Scenes from Without Walls Festival 2019!

This afternoon I headed to Liberty Station in Point Loma to experience some of the La Jolla Playhouse’s annual WOW event!

The Without Walls Festival 2019 features all sorts of cool outdoor performances, many of which are free for the public to enjoy. It continues tomorrow!

The first production I watched, titled Tall Tales of the High Seas, was a very unique visual drama that seemed part circus act, part aerial dance. The athletic performers raised the flexible masts of a rotating Viking longship, then climbed skyward to dip, fly and swerve through the sky! One could sense a bit of a story unfolding as the ship seemed to become lost at sea and the actors hung limp from the crow’s nests without hope; then land is sighted and excitement takes hold!

After that, I walked around the grassy North Promenade of Liberty Station, tried to peer into the intimate little Theatre on the Move, and stood for a few minutes enjoying the Montalban Quintet at the Festival Stage.

Then, as I made my way toward the South Promenade, I paused to watch kids sail in colorful Boats about Legacy Plaza!

Finally, a production titled Peregrinus was ready to begin. The actors marched across the street in a very businesslike way, as you can see in my photos.

At first each individual actor showed a unique personality, but as they put on their corporate attire, ordinary people were transformed into conforming, business suited employees. They could select their own color of tie, but no more.

The actors bowed before their enormous masks, inserted their heads, rose up in a row, and suddenly each head was identically serious, grim, tired and sad. They filed about in a circular hurry, did the corporate dance, bowed to their boss, became jackasses when commanded to do so, engaged in power plays and subterfuge–you know, all that ridiculous, demeaning stuff that pains the heart when people shed their dignity in their desire for power, position or money.

The act was hilarious!

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Galactus and three big celebrities spotted!

A big lineup of cosplay superheroes in the Gaslamp Quarter during 2019 San Diego Comic-Con!
A big lineup of cosplay superheroes in the Gaslamp Quarter during 2019 San Diego Comic-Con!

Galactus and three big celebrities, all spotted on Friday morning! Prepare to be stunned, stupefied and utterly amazed!

You never know who (or what) you’ll see while walking about San Diego Comic-Con!

Dude Vader cosplay.
Dude Vader cosplay.
Dude Vader is a local cosplayer who has recently begun making his elaborate costumes with 3D printing.
Dude Vader is a local cosplayer who has recently begun making his elaborate costumes with 3D printing.
Silver Surfer is taking a moment to rest. I wonder if that means Galactus is coming...
Silver Surfer is taking a moment to rest. I wonder if that means Galactus is coming…
Lennie James, who plays Morgan Jones in The Walking Dead, talks with VIPs at the DeadQuarters offsite during 2019 Comic-Con.
Lennie James, the actor who plays Morgan Jones in The Walking Dead, talks with VIPs at the DeadQuarters offsite during 2019 Comic-Con.
Hogwarts students cosplay. The first guy denied he's Cedric.
Hogwarts students cosplay. The first guy denied he’s Cedric.
Little Shop of Horrors cosplay. The most original cosplay I've seen so far during 2019 San Diego Comic-Con!
Little Shop of Horrors cosplay. The most original cosplay I’ve seen so far during 2019 San Diego Comic-Con!
Wonder Woman cosplay. She was in a hurry to vanquish a villain down the street.
Wonder Woman cosplay. She was in a hurry to vanquish a villain down the street.
Super powered folk seem to be everywhere during Comic-Con!
Super powered folk seem to be everywhere during Comic-Con!
Yikes! Joker spotted me.
Yikes! Joker spotted me.
Captain Marvel is arriving in the nick of time.
Captain Marvel is arriving in the nick of time.
Freddy Krueger cosplay.
Freddy Krueger cosplay.
Freddy Krueger checks his phone.
Freddy Krueger checks his phone.
I was told with absolute sincerity that this puppet is a big YouTube celebrity.
I was told with absolute sincerity that this puppet is a big YouTube celebrity! Now do you believe me? You thought I was joking?
The Krusty Krab Funfair is that way.
The Krusty Krab Funfair is that way.
Doctor Strange and Loki cosplay.
Doctor Strange and Loki cosplay.
These guys informed me they're the Brothers Burns.
These guys informed me they’re the Brothers Burns.
Conan O'Brien lounges on a yacht during Comic-Con.
Another big celebrity sighting! Conan O’Brien lounges on a yacht during Comic-Con.
Mexican Deadpool cosplay.
Mexican Deadpool cosplay.
Die, Bart, Die.
Die, Bart, Die.
Luigi cosplay.
Luigi cosplay.
Thor, Scarlet Witch and Captain America cosplay.
Thor, Scarlet Witch and Captain America cosplay.
Venom cosplay.
Venom cosplay.
Take a ride on this Nerd Chariot.
Take a ride on this Nerd Chariot.
Hellboy cosplay.
Hellboy cosplay.
Scarlet Witch and Shazam cosplay.
Scarlet Witch and Shazam cosplay.
Super awesome Black Widow and Galactus cosplay!
It’s the coming of Galactus! Told you so! Awesome Black Widow and Galactus cosplay!
Well, I spotted Galactus and one real celebrity. That's the best I could do.
Unless that’s a celebrity secretly disguised under those big ears, I did manage to spot Galactus and one real honest-to-goodness celebrity this morning at 2019 Comic-Con. That’s the best I could do.

