On the list: If you're a young professional interested in the arts, then you should know about The A List, the La Jolla Athenaeum's membership group that's for people 21 and older who want to get serious about exploring music and art. At 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, the group will hold The A List: Paint By Numbers, a social event with farm-to-table snacks and specialty cocktails from Starlite and a live music- and video-mixing performance from Z90.3's DJ Mahjestik, who'll also host the evening's festivities. The event will be held at the Athenaeum's studio space in University Heights (4441 Park Blvd.), and you don't have to be a member to attend. It's just $10 in advance or $12 at the door for nonmembers. ljathenaeum.org/alist
Food & Drink
Beer heaven: Beer geeks citywide must feel a little like they've drunk themselves to death and awakened in a little place called Beer Heaven. Seriously, this year's San Diego Beer Week is overwhelming, featuring 10 days jammed with events, starting with the Rare Beer Breakfast at 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 5, at Stone Brewing and ending with the Allagash Beer and Food Pairing at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, at Churchill's Pub. For some of the highlights, see “Beer & Chees” and “Nibbles." And be sure to hit up sdbw.org and use the handy calendar-import function, which will automatically fill your personal calendar with Beer Week events. And, finally, check with your favorite local beer bars and breweries for events that are still being announced.
Magic MacConnel: In her recent story on artist Kim MacConnel, CityBeat contributor AnnaMaria Stephens quotes MacConnel remembering criticism he once received from a more established artist: “Nobody's going to touch your work with all that bright color. It's just not serious.” Goodthing Mac Connel didn't listen. His bright pieces have been exhibited internationally and are currently on display in a retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego's La Jolla location. In conjunction with that exhibit and opening with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, Quint Contemporary Art (7739 Fay Ave., La Jolla) presents Abracadabra: New Abstract Enamels, in which MacConnel blends simple shapes and bold colors to, as Quint puts it, create “a unique language using color and composition.” The exhibition is on display through Feb. 5, 2011. quintgallery.comSteamed up north: The future is boring—because it's already here. Palm-sized computers? Got it. Flying death drones? Yawn. For cool future stuff, you've got to first go back and change the past. alternate history is the con- “Gas Huffer” by Evan Chambers cept behind the Steampunk genre, which is one step closer to the mainstream thanks to the Oceanside Museum of Art's Steampunk: Vintage Futurism oneweekend exhibition of 13 regional artists. On Friday, Nov. 5, OMA kicks off the show with Dr. Steampunk's Art Extravaganza, which will include a fashion show, videos, hands-on crafts and a 10-foot-tall sculpture by Greg Brotherton, whose robot bishop was on CityBeat's cover in September. The reception is one of OMA's 21-and-older Art After Dark events; it starts at 7 p.m. and costs $25. oma-online.org
The others: The visual-arts program at UCSD is famous for producing conceptual artists who are making names for themselves in the international art world. But an often-overlooked arts program is one that's been consistently producing artists at San Diego State University for years. The fine-arts program at SDSU focuses more on technical aspects and provides students with practical skills they need to become working artists. See recent encaustics and paintings by four of the state school's art grads—Lea Dennis, Regina Herod, Jessi Rapp and Jesse Gammage—at Prohibited Light, opening from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, at Voz Alta (1754 National Ave. in Barrio Logan). And next time you're thinking about arts education in San Diego, don't let the mighty Aztecs slip your mind. vozaltaproject.orgBooks
Jew-bilee: The Jewish literary tradition is a mix of extremes—from heartbreaking Holocaust memoirs to sexual comedy, from cautious cultural celebration to proud self-loathing. This year's San Diego Jewish Book Fair, which starts Wednesday, Nov. 3, includes highlights like a discussion between satirist Gary Shteyngart and New York Times religion columnist Mark Oppenheimer on literacy in the 21st century at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6. And, at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7, comedian Joel Chasnoff, who's shared a stage with Jon Stewart and Lewis Black, makes light of his time in the Israeli army. Both talks are at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center (4126 Executive Drive in La Jolla). For ticket info and a full calendar, visit sdcjc.lfjcc.org.
Songs and stories: Julia Sweeney is a writer and comedienne who did a four-season stint on Saturday Night Live in the early '90s—she was the performer behind the puffy, androgynous character Pat in the popular “It's Pat” sketches. Jill Sobule is a singer / songwriter best known for the 1995 tune “I Kissed a Girl.” Sweeney and Sobule met at a Technology Entertainment and Design (TED) Conference in 2006 and later created a music-and-storytelling revue called The Jill and Julia Show. The subject of their shows can range from Hollywood pitch meetings to relationship woes to YouTube mishaps, but the stories always unfold with humor. They'll perform at The Loft at UCSD at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6. artpwr.comActivism
War on war: The Jill and Julia Show For four decades between 1960 and 2000, Tom Hayden epitomized liberal activism, protesting against war and promoting animal rights, civil rights, environmentalism, public health and campaign-finance reform. He put his activism in practice in the '80s and '90s as a member of the California Assembly and California Senate, and, more recently, he's taught courses at Occidental and Pitzer colleges. At 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, Hayden will give a talk, “Rethinking the Peace Movement for the 21st Century,” that, presumably, will promote new ideas for countering the so-called “long war” enveloping countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. He'll also sign copies of his 2009 book The Long Sixties: From 1960 to Barack Obama. Hayden will make his appearance at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego, 4190 Front St. in Hillcrest. $10 donation requested. tomhayden.com