Aug. 31 2015 03:06 PM

Our top three picks of things to do in San Diego this week

Nancy Freeman of Fancy Fruits
Denialle Von Fitch has been selling her vintage-inspired clothing and accessories for more than three years, but like many in her trade, she's relegated to selling her wares on the Internet. That's not to imply that her business, The Oblong Box Shop, isn't doing well. In fact, business is booming. Still, it's a nice feeling when she sells one of her circle skirts or floral print rompers to a customer in person.

“I just noticed that San Diego didn't have one of these retro-type shopping days where you can go and shop a lot of online vendors that don't have storefronts,” Von Fitch says. “I just thought it'd be great to put together an event where you can see these clothes in person and actually meet the designers.

Thus, the Pin Up Pop-Up Shop was born. Now in its second year, the one-day shopping event features more than a dozen designers and vendors specializing in vintage and retro-inspired clothing and products. Some of the local names include Fancy Fruits and Ribbons & Rockabilly, both of which will have custom-made accessories for sale, while Retro Riviera and Double Trouble Apparel specialize in pinup-style clothing for women of all shapes and sizes. Speaking of pinups, for $100 (the shopping event itself is free to attend) Vixen Photography will do a pinup photo shoot where customers can channel their inner Bettie Page.

“I wanted it to be more than a shopping event. I wanted it to be a pinup-for-a-day event,” Von Fitch says.

Once customers have some fresh new threads, it only makes sense to show it off at a post-Pop-Up Shop cocktail party, where there will be drinks, professional burlesque dancers and music from “sci-fi/punk rock lounge act” The Jimmy Psycho Experiment. It all goes down at Queen Bee's (3925 Ohio St.) in North Park on Saturday, Sept. 5. The Pop-Up Shop happens from 1 to 5:30 p.m. and the cocktail party ($20) begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets and info can be found at

The Che Cafe Take Away by Ryan LaPine
Image courtesy of Ryan LaPine


Go out to watch a feature movie at a theater and you'll invest about two hours of screen-watching time in one story. Better yet, plan to attend the 3rd annual San Diego CityBeat 5 Minute Film Festival. With festival shorts each clocking in at five minutes or less, you'll spend roughly the same amount of time soaking in 27 different plots. Doors open at the Joan & Irwin Jacobs Theater inside the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3. A short reception will include a meet-and-greet with the local filmmakers, light hors díoevres and a no-host bar, followed by the screenings of Life Without Mustard, The Che Café Take Away and dozens of other fun, factual and musically entertaining films. Tickets are $20 at the door.

Vegan vendor Positive Vibes


San Diegans are pretty lucky when it comes to the convenience and availability of great Mexican food—being right next to Mexico itself will do that. Still, a lot of the local Mexican cuisine tends to cater to carnivores, given the ubiquity of California burritos and fish tacos around town. Yet Love, Eco & Friends is bringing a celebration of the vegan lifestyle directly to Tijuana. The festival will feature vegan treats from California Cakes and Good Sorbo Yerba Mate, in addition to cruelty-free shoes and apparel, and other vegan-friendly wares. It's a family-friendly event, so all ages are welcome. Love, Eco & Friends takes place from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 6 at Passage Rodriguez (Av. Revolucion, between 3rd and 4th streets) in Tijuana.


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