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Wednesday, Dec 04, 2013 - 136 days ago Canvassed | Art & culture

Commercially self-aware art, luminescence in South Park and more stuff to check out this week

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By CityBeat Staff
cid_124 Artwork by Tommy DeVita
Digable art

Not everyone knows that Coca-Cola made Santa Claus fat. Before high-fructose corn syrup, that jolly old fellow slid down chimneys svelte as an elf. This weekend, Tinsel and Holly: A Commercially Self-Aware Art Show, dissects holiday iconography and the images that subconsciously saturate our festive little minds. It happens Friday, Dec. 6, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the 10th Avenue Theater and Arts Center (930 10th Ave., Downtown) and will feature local artists and craftspeople, including Thomas Divita, Alphonso Espinoza and Alissa Kennedy. From 7 to 11 p.m, visitors can experience community-based theatre group Circle Circle dot dot’s Bearded, a collection of stories from real San Diego Mall Santas. The live performance, written by Katherine Harroff, explores what it's like to be the man behind the beard. The art show, curated by Kait Sewell, is part of a series from the Brooklyn-based museSalon Collaborative, which has set up shop at the 10th Avenue Theater through Sunday Dec. 15.

Digable shopping

digableshoppingThe South Park Walkabout has, over time, gotten to be a pretty big deal. Every three months, it brings a greater numbers of residents and visitors to the neighborhood's shops and restaurants for seasonal treats and family-friendly entertainment. But this December, the Walkabout, which takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, along and around Fern and 30th streets between Ash and Kalmia, is being given a few extra watts of illumination as part of Luminaria, a month-long display of holiday lights. Have some cider and brownies while perusing independent shops and street vendors, or tuck into Alchemy or Station and cozy up with a cocktail and some grub. A free trolley service runs between Beech and Juniper streets.   

Digable holidays

digableholidayDo you like people? Lots and lots and lots of people? People as far as the eye can see? People stacked on top of other people? Yeah? Then Balboa Park December Nights is for you! The big event is back for its 35th consecutive year—from 3 to 11 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, and noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7—and more than 350,000 warm-blooded humans are expected to attend. If you’re one of them, you can get into participating museums for free from 5 to 9 p.m. both nights (actually, a great way to escape the crowds); experience musical, dance and puppet-theater performances; check out arts and crafts; get down on a vast array of food and drink—particularly at the International Christmas Festival at the House of Pacific Relations Cottages (the cocktail garden's highly recommended)—and generally bask in the holiday vibes. Help limit traffic congestion around the park—and do yourself a favor—by making use of a free shuttle at Petco Park or San Diego City College (last ones leave at 8 p.m.). And if you’re not planning to attend, take our advice and steer clear of the entire area. You'll thank us later. 

Digable dance

digabledancePart of the appeal of burlesque performers is their creativity. They often combine other talents, like magic, comedy or acting, with sultry moves and a PG-13-rated striptease that involves the shedding of layers of costumes, sometimes handmade by the performers themselves. If that sounds like something you'd dig, the  KiK Burlesque Dance Company—a coed neo-burlesque troupe (that's a rarity!) presents Get a Kik Out of This, an 18-and-up event happening from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at the Dancehouse (1466 F St., Downtown). CityBeat art director Lindsey Voltoline is in the lineup, which features performances by group, pairs and solo artists. Tickets are $10-$12, or $20 for VIP (wine, fruit, photos with the company, special seating and more).  

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