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Thursday, Jan 24, 2013 - Canvassed | Art & culture

The haunting of the William Heath Davis house, the secret to Stay Strange and more to do this week

Our weekly picks of cool stuff to do in San Diego, aka The Red List

By CityBeat Staff
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Digable ghosts

If you’re one of those people who hear a creak in your house in the middle of the night, immediately assume it’s a ghost and think that's awesome, you now have a chance to hang out in a place actually experiencing paranormal activity. San Diego Ghost Hunters will be leading an investigation of the William Heath Davis House (410 Island Ave., Downtown) from 10 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Jan. 26. The historic house was shipped to San Diego in 1850 from Maine and is the oldest structure in the Gaslamp. Last year the Biography Channel show My Ghost Story did a segment on the house’s hauntings, so bring your cameras, camcorders and EVP recorders if you have 'em and see what you uncover. Tickets are $35 and you can reserve a spot here or by calling 619-233-4692.

Vince Robles' "Louver Seating"

Digable furniture

One of San Diego's under-the-radar gems is the furniture-design program at SDSU, and whenever anyone who's in the program, or graduated from it, is exhibiting work, you know it'll be a good show. Four of the five artists participating in modernF—which opens with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at White Box Contemporary (1040 Seventh Ave., Downtown)—are SDSU furniture-program grads. (And the one who's not ain't no slouch.) Erin Dace Behling—whom we wrote about in our Jan. 9 issue—Vince Robles (his "Louver Seating" is to the left), Dominique Houriet, Marcus Papay and Jennifer Anderson will be displaying pieces that range from hip-and-functional to museum-worthy. Come show these talented folks some love.

Digable sounds

Space 4 Art (325 15th St. in East Village) is keeping San Diego strange with the ongoing monthly music series, Stay Strange, where experimental—and dare we say kooky?—musicians perform. On Saturday, Jan. 26, the space will host Bobby Bray (pictured, left) and Scott Nielsen, who'll each play solo works that can be described more as sound art than standard pop-music fare. Bray’s set, which incorporates his DIY electronics, will "simultaneously convey, mystify and demystify a collection of sound phenomena and experimental approaches to sound art," while Nielsen will create a one-man improvisational electric orchestra and use it to produce "spontaneous sonic lamentations." Groovy. Come with an open mind and then watch it get blown by these guys. Admission is only $5 and the show starts at 8 p.m.

Digable workshop

reg e. gaines is a Tony and Grammy award-winning writer whose CV is cooler than a freezer full of whiskey rocks. And, he happens to call San Diego home. We're lucky, then, that he's using us as his test audience. At 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, gaines will be at the Central Library (820 E St., Downtown) to host a reading workshop of his upcoming solo theater piece, The Last Celebrity, a collection of poems and monologes about his rise from obscure street poet to famous author (his work was the foundation for the Tony-winning musical, Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk). In addition to reading from his work, gaines will talk about how to take a poem and turn it into a solo theater piece and audience members are encouraged to bring their own material to workshop.