1 CRAFT NEIGHBORHOOD
What's the hippest hipster neighborhood in San Diego? Well, this weekend, trendsetters can skid fixies up to the San Diego Film Festival Preview and check out the so-called Makers Quarter enclave in East Village. Complimentary bike valet parking, craft cocktails and gourmet food trucks will be available at the outdoor event space SILO, at 753 15th St.
The event, which will also feature fashion demonstrations and live exhibitions by local street artists, is part of a development project to revitalize the neighborhood through innovative urban planning.
"At SILO, we're creating community events that can test ideas for what the community wants most," says Stacey Pennington, an urban planner working in the neighborhood with a team of developers. "The ones that work out will have a long-term role in the development of this district."
The 21-and-older event, which looks forward to the San Diego Film Fest in October, runs from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 13 and 14. The feature films start at 8:30 p.m. each evening and are preceded by several shorts starting at 7 p.m.
"A lot of people have movie nights over the city, but how often do you get to bike to the middle of Downtown and watch a film with the skyline behind it?" Pennington asks.
On Friday, 2013's Best Friends Forever by Brea Grant tells the story of a comic-book artist and her reckless best friend as they take a road trip amid an impending nuclear apocalypse. Saturday's feature is 2012's Ruby Sparks by Zoe Kazan, which follows a struggling young novelist who finds the sexy subject of his latest work has come to life.
Tickets are $5 for general admission, $25 for VIP admission, which includes one signature cocktail and VIP lounge access. For $100, you get two VIP tickets, two additional signature cocktails and VIP lounge access. makersquarter.eventbrite.com
2 SHAKESPEAREAN HUSTLE
What do Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and the groovy sounds of disco have in common? Not much, at least to the unimaginative eye. Ion Theatre Company has taken on the challenge of combining the two for the cabaret Ass, Or A Midsummer Night's Fever. The play, co-directed by Ion's Glenn Paris and Claudio Raygoza, with disco moves choreographed by Michael Mizerany, transports The Bard's classic comedy to the 1970s. Don't think it's only the actors who'll be busting out in a Soul Train line. The play is audience-immersive, so everyone is encouraged to get down. Performances begin at 10:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays starting on Friday, Sept. 13, and running through Oct. 4 at Urbn Cntr 4 the Arts (3708 Sixth Ave., Downtown). Tickets: $20-$30. BYO goldfish platforms. iontheatre.com
3 WISE GUY
A few years ago, KPBS had a segment on a guy named Alex Kajitani, aka "The Rappin' Mathematician," an Escondido Union School District teacher who was combining hip-hop and math to turn tough-to-teach students into numbers-loving all-stars. Kajatani was awarded California Teacher of the Year in 2009 and named a finalist for National Teacher of the Year. At 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, he'll talk about his new book, Owning It, at Upstart Crow (835-C W. Harbor Drive in Seaport Village). If you're a parent or teacher, it's a must-attend—and for those of you long out of school, we think you'll dig it, too. Kajatani's funny and charismatic, the kind of educator who'll renew your faith in public schools. upstartcrowtrading.com, alexkajitani.com