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Arts Calendar 5/17

ARTS

Jean Kazandjian

Madison Gallery will exhibit original paintings by Jean Kazandjian at a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition.

The Madison Gallery is at 1020 Prospect St. For further information call (858) 459-0836 or visit www.madisongalleries.com.

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Luncheon of the Boating Party

Bestselling author Susan Vreeland will appear at Simic Galleries to discuss and sign her book, “Luncheon of the Boating Party,” a vivid exploration of the beloved Renoir painting of the same name. The special event will combine a special exhibition with a reception and guest appearance by Emmanuel Renoir, great-grandson of Pierre-August Renoir.

The event will take place Thursday, May 17 at 6:30 p.m. Simic Galleries is at 1205 Prospect St.

Fire and ice

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CenterLight Gallery of La Jolla presents “Fire and Ice,” an exhibition of the paintings of Maria Repke and Marna Schindler, beginning with an exhibition Saturday, May 19 from 6 to 9 p.m. The exhibition runs through July.

CenterLight Gallery is at 5490 La Jolla Blvd. Call (858) 456-8188.

Fabian Perez

Monarch Gallery is proud to present a “one man exhibition” by Fabian Perez. The exibition features a chance to view stunning works by one of the most exciting and talented artists of our time.

Monarch Gallery is at 1205 Prospect St., Suite B. For more information contact the gallery at (858)454-1231.

Vik Muniz

For more than a decade, Brazilian artist Vik Muniz has been intriguing audiences worldwide with his photographs documenting his reconstructions of famous images from the news, art history and mass media. The New York-based artist utilizes and astonishing variety of often ephemeral materials including dirt, diamonds, sugar, wire, string, chocolate syrup, peanut butter, plastic toys and even diamonds to reproduce recognizable images and turn them alien.

“Vik Muniz: Reflex” opens June 2 at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in La Jolla. The museum is at 700 Prospect St. Call (858) 454-3541 for more information.

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Bill Wyman

The Morrison Hotel Gallery presents “Wyman Shoots,” featuring world-premiere photographs by Bill Wyman of The Rolling Stones. The exhibit runs through May 20.

As one of music’s most celebrated bassists, Bill Wyman is internationally renowned for his incredible playing and is instantly recognizable by virtue of his 30 years as a member of the Rolling Stones. Not as widely known is that Wyman is an extremely accomplished fine-art photographer who has practiced the art for over four decades.

The Morrison Hotel Gallery is located at 1230 Prospect St. For more information call (858) 551-0835 or visit www.morrisonhotelgallery.com.

Francis Wolff

Morrison Hotel Gallery presents “No Room for Squares,” an exhibition of the photography of Francis Wolff, from May 26 to June 17. Wolff’s camera captured many of the jazz legends of Blue Note Records.

The Morrison Hotel Gallery is located at 1230 Prospect St. For more information call (858) 551-0835 or visit www.morrisonhotelgallery.com.

“New Works, New Forms”

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Art Expressions Gallery presents “New Works, New Forms - Celebrating Five Female Artists,” an exhibition of recent abstract and representational works. The exhibit will include Southern California artists Marsha Boston, Gisela Colon, Liz Jardine, Sierra Jolie and Massachusetts artist Leigh Rivers. Contemporary in style, the exhibition will feature a variety of media, including watercolor, painting, encaustic and mixed media. The show continues through June 23.

Art Expressions Gallery is located at 2645 Financial Court, Suite C. The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. For more information contact the gallery at (858)270-7577 or visit www.artexpressionsgallery.com.

Armando Romero

Tasende Galllery is pleased to present Armando Romero’s exhibition, “Vandalism and Other Irreverences,” through May 25. The show includes eight paintings and eight drawings created during 2006 and 2007. In this latest series, Romero re-creates well-known works by his artistic heroes Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Veronese and Frans Hals, and then transforms them by adding 20th-century twists which can take the form of graffiti, cartoon characters, slashes, holes and paint spills.

Tasende Gallery is at 820 Prospect St. Gallery hours are 10 to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and 11 to 5 p.m., Saturday.

Alex Webb

The Joseph Bellows Gallery hosts Alex Webb’s exhibition “Istanbul: City Of A Hundred Names” through June 2.

The Joseph Bellows Gallery is at 7661 Girard Ave. For more information call (858) 456 5620 or visit www.josephbellows.com

“Mothers Day”

The Cosmopolitan Fine Art Gallery will host its May show, “Mother’s Day,” through May 31. The exhibition highlights renowned painters AnHe, Bueno, Fillhouer, Taylor, Jorgenson, Navarro, Roycho and Merhad Samimi, as they celebrate classic elegance and femininity in their masterpieces.

Cosmopolitan Fine Arts Gallery represents over 150 artists over the world and is located at 7932 Girard Ave. For more information visit www.cosmopolitanart.com.

Ryan McGinness

Quint Contemporary Art presents “A Rich Fantasy Life,” an exhibition of the artwork of Ryan McGinness, through May 19.

Quint Contemporary Art is at 7739 Fay Ave. Call (858) 454-3409.

MUSIC

San Diego Jewish Music Festival

The 7th annual San Diego Jewish Music Festival continues with a performance June 2 by Keshet Chaim and runs through August 5.

Keset Chaim dancers and musicians, with Israeli singer Gilat Rapaport, capture the vibrant music, exhilirating dance and costumes of Spain, Yemen, Eastern Europe, ancient Israel, and even the Jews of the American West. Their June 2 performance will begin at 8 p.m.

All concerts will take place at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center at 4126 Executive Drive. For tickets and further information call (858) 362-1348 or visit www.lfjcc.org.

POETRY AND PROSE

Warwick’s events

Noted celebrity photographer Stathis Orphanos will discuss and sign “My Cavafy,” which combines his spectacular photographs of Greek poet Constantine Cavafy with Cavafy’s poetry. The event will take place May 22 at 7:30 p.m.

On May 31 at 7:30 p.m., Lama Surya Das, the most highly trained American Lama in the Tibetan tradition, will discuss and sign “Buddha Is As Buddha Does.” The author presents the Buddha’s ten core principles in an accessible style for modern readers.

Both events are free and open to the public. Warwick’s is at 7812 Girard Ave. Call (858) 454-0347.

PERFORMANCES

Hansel and Gretel

J*Company Youth Theatre, a program of the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, announces its production of “The Story of Hansel and Gretel,” the musical version of the classic fairytale with music and lyrics by Bill Francoeur and book by Vera Morris.

The production is directed by Joey Landwehr and runs through May 20 at the David and Dorothea Garfield Theatre.

Tickets are $16.50.

The David and Dorothea Garfield Theatre is at 4126 Executive Drive. For further information or to purchase tickets call (858) 362-1348 or visit www.lfjcc.org/jcompany.