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April 23 2014 12:00 AM

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A rendering of the new plaza
Courtesy of MCASD

Digable to-do

The Irving Company recently renovated the public space at the base of One American Plaza, the 34-story building on Broadway between India Street and Kettner Boulevard, Downtown, and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD), which shares the block, will celebrate by spearheading a free, two-day schedule of events on Friday and Saturday, April 25 and 26Public2 (Public Squared) will kick off from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday with museum tours, cocktails, live music by Westside Inflection and Mark Dzula and a silent disco, which is sure to look hilarious to those not wearing the headphones. Things will pick up again at 11 a.m. Saturday with an urban boot camp and yoga and a screenprinting workshop led by MCASD artist-in-residence Eva Struble, who’ll hold a second workshop at 2:30 p.m. Another silent disco starts at noon, and at 1 p.m. Jukebox Radio will stage a performance involving music, shadow puppetry and projections, and there’ll be an art-making workshop. San Diego Civic Youth Ballet will grab the spotlight at 3 p.m., and another silent disco will start at 4 p.m. Saturday’s highlight, from 5 to 7 p.m., will be a binational PechaKucha (a presentation of 20 slides for 20 seconds each), focusing on art and public engagement in both Tijuana and San Diego. Throughout the day, the InSlider food truck will be on hand, and MCASD will hold gallery tours. All of the Saturday events will be family-friendly.---

Digable laughs


Why are female comedians still as few and far between as female NASCAR drivers? And no, that’s not a setup for a witty joke. We know more funny chicks like Amy Schumer are out there, ready to storm the stand-up scene with their gutsy approach to comedy that’s both uniquely feminine and hilarious enough to make even the most macho men giggle like little girls. For those who’ve never seen Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer, or caught one of her clips on YouTube, the young comedian’s shtick mostly centers on sex, but she crosses the line of appropriateness in exceedingly weird and wonderful ways."Look, men, you are not penetrating our vaginas; we are engulfing your penises,” she says in a sketch on her show about a feminist who decides to host a gangbang. Schumer will be stopping at Harrah’s Resort (777 Harrah's Rincon Way, Valley Center) at 9 p.m. Friday, April 25.Tickets are $49-$99. 

Digable design


We might view advertising from the late 1800s and early 1900s as quaint and charming, but those early days of mass marketing also function as unique cultural snapshots. A Golden Age of Marketing Design, currently on view at the Mingei Museum in Balboa Park, offers such a snapshot—in this case of chocolate maker Huyler's marketing materials and packaging from 1874 to 1925. At 6 p.m. Thursday, April 24, SDSU Professor Emeritus Susan Merritt will dig into the exhibit for "Advertising Design at the Turn of the 20th Century," in which she'll explore how Huyler's ephemera reflects trends and innovations in packaging and advertising design. Afterwards, enjoy a wine and chocolate tasting with San Diego's own Willy Wonka, Will Gustwiller, from Eclipse Chocolate. Admission is $15.

Digable art

RENDON_AndInHerOwnWorld_largeThe art gallery in San Diego's new Central Library is pretty rad and, so far, hosted an excellent inaugural show. Not checked it out yet? Head over on Saturday, April 26, to catch the opening reception for Intersecting Lines: The Tenth Invitational Drawing Show. The show features seven artists working in a variety of media—including CityBeat cover artists May-ling Martinez and Bahvna Mehta—who challenge the notion of what the concept of"drawing" might encompass (Marisol Rendón's "And in Her World Jewels Didn’t Shine on Their Own Either" is pictured here.) The reception takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is free and open to the public; head up to the ninth floor to find the gallery. Intersecting Lines will be on view through July 12


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