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Day of the Dead celebration at the Old Globe.

Day of the Dead altar created by the Old Globe Theatre contains photos of departed loved ones, roses, candles, and an image of Shakespeare.
Day of the Dead altar created by the Old Globe Theatre contains photos of departed loved ones, roses, candles, and an image of Shakespeare.

For several hours today, visitors to Balboa Park could enjoy traditional Dia de los Muertos activities in Copley Plaza, at the entrance to the Old Globe’s theater complex. The event’s main attraction was two performances of a powerful new play called La Muerte Descansa en Paz (Death Rests in Peace). The first performance was in Spanish, the second mostly in English.

The brief but emotionally stirring play, directed and co-created by Daniel Jáquez, was presented for the very first time on Saturday during the SAY San Diego’s City Heights Day of the Dead Celebration. The production is the result of a collaboration between the Old Globe’s coLAB and AXIS programs and the San Diego community of City Heights.

Here are some photos of today’s event!

Day of the Dead--Dia de los Muertos--was celebrated today in Copley Plaza, outside the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center in Balboa Park.
Day of the Dead–Dia de los Muertos–was celebrated today in Copley Plaza, outside the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center in Balboa Park.
A Dia de los Muertos altar remembers and celebrates those who've passed out of life. Their spirits are enticed to return among the living.
A Dia de los Muertos altar remembers and celebrates those who’ve passed into the next world. Their spirits are enticed to return among the living.
A loving tribute to loved ones, dearly missed.
A loving tribute to relatives and loved ones, dearly missed.
Kids have their faces painted like sugar skulls for Dia de los Muertos.
Kids have their faces painted like sugar skulls for Dia de los Muertos.
The tools of a face painter.
The tools of a face painter.
At one table creative kids could color Dia de los Muertos skulls.
At one table creative kids could color Dia de los Muertos skulls.
Shakespeare among Dia de los Muertos skulls. Perhaps one belonged to Yorick.
Shakespeare among Dia de los Muertos skulls. Perhaps that one in the center belonged to Yorick.
A performance of La Muerte Descansa en Paz (Death Rests in Peace) begins. The dead enter in front of a living audience.
A performance of La Muerte Descansa en Paz (Death Rests in Peace) begins. The dead enter in front of a living audience.
The character Death takes the stage. Death sees both sides of the river. Death sees life's joy, pain, dreams--and the souls of the departed.
The character Death takes the stage. Death sees both sides of the river. Death sees life’s joy, pain, dreams–and the souls of the departed.
The dead dance. On Dia de los Muertos, when the church bells ring, Death permits the dead to return briefly as spirits among the living.
The dead dance. On Dia de los Muertos, when the church bells ring, Death permits the dead to return briefly as spirits among the living.
A dead poet remembers the richness and brevity of life--the joy, the sorrow.
A dead poet vaguely remembers the richness and brevity of life–the sharp joys and sorrows. Her voice was cut short, but her living words linger.
The dead briefly take the stage. We, the living, experience a glimpse, a whisper, a moment of lost love.
The dead briefly take the stage. We, the living, experience a glimpse, a whisper, a moment of lost love.

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La Jolla Playhouse enlivens Horton Plaza Park!

Someone in downtown San Diego peers through a spy hole into a tiny red house in Horton Plaza Park.
Someone in downtown San Diego’s Horton Plaza Park peers through a spy hole into a tiny Model Home.

The La Jolla Playhouse has invaded Horton Plaza Park! Several red houses have been placed inside the downtown San Diego park, and inside these tiny houses professional actors and actresses perform. A public audience can freely watch through spy holes!

Model Home is the name of this improvisational performance art concept, and anyone can check it out through Sunday. It’s a part of the La Jolla Playhouse’s annual Without Walls Festival which this year takes place in venues around downtown.

The genius behind Model Home is Mimi Lien, and I believe the idea is to inspire thought about what makes a home, and about those things in a home that individuals deem to be important.

A home is like an enclosed stage where humans act out much of their lives. As one nearby sign says, houses aren’t just structures, but contain human identity, memory and experience. Peering through the various spy holes in these Model Homes is like secretly peering into the mind of another person. It’s an inner life that the observer can never truly know.

