ACLU’S (Ironically Titled) Blacklist

At least twice a year, the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties publishes The (ironically titled) Blacklist, a listing of San Diego’s must-see arts and cultural events in all forms of media that explore civil liberties and social justice themes. Following is an electronic version. To download a copy, click on the link below.

If you have know of upcoming art events that touch on civil liberties or social justice themes that should be listed, please send us your event to be added!

Summer – Fall 2010

“William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe”
Monday, June 7.
The San Diego Public Library and the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties, in partnership with Media Arts Center and PBS’s Point-of-View series, present a preview film screening examining the life of the radical attorney and father in “William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe,” directed by Kunstler’s daughters, Emily and Sarah Kunstler. Central Library, 820 E Street, 3rd floor auditorium. Free event.

“Tales from the Hood: New Works by Ricardo Islas”
July 17 – Aug. 14.
Voz Alta Project presents “Tales from the Hood.” Committed to community empowerment and social change through cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary art forms. Music by DJ Bob Green, DJ Buddha, DJ Adamnt, and Dos Com Todo. Voz Alta 1754 National Ave., Barrio Logan.

<Viva la Revolucion: A Dialogue with the Urban Landscape
July 18 – Jan. 2, 2011.
A multi-faceted exhibition exploring the dialogue between artists and urban landscapes features work in galleries at the Museum of Contemporary Art and at public sites throughout urban San Diego. Includes works of 20 artists addressing urban issues, including Akay, Banksy, Blu, William Cordova, Date Farmers, Dr. Lakra, David Ellis, JR, Shepard Fairey, Swoon and more. MOCA, downtown. (858) 454-3541.

The Glory Man
Oct. 1 – Nov. 14.
Lamb’s Players Theater presents “The Glory Man,” a.k.a. Clarence Jordan, a preacher and Greek scholar who moves from academia to found Koinonia Farms. This racially-integrated farm in the rural south in the 1940s causes a stir, leading to a struggle against the community and culture that surrounds them. Lamb’s Players Theater, Coronado. For tickets: (619) 437-6000.

Reflections: Exploring Cultural Identity
Oct. 2 – January 30, 2011.
The Museum of Photographic Arts presents “Reflections,” MOPA’s 5th annual youth exhibition, bringing together the work of more than 40 students from San Diego County. This year’s theme encourages students to consider the concept of culture through the medium of photography. Balboa Park. For tickets: (619) 238.7559.

ACLU Day at the Theater! Yellow Face
Sunday, Oct. 17.
Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company presents “Yellow Face”, the story of a world famous Asian American playwright, a Caucasian actor who gets his big break, and a Chinese American banker living the “Jimmy Stewart life.” Tenth Avenue Theatre. 2 pm. Post-play discussion led by ACLU’s Field Manager, Hun Taing. For tickets: (619) 342-7395.

San Diego Asian Film Festival
Oct. 21 – 28.
The festival screens films about the human experience through Asian culture. Mission Valley Ultra Star Cinemas.

Nov. 16 – Dec. 19.
The La Jolla Playhouse presents “Ruined,” winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in Drama. The play tells the story of Mama Nudi who runs a canteen/brothel in the Congo. Mama Nudi and her town’s women must struggle against the battles waged on women during the civil war crisis. La Jolla Playhouse. For tickets: (858) 550-1010.

Viva Mexico!
Through Jan 2, 2011.
The Mingei International Museum presents “Viva Mexico Heroes and Artisans,” a celebration of the 200th anniversary of Mexican Independence. Presented in conjunction with the Centro Cultural Tijuana and the Mexican Consulate in San Diego. Balboa Park. For tickets: (619) 239-0003.

Try Your Hand at It!

So Say We All

Last Thursday of every month. So Say We All presents “VAMP” (Visual Art, Music Performance), a polished monthly variety show. SSWA has a mission to promote local artists of all mediums by staging art in unexpected and accessible places. 8:30 pm, Whistle Stop Bar, 2236 Fern Street, South Park. to submit a piece and details.

Train of thought
Every Tuesday evening.
Train of Thought is a local open mic show of poets, storytellers, singers, songwriters, comedians and musicians. Signups at 8 pm, show at 8:30 pm. Queen Bee’s Art and Cultural Center, 3925 Ohio Street, North

1st and 3rd Thursdays.
Experience the resurrection of spoken word. Elevated! is a creative arts experience featuring nationally, internationally, and locally renowned poets. An open mic encourages up-and-coming artists. 9 pm. Eveoke Dance Theater, 2811 University Ave., University Heights.

Download a copy of The Blacklist