Disclaimer: @Large is both an organizer of Lover's Rock and an editor of RE:UP magazine. He mentioned Lover's Rock, and editor Troy Johnson was so stoked on the idea and distraught by the memory of donating his parachute pants to Goodwill, that he asked @Large to write a story, impartiality be damned.
True love is mysterious and fickle. Unlucky saps like myself spend most of their lives wondering if it even exists, and if it does, why it hasn't called. If it happens, I'll do spontaneous backflips with a smile; perhaps I'll even spin around on my head.
Sound a bit idealistic? Not at the Third Annual Lover's Rock going down this weekend at the Culture Shock Dance Center in Old Town. Here San Diego's best break dancers come together in two-person teams, each consisting of a guy and a girl, and compete head-to-head to be the King and Queen of Hearts.
"Break dancing?" you say. "I thought that went out with parachute pants in 1985?" But it thrives in San Diego now. In addition to regular practices and classes offered at places like Culture Shock and The Dance Factory in Encinitas, local competitions or "battles" are held monthly where breakers, or "B-boys" and "B-girls" as they prefer to be called, compete for bragging rights and, in some cases, cold, hard cash.
First prize at Lover's Rock is $200, and local sponsors RE:UP magazine, the Armory Hip-Hop Store and Red Lantern Tattoo will also donate goodies. Spectators can anticipate an intense but fun competition. We started Lover's Rock as a way to encourage women to participate in hip-hop, but the event has taken off. The breakers take it seriously, dressing in coordinated outfits as cute couples do, and show off their coordinated moves.
This year, competitors are expected to come from as far away as Seattle, and media interest has been generated in New York. Reporter Martha Cooper, who first broke the Bronx's vibrant breaking scene to the world through a series of articles in the Village Voice in the early '80s, will be on hand to document the event for a book on B-girl culture.
So if you can't do backflips for your lover this Valentine's Day, or if you're a lonely heart like me, head to Lover's Rock where San Diego's B-boys and B-girls will show us how it's done. BThe Third Annual Lover's Rock takes place Feb. 12 at the Culture Shock Dance Center in Old Town. All-ages. $5. 619-299-2110.