Stockton Arts Week is underway.
A flag-raising ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. today in celebration of 10-10 day with cultural dancing and a complimentary lunch at the Confucius Church Social Hall, 212 E. Lafayette St. Sports Allied Through Arts takes place from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Children’s Museum of Stockton, 402 W. Weber Ave. The Stockton Heat, Stockton Ports and Stockton Kings’ staff and mascots will attend with art activities provided by Shades of Color. Admission is $6. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Children will receive two tickets to the Stockton Heat Latino Heritage game, which will be at 6 p.m. today at Stockton Arena featuring performances of ballet folklorico and mariachi.
Other arts activity today includes the last Stockmarket of the year at Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza, from 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Placeholder Magazine and Tuleburg Press present the Stockton Zine Fest showcasing DIY/alternative press zines, artwork, music and video projections, from 2-7 p.m. at 720 E. Weber Ave. The event is partially funded by a Stockton Arts Commission and California Arts Council grant. Meet members of the Stockton Arts Commission at 5 p.m. at J. Rusten Furniture Studio, 726 E. Weber Ave. End the evening with the fourth annual Creepshow from 5-10 p.m. at Mudville Tat2, 127 W. Harding Way. The free event combines art by local artists, live music and live painting.
See “King Kong” on the big screen at the Bob Hope Theatre at 2 p.m. Sunday. The theater opens at 1 p.m. for an hour of art and music before the film. Admission is $8.
Watch a free master class with saxophonist Kenneth Radnofsky from 7:30–9 p.m. Monday at the University of the Pacific Recital Hall, 3601 Pacific Ave. Brandon James performs Live at Cast Iron, 114 N. San Joaquin, starting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Erin Elizabeth exhibits at Define barre and fitness, 7147 Pacific Ave., from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Her show is entitled “Rose, Earth, Tribe” and depicts recent work inspired by her artist journey to Africa. View displays of art and music from 5-8 p.m. Thursday as you stroll the Miracle Mile.
On Friday paint a pumpkin ($7) at the Art Lab, 2001 Pacific, 5-8 p.m. and for a rare treat, listen to Music from Japan at the University of the Pacific Recital Hall, 7:30–9 p.m. Admission is $10.
Do you want to learn about downtown’s public art? Meet at The Write Place, 343 E. Main, at 9 a.m. on Oct. 20 and tour 17 maintenance hole covers and print your favorites on items that you bring. Participants should wear comfortable shoes, wear a hat, bring sunscreen, water and wear clothes you can kneel in. Workshop fee is $10. Go to bit.ly/2Ehy3ky to register.
Oct. 20 is a day full of “Peace and Light,” starting with the Multicultural Peace and Light Festival. The festival begins by the community chalk drawing “What Peace Looks Like” on the Joan Darrah Promenade (Center Street and Weber Avenue) 8 a.m.-noon. Students and families are encouraged to attend. Chalk is provided. Cash prizes. Register at email@example.com to ensure supplies.
The festival moves to the McLeod Amphitheater at Center and Fremont streets from 12:15-4 p.m. for cultural performances of music, dance and art. Make a community altar, walk a peace cloth labyrinth, create a flower mandala and do make and take art. This event is partially funded by a grant from the Stockton Arts Commission. Finish the day by attending the Peace and Light Festival, 4-8 p.m. at Morelli Park. This festival celebrates peace and healing and honors our ancestors, culminating in the floating of lanterns. I hope that the community goes to both events and learns how to keep peace and light in our hearts every day!
This is only a sample of the many art programs offered during Stockton Arts Week. Visit visitstockton.org/stockton-arts-week to learn more.
Joy Neas is an arts advocate and coordinator for ArtSplash. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.