Are you experienced?: CityBeat's Enrique Limón is so enthusiastic about his weekly column, “The Enrique Experience,” that, for him, allowing them to fade out of memory isn't acceptable. To mark two years' worth of columns, Enrique asked 12 San Diego artists—Bret J. Barrett, Brian Dombrowsky, Kelly Hutchison, Ron Miriello, Neko, Gustaf Rooth, Matt Stallings, David Russell Talbott, Tocayo, Perry Vasquez, Damian Gastellum and Heather Brosché—to interpret 12 different past columns and give new life to the author's strange nightlife encounters. The show and party, Enrique Experienced, starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 29, at Glashaus, 1815 Main St. in Barrio Logan and goes till late. Adam Traub from North County's The Burning of Rome will play some live mandolin, and there will be DJ music, as well. Your $5 cover will go straight to Mama's Kitchen, which helps feed AIDS patients. Search Facebook for “Enrique Experienced.”
Comme les Francais: In honor of the upcoming exhibit of work by 19th-century French artist Henri Toulouse-Lautrec—who participated in Paris' emerging-artist gathering, Salon des Indépendants— the San Diego Museum of Art's Summer Salon Series kicks off Thursday, May 27, and takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. each Thursday through Sept. 2. The series' focus is on local artists producing innovative and conversation-generating work. The first salon includes video artist Alida Cervantes; Josh Bellfy, who builds his own photo booths; ukulele musician Eddie Miramontes; and Zac Monday, who crochets beautiful-yet-frightening costumes that deserve their own sci-fi movie. Upcoming salons include Brian Dick (June 3), Sheryl Oring (June 10), Michele Guieu (July 18), Tristan Shone (July 22) and Matthew Hebert (Sept. 2). Free with museum admission. For the full line-up, visit sdmart.org.
The pain in Spain: Guillermo del Toro may have had an interesting movie on his hands had he simply stuck with the story of a inquisitive little girl, Ofelia, and her nasty, violent military-officer father in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War. But what made 2006's Pan's Labyrinth such a compelling film is the dark, sometimes-terrifying fantasy world Ofelia discovers as her dad goes about his sadistic business. If you haven't seen it, just try to blink as the Pale Man monster pursues Ofelia after she unwisely awakens the awful, hungry beast. The Academy Award-winning, Spanish-language film screens twice, at 7 and 9:30 p.m., on Monday, May 31, at the Birch North Park Theatre, 2891 University Ave. $10 with a beverage, $7 without. birchnorthparktheatre.net.
Circus homecoming: Having performed around the world on the big stage, Il Circo will treat its hometown audience to an intimate show at Anthology (1337 India St. in Little Italy). This San Diego-based cirque-style show is a blend of the classic Italian Commedia dell'Arte tradition and French-Canadian circus. Cast members in colorful costumes and masks perform a spectacular combination of acrobatics, dance, comedy and song. Follow the fantastic journey of young Sasha as she chases her dream to be a performing artist. Gourmet versions of circus snacks will be served in addition to the regular menu. There are seven shows from Wednesday, June 2, through Sunday, June 6. Tickets from $35. ilcirco.com, anthologysd.com
Art versus science: A professor of neuroscience and a sculptor walk into a room…. OK, so maybe it doesn't make a good intro for a joke, but how about an evening of discussion? On Thursday, May 27, the Bronowski Art & Science Forum hosts contemporary artist and sculptor Roman De Salvo and Dr. V.S. Ramachandran, director of UCSD's Center for Brain and Cognition. The two will discuss what they share in common when it comes to their work, and they'll take questions from the audience. The forum takes place at The Neurosciences Institute Auditorium (1640 John Jay Hopkins Drive in La Jolla) and begins at 6:30 p.m. with a musical prelude by Brain Chen, principal viola of the San Diego Symphony. bronowskiforum.org
Outside the lines: This year's Blurred Borders Dance Festival, the annual multicultural / multinational show produced by the Patricia Rincon Dance Collective, is even more relevant this year. Created as a way to explore the notion of border crossing (geographical, psychological), the multimedia show is all about the creativity that results when other cultures and countries mix and mingle. This year's incarnation features locals PKG Project, Susana Szperling from Argentina and Rincon's mix of Mexican and American dancers. Performances take place at 8 p.m. Friday, May 28, and Saturday, May 29, at the Saville Theatre on the San Diego City College campus (C and 14th streets, Downtown). Tickets are $16 in advance, $20 at the door with discounts for students and seniors. rincondance.org
The world's gone Mad: Is it just us or does Mad Men, AMC's hit show about ad execs in '60s-era Manhattan, really make the '60s look like a good time? Just watch one episode and you'll see why: drinking hard liquor on the job was the norm, smoking indoors was more than allowed and people actually dressed up to go out. From 7 p.m. till midnight Saturday, May 29, the retro-inspired Pearl Hotel (1410 Rosecrans St. in Point Loma) will throw a Mad Men Theme Party. Whether you're a Don, a Betty, a Peggy or a Joan, break out your suits and skinny ties (gentlemen) and hats and gloves (ladies) for a night of Mad Men-esque cocktails and appetizers. thepearlsd.com
Masters of the cube: The current world record for solving a 3-by-3-by-3-inch Rubik's Cube is 7.08 seconds. Think you can do it within 30? How about while blindfolded? Are you a master of variants of the cube such as the Pyraminx or Square-1? Here's your chance to showcase your talents at the Fifth Annual San Diego Rubik's Cube Competition. Register to battle against the pros or simply come watch and learn basic mathematical algorithms that make puzzle solving seem quick and easy. The competition takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 29, at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park. The event is free with admission to the center. Contestants must pre-register. Call 619-238-1233 x806 for details. rhfleet.org