1 OH, FOR SHORE
Human beings have been fascinated by science and space for hundreds of years. From Galileo Galilei playing Peeping Tom to the planets with his telescope back in the 16th and 17th centuries to Star Wars fans geeking out over the Rebel Alliance's battle against the evil Galactic Empire, science has had a profound effect on our collective psyche.
Some of those effects are on display in Approximately Infinite Universe, an exhibition of science-fiction-inspired art running now through Sept. 1 at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego's La Jolla location (700 Prospect St.). Seventeen artists, including Yoko Ono, Chitra Ganesh, Matthew Buckingham and Victoria Fu, explore the themes and motifs of sci-fi. Wander the galleries and you'll see paintings and video installations depicting aliens, Star Trek, dystopian societies, cyborgs, mutants and more of that freaky sci-fi goodness.
Earlier this year, the museum debuted Shore Thing, a series of Thursday-night events during which visitors can see current exhibitions while also picnicking in the museum's sculpture garden, checking out live music and enjoying drinks and other special entertainment. To celebrate Approximately Infinite Universe, and to augment Shore Thing, the museum will screen Stanley Kubrick's sci-fi classic 2001: A Space Odyssey at 5:45 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, in its onsite theater.
"When working with [curator Jill Dawsey] and thinking what programs would complement her exhibition, we talked about Kubrick's 2001 as the seminal film," spokesperson Cris Scorza says. "It was seen by the generation of artists she's working with, and by herself and by me. We thought, Let's think about presenting it so the audience can see the film and reflect on what's on view and make connections, and, ultimately, we imagine our Approximately Infinite Universe."
This time, there'll be music by DJ Will Hernandez, with Drumbeats by Dre, and food for sale from the Pierogi Truck and Sno Cal Shaved Ice. There's no additional cost for the event; just pay the museum's $10 admission. mcasd.org
2 RAT TALES
The erratic Vermin on the Mount literary series will resurface on Saturday, Aug. 24, with tales of punk rock and raging infernos. The event, which starts at 7 p.m. at 3rdSpace in University Heights (4610 Park Blvd.), features irreverent storytellers and a free-roaming atmosphere more conducive to wine than cheese. Among other writers, the next edition will feature Justin Maurer reading stories about his experiences as a punk rocker on tour, as well as Sandra Millers Younger reliving her tragic experience during San Diego County's Cedar Fire in October 2003. Creator Jim Ruland, who—full-disclosure alert—writes CityBeat's books column "The Floating Library," started Vermin in L.A.'s Chinatown and moved to San Diego in 2006, bringing the literary event with him. verminonthemount.com
3 PRETTY POP ART
Mario Peruchetti's exhibition The Power of Love officially marks the end of summer. (Well, at least it did in the event listings in our annual Summer Guide.) But there are few better ways to cling to summer's enjoyable lightness of being than by checking out Peruchetti's whimsical, colorful resin sculptures ("a pop artist for the 21st century" is how sdartguide.com describes him). The Power of Love, his first solo show in the U.S., opens with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at Madison Gallery (1020 Prospect St. in La Jolla). An RSVP is required to firstname.lastname@example.org to attend. If you can't make it to the opening, the Milan-born artist's work will be on view through Sept. 25; the gallery's open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. madisongalleries.com