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San Diego Shows–Friday, March 5

March 5, 2010 - 7:05 am

PLAN A: True Widow, The Drowning Men @ Hensley’s Flying Elephant. A huge fan of Low, I’ve never sat around wondering what they’d be like if they listened to more metal as kids. Had they, they might have ended up sounding like Texas’ True Widow. The brainchild of former Slowride frontman Dan Phillips, it’s droning post-rock with a big, black heart. PLAN B: Neon Dick, Nude Boy, Little Deadman @ Whistle Stop. Next Big Thing Alert: If you don’t dig bands like Crocodiles, Wavves and Beaters, then chances are you won’t like Neon Dick or Nude Boy. But, luckily for those bands, music geeks in the blogosphere just loooove that lo-fi, post-punk sound, and once they catch wind of these poppy outfits, it’ll be party time at Christmas Island’s house all over again. BACKUP PLAN: The Bloody Hollies, Fkenal, The Dead Ghost, Knives! @ Ruby Room.

OTHER COOL STUFF: 

Family Matters @ Sushi Performance and Visual Art. When we talked to Brian Goeltzenleuchter (check out Kelly Davis’ full story on him here) in January about the shows he’s curating for Sushi Performance and Visual Art’s 2010 series, Family Matters was one he was particularly excited about. The multifaceted exhibit, which opens with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m., comprises artists who blend pop-culture with avant-garde influences. Andrew Kaufman uses glassware to explore representations of “the kiss,” Lisa Hutton manipulates mass-media imagery to explore social myths, Oscar Prinsen creates playground sculptures for (dysfunctional) adults and Donna Stack hand-stitches profane, yet beautiful, welcome mats. Whew. If that ain’t enough, check out the Canadian duo Cedar Tavern Singers at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 6, when they’ll be singing catchy pop songs about esoteric stuff. While viewing the art is free, the Cedar Tavern Singers’ show costs $20. 

Victory at Sea @ Caffe Calabria. San Diego really has a leg up on other cities when it comes to beer. We’ve got Stone, Alesmith, Karl Strauss and Ballast Point, to name just a few. Lucky for us, with all these local breweries, we’ve become test rats of sorts. The latest experiment is a collaboration between Ballast Point Brewery and Caffe Calabria, North Park’s premier coffee roasters. They’ve combined beer and coffee to make “Victory at Sea”, a Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter. Stop by the café (3933 30th St.) from 6 to 9 p.m., to sample three varieties of the new brew, plus Ballast Point’s trusty Yellowtail Pale Ale. There’ll also be food from North Park restaurants, music from FM 94/9 and Calabria’s tasty coffee and espresso drinks. Another perk? All proceeds from the event go to Doctors Without Borders to help the people of Haiti. For tickets, go to www.brownpapertickets.com/event/99895. $25 advance, $30 door. 

The Room @ Ken Cinema. If you’re a cult-movie buff, you’ve no doubt heard of The Room. If you haven’t, all you need to know is that it’s been called one of the worst movies ever made and it’s become a classic midnight-movie experience akin to The Rocky Horror Picture Show, complete with raucous audiences throwing stuff at the screen and interacting with characters as the unintentional hilarity unfolds. The 2003 film—produced and directed by and starring Tommy Wiseau—has been a colossal hit in Los Angeles for the past six years, and it finally lands in San Diego at midnight on Friday and Saturday, March 5 and 6, at (where else?) the Ken Cinema. 

Phantogram @ M-Theory Music. 

Christmas Island, Jeans Wilder, Dreamboat @ Tin Can Ale House.

Leslie and the Lys, Christopher the Conquered, Lion Cut @ The Casbah.

Lilith Velkor, Scales, The Preteens, The Beatless @ Che Cafe.

Richard Tater Funkestra, Bring The Fireworks, Cookie Dough Extracts, Steven Fles & Christopher Filippi @ The Loft at UCSD.

A Scribe Amidst The Lions, Irradio, The Tractormen, Seesaw Ensemble @ Queen Bee’s.

“Feel The Noise” w/DJ Gabe Vega @ U-31.

River City, Little Hurricane, The Western Set @ Soda Bar.

Gregory Page @ Lestat’s.

Gareth Emery, Victor Dinaire, Sharky @ Voyeur.

The Screamin Yeehaws, Hard Money Saints, Hard Fall Hearts @ Radio Room.

The Big Decisions, Ellamae, The Steelwells, Lisa The Lush @ Beauty Bar.

Common Sense, Good Intensions @ Belly Up.

Call Me The Breeze, The Getdown, Watch Us Burn, This is Manic, Break Her Fall @ Brick By Brick.

Tinga Stewart @ 710 Beach Club.

Rebelution with Soja and Zion-1 @ House of Blues. 

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