Jan. 16 2013 10:18 AM

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

"Salt Exclosure" by Dominic Paul Miller


In our first issue of the year, CityBeat identified the Structural and Materials Engineering Building (SME) at UCSD as one of the top places to keep an eye on in 2013. What grabbed our attention was the school’s clever decisions to house innovative art studios beside engineering laboratories.

Dual, the first art event of the year at SME, opens Friday, Jan. 18. Described as “a parallel drawing show between two and three-dimensions,” the exhibit is a collaboration between 17 visual-arts graduate students working in the separate experimental sculpture and experimental drawing studios at SME.

Jennifer Pastor, the professor who leads the sculpture studio, says that “drawing” is very broadly defined in the context of this show. Viewers will be surprised if they’re expecting only blueprints or preparatory drawings from her students.

“One of the prompts for the show was the fact that I see so much flatwork, so much drawing and collage around the studios of all different types of makers, including people who work with time-based mediums,” she says.

The artists were still finalizing their submissions as we hit deadline, but at least three will be familiar to CityBeat readers—Kate Clark, Emily Grenader and Hermione Spriggs, whose artistic investigation into the history of Balboa Park was feature in an August 2012 cover story. Clark tells CityBeat she’ll display a rendition of the severed hand that directs tourists where to see the sights at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Spriggs will reveal field sketches from her larger ethnographic project in Slab City, including an image of firemen tackling a boat that caught fire in the desert. Meanwhile, Grenader will showcase some of the original charcoal portraits of chefs that she created for a series of gourmet frozen-yogurt labels.

The opening reception runs from 5 to 7 p.m. in Rooms 201 and 202 of SME. visarts.ucsd.edu


Can you call a Canadian band’s music “Americana”? Though, what’s meant by “Americana,” anyway? The Good Lovelies, an all-female trio—Caroline Brooks, Sue Passmore and Kerri Ough—from Toronto, play music that blends folk, country, roots, jazz and lots of old-timey charm. The multi-instrumentalists’ voices are as suited for threepart harmonies as vanilla, chocolate and strawberry are for Neapolitan ice cream, helping them secure a 2010 Juno award (Canada’s version of the Grammys) for Roots and Traditional Album of the Year. And they do a damn-good version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” Catch them live at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at the Museum of Making Music (5790 Armada Drive in Carlsbad). Tickets are $15. goodlovelies.com


Dance comes in many forms, but what we’re usually exposed to are the pop-and-lock of hip-hop dancing, which is not only entertaining, but also absolutely impressive. Modern dance, however, has the stigma of being snobby or boring, and that’s not the case. (Well, that’s not always the case.) Anyone into dance should see Canadian ensemble Compagnie Marie Chouinard when they perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at UCSD’s Mandeville Auditorium. For this concert, Chouinard uses stark lighting and costuming, wild movement and humor to honor the 100th anniversary of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. Oh, did we mention there will be nudity? Chouinard is very into nudity. A discussion with Chouinard will follow the performance. Tickets are $28-$46. artpwr.com

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