Where to take your history buff dad, your gamer dad, your classical music-fan dad? Our arts blogger Libby Weber rounded up suggestions of museums, breweries and a guitar-making factory. The guide came out in time for Father’s Day, but the suggestions hold even beyond the holiday.
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• We have a prize of $200 to Blick Art Materials for the winning entry in our contest for art inspired by our busted-sidewalks blog, The Stumblr. Send us your submission by July 8.
• Artist Michael Carini will display the palettes he used to paint each of nine paintings alongside the paintings themselves. There’s an opening reception for the work tonight at Alexander Salazar Fine Art. (ArtPulse)
• Three local notable jazz musicians, including Joshua White (pictured above), are each performing in the San Diego Museum of Art’s summer jazz residency program on Thursdays.
• “Starships and aliens and things” doesn’t describe all of the art on display in a new sci-fi-inspired exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, associate curator Jill Dawsey told CityBeat. The show also features artists’ interpretations of alternate realities — and “ideas about society, history and the future.”
• After Sue Ehrhardt lost her leg in a waterskiing accident, her husband’s Kiwanis club started the La Jolla Art Festival to raise funds to send people with disabilities for training in adaptive sports. The festival happens this weekend — it’s still going, more than a quarter century later.
• British tycoon Richard Branson and Mayor Bob Filner will talk about drug policy in a panel discussion my boss, Scott Lewis, is moderating on Thursday at the Museum of Photographic Arts.
• Local illustrator Suzie Ghahremani will take people behind the scenes of her process for making a children’s book in an event at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.
• Coinciding with its production of “His Girl Friday,” the La Jolla Playhouse invited longtime local arts journalist Anne Marie Welsh to chronicle her early days as a reporter and critic. Her first post begins with her 13-year-old self phoning the scores from her brother’s baseball games into the local paper. Her second post brings Welsh, by now a literature Ph.D., into a 1970s newsroom.
• A smartphone app in testing would help people find art exhibitions near their locations. (CityBeat)
• U-T San Diego chronicles (and photographs) a traditional burning ceremony at the Viejas reservation meant to honor a Kumeyaay tribe member who died. “These songs they’re singing are as old as our people,” another tribe member says.
• The well-regarded music and performance series at UC San Diego, ArtPower!, celebrates its 10th year next year. One upcoming performance that delights director Marty Wolleson: a collection of components that come together to make something like a “Rube Goldberg instrument” that fills the room. (U-T)
• Mitchy Slick, a hip-hop artist whose tenuous relationship with his hometown was the subject of a CityBeat profile a few weeks ago, shows up in AllHipHop.com in an interview on his new album, out today.”The music did show a side of San Diego that the powers that be didn’t want the world to see,” he said of a previous project he worked on.
What about our lives will be worth remembering 4,000 years from now? That’s a central question in artist and UC San Diego lecturer Michael Trigilio’s current project. From KCET Artbound:
“Do we want to remember Coca-Cola and Starbucks?” he asks. “Or do we want to remember falling in love or going to a funeral? We have such a range of experiences. I can’t tell what’s more important; that I order coffee every day or that I try not to flirt with a barista while I order that same coffee every day? That kind of question becomes the thrust of the whole project.”
• The work of El Cajon-based bovine artist Denise Rich caught the eye of Scripps Research Institute researcher Vaughn Smider, who chose one of Rich’s pieces to appear on the cover of the journal Cell to illustrate an article on cow antibodies. (U-T)
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