San Diego Shows–Friday, March 12
Joshua Bell with the San Diego Symphony @ Copley Symphony Hall. I saw acclaimed violinist Bell play with Jeremy Denk almost a month ago, and it was insanely good. His performance of Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Sonata No. 1 in D Minor” was life-altering. Now he’s playing with an entire symphony behind him? I can honestly tell you this will be worth the ticket price (which starts at about 20 bucks), but if you’re ballin’ on a budget, then check out… PLAN B: Hotel St. George, Riddim Saunter, Softlightes @ Tin Can Ale House. The electro-pop brainchild of Ron Fountenberry, Softlightes just about stole the show from Anya Marina a few weeks ago. And you must check out Riddim Saunter, because I honestly can’t say that they’ll ever come back again (they’re from Japan, after all). Über-fun and über-catchy pop tunes about love and youth complete with, no shit, a flute player. BACKUP PLAN: Eliza Rickman, Street of Little Girls @ Whistle Stop. Street of Little Girls just got a great write-up in the local demo review and Paul Saitowitz did a great article on Rickman and her toy piano last time she was in town.
OTHER COOL STUFF:
“Art After Dark” @ Oceanside Museum of Art. Artists are typically right-brainers, but you don’t have to be a right-brainer to enjoy art, right? In an attempt to “feed the art side of your brain,” the Oceanside Museum of Art has enlisted The Ancient Gallery to install Total Information Awareness, an interactive black-light installation crafted out of mass-produced cultural icons and original fabricated sculptures and paintings. From 7 to 10 p.m. you can see the installation at the semi-regular after-hours event Art After Dark, which will turn the museum (704 Pier View Way) into an avant-garde, glow-in-the-dark art-and-performance space. You’ll hear techno-fusion beats, see the San Diego Acro Yoga Acronauts and feed your belly with local handcrafted beer and sushi from Miso Harney. The exhibits Plastic Fantastic, Discoveries in Dystopia and Industrial Alchemy will also be on view. $25.
Kettner Nights @ Various locations throughout Little Italy. See new works by Barbara Weldon at Perry Meyer Fine Art, graphic works by Tim Bavington, Gene Davis and Kenneth Noland at Scott White, and more. If you’re so inclined, stop by the Andrews Gallery from 6 to 9 and say hello to me.
winterWORKS @ La Jolla Playhouse. UCSD dance faculty members Allyson Green, Liam Clancy and Patricia Rincon present new works in dance theatre.
Steve Aoki @ House of Blues.
Cave Singers, The Duchess and The Duke, Moondoggies @ The Casbah.
Thee Oh Sees, Baths, So Cow @ Bar Pink.
Tim Barry, Possessed by Paul James, John Meeks, Brian Holwerda @ Soda Bar.
No Bunny, TV Ghost, Stalins of Sound @ Tower Bar.
Mason, Mano vs. Deth Hertz @ Voyeur.
Get Back Loretta, Good Morning Milo, Valora, Add The Color, Meseta @ SOMA.
“Feel The Noise” with DJs Gabe Vega, Saul Q @ U-31.
Irradio, The Slants, Silent Scream @ Radio Room.
Skelator, Ritual Torture, Invocation War, Antebellum @ Che Café.
Grandamsta Rats @ El Dorado.
The Mike Keneally Band @ The Loft at UCSD.
One Drop, Mike Pinto, Tommy Dubs @ Belly Up.