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TNT (Thursday Night Thing) Explores Material Wonder, Thursday November 5, 2009 at MCASD Downtown

(SAN DIEGO, CA)--On Thursday, November 5, 2009, TNT (Thursday Night Thing) returns to the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego's downtown location with a dynamic evening of live music, art-making activities, and interactive performances themed around the new exhibition, Tara Donovan. The exhibit, which opened last week, is the first major museum survey of artist Tara Donovan's work. MCASD is the only West Coast venue to present this traveling exhibition, organized by the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston.

Taking inspiration from Donovan's large-scale installations that are based on the physical properties of accumulated everyday materials, this TNT will celebrate the "Material Wonder" in the everyday. A recipient of the 2008 MacArthur "genius" award, Donovan is known for using mass accumulations of ordinary objects, such as straight pins, paper plates, toothpicks, drinking straws, and pencils, to mimic the organization of geological or biological forms.

MCASD, along with local community partners The Loft (UCSD ArtPower!) and Sezio, will present an interactive art-making activity led by local artist David Adey, performances by famed balloon artist Addi Somekh, and live music by Money Mark and Birds and Batteries.

San Diego artist David Adey will lead a large-scale collaborative project based on his cut-out, "craft punch" works. Adey's meticulously crafted, process-oriented work was most recently featured in the exhibition, Social Climbing / Part I: On the Move at San Diego's Luis de Jesus Seminal Projects. He teaches sculpture, 3D design, illustration, and graphic design and is Co-Chair of the art department at Point Loma Nazarene University.

Los Angeles-based balloon artist Addi Somekh will be on hand to create "Inflatable Crowns" -- elaborate balloon hats that are sculpturally abstract, yet have an uncanny ability to capture each person's personality -- and other balloon jewelry for the young at heart. Somekh also will be performing with his "Balloon Bass" -- an all-latex, three-and-a-half-octave musical instrument that he has used to record two albums.

Money Mark is an established keyboardist and producer, known for his distinctive melding of funk, jazz, hip-hop, folk, Afro-Cuban, Latin music, and experimental noise. In addition to an established solo career, he has collaborated with many artists, including the Beastie Boys, Beck, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, the Dust Brothers, Yoko Ono, the Wallflowers, and Jack Johnson, among many others.

Citing both Daft Punk and Fleetwood Mac as musical inspirations, San Francisco-based Birds and Batteries blend twangy country riffs, rock, and synthesizers to create eclectic, inventive melodies that are garnering press from many prominent national (Rolling Stone) and local (San Francisco Bay Guardian) publications alike.

Previously, TNT admission had been free to attendees with a suggested $3 donation. Starting with November's event, TNT now will be $10 for the general public, $7 for students, and free to MCASD Members.

Limited pre-sale tickets can be purchased online at www.mcasd.org.