What was that saying ampm convenience stores used to have in their ads? "Too much good stuff." Well, that's early June in San Diego. The San Diego County Fair is opening, as is the Central Library's showcase of Shakespeare's First Folio. Still, we'd like to think our readers have had those events on their respective radars for months, which is why it's important to remember Art Around Adams, the hyper-local celebration of small businesses, local artists and indie performers that happens along two miles of Adams Avenue from University Heights to Kensington.
Now in its 13th year, the event has become synonymous for truly offering a little something for everyone. Shoppers can discover new and independently owned stores while foodies will appreciate the all-day drink and dish specials offered at neighboring eateries. And while the "Art" in "Art Around Adams" certainly extends to the myriad galleries and pop-up art events happening throughout the day, there are 13 stages worth of artsy performances and live music from dozens of bands.
"This is our largest one yet in terms of business participation. We have close to 100 of them," says Adam Rosen, who has been organizing the event for the past nine years. "The art's just going to be spilling out into the streets. It's just lots of cool stuff to do all day."
And while our schedule would include checking out the Aesthetigeist Art Collective show at the Normal Heights Masonic Temple (3366 Adams Ave.) and the Veteran Mural Project unveiling of a new mural on the side of the Adams Avenue Car Wash (3302 Adams Ave.), interested readers should definitely check out the maps and schedules on artaroundadams.org to plan their day. Oh, and don't worry about hoofing it from Park to 42nd. There will be "comedy trolleys" throughout the day that feature stand-up comedians entertaining commuters on the way to their desired stop. It all goes down Saturday, June 4, from noon to 8 p.m.
After much anticipation and a lot of elbow grease, A Ship in the Woods is finally set to unveil its new home in (quite literally) the woods of Escondido with Felicita, a new exhibition on Saturday, June 4, from 4 to 11 p.m. Surrounded by lush gardens and the neighboring Felicita Park, the new Ship space (3007 Felicita Road) is truly something to behold. As with past soirees, Ship gave artists free reign to create site-specific and immersive installations. Local Wendell King will unveil a new outdoor, interactive piece titled "TOAST," and 26 other artists, including names such as May-ling Martinez and Adam Belt, will also be showing off new creations. Patrons are encouraged to park at Felicita Park for $3 and there will be a $10 suggested donation at the door. shipinthewoods.com
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You don't know where you're going until you know where you've been. That's the premise behind the multimedia exhibit Shoulders to Stand On, in which an array of visual art, music and literature details the origins of Chicana culture. Learn about the founding activists and artists with narration by Sonia Lopez, Rita Sanchez and Maria Garcia, who are all specialists in the movement's progression. After an impressive curatorial turn at the New American's Museum, we're confident Leticia Gomez Franco has also done a fine job with this exhibition. It opens to the public on Friday, June 3, from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Women's Museum of California (2730 Historic Decatur Road), but the exhibition will be up through July 31. Entrance is free for members, $3 for students and seniors and $5 for regular admission. womensmuseumca.org