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Culture Lust Weekend: Kings of Leon, Counter Culture, and James Luna

MUSIC

MGMT will be horsing around tonight at SDSU's Open Air Theatre.

Above: MGMT will be horsing around tonight at SDSU's Open Air Theatre.

Office politics got you down? Get out and work it tonight with a whole different type of management. MGMT is playing at SDSU’s Open Air Theatre.

The Wailers-- the legendary reggae band made famous by Bob Marley -- are coming to San Diego. This Sunday they'll be at the Soundwave. Bonus: all proceeds go to the United Nations World Food Programme.

No band has reinvigorated Southern rock quite like the Kings of Leon. They play Cricket Wireless Amphitheater tomorrow night.

Musician Mary Gauthier, featured last month on NPR's Weekend Edition, confronts a painful past of addiction on her new album "The Foundling." She'll perform her musical memoir at AMSD Concerts on Friday night.

If you prefer a piano and sax to electro beats and guitars, the La Jolla Athenaeum is the place to be tonight. Steve Wilson and Billy Childs perform at 7:30.

THEATER

[title of show] opens tonight at the Diversionary Theatre!

Above: [title of show] opens tonight at the Diversionary Theatre!

We’d be lying if we said we didn't regularly dream of writing ourselves into a Broadway musical. And that’s why we’re envious of the clever Jeff and Hunter who did just that in their new play [title of show]. It opens at Diversionary Theatre (West Coast Premiere!) tonight.

What do you get when you blend prima ballerinas and jazzy house beats? Counter Culture. This Saturday, modern dance meets nightlife as City Ballet of San Diego combines with DJ Adam Salter (and free appetizers!) at Quality Social.

Due to critical and audience success, "Harvey" is extended at Lamb's. For an acclaimed evening of imaginary “friends” hop* on over to the Lamb’s Players Theatre. Playing every night but Monday.

ART

Groundbreaking Native American performance artist James Luna. He'll perform this weekend at the Oceanside Museum of Art.
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Above: Groundbreaking Native American performance artist James Luna. He'll perform this weekend at the Oceanside Museum of Art.

Francophiles, gallery-goers, and history buffs alike should find Toulouse-Lautrec’s Paris exhibit at SDMA tres interesting.

As you know, SDMA is showcasing some of San Diego's local artists during their Summer Salon Series. Tonight, go see Michele Guieu's silhouettes and take part in her portrait workshop.

We know her for her vocals and remember her as the rebellious leader of Jefferson Airplane, but Grace Slick has traded in her microphone for a less vocal, more visual art. An exhibit of her - less rock 'n' roll, more pyschedelic -paintings opens Saturday at Alexander Salazar Fine Art on Broadway. Slick will be in attendance at the opening reception.

Renowned performance artist James Luna will be at the Oceanside Museum of Art this Saturday. He'll perform a piece called "Native Stories: Basically Factual." His performance launches the new exhibit, "Defying Expectations: Contemporary Native American Art from the San Diego Region."

Columnist William Gottleib originally took pictures of jazz artists to accompany his stories. The photos now live on as iconic images of the era and have been gathered in the exhibit "Portraits from the Golden Age of Jazz." You can see them at the William D. Cannon Art Gallery.

We recently told you about the photography of David Fokos, whose serene work is an immediate stress reducer. Find out how he creates his images and learn about his 80-year-old camera this Sunday at 11am during his gallery talk at the Ordover Gallery in Solana Beach.

DESIGN

One of Jonathan Segal's striking architectural designs.
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Above: One of Jonathan Segal's striking architectural designs.

We’ve gone inside the studio and minds of many actors on Bravo TV’s "Inside the Actor’s Studio," but its time to do the same with architects. "Inside the Design Studio", featuring guest Jonathan Segal, is happening tonight at the Neurosciences Institute. Modern San Diego's Keith York is the interviewer and host.

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