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Cygnet Theatre Presents: August Wilson’s Seven Guitars and King Headley II

The Cygnet Theatre presents two August Wilson masterpieces in repertory this fall.
To purchase tickets visit www.CygnetTheatre.com or contact the box office by phone at (619) 337-1525 or in person at
4040 Twiggs St., San Diego, CA 92110. 

SevenGuitars-PosterSEVEN GUITARS (September 28 – November 6)
By August Wilson

Pittsburgh, 1948. Friends gather to mourn for a blues guitarist and singer who died just as his career was on the verge of taking off. The action that follows is a flashback to the busy week leading up to Floyd’s sudden and unnatural death. Seven Guitars is part bawdy comedy, part dark elegy and part mystery. This lyrical play is the fifth in August Wilson’s ten-play cycle which charts the African-American experience through each decade of the 20th century and is performed in repertory with King Hedley II.

 

KingHedleyII-PosterKING HEDLEY II (September 29 – November 9)
By August Wilson

Pittsburgh, 1985. King, recently released from prison, is attempting to rebuild his life amid changing times and a backdrop of the crime and drug struggles in the community where he exists. King dreams of a life of stability and self-reliance beyond incarceration, gangs and broken family. The play dares to ask what it takes to transcend the limitations of life and personal circumstance, and if pure will is enough to change a man’s destiny. King Hedley II is the ninth play in August Wilson’s ten-play cycle that, decade by decade, examines African American life in the United States during the twentieth century. Performed in repertory with Seven Guitars.

SPECIAL EVENTS:

SOCIAL MEDIA NIGHT – OCT 7TH @ 8:00PM (King Hedley II)
Enjoy a unique theatre experience during the performance. Share your thoughts on the show as you tweet from your seat. Get behind the scenes information, live as it’s happening.

OUT NIGHT @ CYGNET – OCT 12TH @ 6:30PM (Seven Guitars)
Cygnet is proud to present an evening for our theatre loving friends in the LGBT community. Enjoy a pre-show mixer before the performance on Cygnet’s beautiful Elaine Lipinsky Patio. Everyone is welcome!

THEATRE ON TAP – OCT 14TH @ 7:00PM (Seven Guitars)
Join Cygnet for Theatre on Tap! Enjoy a pre-show beer tasting, and mix and mingle with other craft beer lovers. The complimentary tasting begins at 7 pm, followed by an 8:00 pm performance.

FRIDAY FORUM – OCT 14TH @ 8:00PM (Seven Guitars)
Friday Forum gives you an opportunity to chat with the cast and director following the performance on the first Friday after opening night.

FRIDAY FORUM – OCT 21ST @ 8:00PM (King Hedley II)
Friday Forum gives you an opportunity to chat with the cast and director following the performance on the first Friday after opening night.

WINE TASTING NIGHT – OCT 27TH @ 6:30PM (King Hedley II)
Join Cygnet for a pre-show Wine Tasting. The complimentary wine tasting begins at 6:30pm followed by a 7:30pm performance.

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Chollas View Community Council Gompers Park Clean Up – September 17

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FREE Summer Meals for Kids / Almuerzos de verano GRATIS para niños

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PRISM: A Celebration of Hip-Hop Culture – September 24

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PRISM
A Celebration of Hip-Hop Culture
Saturday, September 24
1-6 pm
Writerz Blok
5010 Market Street
San Diego, CA 92102

The Jacobs Center and its urban art program Writerz Blok invite you to its second FREE PRISM event. PRISM is a series of events that celebrate San Diego graffiti art, music, and culture. This upcoming all ages event will celebrate all things hip-hop with several engaging arts and culture competitions. 

 KRS – KNOWLEDGE REIGNS SUPREME  HIP-HOP TRIVIA (2 – 3 pm)
Family Feud and Jeopardy meets the streets in this hip-hop community game show. Three teams of three use their collective hip-hop knowledge to battle for $300 in prize money. Each team will come up with a Hip-Hop inspired team name and will be given different colored shirt printed by Writerz Blok.

 Categories will include (but are not limited to):

• Name the Artist (song identification – both new and old school)
• Say What?  (Finish the lyric)
• Ants in My Pants (Perform a selected popular hip-hop dance)
• Hip-Hop History
• Looking Fly (trivia on Hip-Hop apparel)

Interested teams must email Gill Sotu at gsotu@jacobscenter.org with their team name and the names of their participants by September 12 to be entered into the competition. The teams chosen to compete will be selected at random and notified September 16. 

KING OF THE CYPHER (3:30 – 5 pm)
Aspiring emcee’s perform in a cypher and go through three rounds of challenges to win a $200 prize and be named
King of the Cypher.

Round 1 – Written Rhymes (emcee’s perform their best written verse to a beat selected by our DJ)

Round 2 – Free Style – Vocab (emcee’s must freestyle a verse using the four words chosen by the audience)

Round 3 – Free Style – Subject (emcee’s must freestyle on a topic that effects the community)

KING OF THE CYPHER RULES:
Interested emcee’s must sign up by 1:30 pm at the event to participate. 

• The competition is limited to 15 emcees. Emcee’s will compete in the order drawn.
• Each round is judged by five random audience members who will score each emcee in a round from 0-10.
The low and high scores given to each emcee will be taken out to create an average score.
• The top seven emcee’s will advance to the second and third rounds. The order will be based on the highest to lowest scores. For example, the emcee with the highest score in round one, will go first in round two.
• The highest combined score of the three rounds wins.
• No profanity, sexually explicit language, or hate speech is allowed.

