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Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 - Canvassed | Art & culture

Contortionists, sword swallowers and Suicide Girls all seek your attention this week

Our weekly Red List round-up

By CityBeat Staff
jasonescape Jason Escape

Digable fest

The word "busker" dates back to the middle of the 19th century, but the act of busking—street performing—goes back pretty much as far as history can take us; people have been performing on the street since before there were streets. In San Diego, the there's a whole two-day celebration dedicated to the art form, the Busker Festival, and this year, it'll be Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24, at Seaport Village. There'll be family-friendly busking—jugglers, stilt walkers, contortionists, sword swallowers, dancers, stunt people, clowns, acrobats, etc.—from noon to 5 p.m. on both days. Performances suitable for folks 18 and older will be saved for Buskers After Dark, which happens from 6 to 10 p.m. on Saturday and will be accompanied by DJ music. If you want to enjoy $1 beers, you'll need to RSVP on the event website, which also lays out the full performance schedule.



Digable films

Alfred Hitchcock is known in cinema as the Master of Suspense for his uncanny ability to freak the bejeesus out of his audiences with subtlety and precision. The Saw movies might be a lot more gruesome, but even 53 years later, that shower scene in Psycho has a way of making you flinch without the need for buckets of fake blood. FilmOut San Diego will honor the portly director with a daylong Hitchcock Marathon, highlighting some of his greatest films, on Saturday, March 23, at the Birch North Park Theater (2891 University Ave.). See a bunch of beautiful blonde starlets get the Hitchcock treatment, starting at 12:45 p.m. with Rear Window. After that, it's Vertigo (3:15 p.m.), The Birds (6 p.m.) and, of course, Psycho (8:30 p.m.). You can purchase an all-access pass for $20 or see each film individually for $8. 


Digable girls

The porn industry is full of misogynist values and totally unrealistic sexual feats, but it doesn't have to be that way. Just look at the Suicide Girlsfor more than a decade, the alt-porn website has featured thousands of badass punk and Goth vixens, many of them sporting rad tattoos, wildly colored hair and other body modifications (and, typically, little else). And these are real women, not superhuman models, cultivating their personalities with profiles, journals and public events--which, of course, is so much hotter. You can meet some well-known Suicide Girls at Mysterious Galaxy (7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. in Kearny Mesa) at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21, where they'll sign copies of a new book, Hard Girls, Soft Light. (The first 25 people who show up get a free one-year membership to the website.) Afterward, head to an after-party at Bar Pink (3829 30th St. in North Park) to sip a signature SG cocktail, mingle with local SG models and, perhaps, if you're an aspiring Suicide Girl yourself, meet model coordinator Rigel Suicide. 


Digable brews

Yeah, of course the 4th Annual Mission Valley Craft Beer & Food Festival is mostly about the beer, but organizers are showing that they understand that good beer is only made better with good food. This year's event features chefs from 20 local eateries serving up grub to wash down with all that excellent craft brew, including food makers from Carnitas Snack Shack, Farmhouse Café, R Gang Eatery, Sea Rocket Bistro and Terra. They'll be interspersed with 30 craft brewers from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at the Handlery Hotel (950 Hotel Circle N.). The first hour is VIP time, when pop-rockers Danny and the Tramp will provide the tunes (VIPs get a T-shirt, too). So*Cal Vibes take the stage after that, followed by fest-closers Split Finger, both of which groove the reggae. An after-party goes down in the Handlery's Reef Lounge. Tickets range from $20-$50

 
 
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