1. One for the indie-kids
Zack Nielsen knows it can be hard being an indie kid in San Diego. Founder of the arts nonprofit Sezio, he sympathizes with youngsters who read about oodles of awesome bands on music websites like Pitchfork, only to get shut out of the bands' 21-and-up shows when they come to town.
“These kids are just so bummed,” he says. “It's almost gotten the point where I feel like kids aren't seeking out live music because it's not an option for them locally.”
The options will be a whole lot better during Sezio's Four Day Weekend, an all-ages music festival that goes down at Sunset Temple (3911 Kansas St. in North Park) from Thursday, Nov. 10, through Sunday, Nov. 13, with doors opening at 8 p.m. each night. The fest features a mix of national touring acts and up-and-coming local bands—12 bands in all. Oh, and did we mention it's all-ages?
Sezio is known for putting on memorable events. For last year's Four Day Weekend, the group furnished Downtown's Sushi Contemporary Performance & Visual Arts gallery space like an artsy living room, with colorful decorations and comfy couches. This year, Nielsen says, the space will have a unique vibe with the help of projections, lights and other digital media.
The festival kicks off on Thursday with a performance by Peter Wolf Crier, a great folk duo from Minnesota that we feature on Page 24. Friday night's show is also a doozy, featuring Afro-pop-crazed locals Dirty Gold and L.A.'s Oregon Bike Trails, who'll surely get a dance party going with their ridiculously catchy pop.
But the big show will be on Sunday, with New Jersey indie-rockers Real Estate headlining. They've been getting tons of buzz for their new album, Days, an instant classic of mesmerizing, pitch-perfect guitar pop. Fans might be pleased to know that Nielsen fought hard to book them. “I literally emailed their booking agent for two years to try to get them out here,” he says.
Tickets are $10 per night; $30 for a four-day pass.
2. Dig these photos
The Museum of Man in Balboa Park (1350 El Prado) is opening a new exhibition for anyone who's ever wanted to be Indiana Jones—and let's be real, everyone's wanted to be Indiana Jones James C.W. Delmege at some point. Adventures in Photography features 64 images spanning more than 100 years and six continents. On loan from the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, it tells compelling tales of native peoples and excavations in exotic lands and brings the history of archaeology to life. For example, one image features Harriet Boyd Hawes, the first woman to excavate Crete, with her staff of male workers. The exhibition opens Saturday, Nov. 12, and runs through Jan. 13, 2013.
3. Freedom fighters
Recently, the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties has sued the city of San Diego for trashing the essential possessions of homeless people and helped establish a place to keep their stuff; fought against the state for allowing schools to charge fees for books and other necessary supplies; and stopped a county supervisor from granting money to a group that provides pro-life education materials to public schools. That's only a sample of how the local ACLU chapter has spent its time. If you appreciate this sort of work, you should attend the ACLU Liberties at Night Cocktail Party, from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, at Rich's nightclub (1051 University Ave. in Hillcrest). Your $35 in advance or $40 at the door gets you a yearlong membership to the ACLU, your first cocktail and some appetizers.