Art & Music
Enjoy art, music, and unique exhibitions while tasting your way through the galleries in Balboa Park.
A native of San Diego, Jason Hanna began teaching himself to play the trumpet at the age of twelve. Growing up in a Mexican-American family that valued music, Jason was exposed to traditional Mexican songs and Jazz standards from a young age. By singing and playing along with this music, Jason developed keen improvisational skills and a strong musical ear. As a teenager he studied with San Diego musicians Charlie Lauer, Roy Anthony Jr. and Gilbert Castellanos.
Bonnie Chance is an accomplished artist working in acrylic, watercolor, and mixed media. Bonnie has painted decorative murals in homes across Western Washington. She also paints intricate, miniature paintings, some measuring only 3/8″ square. Primarily a self-taught artist, she paints a variety of styles ranging from traditional, still life and landscapes to amazing, visionary pieces. Bonnie’s inspiration comes from nature, people, astrology and metaphysical studies.
The Velveteen Band is an steampunk inspired eclectic musical side show which delivers a wonderland dreamscape, set to capture the imagination and rock you to the core. The theatrical rock ensemble features puppets on vocals, a deranged mad scientist, and is led by a six foot trumpet playing rabbit named the Baron Von Velveteen.
Charissa Barger is an accomplished harpist in the San Diego area with a versatile performing and recording career. She is well versed in many styles of music, which has led to collaborations with renowned artists: the Wu Tang Clan, Dionne Warwick, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Jackson Guthy, Ghost, MAX, Damian Marley, Stanley Clarke, Mike Garson, Richard Carpenter, Barry Manilow and Shankar.
Moreton Bay Fig Morris is San Diego’s only morris team. We were founded in 1984. Our first practice sessions were held in Balboa Park, near the famous Moreton Bay Fig Tree.
Hot Pstromi bandleader and founder Yale Strom was a pioneer among revivalists in conducting extensive field research in Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans among the Jewish and Rom communities. This unique research formed the foundation for Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi. Hot Pstromi’s sound – a fusion of traditional klezmer, new Jewish music, Gypsy, khasidic, world beat and Balkan music noted for long improvisational breaks – is unique and celebrated.
Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, Oscar Aragon studied classical and flamenco guitar under the instruction of master guitarist Fernando Martinez. In 1984, he was invited to perform as a soloist at the largest production events at the Teatro Degollado, located in the heart of Guadalajara. He then moved to Spain where he studied with the greats of flamenco guitar, Morote and Felipe Maya. He plays to the true flamenco heritage of Spain.
Born in San Diego, Charles Snowden committed to art full-time in 2010. He earned a degree in Studio Art with a minor in Art History from Humboldt State University in 2012. Charles has held exhibitions throughout California at venues such as the Oceanside Museum of Art, William D. Cannon Art Gallery, and Sergot Contemporary. His most recent exhibition at the Kruglak Gallery in Oceanside showcased large-scale ceramic sculptures exploring his tentative relationship to the outside world. Charles currently serves as an Instructional Assistant at Mira Costa Community College, where he oversees the ceramics area. He will be performing a live ceramics during the event.
The San Diego Model Railroad Museum features historic railroads from the 50’s and 60’s, and will swing into the mid-century glamour of the era with jazz, retro inspired flavors, and chic mid-century modern design displays for a unique photo booth experience.
At the Fleet Science Center, you’re invited to follow clues and solve a murder while surrounded by the sights, sounds, and even smells of turn-of-the-century London.
The San Diego Art Institute is pleased to present “Extra-Ordinary Collusion,” an exhibition with more twenty-three artist and scientist collaborations, curated by Chi Essary.
Enjoy the artwork, lives, and Jewish heritage of three historically-important San Diego artists and then explore history of San Diego’s Jewish community, beginning with pioneers who arrived in 1850 looking for adventure, good weather, better health, and, above all, the opportunity to make the American dream their own, to the thriving community it is today.
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The Balboa Park Cultural Partnership is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. Our tax ID# is 20-0857447. Proceeds from this event benefit participating institutions.