Dec. 12 2012 10:30 AM

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

“Mesmerized” by Randy Conner will be on view in Tiger Bomb.

What does the dynamic cat-pop duo Lion Cut have in common with Russian strongman Vladimir Putin? In 2010, Putin hosted the International Tiger Forum, and, on Thursday, Dec. 13, Lion Cut’s Zoltron Monsieur and Kittytron will hold The Tiger Bomb Art Show. Both helped/will help the World Wildlife Fund’s Save Tigers Now project get closer to its goal of doubling the global tiger population to 6,400 by the next Year of the Tiger, 2022.

In May, Lion Cut released the single “Tiger Bomb” (with a Siberian-themed, Putinhomage video featuring the Culture Shock dance troupe from this issue’s cover story) as the first articulation of commitment to its striped brethren. The priority challenges, Monsieur says, are combating rainforest destruction and illegal poachers who think tiger genitals enhance sexual virility.

“Lion Cut wants all tigers to keep their penises,” Monsieur says.

The Tiger Bomb show at El Dorado Cocktail Lounge (1030 Broadway, Downtown) is the latest in the free, monthly Happy Little Trees art series coordinated by local design firm Funk You Creative. Monsieur and Kittytron recruited 30 of their friends to create and sell art for the cause.

“We basically just chose our favorite artists in San Diego, so it’s a mix of working artists and people who just do art,” Monsieur says. “We just said, ‘Make tiger-inspired art.’” And if you think about it, he adds, it makes sense, since “tigers have inspired artists for centuries and centuries. The tiger is just a beautiful creature.”

There will be a tiger-themed trunk show, too, with fashion and Christmas gifts for sale. Monkey Paw Brewery also will debut its Tiger Bomb IPA by craft brewmaster Derek Freese that uses ahtanum and simcoe hops to give the ale an orange, tiger-like color.

Lion Cut will play, with DJ support from Pablo Stanley and Rafter Roberts, who will auction off a custom-made synthesizer he’s named “Tiger Bomb.” The event is free and starts growling at 8 p.m. “Tiger Bomb” on Facebook.

Lion Cut "Tiger Bomb" Music Video from Lion Cut on Vimeo.

2 Avant-violin

Violinist Todd Reynolds’ recent album, Outerborough, begins with the rock ’n’ roll burner “Transamerica” and then zigzags all over the musical map, stopping at places that are sleepy and meditative, zany and staccato and many points in between. Reynolds—who co-founded the avant-garde string quartet Ethel and has worked with music pioneer Steve Reich and the eclectic classical ensemble Bang on a Can—incorporates electronics, with samples and lots of loops, throughout his repertoire. At the next installment in the Fresh Sound series, he’ll perform pieces from Outerborough, as well as improvised material and some compositions in progress. The concert starts at 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at Space 4 Art (325 15th St., in East Village). $15, $10 for students.

3 Complete Santarchy

Santa Claus is recognized around the world as a jolly, kind-hearted man bringing joy and toys to children—and not so much as a drunken, slobbering mess. Get to know the latter version of ol’ Saint Nick at SantaCon, a bar crawl happening from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15.

Hundreds of people dressed as Santa, elves, snowmen and other Christmas characters will be drinking their way through North Park. To learn the first location, like SDSantaCon on Facebook or follow @SD_SantaCon on Twitter. Just like with Fight Club, there are rules to SantaCon: 1. You must dress up. 2. Don’t mess with any children. 3. Don’t act like an idiot. 4. Bring canned foods to donate to Mama’s Kitchen.

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