Artists are known to provoke, and husband-and-wife team Debby and Larry Kline are here to continue that tradition of inciting discussion through artwork. Their latest batch of conversation-rousing pieces can be seen at Poke: A Series of Provocations, the opening reception for which takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. (with an artist talk at 7 p.m.) Thursday, Sept. 5, at the Mesa College Art Gallery (7250 Mesa College Drive in Clairemont). The artists, who won this year’s San Diego Art Prize, explore topics like religion, healthcare and even playing with one's food. One series of photographs shows art the Klines created using items they found while out to dinner, prompting them to poke fun traditional notions of decorum. Another installation, "Candy Store," includes sculputural works made from prescription medicine and controlled substances, like the mechanical merry-go-round shown here. The exhibition is on view through Sept. 26.
Many of the landmarks in the historic Old Town district of San Diego date back to a time long before the city’s streets became littered with horseless carriages. However, the neighborhood will soon be packed with loud, sparkling, flashy hot rods adorned with flames, skulls and the occasional airbrushed mural of 1960s musical icons. The Kustom Kulture car and low-brow art show is a weekend showcase for classic cars made “kustom” through creative add-ons and adjustments to distinguish them from ordinary, off-the-factory-line cars. In addition to the car show, the event will also feature live music and art from the likes of Pete “Hot Dog” Finlan, Pizz, Sara Ray and more. Kustom Kulture rolls in at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, in Old Town, along San Diego Avenue, Harney Street and Twiggs Street, and goes to 6 p.m. Admission is free.
As Liberty Station grows, so too does the monthly Friday Night Liberty event, when galleries, museums and shops stay open late and encourage you to wander through the military-barracks-turned-arts-and-cultural district, located at 2640 Historic Decatur Road in Point Loma. If you've not checked it out, here are a few reasons to head over there on Friday, Sept. 6: at Casa Valencia Galeria Baja (Barracks 16), check out work by master Baja artist Xochitl Franco, Mely Gonzalez, Gullermina Casas and photographer Claudia Talavera. The Women's Museum of California (Barracks 16) presents Viva Mujeres Mariachi 1903-2013, an exhibit looking at ladies who broke into the traditionally male mariachi world. Sophie's Gallery (Building 202), presents Images of my Native Self, works by Native American artist Edward Haswood, and Therapie Fashion Truck (a mobile boutique) will be parked near Barracks 16. Get the evening's line-up here.
In 1967, Michelangelo Antonioni was nominated for a Best Director Oscar for his thriller the previous year, Blow-Up, about a British fashion photographer who thinks he may have unwittingly shot a photo of a murder in progress and then becomes obsessed with it. The movie, which stars David Hemmings and Vanessa Redgrave and takes place over the course of one day in swinging-'60s London, was hailed by some critics as an instant classic. Even Ingmar Bergman, who didn’t much like Antonioni as a filmmaker, loved Blow-Up. The San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park will screen the movie on Friday, Sept. 6, as part of its First Friday Films series. You can catch the movie for $10, or you can splurge and do a romantic wine-and-food package for two—which includes cured meats, fruits, cheeses and bread, plus movie tickets—for $60. The event starts at 7 p.m. with the nibbles and a pre-film talk, and the screening begins at 8 p.m. The folks at the museum say you should reserve a wine-and-food package by 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, at sdmart.org or by calling 619-696-1935.
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