August 27, 2004

Museum of Contemporary Art Presents Chicano Film Festival, Trolley Dancing, and Pocket at TNT

On Thursday, September 2nd at 7 pm, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego hosts TNT (Thursday Night Thing), an ongoing program of events taking place downtown on the first Thursday of each month. September’s TNT celebrates Chicano Now and the opening of Cerca Series: Gad Shanaan Design with a Q&A by the designer, dance performances, an outdoor Chicano film festival, and live music by San Diego locals, Pocket.

This summer the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System launches a sleek new fleet of cars for their expanded trolley system. Gad Shaanan Design, a local design and product development firm, created the unique look and feel of the cars. In August, the Cerca Series will explore the intricacies of the process involved in large-scale transportation design.  

Gad Shanaan will be in the galleries for TNT to speak with attendees and hold a Q&A session at 7 pm. Then, in honor of the exhibition Chicano Now, on view in the galleries until September 12th, there will be a Chicano film festival held on the outdoor plaza. The festival begins at sundown, and includes short films by Lourdes Portillo (Sometimes My Feet Go Numb, Vida, The Mothers of Plaza de Mayo), Osa Hidalgo de la Riva (Mujería I: The Omeca Rap), Ruben Ortiz-Torres and Jesse Lerner (Frontierlandia), Ana Machado (Coca Cola en las Venas), and Carlos Bolado (Bajo California). For more detailed information on the films, visit

Beginning at 9 pm, attendees will be treated to live music on the plaza by San Diego band, Pocket (, performing their fiery, innovative grooves inspired by a blend of soul jazz, contemporary rhythms, and harmonies.

September TNT attendees will have the chance to win the new Helmet CD, Size Matters, courtesy of Interscope Records.

Admission to TNT is free to members but a $3 donation is welcome. MCASD Downtown is located at 1001 Kettner Blvd., across from the Santa Fe Depot.

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