Aug. 28 2013 12:39 PM

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

A past Glottalopticon performance
Photo by Yonatan Aljadeff

1 Doom-wop, you say? 

It's a brilliant name, Glottalopticon, that might be roughly translated as "voice observed." And it fits the second installment of the Glottalopticon Experimental Opera Series perfectly.

Happening from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31 at Space 4 Art (325 15th St. in East Village), the performance seeks to break with traditional notions of theater. As composer Clinton McCallum explains, attendees will be able to take in "a collection of different performances that are happening in sequence and simultaneously."

The evening features Leslie Ann Leytham performing Samuel Beckett's Not I, a dizzying monologue in which a disembodied mouth tells a fragmented tale about a troubled woman's life. Batya McAdams-Somer will perform a composition by McCallum for solo violin that's based on women's screams in horror movies, and McCallum will play what he refers to as "Doom Wop": 

"It's taking these doo-wop songs that are totally about singing and voicing desire or longing and then just slowing it down and sort of changing your experience," he says, "taking the heavy macho sound of doom and turning it into love songs."

Perhaps too challenging for a city that tends to play it safe artistically?

"It's dark," McCallum acknowledges, "but I don't think it's as oppressive."

Following with the nontraditional nature of the performance is how the audience will be able to take it all in; it's not seated, but instead interactive, involving sound sculpture and video projections by artist Vabianna Santos.

"We're going to set it up so that we're going to draw people's attention over to something and then have something really interesting and subtle happening maybe behind your back," McCallum says. "You do feel like you're being guided, but you have to stay on your toes because you might miss something."

Glottalopticon (the performance begins at 8 p.m.) coincides with the opening of the exhibition Fast Thoughts for Short Attention Spans, featuring work by Southern California artists Joshua Callaghan, John Kilduff and J. Nolan. $15 donation.

Choose wisely

We'll say it again in the land of the free: Use your freedom of choice, your freedom of choice. You can follow Devo's sage advice starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, when the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library in La Jolla (1008 Wall St.) hosts Member's Choice: Pick Your Poison, part of its ongoing A List series of after-hours events. Attendees can vote for their favorite painting, sculpture or photograph in the library's 22nd Annual Juried Exhibition, which will include 51 works by local artists; watch dueling pianists in the music room; choose grub from one of two food trucks; and select different ingredients to concoct a signature vodka-based libation at a create-your-own-cocktail bar. It's a 21-and-older event that costs $12 for non-members.

Let's rassle

Wrestling has always been as much about theater as about competition and sport. Wait, scratch that—it's way more about theater than it is about sport, which is why it's so damn entertaining, particularly Mexico's lucha libre. Argue the merits of WWE all you want, but American pro-wrestlers still can't boast those cool, shiny polyester masks (obvious exception: Rey Mysterio). See these preening luchadores first-hand—and north of the border—when Oddity Wrestling Alliance presents Viva La Lucha Libre! at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31. There'll be five matches between grapplers from California and Tijuana, music from DJ Peet O Perez, prize giveaways, food and a meet-and-greet—all at Family Gym San Diego (101 17th St. in East Village). Admission is $12.

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