It's been a decade since a San Diego police officer shot and killed Jacob Faust, believing the 25-year-old musician and puppeteer was reaching for a gun in the back of his car (it was a prop gun, and whether he was actually reaching for it wasn't supported by forensic evidence). Every year, Jake's friends have held "Faust Fest," a celebration of his life featuring live music (Keepers and Vegetarian Werewolf will play this year's event) and a performance of "Golden West," Max Daily's Punch and Judy-style take on Jake's death (Daily, who's been profiled in CityBeat, is one of San Diego's most talented puppeteers). Faust Fest 2015 takes place at the Black Cat Bar (4246 University Ave. in City Heights) starting at 8 p.m. Friday, April 3. Admission is $5.
Rite of spring
When we think of a student music recital, it's hard not to go to the sitcom image of awkward performances by shaky kids stumbling through piano pieces. So you might be pleasantly surprised to learn that UC San Diego's music program is blowing that perception wide open with a series of concerts from emerging musicians and composers from its music department. Springfest features five days of performances from the brightest young musical minds at UCSD. It kicks off on Tuesday, April 7, with a jazz performance by Open Loose at The Loft, and continues through April 11 with jazz, classical, multimedia and experimental-music performances at the Conrad Prebys Music Center and The Loft. Admission to on-campus Springfest events is free.
With dozens of art shows and exhibitions to choose from every weekend, it's hard to see all the up-and-coming artists. However, there will be a healthy sampling at the 50 to Watch showcase, which will feature, you guessed it, 50 local artists showing off work in a variety of mediums. The annual exhibition will include juried works from CityBeat favorites like Gloria Muriel, Lydia Larson and former cover artist Michael McAlister. There will be a preview reception with a sampling of some of the pieces from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Studio Door in North Park (3750 30th St.) on Friday, April 3, and a grand opening reception at the Solana Beach City Hall Gallery (635 South Highway 101) on Thursday, April 9.
The art of promotion
If you've been to Soda Bar, you've seen Dusty Dirtweed's graphic art—it adorns many of the City Heights venue's posters, not to mention the mural of smiley-faces on the west outside wall. Dirtweed's (whose real name is Dustyn Peterman) also done art for releases from local bands like Hideout, Mrs. Magician and Barbarian, in addition to work for independent labels like Goner and Castle Face. You'll be able to see the full scope of his uniquely playful and trippy art, with a focus on pieces in which he's incorporated bits and pieces of forgotten military training manuals, in Lazy Left at Said Space in Encinitas (766 S. Coast Hwy. 101). There will be limited-edition prints for sale, plus refreshments. The opening reception starts at 7 p.m. Friday, April 3, and is open to all ages.
If photos tell stories better than words, then photos of faces reveal epic poems of lives endured. Photographer Derek Slevin brings his portraits of the discarded and the overlooked to NTC at Liberty Station on Friday, April 3, for Faces of the Forgotten, an exhibit dedicated to photos of homeless individuals whom Slevin's got to know as he travel across the country over the past three years. The event is part of Friday Night Liberty, a showcase of different types of visual and performance art in the buildings of the former Naval Training Center. Slevin's work will be at Barracks 15, Studio 103. The events starts at 6 p.m.
As wholesome as the fresh fruits and veggies that'll be for sale, the Spring Faire and Boutique is a perfect family event for this Easter. Happening at The Farm Stand West (2115 Miller Ave., Escondido)—family-owned purveyors of fresh produce—the event will feature bakers, canners and various other vendors, including local artists and crafters hawking clever, handmade goods. The Spring Faire runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 4 and 5. Both days include hayrides and an afternoon barbecue lunch. On Sunday only, there will be an Easter egg hunt. Best of all, admission is free.
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