In visual art, the line is everything. It starts and completes the piece, and it intersects and interweaves all that is within. As anyone who ever went to art school can attest, trying to make free-hand straight lines and perfect circles was often a lesson in futility.
That's one of the elements that makes Line / Align / Realign so fascinating. Opening Saturday, Nov. 26 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the City Heights Performance Annex (3791 Fairmount Ave.), the group exhibition attempts to explore how artists use lines, as well as how their approach is often as varying as the art itself. The show was originally meant to showcase local and national artists who were graduates and alumni of the Vermont College of Fine Arts, but co-curator Michael Ruiz points out that they wanted to include other artists as well.
"It was important to highlight the work of the folks who've graduated from the school and who are working artists in the community, but just as important was to explore how that work collaborates or parallels with other local artists," says Ruiz. "What I've found is that the connections are actually pretty strong."
For the exhibition, Ruiz curated a varied cast of artists working in a variety of mediums. From paint and photography, to sculpture and video, over a dozen names will be showcased. One of the local artists in the exhibition is Melissa Walter, an illustrator who specializes in highly detailed and geometrical pattern pieces that attempt to explain the universe. Regional works include a sound piece by Renee Lauzon, poetry-based works from Barbara Rickman and paintings from Blair Vaughn-Gruler. The opening will also feature music from DJ Aki Kharmicel and DJ Uplift. Ruiz hopes the exhibition works as a catalyst for artists, who might not otherwise think their work has anything in common, to see the dualities and consider working together.
"This is something that's just beginning," Ruiz says. "It's really an attempt to create locally grown artists and communities that help support each other."
After a stressful Black Friday, we'd like to think that it's time for some much-needed booze. Now in its second year, the Adams Avenue Spirit Stroll is a great way to support the avenue's hoods (University Heights, Normal Heights and Kensington) on Small Business Saturday. From 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26, patrons can sip holiday-themed cocktails at a variety of independently owned restaurants and stores. For $24, you can taste 14 different cocktails. Some of our favorite locations include Jaynes Gastropub, Polite Provisions and Sycamore Den, but there are even less likely businesses involved in the stroll such as Cal Coast Bicycles and Villainous Lair Comics. We're not sure what those mysterious cocktails will be (a bike or Green Lantern-themed martini?), but check out the full list of participating venues available at adamsavenuebusiness.com.
We all miss David Bowie, and while no amount of musical tribute nights or midnight screenings of Labyrinth seem to fill the void, they still offer a touching reminder of just how much musical awesomeness he left behind. No one knows this more than Seu Jorge, the Brazilian musician who readers might remember as the scene-stealing, singing sailor in Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic. His covers of Bowie songs sung in Portuguese will be the centerpiece of The Life Aquatic—A Tribute to David Bowie, a one-night concert featuring Jorge playing songs from the movie, as well as deeper cuts audiences may not have heard yet. It happens Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 9 p.m. at the Balboa Theatre (868 Fourth Ave.). Tickets start at $39.50 at sandiegotheatres.org.