March 6 2012 07:00 PM

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

"Toilet Painting #6" by Nicole Waszak, on view in Mujer: The Force Within

Women in art

Art has no gender, and yet women tend to be underrepresented in the art world. The Front at Casa Familiar (147 W. San Ysidro Blvd.) in San Ysidro is working to change that with its fifth annual Dia de la Mujer exhibition, Mujer: The Force Within. The show features 27 female artists, with 40 paintings and photographs on display that were inspired by women, all to celebrate international Women's Day.

Curator Leticia Gomez Franco says the event is “all very charged by female power and energy.

“I've never been to a place that has the same kind of environment,” she says. “Everyone comes together to celebrate each other as women, as well as to celebrate the women in our families.”

This year, the exhibition is juried by three major figures in local art: Larry Baza of Noel-Baza Fine Art, Gwen Gomez from the San Diego Museum of Art and Ava Ordorica, creative director at La Casa del Tunel cultural arts center in Tijuana.

An opening reception will be held on Thursday, March 8. Gomez Franco is dividing the event in two to accommodate the more than 400 people expected to attend. It starts as a low-key art reception at 6 p.m., giving attendees the opportunity to take in the work on display. Then at 8 p.m., things kick up a notch with a DJ spinning dance music.

There will also be six female crafters selling their wares, TJ-style street tacos and beers from sponsors Stone Brewing Co.

“I don't know of too many events that nurture and celebrate women artists,” Gomez Franco says. “In the art world, women take second stage to male artists. I think that's why the artists feel that they're part of something special. That keeps us going forward.”

Mujer will be on view through March 29.

He marks the spot—on your face!

The struggle of the 99 percent against the 1 percent really is a timeless theme. One of the places it's played out in popular American culture is in The Mark of Zorro, the 1920 silent-film classic starring the athletic Douglas Fairbanks as Don Diego Vega—an apparently effeminate son of a rich landowner—who decides to do something about the mistreatment of the 99 percent in early-18th-century Spanish California. He affixes a black mask to his face and becomes Señor Zorro! At 8 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at Copley Symphony Hall (1245 Seventh Ave., Downtown), Russ Peck will rock the pipe organ while Zorro afflicts the comfortable on the big screen. Tickets are $20 to $30.

Brew crew

Think back four years. George W. Bush was still president. The economy was tanking. Gas prices were skyrocketing. And there was one glimmer of hope on the horizon—the San Diego CityBeat Beer Club. You thought we were going to say Barack Obama, right? As important as the first African-American president might be, his impact on American quality of life cannot compare to the advent of CityBeat's monthly gatherings at local bars where club members sample craft beers. The Beer Club's Four-Year Anniversary Party runs from 7 to 11 p.m. Monday, March 12, at one of our favorite hangouts, Blind Lady Ale House (3416 Adams Ave. in Normal Heights). Tickets are $35 and include two flights of six 5-ounce tasters and a pizza buffet.

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  • Presented by Pacific Arts Movement, the sixth annual mini film fest features 14 film programs from 10 countries that includes everything from docs to romantic tearjerkers. See website for full lineup and...
  • Debunk some of the stereotypes surrounding cannibalism at this new exhibition that takes a hands-on approach to the subject. Includes video games and interactive activities where patrons will have to decide...
  • The former local boy and creator of the highly influential blog, Advanced Style, will be signing and discussing his third book, Advanced Style: Older and Wiser, which features inspiring pictures and stories...
  • C.J. Chenier and Bonsoir Catin headline this annual Cajun inspired festival. Also enjoy 10,000 pounds of crawfish, dancing and cooking demonstrations. Held at Spanish Landing Park, across from the...
  • A Cinco de Mayo party featuring $2 tacos, cocktails and live music from Bostich+Fussible, Javiera Mena and Gepe
  • A spoken word showcase hosted by English instructor Karla Cordero and her City College students. There will also be a special reading from poet Mercedez Holtry, as well as an art and photography show....
  • Widely known as host of "Weekend Update" on Saturday Night Live and for his role in the Showtime dramedy Weeds, Kevin Nealon brings his unique humor back to the stand-up stage
  • New works from over a dozen UCSD undergraduate students. Participating artists include Charity Algarme, Richard Lin, Joseph Maas, Ignatius Nguyen, and more
  • This video art exhibition from UCSD MFA candidate Stefani Byrd features two installations that explore the themes of breath, mediation, and the nature of time. Takes place in the VAF Performance Space,...
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