June 22 2011 10:20 AM

Our picks of San Diego events this week include a mystical show at Subtext, the annual OB Street Fair and more

"Higherself" by Charles Glaubitz


Telling tales: When you're at The Noosphere, an exhibition opening from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, June 24, at Subtext Gallery (2479 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy), ask Tijuana artist Charles Glaubitz about one of his pieces in the solo show. The answer you'll get will be intensely deep, maybe even a little mystical, and he'll eloquently take you through nearly every shape, symbol and figure in his interesting illustrative work. While a quick glance might make you want to write off Glaubitz as just another played-out comic-book-inspired pop surrealist, talking to the artist will reveal the depth of his work, which is rife with symbolism, references to alchemy, quantum physics, spiritualism and history. The show's on view through July 17. subtextgallery.com


Under the surface: Cara Hoffman has lived an interesting life. A highschool dropout who wandered around Europe and the Middle East, working odd jobs while most kids are in college, she later climbed her way from newspaper-delivery girl to investigative reporter, covering crime and the environment in rural, low-income parts of upstate New York. Her first novel, So Much Pretty, about a smalltown murder, draws from that experience, as well as Hoffman's fascination with the ways violence manifests itself in society. Sit in on a discussion between Hoffman and Jim Ruland—a CityBeat contributor and host of the reading series, Vermin on the Mount—at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at The Ink Spot, 710 13th St. in East Village. Suggested donation: $5. sandiegowriters.org


Big man in the gallery: If you think Ted Washington is larger than life—he's taller than most, even when he's sitting on a barstool as a bouncer at The Casbah—wait until you see the guy perform. At 8 p.m. Friday, June 24, at Voz Alta (1754 National Ave. in Barrio Logan), Washington will wrap his big hands around a microphone and explode in a mix of spoken word, guitar, keys, bass and shenanigans in Pruitt Igoe, his music-meets-spoken-word project. Washington will be joined by the lyrical Red E Gaines (current artist-in-residence at Voz Alta), Aileen Reyes and San Diego hip-hop duo Stuntdouble and Tenshun in a performance called Excerpts. vozaltaprojectgallery.com


Be the pope of chili town: From a beachside beer garden called Liquorland to a Wonderland Children's Area complete with pony rides, this year's Ocean Beach Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off Festival is the 32nd time the good people of San Diego's most down-to-earth beach community have combined efforts to show you and your family a hell of a good time. From 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 25, the festival will include all the usual suspects—live music, vendors, art displays and the always-interesting dog and people watching—but the chili cook-off, which has amateurs and restaurants cooking side by side, is the star of the show. The line for the cook-off starts at 10 a.m. and the start of the tasting will be marked with the sound of a bullhorn at 11 a.m. oceanbeachsandiego.com/ob-street-fair


Plucky punditry: There are few politicians in San Diego as unrestrained as Lori Saldaña, former member of the California Assembly and candidate for the state Senate in 2012. The Democrat is a political nerd and an unapologetic progressive who's never shy with her opinions and speculation and always seems to know what's going on in the inside track. At 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, Saldaña will share her expertise on the state budget and redistricting. In the latter case, a press release says she'll focus on the state and Congressional levels, though attendees might prod her to respond to the city-level redistricting controversies. Presented by the Uptown Democratic Club, the event will be at the Joyce Beers Community Center, 1220 Cleveland Ave. in Hillcrest. Free. uptowndemocrats.org

Food & Drink

Kanpai!: The history of Japanese-American relations has resulted in significant epicurean achievements, such as the teriyaki chicken bowl, the California roll and, of course, the sake bomb. OK, that last one is a bit gratuitous since few frat boys have stopped to savor the beautiful pairing of beer and sake. And what a marriage it is: A sip of crisp and clean rice wine followed by a swig of pale lager is enough for us contemplate emigration to Sapporo. Instead, we'll settle for the 9th Annual Beer & Sake Festival at the San Diego Marriot in Del Mar (11966 El Camino Real), hosted by the Japanese Society of San Diego and Tijuana from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 23. Tickets are $60. facebook.com/beersake

Special Events

Dig diversity: Your kids' young minds are impressionable. So, you should take them to Diversity Day at The New Children's Museum (200 W. Island Ave., Downtown). Why? Because it's a fun, easy way to educate them about the different kinds of people there are in the world. The Anti-Defamation League teamed up with the museum to organize a day's worth of activities to show people how to get down with diversity, including everything from a community art project to cultural performances like Polynesian dancing and a set from South American-inspired local band Todo Mundo. You can also check out the museum's current exhibition, Animal Art. The day runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 26. Free. thinkplaycreate.org

Sacred H2O: Last month, we hipped you to H2O: The Art of Conservation, a unique art exhibition featuring water-conservation-themed works by 14 local artists. The pieces have been on display at Cuyamaca College's Water Conservation Garden ever since, so that the garden's message can be shared in a new, visceral way. From 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, five of the artists will be on hand for Evenings in the Garden: H2O Talks. Rebecca Goodman, Fritzie Urquhart, Lea de Wit, Omar Lopez and Adam Manley will be hanging out in the garden near their respective pieces, answering questions and discussing the themes and process behind their work. For $12, enjoy refreshments, view all the artwork and spend a summer evening outdoors. thegarden.org


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