July 21 2014 04:37 PM

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

Judah Friedlander
Photo by Phil Provencio

1. Friednado

Judah Friedlander isn't short on self-esteem.

"I am a role model. I am the greatest martial artist on the planet," the actor and standup comic tells CityBeat with his trademark deadpan delivery. "But I'm also going to be the next president of the United States." 

One issue that's got his attention is the plight of tens of thousands of Central American kids crossing into the U.S. "I think we send 'em up to Canada," he says. "I think that's where they're trying to get to, anyway. Canada's got more space, and they already have healthcare, so it seems like that's probably where they're headed."

Friedlander, who lived in San Diego for 10 years as a child, booked a series of standup shows here—five performances from Thursday, July 24, through Saturday, July 26, at The American Comedy Co. (818 Sixth Ave., Downtown, , $20)—to coincide with Comic-Con.

"I'm a big horror-movie guy," he says. "I like odd people, in general. I'm a big sci-fi kind of guy. And I really appreciate art. I don't read comics as much as I want, but I love anything that's dealing with the arts and fantasy."

He'll hold a couple of signing appearances at Comic-Con and serve on a panel on Sharknado 2: The Second One, in which he plays "some dude from Queens who's trying to kill some sharks, trying to save New York."

"Iím a big fan of that company, The Asylum," he says of the studio that produces the Sharknado films. He says he started tweeting at The Asylum during the first Sharknado. "I think after a while, they realized I was serious," he says. "So then they gave me a little part in it. It was so much fun, dude."

But what about his standup shows?

"It's going to be the greatest sexual experience—and comedic experience—people have ever seen," he boasts. "First of all, there's a mandatory sex party after every show, and everyone gets in free. And let the ladies know, they'll all get in. Gentlemen, they're invited, too, to watch, learn, take notes, see how things are done properly. The guys might be intimidated by what I can do. It's educational and inspirational."

 2. Creative commons

In the last decade or so, local museum nightlife has hit an all-time high as events like Culture and Cocktails at the San Diego Museum of Art and Thursday Night Thing at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego have enticed younger and hipper crowds with live music and boozy refreshments. If you're up for a slightly longer drive, North County is promising a lively event of its own with Lux's Art Institute's Creative Nights (1550 S. El Camino Real in Encinitas). The event will feature artists engaging in live art-making, such as welding and glass blowing, alongside live performances by The Brothers Grim and Tolan Shaw, plus food and libations. The fun starts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 24. Admission is $20. luxartinstitute.org

3. Hat tips on display

Quint Gallery and the Murals of La Jolla project have teamed up for a cool collaboration. The Horizon exhibition, opening from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at Quint (7547 Girard Ave. in La Jolla), will feature established artists alongside emerging artists whom they admire. The big-name artists with work featured in the large outdoor murals hanging billboard-style on private businesses throughout La Jolla—John Baldessari, Robert Irwin, Ryan McGinness, Kim MacConnel Jean Lowe and others—were each asked to name an artist they thought deserved attention. They did a good job, naming rising stars like James Enos, Joseph Huppert and Susan Metzger—the final lineup reads like a cast of San Diegoís best all-time and up-and-coming artists. quintgallery.com


  • The renowned Mexican black and white photographer presents an exhibition exploring the principal themes within three groups: "Bestiarium"," Fantastic Women" and "Silent Natures."
  • 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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