One of San Diego's under-the-radar gems is the furniture-design program at SDSU, and whenever anyone who's in the program, or graduated from it, is exhibiting work, you know it'll be a good show. Four of the five artists participating in modernF-which opens with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at White Box Contemporary (1040 Seventh Ave., Downtown)-are SDSU furniture-program grads. (And the one who's not ain't no slouch.) Erin Dace Behling-whom we wrote about in our Jan. 9 issue-Vince Robles (his "Louver Seating" is to the left), Dominique Houriet, Marcus Papay and Jennifer Anderson will be displaying pieces that range from hip-and-functional to museum-worthy. Come show these talented folks some love.
Space 4 Art (325 15th St. in East Village) is keeping San Diego strange with the ongoing monthly music series, Stay Strange, where experimental-and dare we say kooky?-musicians perform. On Saturday, Jan. 26, the space will host Bobby Bray (pictured, left) and Scott Nielsen, who'll each play solo works that can be described more as sound art than standard pop-music fare. Bray's set, which incorporates his DIY electronics, will "simultaneously convey, mystify and demystify a collection of sound phenomena and experimental approaches to sound art," while Nielsen will create a one-man improvisational electric orchestra and use it to produce "spontaneous sonic lamentations." Groovy. Come with an open mind and then watch it get blown by these guys. Admission is only $5 and the show starts at 8 p.m.
reg e. gaines is a Tony and Grammy award-winning writer whose CV is cooler than a freezer full of whiskey rocks. And, he happens to call San Diego home. We're lucky, then, that he's using us as his test audience. At 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, gaines will be at the Central Library (820 E St., Downtown) to host a reading workshop of his upcoming solo theater piece, The Last Celebrity, a collection of poems and monologes about his rise from obscure street poet to famous author (his work was the foundation for the Tony-winning musical, Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk). In addition to reading from his work, gaines will talk about how to take a poem and turn it into a solo theater piece and audience members are encouraged to bring their own material to workshop.