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Tiger! Tiger! : April Fools Show

On Sunday, April 1st Sezio is hosting an experimental art show at Tiger! Tiger! in North Park. We've challenged a handful of San Diego's most recognizable artists to create one piece of art outside of their comfort zone, far removed from their trademark style.  Each piece will be on display this Sunday at Tiger! Tiger!, but there will be no names declaring who made each work of art.

Your job is to show up, and try to match each of these artists to the piece they created: Neko, David Adey, Mike Maxwell, Eric Wixon, Wes Bruce, Kelli Murray, Matt Stallings and Joshua Krause. *Guests who can match the most will win a variety of prizes, from tickets to Youth Lagoon and Bowerbirds to gift certificates to Blind Lady Ale House and Tiger! Tiger!

Sezio's April Fools Show is going down Sunday, April 1st from 7-10pm at Tiger! Tiger! (3025 El Cajon Blvd). *You must turn in your guesses by 9pm to be eligible to win. 

Posted By zack | 3/26/2012 | 6:50 PM | Add a Comment

Art Fist Collective : My Little Art Show

After the City of San Diego approved a proposal to paint over the vintage 40x80 Caliente racetrack mural located on the western wall of the historic California Theater and replace it with a beer advertisement, Enrique Limon of Art Fist Collective immediately took action. With the help of other enthusiasts, Limon gathered the initial 250 signatures to rescind the permit and urge the city to reconsider. Now, the City's Historical Resources Board will conduct a historic report to determine whether or not the mural is historically significant or not.

To further the cause and keeping with the horse racing theme, 25 artists were given a My Little Pony to transform into sculptural and decorative works of art which will be on display and for sale at Art Fist Collective Presents: My Little Art Show Friday, March 23rd at Quality Social from 6-10pm.

All proceeds from art sales will aid the Save Our Heritage Organisation in their efforts to pay for an independent report on the mural.

As curator, Limon has organized the show and personally scoured yard sales, swap meets and online auctions in search of the perfect pony to use as a mold.

"Some of them are rare collectibles, others might have been a buck fifty at Kobey’s," said Limon.  "But thanks to their respective artist’s vision, they will all be one-of-a-kind pieces of art."

To sign the petition, and help save the Caliente Mural, go here.

Posted By angella | 3/22/2012 | 1:29 AM | Add a Comment

Casbah & Sezio Present : Youth Lagoon

Trevor Powers has seen his music alter ego hit meteoric heights since Youth Lagoon first splashed on the scene in 2011. From signing to Fat Possum Records to some Spring tour dates with Death Cab For Cutie, his year of hibernation has definitely ended.  On Wednesday, April 11th Youth Lagoon will make its third stop in San Diego, hitting the all ages Porter's Pub on UCSD campus.  You can grab your tickets to the show here, and if you missed our studio session with Youth Lagoon you can see that below.

Joining Youth Lagoon will be Porcelain Raft, and San Diego's Jeans Wilder.  Sample a couple tracks below if you're unfamiliar:

Porcelain Raft - "Drifting In and Out"

Jeans Wilder - "Blanket Mountain"

Poster designed by Michael Delaney.

Posted By zack | 3/21/2012 | 10:48 PM | Add a Comment

Mrs. Magician : Strange Heaven

Mrs Magician are back in town after a two-month trek around the US opening for the likes of Cults and the newly reformed Hot Snakes.  Swami Records released their debut LP, which came out digitally last month.  Check out "The Spells" off Strange Heaven below, and catch MM live at Soda Bar on Saturday, May 26th for their vinyl release party.  Their record and t-shirts feature some rad artwork from Soda Bar poster designer Dusty Dirtweed.


Posted By zack | 3/15/2012 | 11:39 PM | View Comments (1)

Rob Duarte : Movement

There's something exhilarating about using an object for a purpose outside of its original use. For example, using a high heel for a hammer (it works, dudes), or a pencil eraser for the back of your earring. Girlish metaphors aside, the work of artist Rob Duarte reinvents the way we experience technology by bringing the otherwise silent and unseen mechanical components to life through movement and unintentional sound.

The thrill and even anxiety about art that uses sound in this way is that the outcome is suspended. No one can quite predict the product and that in itself is exciting. Drawing from his background in Computer Science, Duarte transforms hardware and computer machinery typically used in data systems to create a fuller sensory experience as with his recent piece, "Movement" which you can see in a video excerpt above, and the photo below.

On Saturday, March 17th, Duarte is hosting a workshop at Helmuth Projects from 2-4:30pm where you can learn to etch your own circuit board and make a noise instrument while eating snacks and hanging out with similar-minded folks.  $12 covers the cost of the materials you'll be working with and you can take your creation home at the end of the workshop. No experience is necessary and make sure to RSVP by email to Do it quick as the workshop is almost full and this is the type of event that you'll kick yourself for missing.  -- Angella D'avignon

Posted By angella | 3/9/2012 | 1:11 PM | Add a Comment