Dreamscapes: If you've yet to set foot in the San Diego Fine Art Society's new home, Pulse Gallery (2825 Dewey Road, Suite 103, in Point Loma), the upcoming Dream Salon performance and discussion is a good reason to do it. From 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, April 21, visual and performance artist Nikyta Palmisani will combine storytelling and ritual in a piece that examines myths and the origin of dreams. After the performance, panelists including Betty Meador, a Jungian analyst, author and the former president of the C.G. Jung Institute; Judith Greer Essex, founder and director of the Expressive Arts Institute; and Richard Cohen, associate professor of literature at UCSD, will talk about the intersections of dreams, art and the psyche. sdfas.org/events
Food & Drink
Libation excursion: Monday's the new Friday. Or, at least it is on Monday, April 25, for the North Park Pub Sprawl. From 8 p.m. to midnight, mosey around the 'hood, where 11 bars and restaurants will feature a $5 drink special. Bar Pink, for instance, will be serving up the “Moustache”: Bulleit bourbon, tonic, bitters and a lemon wedge. At True North, try a Paloma or a Moscow Mule. Bluefoot swears its “Dr. North Park” (bourbon, Rootbeer Schnapps, soda and bitters) tastes just like Dr. Pepper, and URBN wants to woo you with something called “The Burrow.” Start the evening by purchasing drink tickets at West Coast tavern or True North and have at it. For every five tickets you purchase, you'll be entered in a raffle. altstrategies.com/nppubsprawl
Past and present: There's no pigeonholing Theo Bleckmann, a Grammy-nominated jazz singer and experimental composer gifted with a soothing voice that could lull a baby to sleep. In more than a dozen releases, he's sung anything from Las Vegas standards to songs by 20th-century modernist composer Charles Ives. And in a performance at The Loft at UCSD at 8 p.m. Friday, April 22—the latest installment of the Fresh Sound Series, this one themed around voice and electronics—Bleckmann will show that he's as bold as he is playful. Accompanied by a range of gadgets and aided by a looping processor, he's likely to croon pretty songs in German, dip into old American folk melodies and launch into lively bouts of non-word vocalizations. $10 for students; $15 general. theloft.ucsd.edu
The anti-mall: Feel guilty every time you take at trip to Fashion Valley? Here's the solution: Attend the Bohemian Market from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 23. There'll be 20 local vendors on hand selling their goods, in addition to the five full-time shops that operate out of the Industry Showroom (345 Sixth Ave., Downtown). Basically, it'll be a giant warehouse full of creative types who made things just for you to buy. No pushy sales people, no mall music and no security guards on Segways. Instead, you have artists making live art, a dog petting zoo and, if you get there at 11 a.m., a yoga class with Urban Yogi. Best of all, it's free. facebook.com/industryshowroom
Shadow play: Clea Minaker attended France's National Puppetry School at the international Institute of Puppetry Arts. Since graduating, the Montreal-based designer / performer has been busy creating her shadow puppetry and video projections for music videos, short films and, most notably, Feist's 2007 / 2008 tour. Minaker is in town through April 22 for a residency with the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and nonprofit arts promoters Sezio. She'll be busy creating site-specific pieces for a final performance in the attic of the Habitat House (1008 21st St. in Golden Hill). Catch a performance at either 7 or 9 p.m. Friday, April 22. You must reserve your $7 ticket by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Minis to pros: Culture Shock alumni have gone on to win MTV's America's Best Dance Crew and dance alongside Missy Elliot. If you've seen the hip-hop organization's professional troupe in action—doing crazy head spins and body-contorting stalls—that'll come as no surprise. At 7 p.m. Friday, April 22, and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 23, the Culture Shock 101 performance at Garfield Theatre (4126 Executive Drive in La Jolla) will demonstrate the evolution of a dancer in the Culture Shock program. From the Mini Shock dancers who are 5 and younger and the Afta Shock 25-and-up crew to the company's professional dancers, the show will put 48-year-olds on stage with kids who started dancing soon after they learned to walk. Last year's show sold out, so get your $20 ticket soon. tickets.lfjcc.org
Fundamental values: The allure of Islamic militancy remains widely misunderstood in the United States nearly 10 years after 9/11, but a new documentary by Fathia Absie might provide some answers. In Broken Dreams, Absie explores the exodus of young Somali men in Minnesota who spent most of their lives in the United States but returned to Somalia to join the ranks of Islamic fighters, interviewing friends and family, as well as community leaders. It's a poignant issue in San Diego: The Somali community was shaken late last year when three San Diego residents were arrested and charged with aiding a Somali terrorist group. There will be a screening and Q&A with the filmmaker at the East African Cultural Center (4061 Fairmount Ave. in City Heights) at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 24. brokendreamsdocumentary.com
Park it in Barrio Logan: If you haven't yet connected with the historic and present struggles of the local Mexican- American community, you should attend the 41st annual Chicano Park Day from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 23, in Barrio Logan's Chicano Park. Numerous speakers will address this year's theme, “Education and Knowledge: Our Key to a Better Future.” Then, celebrate your reinvigorated sense of empowerment by enjoying traditional dance performed by half a dozen troupes and lots of live music, including a set by Agua Dulce. There'll be food and craft vendors, as well as a classic low-rider show with more than 350 cars to gawk at. Chicano Park is located beneath the Interstate 5 interchange with the Coronado Bridge. Parking will be limited, so check chicano-park.org for trolley options.