Remember in the original 1977 release of Star Wars when Han Solo and the bounty hunter Greedo are arguing over money in the cantina and Solo decides to just shoot and kill Greedo in cold blood? That was awesome. Didn't it suck when George Lucas changed the scene in 1997 so that Greedo shoots first? So lame. Wouldn't it be sweet if a local artist were to depict the unmolested, original version of that scene for That's No Moon, It's an Art Show!, a Thumbprint Gallery-curated group exhibition of Star Wars-themed works, happening 7 p.m. to midnight Tuesday, March 5, at Basic, the East Village bar and pizza place (410 10th Ave.)? We don't know if any of the two-dozen participating artists have done so, but we don't know that they haven't, either. In any case, Star Wars movies will be projected during the event, DJs will spin music and live art will be created. Help us, Thumbprint; you're our only hope. ---
More digable art
Sometimes artists don't start out as artists; they start out as, say, medical technicians-like Miya Hannan, for instance, a trained radiologist whose art degree in 2004 launched her second career. For her large-scale sculptural installations, she draws on Eastern philosophy (she was born and raised in Japan), as well as her medical experience. A good example of this is her 2007 work, "The End is the Beginning of the New" (shown left), in which floor-to-ceiling banners transition from delicate images of cherry blossoms into charred, apocalyptic mounds that force you to think about the dichotomy of beauty and decay, life and death. Check out Hannan's latest work in Layers and Missing Links, which opens with a reception at R.B. Stevenson Gallery (7661 Girard Ave. #201, in La Jolla) from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 2, and will be on view through April 6.
Ballet has a reputation of being a bit stuffy, but a dance company out of Philadelphia is doing their best to destroy that perception one pirouette at a time. BalletX has made a name for itself in the dance world by creating performances that are innovative and exciting. On Thursday, Feb. 28, the company brings three pieces to the Mandeville Auditorium at UCSD: Silt, Beside Myself and Switch Phase. Choreographed by up-and-coming dance makers Alex Ketley, Tobin del Cuore and Matthew Neenan, respectively, these pieces combine dance styles to tap into various aspects of the human condition. Beside Myself, for example, deals with the struggle between darkness and light using a mix of hip-hop, ballet and soul. The show, presented by ArtPower, begins at 8 p.m.; tickets are $11-$46. Stick around after for a talk with the performers.
A couple weeks ago, CityBeat introduced readers to some titillating facets of sexuality in our annual Sex Issue. (Check it out if you'd like to learn about the steamy side of space travel and which kitchen items you can use during nookie.) So Say We All continues the racy streak with the return of their VAMP showcase, Dirty Talk Vol. 2. Local writers, including Justin Hudnall, Yesi Padilla, David Latham and Delia Knight, get lewd and crude on the microphone, telling stories of sexual exploits that went down in their personal hall of shame. The tales should be entertaining and, maybe, a little mortifying. Stop in to Whistle Stop (2236 Fern St. in South Park) on Thursday, Feb. 28, where the storytelling begins at 8:30 p.m. So Say We All asks for a $5 donation at the door.