It’s hard to make a living in a creative field, but the Art of Photography Show is helping talented photographers get their name out there. Now in its ninth year, the juried exhibition, which opens with a reception at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, highlights photography by shooters from all over the world and awards winners $10,000 in prize money. This year, Julia Dolan, curator of photography at the Portland Art Museum, had the tough job of choosing 15 winners. The top prize gets a cool $2,000 and major cred in the photography world. The exhibition is a chance to see some of the best in emerging photographic art ("Shadow Study" by Boris Sherbakov shown here) close to home at the San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park (1439 El Prado). It runs through Nov.17.
It was George Bernard Shaw who said, “Youth is wasted on the young.” Such an observation could be viewed as a condescending critique of a younger generation, but it’s more likely a bittersweet reflection of a man nostalgic for youth. Art of Élan, an organization devoted to producing original and innovative classical-music concerts in San Diego, aspires to recreate that same kind of nostalgia with Reflections: on Youth, the first part in their four-part Reflections concert series. The show will feature Mendelssohn’s “String Quartet No. 2”—which he wrote when he was 18 years old—and The Juliet Letters by Elvis Costello (the original Angry Young Man), his 1993 album written for string and voice, in its entirety. The concert takes place at the San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15. Tickets are $25, or $10 for students.
One of our fave cocktail creators, Lauren Lathrop, who helms the jiggers and shakers at JSix (616 J St., Downtown), just rolled out a new drink menu that's an homage to exotic spices and Eastern flavors and makes good use of Lathrop's culinary training (like a house-made harissa). The line-up, eight new cocktails in all, includes drinks like the Plantation, with Bombay Sapphire East gin (like Bombay Sapphire, but with lemongrass and black peppercorns), cucumber, coriander, cardamom, lemon and lime; the Crescent Moon, with qamar al-din (a Middle Eastern apricot drink), Wild Turkey, orange flower water and cinnamon; and How Far We’ve Come, a winter twist on an Old Fashioned with Woodford Reserve, muddled brandied currants, cardamom and orange.
Break out your carving knives and put on your picking hats—it’s jack-o-lantern season. It wouldn’t be Halloween without those glowing, ghoulish, toothy smiles. But first you gotta yourself one of those giant orange squashes, Cucurbita pepo if you will. Do it at Pumpkin Palooza at Suzie’s Farm (2570 Sunset Ave., just east of Imperial Beach), where there’s a 2-acre organic patch with more than 15 varieties, as well as a pre-picked selection. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, pumpkins and veggies from the farm stand will be $2 a pound and local musicians G. Burns Jug Band and Plow will perform. Ice cream from Calexico Creamery will be available, as well as prepared eats from Green Truck and God Save the Cuisine. Costumes are encouraged.