I spoke to a couple of friendly La Jolla Playhouse folks and learned the actors and actresses inside the houses perform all day long, with periodic breaks. They are aware that eyeballs are staring in at them, but as trained acting professionals they aren’t fazed at all.

I also learned that at certain times the tiny house that is dangling from a crane is swung around through the air in a Crane Ballet! Perhaps I’ll “swing” by again this weekend and “crane” my neck at what must certainly be an unusual sight!

If you’re in downtown this weekend, you really should check it out!

Inside one tiny house I see an actor in a small kitchen baking bread!
Inside one tiny house I saw an actor in a small kitchen baking bread!
Model Home, in downtown San Diego's Horton Plaza Park, is part of the La Jolla Playhouse Without Walls WOW festival!
Model Home, in downtown San Diego’s Horton Plaza Park, is part of the La Jolla Playhouse Without Walls WOW festival! (Click image to enlarge.)
Several plain red houses stand in Horton Plaza Park--and one is dangling high in the sky from a crane!
Several tiny red houses stand in Horton Plaza Park–and one is dangling high in the sky from a crane!
People pause to read a sign that describes some very unique and thought-provoking performance art that can be enjoyed freely by anyone passing by.
People pause to read a sign that describes some very unique and thought-provoking performance art that can be enjoyed freely by anyone passing by.
Peering through one of the spy holes...
Peering through one of the spy holes…
Inside this very bare Model Home someone sleeps in apparent poverty. But every small set and performance is open for the viewer's own interpretation.
Inside this very bare Model Home an actor seemed to be sleeping in poverty. But every small “stage” and improvised performance invites the viewer’s personal interpretation.
Inside another Model Home are the remains of a birthday party. I'm guessing the kids went outside to play...
Inside another Model Home were the abandoned remnants of a birthday party. I didn’t see an actor. (Perhaps the kids ran outside to play…)
And inside this Model Home an actress is studying a feather, holding it up and turning it in the light. She seems to be quietly thinking.
And inside this Model Home an actress was studying a feather, holding it up and turning it about in the soft light. She seemed to be quietly thinking.

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See the motorcycle used by The Fonz on Happy Days!

Fonzie's motorcycle and leather jacket from Happy Days is on display at the San Diego Automotive Museum in Balboa Park!
Fonzie’s motorcycle and leather jacket from Happy Days is on display at the San Diego Automotive Museum in Balboa Park!

There are lots of good reasons to visit the San Diego Automotive Museum in Balboa Park. They’ve got all sorts of one-of-a-kind cars that you won’t find anywhere else. They also have a very cool motorcycle that you might have seen on television. That is, if you’re an old-timer like me.

Remember the classic show Happy Days? Remember how The Fonz would appear on his motorcycle, wearing his 50s-style leather jacket? During the 1970s and early 1980s, Fonzie became one of America’s greatest cultural icons. Today, by visiting the San Diego Automotive Museum, you can see a motorcycle and leather jacket that actor Henry Winkler used while portraying The Fonz!

I visited the museum last weekend and took a few photos. Check it out!

One of three 1949 Triumph Trophy TR5 Scrambler motorcycles used by Fonzie in the filming of the television show Happy Days can be seen at the San Diego Automotive Museum.
This 1949 Triumph Trophy TR5 Scrambler is one of three motorcycles used by The Fonz in the classic television show Happy Days. You can see the motorcycle up close at the San Diego Automotive Museum.
Photo of the 1949 Triumph Trophy TR5 Scrambler from a different angle.
Photo of Fonzie’s cool 1949 Triumph Trophy TR5 Scrambler from a different angle.
A leather jacket worn by Henry Winkler, who played cultural icon Arthur Fonzarelli--The Fonz--on the very popular American television show Happy Days.
Leather jacket worn by Henry Winkler, who played cultural icon Arthur Fonzarelli–The Fonz–on the very popular American television show Happy Days!

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Vikings actors greet crowd! A longship burns!

Viking warriors gather on Embarcadero Marina Park South during 2017 Comic-Con to reenact the funeral ceremony of a fallen hero.
Viking warriors gather at Embarcadero Marina Park South during 2017 Comic-Con to reenact the funeral ceremony of a fallen hero.

A special event during 2017 Comic-Con was held Friday evening at Embarcadero Marina Park South. Vikings, a popular show on History, staged a ceremonial Viking funeral that climaxed with the burning of a longship on San Diego Bay!

A large crowd gathered in the park and watched as a fallen hero was carried off by other warriors with great solemnity. Then they cheered when the principal actors made a sudden appearance.

The staged burning of the Viking longship was exactly the sort of spectacle one expects at Comic-Con!

