Weekend picks for every budget

by Ryo Miyauchi and Nick Knott

From films to frames and turn-up to standup, this weekend has something for you.

Ryo’s Picks

SDSU Fall Film Festival

Check out what the talented San Diego State directors have been working on this weekend at the Fall Film Festival. Dozens of shorts made by Television, Film and Media students will be screened at the Don Powell Theater on Sept. 18 and 19. Last year’s film selection was very diverse, ranging from a highlining documentary to an experimental drama about drug abuse, so this year’s event should satisfy everyone’s tastes as well. The festival starts at 7:30 p.m. on both nights, and tickets are $10 for one day.

Jack Whitten: Five Decades of Painting

Museum of Contemporary Arts, La Jolla, will open its doors to a new exhibition, “Jack Whitten: Five Decades of Painting,” this Saturday, Sept. 20. The celebrated abstract painter has been making experimental art since the 1960s. A lot of color and paint exploration fills his work, from beautiful washes and tactile textures executed in a variety of ways. The retrospective covers his early work in ‘60s all the way to the present. Whitten will be present for a lecture on Friday, Sept. 19 before the grand public opening. This exhibit will run until Jan. 4 so you got plenty of time to check it out.


Nick’s Picks

Lil Jon at Bassmnt

For those of you who are 21 and older, the pioneer of Crunk music Lil Jon returns to San Diego Friday  Sept. 19  to play a DJ set at Bassmnt downtown.  Lil Jon is responsible for many club banges we all know, such as “Get Low,” “Salt Shaker” and most recently “Turn Down for What.” Although I personally prefer the Dirty South Lil Jon of the past, there’s not doubt that this show would be a fun time.  Lil Jon brings high energy to his sets creating raucous chaos in the crowd.  General admission tickets are priced at $30 but there are options for bottle service if you and some friends can afford to pitch for a table.

Norm Macdonald Standup

Former “Saturday Night Live” member Norm Macdonald will be performing a weekend full of standup comedy Sept. 18-20 at the American Comedy Company downtown.  Macdonald also has graced the big screen playing roles Happy Madison films such as “Billy Madison,” “The Animal” and “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo.” Macdonald might be a little bit old for our generation, but his style of comedy is old-school and still relevant.  His no-holds-barred style is guaranteed to put you in stitches.  Tickets are a little pricey for some comedy you may not know, sitting at $30 a pop.  But it could be worth your time, especially if you’re already in need of some laughs this far into the semester.