Feb. 5 2014 11:42 AM

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

Last year’s performance of San Diego, I Love You
Photo by Rich Soublet


The theater project San Diego, I Love You 2.0 will take place in University Heights—literally. It’s called a “walking play,” and the audience first meets the main characters at Bourbon Street Bar & Grill (4612 Park Blvd.). In this world, it’s 1986, but it won’t be for long. As the play moves on to several undisclosed locations, the story of a young woman, Grace, and the naval officer she loves, Chuck, unfolds over time.

The script draws on dozens of interviews with people who’ve grappled with separation from significant others serving in the military, says coauthor Samantha Ginn.

“We went with something that’s really real in San Diego,” she says. “There’s a huge community of Navy wives, and so we decided to tap into that.”

Through a mix of humor and drama, the play also explores how advances in technology have affected long-distance communication.

“Communication is huge,” Ginn says. “Before, they didn’t have the technology to communicate, and now they do. With a lot of handwritten letters and phone calls, it was often hard to understand the other person.”

After an initial success last year, theater company Circle Circle dot dot has brought back this site-specific project, which works with local bars and restaurants to put on the Valentine’s Day production.

“It’s becoming really popular to use found space,” Ginn says. “It works really well with this piece because you can have a drink and have a bite to eat while you watch the play.”

The show opens Saturday, Feb. 8, and continues on Feb. 9, 15, and 16. Performances start at 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3 and 3:30 p.m. The show lasts about an hour and 15 minutes. Tickets are $15 to $20 and available at circle2dot2.com.


Maybe you’ve seen UBE stickers on dumpsters or street signs. Or perhaps you caught the series of UBE photocopies made to look like covers of local publications (CityBeat included) and stuck inside vendor boxes. Whether you appreciate the anti-establishment gesture or think street art is merely destructive, UBE isn’t going anywhere. The artist is prolific and determined to continue to spread his moniker. Once, UBE nearly tricked CityBeat into writing a story about his fake exhibition at a gallery that had never heard of him. We’re pretty sure the sneaky anonymous artist is actually showing new paintings, installations and photography depicting his street art in WTF is UBE, opening from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at Visual (3776 30th St. in North Park), but who really knows? visualshopsd.com


The Whydha set sail for the first time in 1716—a merchant ship bound from London to West Africa, on a mission to trade goods for African slaves, who’d then be transported to the Caribbean. A year later, it was attacked and taken by Capt. “Black Sam” Bellamy, beginning its new life as a pirate ship. Starting Saturday, Feb. 8, the Whydha—or at least pieces of it—will be at the San Diego Natural History Museum (1788 El Prado in Balboa Park) for the exhibition Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship. Artifact highlights include the ship’s bell, a treasure chest, weaponry, pieces of rigging and navigational tools. The show will be on view through Sept. 1. General admission is $27. sdnhm.org

Does your event deserve to be in our top three? Email Kinsee Morlan.