The Far East Project is a continuing stab by the nonprofit literary-arts organization So Say We All to cover eastern San Diego County from the perspective of the region's residents themselves. This year, the project has published a print edition of a people's history of the area, called Everything Just As It Is; hosted a conference on the future of the arts in the area; sponsored a photo contest; and created a website for folks to submit work. You can help the creative peeps of So Say We All celebrate their accomplishments at The Far East Project: 2012 Closing Ceremonies, starting at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at 3rd Space, 4610 Park Blvd. in University Heights. Photos will be on view, writers will read from their works, organizers will reveal some of their plans for the project and guests can enjoy refreshments. ---
Long before it was cool to appreciate midcentury art, the guys over at Objects USA were collecting, cataloging and hooking up art aficionados with works by folks like those who comprised San Diego's Allied Craftsmen. If you checked out last year's exhibition at the Mingei Museum, San Diego's Craft Revolution, you might be familiar with some of the names: Russell Baldwin, Barney Reid, John Dirks, Erik Gronborg. You might have even mused on how cool it would be to own a piece of their work. Opening with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, Objects USA presents Return of the Object at Ronis Fine Art (1946 Broadway in Golden Hill). It's a show and sale of midcentury art, ranging from paintings and prints to pottery and textiles. Among the items are a series of "menswear" paintings by Russell Baldwin-some of which will be on display for the first time-sculptures by James Hubbell and a handcrafted wallet by Barney Reid. The Objects guys will be on hand to chat about San Diego's rich midcentury art and architecture scene and, if you're in the buying mood (there will be plenty of affordable options), tell you all about the artist. If you can't make it to the reception, the gallery will be open Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1-2, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Vinyl collectors are a special breed of people. They're beyond being music snobs. Some are downright obsessive and spend a small fortune adding to their musical library. Meet two of the city's biggest vinylphiles at Vinyl Snobs on Thursday, Nov. 29, at Whistle Stop (2236 Fern St. in South Park), a brand-new series dedicated to appreciating the sweet, gritty sound of vinyl recordings both rare and universally recognized. Marcellus Wallace and L Dula will share gems from their collection in a Q&A presentation, then take turns DJing a set featuring those favorites. This is a great night not only for other vinyl fans but for anyone who appreciates music history and is hungry to discover new tunes. Presentations start at 9 p.m. but the party don't stop til last call.
If the malls creep you out this time of year, then shop local. There's plenty of indie sales happening, so you won't have to cross the Mission Valley threshold anytime soon. One you might not have heard about is the Mesa College Student Art Exhibition, opening from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Art Gallery and its courtyard (7250 Mesa College Drive, Room D101). There will be all kinds of art to check out and snag up through Dec. 12, from handmade jewelry to greeting cards and large-scale sculptures all made by students this fall. Then for the artists in the house, at 7 p.m. there's a special presentation by Karen Atkinson, founder of the visual arts software GYST: Getting your Sh*t Together; she'll be discussing how artists can get organized and get their work out there. Heads up-parking on campus is free for the opening reception and art sale only.