1. Sonic student takeover
Seahorses, it turns out, are super-sensitive to loud sounds. That's why a quiet, calming composition called "Silent Singer" will be playing near the seahorse exhibit during the upcoming Immersion: Soundtracks for Sea Life concert at the Birch Aquarium (2300 Expedition Way in La Jolla) happening from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 13.
The unique event is part of the annual SpringFest: Experiments in Music, which kicked off April 6 and runs through Thursday, April 17, and features mostly free performances by UCSD music graduate students at locations on and off campus (the full schedule's at ucsdmusic.blogspot.com).
At Immersion, which costs $10, guests are encouraged to wander through the aquarium and encounter both live and recorded original music. There'll be electro-acoustic performances inside the Hall of Fishes, contemporary classical melodies near the kelp-forest tank, improvisational experiments in the courtyard and folk music in the outdoor plaza.
"We put the noise music by the sharks," says lead curator Adam Tinkle. "The aquarium concert is probably the best way to get the greatest aesthetic diversity in the smallest amount of time."
Other SpringFest events sound just as sonically titillating. The "Synthesizer Petting Zoo," happening at 5 p.m. Friday, April 11, at the Conrad Prebys Music Center, invites guests to experiment and play with UCSD students' hand-built instruments, effects and controllers. And "Sound in Silence," happening at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at Luce Loft (1037 J St., Downtown) includes a screening of two classic silent films (Samuel Beckett's Film and Jean Epstein's The Fall of the House of Usher) with live musical accompaniment by UCSD students Felipe Rossi and Josh Charney.
"The professors run the show most of the time—you can see them throughout the year in concerts on campus," Tinkle says. "But this is the time of year when the students just totally take over."
2. Beauty and more beauty
"... (T)here's so much beauty in the world. Sometimes I feel like I'm seeing it all at once, and it's too much. My heart fills up like a balloon that's about to burst." Wes Bentley wasn't talking about Art Alive in American Beauty, but he could've been. Art Alive, San Diego Museum of Art's signature fundraiser, is an exhibition of 120 interpretations of famous works of art through floral arrangements, and it happens from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 11, through Sunday, April 13, at the Balboa Park museum. The centerpiece is Carlos Franco's (Green Fresh Florals) transformation of the rotunda, inspired by the museum's Spanish Baroque architecture and the gardens of the Alhambra in Granada, Spain. $20. See sdmart.org for a schedule of events.
3. Beyond the sea
For nine seasons, Discovery's Deadliest Catch has depicted the brutal conditions of Alaskan crab fishing and the internal drama of the fishing vessels' crews. Scott Campbell Jr., who heads the crew of the Seabroke, has co-authored a memoir, Giving the Finger: Risking it All to Fish the World's Deadliest Sea, with CityBeat book critic Jim Ruland—who himself has done time on the high seas (yes, we're promoting our own here, but Ruland's never let us down). At 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 11, Campbell and Ruland will be at 3rdspace (4610 Park Blvd. in University Heights), where they'll offer behind-the-scenes Deadliest Catch tales and sell signed copies of the book. 3rdspace.co
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