“Shop local.” What a simple call to arms. And yet, so few actually do it. When the holiday season rolls around, most of us will peruse a few indie craft fairs and stop by a local business or two but ultimately line up with the rest of the bargain-hungry mobs on Black Friday and step all over each other as we fight our way to the cheapest, made-in-China goods.
“What we want to do is provide a shopping alternative so people can support their local community,” says David Michael, one of the organizers of The Goods Show, an art, music and vendor-filled soirée happening Friday, Nov. 25, at 3rd Space (4160 Park Ave. in University Heights).
That sentiment isn't anything new. But this year seems different. Maybe it's the Occupy Wall Street movement and corresponding “Occupy Local Business” propaganda that's popping up. Perhaps it's the Shift Your Shopping (shiftyourshopping.org) campaign that's been making the rounds, or the Small Business Saturday (smallbusinesssaturday. com) project, which started just last year and has more than 2 million fans on Facebook.
Whatever the motivation, we feel like 2011 might be the year for local holiday-sea son shopping to shine.
“It's striking a chord with everyone,” says Michael, who originally set out to organize a solo art show. “It started out as such a small deal, and through word of mouth and through people just liking the idea of buying local and supporting local artists, it just snowballed.”
From noon to 8 p.m., The Goods Show will feature more than 40 artists, vendors and designers, including JUNC, Make Good and others. There'll be music, food and beverages throughout the day, and then, from 8 to 11 p.m., the event will turn into more of an art and band showcase with works by artists like Kelsey Brookes and Amy Paul and headliners Grand Tarantula. Part of the proceeds benefit Corazon de Vida, a nonprofit serving orphanages in Baja California.
Chris Tucker started on the stage, performing in comedy clubs and eventually in Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam. From there, he made it to the big time with roles in movies like Friday, The Fifth Element, Jackie Brown and the Rush Hour franchise. Now he's getting back to his stand-up roots in an 18-city tour. The fun starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, at the San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., Downtown. So, stealing one of Tucker's wellknown lines: If “it's Friday, you ain't got no job, and you ain't got shit to do,” check out this show. Of course, if you ain't got no job, you might have trouble with the ticket price—$45 to $65 in advance, $50 to $70 day-of, plus service charges.
It's easy to forget that beyond La Mesa, beyond El Cajon and the Cleveland National Forest, San Diego County keeps on going and turns into the Anza-Borrego Desert. To some, the landscape might seem drab, but drive around long enough and you'll come across the strange and spectacular “Sky Art” sculptures of welder Ricardo Breceda, including a park of 125 animals and dinosaurs. The back-story is one of tragedy and recovery, according to author Diana Lindsay who has written a biography of the sculptor, Ricardo Breceda: Accidental Artist. Lindsay will discuss her book at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, at Adventure 16 (4620 Alvarado Canyon Road in Grantville) and at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at Upstart Crow Bookstore (835C W. Harbor Drive in Seaport Village).