What’s Happening This Week? (December 12-18, 2014)

We’ve got lots of crafty things happening this weekend! We’re down to the wire for holiday shopping, right? What are you guys planning? Are you staying in town or braving the airports?

Friday, 12/12

  • Visual Shop SD will be showing “Homely for the Holidays” over the weekend starting today from Poortraits artist Nick McPherson.  Visual Shop is open from 12-7pm on Fridays and 12-5pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • 5pm: Whistlestop Bar hosts Stormy Lights Opening Party with deluxe re-crafted lamps by Garriss, music, videos, and a food truck.

Saturday, 12/13

Handmade Holiday San Diego at the San Diego Central LIbrary

  • 9:30am-4pm: The first annual Handmade Holiday features over 30 vendors, 4 local bands (including Erik Canzona from The Heavy Guilt), and various family activities all to benefit the San Diego Central Library. Music starts at noon.
  • 12pm: If you’re shopping for the beer lover in your life… or you’d rather drink beer than watch local artists… then check out the Green Flash Grand Holiday Marketplace.
  • 6-10pm: Ray at Night
  • 7-10pm: Have you been wanting a look at the North Park Post Office building since it started going under construction? Now’s your chance. Low Gallery and Joe Sloan presents Full Disclosure, “a show about process.”
  • 8pm: Old Main, a holiday horror radio play at Finest City Improv. Tinsel, mistletoe, and axe murders!

Sunday, 12/14

  • 11am-11pm: This all day party will have everything for families and non-families. Sledding on real snow, an animal adoption area (adopt responsibly!), skateboard demo, live music, and of course… beer! Bring new toys or clothes or a $5 donation to enter.
  • 11:30am-4pm: Blind Lady Ale House hosts the annual Craft & Draft, organized by Laura Lande. Drink beer and buy local gifts.
  • 2-5pm: If you’d rather not venture downtown to show your kids some good ol’ family fun, take them over to the Kensington Library Park on Adams. The event features Santa, snow, and the San Diego Creative Arts Project.
  • 8-10pm: Long Story Short: Wild Card at Broke Girls. “What’s the topic? You decide!” This is an improv storytelling show.

Monday, 12/15:

  • 5-9pm: Yelp presents Merry Marketplace at SILO in the Makers Quarter. This 21+ holiday shopping bazaar will feature local goods and Etsy artisans, entertainment, free bites, and drinks.

Thoughts while sitting in Caffe Calabria

Caffe Calabria, San Diego, CA

cc by-nc-sa Lauren Macdonald

This neighborhood is coming to life as I sit by the window, drinking a cocoa. Outside, I watch as two women choose seats in the patio. As they sit, their table rocks, and one coffee tilts, then catches itself. The women don’t notice, but the cup looks embarrassed as it spills its contents.

On the way here, three wheelchairs blocked the bus stop and adjacent sidewalk. I tried to slip around them but discovered more people trying to get by, just like me. That traffic jam of pedestrians was keeping me from my breakfast. My stomach growled but theirs growled louder, and then we were in a face off, hackles raised, tails upright.

I think this cocoa was accidentally a mocha.

Winter in California is a strange thing. The sun is warm and I have to throw off my hoodie, sling it over my shoulder as I walk down 30th Street. But in the shadows, I huddle closer, rub my nose with equally cold hands. We decide to cross the street to get onto the sunlit sidewalk on the other side. We joke about our thin skins, make fun of our winter clothes, but when we get home, we wrap ourselves up with big quilts, make tea, and refuse to leave again.

The transplants mock us, but when January comes they complain – California isn’t supposed to be this cold! Their skins have broken down from sun exposure. They must replace their hides or else they’ll freeze to death come February.

Taste of North Park 2010

I just bought my significant other and myself tickets to Taste of North Park.

I’ve previously walked around during Taste of Adams. Now that I’ve moved to North Park (well, kind of, but that’s another story), I’m excited to check out some restaurants and bars that I haven’t had time for yet, most notably El Take It Easy, Sea Rocket Bistro, North Park Fish Market and Grill, and The Smoking Goat. (And really, with a name like the Smoking Goat, I really should have visited a lot earlier!) I’m also excited to see that Urbn is listed as a tasting location. That place has been “coming soon” for awhile!

Taste of North Park
Saturday, October 2, 2010, 11am-4pm
$30 presale, $35 day of