The Lux Art Institute (1550 S. El Camino Real) has made it its mission to knock down traditional concepts of the gallery space, where art is hung, looked at, then taken down. Instead, Lux hosts dynamic resident artists who literally transform the Encinitas museum space into a temporary studio. Right now, the museum is part confectionary, part small-arms manufacturer, as Brooklyn-based sculptor Susan Graham creates model guns (that's "Derringer" to the left), ornaments, electrical towers and other odds and ends out of strings of sugar and porcelain. To kick off the 2012/2013 season, which begins with Graham’s work, Lux is bringing back its Lux@Night evening soirees. Running from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19, the party will feature live music from Noise Floor, food from Chip's Beach Eatz food truck, refreshments from Stone Brewing Co. and Barefoot Wine, and a chance to meet Graham in the flesh. The event is a bargain at $5 for the general public, and free for college students.
There's something about jazz that makes it the perfect soundtrack for fall. The Athenaeum Music and Arts Library brings back its seasonal Athenaeum Jazz Concert Series on Monday, Sept. 24, with the Christian McBride Trio. These hep cats are made up of jazz veteran and Grammy winner McBride on bass, with rising stars Christian Sands playing piano and Ulysses Owen Jr. banging the drums. The show goes down at 8 p.m. at the auditorium at the Scripps Research Institute, at 10640 John Jay Hopkins Drive in La Jolla (formerly known as the Neurosciences Institute). Tickets are $32 to $37. If you want to check out all the shows in the series, it’s $90 to $105. On Saturday, Oct. 13, the Athenaeum welcomes Luciana Souza and on Thursday, Oct. 25, the Tom Harrell Chamber Ensemble performs.
Environment, climate and soil affect how different wines from around the world taste and the word terroir is the sense of place that a wine's flavors evoke. Jayne’s Gastropub (4677 30th St. in Normal Heights) is celebrating the bounty of this year’s harvest with the Terroir Wine Festival, where guests can try more than 50 wines from around the world. From 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, festival-goers can sample all of the selections for $45, which includes light fare from the restaurant, a live R&B set by Ron Silva and DJ Greyboy spinning vinyl. Reps from Kermit Lynch Wines, Next Generation Wines, Epic Wines, Oliver McCrum Wines, Somaine Select and Eric Solomon Selections will be in the house with 10 varieties each. Reserve tickets by calling 619-563-1011 or email email@example.com
Molotov Gallery's (852 16th St. in East Village) been open only since March and has put up two shows since then—the approriately named Still Wet for its first show, featuring work by Marc Sandoval and Jodie Sweetin, and Play it F*cking Loud in July, a selection of rock-inspired art. On Friday, Sept. 21, opening at 7 p.m. with a reception, is Bad Kids: An Art Show for the Anti-Hero. Artists include Sandoval and Sweetin, plus Ryan Jafry, Ryan Mulligan, Sophia Cazarez and Danielle Rauto (aka Yelley). Molotov is owned by Sandoval, who creates vibrant, coyly subversive pop art (that's one of his pieces to the left) and, as we wrote a few months ago, his gallery "is positioned to be one of several art-and-culture-centered organizations in a 'hood that... Sandoval hopes will be viewed as the new genuine art hub of San Diego." This is a perfect chance to check out how that's going.