What are you guys doing this weekend? Staying in? Braving the crazy Valentine’s restaurant crowds? Me, I’ll be dead-tired from my band’s mini-tour — today we’re playing in Los Angeles, tomorrow night Ventura — but I think the significant other and I might try to do a short picnic in the park or something. I hope you guys do something that makes you feel great!
- 7pm-9pm: Country singer-songwriter Trevor McSpadden will be performing at Expressive Arts (32nd & Thorn). Support local musicians and local art spots! $10
- 7-9pm: Poetry & Art presents the anniversary of SDSU’s MFA program and Poetry International (their annual publication). Several alumni and students will be reading their poetry with a $50 prize on the line, along with live music.
- 8pm-10pm: Open Mic Showcase at Java Joe’s featuring Isaac Cheong, Gabriela Aparicio, Aaron Bowen, Cortney Preis, Fernando Del Rio, and Heidi Hughes.
Happy Valentine’s Day! Doesn’t matter if you’re single, you all deserve love from friends and family too. :)
- 7-10pm: Expressive Arts (32nd & Thorn) presents Valentine’s Art Happy Hour. For $25/person you’ll get art prompts to work on with your significant other or by yourself. Wine and snacks provided with donation or bring your own. RSVP 619-251-8474 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 6:30pm: Weekly open mic at Java Joe’s (3536 Adams Ave)
- 6:30pm: Can’t go wrong with another open mic at Java Joe’s at 3536 Adams Ave!
5-7pm: Opening reception for “Hello, My Name Is“, organized by Lynn Susholtz in collaboration with immigrant and refugee students, many who have experienced trauma and violence. The reception is at Bread & Cie (350 University Ave) and the exhibit runs until March 1st.
3-9pm: South Park’s Make Good (2207 Fern St) is celebrating their redesign with “Remade,” an event where you get to meet the makers of the handcrafted goods you’ll find at the shop! Food by Tacos La Mazcla, C&T Collective coffee, photo booth, and live music.
6:30-11pm: Open Mic Night at Java Joe’s (3536 Adams Ave)
9pm: Villains Records releases their annual Villaintine’s compilation. Join them at The Hideout (3519 El Cajon Blvd) for free handscreened posters and CDs.
Welcome back to another edition of “What the F*#@)! is happening this week?” We’ve got a couple of open mics, an art opening, some improv, and a writing workshop! And like always, if you know of something that I missed or you have any suggestions or events for future posts, please shoot me an email.
- 7-10pm: Low Gallery (3778 30th St) presents the opening reception of “Castles in the Sky” featuring new art by several different artists. This will be the last exhibit at their North Park location before they move.
- 8pm: Two improv teams compete at Finest City Improv for a spot at the San Diego Improv Festival. Your votes matter!
- 6:30-11pm: Open Mic Night @ Java Joe’s (3536 Adams). Signups are 6:30 if you want to perform.
- 7-9pm: So Say We All holds their free Greenroom Writers’ Workshop at Words Alive (5111 Santa Fe St). The workshops encourage the community to “meet, write, and better one another.” This particular one is centered around the theme “Showing not telling.”
- 6:30-9pm: Open Mic Night again at Java Joe’s (3536 Adams Ave). Signups at 6:30.
- 8-10pm: Outspoken is So Say We All’s LGBTQ Storytelling series featuring 8 storytellers. This Valentine’s inspired show is themed “Love Confection: Stories about Romance that Looked Sweeter than It Tasted.” $5 suggested donation at Martinis Above Fourth (3940 4th Ave).
I’m pretty excited about this weekend, not necessarily because there’s much going on, but because I’ll be seeing Sullen Ray play 3 nights in a row, with one night being in San Diego on Friday at the Ken Club. So maybe I’ll see you there?
- 7:30pm & 9:30pm (two showings): Disoriented Comedy presents “the first ever mostly female Asian American standup comedy tour” right at our very own Comedy Palace (8878 Clairemont Mesa Blvd)! Angry Asian Man tweeted about this and you can get $10 off with the discount code listed on the site. I want to know who the surprise veteran comedian is!
- 9:30pm-12:30am: Sullen Ray, Katie Leigh & The Infantry, and Social Club at the Kensington Club (4079 Adams Ave) starting at 9:30pm. $5 cover.
- 6:30pm: Open mic at Java Joe’s (3536 Adams Ave)
- This sounds interesting and exciting! Whistle Stop (2236 Fern St) will be hosting an open mic for electronic music. “If it has an on/off switch, bring it out.”
- 8:30-10pm: “Crime Pays” is the theme of this regular storytelling event put out by So Say We All/VAMP at Whistle Stop (2236 Fern St). $5 suggested donation.
5-9pm: “An Epic Battle Royale for Corndog Supremacy” between Carnitas Snack Shack and Fathom Bistro hosted by North Park’s new Fall Brewing (4542 30th St). All ages.
2pm-4pm: Java Joe’s (3536 Adams Ave) hosts “Third Sunday Poetry”
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Thank you. You are still relevant today.
Happy new year everybody! I hope you didn’t miss me too much the past two weeks during the holidays. I ended up at my parents’ house in Valley Center during Christmas week. I came back to San Diego that Friday and completely missed the surprise snow they had on New Year’s Day. Crazy, eh?
So how do you guys like my new banner? It was designed by my boyfriend over at Villains Records. Let me know what you think in the comments!
And if you have any events you want mentioned in the next few weeks, please let me know below or email me at email@example.com.
- Records Collecting Dust starts screening though tickets don’t seem to be available for today’s Digital Gym showing, but you can always head to Whistle Stop (2236 Fern St) for the afterparty. The documentary features the record collections of several “alternative music icons.”
- South Park’s End of Season Blowout Sidewalk Sale! Several South Park businesses are participating, including my favorite shops Make Good & Progress.
- 4pm: If you missed it on Friday, here’s the 2nd night showing for Records Collecting Dust, a documentary featuring the record collections of well-known artists. Get tickets here at Digital Gym.
- 6-9pm: Opening reception for JARS, a crowd-sourced art installation at Art Produce (3139 University Ave). The show runs through February 20th and is presented by the Sugar Museum.
- 6-10pm: Opening reception for Arrivals & Departures, a showing of new works by Victor Villa over at Visual Shop (3776 30th St). Villa’s work will be showing from the 10th through the 22nd.
- 6-10pm: After heading to Visual, check out the rest of the art during Ray @ Night.
- South Park’s Sidewalk Sale, Day 2
- 7-8:30pm: So Say We All returns to Broke Girls’ Coffee Bar (3562 Adams Ave) for Long Story Short, an improv storytelling show. This week’s theme: “chicken” (think birds, cowardice, dinners, and more)!
As expected, there’s a much-needed lull in events in preparation for the holidays, but there are some art events happening if you’re interested.
- 7-9pm: Music collective Montalban Quintet performs at beautiful Balboa Park’s Panama 66.
- Merry Christmas! If you’re sick of family, head to Blind Lady Ale House from 5-10pm for craft beer.