Categories: Vanguard Culture Events



SAT. 1/19: Behind the Movement: The Future Starts Here. $20-$25. Dance icon John Malashock will create new choreography to live music written and performed by San Diego Symphony ‘Hearing the Future Festival” Director Matthew Aucoin.Guests will have an opportunity to see the creative process live while sipping on craft cocktails and delicious wines from the Valle de Guadalupe. The event includes a pre-show pop-up art exhibition themed around “sound” and “the future” by the local artist collective Space 4 Art.


SAT. 3/23 – The Art of Dance: CHAGALL. $50-$150. An unforgettable dance, art, and fashion event inspired by the whimsical works of Marc Chagall. Proceeds benefit Malshock’s Education and Outreach Programs. Featuring performances by Malashock Dance Company, live art creation, a Chagall-inspired fashion show, live auction, and delicious bites and craft cocktails by Vanguard Culture.


SAT. 5/11 -THE EDGE: A new series presented by Gilbert Castellanos in partnership with Vanguard Culture. Join us for a night of musical artistry between San Diego Music Award-winning jazz and non-jazz musicians. Local jazz icon Gilbert Castellanos has invited Americana musicians “The Midnight Pine” to step out of their comfort zone and onto the edge of something new. Find out what happens when two of Southern California’s hottest bands from opposite musical genres musically merge. 7:00p.m. – 10:00 p.m. $25-$40 Tickets Include Delicious Bites + 1 Craft Cocktail.


SAT. 10/12 – SLOW. CHOP. IGNITE. This choreographer / chef competition tasks competitors with using the same 5 culinary terms as prompt ingredients for their dance or appetizer. The event will include a pop-up art show by bi-national photographer Josue Castro of The Kitchen Project TJ, featuring compelling portraits of chefs and dancers. Chefs win cash prizes as well as industry related opportunities including a paid choreographic commission by the PGK Dance Project. $25-$40. Tickets include access to 6 chef stations, 1 craft cocktail, & pre-show industry mixer with music by DJ Masha.

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BREAKTHROUGH – This quarterly Spoken Word Series will be themed around catalytic moments in the history of art, fashion,music, pop culture and more. Each event includes delicious food, live music, spoken word, dance, and visual arts – all themed around a specific historical era. Co-produced in partnership with CA Poet Laureate Nominee Gill Sotu, guests are encouraged to dress in costume of each era.

SAT. 2/16: The Roaring 20’s. $25-$40 (Birth of Jazz / Excess / Restriction) Program partners include Sparks Gallery, Baja Wine + Food, Cerveza Colibre, and Boochcraft.

SAT. 4/20: The Seventies. $25-$40 (Civil Rights / Flower Power / Rise of Feminism) Program partners include Sparks Gallery, Baja Wine + Food, and Cerveza Colibre. 

SAT. 9/21: The Nineties. $25-$40 (Rise of Multiculturalism/ Grunge Movement / Raves / the World Wide Web / End of the Cold War) Program partners include Sparks Gallery, Baja Wine + Food, and Cerveza Colibre.

SAT. 11/2: The Future. $40-$80 This culminating event of the series will present a hopeful visioning of catalytic moments in the future of art, fashion, music, pop culture that would change the world for the better. Guests are encouraged to dress in high fashion of the future (Avant-Garde). Program partners include Fashion Week San Diego, San Diego Art Institute, Fleet Science Center, Baja Wine + Food, and Cerveza Colibre. Tickets:


THE FORUM: Arts Law.

Each workshop in this 3-part “Arts Law” series,organized with California Lawyers for the Arts, will be comprised of a 35 min presentation followed by 20 min of Q&A with attorneys in a wide range of topics including Branding and Trademarks/ Copyright and Intellectual Property /How to set up your organization as a nonprofit, LLC, etc., and changes in tax laws that affect creative industries. $10 online -$15 at the door.

MON. 12/3/18 – Trademark & Branding for Creative Artists with Neil A.Salyards, J.D.

Why did singer Taylor Swift trademark the phrase “This Sick Beat”?
Did Prince’s estate just try to trademark the color Purple?
What are trademarks and why do artists use them? 
Join Vanguard Culture and California Lawyers for the Arts for a workshop on trademarks — what they are, what they mean, and ways they can help you create a strong brand identity as an individual artist, musician, band, or art collective. Attorney Neil A. Salyards will provide background on basic trademark law and an overview of the use of trademarks in business and art.
Speaker: Neil A. Salyards is a Trademarks & Copyright attorney at Procopio law firm representing clients in the enforcement of international and domestic intellectual property assets with a focus on Trademark, Copyright and Brand protection in a wide range of industries.

