Long Story Short - 3/9

Does your loved one pay more attention to their mobile device than you? Accidentally tweeted a photo not actually meant for public eyes? Share your “E-problem” with us the March Long Story Short event hosted by So Say We All.

No RSVP necessary. For five minutes or less, you have the chance to share your funny/pathetic/painful story about what “E-problem” has you down. This improv storytelling show occurs once a month with a different theme every time. So say we all sit back and share our “E-problems” in a fun space surrounded by new friends.

Long Story Short: “E-problems”
March 9th, 2014
7:00pm – 8:30pm
Artlab Studios
3536 Adams Ave., San Diego, CA 92116
(619) 283-1151

$5 suggested donation

Lillian Palmer - 3/8



Come and enjoy the beautiful, deep and rich sound of Lillian Palmer at ArtLab Studios this Saturday night for a suggested donation of $15. The show starts at 8:00pm and doors will open at 7:30pm. Performing songs from her debut album ‘Like A Lover’, arranged and produced by Grammy winner Bill Cunliffe, Lillian is known for her quality vocals and charismatic performance. 

 Growing up in California, Lillian began studying classical music at the age of fifteen. “Refreshing”, “Magnetic and Excellent” and “Powerful” are just a few of the positive reviews describing Lillian’s vocals and performance. Lillian has performed everywhere from nightclubs and cabaret venues in Italy, to The Old Globe in San Diego, Civic Theatre and The Horton Grand. Lillian is the leader of the vocal jazz quartet ‘Party of 4’ singing big band swing, 50s, 60s and contemporary jazz. Lillian has worked as an actress in many industrial films, commercial and print work.

Pierce Williams Opening Reception - 3/1

Come join us Saturday, March 1st from 7-11pm to check out Pierce Williams' unique new series of stencial serigraph prints! From Trent Reznor to Lou Reed, Pierce has a way of making these pieces one of a kind. Bill Pierce, aka Pierce Williams, works in an array of media. This includes rock posters, silk screen prints, sculptures, stencil prints and web/graphic design. Pierce has had his work shown throwout the United States, appearing on national television and into Tokyo, Barcelona, Milan and Rome. The art will remain displayed from March 4-15, Tuesday to Saturday 1-6pm. Admission is free!
To learn more about Pierce Williams, check out his website: www.piercewilliams.net

Laundromat Candy Presents: Titanic 2 2/20


Do you love terrible movies? How about absurd plots and horrific acting that cause sidesplitting laughter?

Well then... The Laundromat Candy gang welcomes you to share their love of horrible movies with a presentation of an all time cinematic classic: Titanic II.

The Titanic 2, a modern luxury liner, began its voyage on the 100th anniversary of its namesake. Terror strikes when a tsunami hurls an iceberg into the new ship’s path! Passengers and crew must fight to avoid a similar fate.

Be prepared to watch a movie with Grade A Acting, Award Winning CGI, and a realistic plot with comedians Dan Venti, Pat Puccini, Jeff Bilodeau, Chris Curtis and Adam Wolpe. They welcome you to enjoy yourself as they dissect and poke fun at the unmitigated disaster of a flick known as Titanic 2.

The show provides free popcorn, beer, wine, and laughs. This show is presented once a month at ArtLab Studios in Normal Heights.


Barbara Marker Artist Opening Reception 2/15

Celebrate your Valentines weekend with an artist who truly speaks from the heart. Please join us Saturday February 15th from 7-10pm for opening night for modern multi-media artist, Barbara Marker’s exhibit “Art from the Heart.” German born artist, Barbara Marker, always knew in her heart that she wanted to be an artist. After winning an art scholarship, she continued to develop herself by attending art schools in New York, Iowa, and San Diego. She has completed most of her artwork since the 70’s here in San Diego.

Her highly imaginative artwork of the fantasy realm is an evocative showcase of classic fantasy icons such as fairies, mermaids, and unicorns. She is also known for her animal portraits which clearly convey human emotion as expressed through a new perspective. Barbara has also made a name for herself in the comic book world, and has colored cover art for DC Comics, Eclipse Comics, and Dark Horse Comics and various others. She has also featured her work in the “Artist Alley” at the San Diego Comic Convention, Artist's Alley at Wondercon and Comic-Fest.

For more information about Barbara Marker and her artwork, check out her website at www.barbaramarkerartist.com .

Cairo Beats & Bellydancers 2/13


ArtLab Studios welcomes back Cairo Beats, the middle-eastern drumming ensemble led by Frank Lazzaro! Cairo Beats incorporates different style rhythms into energetic and danceable grooves. The night will also feature Chet Harrison, joining on the viola. Mesmerizing tribal belly dancers, Christa and Adia, will be performing on stage to complete the show. The doors will open at 7:30, with the show starting at 8:00pm for only a suggested donation of $5.
Learning to play drum set at the age of ten, Frank Lazzaro’s drumming career now includes world percussion, instruction, drum circle facilitation and performance in different styles and groups. With the inspiration of belly dancers, Frank enhanced his skill on the dumbek for the opportunities to play for the dancers on different festive occasions. Frank has also formed African inspired world beat ensemble “Damaru”, meaning sacred drum. Cairo Beats is a group that Frank performs with regularly, consisting of a dumbek student group.
As a San Diego local, Chet Harrison is a frequent performer in Balboa Park who has been called “a master musician” and “serious scholar of music”. Performing mostly original songs acoustically, he also is talented in the electric guitar and viola. Chet’s simple technique, mixed with a litle psychedelic and emotional chords are sure to make you stop and listen. 

