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Culture Lust Weekend: The Raveonettes, Saul Williams, and Mid-Century Art

Danish duo Sharin Foo and Sune Rose Wagner are playing tonight at the Belly Up.

Above: Danish duo Sharin Foo and Sune Rose Wagner are playing tonight at the Belly Up.

Dubbed "DJ of the Night," Marcus Rosario, aka Mawkus, performing at a previous Loft event.
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Above: Dubbed "DJ of the Night," Marcus Rosario, aka Mawkus, performing at a previous Loft event.

There's a ton of good music around town this weekend. Let's start with the Danish duo The Raveonettes playing tonight at the Belly Up. Love the "Bonnie and Clyde" look above. Everyone I talk to seems to be going to this show.

Remember how B-Rabbit, aka Eminem, showed Papa Doc how it's done in "8 Mile?" Now it's your turn. Show off your freestylin' skillz at UCSD's first student freestyle battle. Elements of Hip Hop: Masters of Ceremony takes place tonight at The Loft on the UCSD campus.

Speaking of masters of the mic, check out poet and musician Saul Williams tonight at The House of Blues. He's playing with American Fangs.

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Saul Williams Performing Poetry

Above: Saul Williams performs his popular poetry piece "Coded Language" at the Def Poetry Jam.

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American Fangs Performing "Le Kick"

American Fangs - Le Kick Music Video from Van Alan Blumreich on Vimeo.

Above: American Fangs performs their song Le Kick in a music video directed by Van Blumreich.

On local stages, you can see David Mamet's "Boston Marriage" at Compass Theatre. Set in Victorian times, the play focuses on two single women who live together without any male companionship. It's a comedy, but since it's Mamet, a sharp one with lots and lots of dialogue

MFA student Johnny  Gill (in his role as Booth) is wearing the suit and tie in the 2002 Pulitzer Prize winning play Top Dog / Underdog.
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Above: MFA student Johnny Gill (in his role as Booth) is wearing the suit and tie in the 2002 Pulitzer Prize winning play Top Dog / Underdog.

Suzan-Lori Parks’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play Topdog / Underdog, is on stage at UCSD's Arthur Wagner Theatre. It's directed by Dr. Nadine George-Graves and stars two UCSD MFA students, Bowman Wright (as Lincoln) and Johnny Gill (as Booth). They play African-American brothers who talk women, poverty, racism, and gambling. The play is sold-out Saturday night.

New Village Arts Theatre is doing Steve Martin's "Picasso at the Lapin Agile" through December 6th. Martin imagines what would happen if Picasso and Einstein met in a cabaret at the turn of the century in Paris. They end up having a debate on the nature of genius while patrons of the bar chime in.

And if mid-century art and furniture is your thing, head on over to the Golden Hill area for the Objects USA show and sale. There's an opening reception Friday night and you're sure to find lots of great vintage pieces, including paintings, sculpture, pottery, furniture and functional objects for indoor and outdoor use. Objects USA show and sale is located next to the Influx coffee shop on Broadway. Happy shopping!

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