If you're a vinyl-records nerd, you probably already know about the Vinyl Junkies Record Swap that's held regularly at The Casbah (2501 Kettner Blvd. in Midtown). If you're considering becoming one, it's a fantastic way to get started (or restarted). Record venders fill the music venue's main floor, the stage and the back room, offering deals on used records covering a wide array of music. (Our editor has scored records by The Jesus and Mary Chain, Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra and Cat Power at recent swaps, among others.) Organizers bring in folks from the local music scene as DJs to maintain just the right mood, and there's always inexpensive food available to keep the junkies nourished for their treasure hunts. For swap No. 4-happening from -94/9 FM deejay Tim Pyles will get the first shot at the turntables, followed my musicians from Wild Wild Wets, The Locust, The Silent Comedy, Mariachi El Bronx and The Dragons, and San Diego Taco Company will dish up the grub.---
La Bodega Studios & Gallery (2196 Logan Ave.) opened a few weeks ago in Barrio Logan's growing arts district, promising to be a hub to foster creativity and introduce folks to cool artists and makers. From , La Bodega hosts its first pop-up shop, the Luvmade Creative Market. More than 10 vendors-like ZB Savoy Bowties (that's some of their stuff to the left), Grey Theory Mill's jewelry and paper goods and Sweet Besitos Creations' headbands and scarves-have signed up to show off their wares and there'll be food from the San Diego Taco Company and lemonade and juices from Thirsteas. Get some pre-Valentine's Day shopping done, or just check out the new space
Lisa Hamel and the University Heights Community Development Corporation have been working hard to start and grow the newly formed University Heights Open Aire Market. Every first of the month, the certified farmers market features organic and locally grown food, plus unique elements like an art exhibition, music performances and community classes including yoga and drumming. Located on the grassy area at 4100 Normal Street in University Heights, the monthly market and art event is celebrating its official grand opening at . The art exhibition will feature over 35 local artists and The Bassmint Collective will provide the music. There'll also be a 5k run starting and ending at the market. Email Hamel (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information or to find out more about participating in the new market.
Rising From Ashes is the kind of documentary that helps put personal problems and struggles into perspective, ultimately inspiring a wider and more informed world view. The film, which screens at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park at , tells the story of Team Rwanda, the country's first national cycling team. Made up of children left orphaned by the notorious genocide in 1994, the bikes and the development of the team become a tool to help meet the bigger and more complex needs of the athletes involved, many who were illiterate and lived in squalor. There's hope in this moving indie doc, not only for the riders but for the nation as a whole, which is still reeling from the genocide just a decade earlier. $10-$15.