Each year, the La Jolla Athenaeum Music & Arts Library (1008 Wall St.) picks keen-eyed curators from the local arts scene to select from among hundreds of submissions for the Athenaeum's Annual Juried Exhibition. For the event's 22nd year, Amy Galpin (who curated the San Diego Museum of Art's Behold America exhibition) and Ariel Plotek (who curated SDMA's Toulouse-Lautrec's Paris) chose 46 artists whose work will be on display starting with an opening reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2. Artists include some of our faves: Brad Maxey, Andrew Printer, Madeline Sherry, Richard Gleaves and Work of My Hands (Rachel Eva and Shawn Michael). The opening reception is free and the art will be on display through the month of August. ---Digable crafts
There's nothing pretty about asphalt in August-except when it's covered by vendors selling everything from home decor to art to jewelry to punk-rock pet attire. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, the San Diego North Park Craft Mafia presents what they're calling Summer Cement Craft Block. Taking place in the parking lot behind the Birch North Park Theater (North Park Way and 29th Street), OG Craft Mafia vendors will be on-hand, as well as dozens more-at least 50 are currently signed up (we've got an eye on one of these awesome purse hooks by Little Pink Plum). The Craft Mafia's been around since 2007, with a goal of promoting local artisans and helping creative folks make a living doing what they love.
If you're not familiar with the Living Coast Discovery Center-a nonprofit zoo and aquarium located on the southern edge of San Diego Bay in Chula Vista-here's your chance to get acquainted. From 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, the Discovery Center presents its fourth-annual culinary celebration and fundraiser, this year dubbed "From Farm to Bay." The line-up of participating chefs is stellar and includes Plancha Baja Med's Chad White, Terra American Bistro's Jeff Rossman and Sea Rocket's Tommy Fraioli. Plus, Blind Tiger Cocktail Co. and Grant Grill's Jeff Josenhans will be mixing up tasty libations (see the full line-up on the event website). While you're there, check out the Discovery Center's wildlife refuge and exhibits (just don't give booze to the sea turtles; they're terrible drunks). Tickets are $50, or $75 VIP.
Any music nerd worth his or her salt knows that some of the greatest musical finds come from deep within the milk crates of second-hand vendors or fellow collectors. Local vinyl hunters can experience that firsthand when Daydream Nation presents Vinyl Junkies Record Swap at The Casbah (2501 Kettner Blvd.). LP hunters and audiophiles will get the opportunity to thumb through stacks of stereophonic gold, hear DJs spin some of that vinyl, munch on grub, grab a beer and see what The Casbah looks like during the daytime. Vendors from throughout Southern California are participating in the swap, including the L.A.-based Record Truck, which is a little like a bookmobile curated by vinyl aficionados. The record swap goes down from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3. Admission is $3, or free with a canned-food donation. 21+ only.