An Evening with David Sedaris

David Sedaris, the master of satire and one of today’s most observant writers addressing the human condition, returns with the acerbic humor, social commentary, and outlandish stories that transfixed a sold-out audience at his last year’s ArtPower show. Slashing through cultural euphemisms and political correctness, he will delight the audience with twists of humor and intelligence as he shares both published stories and works-in-progress.

Come early or stick around post-performance for Sedaris’s legendary book-signing sessions. Books will be available to purchase from Warwick’s.

An Evening with Neil Gaiman

“Gaiman is, simply put, a treasure-house of story, and we are lucky to have him.”—Stephen King

 “I make things up and write them down” is the way Neil Gaiman describes his varied art. Today, as one of the most celebrated writers of our time, his popular and critically acclaimed works bend genres while reaching audiences of all ages. 

Much of Gaiman’s work has been adapted for visual media including movies Stardust and Coraline, as well as hit television series American Gods (Starz network); Good Omens (on Amazon Prime); and Lucifer (on Netflix), based on the DC comics character created by Gaiman in The Sandman.

Neil Gaiman will tell stories, answer questions, and in his own words “amaze, befuddle and generally delight.”

La Santa Cecilia

UC San Diego Student, Staff, and Faculty event only

Los Angeles-based, Grammy-winning, Mexican-American rock band La Santa Cecilia draws inspiration from all over the world utilizing Pan-American rhythms including cumbia, bossa-nova, rumba, bolero, tango, R&B, jazz, and klezmer music. Named after the patron saint of music, La Santa Cecilia sings with a captivating voice about love, loss, and everyday struggles in both English and Spanish. The band has become the voice of a new bicultural generation in the US and Mexico, fully immersed in modern music, but always close to their Latin American influences and Mexican heritage.

Started in 2007 by lead singer Marisol “La Marisoul” Hernandez, accordionist/requinto player Jose ‘Pepe’ Carlos, percussionist Miguel ‘Oso’ Ramirez, and bassist Alex Bendaña, La Santa Cecilia have performed at just about every type of venue from rock clubs to festivals, including Walt Disney Hall and the Hollywood Bowl in LA.

The group won a Grammy for ‘Best Latin Rock, Urban, Alternative’ Album in 2014 for their album Treinta Días. They were nominated in the same category for their album Benuaventura in 2017 and for Amar Y Vivir in 2018 (all on Rebeleon/Universal Music). With 7 albums under their belt, La Santa Cecilia are currently at work on their 8th album, to be released in 2020.

La Santa Cecilia exemplifies the modern-day creative hybrid of Latin culture, rock, and word music. Their unique sounds and the experience of their colorful, passionate performances captivate both loyal fans and new listeners. They perform over 100 shows a year, have collaborated with artists ranging from Elvis Costello to John Paul Jones, and their music has been featured in movies (Coco, The Book of Life) and television series (Weeds, Entourage*, The Bridge*, and was the theme song for the Netflix series Ingobernable). In 2019, La Marisoul performed at the Joni Mitchell At 75 tribute, in March with the LA Philharmonic at The Work and Music of Yoko Ono tribute concert (both at the Hollywood Bowl), and in November, the group was one of the headliners at Tropicalia festival in LA. La Santa Cecilia released their critically acclaimed 7th album self-titled La Santa Cecilia on October 18, 2019 (Universal/Rebeleon).

 

Celebrate the Arts 2021

Join us for a Zoom webinar to learn all about arts on campus. Watch info videos from campus arts departments and student orgs, ask questions to representatives from each of the arts organizations, and play a friendly game of Kahoot to win prizes.

Participating Orgs:

  • Acamazing at UCSD

  • Aequora Ballet Company

  • ArtPower at UC San Diego

  • Department of Music

  • Department of Theatre & Dance

  • Fair Play Theatre Company

  • Finesse Dance Company

  • Frequency

  • Hopkins Sax Jam

  • Institute of Arts and Humanities

  • The Intermission Orchestra

  • La Jolla Symphony & Chorus

  • Library

  • Muir Musical Ensemble

  • Musicians’ Club

  • Salsa Society at UCSD

  • Stuart Collection

  • Symphonic Student Association

  • The Tritones at UCSD

  • UC San Diego Extension, Arts & Languages Dept.

  • UCSD Raas Ruckus

Expand Your Horizons: A Conversation with Karamo

ArtPower and UC San Diego’s Associated Students Office of Concerts & Events (ASCE) present three-time Emmy Winner, television host, actor, and author, Karamo Brown. Brown draws from his work as a social worker to show how he both discovered and learned to explore his many different “identities.” Whether as a black man, openly gay man, a son of immigrant parents, a Christian, a single father, or former social worker; Karamo strategically utilizes the strengths of his numerous identities to achieve success – and teaches others to do the same.

