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Culture Lust Weekend: Air, IndieFest, and MCASD Downtown

I've started to wean myself off of Molly watch, mostly because it would be very sad if I stayed in all weekend watching Molly feed her babies rabbit. Next thing you know, I'll start taking in cats and wearing crazy hats to the grocery store, muttering about Molly as I shuffle down the wine aisle. To stave off such eccentricities, I'll try to do everything on this list over the weekend!

ART

NYC sculptor Robert Lobe and his one-with-nature creations move into the Lux Art Institute this weekend, and we can’t wait to see him in action. He’ll be there ‘till April 24th, so stop by and catch the making of his bucolic repoussé explorations.

MCASD Downtown has been “closed for installation” for quite some time, but fret no more, gallery hoppers - this Friday, exhibitions from four fresh new artists will be unveiled, dreamt up exclusively for the museum. Think makeshift hangars with gelatin airplanes by local Lael Corbin, video installations from Danish artist Lærke Lauta that take on various states of consciousness and more from artists Ruben Ochoa and Mara De Luca. We recommend a sneak peek at TNT tonight.

MUSIC

Paris pop duo Air (of The Virgin Suicides soundtrack fame) will pay a visit to 4th & B this weekend. It’s their first stateside appearance in over three years, and their otherworldly vocals and synth-heavy sound are totally worth your Saturday night.

Can’t make it to Coachella? Hit up North Park this weekend for IndieFest 2010, the local scene’s answer to the desert hipster-palooza. Think 85 performers on 9 stages, including biggies like Metric, Nappy Roots, and Astra Kelly, as well as plenty of obscure soon-to-be favorites. The event, which stretches along University Ave. between 29th and Granada, is all ages, but a 21-plus stage is also cornered off for those dying of thirst. And expect more than bespoke E.P’s – plenty of films are on offer as well, as The Mental Eclectic Indie Film Stage will host screenings Friday and Saturday.

Connections Chamber Music Series gets patriotic with its American Roots and Rhythms, this Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Encinitas Library. Expect everything from Elvis impersonators (one male, two female!) to musical glimpses of Jewish American life pre and post-Holocaust, and, of course, a bit of bluegrass.

Hey, baby: get into the swing at the OMA tonight with brogue warriors the David Patrone Quartet, presented by 333’S JAZZ AT THE MUSEUM. They’ll cover smooth tunes from the 30’s straight up to the 60’s. Snap, snap...

Pop, lock and drop it while dabbling in good karma at Culture Shock this Saturday from 3 ‘till 9. The popular studio will host Dance 4 Haiti, featuring master classes from the likes of Leslie Scott (who’s shimmied for Beyonce and P Diddy), Culture Shock founder Angie Bunch, and Jabbawockeez (America’s Best Dance Crew’s first-season winner) member Eddie Gutierrez.

THEATER

Swashbuckling scallywags and beards galore can be found in North Park this weekend, and though that doesn’t sound like anything new, it is – Lyric Opera San Diego will present its production of "The Pirates of Penzance" at the Birch North Park Theatre, debuting this Friday. As the close to its 31st season, expect plenty of high-seas song and swordfights galore in the Gilbert and Sullivan classic. A pirate’s life, indeed.

Journalism and The Civil War: the rom-com? The Old Globe will run previews of "Alive and Well" this week, NYFA award-winner Kenny Finkle’s serendipitous tale of a foxy newshound and a Civil War re-enactor on the hunt for the legendary Lonesome Soldier (aka the oldest living Civil War vet). As expected, that’s not all they find on their trek. Previews start this Saturday.

Take a breather from the 9-to-5 grind with the Cygnet Theatre’s first-ever comedy night, debuting this Tuesday night at 7 in their Old Town HQ. Plenty of Margaritas and performances from Vicki Barbolak ("Who’s Minding the Store"), Jimmy Burns ("Live from Here") and Scott Wood (who’s an alum of Comedy Central) will be on hand.

Stephen Karam’s “Speech And Debate” features “sex, secrets, performance-art blogs and blackmail” set in Salem, Oregon. If that’s not enough to get you to the Diversionary Theatre this Saturday for its opening, how about this: the play was inspired by the transcript of an online chat between the former mayor of Spokane, Washington and a gay teenager. It’s also one of the year’s most in-demand productions – catch it before Hollywood does (a screenplay is currently in the works with Overture Films).

FILM

Brush up on your water-saving skills while enjoying a night at The Loft as the Surfrider Foundation presents The Cycle of Insanity: The Real Story of Water, a punchy animated short crafted by Surfrider reps as part of their new program, Know Your H2O. The Monday night screening also celebrates World Water Day; get there by at 6 for the show.

They’ve stood up to the county’s demolition derby for 40 years, and this Monday at the Old Town Theatre, the Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO) will celebrate with a screening of “Forty Years of Historic Preservation in San Diego County.” Directed by UCLA film alumni and S.D. native Dan Soderberg, the documentary, which takes place over the course of a year and includes rare shots and footage from the town archives, propositions the viewer: “What would San Diego look like if SOHO didn’t exist?” A reception will follow the show and continue at restaurant El Fandango.

FOOD

We’re major Urban Solace groupies (one word: duck-a-roni!), so we were thrilled to hear they’d be continuing their Passover tradition with Urban Seder. Hosted by Sam the Cooking Guy and Steve Silverman, the supper boasts Chef Matt Gordon’s matzo balls for gourmands, braised short rib, and lemon blackberry cake - plus, it benefits Project Sarah, a local organization that aids those who suffering abuse. Talk about sweet returns.

BOOKS

Some of the non-fiction world’s most brilliant will visit Point Loma Nazarene this weekend. Catch up with authors Michael Eric Dyson ("Can You Hear Me Now?"), Bill McKibben ("The End of Nature") and more at the Writer’s Symposium 2010: Nurturing the Prophetic Imagination.

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