BOOKS NOT BOMBS
Fourth of July might be the event highest on everyone's minds this week, but rather than hit you with a silly list of all-too-obvious places to watch the fireworks, we'll just ignore all the red, white and blue in favor of an under-the-radar soiree.
The Library Shop is putting together the third Booked for the Evening event from 7 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, July 2. Happening on the ninth floor of the San Diego Central Library (330 Park Blvd.) in the East Village, the night includes food, cocktails, art and secret tours of the awe-inspiring library building (seriously, you have to search out one of the library staffers at the event and bug them to give you the tour).
"Almost every time people come to this, a lot of them have never been down to the new library before," says Erin Zlotnik of The Library Shop, the cute store at the entrance to the library and the eventís organizing entity. "So, it's a great excuse for people to come explore."
The $30 tickets buy one cocktail and plenty of appetizers from The Vetted Table, the catering company run by the MIHO Gastrotruck founders. There'll also be live music by DJ Man Cat, one of the regulars at the new University Heights hotspot, Park and Rec, plus free rein of the recently opened "The Art of Comic-Con" exhibition at the library's Art Gallery. The show features work by more than 60 comic artists, and traces 45 years of Comic-Con's history.
Adding to the Comic-Con theme will be an interactive comic-art project led by Alonso Nunez of Little Fish Comic Book Studio and fresh comic-inspired floral arrangements by Native Poppy. Be sure not to overlook the rare-book room on the ninth floor, which has a collection of the world's smallest books and other cool finds.
"There's also a collection of fore-edge books in there," Zlotnik says. "Books where artists painted on the edges of the pages."
There's a serious lack of color—skin color that is—in mainstream comic books, including the characters and the artists who create them. From 2 to 11 p.m. on Friday, July 3, Barrio Logan's Border X Brewing (2181 Logan Ave.) will tip the diversity scales a tiny bit with Chicano-Con, a comic-art exhibition featuring Latino and Latina superheroes. More than a dozen artists including Mario Chacon, Rosemary Hernandez and Gmonik will unveil depictions of their favorite comic heroes, as well as a few of their own making. Patrons can test out their Comic-Con wares by dressing in cosplay attire each day of the event, which continues on Saturday, July 4, Friday, July 10, and Saturday, July 11. Flash your Comic-Con badge to get a free taster, and bring the kids.
YUK IT UP
Comedian Brad Williams recently released Fun Size on Showtime, which is his first hour-long cable comedy special, though he's been in the business for a dozen years. He's made appearances on late night shows, along with Mind of Mencia and Animal Planet's Pit Boss. He also hosts the "About Last Night" podcast, but regardless of his resume, his standup material speaks for itself. And as you might have guessed from the title Fun Size, a lot of his comedy deals with being a little person. (There's also a routine about a sex video game.) It's definitely not all PC, but it passes a more important test: It's funny. Brad Williams performs Thursday, July 2, at The Observatory North Park (2891 University Ave.). Tickets start at $20. Ages 18 and up.
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