It is a rare convergence: the smokey, soulful, superhero cabaret jazz of Madame Ur and Her Men, Barrel Smoker tacos from Chef Flor Franco using the innovative IQ smokers of craftsman-chef-impressario Gustaf Anders Rooth, wine from Villa Montefiori/Paolini Wines, beer from Agua Mala and a first look at the Nude Survey Three art exhibition curated by Eric Minh Swenson. It is happening Saturday, November 7 at 7:00 p.m. at Planet Rooth Design Haus, 3334 5th Avenue in San Diego.
Madame Ur — Azzul Monraz is her real name and bookish Tijuana mother her daytime gig — transforms into a nearly surrealistic contemporary incarnation of a cabaret singer. With her band, this new incarnation (aka Madame Ur) brews a theatrical, bilingual blend of jazz, folk, tango and more. It is cabaret with some serious attitude.
The food itself is a convergence. Chef Flor Franco will be cooking up the perfect culinary accompaniments to Madame Ur’s music: tacos prepared on Rooth’s Barrel Smokers. The Barrel Smokers themselves are a work of both art and engineering: gorgeous wine barrels transformed into soulful smokers that impossibly do low and slow and near microwave pace.
Wine will be by Villa Montefiori (aka Paolini Wines) from the Valle de Guadalupe and beer will be by Ensenada’s Agua Mala. The event also features a first look at NUDE SURVEY THREE featuring the work of Josue Castro, Alec Dawson, Raul Guerrero, Daphne Hill, Prudence Horne, Benjamin Lavender, Virginia Lukei, Sarah Stieber, Anna Stump, Nicole Waszak, and James Watts. The exhibition is curated by Eric Minh Swenson, a noted photographer in his own right.