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:


*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)

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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

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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

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.

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.

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Cancelled: An Evening with J.S. Bach
Takae Ohnishi and Friends

This event has been cancelled. 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.


UC San Diego lecturer Takae Ohnishi teams up with friends from the San Diego Symphony—principal flautist Rose Lombardo and associate principal cellist Chia-Ling Chien—in an evening of some of Bach’s most beloved pieces. It will include Sonatas for the Viola Da Gamba, Flute and Basso Continuo, as well as selections from Bach’s solo cello suite and the Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue for Harpsichord.

Choir! Choir! Choir!

Choir! Choir! Choir! (led by Canadian artists Daveed Goldman and Nobu Adilman) forms impromptu choirs of strangers to learn songs and perform a concert together. Holding events all over North America, they have performed in holes, on hills, and on big stages at Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, Joe’s Pub, Art Gallery of Ontario, Parliament Hill in Ottawa, and many more. And they’ve been by visited by guest singers such as David Byrne, Patti Smith, Rufus Wainwright, Rick Astley, and Tegan and Sara. Choir! Choir! Choir! exists to celebrate music and push the boundaries between practice and performance, artist and audience, offering therapeutic benefits with the ultimate side effect: a powerful community.

In this participatory event, singers of all levels will unite on both sides of the US–Mexico border to sing with Choir! Choir! Choir! and celebrate the unique friendship, culture, and community we share in the border region of San Diego and Tijuana. There are few places on earth so scenic where you can gather people from two countries at once to create beautiful music together and share in how special it is to be in this particular place in the world. While we will be divided by the physical border, music knows no boundaries and our voices together will transcend barriers.

While attendance on the US side of the border is limited, attendance on the Tijuana is open to all. If you know of people who would like to participate and are closed out, we urge you to recommend that they participate there. The easiest method of attending is to either take the tram or park on the US side of the border and walk across. Once there use a ride sharing app like Uber and arrange transportation to Las Playas de Tijuana. (The Beach). The event will occur right at the border wall on the beach. We expect that the experience will be the same on both sides. PLEASE NOTE A PASSPORT IS ALWAYS REQUIRED TO CROSS INTERNATIONAL BORDERS. ArtPower is not directly managing the Tijuana event, it is being coordinated by ERIZO.

Due to state park regulations, registration is required for this event, but does not guarantee admission. We will accept participants until we hit the maximum capacity of 500 set by the state park. We want to make sure we have as many people participating as possible, hence why online registration is a bit higher to account for no-shows. Attendees must board an event shuttle to attend this event and be transported to the event space. Attendees will not be admitted to the event if they drive in their own vehicle or enter the park any other way than the event shuttles. More information on shuttle location and schedule to be announced soon. 

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/choir-choir-choir-with-artpower-at-uc-san-diego-tickets-64179261900


Because of the unconventional nature and location of this event we wanted to provide some details to help prepare you for the experience. This event takes more effort and commitment from our patrons than we typically expect, but we hope it will be well worth the challenge to be a part of this truly unique binational choral event. Please read the following instructions carefully.

Registration is required for this event, but does not guarantee admission. Once we reach 500 registered people for participation the day of the event we will not be able to accept anymore due to capacity restrictions set by the park. People who arrive to participate without registering will be turned away by park rules, we suggest arriving early to secure your spot. IF YOU NO LONGER PLAN ON ATTENDING PLEASE NOTIFY ARTPOWER VIA EMAIL AT MOCLARK@UCSD.EDU SO WE CAN RELEASE YOUR SPOT FOR SOMEONE ELSE WHO IS EAGER TO PARTICIPATE.

Parking & Shuttles:
Border Field State Park requires that all attendees for this event be shuttled in from outside of the park. People who try to drive themselves into the park in personal vehicles will be turned away from the event.

Southwest High School
1685 Hollister St
San Diego, CA 92154

Attendees will park in the Southwest High School parking lot where they can check-in, be given a wristband by ArtPower staff/volunteers, and board a shuttle directly to the event drop off point in Border Field State Park.

Shuttles will start loading at 1:45pm at Southwest High School. We suggest arriving early to secure your spot on a shuttle and at the event. The last shuttle to the event will leave at 2:30pm. Following the event (ending at approx. 4:15pm) shuttles will start running immediately back to the Southwest High School parking lot at 4:25pm and 5:00pm.

Event Area:
The singing/concert experience will take place directly on the beach of Border Field State Park in a designated event space. Attendees will only be admitted into the event space if they are wearing a wristband. This is a standing room only event. Attendees will be standing outside, uncovered on the sand for the duration of the event. Please prepare for the conditions: wear comfortable shoes, weather appropriate clothes, apply sunscreen, and bring water bottles to keep hydrated.

