Every few months, online news org Voice of San Diego puts on an event it calls Meeting of the Minds, where, based on a theme that highlights something cool about San Diego, VoSD brings together interesting folks to give quick-moving, pecha-kucha-style presentations. This time around, at 7 p.m Wednesday, March 19, the theme is "made in San Diego," and the line-up focuses on everything from iconic products (ever wondered what, exactly, WD-40 refers to?) to iconic art (UC San Diego's Mary Beebe will discuss the university's awesome Stuart Collection, which includes Do Ho Suh's "Falling Star") to iconic sounds courtesy of aural innovator Margaret Noble. There will be seven presenters in all and the event takes place at Building 32 @ Liberty Station (2863 Historic Decataur Road, Point Loma). Admission is $20, which gets you a one-year membership to VoSD (and free admission to future events) and two drink tickets. The friendly folks from Farm. Fish. Fork. food truck will be on hand serving up tasty vittles for purchase. ---
Tijuana is slowly recovering from the massive economic hit and drop in tourism caused by drug wars and violence. The border town's revival has allowed entrepreneurs to help reimagine the city and build things for locals, not just tourists. The recently released book, Tijuana / 22000, gives people 37 reasons to celebrate or consider exploring our sister city to the south. The coffee-table book highlights the people and places that've traditionally made Tijuana the quirky and interesting city it is and the newer things that've sprung up in the latest reinvention. With photos by Derrik Chinn and Jofras and writing by Paola Alicia Gonzalez and Guadalupe De La Garza, the book includes esoteric and poetic snapshots of mainstays and local icons like Agua Caliente Hotel & Casino, Avenida Revolucion, Mercado Hildalgo and bacon-wrapped hotdogs while sprinkling in some nods to the newer restaurants, bars and alleyways that've been transformed into arts districts. Celebrate the book's release from , at Centro Cultural Tijuana's El Cubo (9350 Paseo de Los Heroes, Zona Rio).
The No One You Know: Good Work by Artists You've Never Heard Of exhibition opening at Space 4 Art (325 15th St., East Village) from , is aptly named. While the artists themselves are definitely lesser known than folks in other shows opening this week, the work previewed on the event's website, NoOneYouKnow.webs.com, is indeed good. According to the show's curator, Ry Beloin, whose art will also be in the show, all of the featured artists (Gloria Rivera, Trace Mendoza, Emily Geiger and Alex Eng) are up-and-comers trained in classical realism. Each artist was invited to branch out and experiment for this exhibition. Expect edgy and interesting paintings, sculpture, drawings, taxidermy and street art, all on view through .
Stephen Chalmers' landscape photos are lovely but eerie-he's focused on sites where notorious serial killers dumped dead bodies. Chalmers' work makes viewers question whether it's OK to turn heinous acts into art. That question, and others swirling around the intersection of art and crime, will be the topic of a panel discussion and art reception, Shadow Spaces from The Art, from , in Room LL108 at the SDSU Library. Chalmers' photographs and a collection of artwork by prisoners will be on view. The event is put on by The Art | Crime Archive, a project "devoted to the study of the spaces where art and crime overlap." Chalmers will be joined by UCSD researcher Laura Pacenco and Art | Crime Archive co-directors Brian Goeltzenleuchter and Paul Kaplan. If you can't make the panel discussion, the two exhibitions are on view and open to the public through the end of the month.