March 23 2015 03:40 PM

Our top picks of San Diego events this week

The misogynist Big Bang theory
Photo courtesy of Angela Washko / Kyle Thompson

1. Deconstructing dicks

Take a journey into the mind of the pickup artist, the player. Is womanizing a learned behavior or a proclivity some guys are just born with? Authorized Mythologies: Two Performances on Men, Conquest Claims and Authority, seeks to explore this question in unexpected ways. Happening at 7 p.m. Friday, March 27, at the San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park, the evening features Angela Washko's "A Monopoly on Truth: How I Interviewed the Web's Most Infamous Misogynist" and Nathaniel Sullivan's "A View From Above," which explores the mythology of basketball legend and notorious womanizer Wilt Chamberlain. Admission is $5.

"Both performances are unveiling these men who are misogynists, and how they view women and how they relate sexual experience to them being awesome people," says Ginger Porcella, SDAI's executive director. 

Washko's multimedia piece looks at the motivations and tactics of notorious pickup artist Roosh V, the author of the Bang series of "guidebooks" that offer tips on which countries to visit—or not—to get laid (e.g., Bang Iceland, Don't Bang Denmark). Washko's piece mixes gonzo journalism with performance art to explore the seductive tactics of guys like Roosh, whom feminist website Jezebel called "possibly the worst person we've encountered."

"She's further exploring her ongoing project looking at Roosh," Porcella says of Washko's work. "In her performance, she's showing snippets of her two-hour discussion with Roosh and analyzing it with the public."

Sullivan's piece kicks off with something of a sportscast gone awry and spirals into a personal narrative stretching back to the author as a 12-year-old boy reading Chamberlain's 1992 autobiography in which he claims to have slept with more than 20,000 women. Sullivan uses the vehicle of stats—Chamberlain still holds the record for most points scored in a game—to explore the idea of the superhuman sports hero.

"I think it will appeal to artists, people interested in gender studies, history and basketball," Porcella says. "It'll appeal to everyone—misogynists and feminists alike." 

Handlebars and beers
Photo courtesy of Bikes & Beers

The two B’s

It's really happening. San Diego's becoming one of the more bike-friendly cities in the country. And beer? Well, we certainly have that covered. So it makes sense that Bikes & Beers SD was such a success last year. The second-annual ride and tasting, taking place Saturday, March 28, starts at the new urban park Quartyard (1102 Market St. in the East Village) at 10 a.m. for a 22-mile course throughout the city with tours of a few bike-friendly trails and other areas for fans of two wheels. After the ride, meet back at Quartyard for some craft beer, bands and food-truck grub. Registration is $50, but participants get a bunch of goodies and all proceeds benefit local bike-advocacy group, BikeSD. 

Earl Thomas

Life is a cabaret

The unbearable pain of jilted love has been documented in more sad songs, Shakespearean sonnets and teenage LiveJournals circa 2002 than any other topic imaginable. Yet, somehow, as if for a lark, venerable bluesman Earl Thomas stages an entire performance on that idea, to great effect. The Blues Cabaret, part of the Rock the Park concert series at the Ruben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park, will include pianist Dave Fleschner and soloists Billy Mixer and Jimmy Wilcox. On Friday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m., the quartet will bring the "grittiest elements of the blues with the sophistication of jazz and the nuance of Broadway," to the Fleet, where all the exhibits will be open to the audience. The event's limited to those 21 and older; tickets are $27 in advance, $32 day-of.  

Perfect pairings

It's time again for one of the most anticipated annual arts events: the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library's San Diego Art Prize exhibition, where two established local artists are honored with the annual prize and asked, in turn, to select two up-and-coming artists to join them in exhibiting their work. This year's prize winners are two CityBeat favorites: Marinela de la Hoz, who uses the ancient medium of egg tempera in her contemporary works, and photographer Phillip Scholz Rittermann, whose work includes Emperor's River, his study of China's Grand Canal. De la Hoz selected emerging artist Bhavna Mehta (her intricate "Remember to Forget" is shown here) and Rittermann picked Joseph Huppert, who's done fascinating things with light, space and shapes at spots like Ice Gallery and Quint Contemporary Art. The opening reception takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 27. The exhibition will be on view through May 2.

Vinyl fetish

San Diego's been fortunate enough to play host to not one, but two great music documentaries this year, first with It’s Gonna Blow, and then the vinyl-centric Records Collecting Dust, which features interviews with icons ranging from local hero John Reis to former Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra. If you missed screenings of the latter, there’s going to be a special showing on Sunday, March 29, at the Horton Grand Theatre (444 Fourth Ave., Downtown). The evening kicks off at 5 p.m. with a record fair in Copley Alley (just off Fourth Avenue) and, following the 7:30 p.m. screening, a conversation with the filmmakers and musicians featured in the film plus live performances from The Flaggs, The Soaks and The Shady Francos. It’ll be a good time for fans of both film and rock 'n' roll alike. Tickets are $12 and admission is limited to those 21 and up.

Strings 'n' beats

When you think of violin music, what do you think about? Stuff for old folks who sip scotch and smoke cigars? How about some bad-ass beats? L.A.-based classical / hip-hop-fusion composer Paul Dateh wants to open your mind to the possibilities of this elegant string instrument. His avant-garde arrangements of pop music, as well as his original tunes, are as catchy as they are technically impressive. A YouTube sensation, Dateh's worked with rapper Kanye West, Google and Sony, among others. You can catch him at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad (5790 Armada Drive). Performing with him will be electronic-music producer Yeuda Ben-Atar. Tickets are $15

Ladies' night

Whether it’s the velvety voice of Ella Fitzgerald or the moxie of Bessie Smith that one seeks out in jazz, both will be in abundance at the sixth annual Women in Jazz night at 98 Bottles (2400 Kettner Blvd., #110, Little Italy). With the vocal stylings of Allison Adams Tucker, accompanied by Steph Johnson on voice and guitar, Ellen Weller on flute/saxes, Melonie Grinnell on piano, Jodie Hill on bass, and Laurel Grinnell (pictured here) on drums, the Saturday, March 28, event will showcase the best of the musical genre with plenty of fem-power to spare. The event’s limited to those 21 and older and tickets are $12 online, $15 at the door. Food and drinks start at 6 p.m. with a $10 minimum. Shows at 7 and 9 p.m. 

Does your event deserve to be featured here? Email Kinsee Morlan.