Good morning, and welcome to the U-T Arts & Culture Newsletter.
I’m David L. Coddon, and here’s your guide to all things essential in San Diego’s arts and culture this week.
Australian photographer Adam Ferguson’s “Migrantes,” black-and-white images of migrants waiting to cross the border from Mexico into the U.S., is a collaboration between an artist and his subjects. Utilizing a camera on a tripod equipped with a cable release, Ferguson enabled the men, women and children to determine the exact moment when they would be photographed.
“Here you have people who have no power and yet the photographer empowered them to take their own pictures,” said Deborah Klochko, executive director of the Museum of Photographic Arts. As a border city, “it’s incredibly important to us in San Diego.”
MOPA in Balboa Park is exhibiting Ferguson’s photographs as part of the Sony World Photography Awards winners. The largest such photo exhibition in the world averaging more than 300,000 entries each year, it honors photographers from around the globe with awards in four categories: professional, open, student and youth.
The exhibition, now entering its 16th year, is making its U.S. debut at MOPA.

“We are very pleased to have it here,” Klochko said of the show that features 129 images by 70 photographers.
Winning photographs were judged based on their quality, of course, but also on the basis of the entrants’ “unique approach to their subject matter,” Klochko explained.
That, along with changing technology of the craft, is part of the dynamism of the art form.

Said Klochko: “Photography has been in transition for a number of decades. We need to embrace the fact that there isn’t one definition of it anymore.”
MOPA is open Fridays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The story of 8-year-old Mia and the brave journey she decides to embark upon is told in a play by Amaranta Leyva that makes its U.S. premiere this weekend in “Mía: All Mine,” a presentation from the San Diego-based Bocón theater company.
Daniel Jáquez, co-founder of TuYo Theatre in San Diego, directs a translation of Leyva’s play by Carmen Rivera. The Bocón Theatre for Youth production will be staged at Woodbury San Diego School of Architecture Friday, Saturday and Sunday, then again Nov. 18-20.
Tickets for performances are $10.

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The legendary George Balanchine and choreographer Peter Martins, whom he chose to succeed him as artistic director of New York City Ballet, are celebrated in City Ballet of San Diego’s “From Balanchine to Martins: 20th Century Masterworks” Saturday and Sunday at the Balboa Theatre downtown. A third performance will be at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido on Nov. 17.

City Ballet Artistic Director Steven Wistrich expects audiences to feel transported.
“We produce any Balanchine ballet just as if the audience was going to see it at Lincoln Center in New York,” he said. “The exact same choreography and music, the same costumes and lighting.”
READ MORE: City Ballet celebrates ‘the father of American ballet’

They couldn’t be more different in their musical artistry, but Ryan Adams and Morrissey are both coming to the stage at El Cajon’s Magnolia theater.
Adams (does this guy ever comb his hair?) is the edgy singer-songwriter who emerged with the alt-country band Whiskeytown. He can be a pretty engrossing solo performer. Morrissey needs no introduction — certainly not to the rabid fans who’ve been following him since his ‘80s days as front man for The Smiths.

Both Adams and Morrissey have brought on their own share of controversies — read all about ‘em if you wish in cyberspace. As for the music, Adams performs at the Magnolia Friday night, Morrissey on both Monday and Tuesday.
The Coronado Island Film Festival continues through Sunday across San Diego Bay with screenings, panels and special events. I’ve got one of the latter circled for Saturday at noon: Geena Davis discussing her memoir “Dying of Politeness” at the Hotel del Coronado’s Founders Ballroom.

Davis will also be honored later, at 6 p.m. Saturday, when the festival presents its Leonard Maltin Industry Tribute Awards. Other recipients include director/screenwriter Ron Shelton (“Bull Durham,” “White Men Can’t Jump”) and British actress Jacqueline Bisset who I admired a week or so ago when I watched “Bullitt” for about the thousandth time.
Tickets for the awards show, in case you’re interested, go for a cool $250.

The Del Mar Fairgrounds’ new $17 million concert venue, which has been in the works since before the pandemic, now has an official name and opening date. The Sound will debut with a Feb. 3 performance by reggae-music star Ziggy Marley, whose 2021 San Diego performance was a stadium show at Petco Park. The new venue will have a capacity of 1,900 and be open to all ages. It is at the northeast corner of the Del Mar Fairgrounds. It occupies what was the site of the Race Place off-track betting facility.
READ MORE: Del Mar Fairgrounds’ new $17 million concert venue, The Sound, sets Feb. 3 opening with Ziggy Marley

University of California Television invites you to enjoy this special selection of programs from throughout the University of California. Descriptions courtesy of and text written by UCTV staff:
“Conversation with La Santa Cecilia”: The band La Santa Cecilia, named for the patron saint of music, is dedicated to voicing the experience of a new bicultural generation in the United States. Their music is rooted in their Mexican heritage, but also inspired by traditions of bossa nova, rumba, bolero, tango, jazz, rock and klezmer. They have made seven albums, and their 2013 release “Treinta Días” won the Grammy for Best Latin Rock Album (Alternative or Urban). They have also been nominated for two Latin Grammys, and their album “El Valor” was named one of the best of the year by NPR’s Alt Latino. Enjoy this conversation with the band as they talk about their musical inspirations and multicultural perspective.
“A First Generation CEO’s Journey with Liz Ramirez”: Growing up in Imperial Valley, Liz Ramírez’s parents instilled in her the value of learning. “In order to break barriers, I needed an education,” she recalls. Ramírez shares the story of her struggles and successes as a first-generation immigrant navigating her way through college at UC San Diego. Family, community service and mentorship all played a role, and she stresses the importance of staying connected to people who can make your dreams possible. Currently CEO of the Chicano Foundation, Ramírez continues to give back to and be an advocate for others in her community and beyond.

“Coping with Cancer Care and Managing Cognitive Changes”: Approximately one in three adults in the U.S. is diagnosed with cancer during their lifetimes. In a new series from UC San Francisco, Transforming Cancer Care with Integrative Oncology, a team of leading scientists and world-renowned clinicians in cancer care share a window into their work to help empower you and your loved ones to become active participants in your healthcare. In this episode, you’ll learn more about the sources of distress that arise from cancer, such as pain, fatigue, fear and disruption of important relationships and routines, as well as approaches to coping with them.
Here are the top events happening in San Diego from Thursday, Nov. 10 to Sunday, Nov. 13.

Coddon is a freelance writer.
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