Fans at San Diego Comic-Con await a special event that promotes the History Channel's hit show Vikings.
Fans at San Diego Comic-Con await a special event that promotes History’s hit show Vikings.
A 45 foot Viking longship floats on San Diego Bay. Its burning will be a central attraction of the event.
A 45 foot Viking longship floats on San Diego Bay. Its burning will be a central attraction of the event.
Here come actors portraying a clan of Vikings. We're almost ready to begin.
Here come actors portraying a clan of Vikings. We’re almost ready to begin.
A fallen warrior is ready to be carried from a small fortress-like Viking building.
A fallen warrior is ready to be carried from a small fortress-like Viking building.
The body is transported out in a solemn ceremony.
The body is transported out in a solemn ceremony.
I knew the Vikings were great explorers, but I didn't realize they sailed all the way to San Diego Bay!
I knew the Vikings were great explorers, but I didn’t realize they sailed all the way to San Diego Bay!
Act One is complete.
Act One is complete.
After a long wait, the stars of the show arrive to much cheering. Here comes Katheryn Winnick, who portrays Lagertha.
After a long wait, the stars of the show arrive to much cheering. Here comes Katheryn Winnick, who portrays Lagertha.
And here is Travis Fimmel, who for many years played the lead character Ragnar Lothbrok.
And here is Alexander Ludwig, who plays Bjorn Ironside.
Travis Fimmel greets his fans in San Diego during 2017 Comic-Con.
Alexander Ludwig greets his fans in San Diego during 2017 Comic-Con.
The crowd favorite arrives. It's Alexander Ludwig, who plays Bjorn Lothbrok.
A crowd favorite arrives. It’s Alex Hogh Andersen, who plays Ivar the Boneless.
Alexander Ludwig heads into the fortress, from which the actors address the crowd.
Alex Hogh Andersen heads into the fortress, from which the actors address the crowd.
Everyone listens to the actors, watches a trailer and answers show trivia for prizes while we wait for twilight.
Everyone listens to the actors, watches a trailer and answers show trivia for prizes while we wait for twilight.
People grow restless after waiting quite a long while.
People grow restless after waiting quite a long while.
The Viking longship is overtaken by shadow as the sun sets, then finally the nearby boats move safely away.
The Viking longship is overtaken by shadow as the sun sets, then finally the nearby boats move safely away.
A Viking funeral. The longship burns on San Diego Bay.
A Viking funeral. The longship burns on San Diego Bay.

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Celebrities! Cool cosplay! A rare Alien Queen!

FOX San Diego Morning News reporters dressed as Princess Leia and Darth Vader interview Sam J. Jones, lead actor in the 1980 film Flash Gordon.
FOX San Diego Morning News reporters dressed as Princess Leia and Darth Vader interview Sam J. Jones, lead actor in the 1980 film Flash Gordon.

Here are some photos from my walk outside 2017 Comic-Con this morning. I spotted some celebrities, more very cool cosplay, and a rare Alien Queen!

Check it out!

A great Tweedledum and Tweedledee cosplay at 2017 San Diego Comic-Con!
A great Tweedledum and Tweedledee cosplay at 2017 San Diego Comic-Con!
Warlock cosplay from video game Destiny.
Warlock cosplay from the video game Destiny.
Greg Cipes who voices Beast Boy in the Teen Titans animated series and Michelangelo in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is interviewed during Comic-Con.
Greg Cipes who voices Beast Boy in the Teen Titans animated series and Michelangelo in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is interviewed during Comic-Con.
Celebrity sightings are possible throughout San Diego Comic-Con!
Celebrity sightings are possible throughout San Diego Comic-Con! “Flash Gordon” embraces two popular characters he helped to inspire.
These cool cosplay enthusiasts were part of the FOX television Comic-Con broadcast. Star Wars and steampunk!
These cool cosplay enthusiasts were part of the FOX television Comic-Con broadcast. Star Wars side-by-side with steampunk!
A group shot with cosplayers and celebrities.
A group shot with cosplayers and celebrities.
Cosplay of Jay Garrick, the old school Flash.
Cosplay of Jay Garrick, the old school Flash.
Two super popular characters together--Spidey and Harley!
Two super popular characters together: it’s Spidey and Harley!
An old school Wonder Woman is getting ready to defeat a WW1 German general. He might be Erich Ludendorff, a character in the recent hit movie.
An old school Wonder Woman with aviator goggles is getting ready to defeat a WWI German general! He might be Erich Ludendorff, a villain in the recent hit movie.
A super awesome one quarter scale model of the Queen Alien was being shown by Matrix Studio.
A super awesome one quarter scale model of the Alien Queen was being shown by Matrix Studio along MLK Promenade.
A very detailed Alien egg and limbs.
A very detailed Alien egg and limbs.
Another look at the limited collector piece Alien Queen, one of 300 produced by Matrix Studio.
Another look at the limited collector piece Alien Queen, one of only 300 produced by Matrix Studio.

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