A tradition: For 16 years, a group of seven local artists has been getting together for an annual show at Gallery 21 in Spanish Village at Balboa Park. The 7 Printmakers show is a chance for Raymond Brownfield, Jacqueline Dotson, Robert Fritsch, Kath-leen McCord, Julianne Ricksecker, Sfona Pelah and Angelika Villagrana to show of their processes and styles in etching, woodblocks, monotypes and more. A few of the artists will actually lug some of their equipment inside the gallery to show how it's done. The exhibition opens from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, and from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, and one of the artists will be manning the show from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through Oct. 25. spanishvillageartcenter.blogspot.com
TMI: For most people, having their therapist divulge the intimate details of what they say in their “private” sessions would be horrifying. Well, Dr. Gary Small, a practicing psychiatrist, has gone and done just that. His new book, The Naked Lady that Stood on Her Head, is all about the most bizarre cases Small has been presented with throughout his career, from naked headstands (hence the book's name) to hysterical blindness to fainting schoolgirls and self-amputations (that should be interesting). The science writer will sign and discuss his book at The Book Works (2670 Via de la Valle in Del Mar) on Tuesday, Oct. 19,at 7 p.m. as part of the Brain-Mind Speaker Series. book-works.com.
You little tramp!: Charlie Chaplin died before he could produce a screenplay he wrote called The Freak. It's possible that The Freak would have been the greatest movie of all time. We'll never know. What we do know is that Chaplin managed to pump out animpressive body of work, and four of his shorts will be shown during Silent Film Night: A Chaplin Quartet at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, at Copley Symphony Hall, accompanied live by pipe organist Russ Peck. The films on the bill are The Vagabond (1916), Easy Street (1917), The Immigrant (1917) and The Adventurer (1917). Tickets: $20-$30. sandiegosymphony.comSpecial Events
Benevolent bash: For the last five years, the ladies behind Fruit of the Soul—Kelly Orange and Niamh Scott— have organized an annual food / music/ arts fundraiser to support worthy local causes. This year's event, happening Saturday, Oct. 16, benefits the Monarch School, which educates homeless kids; A Reason to Survive (ARTS), a nonprofit that teaches kids how to express themselves through arts; the Gardens & learning Center in National City; and arts promoters Sezio. The evening includes food and drinks from more than 30 local restaurants, art by several folks whose work has graced CityBeat covers and tunes by Miss Erika Davies, the Monarch School Steel Drum Band and others. Tickets start at $30 (9 p.m. entry), $65 (6:30 p.m. entry) and $115 (VIP). The event happens at the Specialty Produce Warehouse, 1929 Hancock St., Middletown. fruitofthesoul.org
Sartorial display: Have a hankering to dress like a Who or a Shakespearian lass? The San Diego History Center's Dressing the Part: Costume Design at the Old Globe opens to the public Friday, Oct. 15. Celebrating the Globe's 75th year, the exhibit includes displays of Old Globe costumes and offers visitors the chance to pull on garb from productions like The Taming of the Shrew, King Lear and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The exhibit explores a costumer's concept-to-stage process and includes a theatrically lit stage where you can perform a few lines. The History Center is located in Balboa Park at 1649 El Prado. sandiegohistory.org
Community-minded: Like the rest of the world, Market Creek Plaza, the community shopping center at the heart of the Diamond District, has experienced hard times these last few years. Several of the locally owned businesses that were meant to fill the community-focused commercial space have had to close their doors. But bad economic times will be far from everyone's minds at Arts & Culture Festival, a celebration from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, that takes place between the Market Creek Plaza Amphitheater and Festival Park. From salsa dancing and African drumming to children's workshops and fine-art displays, the event is a chance for neighbors to get together and enjoy a day of diversity in the arts. Market Creek Plaza is near the corner of Euclid Avenue and Market Street, just south of Highway 94. artsandculturefest.com
First stringer: Step off, Ingrid Michaelson and Amanda Palmer. It's one thing to strum out Radiohead's “Creep” on a ukulele, but it's a whole other hula to finger-pick Queen's “Bohemian Rhapsody” on four strings. When virtuoso ukulelist Jake Shimabukuro was in San Diego a year ago, he blew minds at Anthology with his lightning-fingered instrumental cover of the rock-operatic classic; that performance has since been viewed by more than 122,000 YouTube users. To raise funds to finish off its expansion, Balboa Park's Japanese Friendship Garden is bringing Shimabukuro from Hawaii back to San Diego. He plays the Balboa Theatre (868 Fourth Ave, Downtown) at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17. Tickets start at $22. sandiegotheatres.org
Fairey in the house: For those who haven't been Downtown to see the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego's current exhibition, Viva la Revolución: A Dialogue with the Urban Landscape, shame on you. And fo rthose who haven't noticed all the awesome graffiti art around town since the exhibition's arrival, even more shame. Because, truly, Viva la Revolución, is a one-of-a-kind art spectacle. In conjunction with the exhibition, the museum snagged Shepard Fairey, the guy behind those Obama “Hope” posters, to give a talk as part of the “On Topic” speaker series. Fairey and the exhibition's curator, Pedro Alonzo, will discuss Fairey's work and its relationship with the urban environment. It happens at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, at MCASD's La Jolla location. Cost is $7, $5 for students and seniors. mcasd.org