For nearly 10 years, the San Diego Art Prize has been recognizing and rewarding local artists who show great promise. For patrons, the Art Prize exhibitions provide an excellent opportunity to see some of the best artists in the local scene.
Two of the nearly dozen artists chosen this year will ultimately be paired up with two "established" artists for a mentorship and co-exhibition in 2017, but for now, viewers can take in the emerging artists at the annual New Contemporaries showcase on Saturday, June 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the City College Gallery (1508 C St.). CityBeat has covered some of these up-and-comers over the past few years, including sculptor Aren Skalman, street artist and maker PANCA, and mixed-media artist Shinpei Takeda.
"It's definitely an honor to be nominated," says sculptor Sasha Koozel Reibstein, who was nominated for the Art Prize by curator Tara Centybear. "It's always an interesting group of artists and the people selecting them are so diverse. So there really is a range of people and where they are in their careers."
The way artists are nominated and how the two winners of the prize are chosen has been tweaked over the years, but one new element this year is an extra cash prize for the winner of a "People's Choice" award chosen by the public.
"It would be really cool to win that," says sculptor and installation artist Kim Garcia, who was nominated for the prize by Art San Diego Contemporary Art Fair founder Ann Berchtold. "It brings an interesting element to it. It at least shows what will the interest in San Diego will be."
All the more reason for art lovers to get out and vote. If you can't make the opening, the New Contemporaries showcase will be up through July 14. See sdvisualarts.net for info and full list of artists.
San Diego always shells out for the annual Oysterfest. Now in its seventh year, the two-day event combines the best parts of music and culinary festivals. Mollusk fans can taste oysters from California, Baja, Pacific Northwest and Atlantic Northeast, while also participating in things like a Shuck and Suck contest. For music fans, there's essentially an EDM day and a reggae day, with legendary DJ collective Thievery Corporation headlining Friday, and reggae rock group Rebelution on Saturday (see full music lineup online). Bonus: the event is environmentally conscious, serving sustainably grown grub and reusing the oyster shells. It all takes place at the Marina Embarcadero Marina Park North (400 Kettner Boulevard) from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, June 17, and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 18. Tickets start at $39. Food and drink not included in ticket price. oysterfestsd.com
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For our money, there hasn't been a movie made that's as unabashedly fun as 1991's Point Break, the extreme sports/action flick starring Keanu Reeves as Johnny Utah, a young FBI agent who infiltrates a group of surfing thieves. For 10 years, actor Thomas Blake Jr. has been translating the bonkers-ness of the movie to the stage in Point Break LIVE!, which Blake Jr. describes as a "guerrilla comedy stage show." This famously involves pulling an unrehearsed audience member onstage to perform the role of Johnny Utah ("to capture the beauty of Keanu Reeves' acting" according to Blake Jr.). Unfortunately, this will be the show's final performance in San Diego, which takes place at 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 19, at the Belly Up (143 S. Cedros Ave.). Tickets are $20 at bellyup.com