MON. 2/25/19– The Art of Deduction: Taxes for Artists
Major tax reforms went into effect in 2018, affecting individuals as well as their businesses. California Lawyers for the Arts and Vanguard Culture invite Artists and Creative Freelancers of all disciplines to join for a workshop on the essentials of income tax for individual artists. Topics will include record keeping, IRS form 1040, Schedule C, and self-employment schedules, itemized deductions, hobby losses, and home offices.

Speaker: T. JESÚS OBA, EA, CPA is an enrolled agent and CPA whom has his practice in downtown San Diego. He is Vice-President of the San Diego Chapter of CalCPA and focuses his practice on high net worth individuals with international reporting requirements.


MON. 5/20 – Public Art Panel Discussion with Local Arts Leaders

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MON-TUES. 4/8 – 4/9 Chef’s Roll ANTI-Convention. 2 Days of Legendary Chefs,Thought Leaders and Catalysts. An International Chef Convention featuring industry workshops and panel discussions by some of the world’s best chefs. Not your typical chef conference, the event program will include elements of creative collaboration between chefs, actors, and visual artists. Chef’s Roll ANTI-Convention will culminate with a beautiful and delicious celebration of great food by some of the region’s best chefs, in honor of Culinary Pioneer Jeremiah Tower. $75 Chefs& Cooks / $300 General Admission (Includes 2 days of content plus all daytime conference meals.) Dinner Events $150 Chefs & Cooks / $375 General Admission



AN ARTIST @ THE TABLE SENSORIAL with Chef Daniella de la Puente. Now in its 3rd sold-out year, An Artist @ Table invites the general public to dine with some of San Diego’s most visionary arts leaders. This year’s edition will feature an incredible fine dining experience designed to engage all 5 senses, presented by Vanguard Culture Culinary Director Chef Daniella de la Puente. Guests will also enjoy wine pairings from the Valle de Guadalupe presented by Baja Wine + Food and gorgeous rooftop views of Downtown. $100-$175. Limited seating.

SAT. 3/16: Featured Artist TBD
SAT. 6/8: Featured Artist TBD
SAT. 9/7:
Featured Artist TBD

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Collateral Collective, a new online platform designed to introduce artists and patrons to one another for creative and transactional connections, will present two pop-up art shows featuring dozens of local artists involved in the collective. Events will include live music and dance performances,craft cocktails, open studio and multimedia experiences. 6pm-9pm.

SAT. 6/1 – Spring Open Show
SAT. 10/26 – Fall Open Show



The Not-So-Silent Short Film Fest: – Join fellow cinephiles for three interactive evenings of silent short films curated by award-winning multi-media curator and soundscape artist Scott Paulson. Paulson will present lively screenings of silent classics with his band, the Teeny-Tiny Pit Orchestra. Audiences are encouraged to grab sound makers ranging from exotic wooden bird calls, to giant thunder-sheets, to old-school car horns to help underscore the films. Featuring craft cocktails and delicious gourmet popcorn varieties by our Culinary Director Chef Daniella de la Puente. $15.00 includes 1 bag of popcorn + 1 drink.  

SAT 6/22 – Women Filmmakers: Pioneers of Cinema

SAT 7/6 – Innovative Inventors – Wacky Inventions

SAT 8/3 – Steampunk Celluloid Soiree (Costumes encouraged)

SAT8/24 – Film to Table Italiano – Presented in partnership with the San Diego Italian Film Festival, this event features curated, food-centric film shorts and delicious food from some of San Diego’s best Italian Chefs. $15-$30. Pre-show industry mixer featuring music by DJ Masha

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Vanguard Culture

Vanguard Culture is an online media entity designed for culturally savvy, socially conscious individuals. We provide original interviews and reviews of the people, places, and events that make up San Diego’s thriving arts and culture community, as well as curated snapshots of the week’s best, most inspiring and unique cultural and culinary events. We believe in making a difference in the world, supporting San Diego’s vibrant visual and performing arts community and bringing awareness to important social and community causes.