San Diego Shows–Friday, March 19
PLAN A: Social Spit, Rats Eyes @ Whistle Stop. Social Spit have had several lineups throughout the ages, but they were the San Diego equivalent to The Clash back in the late ’70s and early ’80s. Hopefully, they’ll sound as good as they did. If not, hardcore bad motherfuckers Rats Eyes (above) will still kick your ass. PLAN B: Little Deadman, Worker Bee @ Soda Bar. I have no idea who plays in this new local indie-rock band, but if Little Deadman’s live show is as good as the tracks they’ve posted on MySpace, then we might have some contenders for “Best New Artist” come San Diego Music Awards time. PLAN C: Big Boi @ 4th & B. Because one Outkast is better than none. BACKUP PLAN: The Devil Makes Three, Old Man Markley @ Brick by Brick.
OTHER COOL STUFF:
Robert Irwin @ Quint Contemporary Art. To sum up Robert Irwin’s career and impact on art in one paragraph would almost certainly be an exercise in futility. The San Diego artist changed installation, light and space and public art forever, so it’s quite the coup that La Jolla’s Quint Contemporary Art (7739 Drury Lane) has landed the first gallery exhibition of Irwin’s work in 30 years. The show, Works in Progress, will feature new installation pieces that, true to the name, will change every two weeks after the opening reception—from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 19—up to its final day on May 1. If you can’t make it to the reception, stop by the gallery during regular business hours (11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday) to get the full impact of a master at work.
The Symmetry Project @ Sushi Performance and Visual Art. Warning: The Symmetry Project contains nudity. Yes, people, Jess Curtis and Maria Francesca Scaroni perform their experimental-dance piece about two perfectly balanced bodies au naturel. And when the NEA awarded the duo a grant last year to continue their work—whoo-whee!—were some folks hoppin’ mad. That makes us want to recommend this show even more. Seriously, if you’re into provocative, sophisticated performance art of the sort that doesn’t make it to San Diego too often, head to 390 11th Ave. in East Village at 8 p.m. www.sushiart.org
Guava Belly @ Porter’s Pub. The San Diego locals play aa benefit concert for The Pegasus Rising Project, which helps combat veterans deal with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder with equine therapy.
The White Buffalo, Sara Petite, Brian Holwerda @ Casbah.
Mexico City Rollers, Jizz Wizard, Stalins of Sound @ Tower Bar.
Syndicate, The Fascination @ Bar Pink.
Genius of Soul, On The Spot Trio, The Heavy Guilt @ Tin Can Ale House.
Mariinsky Orchestra @ Copley Symphony Hall.
Gregory Page, Kevin Martin @ Java Joe’s at Cafe Libertalia.
“Feel The Noise” w/ DJ Gabe Vega @ U-31.
Paper Forest, D/wolves, Neatbeats @ Che Café.
London’s Falling, Breaker Breaker One Niner, Black Sails Western Shores, Prosthetic Arms @ Radio Room.
Junior Reid, Andrew and Wada Blood and the One Blood Band, Stranger, DJ Carlos Culture @ Belly Up.
Italian Japanese, …students, FMera @ Ruby Room.
Neon Cough, Ellamae, Stripes and Lines, Music For Animals, Colourvision DJs @ Beauty Bar.
Day of Anomie, Carter, Given Life @ Ken Club.
The Styletones @ Winston’s.
Bad Religion, Jakked Rabbits, Agent Orange @ House of Blues.
Rats Eyes photo above by Robin Laananen.