If you plan to check out Little Italy's Kettner Nights event on Friday, Aug. 10, make sure to stop by jdc Fine Art (2400 Kettner Blvd., #208). Currently on display are exhibitions by two talented, edgy female photographers. Jennifer B. Hudson's Medic (on display through August) captures scenes of patient and healer in unexpected, slightly eerie ways. Also on view is Jen Jansen's Proof of Life (at jdc through October), featuring Jansen's tintype portraiture, a process that makes her photos look at once old-timey, but also gives viewers the feeling that they're able to see some deeper truth about the person in the picture. Indeed, as the folks at jdc so eloquently put it, "...[Jansen] preserves the visages and a bit of the soul of her sitters for the timeline of human history." For Kettner Nights, galleries stay open until 9 p.m., so in addition to stopping by jdc, make some time to wander the 'hood and take in more cool art, retail and culture.
Deep in the heart of even the most dedicated champion of the theater lies a dormant heckler, waiting to heap hatred and rotten fruits upon the stage. The San Diego Guild of Puppetry and the Max Fischer Players are actively inviting you to expel that demon and yes, Yes, YES, you can bring and throw stuff at their actors (human and puppet) during their adaptation of the devilishly immature and subversive 1896 French play, Ubu Roi. In UBU, a selfish little shit-bag of an anti-hero named "Pere Ubu" (yes, the band is named after him) runs amok in a greedy quest for power. It's an immature and scatological pastiche of Shakespearean drama and just to remind you—YOU CAN THROW STUFF AT THE ACTORS! The show at Space 4 Art (325 15th St., East Village) starts at 8 p.m. and runs from Friday, Aug. 10, through Sunday, Aug. 12. Tickets are $15.
It looks like uptown is getting it's own version of Bo-Beau Kitchen and Bar. Chef Katherine Humphus will be splitting her time between the big sis Ocean Beach location and 100 Wines Hillcrest, the 2,500-square-foot restaurant where the focus is tapas, flavored from her travels to Italy, France, Spain and Greece. Like its big sister, 100 Wines is designed by Philippe Beltran to look like an old-world wine bar and Italian apothecary in one. There's a terrace out back with a fireplace, and the wine menu is divided into three parts consisting of $20, $30 and $40 bottles to go along with Humphus' spanekopita pizza with dill cream cheese; brown-butter seared scallops with a blueberry reduction; and ravioli with pecorino, pear and butter sage sauce to name a few rich ones. 100 Wines is expected to open mid-month at 1027 University Ave.
While the ladies gush over Ryan Gosling's star-making turn in The Notebook, the dudes really jumped aboard the hot Gos express with 2011's neo-noir thriller, Drive. Gosling plays a Hollywood stunt driver / mechanic / getaway driver to Tinseltown's mafia criminals (played viciously by Albert Brooks and Ron Perlman) who develops a mega-crush on his mousey neighbor (Carey Mulligan) and then has to protect her life after a botched pawn-shop robbery. A lot of other stuff happens between long silent pauses, including some pretty brutal scenes of violence, so why not just check it out when it screens at midnight Friday and Saturday, Aug. 10-11, at Ken Cinema (4061 Adams Ave., Kensington). The film has a killer soundtrack, scored and overseen by former Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Cliff Martinez and includes the haunting synth-pop track "A Real Hero" by College that's used throughout the film. It's a good one. By the end credits, you'll never look at Ryan "Mickey Mouse Club" Gosling the same.