What's Happening This Week in San Diego?

What’s Happening This Week? (January 9-15, 2015)

What's happening this week?

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 info@jlowatari.com.

Friday, 1/9

  • 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.”

Saturday, 1/10

  • 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.

Sun, 1/11

  • 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)!

What’s Happening This Week in San Diego? (November 28 – December 4, 2014)

I hope you guys are having a great Thanksgiving!

Hopefully you’re lucky enough to still be relaxing with family. Or if you need to get out of the house for a bit, there are some great family-friendly events happening this weekend you can take them to.

Friday, 11/28

  • 11-5pm: Pop up shops from Maria Baker, Primrose Plum, and Boygirlparty will be at Low Gallery (3778 30th St) to kick off your shopping season.
  • 8pm: Black Friday bumming you out? Join Finest City Improv for their weekly “The World According To…” Every week, they invite a San Diego person — or in this case… a whole family! — to share their story, and then their house improv team uses those stories “to go crazy hilarious places.” Buy tickets here.

Saturday, 11/29

  • 10am-2pm: Family Farm Fun Day at Wild Willow Farm. Hands-on activities for every age, including cheesemaking, soapmaking, seed planting, and a nature scavenger hunt.
  • 11am-5pm: Art Bazaar and Trunk Show at Visual Shop (3776 30th Street)
  • 1-5pm: Wild Willow Farm is hosting a Schools for Chiapas Workshop that features vendors, short films and music about the Mayan communities in Chiapas, Mexico and zapatista movement. Learn about corn, the agricultural system, how to make tortillas and tamales.

Monday, 12/1

  • 7-8:30pm: Dedicate some writing time at the Greenroom Writing Workshop hosted at Words Alive (5111 Santa Fe St. 92109). Greenroom Writing Workshops are free and open to writers of all experience levels. “All Greenrooms are structured around a topic and include periods for discussion, generative free-writing, and opportunities to share aloud.”

What’s Happening This Week? (November 7-13, 2014)

Let’s skip over the fact that I haven’t done one of these event roundup posts in three years. Three years? Good Lord. Yeah, let’s just forget about that. “What’s Happening This Week?” is a weekly (duh) roundup of art, food, beer, and craft events around San Diego. It does have a bias towards Uptown events… but I want this to become a comprehensive weekly resource, so please, please, please let me know if I’m missing anything, if there are any cool galleries I should check out, etc!

This week we have my mom’s birthday, the monthly Ray At Night Art Walk with a photographer’s opening reception at Visual, and readings.

Saturday, 11/8:

  • 6-10pm: Ray at Night Art Walk. Artists’ receptions, boutiques, and galleries in addition to live street performances and local food vendors, held between University Ave. and North Park Way in North Park!
  • 6-10pm: As part of Ray at Night, Visual Shop (3776 30th St) will be holding the opening reception for Echoes, a solo exhibition of photographic works by Brittni Cute. Music and entertainment from Modern Times Brewery and Roric.
  • 7-9pm: Brought to you by The Radvocate and So Say We All, The Radvocate Reading Show is an evening of fiction and poetry readings and unofficial release party for their horror anthology States of Terror – Vol. 1. Beer and wine provided so 21+ only. $5 suggested donation. @ the Media Arts Center (2921 El Cajon Blvd).

Saturday, 11/9:

  • 7-8:30pm: “Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda…” Stories of regret, opportunities missed, and lessons learned. So Say We All presents Long Story Short at Broke Girls’ Coffee Bar (3562 Adams Ave). $5 suggested donation.

Tuesday, 11/11:

  • 7pm: Perform, collaborate, get feedback at the Music Collective, hosted by Expressive Arts (3201 Thorn St). $5-10 suggested donation.
  • 10pm: Whistlestop (2236 Fern St) presents Videodrome, music videos, viral videos, clips, and trailers. Free.

Thursday, 11/13:

  • Happy birthday, Mama!
  • 6-9pm: Craft Beer & Bites (SDBW Edition) at the Makers Quarter (1050 Park Blvd) presents live music and live art demonstrations, along with a homebrewing station, local craft beer and food trucks, craft cocktails, and wine. $20 in advance or $30 at the door.
  • 8:30pm: The Tin Can hosts their weekly open mic. Buy a burger from Doods Foods ’til 10pm. And cocktails and craft beer at the bar ’til close. No cover.

Did I miss anything? Do you have a opening reception, art show, poetry reading, open mic, meetup group, etc. coming up? Shoot me an email at info@jlowatari.com.

Art in North County – Johnny Nguyen’s “Songs of the Green Bird”

North County Food - Johnny Nguyen's opening reception at the Hill Street Country ClubNamed after an open air market in Vietnam, Songs of the Green Bird is a photographic series by local artist Johnny Nguyen, shown at the The Hill Street Country Club. The organization is a non-profit that embarks to cultivate art and culture in the surrounding communities. They previously held pop up art shows before finding their permanent home in Oceanside. Nguyen’s exhibit inaugurated the new gallery with an opening reception held last Saturday on the 18th. You can read the write up on North County Food.

My favorite part of the blog post (besides the drool-worthy food porn) captures the community-driven nature of The Hill Street Country Club and the artist:

While setting up a group of children walked in from a church event across the way to ask what we were doing. Johnny let them in to look at the photos and talked to them about art.

His series will be at the gallery until February 25th. 212D Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA.

Happening This Week (February 28 – March 6, 2011)

  • Monday, 2/28, 7-9pm: Knitting in the Heights at Twigg’s on Adams Ave., every 2nd & 4th Monday.
  • Monday, 2/28, 7-11pm: Pamela Jaeger’s art at Blind Lady Ale House, with MIHO Gastrotruck providing food (until 9pm), and of course, BLAH will be providing the beer all night!
  • Monday, 2/28: 30th on 30th is happening. Check out the blog post for the deals going on that day.
  • Monday, 2/28, 6-9pm: Meet the publishers of Edible San Diego during the release party at Sea Rocket Bistro. Happy Hour pricing for attendees all night.
  • Wednesday, 3/2, 9pm: Fuck Alt Comedy @ Whistle Stop. 4 comedians down from LA plus more from San Diego!
  • Thursday, 3/3, 4-7pm: MIHO will be at Ballast Point’s Home Brew Mart in Linda Vista serving up some Abandon Ship Drunken Shrimp (+ their usual, I’m sure), and BP will be providing the beer.
  • Saturday, 3/5, 1-8pm: Hamiltons is holding a fundraiser for Childhood Cancer research.
  • Sunday, 3/6, 11:30am: Blind Lady Ale House will have Dogfish Head flights.  6 beers to try!  Flight will start when they open at 11:30am until they run out.
  • Sunday, 3/6, 5-9pm: Sea Rocket Bistro will be hosting a launch party for a short video promoting the San Diego Bike Commuter Discount Program. Get happy hour drink prices all night-long if you ride your bike there!

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