April 11 2014 12:00 AM

I popped by SDMA's Art Alive affair this morning and got all kinds of great photos; you only get to see the one

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Interpreting artwork as floral arrangements seems a bit like dancing about architecture. Representing the other-worldliness of a Salvador Dali painting with a bouquet of flowers is no easy feat, and yet, some of San Diego's most creative florists have gone and done it again. ---

The San Diego Museum of Art's annual Art Alive event is here, making the museum smell as sweet as can be today through Sunday evening. For a behind-the-scenes chat with one of the florists who's been participating in the event for more than a decade, listen to a podcast I put together a few years back.

There's all sorts of extra programming during the floral affair, including a lecture by Jennifer Steinkamp, whose digital floral piece at MCASD back in 2011 remains one of the most awe-inspiring, fully immersive installations I've seen to date. Here's an insightful little Q&A I did with Steinkamp while her piece was on view.

I swung by SDMA early this morning. With my 1-year-old in one hand (Fridays are my day off, but I typically just end up dragging him along to things I didn't get done during the week) and my camera in the other, I took dozens of gorgeous photos of this year's floral interpretations of the works in the modern and contemporary art wing. For various reasons involving my crappy laptop (the one I'm trying desperately not to throw across the room right now), the only photo you get is the Dali. You'll have to go to the show to see the rest. 

Calendar

  • The renowned Mexican black and white photographer presents an exhibition exploring the principal themes within three groups: "Bestiarium"," Fantastic Women" and "Silent Natures."
  • Presented by Pacific Arts Movement, the sixth annual mini film fest features 14 film programs from 10 countries that includes everything from docs to romantic tearjerkers. See website for full lineup and...
  • Debunk some of the stereotypes surrounding cannibalism at this new exhibition that takes a hands-on approach to the subject. Includes video games and interactive activities where patrons will have to decide...
  • The former local boy and creator of the highly influential blog, Advanced Style, will be signing and discussing his third book, Advanced Style: Older and Wiser, which features inspiring pictures and stories...
  • C.J. Chenier and Bonsoir Catin headline this annual Cajun inspired festival. Also enjoy 10,000 pounds of crawfish, dancing and cooking demonstrations. Held at Spanish Landing Park, across from the...
  • A Cinco de Mayo party featuring $2 tacos, cocktails and live music from Bostich+Fussible, Javiera Mena and Gepe
  • A spoken word showcase hosted by English instructor Karla Cordero and her City College students. There will also be a special reading from poet Mercedez Holtry, as well as an art and photography show....
  • Widely known as host of "Weekend Update" on Saturday Night Live and for his role in the Showtime dramedy Weeds, Kevin Nealon brings his unique humor back to the stand-up stage
  • New works from over a dozen UCSD undergraduate students. Participating artists include Charity Algarme, Richard Lin, Joseph Maas, Ignatius Nguyen, and more
  • This video art exhibition from UCSD MFA candidate Stefani Byrd features two installations that explore the themes of breath, mediation, and the nature of time. Takes place in the VAF Performance Space,...
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