Arts & Culture Newsletter: Revisiting ‘Street Legacy: SoCal Style Masters’

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.

If you missed “Street Legacy: SoCal Style Masters” this past summer at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, no worries. That memorable exhibition of Chicano culture street art, graffiti, lowriders and more is documented in “The Street’s Legacy,” a YouTube film by Point Loma Nazarene University alumnus Hunter Scheidt.

What was intended to be a three- to five-minute recap video of the event turned into Scheidt’s 20-minute-long documentary. It includes not only works featured in the exhibition, but behind-the-scenes footage in the gallery, interviews with some of the street artists represented, and insights from the show’s two curators, Bobby Ruiz, a local legend in this cultural art scene, and G. James Daichendt, vice provost for undergraduate studies at PLNU.

The making of “The Street’s Legacy” required, Scheidt says, about 40 hours of filming and planning in collaboration with Ruiz, Daichendt and the CCA art gallery.

For Scheidt, who makes films and videos for architecture firms, the street art exhibition doc became a passion project.

“After filming architecture for work the last couple of years,” he said, “I have learned the importance of gaining the ‘why.’ People love insight into why artists do what they do.

“I hope people (who watch the film) have the same experience I did with the culture. It’s a deep-rooted family that will do anything to help one another out.”

The vibe of the CCA show proved inspiring to Scheidt.

“Many shows or exhibits are for the privileged with a set of guidelines: Don’t spill your drink. Don’t talk too loud. Don’t touch the art. Don’t bring the kids. ‘Street Legacy’ was a show where they said to bring anyone and everyone and let them see our culture.”

See it again in Scheidt’s “The Street’s Legacy,” then look for it throughout San Diego County, where Chicano art and culture thrive.

READ MORE: All-encompassing exhibit focuses on SoCal’s street art legacy

Streaming

This image released by Peanuts Worldwide shows promotional art for the 1965 animated TV special “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” The soundtrack has sold more than five million copies.

(Uncredited / Associated Press)

If you’ve missed as I have seeing “A Charlie Brown Christmas” this holiday season, join the club. There has not been a network-TV airing of the “Peanuts” classic because its broadcast rights belong to Apple TV+.

But through Christmas Day, Apple TV+ is providing free access for nonsubscribers to stream “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Will you be urged to subscribe? Of course. ‘Tis the season for pitches, Charlie Brown. Still, the enduring charm of this 1965 animated feature, including the wonderful jazz score by Vince Guaraldi, transcends any cynicism.

More streaming

Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, in "Harry + Meghan."

Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, in “Harry + Meghan.”

(Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex)

Maybe I’m just a shameless Royals Watcher, but I couldn’t resist Netflix’s “Harry & Meghan,” the six-part docuseries about the controversial Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Granted, there aren’t that many startling revelations about the couple and their fractured relationship with “The Institution,” as Harry calls the palace hierarchy, and there is a certain degree of victimhood adopted by the pair. To me, though, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle come off as real people, the kind you could host for drinks or dinner and carry on genuine conversations with.

Not to be underestimated, however, is the abuse Meghan was subjected to by the British tabloid press. It was relentless and sometimes shocking. Here’s hoping that Harry, Meghan and their children have, as the British say, a “Happy Christmas,” and a peaceful one.

Television

2022 Kennedy Center Honoreed

2022 Kennedy Center Honoree George Clooney, bottom third from right, reacts as he is given a shoulder rub from fellow 2022 Honoree Bono during a group photo at the State Department following the Kennedy Center Honors gala dinner, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, in Washington. Also with Clooney are, front row from left, Evan Ryan, Amy Grant, Gladys Knight, Tania León, Deborah Rutter, back row from left, Antony Blinken, David Rubenstein, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr., The Edge, Bono, Kennedy Center Honor Producers David Jammy, Liz Kelly and Ian Stewart

(Kevin Wolf / Associated Press)

U2 fans will call me a Grinch for saying this, but I’ve always regarded the Irish band as strident and frequently preachy. That doesn’t mean Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge and Larry Mullen Jr. are not talented. Nor does it mean they’re undeserving of a Kennedy Center Honor.

