1. More than melting clocks
Salvador Dali is known for his colorful paintings—masterpieces depicting surreal scenes crawling with imaginative, other-worldly creations. Melting clocks, however, are just the tip of the melting iceberg when it comes to Dali's artistic endeavors.
Salvador Dali: The Argillet Collection presents a side of the artist that the mainstream masses have likely never seen. The traveling show, on view at Meyer Fine Art (2400 Kettner Blvd., Suite 104, in Little Italy) now through Sept. 6, features a rare collection of Dali's etchings, watercolors and tapestries made between 1934 and 1973. The diverse work tackles weird, wild and wonderful subjects, from Greek mythology and bullfights to hippies and Don Juan.
Pierre Argillet, the name behind the exhibition, was Dali's publisher and friend. Argillet was an arts enabler and big supporter of the surrealism movement, so he did things to help Dali get his work out to the world, including finding the artist ruby- and diamond-tipped etching tools that improved Dali's ability to carve fine lines into copper plates. Pierre died in 2001, at which time his daughter, Christine Argillet, took over her father's mission of showing and selling Dali's work by taking the family's collection on the road.
She'll be at Meyer Fine Art from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, to talk about the collection of prints and share stories of her close relationship with Dali—be sure to ask her about how Dali mounted an ashtray to a turtle's back and trained the critter to bring it around to guests.
"He was so extremely creative," Argillet says of Dali. "And what I especially like about the work in this collection is it's so spontaneous... The etching process doesn't allow any canceling, so once the artist has drawn on the copper plate, he can't erase anything. You can see the artist's hand movements; it's just very alive, very beautiful for this reason."
2. Fish in a dish
Ceviche's a fascinating dish, the product of what's known as "chemical cooking," during which the acids from citrus (usually limes) basically "cook" the fish (or, "cure" might be a more apt word). Better than the science behind the dish is the taste, and the lineup for the Ceviche Showdown, happening from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, includes some of San Diego's best ceviche purveyors—Fish Public, George's at the Cove, Romesco, Puesto. In all, 10 eateries will vie for the title of best ceviche. The event takes place at 57 Degrees, the expansive warehouse-turned-wine-bar / shop in Midtown (1735 Hancock St.), so you can knock back a nice white wine with your cured fish. Tickets are $19 in advance, $24 at the door, and get you a taste of each restaurant's offering. fiftysevendegrees.com
3. Men in black
Never got to see Johnny Cash perform live? That's a bummer. He was one of the most important figures in the history of contemporary music, and seeing him play would've been a momentous occasion. The good news is that San Diego's Cash'd Out is one of the best Johnny Cash tribute acts around, and at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, they'll unite with the San Diego Symphony for a special performance of The Man in Black's music. Cash'd Out are fantastic, and adding a lush symphony to the mix should be amazing. The show happens at Embarcadero Marina Park South, which is located behind the San Diego Convention Center. Admission is $20 to $79. sandiegosymphony.org, cashdout.com
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