From San Diego CityBeat:
The reality show
The popularity of Fox TV’s So You Think You Can Dance is pretty phenomenal. There’s just something entertaining about seeing celebrities (mostly B stars) put on their dancing shoes and compete in a serious dance competition—some of the stars are actually pretty damn good. At 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, such local “stars” as San Diego City Council candidate Todd Gloria, TV reporter Kimberly King and San Diego Museum of Art president Pamela Cesak will be paired with professional dancers and compete in front of a live audience and a panel of celebrity judges. The second annual Malashock Thinks You Can Dance event goes down at the Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall, 5775 Morehouse Drive. Tickets are $35 to $150, with proceeds supporting The Malashock Dance School Education Outreach and Scholarship Programs. www.malashockdance.org or 619-260-1622.
Jewelry and gems
It took designer Jim Grahl 18 years to finish the Balboa Park Carousel Egg. The 80-pound, 27-inch jewel-encrusted creation is a replica of the real carousel in Balboa Park—the egg has the exact 56 animals (hand-carved) and even plays the same 20 songs from the 1890s. Grahl’s work will be shown for the first time ever at the Gemological Institute of America’s Jewelry Career Fair and Open House from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12. Aside from laying your eyes on the egg, those interested in a career in the gem and jewelry industry can meet with more than 1,000 attendees and big-time diamond companies like Tiffany & Co. and Zales. Those uninterested in a jewelry job but wanting to tour the headquarters of the biggest nonprofit institute of gemological research and learning in the world are invited, too. GIA is located at 5345 Armada Drive in Carlsbad. Free. www.gia.edu or 760-603-4000.
When artists get wrapped up in one particular subject, it can be a good thing. The artist’s intentions can’t be missed or ignored because, painting after painting, there it is again. Artist Chris Elliman has become known as the “Painter of Time” because of his obsession. In his series The Timing, Elliman invokes an image similar to Dali’s melting clock that reminds us of the pervasiveness of the ticking timepiece and the loss of time at every moment. Elliman’s series, plus several other works and installations, will be on view at Sanctuary Gallery & Boutique, 1700 National Ave. in Barrio Logan. An opening reception will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13. www.thetiming.com, http://sanctuarygallery.wordpress.com/.
Hope and humor: The evolution of Joshua Krause is something San Diegans have a stake in. The painter broke through the local scene a few years ago and has become one of the young artists who help keep the city from falling off the map when it comes to the bigger art scene. See what Krause is up to at his solo show, Harbinger of Hope, opening from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at L Street Fine Art Gallery, 628 L St., Downtown. www.lstreetfineart.com, www.krauseart.com.
POLITICS & COMMUNITY
Who’s the judge?
Abortion is legal because of a court case. Segregation was ended thanks to a court case. In California, a court case made gay marriage legal (at least until November). Whether you think all of that is good or bad, it’s clear that judges hold a lot of power when it comes to the application of the U.S. Constitution. The legislative and executive branches can keep making law after law, but if the judicial side decides a law is unconstitutional, it’s out the door. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, the San Diego League of Women Voters presents Superior Court Judge Patricia Cowett, political science professor Del Dickson and attorney John Gomez in a panel discussion, Safeguarding U.S. Democracy, a talk that will ask if the Constitution is at risk and explore the role of judges in the three-branch system. The discussion will be held at the Weingart Library, 3795 Fairmount Ave. in City Heights. 619-223-8074, or 619-922-7535.
From spoons and body percussion to tap dance and hip-hop, Olio the Show will feature a cast of dancers and musicians whose first goal is to entertain you and second is to teach you a thing or two about the roots of jazz music and culture. At 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, the performers will take the stage at the brand-new Museum of San Diego African American History, 740 Market St., Downtown. Check out www.myspace.com/oliosd and watch the YouTube video for a preview of the show. $30. 619-232-1480.