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San Diego Shows–Saturday, Dec. 19

December 19, 2009 - 7:07 am

PLAN A: Apes of Wrath, Asa Ransom, Sunday Times, Roxy Jones @ Soda Bar. Carefully treading the line between danceable post-punk, minimalist new-wave and the African rhythms all those white-boy bands are stealing these days, Asa Ransom (above) have released two under-the-radar EPs that garnered some spins on BBC radio and write-ups in NME. The Brits love it when they scoop the American music press, and, in this case, they got it right before we did (see video below). PLAN B: El Vez, Los Straitjackets, Lovely Elvettes, DJ Claire @ The Casbah. Combine Weird Al, Gene Vincent and the King, then shake it up with tequila, Pancho Villa and a Mexican Santa and you have this annual Casbah tradition. It’s like fruitcake, but nuttier. And I hear a certain bearded someone gave DJ Claire a special CD of holiday-themed funk to spin so there will definitely be booties shaking in between bands. PLAN C: Armand Van Helden @ On Broadway. The DJ/producer blends hip-hop and house with insane break beats that get the ladies crazy and the boys crunk. Plus, he hasn’t stopped here in about three years, so this might be the last time you get to see him without slumming it up in L.A. BACKUP PLAN: Aquabats, Suburban Legends, Supernova @ House of Blues.


Sight & Sound @ Architecture. For more than a year, the monthly Sight & Sound event has been steadily growing in size and scope to where it’s now one of the go-to art-and-music events. And the last one of the year, from 7 p.m. to midnight, is sure to draw a big crowd with popular electro-rockers Shark Attack and Satanic Puppeteer Orchestra performing. There will also be live video art by Christian Michaels and Greg Lloyd and an interactive art installation from Newfangled Collective. The $5 cover will benefit the Green Scene Gallery.

Celebrate Solstice Rain Dance @ Eveoke Dance Theatre. We all know that water is scarce in these parts. Newly implemented water rationing has San Diego farmers especially feeling the pinch. That’s why La Milpa Organica, an organic farm just north of Escondido, needs our help. At 8 p.m. the Celebrate Solstice Rain Dance puts the “culture in agriculture” to help the folks at La Milpa dig a well to create their own water supply. The Eveoke Dance Theatre will host a night of live music, dance performances and even puppetry (The San Diego Puppet Insurgency will perform, naturally, The Vegetable Monologues). And what would a benefit for a farm be without farm-fresh food? There’ll be a YUM! bar selling local munchies from La Milpa, craft beer, sangria and herbal elixirs. $10 advance, $15 at the door. 

Surf Sacrifice@ Project X Gallery. Where does a surfboard go when it dies? Broken boards salvaged by Chris Martino are transformed into requiems, totems and shrines that reflect the religious devotion surfers have for their sport. The local artist partners his pop-culture painting style with pictures, collages and tiki charm to respectfully recycle these relics into a graffiti-inspired homage to surf culture in his new exhibition. An opening reception runs from 6 to 10 p.m. 

Monkeys, Puppets & Music and Get In Where You Fit In @ Thumbprint Gallery. Combining quantity and quality, North Park’s Thumbprint Gallery will end 2009 with a bang with two new art shows. Opening from 6 to 9 p.m., local artist Brandon Roth will debut his new show, Monkeys, Puppets & Music, which explores everything from personal relationships to globalization. Also opening that night, Get In Where You Fit In is a group show in which more than a dozen local artists will pack the room with works spanning multiple media and covering a wide range of subjects.

Don Diablo, Deth Hertz @ Voyeur.

Toys For Tots Benefit feat. Family Wagon, Dead Feather Moon, DJ Gonzo @ Tin Can Ale House.

BLVD, Appolo8 & Osal8 (3rd Borough), DJ Carlo @ Beauty Bar.

“80s vs. 90s” DJs Gabe Vega vs. Saul Q @ Whistle Stop.

“Acoustic Alliance” @ Brick by Brick.

Title Fight, Cold World, All is Fleeting, World of Pain @ Che Café.

Desert Diamonds @ Ken Club.

Midnite Radio, Archery For The Blind @ Ruby Room. Midnite Radio is a Hedwig & the Angry Inch tribute band, but if you want to see something even closer to Hedwig you can always go to…

Lady Gaga @ San Diego Sport Arena. Seriously, why hasn’t John Cameron Mitchell sicked his lawyers on her yet?

Windsor Drive, Super Groupie, The Somatree, NEON, Fake Dakota @ Epicentre.

DJ Kiss @ Kadan Club.

Photo of Asa Ransom by mere.

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