Long Story Short 2/9


Don’t get mad, get even with your frenemies by participating in a round-table storytelling 
workshop, Long Story Short: “Best Frenemies.”
So Say We All, a San Diego based, non-profit literary arts collective, is hosting this event at ArtLab Studios. The premise behind these events is that having an open platform to share stories will emotionally and psychologically foster healthier communities. By taking ownership of narratives, people will empower themselves to take control of their lives, become involved in the community, and find an alternative to isolation and despair. Share your story, without notes, for five minutes or less on a different theme every month.  This Sunday, February 9th, the topic will be “Best Frenemies,” so come get your catharsis on from 6:30pm to 9:00pm.

Sunday, February 9th 2014
Artlab Studios
3536 Adams Ave.
San Diego, CA 92116
              619-750-3355      
$5 suggested donation

Gypsy Blues Live 2/8


Head on down to ArtLab Studios Saturday, February 8th for a fun and original night of feel good music that is sure to make you smile! Nathan Rivera, Jessie Andra Smith, and Brian Labs are an amazing group of musical souls who have made music their lives. They put on a feel good, upbeat show with inspiring lyrics. Their sound combines a classic folk feeling, with a bit of blues and jazz. Mixing it up with some stand-up bass, performed by Trevor Mulgey, this group really has a variety of music that is sure to please. Bring your good vibes to the show that is sure to leave you smiling! Doors open at 7:30pm and music goes from 8pm-10pm. Suggested donation is $10


Growing up, Nathan has been playing music since the age of 6, beginning with the piano. Influenced by talented musicians all over the world, he recently has had a major influence from the city of New Orleans. He now is an artist of the guitar, harmonica, accordion and piano, just to name a few. Jessie began playing guitar at the age of 12 and her main influence right now is Bob Dylan. Playing flawlessly with a natural stage presence, Jessie has a glow that is so natural and genuine, accompanied by her incredible vocals. Nathan and Jessie have been playing together on and off for a couple years, but started playing seriously together a year ago. The two of them recently returned from a small tour through Mexico playing four shows over 2 weeks, everywhere from Guadalajara to Mexico City. Brian Labs, also known as Shine Delpi, plays frequently with Nathan and Jessie bringing his own style to the show. At age 12, Brian began playing guitar with some metal influence. Today, Brian can always be found with a smile on his face, playing a sound that has evolved into a unique, fun and upbeat style of his own.

San Diego Live Music 2/7


Looking for a little rock in your life? Three different sounds of local rock are performing at ArtLab Friday night! Come down and enjoy a taste of these three San Diego local bands. Influenced by everything from Soda Stereo and Concrete Blonde, all the way to Frank Zappa and Jeff Beck, these bands are sure to leave you satisfied! Music is 7:30-10pm and the show is FREE!
Aurora is a one of a kind, San Diego local, bilingual alternative rock band with a passion for music that is easy to see.  JC plays hard riffs on the lead guitar, combining a cool rhythm, mixing Spanish and English lyrics for some great story telling. Dan is on the drums, rocking the pulse for the band. Steve carries the heavy bass lines and unique fills setting the tone for each song. Aurora is bringing something to the table that is so eclectic, which makes them the unique band with something special.
Plook is one of San Diego’s favorite Jazz Rock Fusion super trio! These guys write and perform their all original instrumental tunes that have a classic rock feel, guaranteed to make you move on the dance floor! Plook has been playing together for half a year and are already taking the San Diego scene by storm. Influenced by bands like YES, Rush and Jeff Beck, these guys know how to play with and exuberance that is exciting and infectious! Matt, a San Diego native, is on the drums keeping the killer, classic, rock n’ roll feeling beats. Mike, another San Diego local, is on the bass throwing down some unique bass lines that stand out, with solos that are unforgettable. Ed, calling San Diego his home for 16 years now, is on the guitar giving us the psychedelic, upbeat guitar sound you can’t get enough of. Together, Plook will leave you wanting more!
The Social Animal is a new age, provocative rock band known for their flaming guitar solos and funky pop rock rhythms. The band formed in San Diego in 2012 and is dedicated to putting on an electrifying show that inspires their fans to engage in community-based activism and philanthropy. Josh is the vocals for the band, also playing the rhythm guitar, bringing his one of a kind sound on stage. Mishelle is the lead guitar, holding down these great riffs and is sure to impress because this girl can rock! Jack is bringing the bass lines that are rocking and stand out. Yesenia, on the drums, keeps the pace and upbeat sound, tying everything together for an a show you won’t forget!

Robin Henkel 2/5



This Wednesday night Robin Henkel will be playing from 8-10 at Artlab. He will probably bring an old road worn acoustic guitar, and a slide to play with. His sound is delta blues virtuosity with a trademark twist of Henkel verve. 

Even though he won Best Blues CD at the San Diego Music Awards, Henkel does not box himself in; he plays everything from jazz to rock. He even transcends the category “musician,” being a true stage entertainer with an energy that is infectious. He has played with the likes of John Hammond, Eddie Kirkland, The San Diego Symphony, and more. 

The first time I saw him play I was immediately captivated by his performance. I was new to San Diego and I just sat down and smiled; he was mesmerizing every person in the place. You might hear him play one of his own compositions or his rendition of a classic Leadbelly tune. The LA Times said, “Robin Henkel is a futurist and a historian” combining the old style with something that is entirely his own and unique. Both children and adults alike can appreciate his engaging performances. As a native San Diego he keeps giving back to the community and Wednesday night will be no different. Bring a friend and experience one of San Diego’s best musicians bringing the rock to Artlab.