Attendees will be able to explore Border Field State Park before the event starts. However, once the event begins all attendees must be in the designated event area. Attendees can leave the event area to use the restroom and water fountain but will need to be re-checked into the event area with wristband upon return.

Porta-potties will be located directly east of the event space.

There will be an accessible participation area alongside the beach made available to ADA patrons. Because the event is directly on the beach on a very uneven, sandy surface, it is not fully navigable for people with mobility disabilities. However, this designated participation area will be on a level service path with clear visibility of the event for those in wheelchairs. There will be very limited amounts of ADA parking onsite, available on a first-come, first-serve, basis for those who are physically unable to board a shuttle. If you require any ADA accommodations, please email moclark@ucsd.edu by October 10.


Prohibited Items List:

  • Weapons
  • Plastic replica of weapons
  • Knives (regardless of size)
  • Explosives
  • Fireworks
  • Umbrellas
  • Poles and Sticks
  • Laser Lights and Laser Pointers
  • Coolers
  • Containers of any type- bottles/cans/spray containers (WITH THE EXCEPTION OF WATER BOTTLES)
  • Aerosols
  • Mace/ pepper spray
  • Tripods for Cameras**
  • Sharp and/or pointed objects, scissors, knitting needles etc.
  • Leatherman or similar tools
  • Voice enhancement devices, such as bullhorns
  • Noisemakers, such as air horns, whistles, drums
  • Banners, signs, or placards
  • Bags or backpacks larger than 12”x12”x20”
  • Animals or pets

All items may be opened and available for inspection and screening.
No onsite storage, lockers or holding area is available.
** Excepted for media

This entire event will be photo/video/audio recorded and documented in San Diego and Tijuana and will be edited into video and media that will be shared publicly on Youtube and other social media sites.

By entering the event premises, you consent to interview(s), photography, audio recording, video recording and its/their release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction to be used for news, web casts, promotional purposes, telecasts, advertising, inclusion on websites, social media, or any other purpose by ArtPower at UC San Diego, Choir! Choir! Choir! UC San DIego and its affiliates and representatives. Images, photos and/or videos may be used to promote similar ArtPower at UC San Diego and Choir! Choir! Choir! events in the future, highlight the event, and exhibit the capabilities of ArtPower at UC San Diego, UC San DIego and Choir! Choir! Choir!. By attending, you release ArtPower at UC San Diego, UC San Diego and Choir! Choir! Choir!, its officers and employees, and each and all persons involved from any liability connected with the taking, recording, digitizing, or publication and use of interviews, photographs, computer images, video and/or sound recordings.

By entering the event premises, you waive all rights you may have to any claims for payment or royalties in connection with any use, exhibition, streaming, web casting, televising, or other publication of these materials, regardless of the purpose or sponsoring of such use, exhibiting, broadcasting, web casting, or other publication irrespective of whether a fee for admission or sponsorship is charged. You also waive any right to inspect or approve any photo, video, or audio recording taken by ArtPower at UC San Diego, UC San Diego and Choir! Choir! Choir! or the person or entity designated to do so by ArtPower at UC San Diego and Choir! Choir! Choir!

You have been fully informed of your consent, waiver of liability, and release before entering the event.


Samin Nosrat

Cookbook Author
& Host of Netflix Series Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat

In Conversation with Evan Kleiman

For additional seat options, please visit Ticketmaster >

As an undergraduate studying English at UC Berkeley, Samin Nosrat took a detour into the kitchen at Chez Panisse restaurant that happily determined the course of her life and career. Since 2000, she has pursued her twin passions of food and words with equal vigor, aiming to create work that inspires, creates community, and raises cultural, social, and environmental awareness. Her New York Times bestselling book, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking, won the 2018 James Beard General Cookbook of the Year, among other notable awards. A documentary series based on the book is now streaming on Netflix. She’s currently working on her next book, titled What to Cook.

One of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2019, Nosrat will be in conversation with James Beard award-winning chef, radio host, and restaurant owner Evan Kleiman.


An Evening with David Sedaris

”Sedaris … sucked me into some nerdy netherworld where real life becomes weirder and funnier and darker and bleaker than, well, real life.”—Alan Cumming, New York Times


In its review of David Sedaris’ new book Calypso, the Washington Post said, “After 25 years and nine essay collections, after publishing 500 pages of his own diary, the most shocking thing David Sedaris can do is reveal that he’s been holding things back.”

Following its publication in May, Calypso immediately shot to the top of the NY Times bestseller list, and now David returns to ArtPower for his reading and signing at Balboa Theatre. 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.

Section B and C seats are available on the Balboa Theatre website.