Celebrate Fine Art and Musical History with the John D. Spreckels Center

The John D. Spreckels Center continues its quarterly Osher Lifelong Learning Institute partnership “Saturday Arts Lecture” on Saturday, Sept. 14, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. The streaming lecture will be “It’s Only Rock and Roll: The Folk Revival: Guthrie to Dylan.” Contrary to current mythology, most popular music during the decade of the 1960s was neither revolutionary nor radically innovative. Mainstream radio was mostly AM, and the music industry controlled what was played and created for the teen audiences. It was only in the later 1960s that innovations born of the rise of FM radio, national cultural politics, the confluence of several genres of music, and formerly underground publications began to change the shape of popular musical tastes. This lecture will examine the influence of the Civil Rights Movement, Free Speech and Student Activism and the British Invasion: From Beatles to Zombies illustrating how the political and economic history that shaped the decade profoundly influenced the evolution of popular music and its reception. Samples of the noted music, and excerpts of relevant documentaries will also be presented. Professor Robert Cancel, Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature at UC San Diego, is the featured speaker. Register now to reserve a seat!

After a musical Saturday, enjoy an intimate, art-filled adventure at Balboa Park on Thursday, Sept. 19, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with docent-led tours of the Spanish Village Art Center and the Timken Museum of Art, as well as an optional lunch at the Prado, the park’s award-winning, full- service restaurant. Established in 1936, Spanish Village Art Center boasts over 200 living, contemporary artists from diverse backgrounds, including award-winning painters, sculptors, metalsmiths, photographers, and more. Get an inside peek at the artist’s studios, surrounded by beautiful trees and flowers, brightly colored doorways, and the famous painted patio tiles. The Timken Museum of Art is home to the Putnam Foundation’s globally-important collection of European old masters, 19th century American art and Russian icons. The collection also includes the only Rembrandt painting on public display in San Diego. This Balboa Park day trip includes transportation from teh Spreckels Center, along with the expertly guided tours. (Lunch at the Prado is not included in the price.) $35 for Coronado residents/$44 for nonresidents.

To sign up or receive additional information, stop by the Spreckels Center at 1019 Seventh Street, call us at 619-522-7343, or visit online at www.coronado.ca.us/spreckels.

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