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).


  • Visit one of the 70 participating restaurants, bars, coffeehouses and nightclubs in town on this night and 25 to 50 percent of sales will go to local HIV/AIDS services and prevention programs. 
  • Anthony Bernal and Chris Ward, who are vying to replace Todd Gloria on the San Diego City Council, will discuss urban issues, such as parking, homelessness and new developments
  • The new exhibition designed by Dave Ghilarducci is made from hundreds of rolls of packing tape and bound together by layers of plastic shrink-wrap. Visitors can navigate their way through cocoon-like passageways...
  • The renowned Mexican black and white photographer presents an exhibition exploring the principal themes within three groups: "Bestiarium"," Fantastic Women" and "Silent Natures."
  • Presented by Pacific Arts Movement, the sixth annual mini film fest features 14 film programs from 10 countries that includes everything from docs to romantic tearjerkers. See website for full lineup and...
  • The San Diego County Bike Coalition hosts this monthly bike-in happy hour event to get biking residents involved in their communities and discuss bike projects planned for that specific community
  • Debunk some of the stereotypes surrounding cannibalism at this new exhibition that takes a hands-on approach to the subject. Includes video games and interactive activities where patrons will have to decide...
  • So Say We All's monthly storytelling night features stories about those jobs we took because we had to take a job. Featured readers include Allison Gauss, Annmarie Houghtailing, Cecile Estelle, and more
  • Artists from the all-abstracts group show will talk about their work and techniques. Artists include Edwin Nutting, Danielle Nelisse, Leah Pantea, Lenore Simon, and more
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