May 21 2013 07:00 PM

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

MoPA’s 1983 Push Pin Party
Photo by David Covey
1 Where's my aqua net?

So, yeah—1983. Some of you were dumping Sun-In on your hair and finding new uses for the word "like." Some of you weren't even born. Relive it, or experience it for the first time, at the Museum of Photographic Arts' Pop Thursdays event, from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, May 23. MoPA opened in May 1983, so, to celebrate, the theme is—you guessed it—1983. Don your best early-'80s garb, check out the exhibition 30x, which features an acquisition from each of MoPA's 30 years, and listen to tunes from 1983 spun by DJs Daniel Sant and Mark Smith.

Perhaps the coolest part of the evening is a so-called "Push Pin Party." Just like in 1983, attendees are invited to bring photos (5-by-7 or smaller) to pin to the museum's atrium wall. 

"So, we're essentially re-creating this event 30 years later," says Melissa Pfeiffer, MoPA's special-events manager, "which, for us, was an iconic event; it's something nostalgic that we always talk about."

The evening also includes a modern take on the Push Pin Party, Pfeiffer says. MoPA invited the public to submit photos, taken with mobile phones and inspired by the theme "What does 30 mean to you?" They received more than 3,600 submissions, Pfeiffer says. Assistant curator Chantel Paul whittled it down to the 30 best, which will be displayed at the event. Another 100 semi-finalists' images will be projected in the atrium. Also part of the evening is a screening of The Outsiders, chosen via online vote as part of the museum's ongoing Cinema Select series (Valley Girl was robbed!). It'll be shown in MoPA's theater and projected on the museum's atrium walls, too. 

MIHO's Stand & Deliver will be serving up grub and Alchemy Cultural Fare & Cocktails will provide the drinks. Admission is $6 for students and $8 for the rest of y'all. Purchase tickets in advance at or at the door the day of the event.

2 Poetry in motion

The ancient Greek poet Simonides once called dancing "silent poetry." That seems like an appropriate description considering the dancers performing at the 15th annual Blurred Borders Festival, which will feature new contemporary dance performances by Regina Klenjoski, Ericka Aisha Moore of Eveoke Dance Company and members of the Patricia Rincon Dance Collective that are fluid and lovely. These performers are making waves in the dance world thanks to their daring explorations in movement—and we bet they can do a pretty mean robot. The shows begin at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 24 and 25, at the Saville Theater at San Diego City College (C and 14th streets, Downtown). Tickets range from $10 to $22.

3 Brainiac beats

In 1965, Alvin Lucier played timpani, snare and bass drums with his brain. Electrodes on his scalp were connected to sound amplifiers, which vibrated the instruments. Since then, others have performed their own variations, and on Friday and Saturday, May 24 and 25, an event called SOUND will feature the works of Lucier, synthesizer-pioneer Éliane Radigue and minimalist composer La Monte Thornton Young, as interpreted by UCSD music professor Charles Curtis and designer Jason Lane. You'll also hear music from Matt Lorenz, a member of the band Aspects of Physics, and see experimental artwork from Lee Lavy. The show happens from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday and 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday at Bread & Salt, 1955 Julian Ave. in Logan Heights. Search for Bread & Salt on Facebook.

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