 GRAFFITI BATTLE & LIVE EXPO  (1 – 4 pm) 
Previously selected up and coming graph writers showcase their skills in this head-to-head competition for $100.
For more information contact Laura Sanchez at lsanchez@jacobscenter.org.

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Circle Circle dot dot Presents: Gill Sotu’s The Best Goodbye – July 23 through August 6

Circle Circle dot dot presents guest playwright Gil Sotu’s exciting new production The Best Goodbye (Beats, Crime & Life).

When:
July 23rd-August 6th.  Showing Thursday-Saturday at 8pm, Sundays at 4pm.
Where: ParkArts Blackbox, 4545 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA
Tickets:
Circle Circle dot dot is offering half price tickets to friends of the Jacobs Center. Purchase tickets online at 
www.circle2dot2.com and enter the promo code JACOBBEST to received tickets for only $10. Each performance time only has 30 spots available for audiences – shows sell out every year, so plan ahead! The Box Office will open 1 hour prior to the first performance of each day. 

The Best Goodbye Synopsis

When his best friend stumbles upon the house and recently dead body of a forgotten Motown recording artist, Rudo must decide whether or not to take him up on his offer to rob the place in order to pay for studio time for their own up and coming rap group, THE NATIVES. Besides keeping the body hidden, the crew must also deal with turmoil within the group, unexpected guests, threats to their lives, and the death of a rap icon. Set in the mid 90’s, the golden age of Hip-Hop.

The Best Goodbye (Beats, Crime & Life) is written by Gill Sotu and Directed by Patrick Kelly. It features performances by Andrea Agosto, Kamryn Harris, Robert Malave, Xavier Scott, Javid Wallace, and Wreckless Watson.

“We are so excited to present this fresh and riveting new production by Gill Sotu, who has one of the strongest artistic voices in San Diego.  His humor and heart and gift for poetic language thrives in “Best”.  We’re presenting it in an incredibly intimate space with gifted new performers and are very excited to share this work with our audiences.”  -Katie Harroff, Artistic Director.

Playwright Bio

Recently, Gill Sotu has opened for Grammy-nominated legend Sheila E, partnered and performed with the San Diego Symphony, has been commissioned to create numerous poetry pieces for the United Way of San Diego and performed for TEDx San Diego in December 2013. The San Diego community continues to take notice of Gill’s talent and charisma, as he’s been featured on NBC 7’s Art Pulse TV and was named the 2012 & 2013 San Diego Raw Performing Artist of the Year.

Amidst regular performances, Gill currently serves as the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation’s artist-in-residence. He also conducts poetry workshops in schools across California and has facilitated poetry workshops within San Diego County’s juvenile detention center for the past two years. He finds the creativity and honesty expressed by these elementary through high school students to be an incredibly rewarding experience and reminder of the importance of speaking one’s own truth.

Sotu is a paradigm shifter whose audience feels that he’s speaking to them individually, making a performance to hundreds seem more like an intimate dialogue between close friends. Charismatic and with an ability to adapt to any event, Gill quickly garners people’s attention and doesn’t let go until he says ‘thank you’.

His music and poetry can also be heard on ITunes, Amazon, CDBaby, Reverbnation, Spotify.

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The #PeoplesPoem

At this year’s inaugural Poets and Painters Spoken Word and Graffiti Art Festival on June 25,  we asked attendees to participate in our #PeoplesPoem social media activity. Participants were asked to create one line to contribute to a community poem. The task was easy, participants had to choose any color, choose a sense (taste, smell, sound, look, feel), and put it together with their own words to create their line (i.e. Blue feels like a roaring wave). We received 23 lines from individuals, families, and friends who attended the festival and shared these throughout the day on social media using #PeoplesPoem. After the festival, the Jacobs Center’s artist-in-residence and award-winning spoken word poet Gill Sotu took all of the lines and combined them with his own words to create one community poem by the people, for the people. The complete #PeoplesPoem is below. Enjoy!

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The Jacobs Center is Hiring for a Youth Program Manager

The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation is hiring for a Youth Program Manager for its Inspire Youth Careers San Diego initiative. Inspire Youth Careers San Diego takes an industry-focused approach to youth employment that puts opportunity youth into self-sustaining, middle-skill jobs. Working in a multi-disciplinary capacity, this role intersects the Education, Creative Placemaking, and Economic Development offices of the Jacobs Center in order to create a re-engagement system for opportunity youth ages 16-24.

Our approach is to establish industry pathways, developed with key partners across sectors: social service organizations; education partners; and private sector partners, resulting in youth participants receiving industry guided training along with certifications, college units, stackable badges and permanent jobs within each training area. This position requires strong management skills with the proven ability to bring stakeholders and internal teams together, organize and implement a re-engagement and workforce program that is focused on improving educational and employment outcomes for youth ages 16-24 who are neither employed or in school.

The goals of  Inspire Youth Careers San Diego include:

• Ensuring that opportunity youth are effectively connected to the best pathway based on their needs, interests and strengths.

• Implementation partners are providing high-quality services.

• New programs are developed as needed to meet the needs of opportunity youth.

• Data is used to identify gaps, track progress, and ensure quality and continuous improvement.

This position requires a leader with the proven ability to achieve goals in a high-pressure environment and ability to work with diverse stakeholders representing multiple sectors. This position reports to the Director of Education and Creative Placemaking.

To learn more about the essential duties, responsibilities, and other experience required for this position and to learn how to apply click here.

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