Pilgrim's progress: Second only to the face-stabbing in Hall H (see Page 32), Scott Pilgrim vs. the World was the buzziest phenomenon at this year’s San Diego Comic- Con. Directed by British popgenius Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead) and based on an underground Canadian comic, the romantic-action film tosses reality out the window in favor of a slacker aesthetic based on video games, comics, punk rock and anime. If you’re into that stuff, you could probably use some more time outdoors. Here’s your opportunity: Cinema Under the Stars (4040 Goldfinch St., Mission Hills) will screen the film at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, through Saturday, Nov. 13. Tickets are $13.50. topspresents.com
Best fest: You could probably tell by the cover and content of this here issue, but let us remind you just in case: This is our Best of San Diego issue, featuring the finest things San Diego has to offer. To celebrate, we’re throwing a party, and you’re invited. Head down to the W Hotel (421 B St., Downtown) between 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, to join in on the festivities: live music from Miss Erika Davies, David Patrone and The Styletones, plus DJ Artistic, a propaganda-themed art show with work by Skem One, Chikle, Perry Vasquez and The Roots Factory and food tasters from local restaurants. Buy $10 advance tickets at sdcitybeat.com or pay at the door; a portion of the proceeds goes to the clean-water group Surfrider San Diego.
Stay and play: Local artist Wes Bruce builds incredible, one-of-akind forts. For the California Center for the Arts’ latest exhibition, Leveled: An Interactive Experiment in Art, he built a gigantic wooden fort filled with vintage treasures and trinkets: a typewriter, maps, old photos, toys, vintage furniture. On Friday, Nov. 12, the arts venue (340 N. Escondido Blvd.) is inviting the public to experience the fort in a unique way during Concert & Crash, where you can have dinner in the galleries and then sleep over in Bruce’s fort. Local indie-folk musician Joel P West created a site-specific musical score for the evening and will perform from 6 to 7 p.m. To attend the concert, it’s $15; for dinner, the concert and the sleepover, it’s $55. artcenter.org
Finding a muse: Artist Michael Carini is a master of turning difficult experiences into art. The last time the painter exhibited at OBR Architecture (3805 Ray St. in North Park), he’d just recovered from a violent attack that left him with severe facial injuries. His work, which had always been controlled, changed. Nowadays, his big wood panels are filled with layers of precise geometric shapes and lines that look like nerve cells mixed with allowed accidents like drips, sprays and streaks. More recently, Carini met someone he calls his first-ever muse—an exotic dancer who’s struggling with addiction. Carini’s new work is dedicated entirely to her, and he says his paintings in , his solo show opening at OBR during Ray at Night from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, put his muse’s soul center stage. michaelcarini.com
For love: Jeff Morgan has been homeless for the last few months, but that hasn’t stopped him from making art. The details behind why he’s homeless are complicated, but if you ask him to sum it up, he’ll blame love. When Morgan was living in San Diego a few years ago, he met an artist named Kimberly Kahn. He moved away but kept in touch. About 10 months ago, they decided to meet up, but just as he prepared to drive west, she suffered an accident that left her in a coma. He came back to San Diego and has been waiting to see Kahn ever since (he has yet to be allowed to see her in the hospital). In the meantime, Morgan’s been painting live at Jimmy Love’s Downtown, and he’ll be showing new work at the San Diego Art Department’s back space (3830 Ray St. in North Park) during Ray at Night from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13. sandiegoartdepartment.com
Clothing optional: Robert Mapplethorpe: boundary-pushing photographer or perv who did nothing more than ruffle the feathers of prudish members of Congress? Discuss. Better yet, show up to hear Bram Dijkstra speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s La Jolla location (700 Prospect St.). Dijkstra, professor emeritus of comparative literature and cultural history at UCSD, is the author of Naked: The Nude in America, a new book that explores themes of censorship and curatorial Puritanism. The book covers such high-art subjects as Jonathan Singleton Copley, Andrew Wyeth and Alice Neel, but also muses on such subjects as the first time pubic hair appeared in art and the legacy of Bettie Page. The cost is $7, $5 for students and seniors. mcasd.org
Hard-choreo: Dance can be brutal, as well as beautiful, and you can experience the artistic pain and suffering at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, through Sunday, Nov. 14, when Sushi Performance and Visual Art (390 11th Ave. in East Village) presents Malashock Raw, a collection of three challenging dance works. John Malashock’s “Man up!” explores gender issues with a performance by five women dancing as men. Michael Mizraney’s “Bad Company” explores “raw vulnerability, physical daring and carnal need” to the sounds of Japanese drums. Bradley Michaud’s “This is Not an Exit” plumbs the depths of heartbreak, including attempted suicide. The show costs $20. sushiart.org
FICTION WITH CONVICTIONFor the third year running, local performance group Write Out Loud will breathe life into the winning entries from CityBeat’s Fiction 101 short-story contest, the results of which were featured in our Oct. 27 issue. This time—from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14—the group will get some help from the cast of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (the play that Ion Theatre Company is currently producing at the BLK BOX @ 6th & Penn theater in Hillcrest) when it reads the weird and wonderful tales aloud. Better still, the event happens during happy hour at Jake’s on 6th (3755 Sixth Ave. in Hillcrest), one of our favorite wine bars in town. Free.