An artistic dinosaur features prominently at the Children’s Discovery Museum – Santa Cruz Sentinel
One of the best things about Playa to the Paseo, San Jose’s artistic partnership with the Burning Man Project, is that it has produced a surprising amount of artistic Easter eggs. There have been great installations like the opening, “Sonic Runway,” but more often than not, the artwork San Jose puts on temporary display just seems to appear out of nowhere and yet fit in perfectly.
That’s how I felt about “Ursa Mater,” the “penny bear” sculpture that hung over Paseo de San Antonio for a few months in 2018, and “No Swimming,” the silver shark fin artist giant Oleg Lobykin currently on display at the SAP Center. That’s also true for the latest piece, “Ichiro Sacred Beings,” which began a nine-month stint Wednesday outside the Children’s Discovery Museum in downtown San Jose.
The sculpture is a replica of a dinosaur skeleton created by an artist based in Mexico City. Mariannela Fuentes in collaboration with the paleontologist Arturo Gonzalez and Huichol artist sarahi Carrillo. The life-size skeleton is covered in beaded artwork from the Huichol people, who inhabit the same region of northern Mexico where the Velafrons coahuilensis once roamed 72 million years ago.
Illuminated at night, the artwork is perfect for the spirit of exploration inherent in the Children’s Discovery Museum – and it’s located near the tram stop and steps where school outings congregate, so it’s one of the first things children will see. (Rest assured, the room is under constant surveillance and is protected by a low fence to deter potential climbers).
LITTLE REMINDER: For anyone who really can’t stand Valentine’s Day—and other than people selling greeting cards or candy, that might be everyone—San Jose Made has found a friendlier solution. The vendor collective is kicking off its first Friend Fest on Sunday, and it will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Forager Tasting Room & Eatery in the artsy SoFA neighborhood downtown.
Over 40 art and craft vendors will be there for your purchases, and there will also be five DIY workshops including a beeswax candle-making workshop and an industrial friendship bracelet workshop (because at the inside everyone there is a middle schooler who wants a really cool friendship bracelet). There will also be brunch items, beer, wine and cocktails for sale and a photo booth to capture memories with your best friends.
Admission is free to the event for all ages, and really, what could be friendlier than that? Get more details at www.sanjosemade.com or just show up at 420 South First St. and make some new friends.
TRIBUTE TO A LEGEND: If you’re a Jackie Wilson fan, you should consider checking out “The Eve of Jackie.” This is a stage production featuring music by the late R&B singer and starring the Broadway actor Chester Gregory as an artist known as “Mr. Excitement.” Presented by the Multicultural Arts Guild of San Jose and the Tabia African-American Theater Ensemble, the show is a one-night-only affair at Mexican Heritage Plaza in San Jose on Friday night.
Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $35 in advance or $40 at the door, with discounts for students and seniors. Go to eveofjackie.brownpapertickets.com for tickets.
LUNAR NEW YEAR AT SANTANA ROW: Lunar New Year festivities in the Bay Area continue this Saturday at Santana Row in San Jose, which will have a free event from noon to 4 p.m. at Santana Row Park. The celebration will include music, dragon and lion dances and other cultural activities.