1. Ethical shopping spree
The handmade revolution continues, producing edibles and items for the socially conscious consumer. Why buy a candle at a big-box store when your neighbor pours high-quality wax? Why buy shirts made in sweatshops when locally made clothes look so much cooler?
These are the questions at the heart of Makers Arcade, a craft fair featuring 25 of San Diego's finest clothing and accessory designers. Cruise through Glashaus in Barrio Logan (1815 Main St.) from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 26, and peruse CT3's custom-designed bowties, no-tie bowties and hair bows. Or pick up a Southwestern-style purse or laptop case from Rais Case.
"We're just trying to encourage people to think about shopping locally," says event organizer Jennifer Byard, who owns Thread and Arrow, a custom children's clothing line. "We're trying to get people away from the big-box thing a little bit and get people to buy things made locally.
"We really want people to come and spend some time there, not just come and shop," she adds. "It's a very artistic venue. It's inspiring just to be in there."
Also on hand will be Mr. B's Luminaries, offering its handmade candles, as well as Jennafer Grace, with her super-styley handmade clothes. Pick up a pair of leather sandals by Pons Avarcas, a new take on the traditional footwear of the Mediterranean island of Menorca. Or buy a painting from local folk artist Lindy Ivey.
Many of these vendors also hold down day jobs and use their side business as a way to express themselves artistically, Byard says. "We just like to encourage people to make things. It's good for their soul. A lot of our venders are doing this on the side because it fills them up."
The event includes live music, an urban craft camp and Daniel and Kim's DK Local Kitchen food truck. There'll be beer, wine and craft cocktails available, too, and gift bags for the first 50 guests. Admission is free. makersarcade.com
Adams Avenue has long been a corridor of great live music, thanks partly to events like the Adams Avenue Street Fair and Lestat's coffeehouse. On Saturday and Sunday, April 26 and 27, the thoroughfare will once again host some great singer-songwriter performances with Adams Avenue Unplugged. For two days, more than 150 acts—including Peter Case, Johnny Fritz, Willie Watson and Chris Hillman & Herb Petersen—will perform in venues ranging from restaurants and bars to galleries and outdoor stages. While you're soaking in the sounds, get treated to $5 craft cocktails all weekend. The festival takes place along Adams Avenue between University Heights and Kensington. The event is free, or $10 for reserved seats. adamsavenueunplugged.com
3. The future of film
The lineup for the inaugural Filmatic Festival is athdavrazar (that means excellent in the fictional language spoken by the Dothraki people in Game of Thrones): David Peterson, who's created two languages for that epic TV series, will host a workshop on the challenges that come with making up new languages. Exit Through the Gift Shop cameraman Brian Cross will also speak, and those are just the big-name-drops involved in this innovative festival that strives to transform "traditional passive film watching into an active and immersive experience." Filmatic, which runs Thursday, April 24, through Sunday, April 27, at the Qualcomm Institute at UCSD in La Jolla, includes interactive film karaoke via a green screen, the debut of new augmented-reality glasses, multimedia exhibitions, installations and more. $5-$175. filmaticfestival.com
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