Feb. 22 2012 11:45 AM

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

Dixie De La Tour and her hot dog

Naughty narratives

“Stories are performed, not read.” That’s how San Francisco Weekly recently described Bawdy Storytelling, a monthly event at which brave souls (from professional writers and actors to real people) dish about their sex lives. As for the event’s host, Dixie De La Tour, the Weekly dubbed her “pervtastic."
For five years, De La Tour, who got her start helping women write sexy personal ads, has provided a forum that seeks to shake up social mores. Hearing people talk about what they’ve done, with whom and how is not only liberating, she says, but also educational: “If you’re curious about a lifestyle, there’s no better way to learn about it than to go into a roomful of people and listen to their stories.”

De La Tour will bring Bawdy Storytelling to Space 4 Art (325 15th St. in East Village) at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25. Admission is $10. It’ll be the first time the event’s been to San Diego.

She’s not worried about this city’s prudishness, relative to San Francisco. Sometimes it’s the folks who are wary of the event that become the biggest fans. At a recent show, a friend of De La Tour pointed out two couples in the audience: “These people obviously think they’re in a room full of perverts.” After the first performance, the friend reported, “OK, they love us.”

If De La Tour finds a receptive audience here, she’d like to make this a regular event. She’s also looking for good stories. Folks interested in performing at Bawdy Storytelling call her up all the time (“my number’s not difficult to find,” she says). “I’d love to have my phone ring and someone from San Diego tell me, ‘You’re not going to believe it—.”

The art of activism

You’ve heard of Ai Weiwei. He’s the Chinese artist and activist who investigated corruption and cover-ups in his country, was arrested last year and eventually released after the international art community raised a ruckus. Ai is a master of all mediums; in his upcoming installation, Zodiac Heads / Circle of Animals: Gold, he depicts the ancient Chinese zodiac through 12 animal heads. The gold-plated bronze sculptures have an interesting historical back-story, so be sure to read the wall text when you visit. The show opens Thursday, Feb. 23, and is on view through July 29 at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s Downtown location (1100 Kettner Blvd.). British artist Isaac Julien’s Ten Thousand Waves video installation is also opening Thursday and is equally worth checking out.

Catch a Wave

Surf culture is big in southern California, but the ladies who ride the waves don’t seem to get as much recognition as the guys. At the Board Shorts Surf Film Festival, happening at The Loft at UCSD (on the fourth floor of the Price Center East) on Saturday, Feb. 25, surfing’s most badass female riders get their due as the inspiration for a collection of short films. Five-time world-champion surfer Linda Benson will host the night, which also features art by Susan Wickstrand and Christine Brailsford, swimwear from Seea, raffles and a Q-and-A session with filmmakers and notable figures in the surfing world. The event kicks off at 7 p.m., and there will be an after-party with food and drink for sale.

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