1. Artistic, altered states
There's a lot to like about Philip K. Dick. Even those who haven't read the author's inventive, reality-altering, science-fiction novels have likely encountered and enjoyed his work. Bladerunner, for instance—everyone's favorite dystopian-future flick directed by Ridley Scott and starring Harrison Ford—was based on Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Yet while film adaptations of Dick's work have garnered cult followings, the author and philosopher—in the opinion of some of his most dedicated fans—has never quite achieved the level of fame and recognition he deserves.
"He's sort of this unsung, amazing artist," says Will Reid, who, along with Lianne Mueller and RJ Brooks, has curated Owl in the Daylight: A Tribute to Phillip K. Dick, a weird, fascinating multimedia exhibition.
"Dick has a lot of interesting ideas, and he just had this ability to write these reality-shattering sentences," Reid says.
Owl in the Daylight opens from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, at A Ship in the Woods (1660 Lugano Lane), a house-turned-experimental-art-venue just east of Solana Beach. Artists Dave Ghilarducci, Jesse Harding, Max Nanis, Jetter Green, Dave E. Shere, Andrew J. Hunter and Alex Andre will present work based on Dick's futuristic ideas and predictions. Some of the work is so mind-bending, the curators say, it might just make some folks question reality or, at the very least, trip out for a few minutes.
The exhibition will kick off with a live, theatrical performance based on one of the last recorded interviews with Dick. Then folks can explore the collection of mostly interactive installations and experience other performance-art pieces. "RHODOPSIN," a striking installation by A Ship in the Woods and other collaborators that was recently on view at Art San Diego Contemporary Art Fair, will also be at the show. Donations will be accepted at door.
"It'll be full experience," Mueller says. "You can touch, feel and experience the work in many different ways. It's well beyond the eyes."
2. Buy local, dammit!
Our hope is that one day, when it comes to holiday-gift buying, a critical mass of San Diegans won't first think, Get me to the mall!, and instead think, Where can I get great, locally made stuff? From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, great, locally made stuff will be in abundance at Makers Arcade, a holiday fair held in Moniker Warehouse (705 16th St. in East Village). More than 50 artisans and vendors will be selling their goods, and, to augment your perusing pleasure, there'll be live music, savory eats and sweets, craft and design activities and cocktails (during the day!). The first 100 through the door get a swag bag. Find the whole list of makers and event details at makersarcade.com.
3. The doctor is in
Would you? Could you? In a park? Would you? Could you? On a lark? As part of the Balboa Park Centennial Celebration, the renowned, roving Dr. Seuss exhibition is coming to the San Diego History Center (1649 El Prado). Opening on Saturday, Nov. 22, the exhibition Ingenious! The World of Dr. Seuss will feature rare, early artworks by the late San Diegan Theodor Geisel, as well as interactive installations and activities for children. Also on display will be two newly released Geisel illustrations, editorial cartoons, collectible memorabilia and bronze statues of some of the artist's well-known characters. The exhibition runs through the end of 2015. Admission to the museum is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $4 for youth. Kids younger than 5 get in free. sandiegohistory.org
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