Digable reads

Chas Smith fancies himself a badass. Shortly after 9/11, he decided to check out (and write about) surfing in Yemen and followed that up with reporting stints in Somalia and Beirut. He's often photographed taking a conspicuous drag from a cigarette and describes his writing style as "trash prose." This generation's Hunter Thompson? Judge for yourself at7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, when Smith will be at Warwick's (7812 Girard Ave. in La Jolla) to talk about his new book Welcome to Paradise: Now Go to Hell. About the annual Tripe Crown surfing competition on Oahu's North Shore, Welcome to Paradise is immersion journalism into the Triple Crown's seedy side, where drugs, thuggery and hedonism abound, but it's ultimately all about the waves. --- 

Digable comedy

danhurumiFor couch riders who suffer through commercials for those late-night-TV-show laughs, the nice people at So Say We All have launched the new series, Genuine Class. The program is billed as"standup and sketch comedy in the style of late-night television, like Conan and Jimmy Fallon." The monthly series kicks off at 8:30 a.m. Thursday Jan. 9, at the Whistle Stop Bar in South Park (2236 Fern St.). The show features performances by Dan Harumi (left), Brian Simpson and Billy Bonnell, as well as special guests Chris Curtis, Nick Crosby and James Schrader. Organizers promise it will feel like you're watching a bunch of struggling comics pretend they're on TV. There's a $5 suggested donation at the door and the venue is 21 and over.

Digable art

HebertimageMatthew Hebert spent a good chunk of time at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library looking through their epic collection of artists' books. He zeroed in on conceptual artists like Allan Kaprow who were producing work in the '70s and reinterpreted their art in totally new and fascinating ways for Cover to Cover, an exhibition opening at the Athenaeum (1008 Wall St., La Jolla) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10. Hebert is known for incorporating technology in surprising ways. Expect things like talking pedestals and other interactive work that's both a great lesson in art history and an entertaining trip through technology-fueled contemporary art. He'll also be showing his series of mechanical dioramas, which pay tribute to post-minimalist artists. Painter Jeanne Dunn will have work on view in the Rotunda Gallery.  

Digable dance

hotguysdancingHot Guys Dancing is aptly titled. Hot dudes will indeed be dancing. But there's some depth and thought behind those hot abs and buns of steel writhing rhythmically onstage. This month's iteration of ongoing dance series Diversionary Cabaret will feature three choreographers examining issues like male self-indulgence and gratification, the complexity of relationships and emotional versus physical communication. Delve into Hot Guys Dancing at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan 9, through Saturday, Jan. 11, and at 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, at Diversionary Theatre (4545 Park Blvd., University Heights). $15-$39.

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