Up against the wall
What happens to those cool posters you see at the theater after the movie's come and gone? Well, if it's Landmark, you have a chance to get it on your wall—the annual poster sale takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, in the courtyard at the Landmark Hillcrest Cinemas, 3965 Fifth Ave. There's more than 1,500 posters available, but it's first come, first served, one day only. So show up early for No Country for Old Men, or late for whatever crappy movie art is left. www.landmarktheatres.com.Finding flicks: There's something captivating about old family films, even if the family in the films isn't yours. The scratchy, shaky footage is a glimpse into another time and place—an intimate, if slightly inappropriate, sharing of both significant and insignificant moments of a stranger's life. Found Film Jam at Whistle Stop Bar (2236 Fern St. in South Park) is a night dedicated to the showing of movies found at garage sales. Bring in your 8-mm or 16-mm film finds and the organizers will provide a local musician to improvise a score. The film screenings start at 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9. www.myspace.com/foundfilmjam.
Bikes and bells
In case you haven't noticed the droves of hipsters with their right pant legs rolled up, backpacks and helmets in hand, bicycling has experienced a rebirth, gathering a cult-like following of 20- and 30-somethings who like fresh air and smaller carbon footprints. The bicycle craze extends to the contemporary-music crowd this Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Museum of Contemporary Art's TNT event, 1001 Kettner Blvd., Downtown. The Bicycle Bell Ensemble hasn't exactly been formally invited to perform at TNT; nevertheless, a group of bicyclists will ride, play and improvise away at 9 p.m. under the direction of Patrick Miller and composer David M. Semien. www.bicyclebellensemble.org.
Drink and buy
The North Park Craft Mafia knows how to make holiday shopping pleasurable. From noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, tired Christmas songs, life-sucking fluorescent lighting and creepy Santa Clauses will be replaced by the mod environs of Bar Pink Elephant, good music, cocktails, a fashion show and a visit from an unapologetically naughty Santa. Meanwhile, you can knock the whole family off your holiday shopping list by getting good deals on handmade arts and crafts by local folks, including the three crafty ladies who founded North Park's newest DIY clan. Bar Pink Elephant is located at 3829 30th St. in North Park. www.sandiegonorhtparkcraftmafia.com or www.barpinkelephant.comIt's catching on: The whole think-global-shop-local idea of buying unique, handmade gifts made by people in your community instead of buying assembly-line items made in sweat shops in Mexico or China is making some headway. Another crafty crew is throwing a holiday arts fair, belligerently called Fuck the Malls, at The Roseary Room, 947 E St., Downtown, from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. Indie designers including Black Heart Bunny and Blue Jean Vintage, plus artists like Damian Genuardi and Travis White, will be setting up shop to the tunes of DJ Edgartronic, DJ Claire and Kipper. 858-829-8091. $3 with proceeds benefiting the San Diego Burrito Project.
Local author Dovie Dawson is ready to read from her debut novel, Discovering Me: Reality from Within, at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Somewhere Else Coffeehouse & Bookstore, 330 N. Magnolia in El Cajon. Don't let the self-help-sounding title fool you—the book isn't anything like Seven Habits of Highly Effective People; instead, it's a thoughtful fictional piece about Gracie, a woman who ostensibly has it all, gets even more, and eventually loses everything, only to realize she never really had anything worthwhile to begin with. An overachieving workaholic with a dysfunctional personal life, Dovie's main character is someone modern women and men can relate to. www.go-somewhere-else.com or 619-441-0480.The right of writing: The newspaper business is rough, especially when you're running an African-American-oriented paper in 1820s New York City. Freedom's Journal lasted only two years, but it was distributed internationally and covered important issues, making its lifespan short but significant. Author Jacqueline Bacon details the history and literary contributions of the periodical in her new book, Freedom's Journal: The First African-American Newspaper, which she'll be reading and signing at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Central Public Library, 820 E St., Downtown. www.sandiegolibrary.org or 619-236-5800.
If you have kids caught in that Harry Potter/Lemony Snicket web, they'll want to catch a ride on the Spiderwick Chronicles bus, which will be making pit stops at several elementary schools in the area, as well as at Balboa Park's December Nights from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. Roughly the size of a delivery truck, the space includes small interactive areas geared toward prepping kids for the film and accompanying video game, due out in February. Every kid comes away with a sweet temporary tattoo and a chance to look through the “seeing stone.”
Christmas comes in many forms—unfortunately, so does Ebenezer Scrooge, the flip side of the season's spirit and Charles Dickens' flagship spokesman for all things uncharitable all year 'round. Common Ground Theatre thinks he'd make a good slumlord, for example, consigning delinquent renters and their families to the street as soon as lookin' at 'em. But the group has a few surprises in store once Eb's softer side kicks in, and it'll share them with you anytime until Dec. 16 in Christmas is Comin' Uptown, loosely based on Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol. The show plays at Worldbeat Cultural Center, 2100 Park Blvd. in Balboa Park, and is Common Ground's first full production since founding artistic director Floyd Gaffney's death last spring. The group has dedicated its 2007-08 season to Gaffney, a tireless champion of theater as a vehicle for social change. 619-263-7911 or www.commongroundtheatre.org. $10-$20.