Category Archives: Arts, Theatre and Music

Lenny Zenith, 1984

Not too long ago, I ran into an old friend, Lenny Zenith, through our mutual FB acquaintances. It was nice to have a way to get back in touch. So, after digging around, I found a few photos from back in New Orleans, circa 1984.

 

 

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Adams Ave. Unplugged

Adams Avenue Unplugged unveiled a new venue format for this year’s event. The annual music event featured 22 stages and 150 performances over the weekend along a two-mile stretch of Adams Avenue, including University Heights Normal Heights, and the Kensington area. The event touted live musical performances staged inside restaurants, bars, coffee houses and galleries lining the neighborhood. Performers included Peter Bolland at Java Joe’s, Mohavi Soul at Rosie O’Grady’s, Nikki Francis at Lestat’s, Mike Weston with Dragon Fresh band mates Eric Brinker and Timothy Moran at Moncai Cafe, and many others.

 

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Checking in

It has been quite a while since I have added a new post. The new year has started off with many new assignments on the horizon, and has been just as busy as the end of the year proved to be, along with some interesting subjects.

In the past couple of months I have photographed Freedome Bradley-Ballentine, the Old Globe’s new director of arts engagement and Willy Wonka leading a family 5k at the San Diego County Administration Building. Then, there was a stop off at the Fall Brewing Company in North Park and beer and food pairings at Abnormal Beer at The Cork & Craft restaurant, in Rancho Bernardo. Then I met Ori Talmon, a composer of contemporary classical music, and bartender Eric Johnson of Juniper and Ivy, who was named Discover San Diego’s Bartender of the Year, Violinist Karen Gomyo, at Copley Symphony Hall, the dedication of the new Sator Hall science building at Point Loma Nazarene University, and the Hmong New Year celebration in Kearny Mesa. Nothing beats variety!

Here are a few of the images from some of my last assignments and portraits.

 

 

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Three Penny Opera

The UCSD contemporary music/theater group Kallisti is presenting “The Threepenny Opera” in May. Susan Narucki, a music professor at UCSD and Grammy-winning singer, leads the kallisti group and is co-starring in the production directed by (and co-starring) Ruff Yeager. Narucki and her Kallisti Ensemble, which does one experimental opera/musical theater show each year, were in rehearsal on this recent Friday.

 

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Queen of Hearts

Local children, ages 6 to 17 gather for rehearsal for the Steampunk version of Alice in Wonderland, “Queen of Hearts”. The production is being staged by a small theatre group, Theatre Arts School of San Diego.

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El Anatsui

Ghanaian sculptor El Anatsui has an amazing vision. He crafts metal sculpture from old liquor bottle caps, weaving them into a tapestry-like metal fabric. Anatsui, who resides in Nigeria, poses with some of his color fabric installations at the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, Downtown. The fabrics are created from liquor caps painstaking sewn together with metal pieces. El Anatsui creates other sculpture from wood and old newspaper press printing plates.

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Mr. Doctor

“Mr. Doctor”, co-written by the Tony Award-winning actor BD Wong, is a very powerful production, set during WWII in Poland. Wong is developing and acting in the production (alongside SDSU students) as part of his La Jolla Playhouse residency.This reading was staged at the SDSU’s Experimental Theatre.

 

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West Side Story

Creating images in dimly lit areas or where the availible light is always changing is always a challenge for photographers. Recently, I photographed the San Diego Musical Theatre rehearsing for its staging “West Side Story” at the Spreckels Theatre, downtown. The night I arrived, was actually the first night the lighting crew and actors took to the stage. The lighting design had not yet developed significantly, which left me waiting for actors to fall into the little lighting there was available during the time allotted for me to photograph. I enjoyed this lighting challenge!

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