San Diego Shows–Thursday, Feb. 25
PLAN A: Chain and the Gang, Strange Boys, Heavy Hawaii @ The Casbah. Ian Svenonius (above) looked like the second coming of Ian Mackaye between 1988 and 2000, when he sang in groups like Make-Up and Nation of Ulysses. And while I’m hesitant to call Chain and the Gang his most playful project yet, it’s certainly the most stripped-down, with tunes about gossipy haters (“Trash Talk”) and what is certainly the greatest song ever about the inane questions bands get asked during press interviews (“Interview with the Chain Gang”). PLAN B: Pharmacy, Gravitorium @ Ken Club. Originally formed way back in ’96, grindy powerpop fousome Pharmacy made a bit of a local splash before splintering off into bands like Arigon Star and various solo projects. Now, they’re back, and since they were never that polished to begin with, their mantra of “the drunker you get, the better we sound,” remains accurate. BACKUP PLAN: Victor Manuelle @ Blue Agave Nightclub. Have you heard him? Panties on stage. Guaranteed.
OTHER COOL STUFF:
“Culture & Cocktails” @ San Diego Museum of Art. Tijuana-born and San Diego State University-educated artist Hugo Crosthwaite will return from his home in the funky Williamsburg enclave of Brooklyn, N.Y., and participate in several events during the next few weeks. The one you need to know about is his appearance at the “Culture and Cocktails” event, which serves as the kickoff for Brutal Beauty, an exhibition of Crosthwaite’s dark and at times surreal works in charcoal and graphite. Crosthwaite himself will be creating a large scale work and there will also be live tango dancers, a collaborative drawing wall and taco-cart style snacks. One-woman dance-pop force Smile Now Cry Later (check out this week’s feature on her) and DJ Dr. Indulgent will provide the soundtrack for the night. Afterparty follows at the Tin Can Alehouse. During the beginning of the exhibition’s run (Feb. 27 through July 18), Crosthwaite will improvise a new, large-scale drawing on a blank wall of the museum and then deconstruct it with white-painted rectangles. He’ll talk about his work at 3 p.m. March 14 at SDMA. And from March 5 through 20, Noel-Baza Fine Art Gallery in Little Italy will host Dark Dreams, a separate exhibition of the artist’s drawings.
“Passing the Buck: Homeless in San Diego” @ San Diego Historical Society.
Is local government doing enough to assist the homeless? (If you’re a regular CityBeat reader, you know how we’d answer that.) From 6 to 7:30 p.m., the San Diego Historical Society’s monthly “San Diego NOW” series seeks to answer the question with the aptly titled “Passing the Buck: Homeless in San Diego.” The panel, moderated by voiceofsandiego.org reporter Adrian Florido, includes Simonne Ruff, associate director of the Corporation for Supportive Housing; Sandy Maynes, CEO of Coalition for the Homeless; and James Justus, who’s on the board of directors for the Regional Taskforce on the Homeless.
“Tower After Hours” @ Museum of Man. Every other month, the museum celebrates the culture of a different country. This month it’s Ireland. Enjoy traditional food, drink, dance and music.
Napolean Complex, The Trolley Station, The Displaced @ Ruby Room.
Little Fowl, Scales, DJ Bad Andy @ Bar Pink.
“Nite Vision” w/ Vega, Salter & Diaz @ Voyeur.
“All Things Rad” w/ DJ Profile, Iron Mike @ El Dorado.
Polaris At Noon, Max Bemis @ UCSD Price Center.
“Generations Party” w/DJ Artistic, Cros 1 @ U-31.
Dashboard Confessional, Ives The Band @ House of Blues.
The Infamous Doug Sanchez, Arry Orchestra @ Radio Room.
The Touchies, Ralpheene @ Soda Bar.
Rob Deez, Meaghan Maples, Bryan Bang @ Java Joe’s at Cafe Libertalia.
Concrete Project @ 710 Beach Club.
Dave Mason @ Anthology.
Oh Air Night, Mothlight, The New Assembly @ Beauty Bar.
Willie K, Joe Cano, Avi Ronen @ Belly Up.
Jared Palzzolo @ House of Blues Voodoo Stage.
The Chimney Fish, Full Blown Stone @ Winston’s,
Eric Vloeimans “Fugimundi” Trio @ Athenaeum Music & Arts Library.
The Insomniacs @ Humphrey’s Backstage Lounge.
Hugo Crosthwaite pieces above, “Twins,” “Bartholomew” and “Untitled, Tijuana June July 2006 no.2” courtesy of the artist and SDMA.