“La la la Linea” by Kinsee Morlan
First printed in my beloved CityBeat: This is just in case some Tijuanenses want to make the trip up north this weekend:
If you’re even remotely interested in the history of American counterculture and have never heard of Hunter S. Thompson, you may have been living under a rock for the past 45 years or so. And if you’ve been a fan, Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney’s new documentary, Gonzo: The Life Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, should spark a full-blown obsession with the man. Best known for his books Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Hell’s Angels, Thompson made a household term of “gonzo journalism,” a subjective, no-holds-barred narrative writing style. Gonzo looks behind his oversized persona and the outrageous occurrences that happened throughout his life and career. Gonzo screens daily at Landmark Cinemas, 3965 Fifth Ave. in Hillcrest, starting Friday, July 4. www.landmarktheatres.com.
Conceived more as an all-encompassing lifestyle statement than just a band, the Chicago Afrobeat Project is, literally, a musical machine fueled by bio-diesel and political awareness. Their current national tour sees the nine-member group traveling cross-country in a 1982 Bluebird Wanderlodge converted to run on vegetable oil, and a portion of the proceeds from their album sales benefits the group Journalists Against AIDS in Nigeria. Inspired by the politicized music of Fela Kuti and fusion-era Miles Davis, the Project plays a sleek, hypnotic brand of hybridized African music, and even if you don’t appreciate the political undertones, you can still shake your ass to it. Check out their show at 10 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, at Winston’s, 1921 Bacon St. in Ocean Beach. www.winstonsob.com. $8.
“I drank a whole pool of beer and smoked like a fool—now all I feel is gross and guilty.” These are the kinds of starkly honest, unpretentious lines you’ll find in Greg Gerding’s new book, Loser Makes Good. Gerding’s other three books, Poetry in Hell, The Burning Album of Lame and Venue Voyeurism, are, in Gerding’s words, “like EPs compared to this full-length.” But unlike albums, which usually feature an artist’s newest works, Gerding’s new 300-page, self-published book (which boasts awesome cover art by local designer Vince Norris) is filled with poetry and prose from 1994, the first year the writer really got serious about putting pen to paper. Gerding plans to celebrate the book’s release at 9 p.m. Saturday, July 5, at Bar Pink Elephant, 3829 30th St. in North Park, alongside the San Diego Derby Dolls, who’ll be holding a fundraising event, and musical guests. www.myspace.com/greggerding or 619-564-7194.
Science of art
With just five years in San Diego under his belt, artist Dave Miles has made a name of himself in the local art scene. Bypassing the traditional route of waiting for galleries and museums to invite him to shows, Miles has been showing at (often more interesting) underground art spaces around town, like the now-closed Fish Out of Water Gallery, the still-ass-kicking Art Produce Gallery and the now-defunct punk-rock video arts collective Visual Underground, which held shows at The Casbah. But becoming active in the underground scene isn’t the only reason Miles has a name—the guy’s actually got the technical skill and intellectual-yet-humorous sensibility that art snobs and art rats alike can appreciate. A collection of his work from the last 10 years, which Miles describes as “drawing on science, art history, science diagrams and books,” will be on display in Trompe L’Oeil, Trompe Le Monde (Fool the Eye, Fool the World), a solo exhibition opening from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 5, at Art of Framing, 3333 Adams Ave. in Normal Heights. www.davemilesart.com or 619-563-9770.
If you’re not already a follower of Current.com, you should be. The site is sort of similar to a news aggregator like Digg, only mixed with original videos made by the CurrentNews team and loaded with super-cool, ironic content provided by young hipsters. The site is becoming pretty popular among the “in” crowd; therefore, they’ve reached the level of officially announcing the release of their latest “SuperNews” episodes—an animated series that’s about the current youth zeitgeist and making fun of the ridiculousness of it all. Currently, the top-rated SuperNews episode is about Dov Charney, the founder and CEO of American Apparel, and how strange and semi-creepy he is. That one may be voted down, however, when, at 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 1, the Current crew releases “Hipsters in Space,” an episode that features a guest appearance by DJ Steve Aoki and follows Captain Art School, Major It Girl, East Village Boy, Dr. Blog and Hipster Bot in their never-ending quest to be cooler than all the mainstreamers on Earth. www.currrent.com/supernews.
As part of its “Exploring Ethics” monthly lecture series, the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center will hold a three-person panel discussion, Technology on the Border: If Technology is the Answer, What’s the Question? Andrea Guerrero of the ACLU, Rene Zenteno of the Center for U.S.-Mexico Studies at UCSD and Chris Aldridge of the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center’s border research program, will kick around the pros and cons of proposals to increase border security. The free lecture will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, inside the Fleet’s Lecture Hall. www.rhfleet.org or 619-238-1233.