An artistic dinosaur looms large at the Children’s Discovery Museum
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 bounty of artistic Easter eggs. There have been great installations like the opener, “Sonic Runway,” but more often than not, the artwork that San Jose puts on temporary display just seems to appear out of nowhere and yet fit in perfectly.
This is how I felt about ‘Ursa Mater’, the ‘Penny Bear’ sculpture that loomed over the Paseo de San Antonio for a few months in 2018, and ‘No Swimming’, the giant shark fin. in artist’s silver Oleg Lobykin currently on display at the SAP Center. This is also true of the latest play, “Ichiro Sacred Beings,” which began a nine-month stint in front of the Children’s Discovery Museum in downtown San Jose on Wednesday.
The sculpture is a replica of the dinosaur skeleton created by a Mexico City-based artist Marianela Fuentes in collaboration with the paleontologist Arturo González and huichol artist Sarahi Carrillo. The life-size skeleton is covered in beaded artwork from the Huichol people, who inhabit the same area of northern Mexico where the Velafrons coahuilensis once roamed 72 million years ago.
Lit up at night, the artwork is perfect for the exploratory mindset inherent in the Children’s Discovery Museum – and it’s located near the streetcar stop and the steps where school trips congregate, so it’s one of the first things children will see. (Don’t worry, 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 aside from people selling greeting cards or candy, it could be anyone – San Jose Made has come up with a more user-friendly solution. The vendor collective is launching 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 arty SoFA district of downtown.
More than 40 art and creation 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 inside each there is a college boy 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 on www.sanjosemade.com or just show up at 420 South First St. and make new friends.
HOMAGE TO A LEGEND: If you are a Jackie Wilson fan, you should consider taking a look at “Jackie’s Eve”. It is a stage production featuring music by the late R&B singer and starring the Broadway actor Chester Gregory as the artist known as “Mr. Excitement.” Presented by the San Jose Multicultural Arts Guild and Tabia African American Drama Ensemble, the show is a one-off night 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.
NEW LUNAR YEAR IN SANTANA ROW: The Lunar New Year festivities in the Bay Area continue this Saturday at Santana Row in San Jose, with a free event from noon to 4 p.m. at Santana Row Park. The party will include music, dragon and lion dances, and other cultural activities.