Arts & Tradition E-newsletter: Nirvana amongst Lifetime Achievement honorees at Sunday’s Grammy Awards

Arts & Tradition E-newsletter: Nirvana amongst Lifetime Achievement honorees at Sunday’s Grammy Awards

Good morning, and welcome to the U-T Arts & Tradition E-newsletter.

I’m David L. Coddon, and right here’s your information to all issues important in San Diego’s arts and tradition this week.

We’ll by no means know the way Kurt Cobain would have reacted to Nirvana’s being honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Recording Academy, the parents that give out the Grammy Awards. I believe he would have been on the very least nonplussed. In any case, it was Cobain who famously stated “I’d fairly be hated for who I’m than beloved for who I’m not.”

Nonetheless, 30 years after the discharge of the band’s third and ultimate studio album, “In Utero,” Nirvana is the recipient of a type of Academy Particular Benefit Awards together with the Supremes, the Wilson sisters of Coronary heart, vocalist Bobby (“Don’t Fear Be Completely satisfied”) McFerrin, blues pioneer Ma Rainey, producer/composer Nile Rodgers and rapper/producer Slick Rick.

I haven’t heard if surviving Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic will probably be on the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in L.A. on Saturday evening when this honor will probably be bestowed. Whether or not they’re or not, the absence of Cobain, who died in 1994, will probably be felt. His mark on rock ‘n’ roll historical past is an indelible one. However then you definitely knew that.

As to the Grammy Awards on Sunday, the festivities at Area (previously Staples Middle) are slated for 4 to 7:30 p.m. on CBS. If three and a half hours isn’t sufficient Grammys for you —assuming the present will probably be over in three and a half hours — you possibly can stream a premiere ceremony on the Recording Academy’s YouTube Channel starting at 12:30 p.m. Carlos Vives, Babyface and Madison Cunningham are amongst these scheduled to carry out.

That’s sufficient of the Grammys for a lifetime.

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Afghan singer Aryana Sayeed poses during an interview in Istanbul, Monday, Sept. 20, 2021.

A pop star who gained’t be on the Grammys is Afghan singer and activist Aryana Sayeed. She is the topic, nevertheless, of one in all 5 movies being screened nearly by Thursday as a part of the annual Human Rights Watch Movie Pageant offered by the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park.

The documentary is “And Nonetheless I Sing,” which finds Sayeed mentoring two girls aiming to be on the TV present “Afghan Star” with the lethal risk of the Taliban looming.

Particular person screening tickets for the competition are $9, with a competition go going for $35. Go to

Visible artwork

“Sabongero 3” by Filipino American artist Vianca David

“Sabongero 3” by Vianca David.

(Courtesy of Marissa Roxas)

A multidisciplinary exhibition illuminating the intergenerational trauma of Filipino Individuals is open on the New Individuals Museum at Liberty Station. “Motions & Feelings: Filipino American Tales of Therapeutic” features a gallery exhibit of artwork similar to portray and embroidery, and three stay performances at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and a pair of p.m. Sunday.

Tickets for the performances are $20; a $5 donation is recommended for admission to the gallery exhibit.


Composite of a photo originally given to U-T by Jeremy McQueen

(Courtesy photograph by Eduardo Patino)

An adventurous dance collective led by Jeremy McQueen, who grew up in southeastern San Diego, brings two authentic ballets to the Balboa Theatre downtown on Wednesday. The New York-based Black Iris Undertaking is premiering on the West Coast its “Wild,” a deconstruction of Maurice Sendak’s “The place the Wild Issues Are,” and a solo piece set to Igor Stravinsky’s “Ceremony of Spring” titled “A Mom’s Ceremony.”

Each ballets are a part of Black Iris Undertaking’s mission to specific narratives concerning the Black group by dance.

READ MORE: A San Diego-bred choreographer simply needs to return residence. It shouldn’t be this tough.


