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

  • 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