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Many of us have long since transitioned to reading books via Kindle or other tablet formats, but there's still nothing quite so satisfying as cracking open the spine of a book and flipping through the pages of a good story. If that feeling is familiar, even warm and fuzzy, then earmark the calendar page for Independent Bookstore Day. The event takes place in bookstores across California on Saturday, May 2, and, similar to last week's Record Store Day, Bookstore Day offers readers a chance to celebrate their local independent bookseller by offering items that are only available for this special event. Exclusive items include limited-edition books, prints, posters, totes and other goodies. There's even a three-pack of socks based on the fantasy writings of Christopher Moore. Participating bookstores include Warwick's in La Jolla (7812 Girard Ave.), the UC San Diego Bookstore (9500 Gilman Drive), and The Grove in South Park (3010 Juniper Street), but check out the website for a full list of stores and individual store schedules.
Given the choice between the mass-marketed merchandise at a mall or unchained goods handmade by local artisans, we'll always go with the latter. In Bloom Market isn't just a shopping opp, it's a free, two-day cultural event held in UNION, a 1940s-era industrial warehouse in Barrio Logan. The market is presented by San Diego Made, an artist collective that supports and promotes the Shop Local, Buy Local philosophy. More than 40 local artists and craftsmen will show off their stuff on Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3. There'll be a garden lounge decorated by Pow Wow and an interactive Teepee from Fornature Designs, among other highlights. Food trucks will be there to serve, and spring-inspired craft cocktails will help make the atmosphere festive. The doors open at 10 a.m. each day, important to note because the first 75 people to arrive get a free grab bag of items donated by vendors. Live music will come from Adam Townsend, Rachel Aldous, the Road Home Band and other acts. Enjoy but don't dawdle. You'll have to finalize your purchases by 5 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday.
If you read the "From the Editor" piece in our last issue, you know we're all about proms, but think the 'promposal' should go the way of hair crimping and slap bracelets. That being said, if you still have your hair crimper or any slap bracelets laying around, you might want to break them out for the first annual '80s Prom Night at Belly Up Tavern (143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach). Happening at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 2, revelers should expect some gnarly fashion choices that extend way beyond the typical tux and gown (think acid-wash; lots of neon). Decked out in spandex, cover band The Young Guns will play a highly danceable and decidedly nostalgic set of '80s hits. Bonus: It's a 21+ event so you don't have to worry about the principal finding out you spiked the punch bowl (read: it's already spiked). Tickets are $16, so it's way more affordable than an actual high school prom. Still, don't get too crazy with the promposal. There's something to be said for just simply asking.
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