Archive for February, 2012

My Picks: Things to do in San Diego, February 4-5

| February 03, 2012

During this first weekend of February 2012 in San Diego, get out of your comfort zone before settling in for the gluttony that is Super Bowl. Consider catching a music showcase put on by the San Diego Youth Symphony. Check out an art show and dance performance in North Park. Visit a San Diego Museum for half-off what you normally have to pay. I promise: These three ideas offer a pleasant respite before the storm of Budweiser and Coors commercials.

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Saturday, February 4, 2012:

  • 2:00 p.m. Take in orchestral music played by teens and not-yet-teens. The kids that make up the San Diego Youth Symphony (and any youth symphony) are inspiring not only for their talent but for the hard work they put towards obtaining, maintaining, and improving that talent. This Showcase Concert takes place at Copley Symphony Hall in Downtown. Tickets run the range of $10-$35. To get your tickets, call The Copley Box Office at 619-235-0804. If you can’t make this performance, then consider the 7:00 p.m. Ovation Concert at Copley (tickets run the same range for the later show).
  • 8:00 p.m. Celebrate the lives of six courageous women. North Park’s Art Produce Gallery collaborates with Eveoke Dance Theatre in its latest exhibit, Reflections. The combination visual and dance show is a portrait of six women you might not have already ever heard of but will be glad that you finally did. General admission tickets are $24; for seniors and students, $18.

Sunday, February 5, 2012:

  • 12:00 p.m. Check out a San Diego Museum at half-off admission! February is Museum Month in San Diego. In terms of your wallet, that means if you pick up a FREE Museum Month Pass from any Macy’s in San Diego, you can use it to enjoy half-off admission at participating San Diego museums until February 29. (As with last year, I’d recommend hitting a Macy’s customer service center or Visitor’s center.) If you don’t know which museums to hit, the San Diego Museum Council lends their two cents to help you make an informed decision. For my part, I’d recommend checking out the San Diego’s Craft Revolution exhibit at the Mingei in Balboa Park, the Phenomenal: California Light, Space, and Surface exhibit at MCASD Downtown, the TRASH exhibit at the New Children’s Museum in Downtown, and the Natural History Museum’s exhibit of Titanic artifacts (which opens on February 10).
  • 3:30 p.m. Watch Madonna jump the shark. Super Bowl XLVI. For those of us who don’t remember our Roman numeral lessons of yore, that’s “46.” This repeat of 2007’s match-up takes place in Indianapolis. Elder Manning hosts younger brother and Tom Brady. Yada, yada, yada. I’m more curious about halftime. Hip-Hop choreo icon Tabitha D’umo of Nappytabs headed up the choreography for the performance. And, you read right: Madonna has signed on as the main act of a triple-M music offense (pun unintended) that also stars Minaj (as in Nicki Minaj) and M.I.A. (I’ve honestly lost track of her since “Paper Planes,” which makes her stage name ironically relevant). I’m sure jokes abound that speculate a Madonna wardrobe malfunction, one that would trump Janet Jackson’s 2004 gaffaw; just not here. Too easy.

(Photo caption, from left-to-right: Photo of young musicians from the San Diego Youth Symphony’s website; flyer image from Art Produce Gallery’s website; image from Macy’s Museum Month website; photo of Madonna from the NFL’s Super Bowl web page.)

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Marcel The Shell, Chapter Two

| February 01, 2012

There’s a reason why Jenny Slate rhymes with “plenty great”: a shell outfitted with a googly eye and a pair of shoes and goes by the name of Marcel.

This past November, she and Dean Fleischer-Camp posted a follow-up to the original “Marcel the Shell With Shoes On” on YouTube. In part deux, we learn the fate of Marcel’s sister, Marissa. We learn the nickname Marcel wouldn’t mind being called, though he understands that making up his own nickname is disingenuous. We learn what his pen name would be if he ever wrote a book. We find out what happens when he finally remedies his regret of not having a dog. And, in the end, he reminds us about the simple joy of smiling.

As if that weren’t enough, this second video coincided with Penguin’s publication of Marcel’s story in the book, Marcel the Shell With Shoes On: Things About Me.

What I appreciate most about the publication of the book is that its website resolves, once and for all, the question of whether Marcel is a he or a she.

Ah, there’s nothing like a little validation to help get through the middle of the week.

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