Don't let the word "craft" fool you. Made in America: Craft Icons of the 50 States isn't some Etsy-come-lately showcase, but rather a meticulously curated exhibition of contemporary and traditional works of art that have enriched American culture. This exhibit is part of the American Icons series of exhibitions at the Mingei International Museum (1439 El Prado) that highlights national works of folk art, craft and design dating back three centuries. With an emphasis on originality and workmanship, pieces include a midcentury Sam Maloof rocking chair (California), a Louis Comfort Tiffany long-necked bottle (New York), and a Gee's Bend quilt (Alabama). You can see the other 47 states when the exhibition opens from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19 and runs through Feb. 21. Admission is $7-$10.
Heading up to the Bay Area to see the San Francisco Comedy Competition is, well, a bit of a hike. Not that it wouldn't be worth it. Iconic talents have performed at the prestigious contest since its start in the '70s, including Robin Williams, Ellen DeGeneres and Louis C.K. Lucky for locals, the SFCC is now a national tour, and the semi-final round will be held at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido (340 N. Escondido Blvd.) on Wednesday, Sept. 23. Whittled down from a list of hundreds, 10 comedians will fight for a slot in the finals with Comedy Central vet Kabir Singh serving as the night's host. In the end, a panel of judges, with a little help from the audience, will declare a winner. The laughs start at 7:30 p.m. and tickets range from $25-$40.