Marlon Brando turned the clean white T-shirt into a must-own basic for every manly man's closet. They're crisp. They hug the biceps. They make you bat your lashes and say, "Yes, sir. I will hop on your motorcycle. I won't tell my dad if you promise not to murder me." While it's still a good idea for hunky dudes (and ladies, too) to keep a plain tee around for doing errands or hitting the gym, why not take a few of those boring shirts and give them a little flavor? Variety is the spice of life, right? That's why casino buffets are the greatest.

On Saturday, June 30, head out to Space 4 Art to give your lame shirts a makeover with the help of Strange, a live screenprinting group all the way from Japan. It's universally accepted that Japanese people are the absolute coolest. See here, here and here for proof. So you can trust that the final result will be awesome. Plus, if you pride yourself on being a unique snowflake unlike any other, you'll love that each screenprint is totally different and original. You are special.

The group is headed by fashion designer Ryuji Kamiyama and artist Naomi Kazama. The duo created modern Japanese designs that often have a cool, geometrical tribal element to them. I looked through their print designs on their website and found images that I would not only love on a T-shirt, but covet for the walls of my apartment. 

It's $10 for each item you want printed. It can be your own shirt that's been sitting at the bottom of your sock drawer unloved, or you can buy an organic tee for $5 at the event. Maybe if you bring some sheets of heavy paper, they'll screenprint those as well. There will be a bunch of cool designs to choose from. All the materials used are non-toxic, so don't worry your little hippie heart.

It all starts at 1 p.m. and goes 'til 6 p.m. Feel free to bring the kids. Click here for more info.

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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
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