Culture Lust Weekend: Thursday Night Thing, Mary Pickford and Joyce Carol Oates
Today brings great joy to San Diego hipsters, scenesters, and art lovers as Thursday Night Thing returns to the downtown location of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.
There will be music and art-making, but the art-observing will focus on the first major museum survey of artist Tara Donovan's work. Her large-scale sculptures made of everyday materials such as Styrofoam cups (pictured above), toothpicks, paper plates and pins, are wondrous.
There will be live music by Money Mark and Birds and Batteries. Also, balloon artist Addi Somekh will perform on his balloon base.
Pickford's films and shorts will be screened at La Paloma Theatre. On a very cool note, Pickford attended the grand opening of the theater in 1928.
The public is also invited to a free lecture by Hugh Neely and screening of his documentary, Mary Pickford: A Life On Film on Saturday, Nov. 7, 4:00pm at the Encinitas Library, which is a lovely building with an ocean view.
Mary Duncan, Emeritus Professor at San Diego State University, will discuss her book "Henry Miller is Under My Bed: People and Places on the Way to Paris" on Saturday at D.G. Wills bookstore in La Jolla.
Check out Duncan's story as revealed in this juicy memoir: granddaughter of a bootlegger, Duncan grew up in National City and eventually married a Protestant preacher. Research took her to Belfast, Tehran and Managua. For years she had a surreptitious affair with 60’s guru Max Lerner and developed a fascination for Henry Miller, Simone de Beauvoir and pioneers of the sexual revolution. She eventually founded a Shakespeare and Company bookstore in Moscow. Duncan has said: "I'm more afraid of dying bored than I am of dying."
Larry King, host of CNN's “Larry King Live" will present his memoir, "Larry King: My Remarkable Journey," at the San Diego Jewish Book Fair on Sun., Nov. 9 at noon. San Diego's Jewish Book Fair runs through Nov. 13th. Upcoming speakers include Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary and a special evening devoted to Anne Frank on Nov. 11th.
Ola Hadi, a local author and teacher, will be signing copies of her book, "The Moon & Metaphor," at the Borders in Chula Vista on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. Hadi was born in Kuwait City in 1982. She founded the Drunk Poets Society of Ocean Beach, a poetry reading club.
Next Wednesday at the Museum of the Living Artist, there's a Poetry Slam that combines poetry and visual art. Here's basically how it works: bring your poetry and your art and read your work among the art that inspires you. Winners take home $150 (1st Place), $100 (2nd Place) and $50 (3rd Place). More info here.
More options for your weekend were discussed today on our Weekend Preview.
Have a culture lusty weekend!