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Monday, May 21, 2012 - Canvassed | Art & culture

From a father/son art exhibition to a new coffee spot

Our weekly Red List roundup

By CityBeat Staff
lecorbeau Doree by Le Corbeau

Digable art

Some fathers and sons bond over restoring old cars in the garage or talking baseball while watching a game. Roger and François Guillemin have a more highbrow approach to quality father/son time. Both men are accomplished artists and, for the first time ever, will be exhibiting their distinctinve work together in Roger Guillemin & Le Corbeau: Father & Son, which opens Friday, May 25, in the Joseph Clayes III Gallery at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library (1008 Wall St. in La Jolla). Each man works in different media. Roger is considered a pioneer in digital art and will be presenting numerous prints that range from abstract to impressionist in style, while François is a surrealist sculptor ("Doree" shown here) who uses bronze as his material of choice. This exhibition is a peek into the interesting work of both men and how son was ultimately influenced by father yet was able to carve out a style all his own. The opening reception is free and goes from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., with the works on display through June 16. Afterward stop by the Main Reading Room for an exhibition of prints by Brigitte Feucht.

Digable drinks
"Mildly dry, with soft fruit notes," "Full-bodied, rich with a sweet cream and melon note." Sound like wine descriptions, right? Nope. Sake. If your experience with the Japanese fermented-rice beverage is limited to saying "hot" or "cold" when you order it at your fave sushi spot, give Gaijin Noodle + Sake House's (627 Fourth Ave., Downtown) sake flight a try. For $10, pick three from among the newish restaurant's top-flight sakes, like Ichishima Silk Deluxe, with a finish flavor that's "akin to cotton candy or a powedered sugar doughnut" or Cranes of Dewatsuru. Described as a "sake drinker's sake," it's priced at $125 a bottle. In other words, while we can't guarantee you'll leave Gaijin a sake expert, we can guarantee that you'll not wake up the next morning with a gnarly cheap-sake hangover.  

Digable music
Summertime… and the living is easy if you’re a jazz cat. This weekend you’ve got options on the east side and the west side, starting with an early celebration of Miles Davis’ birthday on Friday, May 25, at McCrea Music Company (8361 Allison Ave. in La Mesa). The versatile Miles-o-philes in the ESP Quintet will take the stage for a rare, all ages performance. The show starts at 8 p.m., with a $15 cover. Then, on Sunday, May 27, everyone who’s anyone in the local scene will be at Tango Del Rey (3567 Del Rey St. in Bay Park) to pay tribute to San Diego’s jazz legends, including Daniel Jackson (pictured, photo by Angela Carone), a septuagenarian tenor saxophonist whom we’ve described as on par with John Coltrane. The 8 p.m. show is also all-ages, with a $20 cover. Both shows are put on by Dizzy's.

Digable beans

Among the posts on Coffee & Tea Collective's blog is this simple one-liner: "Don't settle for bad coffee." With the mission, then, of bringing good coffee to San Diego, owner Daniel Holcomb opened up shop last week at 2911 El Cajon Blvd. in North Park. The menu is straightforward with no fancy coffee drinks or blends; beans comes from the usual coffee-famous countries like Brazil and Colombia, but also lesser-known coffee spots like Rwanda and Papua New Guinea. And, the new shop, with its clean, minimal design and lighting by Typewriter Boneyard is a welcome addition to the Boulevard.