There are hints of El Lissitzky's various careers in his artwork: an illustrator of kids' books, an architect and a designer of early-20th-century Soviet propaganda posters. Playfulness, bold geometric shapes and a unique graphic-design sensibility combine to make the avant-garde artist's prints pretty darn cool. The Timken Museum in Balboa Park will be displaying two of Lissitzky's portfolios starting Thursday, May 15. Lissitzky referred to his style as "Proun," a made-up word that he defined as "the station where one changes from painting to architecture." For an exhibition in Berlin in 1923, he created what he called his "Proun Room," in which he turned his 2-D works into 3-D. The Timken asked contemporary artist Hideyo Okamura to create a Proun Room for the exhibition; the museum describes the final product "an all-enveloping art experience." El Lissitzky: Futurist Portfolios will be on view through . ---
Chinese-born San Diego musician Wu Man is a renowned virtuoso of the pipa-a Chinese stringed instrument similar to a lute. She's collaborated with Kronos Quartet and has been nominated for both a Grammy and multiple Independent Music Awards. Her latest project-being produced in part by the Carlsbad Music Festival-is a collaboration with Son de San Diego, a local group that performs traditional Mexican Son Jarocho folk music. The artists have spent more than a dozen sessions learning each other's musical languages in the interest of bringing disparate musical and cultural styles together, and they're presenting the finished product in a spring concert titled Intersections: When China Meets Latin America. The concert takes place at carlsbadmusicfestival.org.Tuesday, May 13, at St. Michaels By the Sea in Carlsbad (2775 Carlsbad Blvd.). The event is free; RSVP at
BikeSD-the nonprofit focused on making San Diego more bike-friendly-invites fellow cyclers to take a chill ride through Logan Heights and Barrio Logan before gathering for gourmet grub and a bike-centric short films. On Dinner and Bikes. After rolling in and parking you ride, enjoy traveling chef Joshua Ploeg's (author of This Ain't No Picnic: Your Punk Rock Vegan Cookbook, shown here) vegan and gluten-free buffet offerings while watching Portland, Oregon, filmmaker Joe Biel's series of shorts focused on the family biking movement. After the show, Elly Blue, also from Portland, will make the case for "bikenomics," the new word in transportation activism. Tickets cost $15 for BikeSD members and $25 for nonmembers., head over to La Bodega Studio and Gallery (2196 Logan Ave.) for
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