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Pint of Science sounds worth standing at the door for. Plus, up close and personal over Rembrandt's shoulder, Nudiegate, San Diego at sunrise and more in our weekly culture roundup.
Back in your early 20s, you probably lived by a simple adage passed down from generations of scholars with a blood-alcohol level rivaling that of Don Draper: “Beer before liquor, never sicker. Liquor before beer, you’re in the clear.”
I’d like to add a new line to that motto: Science plus beer, a fun night is near.
The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center has partnered with Pint of Science for three nights of fascinating conversations about science held at various local bars and breweries in town. It’s like a science-specific Meeting of the Minds held on the set of “Cheers,” and some of excellent scientists will stand in as Norm and Cliff to dole out information.
“I really like the idea of communicating science in a much more relaxed environment,” said Erilynn Heinrichsen. She’s San Diego’s coordinator for Pint of Science and a postdoctoral fellow at UC San Diego, where she studies genetics and how people adapt to high altitudes. “It gives us a chance to connect with the community on a more personal level.”
Heinrichsen assured me that the scientists involved will keep the language simple and avoid super scientific jargon so we normal folk can understand what these geniuses are on about. Considering San Diego’s obsession with quality craft beer and the fact that science is booming in the cultural zeitgeist (see: shows like “Cosmos” and that “I F**king Love Science” Facebook page), Pint of Science isn’t a hard sell.
“I know beer is delicious and science is fun, so they’ll go well together,” Heinrichsen said.
This program is in addition to The Fleet’s popular Two Scientists Walk into a Bar series and their Suds & Science series, so if you want to keep the learning and drinking going, definitely check those out. While the website shows the Pints of Science Festival is sold out, Heinrichsen said they’ll be accepting walk-ins until they hit capacity.
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• CityBeat continues its series spotlighting winners of the Creative Catalyst Fund. Up to bat is Noè Olivas, who is creating a kid-friendly, four-wheeled art project.
• The University of San Diego’s Hoehn Family Gallery allows you to closely inspect some of Rembrandt’s iconic work. (KPBS)
• The UC San Diego performance art professor at the center of what I’m calling Nudiegate sets the record straight on the drama surrounding his “naked final.” (KPBS)
• One hundred of San Diego’s finest visual artists are hanging out in Oceanside right now, and they brought 100 years’ worth of work to display. (Oside News)
• Get to know San Diego at sunrise better than any iPhone pic could ever show you in this stunning video created by artist Eladio Arvelo. (Times of San Diego)
• Nighttime is the right time for steel wool. (Times of San Diego)
• Chinese contemporary artist Pan Gongkai created six new pieces at his studio in Beijing just for the San Diego Museum of Art. (Times of San Diego)
• San Diego civic organist Carol Williams is gearing up to play for 12 consecutive hours in an effort to raise funds for Operation Rebound, a program supporting military personnel and veterans with physical challenges. She explains how she’s prepping for this Sunday’s mega-concert in San Diego Downtown News.
• The winner of the One Book, One San Diego contest has been announced. To the Amazon search bar! (KPBS)
• Lux Institute has a rad exhibition of artwork inspired by Jamaican Dancehall on view. (KPBS)
• Meet Ginger Huber, a hardcore diver who jumps off cliffs like it ain’t no thang. (San Diego Magazine)