Arts & Culture Newsletter: All-Star Concert Honors Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins
Hello and welcome to the UT Arts & Culture newsletter.
I am David L. Coddon, and here’s your guide to all the essentials in San Diego arts and culture this week.
The world of rock ‘n’ roll lost one of its best drummers, and so did we, when the Foo Fighters Taylor Hawkins died in March. After an outpouring of tributes to Hawkins from musicians around the world, including drummers Roger Taylor of Queen and Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Foo Fighters announced in June that two all-star concerts would be staged in l honor of their friend. and teammate.
It’s September, and they’re upon us.
The first of the shows, which will both be broadcast live, will take place from London’s famous Wembley Stadium on Saturday. The Foo Fighters will perform and host, with special stage appearances from comedians Chris Rock and Dave Chapelle.
As you might expect, the music lineup is a who’s who of rock drummers. Among them are Stewart Copeland of The Police, Travis Barker of blink-182, Lars Ulrich and Nandi Bushell of Metallica, the 12-year-old South African/British girl and huge Foo Fighters fan who rose to viral fame jamming with the group.
Also scheduled to appear in this concert are Chrissie Hynde, Liam Gallagher, John Paul Jones, Brian May, Geddy Lee and various other rock luminaries.
The Wembley broadcast airs worldwide, and if you plan to watch (details on the Foo Fighters website, above), you’ll need to be up early on Saturday. The music is scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m. PST.
If you prefer to sleep in on Saturday mornings, mark your calendar for the September 27 live tribute concert, which will take place at the Kia Forum in Los Angeles. Many Wembley musicians will also be in attendance, along with other attendees including Joan Jett, Gene Simmons and Alanis Morissette, in whose band Taylor Hawkins played drums during his pre-Foo Fighters days.
About Alanis Morissette, the singer-songwriter born in Ottawa, Ontario, is a member of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame based in Calgary, Alberta. The venue’s website is a treat to visit if you can’t make it north of the border. You’ll find artist biographies, timelines, photos, video interviews, and performance clips of many of the inductees.
Some of them we all know: Joni Mitchell. Neil Young. The group. Gordon Lightfoot. Sarah McLachlan. Leonard Cohen. Shania Twain. Others you may not remember or even realize are Canadian, like kd lang, jazzmen Oscar Peterson and Maynard Ferguson, and Blood Sweat & Tears singer David Clayton-Thomas.
One of my favorite obscure bands, Chilliwack, is also in the room, as are the not-so-obscure Cowboy Junkies, another favorite of mine. Scroll through this site for about an hour and you’ll appreciate all the great music Canada has given us.
Head’s up (or should it be surf’s up?), you surfers and surf enthusiasts. Wednesday evening promises to be radiant at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach. An evening of visual art and live music begins to celebrate “Kelly Slater/Andy Irons: War and Peace – A Talk Story Photo Exhibition by Steve Sherman.”
North County photographer Sherman will share images of surfing rivals Slater and Irons, the latter of whom died in 2011. A permanent installation of Sherman’s photography will later mount on the south wall of the Belly Up.
In addition to Sherman’s exhibit and slideshow, there will be music from Los Beautiful Beast and solo band Chris Cote.
There will be lots of dancing Friday night around Petco Park — and not because the Padres won a baseball game. British house and techno DJ Carl Cox will be in town.
Cox will be joined at the Gallagher Square party by Welsh DJ Sasha, Amsterdam-born producer/DC Chelina Manuhutu and local tech-house producer and DJ Lee K.
The show starts at 4 p.m.
East meets West this weekend at the Vine Arts Village Theater in Rancho Bernardo when the La Mesa-based band Visionary dance theater presents a program called “Cradle,” directed by Tanya Lewis.
The program, which runs at 7 p.m. on Saturday and at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, brings together dance forms representative of both Western and Middle Eastern ethos. Tickets are $21.
“Cradle” is presented by Faith Jensen-Ismay’s Mojalet Dance Collective.
MORE DANCE: In The Rosin Box Project’s “Debuts,” pushing boundaries is the norm
Ahead of his September 9 concert at the Rady Shell in San Diego, Ben Platt did an interview and talked about a variety of things, including returning to performing as a solo artist.
READ MORE: Ben Platt on his new tour (coming to San Diego), Beyoncé and working on new solo music
In 1995, 23-year-old Indian filmmaker Aditya Chopra wrote and directed his first Bollywood film, “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge”. The romantic comedy across the world tells the story of two young British Indians, Raj and Simran, who fall head over heels in love, even though Simran has been promised by her father to an arranged marriage with a foreigner in India.
Dubbed “DDLJ” by his legions of fans, the film went on to become one of the highest-grossing Indian films in history. Chopra would go on to produce some of the country’s biggest blockbusters. The film’s lead actors Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol became superstars overnight. And thanks to continued showings in South Asian cinemas to this day, “DDLJ” remains the longest running film in Indian cinema history.
Twenty-seven years later, Chopra is ready to take “DDLJ” another shot with his first foray into American musical theatre. “Come Fall in Love – The DDLJ Musical” will have its world premiere Thursday at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego. And after it closes here, Chopra plans to prepare the musical for Broadway.
READ MORE: A look at how the Old Globe is bringing Bollywood’s most beloved romance, “DDLJ”, to the American stage
The La Jolla Music Society and Inon Barnatan, the acclaimed pianist who took over the SummerFest helm in 2019, have agreed to a new three-year contract, extending his tenure until September 2025.
READ MORE: La Jolla Music Society renews Inon Barnatan’s contract for three more years
University of California Television invites you to take advantage of this special selection of programs from across the University of California. Descriptions courtesy of and text written by UCTV staff:
“Expose Muybridge”: Director Marc Shaffer discusses his documentary ‘Exposing Muybridge’, which highlights the life and impact of photographer Eadweard Muybridge, a pioneer of early motion picture film. Muybridge is best known for capturing consecutive footage of a galloping horse, which proved that all four hooves leave the ground mid-stride. Shaffer details the significance of this photographic experience in the development of cinema, the process of recreating and reimagining Muybridge’s famous multi-camera filming, and Muybridge’s significance in photographic and film history, as well as the influence sustainability of his work.
“New Thinking on US Policies toward Authoritarian States in the Americas”: Authoritarianism is a form of government characterized by the rejection of political plurality, the use of strong central power to preserve the political status quo, and reductions in the rule of law, separation of powers, and voting democratic. Latin America has seen the rise of authoritarian states in Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua. Institute of the Americas President and CEO Richard Kiy leads a discussion with Alberto Vollmer and Richard Feinberg as they share new thoughts and insights into current US policies toward authoritarian states and consider what can be done to prevent other Latin American states from falling under authoritarian rule.
“The Data Science Librarian: Information Steward”: Data is everywhere, but how can we harness it effectively to answer questions and drive meaningful research? Cue the Data Science Librarian! With a skill set that includes finding and verifying data as well as the ethical implications of storing, managing, and accessing data, the librarian is a key resource for researchers and students. In this Data Science Channel program, Stephanie Labou of UC San Diego shares what it’s like to be one of the first data science librarians and how data is changing our world.
And finally: the best events of the weekend
Welcome to Labor Day weekend. Here are the main events taking place in San Diego from Thursday, September 1 through September 4.
Coddon is a freelance writer.