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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

There Goes the Neighborhood, Polaroids and author Nell Freudenberger

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

shortlist There Goes the Neighborhood will feature silk-screening workshops.
1 Getting neighborly

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood whenever people are feeling neighborly. And things are about to get extra-friendly in the ’hood when There Goes the Neighborhood comes around. This four-day event, happening Thursday, May 31, through Sunday, June 3, invites all to take part in various artsy activities in locations around town.

Organized by local artists, TGTN promotes collaboration among artists, business owners, residents and activists and turns neighborhoods into “a fluid institution of creative production,” according to the website.

The last TGTN event took place in 2010; co-organizer David White says that getting everything in order is a very long process.

“I think it just took us two years to recover from the last one,” he says with a laugh. “We joke that it’s like running a marathon putting these things together.”

It’s not hard to see why. The project has 22 different events scheduled so far, with more being added in the coming week. Among them: a talk at the San Diego Museum of Art on what would happen if the UCSD campus relocated to Balboa Park, a bicycle tour of thrift stores, photography workshops, silk-screening lessons, poetry readings, a block party and tons more.

“The way we try to structure everything is that there’s just enough structure so people know what they’re getting into, but it’s open enough that people can appropriate and make some of the projects their own,” White explains. “The event offers the opportunity for people to make of the weekend what they want. They can piece together the event as they would like it.”

All events associated with TGTN are free unless otherwise noted. White hopes that the projects get people exploring different venues, collaborating and creating with one another and, most importantly, “enjoying themselves.”


In 1967, legendary photographer Ansel Adams sent to the president of the Polaroid company a bunch of Polaroid prints shot by a protégé, Dr. George Schumacher, whose only training was attending Adams’ workshops in Yosemite. Along with the prints was a letter, in which Adams wrote of Schumacher: “His work has always delighted me, but not until I saw the full scope of his work with Polaroid Land materials did I realize how remarkable it is.” Do you need any more convincing to head over to Josephs Bellows Gallery (7661 Girard Ave. in La Jolla) to see Polaroids, the first exhibition of Schumacher’s Land Camera prints in more than 40 years? It opens with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 2, and runs through July 14. 

3 Honeymooners 

On a flight in 2006, author Nell Freudenberger met a Bangladeshi woman who was taking the risk of a lifetime: Despite all the taboos of her strict Muslim faith, the woman was traveling to America to marry a man she met via the Internet. Freudenberger, winner of a PEN / Malamud Award and the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship, recently published her second novel, which was inspired by the in-air encounter. Described by Maureen Corrigan of NPR as “luscious and intelligent,” The Newlyweds follows the clash of cultures as the characters, George and Amina, begin their journey as husband and wife. Freudenberger will read and sign copies at Warwick’s (7812 Girard Ave. in La Jolla) at 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 4.

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