Oct. 13 2014 04:45 PM

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

Hip-hop artist Odessa Kane (right) and his family
Photo by Rebecca Rauber

Rap the vote

Plenty of people who've been in trouble with law in the past have no idea that they're still allowed to vote. The folks at the Let Me Vote Campaign (LMV), an offshoot of the American Civil Liberties Union and its California Voting Rights Project, want to spread the word that breaking the rules doesn't necessarily mean you forfeit the right to help shape the future.

On Friday, Oct. 17, they'll hold The LMV Campaign Show, a free hip-hop concert featuring Odessa Kane, who was honored last week at the San Diego Music Awards as San Diego's best hip-hop artist, plus Big June, Miki Vale, Parker & The Numberman and Ramel J. Wallace. The show will be at The Church (2151 Logan Ave. in Barrio Logan). Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30. People of all ages are welcome. Concert-goers will be able to register to vote online during the show; the registration deadline is Oct. 20.

"There's this widely accepted mythology that even being slightly touched by the criminal-justice system keeps you from voting, and it's just not the case," says Jess Jollett, spokesperson for the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties. For example, those who are off parole, on probation or are currently serving time in jail for a misdemeanor can vote.

Jollett figured that the standard public-awareness campaign might not reach the target audience. "They listen to their moms and the rappers," she says.

One of the messages that the Voting Rights Project wants to get across, particularly to a young and racially diverse population, is that local elections can sometimes be swayed by a small number of votes. "We elect people like the district attorney and the sheriff—people who directly impact folks who are doing jail time," Jollett says. While those two offices arenít on the upcoming Nov. 4 ballot, Proposition 47 is. That's a statewide measure that would lessen penalties for low-level offenses. 

"This is a year that you can vote for something that could really change your life and the lives of your family and friends," she says. Search Facebook for "The LMV Campaign." letmevoteca.org

Joshua Krause (back row, in sunglasses) and his students show off the benches at The BLVD Market.

#MoBetta boulevard

As part of its ongoing quest to make El Cajon Boulevard the hippest thoroughfare in town, the area's business-improvement association organized a monthly night market, partly inspired by Williamsburg, Brooklyn's super-cool Smorgasburg event. The BLVD Market launches from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, in the parking lot of The Boulevard Center (Utah Street and El Cajon Boulevard. in North Park). Ten vendors selling high-quality prepared food will be on hand, and the newly spruced-up strip mall includes amenities like artsy benches designed by Joshua Krause and his students at High Tech High, plus parking-lot pavement colorfully painted by a team of SDSU students. The new market is so hip, it comes with its own set of hashtags: #30ECB and #blvdmarketsd. instagram.com/BLVDmarketSD

Erick Castro
Photo by John Dole

Cheers to that

Consider yourself a student of craft cocktails (or perhaps just a fan)? Then you know there's a science to the perfect drink. From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park, Science on the Rocks delves into the chemistry of craft cocktails. The evening includes a talk by Polite Provisions' Erick Castro about the art of the cocktail; folks from Twisted Manzanita Spirits and Ballast Point Spirits will educate you about the distilling process; local scientists will chat about the art of infusions (hello, bacon vodka); and, of course, there'll be food and drink. For an extra $15, sign up for a 30-minute class with Polite Provisions' bartenders on the basics behind tasty cocktails. Early-bird tickets are $25. rhfleet.org/events/science-rocks

Does your event deserve to be in our top three? Email Kinsee Morlan.


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