Feb. 27 2013 12:43 PM

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

Jimmy Jazz


Punk rock and poetry often go hand-in-hand, from Patti Smith to Jim Carroll, who, before his death, had published six books of poetry and appeared on Rancid's ...And Out Come the Wolves album (which takes its name from a poem that appeared in Carroll's best-known work, The Basketball Diaries). Unlike traditional poetry, these artists' works are marked by transgressive language, DIY ethos, subversive performance and stark realism.

During the past two decades, Jimmy Jazz has been a thriving voice in San Diego's poetry scene by upholding the values and integrity of these punk icons.

"When I started writing, I published my own books, 100-page photocopy chapbooks sewn together by hand," he says in an email. "I gave them away to friends and tried to sell them at coffee shops and Off the Record. I went to see Jim Carroll at The Improv in PB and gave him one of my books.

"That showed me when you do it yourself, it can be raw, wild and unaccountable to lawyers, bean counters or whoever dulls down art."

Jazz has organized readings for Lollapalooza, written five novels (including his newest, The Book of Books, a 1,000-page behemoth about every book he's ever read) and enticed countless alternative poets to San Diego. Jazz's Friday, March 1, appearance at the Museum of the Living Artist's Poetry & Art Series 2013 in Balboa Park will be his first public reading in eight years, and, from the sound of it, it should be a spectacle.

"Going to open mics, you learn very quickly that you must distinguish your performance from the mob," he says. "If the guy before you stands up at the mic, you forego the mic and sit on people's laps in the audience. If three [readers] bore the crowd to sleep, you wear a clown suit and hit someone with a pie while you read your poem."

The event—which will feature several other readers from the SDSU-affiliated literary journal Fiction International—starts at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $5, or free if you bring wine to share. sandiego-art.org


Always a go-to spot for high-brow cultural happenings, La Jolla's Athenaeum Music & Arts Library (1008 Wall St.) will be an ideal place for NPR-type listeners once the spring edition of the Acoustic Evenings concert series kicks into gear. Hosted by kooky new-ager Jefferson Jay, each evening features three acts, an intermission and a post-concert meet-and-greet. The first one goes down at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 1, with performances by local folkies The Midnight Pine, veteran singer-songwriter Jeff Larson and New York composer Kelli Rudick. Rudick may prove to be the highlight if her introspective, glimmering 2012 album, We Would Love Each Other, is any indication. $12-$17. ljathenaeum.org


In the ring and in his personal life, Mike Tyson's always been a controversial figure. His face tattoo alone was enough to make the world ask, "What the hell?" The former heavyweight champion can bite off Evander Holyfield's ear and raise pigeons, but can he do theater? He'll certainly try with Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, a one-man show, directed by Spike Lee, for which Iron Mike will open up about his triumphs and tribulations. In recent years, Tyson has surprised people with his honesty and openness. He'll reveal more when he takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, at the Balboa Theater (868 Fourth Ave., Downtown). $22.50- $94.50. For your safety, we recommend against heckling. tysonontour.com

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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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