Wednesday, AUG. 4
A Before the 1920s, most films were silent, but commonly accompanied by piano or organ. Here's your chance to supply sound effects for classic silent films with the Teeny Tiny Pit Orchestra. Play exotic wooden birdcalls in the forest scene or hit the thunder sheet during the storm scene. Take advantage of the opportunity to play a real theremin, one of the first electronic instruments. The films range from five to 15 minutes long, and include El Espectro Rojo, an eerie story in which a demon living far below the earth conducts a bizarre magic show. The free event promises to be no less bizarre tonight at 8 p.m. at Voz Alta, 1544 Broadway, in East Village. 619-0230-1869 or 858-534-8074.
Thursday, AUG. 5
A Skyrocketing rents. Overcrowded beaches. Traffic oozing like pus from the unattended wounds of urban sprawl. These are consequences of suburban development that all Southern Californians can relate to. In creating his Seussian landscapes, artist Mark Mulroney draws on his experiences of the corresponding destruction of the natural environment. His eerie vertical paintings depict dismembered trees, discarded mattresses and fragments of ranch-style homes. Come discuss the gory details with Mulroney himself at a lecture and Q&A session, followed by an interactive art project. Part of the Thursday Night Thing, the free event includes live music by Ultravires, American Ligature and The Millionaires. Tonight at 7 p.m. at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 1001 Kettner Blvd., Downtown. 619-234-1001.
Friday, AUG. 6
A Perhaps you have used items made of blown glass to demonstrate your own political leanings. Brothers Einar and Jamex de la Torre use three-dimensional blown-glass sculpture to create ironic, politically charged works that incorporate religious iconography, sexuality and current events. Their creations are only some displayed at Summer Stock VI, an annual summer group show that also includes paintings, drawings and photography. More than 20 artists represented by the David Zapf Gallery will be highlighted in the gallery's exhibit. The opening reception takes place tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. at 2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite 104, in Little Italy. 619-232-5004.
Saturday, AUG. 7
A Are you a creative woman who's tired of being pigeonholed? A man who enjoys the feel of women's underwear? No matter what your form of self-expression, S/he's Gender Bent: Exploring Sexuality and Gender Identity Through Art is an art and political-action festival for people of all orientations. The event includes workshops, live music and spoken-word performances, as well as new work from local women designers, potters, artisans and crafters. Today from noon to 7 p.m. at the LGBT Center, 3909 Centre St. in Hillcrest. 619-615-8519. Also Tonight: put on "a short skirt and a long jacket" and head to the Del Mar Racetrack to see an all-ages, live performance by Cake. Sip ice-cold samples from more than 20 local microbreweries along with a scrumptious bite of Cake's alternative rock during the Microbrew Festival (for those 21 and older). Tonight at approximately 6:45 p.m. at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., in Del Mar. 858-793-5555 or 858-755-1161. Racetrack admission is $5 or free for those 17 and younger. (www.delmarracing.com)
Sunday, AUG. 8
A The ongoing war in Iraq forces us all to make individual choices regarding our position on modern-day war and the threat of oppression. The San Diego Jewish Film Festival's summer retrospective presents three films based on individuals who were challenged to make difficult decisions in the face of war. Sunday is the festival's second day, with screenings of The White Rose at 1 p.m. and The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg at 4 p.m. Both films are followed by a discussion facilitated by a guest speaker. Today at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive, in La Jolla. 858-457-0398. Each film is $9-$11.
Monday, AUG. 9
A Blu globefusion is a boutique that has it all-cutting-edge fashion, one-of-a-kind vintage items, skincare and makeup products and handmade accessories-not to mention art, in the form an exhibit titled Colors of Sadness by local artist Ivana Nedeljkovic. If you have trouble getting your tongue around that name, loosen it up a little at a sponsored happy hour tonight, from 6 to 8 p.m. The opening reception goes until 10 p.m. and features music by D.J. Bart Blackstone. At Blu globefusion, 2121 El Cajon Blvd. in North Park. 619-291-4360. $10 donation goes to the San Diego Art Institute, a local nonprofit organization. (www.bluglobefusion.com)
Tuesday, AUG. 10
A Are you concerned about the dangers of nuclear power? Learn how other communities in California have successfully increased public awareness and forced community dialogue on nuclear issues when Rochelle Becker speaks tonight. A member of the San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace, Becker has been addressing safety concerns around the issue of nuclear power for many years. Hear what she has to say when she discusses No Place to Run? The Dangers of Nuclear Power, and What We Can Do About It. Presented by Matters of Controversy in the Bard Hall of the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4190 Front St., in Hillcrest. 858-459-4650. Free, but donations are accepted.