First published in San Diego CityBeat
Juan Williams’ most recent book, Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America—and What We Can Do About It, takes the issue of racism head-on, claiming it’s a problem that’ll never go away unless black Americans quit pretending the fight for civil rights is over. Williams, the former host of NPR’s Talk of the Nation, journalist and author of several other books on race in America, is one of the authors who’ll be reading and signing their work at the third annual San Diego City College International Book Fair happening from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Saville Theatre, 1313 Park Blvd., Downtown. Other authors include poet Carolyn Forché, Chicano and Apache author Jimmy Santiago Baca and east L.A. author Marisela Norte. Check www.sdcitybookfair.com for the schedule.
POLITICS & COMMUNITY
San Diego is sunny damn near every single day of the year, so why doesn’t every single house in this city have solar panels? The city also has a bit of a water problem, so why the heck aren’t we all zero-scaping and reusing water? The green thing is still somewhat new to San Diego, but, thankfully, it seems to be picking up speed. This year’s GreenBuilt Tour, a self-guided tour presented by San Diego EarthWorks, includes almost two dozen homes and businesses featuring the latest in green building and architecture techniques, including using recycled and reused materials and water- and energy-efficient materials. The tour is spread out over two days, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 4 and 5, and includes special events like a public forum at OB People’s Organic Food Co-op at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4. Tickets are $20 beforehand, $25 day of tour. www.earthdayweb.org, 858-272-7370.
Is digital art accepted as fine art yet? Can the relatively new medium take its place among photography, painting, installation and sculpture? You be the judge at Urban Legends and Country Tales, an international print exhibit put on by The Digital Art Guild. The images in the show, which range from Second Life-like avatars to Van Gogh-inspired vases of sunflowers, were selected by a panel of the industry’s top jurors, including Andrew Darlow, author of 301 Inkjet Tips and Techniques, and Don Archer, founder of the Museum of Computer Art, the world’s largest museum of computer imagery. Urban Legends and Country Tales opens from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Bonita Museum, 4355 Bonita Road. www.digitalartguild.com.
The Alternative Healing Network is a local nonprofit that promotes alternative healing techniques to underserved areas like Southeast San Diego and City Heights. Every year, the group throws the huge San Diego Healing Arts Festival in Balboa Park, but this year they’ve decided to hold a complimentary Market Creek Healing Art Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at Market Creek Plaza and Amphitheater, corner of Euclid Avenue and Market Street in Encanto. The free event will feature acupuncture and massage treatments and classes in meditation, yoga, Qi Gong and more. It’ll also have a kids’ zone, healthy food, educational exhibitors, artisans and performances by Elijah Emanuel & the Revelations, Sene Africa, Danyavaad & the Shimmy Sisters and TranscenDANCE Youth Arts Project. www.althealnet.org or 619-546-4806.
The Italians certainly know how to throw a party—and a film festival. The San Diego Italian Film Festival presents recent Italian features that generally never made it to the U.S. The opening night film, L’Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio, screens at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at the La Jolla location of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, while other films, including Le Rose del Deserto, Agente Matrimoniale and Jimmy della Collina, will screen at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park through Oct. 19. Did we mention it’s all free? Yep, so get there early. Complete lineup at www.sandiegoitalianfilmfestival.com.
The San Diego Women’s Film Festival ratchets up its sixth season on Thursday, Oct. 2, with Citizen Video owner Holly Jones at the helm. There are more than 40 movies on the agenda, and the fest has a new location: the Reading Gaslamp Cinemas, 701 Fifth Ave., Downtown. Things kick off with Rachel Getting Married, a film written by Jenny Lumet (Sidney’s daughter) that’s generating Oscar buzz for Anne Hathaway. Other highlights include features like The Gits, Expired and 1000 Journals and shorts like Donut Heaven, Cargo and Leaving Gussie. A full festival pass costs just $50, and the entire lineup and schedule are at www.sdwff.org.
Sounds of sex
When Joseph Waters, director of the New West Electronic Arts and Music Organization (NWEAMO), set out to find electronic music and art that address the topic of sex, the most controversial and poignant pieces he got were submitted by women. Waters doesn’t know exactly why this happened—“Perhaps guys, bruised by the sexual revolution, are less sure of themselves,” he says—but he’s gone ahead and dedicated an entire day of a two-day experimental and avant-garde music-and-art festival to sexually themed work by female artists. Starting at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, performers including Margaret Noble, who plans on showing a piece called “Expose” that involves a shower and live video; Discoco, a British performance artist who will premiere her piece “I Lost it in My Own Reflection”; and Milica Paranosic, a Serb who’ll show her video piece, “Confessions.” NWEAMO kicks off at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at Smith Recital Hall on the SDSU campus. Check www.nweamo.org or call 619-303-1509 for the schedule. $15.