The Expand Your Horizons Series will feature a range of speakers and acts that will help showcase relevant social and political topics. It will take place throughout Winter and Spring quarters. Sign language interpretation and closed captioning will be available.

If you’re interested in submitting a question for Karamo, please submit them here:

KARAMO QUESTIONS

*Closed Captioning and ASL signing services will be made available for this program.

Campus Partners:
UC San Diego Associated Students Office of Concerts & Events (ASCE)

SuperPOWERED Pricing

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A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky: The World of Octavia E. Butler: A Conversation with Author Lynell George

A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky: The World of Octavia E. Butler​ offers a blueprint for a creative life from the perspective of award-winning science-fiction writer and “MacArthur Genius” Octavia E. Butler. Written by award-winning author Lynell George, this book was drawn from her time researching the Octavia E. Butler archive at the Huntington Library as the recipie​nt of the library’s ​Alan Jutzi Fellowship.​ More than a biography, ​A Handful of Earth, a Handful of Sky​ is a collection of ideas about how a writer looks, listens, and breathes—how to ​be​ in the world. The book​ draws the reader into Butler’s world, creating a sense of unmatched intimacy with the deeply private writer.

George not only engages the world that shaped Octavia E. Butler, she also explores the very specific processes through which Butler shaped herself—her unique process of self-making. It’s about creating a life with what little you have—hand-me-down books, repurposed diaries, journals, stealing time to write in the middle of the night, making a small check stretch—bit by bit by bit. ​

George will be in conversation with Los Angeles artist Connie Samaras, an avid admirer of Butler’s prose which served as the inspiration for her 2019 project “The Past is Another Planet”, an illustrious depiction of the Huntington Library, home to Butler’s archive. 

Campus Partner:
the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination
This program was made possible by a grant from the office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at UC San Diego

SuperPOWERED Pricing

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Celebrate the Arts 2019

Free UC San Diego student-only event as part of UC San Diego Welcome Week

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GIVEAWAYS & INTERACTIVE ACTIVITIES by Campus Arts Departments (UC San Diego Music, UC San Diego Visual Arts, UC San Diego Theatre and Dance, UC San Diego Division of Arts & Humanities), Organizations (ArtPower at UC San Diego, La Jolla Playhouse, La Jolla Symphony and Chorus, Stuart Collection), and Student Arts Organizations

FREE ICE CREAM & ROOT BEER FLOATS
Check in with your student ID at various spots throughout Celebrate the Arts to get a ticket for a free ice cream, slushie, or ice cream float from King Kream Ice Cream.

Deirdre Bair

National Book Award–winning biographer Deirdre Bair explores her 15 remarkable years in Paris with Samuel Beckett and Simone de Beauvoir, painting intimate new portraits of two literary giants and revealing secrets of the biographical art in her new book, Parisian Lives.

In 1971 Bair was a journalist and recently minted PhD who managed to secure access to Nobel Prize–winning author Samuel Beckett. The next seven years of intimate conversations, intercontinental research, and peculiar cat-and-mouse games resulted in Samuel Beckett: A Biography and propelled Bair to her next subject: Simone de Beauvoir. The catch? De Beauvoir and Beckett despised each other. Her seven-year relationship with the domineering and difficult de Beauvoir required a radical change in approach, yielding another groundbreaking literary profile.

At ArtPower, Bair will speak about Parisian Lives—including never-before-told anecdotes and details that were considered impossible to publish back in the 1990s and that give audiences a new window on the all-too-human side of these legendary thinkers.

Msaki and The Golden Circle

We regret to inform you that tomorrow’s performance on Wednesday, February 12 with Msaki and the Golden Circle has been cancelled. Unfortunately Msaki has fallen ill and is not being allowed to board any flights out of her country. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Our Box Office will be calling to process refunds. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the UC San Diego Box Office at 858-534-8497 or email artpower@ucsd.edu.

 

Trailblazing vocalist and guitarist Msaki creates a sound that combines soulful folk, Xhosa lyrics, and African polyrhythms with moments of sincere improvisation. Her raw delivery disrupts your senses as she weaves subtle tales of love, loss, home, revolution, and hope. For this performance, Msaki plays with the Golden Circle, an ever-evolving and expanding band of incredible musicians from different backgrounds that was created to retain and promote Africa’s identity and culture through soulful music.