Arts & Culture Newsletter: With an ultramodern house, Digital Gym Cinema opens a new chapter

A new era begins tomorrow for San Diego Media Arts Center and his Digital gym cinema. The 30-year-old organization, previously housed in North Park, is reopening in a new East Village location: UC San Diego @ Park & ​​Market.

“We’ve been working with Mary Walshok of UCSD Extension for two and a half years on this idea of ​​having a movie theater in their new four-story space,” said Media Arts Center executive director Ethan Van Thillo. “She’s known us as an organization for 30 years because of the San Diego Latin Film Festival. They (UCSD) felt it was a perfect fit.

“I can already see the wonderful benefits of having a partner where everything is top notch. Not just the screening space we’re in, but the dealership items, supplies and equipment they’ve brought . »

The Digital Gym Cinema will be on the second floor of the building. Premiering tomorrow at 1, 4 and 7 p.m. will be Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s “Memoria” 2021, starring Tilda Swinton as a Scottish woman living in Colombia haunted by booming sound.

“To me, it’s such a perfect movie to open the theater,” Van Thillo said. “It shows the direction we want to take in terms of showing independent foreign films on the big screen. We also want people to have that common experience again, to go out and see the movies.

The new Media Arts Center home will also include third-floor offices and classrooms for educational programs. It’s quite the step up from the organization’s former digs in what was once an auto parts store.

“It was a bit rough around the edges,” Van Thillo recalls with a laugh.


Ana Cabrera, a 15-year-old student at San Dieguito Academy, is one of four winners from California in Playwrights Projects’ 37th annual Plays By Young Writers competition.

(KC Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune)

When the Playwrights Project of San Diego organizes its annual festival Pieces by young writers, that’s no exaggeration. These screenwriters were only 11 years old when they submitted their works to the California Young Playwrights Contest.

Starting Saturday and running through the end of May, the 37th Plays by Young Writers Festival will air filmed performances or staged readings of the winning selections. There will be both online streams and in-person screenings at the Joan B. Kroc Theater at the Salvation Army Kroc Center.

READ MORE: Here are some of Pam Kragen’s young playwrights from the Union-Tribune.

More theater

Actors Bryan Banville, left, and Janaya Mahealani Jones with director Jeffrey Polk

Actors Bryan Banville, left, and Janaya Mahealani Jones review a scene with director Jeffrey Polk for Moonlight Stage Productions’ “Memphis.”

(Fred Tracey)

It’s been 14 years since the Joe DiPietro/David Bryan musical “Memphis” debuted at La Jolla Playhouse. What followed was a three-year run on Broadway and four Tony Awards, including one for Best Musical in 2010.

Cut to next Wednesday, when a production of “Memphis” opens the 2022 summer season at Moonlight Amphitheater in Vista. This family show is perfect for Moonlight Stage Productions audiences. The outdoor setting overlooking Brengle Terrace Park is hard to beat in summer, even if it’s only early May.

“Memphis” will run until May 28.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE THEATER: The Old Globe Musical ‘Almost Famous’ hits Broadway later this year


Brian Regan

Brian Regan

(Courtesy of Brian Friedman)

TV fans know Brian Regan from his Netflix special “On the Rocks” or the Amazon Prime Video series “Loudermilk”, in which he plays Winston “Mugsy” Bennigan. But Regan has been doing comedy since the ’80s. He actually made his TV debut on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.” I don’t know if Johnny invited Regan to the couch after his set — a sure sign the King of Late Night has dug your act — but Regan has had a long and successful career.

He visits these areas on Saturday nights when he performs at Harrah’s Resort Southern California in Valley Center. Tickets start at $79. Then you better love Brian Regan.

Rock music

I don’t know if there is a credible list of the great underrated rock albums of the 1970s, but Wishbone Ash’s “Argus” should be on it. A mix of prog-rock, hard rock, and bluesy folk, “Argus” is revered by fans like me because of choice tracks like “Blowin’ Free” and “Time Was.”

Was it really 50 years ago? I must have been, ahem, 3 at the time.

Others who remember “Argus” will want to be at Belly Up Tavern at Solana Beach on Monday nights when the British band will perform the album live as part of their Phoenix Rising America tour.

I did some research on when Wishbone Ash first played in San Diego. It appears to be June 1973 at the then San Diego Stadium on a bill with ELO and Mason Proffit. Tell a friend at Belly Up.


Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Anthony Davis and his wife Cynthia Aaronson.

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Anthony Davis and his wife Cynthia Aaronson.

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

Pulitzer Prize Winner Anthony Davis revives “X,” his 1986 prescient opera about Malcolm X. Read more here.


Chris Evans as Captain America/Steve Rogers, in the movie "Avengers: Age of Ultron."

Chris Evans as Captain America/Steve Rogers in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’.

(The Associated Press)

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:

“Script on screen: ‘Captain America’”: ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely discuss the film with moderator Matt Ryan. Markus and McFeely discuss how they brought the beloved comic book hero to the screen and their collaboration with director Joe Johnston. They go into great detail about how they created the characters of Steve Rogers, Bucky Barnes, and Peggy Carter, as well as some of the behind-the-scenes work they witnessed on set. They also talk about their role in creating the greatest Marvel Cinematic Universe with their other movies “Captain America” ​​and “Avengers.”

“Artificial Intelligence with Kate Crawford”: The past decade has seen a dramatic increase in capturing digital material for machine learning production. Kate Crawford, author of “Atlas AI: Power, Politics and Planetary Costs of Artificial Intelligence”, is a leading international scholar of the social and political implications of artificial intelligence. In two new programs, Crawford explores the ways training data can limit how machine learning systems interpret the world and what forms of power certain training approaches enhance and enable. Crawford shares new work that reflects on what’s at stake in the architecture and content of training sets, and discusses the intersection of art, activism and artificial intelligence.

“The Moral Triangle: Germans, Israelis, Palestinians”: When World War II ended, Berlin, the capital of the Third Reich, lay in ruins. Few, if any, contemporaries could have foreseen that 70 years later, Berlin would boast of having large diaspora communities of Palestinians and Israelis who call Germans home. In “The Moral Triangle,” Sa’ed Atshan and Katharina Galor draw on ethnographic fieldwork and interviews with Israelis, Palestinians, and Germans in Berlin to explore the strained relationship between the three groups in the context of the official German policies, public discourse and the private sphere. sphere.

And finally: the best events of the weekend

The Flower Fields at Carlsbad.

The Flower Fields at Carlsbad.

(Eduardo Contreras/The San Diego Union-Tribune)

Here are the main events taking place in San Diego from Thursday, May 5 through Sunday, May 8.

Coddon is a freelance writer.

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