Shine the light
If you read some of our longer features, you know that CityBeat has publicized Project Censored from time to time. Basically, it's a list of underreported, ignored or misrepresented news stories collected by a group of students at Sonoma State University, and they run the gamut from simply good-to-know to absolutely shocking. At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, the Censored 2009 collection will be discussed by Peter Phillips, professor of sociology and director of Project Censored, at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego (4190 Front St. in Hillcrest). $5-$10 suggested donation. 858-459-4650, www.activistsandiego.org.
Scooters, as in the push scooters that the company Razor Scooters made big in the late-1990s and early-2000s, aren't just for college kids trying to get to class anymore. Scooters have been quietly catching on in the underground extreme-sport world for some time, and now pros can do things with scooters you never thought possible. Like skateboarders, BMXers and, yes, even roller-bladers, scooterers can catch air, grind and do other tricks that'll impress the kids. So bring out the fam for the third annual San Diego Freestyle Scooter Competition at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, at Krause Family Skate / Bike Park (3401 Clairemont Drive in Clairemont). Registration begins at 9 a.m. and costs $15-$25. Free to watch. www.missionvalleyymca.org or www.myspace.com/scooterresource.Get native: The soil's nice and wet—good time to hit up the Native Plant Sale and Open House at Coastal Sage Gardening (3685 Voltaire St., Ocean Beach) from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 4. Like recycling and caring about the environment, ripping out your water-hogging lawn and replacing it with plants that are native to our dry region is a bandwagon you should feel proud to jump on. www.coastalsage.com.
Daily whale-watching cruises began last week and are continuing through March. Since it's officially gray-whale-migration season, and thousands of them are currently on the move from the Bering Sea to Baja, you're pretty much guaranteed to see at least one during the three-and-a-half-hour cruise. And even if you don't, a naturalist will be on board to keep you entertained with facts about whales that may or may not eventually come up in common conversation at dinner parties. To make reservations, punch up www.sdhe.com or call 619-234-4111. $15-$35.
Every Tuesday night at Beauty Bar (4746 El Cajon Blvd. in City Heights), there are art shows by underground local artists followed by live music by local bands. Past artists have included Ryan Tannascoli and a guy named Dave the Badass, and bands have included Microphone Mike and River City. We're not exactly sure who's behind the Art Shows at Beauty Bar, but word on the street is they're pretty sweet. The next one's going down at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, and we have no idea who'll be featured but we're willing to recommend it anyway. www.myspace.com/thebeautybar.
Meditations on clay
San Diego artist Josh Herman creates bowls, vessels and sculptures that give their mid-century-modern roots a nod, yet move past simple re-creation to invention. That's because Herman combines Eastern principles with mid-century aesthetic and creates balanced, organic works that are earthier and more meditative than most of their ceramic predecessors. See Herman's most recent work in his solo show at Spacecraft Studio (2865 North Park Way in North Park) through Jan. 8. Call 619-291-2752 for an appointment. www.spacecraftstudio.com
Ready to swim?
Winter's in full effect, but that's not stopping The Pearl Hotel (1410 Rosecrans St. in Point Loma) from re-starting its Dive-In Theatre poolside-movie events. Starting at 8 p.m. next Wednesday, Jan. 7, with a screening of the always-entertaining L.A. Confidential, the boutique hotel and bar will offer drink specials, dinner deals and indoor and outdoor seating around its heated salt-water pool while screening films both new and old. Don't miss Brokeback Mountain on Jan. 21, and, for the love of all things fabulous, don't you dare miss Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Feb. 25. Free. www.thepearlsd.com.
A better place
Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theatre has been putting on its annual Cabaret Dances for eight years. If you've never been to the sultry and intimate contemporary dance-and-wine affair, this is the year to go. For the first time in a long time, the dances will be held in an actual cabaret setting, the newish Anthology jazz and supper club (1337 India St. in Little Italy), instead of in a theater or museum. Dancers will perform original works by Isaacs and other guest choreographers to jazz and blues standards played by pianist Steve Baker and vocalist Rachel Drexler. And with the new, jazz-infused backdrop, the compositions of Duke Ellington, Cole Porter and Thelonious Monk never felt more at home. Cabaret Dances are happening at 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 4, and every following Sunday through January. $15-$35. www.sandiegodancetheater.org.
Disco is dead, but hard-hitting electro-funk is alive and well. So, bust out the neon and your high-top dancing sneakers and head to The Loft @ UCSD for a live show by electro trio Ultraviolet Sound. Openers Teen Hearts, Kill Confidence and Artist vs. Poet will get you going, and Ultraviolet won't let you stop. Oh, and don't be afraid to bring glow sticks. We're not kidding. Show starts at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7. $5-$10. ww.artpwr.com/cate gories/loft.