1 SOUND AND VISION
You might say that Chris Squire has a childlike zeal for music-scene photography.
Its just like when youre a kid and you go out for Halloween, and at the end of the night, you dump all your candy out on the bed and see what you got, Squire says. I might have gone out and had a wonderful evening, but when I get home, its not over; I get to relive some of that, and I get to preserve it.
Squire, a musician and fixture in the San Diego punk scene for two decades, has been shooting photos off and on since the seventh grade, when he shot with the sturdy and reliable Pentax K-1000. The advent of digital photography has helped him really go to town with the art form, he says. See his stuff at eyesonthelight.tumblr.com.
Bedlam and Beyond, a solo exhibition of his work, will open with an event starting at 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, at Tin Can Ale House (1863 Fifth Ave. in Bankers Hill). DJ Mikey Ratt will spin, and surprise musical guests are promised, but the main attraction will be Squires recent photographs, including shots taken in San Diego and New Orleans. The show will be on view at least through June.
The final selection hadnt been chosen as of this writing, but Squire said hed make sure some shots of New Orleans bounce-music scene are included. Hes also photographed a lot of Southern heavy metal, and a few San Diego scene icons will be represented.
Hopefully, whoever is viewing the picture feels like theyre right there in the mix, in the action, Squire says. Theyre very candid, a lot of motion and elements of chaos. Theres also a lot of vivid color play going on in a lot of the pictures because of the club lights.
The prints I made are gigantic, he adds. Im going to fill that whole bar up—every available inch is going to be filled with a print. So, its going to be something to behold. Search for the event on Facebook.
2 YOUNG BLOOD
If anything shows that San Diego artists like to stick together, its the San Diego Art Prize. Every year, two or three established local artists are honored with this esteemed award, and as part of the festivities, each picks an emerging artist to also get an award. This year, members of the local arts community picked 12 emerging artists to be considered for the prize, and their work will be on display at New Contemporaries VI, a show at the new Sparks Gallery (530 Sixth Ave., Downtown) that runs through Sunday, June 30. Therell be a public reception at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 8. RSVP required. blog.sparksgallery.com
The Greeks are known for creating democracy and the beautiful Adonis known as John Stamos. Theyre also known for throwing killer parties full of delicious food, rollicking tunes and celebratory plate breaking. Get a taste of the many gifts that Greek culture has given the world at the San Diego Greek Festival, happening Friday, June 7, through Sunday, June 9, at St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church (3655 Park Blvd. in Hillcrest). Three days will be filled with dance and live music, and your belly will be filled with tasty Greek food made by members of the church congregation. Seriously, if you want authentic food from any culture, go to a church event. Entry is free, with a $3 suggested donation after 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. See sdgreekfestival.com for hours.