Battle Royale

Remember that movie about a bunch of school kids forced by a totalitarian government to participate in a competition where they assassinate each other until one kid is left standing? No, we're not talking about this spring's methadone-for-Harry-Potter-fans blockbuster, The Hunger Games. Back at the most recent turn of the century, "Asia extreme" cinema was taking off in the states, largely brought on by the blood-chilling, taboo-vivisecting film Battle Royale. Starring cult actor Beat Takeshi and a cast of 15-year-olds, the movie served as a violent allegory of the competitive Japanese education system. It'll be playing at midnight on Friday, June 29, and Saturday, June 30, at Ken Cinema (4061 Adams Ave., Normal Heights) as part of the KPBS Film Club. That's the other big difference between the two films. AtHunger, the movie was preceded by obnoxious teenagers, while, the Saturday showing of Battle features an introduction from "Cinema Junkie" blogger Beth Accomando. Tickets are $8.50.

Digable food
If you haven't been to one of Ballast Point's Behind the Brewery drink-eat events, it's high time you made it over to the Linda Vista strip mall (5401 Linda Vista Road) where the homebrew shop is located. For these events, Ballast Point pairs with MIHO Gastrotruck-whose food preparations include B.P.'s beers in the recipes-and their neighbors Figi Yogurt. This Wednesday, June 27, from 4 to 7 p.m., the farm-to-table truck will be around back serving Wahoo Wheat boiled brats with pickled watermelon-rind relish, blistered local Padron peppers and double IPA mustard on a pretzel bun. They'll also have a battered-and-fried chile stuffed with stone crab meat, lardon cream cheese, citrus pickled red onions and a drizzle of Shoyu. Figi Yogurt is making Sculpin Mango Tango Sorbet, and there will be 16 beers available for growler fills, including Big Eye with fresh ginger.

Digable art 
The effect of Jeanette Bonds' 14.7 PSI-a 3-minute, 45-second film installation that opens this weekend at the Oceanside Museum of Art-is startling, especially when you learn that the piece was inspired by Bonds' near-death drowning experience. (The film's title refers to the number of pounds per square inch on a human body at 33 feet below the water's surface.) With a soundscape by former San Diegan Duane Pitre, 14.7 PSI was created from 100 layers of the same photograph of a star-filled sky. Don't be surprised if the eerie, 2001-esque sounds combined with the increasingly heavy visuals leave you feeling breathless. Bonds, an MFA candidate at the California Institute of Arts, will discuss the piece at noon, Saturday, June 30. Also opening that day is Under Alien Seas: An Artist's Conception of Life that Might Exist Beyond Our Planet (pictured above) light sculptures by William Leslie inspired by the ocean phenomenon of bioluminscence. 

Digable music 
Back in 1999, we Americans went through a period known as the "Latin Explosion." That moment in pop culture gave us Shakira, Enrique Iglesias and Ricky Martin. Though it was a particularly hip-shaking time, Latino music's got far more going on that spokesmodel pop stars. See what else Latin America has to offer musically at the Latino Music Festival on Saturday, June 30. Starting at 11 a.m., the free family-friendly event bring together musicians performing everything from mariachi to cumbia, to rock en español and salsa, with oldies, reggae and Latin Funk sprinkled in. There will also be dance performances, food, vendors and more. It all goes down at the Sherman Heights Joint-Use Sports Field (Island Avenue between 22nd and 24th streets).


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