A black-and-white image of the Supremes wearing matching white dresses

(© Steve Schapiro; courtesy of Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles)

The aforementioned Supremes, one of many Grammys’ Lifetime Achievement honorees, are just one cause that the music of Motown is timeless. There’s Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson. The Temptations and Stevie Surprise. The Jackson 5 and Gladys Knight & The Pips. Martha and the Vandellas and Al Inexperienced. I may preserve going.

That Motown sound will probably be re-created with a stay band this weekend in Escondido when CCAE Theatricals presents “Motown: The Music That Modified America.” It will likely be offered at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and seven:30 p.m. Saturday and a pair of p.m. Sunday on the California Middle for the Arts, Escondido.

This can be a present that’s again after final 12 months’s staging, held simply earlier than Valentine’s Day. It comes earlier this 12 months however may nonetheless be a fantastic date evening selection. Go to

Extra visible artwork

Artist Sheena Rae Dowling interpreted the words written by Kirsten Imani Kasai for "Lost in Translation" exhibition.

Did you ever play “Phone” once you had been a child? How about as an grownup? In both case it might probably enliven a celebration.

The sport is a catalyst for addressing the communication disconnect in America in an exhibition that opens Saturday on the San Diego Public Library titled “Misplaced in Translation: A Sport of Phone.” The present grew out of an identical up of native artists and authors for a sport of “Phone.” Greater than that I can’t inform you with out having skilled the exhibition myself, however as a longtime participant of “Phone” (properly, not just lately) I’m greater than curious.

This exhibition runs by April 15.

READ MORE: Enjoying it ahead: San Diego Central Library exhibit an inventive sport of phone


College of California Tv invitations you to get pleasure from this particular number of packages from all through the College of California. Descriptions courtesy of and textual content written by UCTV workers:

“Satyajit Ray’s Goopy Bagha Musicals”

Moderator Bhaskar Sakar joined Professor Moinak Biswas, Professor Emerita Supriya Chaudhuri, and graphic illustrator-designer Pinaki De for a post-screening dialogue of two movies by Satyajit Ray, “The Adventures of Goopy and Bagha” (Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne) and “The Kingdom of Diamonds” (Hirak Rajar Deshe). Collectively, they addressed the private background of Satyajit Ray, his contributions to Indian cinema, the historic and political contexts of the movies, and their creative significance. Pinaki De elaborated on the numerous element and craftsmanship of Ray’s set design, whereas Supriya Chaudhuri and Moinak Biswas weighed in on the political and literary influences of the movies.

“Marion Nestle: The Journey of One Girl in Science and Coverage”

Marion Nestle, Ph.D., MPH, displays on her late-in-life profession as a world-renowned meals politics knowledgeable, public well being advocate and a founding father of the sector of meals research after going through many years of low expectations. She discusses her new memoir, “Sluggish Cooked,” that tells her private story, together with her rise from bench scientist to the pinnacles of academia, whereas overcoming the obstacles and biases going through girls of her technology and discovering her life’s function after age 50.

“Displays and Meddlers: How Overseas Actors Affect Native Belief in Elections

Overseas influences on elections are widespread. Though international interventions round elections differ markedly — by way of when and why they happen and whether or not they’re even authorized — all of them have monumental potential to affect residents within the nations the place elections are held. Displays and Meddlers explains how and why exterior interventions affect native belief in elections, a crucial issue for democracy and stability. Whether or not international actors improve or diminish electoral belief relies on who’s intervening, what political occasion residents help, and the place the election takes place. This speak attracts on various proof, together with new surveys carried out round elections with various ranges of democracy in Georgia, Tunisia and the US.

And eventually: Prime weekend occasions

Sylvia and Sergio Romero of El Centro wait in line to buy gear at the Padres Team Store before Thursday's home opener.

(Kirk Kenney / San Diego Union-Tribune)

The very best issues to do that weekend in San Diego: Feb. 2-5

Coddon is a freelancer author.