July 27 2012 12:00 AM

The Roots Factory goes off this weekend

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La Misa Negra
Starting at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 28, the Barrio Market Arts and Crafts Fair is happening at The Roots Factory (1878 Main St., Barrio Logan). The event, which goes until 6 p.m., will feature locally made jewelry, clothing, artwork, food and live music by the Oakland-based eight-piece band, La Misa Negra, who fuse Cumbia and Afro-Colombian dance music. Studios at the arts collective will be open for browsing, too. 

At 6 p.m. when the market closes, the venue switches over from a family-friendly day festival to a night of hip-hop, with music by Horace Dathomir, Scatterbrain the Atheist, Trauma Clique and others, plus Xavier Ramirez's performance art and first solo art show, UUPIIIRamirez, who performs under the name Broth Goard, uses props, sounds and movement to augment his dark-themed black-and-white paintings and drawings. He's keeping details of the show under wraps—the element of surprise, he explains, is an important component of the show. Once people see the performance in conjunction with the art, he says, it'll all make sense.  

Ramirez is inspired by black-and-white-comic art, but he almost never sketches his work. Even his patterned, geometric backgrounds are done by hand. The disturbing characters he creates are intriguing, and everything has a street-art tone to it. 

All of it is a living document, he says, tied to a time in his life when he was making good money but felt disconnected from the world. The resulting art is rooted in community, he says, and his goal is to bring people together. 

Ramirez's work will be on display during the day at the Barrio Market, too. 


Calendar

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  • The renowned Mexican black and white photographer presents an exhibition exploring the principal themes within three groups: "Bestiarium"," Fantastic Women" and "Silent Natures."
  • 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...
  • A mass action against the closing of the UCSD University Art Gallery. Participants will meet at the Silent Tree (located near the Library Walk) and march together toward the Gallery
  • Local science illustrator Melissa Walter presents new abstract works that are literal interpretations of astronomical theories
  • So Say We All invites listeners to hear stories about real life, the internet, the ways those places intersect or the way they don't intersect at all, told by seven locals
  • The author, comic book writer, and son of Stephen King will sign his new apocalyptic thriller, The Fireman
See all events on Thursday, May 26