and rooted in a Bavarian family history of brewing lagers and traditional styles, expanded in recent years to include wheat ales, pilsners, smoked lagers, specialty ales, IPAs and sours.

Learn more at

Ciao Ciao Piadina

After almost two years in The Village, Ciao Ciao Piadina restaurant closed in late June and will be renovated into an Italian market and wine bar at 510 Pearl St.

Giacomo Pizzigoni, managing partner at Milano Five Group, which operates Ambrogio15 in Pacific Beach and Semola in La Jolla, said the concept will be changed “to something closer to what we love to do, which is high-quality Italian products.”

He said his Ambrogio15 customers “wanted a place to buy our natural wines, for which we are the exclusive carrier, and the products we use in our restaurants,” such as 30-year aged balsamic vinegar and specialty meats and cheese.

“When you eat at Ambrogio15, you will find the products we use at this new market and can take it home,” Pizzigoni said.

The renovation at Ciao Ciao Piadina will begin in September, and Pizzigoni said he hopes for a November opening. In addition to a retail market, it will offer wines by the glass or flights, along with small bites including meats, cheese and bread.

‘Lion King’-themed events

The La Jolla Village Merchants Association announced a variety of summer events associated with Broadway San Diego’s production of the Disney musical “The Lion King,” which will run Aug. 24 to Sept. 11 at the San Diego Civic Theatre.

Here are the “Lion King”-themed events taking place in La Jolla’s Village:

• Circle of Life Art Contest call for entries: July 5-20. Amateur artists of all ages can submit their representations of “Lion King” themes — from the African animals and scenery to symbols of love, family, adventure, coming of age and betrayal. Selected pieces will be displayed beginning Friday, Aug. 5.

• Simba’s Safari Scavenger Hunt: July 15 to Aug. 7. Participants can follow clues to find “Lion King” masks throughout The Village.

• ManeTain the Trail La Jolla Coast Walk Cleanup: 9-11 a.m. Sunday, July 17

• Poolside Cinema: 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 19. The La Valencia Hotel will host an outdoor screening of the original 1994 “The Lion King” animated movie.

• First Friday Art Walk: 4-7 p.m. Aug. 5. “Hakuna matata” (“no worries”) is the theme of the August Art Walk, which will feature an opening reception for the Circle of Life art show.

For more information and to register for the events, visit

Bird Rock merchants app

The Bird Rock Community Council’s merchant discount app is now live, offering specials at area businesses for members of the Community Council. Membership is $50 a year.

A snapshot of participating businesses on the Bird Rock merchant discount app.

A snapshot of participating businesses on the Bird Rock merchant discount app.

(Courtesy of Ron Fineman)

An app holder can get a variety of discounts at participating businesses, said BRCC member Ron Fineman. Bird Rock Coffee Roasters, for example, offers 15 percent off on all coffee orders. Bird Rock Surf Shop offers 10 percent off on all clothing. Others offer one-time promotions and app-holder specials, such as dollar mimosas.

Services range from music lessons for kids to plumbing, he said.

“Our goal is to get more people to sign up for this,” Fineman said. “We also want to get more merchants. One of the big things we appreciate is when people shop local and keep money in the local economy. Many of these are services which you wouldn’t go buy from a large chain.”

“We’re all frustrated by boarded-up storefronts all over La Jolla,” Fineman added. “But this is an opportunity to help those that are here and draw more merchants to the community.”

To learn more or to sign up for membership, visit

Belmont Village

Belmont Village Senior Living has partnered with the UC San Diego Center for Healthy Aging to produce a first-of-its-kind “living lab” in the La Jolla area that integrates independent living, assisted living and memory care in a 17-story high-rise with 180 units at 3880 Nobel Drive. The ribbon-cutting for the project will be Thursday, July 14.

The facility, operated by UCSD faculty and researchers, will enable faculty and staff to launch initiatives to study health, well-being and longevity.

“This unprecedented collaboration makes available luxury living, great weather, chic design, top chefs, farm-to-table food … sprawling pools and lounge areas, immaculately manicured grounds, fitness centers, the latest technology, and wellness programs that encourage wellness and personal growth for La Jolla seniors,” according to the developers.

Westmont Living

Diane "Dee" Navarro has been named vice president of operations at Westmont Living, a La Jolla-based senior living provider.

Diane “Dee” Navarro has been named vice president of operations at Westmont Living, a La Jolla-based senior living provider.

(Courtesy of Walke Communications)

Diane “Dee” Navarro has been promoted to vice president of operations at Westmont Living, a La Jolla-based senior living provider, after four years at the company.

In the past two years, “Navarro has ably navigated Westmont Living communities through the COVID-19 pandemic [with] many responsibilities beyond normal working hours/days in support of hundreds of seniors, the frailest and most vulnerable to the virus, along with reassuring their families and encouraging staff without interruption of essential services and keeping as safe and engaged as possible,” according to a news release.

Westmont Living operates 18 senior living communities in California and Oregon. Learn more at

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‘He was a lion’: boxing event honours passionate young fighter

‘He was a lion’: boxing event honours passionate young fighter

“He had his own keys to the boxing club. He would go there and work out and hit the bags by himself and he was there early for every single training practice they had,” he said.

Over the course of his amateur career, Skopyk went to many competitions and won many fights. In 2015, he finished top in his weight class at the Saskatchewan Provincial Boxing Championships in Regina. Remembering what it was like watching his son fight, Skopyk said he was always amazed at how strong he was.

“He would come up to us after the bout and he would have little bruises and abrasions and stuff but if he had blood on him he’d go ‘that’s not my blood,’” he said. “He was a talented fighter.”

Noting how a special Will Skopyk trophy was handed out at a boxing event pre-pandemic, Skopyk said he hopes this event can become an annual tradition.

“I hope it can carry on. It’s a beautiful thing that they would do that,” he said.

Braddock Koch, head coach with the Red Wolf Boxing Club, was the one who approached the family with the idea and has fond memories of Will.

“He was a lion. He embodies the spirit of what we are are trying to do with the Red Wolves,” he said. “He was just so fierce.”

Noting the number of sponsors on board already, Koch said he’s received huge outpouring of support from the community. Koch also confirmed his plans to make this an annual event, while also noting plans to start small this year, featuring 10 to 12 bouts with fighters from all over Western Canada.

“There will be some novice guys that are just being brought up but there will also be some top flight amateurs as well,” he said.

Cole Ahenakew, an up and coming fighter is his own right, trained with Will and plans to be on the card next month.

“He was a good sparring parter and we would always have fun when we we sparring, make little jokes during our sparring matches. He brought a good energy to the gym,” he said.

Tickets for the event next month are on sale now through the exhibition centre, Mark’s 9, Canadian Tire, and Koch through the Red Wolf Boxing Club.

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