Dec. 29 2010 10:44 AM

This week's music news for locals only includes Damigo's stolen goods, the Mraz/Prettyman engagement and more

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Singer-songwriter Josh Damigo hasn't had a very happy Christmas season. In early December, thieves broke into his University Heights apartment and stole his laptop and iPod. Then, days before Christmas, someone broke his door down, ransacked his house, smashed his porch light and stole a jar full of pocket change marked “Josh's 401k,” along with food from his fridge. “I had songs that I had recorded in my house on there, photos from past shows, and I won't be able to get most of it back,” Damigo says via e- mail about his pilfered laptop. “It's really hard because I'm unemployed, and don't have much money. I'm doing the only thing I can do, and that's to ‘think positively'—and pray that God (or karma) pays them back royally.”

These are the latest in a series of robberies in the area. There have been a handful of break-ins at The Fellowship of San Diego, the church adjacent to Damigo's apartment, and thieves recently stole equipment from the church's all-ages venue, The Park Gallery. “All of the break-ins were by force, and the cops called it a ‘smash and grab,'” Damigo says. “It's unfortunate that they haven't been able to find the person who's doing it yet. (I think they're all related.)”

On the other hand, singer-songwriters Jason Mraz and Tristan Prettyman had a wonderful Christmas. The Grammy winner and his girlfriend / collaborator went on Twitter last week to announce that they're getting married. “SHE SAID YES,” Mraz tweeted. “For Once. I Am Speechless.....” Prettyman then tweeted, adding: “i did good! holy crap! man of my dreams!!! for the rest of my life!!!”

Thrash-metal band Nihilist will perform at the “Thrash Bash,” a Friday, Dec. 31, party and benefit for the Washington Street Skatepark Association, a nonprofit that raises money to maintain and insure the skate park at Washington Street and Pacific Highway. Eukarist will also play and Old Man Andy and Sam Hitz will DJ.

Calendar

  • Visit one of the 70 participating restaurants, bars, coffeehouses and nightclubs in town on this night and 25 to 50 percent of sales will go to local HIV/AIDS services and prevention programs. 
  • Anthony Bernal and Chris Ward, who are vying to replace Todd Gloria on the San Diego City Council, will discuss urban issues, such as parking, homelessness and new developments
  • The new exhibition designed by Dave Ghilarducci is made from hundreds of rolls of packing tape and bound together by layers of plastic shrink-wrap. Visitors can navigate their way through cocoon-like passageways...
  • The renowned Mexican black and white photographer presents an exhibition exploring the principal themes within three groups: "Bestiarium"," Fantastic Women" and "Silent Natures."
  • Presented by Pacific Arts Movement, the sixth annual mini film fest features 14 film programs from 10 countries that includes everything from docs to romantic tearjerkers. See website for full lineup and...
  • The San Diego County Bike Coalition hosts this monthly bike-in happy hour event to get biking residents involved in their communities and discuss bike projects planned for that specific community
  • Debunk some of the stereotypes surrounding cannibalism at this new exhibition that takes a hands-on approach to the subject. Includes video games and interactive activities where patrons will have to decide...
  • So Say We All's monthly storytelling night features stories about those jobs we took because we had to take a job. Featured readers include Allison Gauss, Annmarie Houghtailing, Cecile Estelle, and more
  • Artists from the all-abstracts group show will talk about their work and techniques. Artists include Edwin Nutting, Danielle Nelisse, Leah Pantea, Lenore Simon, and more
See all events on Thursday, Apr 28