April 3 2013 01:47 PM

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

From the performance piece “Light in the Attic”
Photo by Maria Juan


When an artist is presented with a completely blank and open space, it’s exciting and a little bit terrifying. The possibilities seem endless, as do the challenges.

Jean Isaacs’ San Diego Dance Theater and the newly formed White Box Collective is giving local artists and performers a new empty canvas on which to create performance and visual art at White Box Theater in Liberty Station (2590 Truxtun Road, Studio 205, in Point Loma).

“There are such rich, creative groups here,” says Blythe Barton, office manager for San Diego Dance Theater. “Talking to many of the young artists, we found that there’s a lack of venues that are accessible, price-wise and availability-wise. With this space, White Box Collective is looking to share voices and experimental art. That’s why we called it the White Box. It’s a blank slate you can just fill with whatever your creative drive is.”

The collective will introduce the new performance space to the public with its inaugural Live Arts Festival, beginning Friday, April 5, and running through April 21.

For three weeks, the theater will host dance concerts, live art, musicians, workshops, sound art and other special performances from the likes of Jerry Hager, Michael Mizerany, Margaret Noble and many other local, national and international artists.

At the April 5 event, starting at 7:30 p.m., choreographer Maria Juan will present “Light in the Attic,” a dance piece in which she performs alongside projected holograms of other dancers.

“We want to bring awareness to this performance space so people can see the different types of performances that can take place there,” says Barton, who will also present a choreographed dance piece during the festival. “I know I’m excited to have a space to share my art and experiment.”

Tickets for the performances range from $10 to $20. Find details at sandiegodancetheater.org/whitebox/live_arts_fest.html.


Whether you’re headed to the Padres game or not, you can guzzle beer and devour local food at the third annual East Village Opening Day Block Party along with thousands of others, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 9. The city will close off J Street to traffic between Sixth and 10th avenues Downtown, allowing folks to roam freely on the street, hang out in a “beverage garden” that’ll dispense Stone microbrews and Svedka vodka cocktails or groove to live music by The Yes Team, The Paul Cannon Band and Left4Dead. There’ll also be games and more than 30 food and retail booths. The party is free and open to all ages, and the 3:40 p.m. game between the Padres and the Dodgers will be broadcast live for attendees. eastvillagesandiego.com


It’s not a new bumper sticker, but the idea that “Cannabis users shouldn’t be stereotyped” is one of the reasons for an art show this coming weekend. CannaBazaar: A Tribute to Cannabis Culture—opening from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at Artlab Studios (3536 Adams Ave. in Normal Heights)—will feature marijuana-related art by Cathy Lee, Anita Toke, sik.star, Hiroko Reaney and LaceFace Glass. The show, hosted by stand-up comic Medicinal Mike, founder of nugliferadioshow.com, will be hotboxed with lots of extras, like live reggae-rock by DevOcean, jewelry and clothing booths and refreshments. The event is free, and all proceeds from a raffle will benefit San Diego County NORML and San Diego Americans for Safe Access. The show will be on view through April 15. misunart.com/upcoming-events

Does your event deserve to be in our top three? Email our events editor, Alex Zaragoza. You can also bug her on Twitter.