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Monday, Sep 10, 2012 - Canvassed | Art & culture

Debating a new stadium over beers, hunting for ghosts on ships and more cool events

Our weekly Red List round-up

By CityBeat Staff
mcginness Untitled Women Painting 10 by Ryan McGinness
Digable art  

Ryan McGinness' artwork has been described as "hypnotic" and McGinness himself a modern-day Warhol. Indeed, the New York-based artist is a master of iconography, creating multi-layered works that you could stare at for hours, taking in their beauty and layers of meaning. On Saturday, Sept. 15, Women: New Re(Presentations), new work from McGinness, opens with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at Quint Contemporary Art (7547 Girard Ave. in La Jolla). Through sketches, silkscreens, porcelain-baked-enamel-on-steel and fluorescent glass bead affixed to a canvas, McGinness explores the iconography of the female form. His goal, he told the folks at Quint, was to "capture the purely aesthetic experience of graceful curves and sensual forms." McGinness will be talking about his work at Luce Loft (1037 J St., Downtown) from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, with moderator Hugh Davies of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Admission to the talk is $5, free for Sezio and MCASD members.


Digable haunting

Maritime lore is filled with legends of ghost ships and pop culture seems to love these ocean vessels manned by the damned. But haunted boats are also a fascination in the paranormal-investigation community and San Diego's a certifiable hotspot. This week, the San Diego Ghost and Paranormal Group is hosting the Maritime Ghost Conference, the first of its kind, and probably one of the only conventions in the world to be held on a boat. Running most of the day on Saturday, Sept. 15, on the Berkeley ferryboat at the Maritime Museum of San Diego (1492 North Harbor Drive), the conference will feature several ghost experts and the debut of a new episode of the online ghost-hunting parody show, Ghost Provokers. There will also be four actual late-night paranormal investigations you can join (of the Star of India and the Berkeley), two on Friday and two on Saturday. Tickets start are $49 for the conference, $75 to attend an investigation and $115 for the conference and an investigation.


Digable to-do's


Craft beer spills into a debate about a publicly-funded Chargers stadium and a dinner party at the San Diego Zoo this week, and we think both events are worth checking out. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at Slater's 50/50 in Liberty Station, the Craft Beer Debates—a discussion series that pairs local issues and suds—will have speakers ranging from Stone Brewing Co. CEO Greg Koch, the Chargers' Mark Fabiani and Christian Ramirez from the Equality Alliance of San Diego, arguing from both sides of the fence about a stadium in Downtown (register here to attend). Then, at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, Karl Strauss is having a Brewmaster's Dinner at Albert's Restaurant at the San Diego Zoo, where Paul Segura will pair his award-winning beers with four courses prepared by the zoo's executive chef, Chris Mirquet. Boardwalk Black Rye IPA with blackened pork loin, and Windansea Wheat with pumpkin banana crème brulee are a couple of teasers. Tickets are $69 per person.
 

Digable dance

While it's pretty safe to say that flash mobs are completely over, improvised dance is still going strong as an art form. The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego's Downtown location (1001 Kettner Blvd.) is continuing this legacy within the world of dance with Camera Dances: Ad Lib, a series of improvised performances that incorporate the architecture, artwork, sounds and atmosphere of the museum's galleries into dance pieces created live. Dancers / choreographers Eric Geiger and Liam Clancy have teamed up with media artist Tara Knight to bring this series to life and every Friday, starting Sept. 14, they'll create dance works from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., then engage guests in conversation following their performance to discuss their work and methods and answer questions. The program, which runs through Oct. 12, is free for museum members and the cost of museum admission for everyone else.
 
 
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