WEDNESDAY, JAN. 5
AIf your biggest argument with your significant other is over whether to watch American Idol or a hockey game, solve the problem when you get a dose of both at Wacky Wednesday. First watch the San Diego Gulls pit their skills against the Peoria Rivermen. Then, during intermission, listen to the next Clay Aiken sing his lungs out while a panel of celebrity judges decides who gets to sing the national anthem at a future game. Tonight at 7:05 p.m. at the San Diego Sports Arena, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd. in Loma Portal. 619-224-GOAL x7. $7-$25. Also tonight: In January 1994 in Chiapas, the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) rose up against the Mexican government to protest NAFTA. View a photo collection of the movement along with a special spoken-word presentation tonight at 6 p.m. at Chicano Perk Café y Cultura, 129 25th St. in Barrio Logan. 619-452-9625. Free.
THURSDAY, JAN. 6
AIn the absence of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego's regular Thursday Night Thing event, transplant yourself to another artistic setting with Intimate Cabaret Dances. San Diego Dance Theater presents Car Men (and the Women who love them), a performance featuring San Diego Opera's Stacy Fraser. A second piece, choreographed by Jeffrey Gerodias, ushers two couples through Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata and Bach's Violin Concerto in D. Tonight at 8 p.m. (as well as Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 6 p.m.) at the San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado in Balboa Park. 619-232-7931. $10-$20.
FRIDAY, JAN. 7
AWith their graffiti art, tattoos and Andre the Giant iconography, Shepard Fairey and Mike Giant helped revolutionize the art world. Fairey, an artist whose work appears on stickers, clothing, skateboards, posters and even a documentary film, currently runs an L.A.-based design firm. Giant, who started out drawing graphics for Think Skateboards, is a celebrated graffiti and tattoo artist in Albuquerque. View their new work at the opening reception of Giant vs. Giant. Today from 4 to 11 p.m. at Voices 1156, 1156 Seventh Ave., Downtown. 619-235-6922. Free.
SATURDAY, JAN. 8
AAs Derek Zoolander so eloquently put it, with a flap of his merman tail, "Moisture is the essence of wetness, and wetness is the essence of beauty." Whatever your thoughts are on essence, compare them to the Butterworth Dance Company's take on the subject at an evening of modern dance. Two premieres and seven other original works are followed by a chance to meet and talk to the dancers and choreographer. View Essence today (as well as Friday and Sunday) at 7 p.m. at the Academy of Performing Arts, 4580-B Alvarado Road in Mission Valley. 619-501-5037. $8-$10.
SUNDAY, JAN. 9
AWho isn't a DJ these days? If you're feeling left out, here's your chance to enter the world of rhythm and groove. Learn the fundamentals including set-up, music selection, beat matching, recording tips, producing and legalities. Today and every Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. at Stacks Vinyl, 6902 Federal Blvd. in Lemon Grove. 619-433-3691. Free. Also today: For you non-churchgoing folks out there, what better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than revelling in explicit profanity and nudity? Kruel Summer is an in-your-face theatrical dance piece in which all gay Americans are captured and detained by the military. Gratuitous sex and violence or eye-opening think piece? You decide today at 3 p.m. (or Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m.) at Saint Cecilia's Playhouse, 1620 Sixth Ave., Downtown. 619-255-8436. $20.
MONDAY, JAN. 10
AWhat better way to mellow out after a long weekend than with some classical music? Throw in some jazz to liven it up and you've got When Classical Meets Jazz, a concert boasting the talents of two San Diego State University professors. Marian Liebowitz performs on the clarinet with Richard Thompson on the piano at the first of the library's annual mini-concert series. Today from noon to 1 p.m. at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. in La Jolla. 858-454-5872. Free.
TUESDAY, JAN. 11
AFor some, the term "war on terror" is a slippery one. The Oil Factor: Behind the War on Terror examines the link between oil interests and current U.S. military interventions and includes original footage from Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan. The screening is followed by a discussion tonight at 7 p.m. in the Bard Hall at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4190 Front St. in Hillcrest. 858-459-4650. Free.