Tania Bruguera

Digable artist

A 2011 New York Times article about artist Tania Bruguera says it all: She's "eaten dirt, hung a dead lamb from her neck and served trays of cocaine to a gallery audience, all in the name of art." The Cuban-born artist's work is often immersive almost always politically charged. At one performance, she put a gun to her head and played Russian-roulette; more recently, she holed up in a tiny Queens apartment with five indocumented immigrants and their six kids to fully experience what it's like to live in poverty. Bruguera will be at the Museum of Contemporary Art's La Jolla location (700 Prospect St.) on Wednesday, Feb. 27, for the museum's annual Russell Lecture series, where she'll discuss her art, motivations and the role of art in politics (and vice versa). Admission is $15 and the talk begins at 7 p.m. ---

Digable art

Toys aren't like Trix cereal. They're not just for kids. In fact, custom toy collectors will pay hundreds, even thousands of dollars for figures created by famed artists like Kaws and Kid Robot. On Saturday, Feb. 23, see custom-designed toys, like Stephanie Takemoto's Labbit, created by more than 40 local artists at We're Not Playing Anymore, a collaborative art show between The Spot, Thumbprint Gallery and artist Victor Villa. Happening at The Spot (1835 Main St. in Barrio Logan), it will feature toys in various media by artists that are no stranger to the CityBeat pages, like Brett Barret, Jimmy Ovadia, GMONIK, Pamela Jaeger and Brian Dombrowsky. And as it usually goes with the Barrio Logan gallery, the event will be a big shindig with good food and lively music. It all goes down from 6 to 10 p.m.

Digable pairings

On Wednesday, Feb. 27, from 6 to 8 p.m., Green Flash Brewing Co. (6550 Mira Mesa Blvd. in Mira Mesa) is launching the first of three events they're calling Behind the Craft, where attendees will learn how to better appreciate beer-friendly artisan foods. First up is Rob Graff of Venissimo Cheese, who'll talk about the history and craft of cheese-making. Joining Graff is Green Flash's "cicerone," Dave Adams. (A cicerone is to beer what a sommelier is to wine.) Adams and Graff will guide attendees through some perfect beer-and-cheese pairings and talk about why they work so well. Tickets are $10 and-head's up-they're limited, so grab 'em quick. Future Behind the Craft events will focus on cured meats and chocolates; check Green Flash's website to find out when they're happening.  

Digable performance

What began as a performing circus troupe in San Diego back in 1999 has since transformed into a team of eclectic entertainers known as the Technomania Circus. At 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22 and 23, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, the merry band of circus freaks put on So Long Sailor, a nautical- and Navy-themed show happening at Victory Theater's Center for Amusing Arts (2558 Imperial Ave. in Barrio Logan). The show will be a seafaring adventure featuring sexy mermaids and scruffy sailors doing performance art, comedy, dance, puppetry and backlight illusions. The audience is encouraged to come in costume. And because this is a swashbuckling adventure, don't be afraid to get a little rowdy. Presale tickets start at $17, or you can purchase them at the door for $20.


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