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Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 - Canvassed | Art & culture

Hanging with Donna Frye at Bird's Surf Shed, a new East Village club and more

Our weekly Red List roundup

By CityBeat Staff
donnafrye Donna Frye isn’t exactly kicking back, but she is biding her time.
- Photo by Jeff Turbo Corrigan
Digable Donna

San Diegans would be hard-pressed to find an elected official as beloved as Donna Frye. The former City Council member is the perfect mix of smart, charismatic and quirky. Frye's the special guest for Voice of San Diego's inaugural One Voice at a Time conversation series, where she'll be talking politics (though, not too wonky—we promise) with Voice CEO Scott Lewis on Wednesday, June 20. Arrive at 6:30 p.m. for a pre-discussion reception with beer, wine and nibbles. The talk itself begins at 7 p.m. and will go until around 8:30 p.m. After that, check out some of Frye's artwork and peruse the cool event location, Bird's Surf Shed, 1091 West Morena Blvd. in Bay Park. Admission is $5. 


Digable club
The East Village mega-club, Block 16 Union and Spirits (344 Seventh Ave.), is having its soft opening on Friday, June 29. The multi-floor entertainment space spans 10,000 square feet and can fit up to 2,200 people for live music—of the classic and indie-rock sort—every Thursday night, with DJ performances throughout the weekend. While the new venue says no to bottle service, there is a drink minimum if you want to sit in one of the booths that line the space. The good news is that you can save a few bucks and buy drinks for your group as a package, of which there are several, and the house cocktail, called “The Gold Digger," is made with pear vodka, Elderflower liqueur, champagne, fresh lemon juice and strawberries. For $8, that sounds like a pretty tasty deal.





Digable art 

Part of the "Pattern & Design" art movement, Robert Kushner creates work that's decorative yet bold and, in the case of his new series Scriptorium, a tad bit subversive. Opening with a reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 22, at The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library (1008 Wall St. in La Jolla), Scriptorium consist of Kushner's of small drawings and paintings on pages of discarded books and manuscripts, some dating back to the 16th century. All the works will be displayed simply, afixed to the wall with dressmaker's pins. Some folks might find this crude, but Kushner says he's bringing "the pages back to life" and encouraing viewers to see history with new eyes. This interesting juxtaposition of old and new will be on display through July 28.


Digable to-do 

There are two things in this world that are really wonderful: museums and cocktails. The San Diego Museum of Art (1450 El Prado) in Balboa Park is bringing those two awesome things together for Culture & Cocktails on Thursday, June 22. Wander through the galleries and see the art on view in the museum’s three new exhibitions, The Invention of GloryEchoes of the Past and Dynamic: Blue Note After Rivera, while sipping on specialty cocktails and grooving to music from DJ Gabe Vega. There will also be an interactive photo gallery where you can create your own digital interpretations of art from the museum’s collection and while you can’t blame the blurriness of a Monet on the alcohol, you can blame any issues with your own work on the cocktails. Tickets are $15. Leave the kids at home—it’s a 21 and over event. 
 
 
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