The longtime band from Dublin is among those who earlier this month were recipients of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ honors for artistic achievement in an event held at the Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington, D.C. (The others: Gladys Knight, Amy Grant, Cuban-born composer/conductor Tania Leon and actor George Clooney.) The 45th Kennedy Center Honors show will be aired on Wednesday night on 8 on CBS (KFMB-TV).

Visual art

"The Lover" by Collete Tamayo, MCASD lead museum educator, is part of the museum's staff showcase

“The Lover” by Collete Tamayo, MCASD lead museum educator, is part of the museum’s staff showcase on view through Sunday, Jan. 8, in La Jolla.

(Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego)

The creative and artistic staff at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego is having the opportunity to share with the public artworks that they themselves produced.

The MCASD Staff Showcase is a community exhibition of works by museum employees now on view in the Axline Court in La Jolla. This show runs through Jan. 8.

While you’re there, catch the exhibition “Alexis Smith: The American Way,” which is set to close on Jan. 29.

READ MORE: Alexis Smith and how she ‘represents the power and potential of self-realization inherent in the American way’

Theater

The cast of CCAE Theatricals' world premiere musical "Witnesses."

The cast of CCAE Theatricals’ world premiere musical “Witnesses.”

(Aaron Rumley)

This past year, San Diego theaters fully reopened, though it was a rocky recovery, with the closure of 46-year-old San Diego Repertory Theatre, a handful of unexpected show cancellations and COVID outbreaks that scuttled weeks of performances around the county. Many theaters presented feel-good comedies and musicals to lift the spirits of pandemic-weary locals. But the shows that resonated most with me most dealt directly with pressing national issues: a disturbing rise in anti-Semitism, a spike in hate speech on Twitter and mass slayings of Black and LGBTQ Americans.

READ MORE: Here are Pam Kragen’s top theater picks from 2022

Dance

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

(Courtesy photo by Eduardo Patino)

Jeremy McQueen, the man behind the dance collective Black Iris Project, has been wanting to bring his work back to his hometown, but it hasn’t been easy.

READ MORE: A San Diego-bred choreographer just wants to come home. It shouldn’t be this hard.

UCTV

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:

“Classic Holiday Movies”: Enjoy a trio of holiday classics this Saturday on UCSD-TV featuring guardian angels in many forms – from squirrels, to ghosts, to friendly (and sometimes not-so-friendly) spirits. The evening begins with Jimmy Durante and a squirrel named Rupert who saves the day in “A Christmas Wish.” Next, three benevolent ghosts help a young couple find enduring love in “Beyond Christmas.” And finally, no holiday movie marathon would be complete without Dickens’ classic tale of everyone’s beloved curmudgeon, “Scrooge.” To watch UCSD-TV classic movies, tune in to your local cable station from 4pm to midnight every Saturday and check our website for movie times at ucsd.tv/movies.

“Sanford Stem Cell Symposium 2022”: Enjoy presentations from this year’s two-day multidisciplinary event from the Sanford Stem Cell Institute. Stakeholders from academia, industry, government and the public discuss developments in the field for turning stem cell-based therapies into approved products for patients in need. You’ll also learn more about recent breakthroughs in stem cell regeneration in several disease areas and watch highlights from interactive discussion panels regarding stem cells in space, stem cell clinical trials, and more.

“Informed Consent, Genomics Data and Health”: New technologies, shifting demographics and changing societal expectations point to the need for people from all walks of life to be part of fact-based discussions regarding the checks and balances in place when it comes to human research. Anthony Magit, M.D., M.P.H., shares the importance of institutional review boards (IRBs), oversight, and consent when doing research with human subjects. He is joined by Pratheesh Sathyan, Ph.D., and George Hightower, M.D., for a wide-ranging discussion of clinical trials, HIPAA, research design, consumer genetic testing and more.

And finally: Top weekend events

A holiday character celebrates the season at the Holiday Market at Petco Park.

A holiday character celebrates the season at the Holiday Market at Petco Park.

(Courtesy of Alec Basanec/Petco Park Events)

Here are some of the best things to do in San Diego County this weekend, including theater, concerts, holiday events, “The Nutcracker” and more.

Coddon is a freelance writer.


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