Aug. 3 2011 10:37 AM

Our picks of San Diego events this week include MCASD's art party, a Brothers Grimm-inspired exhibition and more

A drawing from Richard T. Reyes' "Red" series


Black, white and red: San Diego illustrator and artist Richard T. Reyes is a graphite master whose pencil meets paper cleanly and concisely. Thanks to his somewhat macabre sensibilities, many of his pieces picture the darker side of his imagination; it's common for his precise black-and-white drawings to include a splash of red, either to represent blood or for a dramatic visual effect. From 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, at Bread & Cie (350 University Ave. in Hillcrest), Reyes will show off his latest graphite drawings as he opens his solo show, REDception. The drawings explore themes from Grimm's version of the classic “Little Red Riding Hood” tale (called “Little Red Cap”). Some of you may recognize the main character in Reyes' drawings because she's modeled after singer, musician and burlesque performer Amanda Suter.

New kid: We have yet to make it down to hART Lounge (734 Park Blvd., Downtown), but the new art store, coffeehouse and hookah lounge is on our radar. There's a rad collaborative mural on the outside of the building, and the spot has already hosted a few exhibitions with artists we really dig. All that has gone down before they've celebrated a grand opening. From 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, hART will cut the ribbon at a grand-opening soirée and group art show featuring some of San Diego's hardest-working urban artists, including Glow, Maxx Moses, Monstrinho, Sonia-Lopez Chavez, Crol, Ricardo Islas, Chikle and Pandemic. There will be DJs, performances and live visuals, too.

Best of the bunch: Marking its second decade, the Athenaeum's Annual Juried Exhibition is arguably your best bet to see truly exciting, thought-provoking works from emerging and established local artists. Opening with a reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, the show, on display through Sept. 3 at 1008 Wall St. in La Jolla, features folks like photographer Andrew Printer, whose latest project, The Daily Unusual, comments on a “culture saturated with shocking and banal images”; Colin Tuis Nesbit, who creates modern-day takes on historic momento mori artwork; and Ela Boyd, who uses light to turn 3-D shapes into eerie apparitions. In all, the exhibition includes 36 pieces from 23 artists, selected by Joseph Bellows (owner of Joseph Bellows Gallery) and Kathryn Kanjo, chief curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Free. 


You may say I'm a screamer: Justin Pearson is an innovative musical extremist. In the mid-'90s, his bands Swing Kids and The Crimson Curse helped put San Diego's artsy hardcore scene on the map. Today, he's still screaming his ass off and throwing down gnarled bass lines in the bands The Locust and All Leather, but he's also running Three One G Records and the production company Leg Lifters. He tells his outrageous life story in his 2010 memoir, From the Graveyard of the Arousal Industry. In his forthcoming book, How to Lose Friends and Irritate People, he talks about his more recent collaborations with the DJ groups The Bloody Beetroots and Designer Drugs. At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, he'll discuss both books at the San Diego Central Library (820 E St., Downtown).


Sip and see: Fancy a movie night? The San Diego Film Festival presents monthly “film pop-ups” that showcase a special piece of movie history. With cocktails! At 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, film geeks can don their black turtlenecks and head to the Reading Cinemas Gaslamp (701 Fifth Ave., Downtown) for a screening of These Amazing Shadows. The documentary highlights the importance of the National Film Registry and features interviews with director Christopher Nolan, Pixar executive John Lasseter, actor George Takei and others. A Q&A with producers Paul Mariano and Suzanna Chapot will follow the screening. Then another round of cocktails. Admission is $12.

Sayles job: Filmmaker John Sayles is a brilliant writer and director, responsible for, among others, Lone Star, Eight Men Out and Matewan, the 1987 film that gave Chris Cooper his start. Sayles and Cooper team up once more for Amigo, a look at the Philippine-American War, which took place at the turn of the 20th century and was shot on location. Sayles excels at examining all sides of a story, so expect to see what's going on with the American soldiers, the Filipino insurgents and the civilians caught in the crossfire. The San Diego Asian Film Festival will present the San Diego premiere of the film, which features legendary Filipino actor Joel Torre, at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park.

Food & Drink

Island eats: There's nothing sprawling about the Monday, Aug. 8, Coronado Grub Sprawl. It's more like a grub stroll, with the majority of the 10 participating restaurants conveniently located along Orange Avenue, the island community's main drag. Start by picking up a free wristband at Brigantine Seafood Restaurant (1333 Orange Ave.) anytime after 5:45 p.m. and then, from 6 to 10 p.m., take advantage of specials at restaurants like Miguel's Cocina, which will be serving up street tacos (three for $5), Danny's Palm Bar & Grill ($5 cheeseburgers) and Bino's European Coffees and Crepes ($5 strawberry or banana-Nutella crepes). For the full list of restaurants and what they'll be serving, go to

Special events

Emergent: With all the creativity bubbling up to the surface in San Diego, it's no wonder that MCASD feels the need to celebrate with TNT: Emerge. At 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Downtown (1100 Kettner Blvd.), the popular Thursday Night Thing event spotlights emerging artists in different fields. You can get a sneak peek of the upcoming exhibition Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface, featuring the work of Larry Bell, Mary Corse and James Turell; hear music from local bands Republic of Letters and The Nervous Wreckords, get your hair done at a pop-up salon by student stylists from Bellus Academy and snack on food from MIHO Gastrotruck. Tickets are $10 or $8 for students.


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