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San Diego Shows–Saturday, Jan. 30

January 30, 2010 - 8:50 am

PLAN A: Polysics, Beaters @ The Casbah. What happens when Devo’s condom breaks and accidentally impregnates The Blood Brothers in a Japanese anime cartoon? The “Technicolor pogo punk” of Tokyo’s Polysics, that’s what! If you can’t have fun at this show, then check your pulse, because you might be dead. Check out Sammi Skolmoski’s interview with the frontman HiroPLAN B: Town Criers, Manual Scan, Blues Gangsters, DJ Louis Mello @ The Casbah. May as well stick around The Casbah for what’ll surely be a crowd of O.G., 40-plus scenesters. After all, it’s the 20th anniversary reunion of country-rockers Town Criers. And speaking of O.G., don’t forget Blues Gangsters, a band made up of legendary San Diego ex-pats who get together every year or so to bust out some killer ’50s-inspired rock.BACKUP PLAN: Weatherbox, Boomsnake, Caravels @ Che Café. 

OTHER COOL STUFF:

Plastic Fantastic @ Oceanside Museum of Art. When socially conscious artists are at their best, they’re presenting juxtapositions that you haven’t otherwise seen and doing so in ways that let you figure things out for yourself. With Plastic Fantastic—which opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m.—Leucadia’s Allison Renshaw uses abstract mixed media and dramatic splashes of color to contrast what she considers “the artificiality of high-end living” with San Diego’s beautiful natural landscapes. A $10 cover for the reception gets you wine and hors d’oeuvres along with a preview of the exhibition. 

Chlorophyll Gum by Allison Renshaw

Haiti Fundraiser Concert @ World Beat CenterSometimes an event happens that makes everything else seem very small. The earthquake that struck Haiti just two weeks ago, obviously, is one of those. In just a matter of minutes, millions of Haitians were left without any food, water or shelter in a country largely reduced to rubble. They need our help, and this weekend there’s a pretty easy way to contribute. From 6 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, the World Beat Center will host a fundraiser concert. The $10 cover goes straight to either the Yele Haiti Foundation or MercyCorps, two nonprofits helping change the lives of those living in impoverished nations. The mostly-reggae lineup includes local bands River Bottom Rockers, One Drop and Through the Roots.

The Bloodflowers @ The Back Door. 

Drew Andrews, Paulo, Roll Film, live art by Eric Wixon @ Tin Can Ale House.

Mia Valentine, The Flowerthief, The Mashtis, The Queens Guard @ Soda Bar.

Vokab Company, DJs Adam Salter and Carlo @ U-31.

Vinyl Film, Tori Roze & The Hot Mess, The Deadlies @ Ruby Room.

Count Basie Orchestra @ Anthology.

Normandie, Night Horse @ Bar Pink.

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