1 ART BENDER
Booze, DJs, comic theater, a video lounge, breakdance battles, musical sculpture, a gift shop on wheels, yoga—no, Burning Man will not be held in Balboa Park this year. The San Diego Museum of Art (1450 El Prado) is capping a 10-day-long, contemporary art-and-culture series with its Summer Break 24-Hour Night. From 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, to late in the evening on Friday, Aug. 9, museum visitors can have drinks with friends, get their art on throughout the day and night and not worry about driving home right away.
"This is really for what I call the curious demographic," said Alexander Jarman, manager of public programs for the museum. "It brings a very contemporary feel to what we're trying to do."
Throughout the event, check out Double Portraits, which pairs contemporary art with 16th- to 20th-century paintings. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., view video screenings of the play Drama Queens, a 45-minute, one-act comedy first performed in Germany, and "Double Self-Portrait," a video installation by Joanna Kidd. Culture and Cocktails starts at 6 p.m. Thursday with Arnold Newman's celebrated portrait photography set to the music of DJ Dazzla. Musical performances fill out the first evening.
"People's favorite part is hanging out with their friends and never worrying about getting kicked out," Jarman said.
"It's something that's very European, and we want to bring these best practices to San Diego."
"Things to Make Things to Make Things" starts tuning up at midnight—visitors will have the opportunity to jam with each other on this musical sculpture made of common household materials. There'll be more arts programming into the wee hours, and "Sunrise Yoga" starts at 6:30 a.m.
The museum closes at 5 p.m. Friday, and festivities move to the James S. Copley Auditorium (onsite) at 7 p.m. with a screening of The Legend of Cool Disco Dan. Director Roger Gastman and Filmmaker Joseph Pattisall will be on hand to answer questions about the film, which focuses on an infamous Washington, D.C., graffiti writer in 1980s. Things wrap up with a 9 p.m. breakdancing session with the "Rock So Fresh Crew and Super B Beat Boys."
Tickets are $15 before 10 p.m., $12 after. Get programming details at sdmart.org.
2 AWAY, CARS!
In happier times, presently besieged Mayor Bob Filner plunged headfirst into a great idea: CicloSDias, day-long closure of a long San Diego thoroughfare to encourage bicycling and pedestrianism and spark community camaraderie. In spite of the sexual-harassment tempest in the Mayor's office, that day is upon us: From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, roadways from 30th and K streets in Grant Hill north to Cherokee Elementary School in City Heights will be closed to cars. Mostly, the route follows 30th Street up through Golden Hill and South Park (including a Fern Street loop), making a right turn just south of University Avenue in North Park, with four "hubs" along the way providing information, bike repair, toilets and places to stop and gather. ciclosdias.com
3 SLINGING INK
Tattoo artists are an important part of a visual-arts scene—their work, after all, shows up on human canvases and is often as complex, vibrant and skillful as anything you'd see hanging on a wall. See what more than three-dozen San Diego tattoo artists came up with when asked to create on a traditional canvas for Needles Down, a group art show happening from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at Voz Alta (1754 National Ave. in Barrio Logan). Artists displaying work represent some of the city's best shops, including Avalon (voted Best Tattoo Parlor in CityBeat's 2012 Best of San Diego issue), Full Circle and Black Panther. See sd-too.com for the full lineup and profiles of featured artists.