Arts & Culture Newsletter: Florence + the Machine organizes a fall tour in San Diego

Hello and welcome to the UT Arts & Culture newsletter.

I am David L. Coddon, and here’s your guide to all the essentials in San Diego arts and culture this week.

At this point in 2022, the year’s weirdest live duo has to be Florence Welch from Florence + the Machine and Parrotheads guru Jimmy Buffett teaming up on his carefree standard “Margaritaville” in May on “The Tonight Show.” Host Jimmy Fallon made it a trio, adding to the weirdness of the musical moment. In case you missed it, you can easily find YouTube on the web.

But really, does everything Welch does surprise us honestly? A richly talented singer and theatrical performer, she has built an entire career on gender leaps and magnetism on stage. Florence + the Machine’s “Dance Fever Tour” in support of this album of the same name, comes to San Diego State’s Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theater on Wednesday night.

Although Welch once said “I love playing outside because it’s like the heavens are open and the element is also part of the stage show – you know, the wind and the rain and the thunder”, it is highly unlikely that this type of weather will accompany Wednesday’s outdoor spectacle. No matter. Welch creates his own brand of heavy time with his long, classic voice.

Classical music

Garrick Ohlsson at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2020.

Garrick Ohlson

(Courtesy of La Jolla Music Society)

When La Jolla Music Society opens its Revelle chamber music series on Saturday, one of my classical music idols will be on stage. Pianist Garrick Ohlson, whose association with the works of Frédéric Chopin is appreciated around the world, will be on stage with the Apollo Musagete Quartet from Poland. Hearing Ohlsson reminds me that I should never have given up piano lessons as a kid, so I relish his playing vicariously.

Saturday’s program at the Baker-Baum Concert Hall in La Jolla will include compositions by Bach, Schubert and Shostakovich.

READ MORE: Pianist Garrick Ohlsson joins the Polish quartet Apollon Musagète after a scuttled tour in 2020

visual art

The new Orange County Art Museum in Costa Mesa

The new Orange County Museum of Art in Costa Mesa.

(Kevin Chang/Daily Driver)

Saturday is an exciting day for museum-goers in Orange County, but also for those in San Diego who brave I-5 on the occasional visual art road trip. New Orange County Museum of Art opens at 5 p.m. and keeps them open for 24 hours to celebrate the breathtaking venue designed by Thom Mayne, co-founder of the Southern California Institute of Architecture.

The 53,000 square foot museum is located in Costa Mesa on the campus of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Five new exhibits will launch the new OCMA, which was previously located in Newport Beach. To further motivate you to make the trip north, consider that admission to the museum is free and will remain so for the next 10 years.

READ MORE: The Orange County Museum of Art turns 60 with a new site and a decade of free admission

writers day

Gill Sotu

Gill Sotu

(Nelvin C. Cepeda/The San Diego Union-Tribune)

Here’s good news for die-hard readers and readers of old books: Less than two months after the San Diego Union-Tribune Book Festival ended on the SHU campus, another such festival is at our doorstep. The San Diego Writers Festival returns to Coronado on Saturday for a full day of panels, workshops, author appearances and readings.

This year’s list of writers includes spoken word artist Gill Sotu, who is the festival’s poet-in-residence. Check out the workshops he will be leading in my story on the day’s events in Coronado. READ MORE: Gill Sotu, poet in residence at the San Diego Writers Festival: “I try to be a bridge”


Playwright Lisa Loomer “Deer,” which had its world premiere in 2016 at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, has been updated in light of the tumultuous events of 2022. A staged reading of the new “Roe” directed by Hannah Meade will take place Monday evening at 7:30 p.m. Moxie Theater to Roland.

This play tells the real-life story of the woman who became “Jane Roe” in the landmark 1973 court case. Reading at Moxie is free, although donations, if you make them, will go to a number of reproductive rights organizations.

During this time, the old globe announced its 2023 season. READ MORE: Old Globe’s 2023 season includes four world premieres

Wai Yim, Adeoye, Christiana Clark and Cruz Gonzales-Cadel in "Leonardo da Vinci's Notebooks."

Wai Yim, Adeoye, Christiana Clark and Cruz Gonzales-Cadel in “The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci”.

(Courtesy of Liz Lauren)

trip hop

An intense downtempo musical experience awaits those who head to the Little Italy Music Box on Tuesday night. It was then that Skye Edwards and Ross Godfrey, known as Morcheebabring their eclectic musical soundscape to town.

The duo, a far cry from the aforementioned Florence Welch and Jimmy Buffett, are touring behind their latest album, their 10th, titled “Blackest Blue.” Here’s the trippy “Sounds of Blue” video from this equally trippy recording.

Get spooky

The living room of the Whaley haunted house in the old town.

The living room of the Whaley haunted house in the old town.

(Zara Irshad/The San Diego Union-Tribune)

San Diego is supposed to be filled with year-round paranormal prowlers, from a ghostly ship’s crew whose love for their ship lingers unto death to an old grizzly beast lurking in the woods.

LEARN MORE IN THIS GUIDE: 21 of San Diego’s Most Haunted Paranormal Houses, Trails, Hotels, and Other Places


University of California Television invites you to take advantage of this special selection of programs from across the University of California. Descriptions courtesy of and text written by UCTV staff:

“Stem Cells and Aging: Have We Found the Holy Grail?” » : By 2030, one in six people will be over 60. But aging is not just a matter of individual decline. This has an impact on our economy, our approach to medicine and much more. What if stem cells were the key to preventing age-related health problems? The promise of longer, healthier lives may lie in current research into the causes of aging at the cellular and molecular level. Robert AJ Signer, Ph.D., and Shiri Gur-Cohen, Ph.D., examine the aging process, how we might “trick” stem cells into thinking and behaving as if they were young, and how our approach to research should change to maximize the reach of human health for the greater good.

A discussion about the film “Arrival”: Adapted from the 1998 short story “Story of Your Life” by acclaimed science fiction author Ted Chiang, “Arrival” (2016) focuses on communicating with sprawling extraterrestrial visitors, whose language changes the experience of time. Introspective and immersive, “Arrival” imagines fantastical calligraphy alongside questions of alienation, race and motherhood. Professor Jennifer Rhee joins Melody Jue to discuss the film and explore the dynamics of free will, determinism, disorientation, communication, language, and temporal nonlinearity, as well as the similarities and differences between the film and the original novella.

“Nutrition and cancer: the do’s and don’ts”: What we eat – and don’t eat – is directly linked to our health. A poor diet leads to poor health outcomes, including cancer. Dr. Donald Abrams, an integrative oncologist at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, is an expert in nutrition and cancer. Abrams says you can never overstate how important the food we eat is for our health. He says nearly 50% of the most common cancers can be prevented by eating well, maintaining a healthy weight and an active lifestyle, not smoking, using sunscreen and getting vaccinated.

And finally: The best events of the weekend

Illusionist Fernando Velasco escapes the human trap on Champions of Magic.

Illusionist Fernando Velasco escapes the human trap on Champions of Magic.

(Courtesy of Pamela Raith)

here are the the best events happening in San Diego Thursday, Oct. 6 to Sunday, Oct. 9

Coddon is a freelance writer.

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