Archive for June, 2011

Start The 4th of July Weekend In San Diego With Art

| June 30, 2011

Art-Fist-Collective-B-SideI dig the intersection of Kalmia and Kettner in Little Italy North, especially at night.

For one, there’s Subtext Gallery and its monthly opening receptions featuring new art exhibits, complimentary beer and wine and the occasional visit from MIHO Gastrotruck and a muscial guest. For another, there’s JETT Gallery.

Tomorrow night, Friday, July 1st, JETT Gallery plays host to the Art Fist Collective and their maiden exhibit. Tagged “B-Side,” the FREE show, which starts at 7:00 p.m., will feature artwork from members of such musical compadres as Aspects of Physics, The Dabbers, and Falling Trees. Put another way, “B-Side” will reveal the art-on-canvas side of various San Diego musicians, proving that their creativity goes beyond lyrics and melodies.

The night will also feature a debut performance by Freddy Cougar (NOT Freddy “Krueger,” the murderous nightmare villain) and a DJ set from Vegan Flytrap.

Does it sound fresh? Well, with Art Fist Collective’s intentions of “jolt[ing] the art scene with a dose of cool” and giving the scene “a much needed enema along the way,” it quite literally may be.

(Flyer image from Art Fist Collective’s tumblr site.)

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My Husband’s Do-Goodery Hits The Road

| June 29, 2011

SN_road-bikeHe has pledged to pedal 100 miles over two days in the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s annual Bike MS Bay to Bay Tour. It’s a feat that makes him my hero.

I’m especially proud of the fact that he has chosen to turn his frown upside… you know. You see, one of the reasons he first bought his road bike was spite. Frustrated (as we all were) with the way gas prices were climbing towards and past the $4/gallon mark earlier this year, he set his sights to Craigslist to find an alternative means of transportation to and from work.

This isn’t to say that being active and an appreciation for being outdoors weren’t also parts of the purchasing trigger. It’s just that, in my view, his decision to buy the bike was tinged with something vindictive, as though this act was his personal way of having revenge on gas companies and whichever government body hasn’t been able to regulate gas prices.

So when he told me a couple of weeks ago that he and our friend Ray decided to participate in a bike event that raises money to fund research for a Multiple Sclerosis cure, I felt day break. He chose to use his athletic prowess for good, to help find a way to defeat the most common neurological disorder leading to disability in young adults.

Am I overstating his decision to ride in the Bike MS Bay to Bay Tour? Maybe. But it’s seemingly small commitments like his, Ray’s, a couple thousand of other cyclists and those who donate in support of their pledge to ride that make our world less cynical.

Willing to part with the dollars that would buy you one venti frappuccino? Thanks! You can donate those funds to my husband’s fundraising page.

Think you can make lunch once this week instead of buying it? Great! You can donate that amount to our friend Ray’s fundraising page.

You can also help by spreading the word! Please feel free to share a link back to this post on Facebook, Twitter and any other virtual avenues you can think of.

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Flip Off Cancer And Make New Friends

| June 28, 2011

Stupid-Cancer-San-Diego This Thursday, June 30, Moondoggies in Pacific Beach, San Diego, hosts a do-good event from 7:00–10:00 p.m known as the Stupid Cancer Happy Hour. It’s a “social support mixer” put on by the I’m Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation, a group dedicated to helping adults in their 20s and 30s fight cancer and win.

Admission to the event is $8. All you have to keep in mind is that this ain’t no pity party.

It’s a fact that people in their 20s and 30s get cancer. It’s also a fact that people in their 20s and 30s LIVE with cancer and LIVE through it. This get-together is focused on BE-ing, on having a pint and talking about anything and everything from one’s latest bout with chemo to the slow demise of the Dodgers thanks to Frank McCourt.

Show up on your own or with friends and make new friends. We’re all people here.

(NOTE: The $8 admission includes two drinks per person and complimentary grub for up to 30 people. Once attendance is beyond that capacity, the drink and food offers are off.)

(Image from Yelp.)

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My Picks: Things To Do In San Diego, June 25-26

| June 24, 2011

San Diego during the last weekend of June looks especially gut-filling what with a chili cook-off in Ocean Beach, a “Taste of” event on Adams Avenue and a Sunday feast recommendation. To cut the digestive activities the way ice cuts scotch, consider participating in a trash-texting movie event in East Village on Saturday night.

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Saturday, June 25:

  • 10:00 a.m. What’s TLC without Chili? The 32nd annual OB Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off Festival takes place until 8:00 p.m. all along Ocean Beach’s Newport Avenue, with the Chili Cook-Off running from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Want to taste some chili? Then, catch deals the likes of $1 for two 1-ounce tastes. Care for hoppy refreshments to wash it down? Head over to Liquorland, the street fair’s bear garden located by the main stage. Keeping it G-rated? Check out the Artist’s Alley, bring the kids to the festival’s Wonderland, catch the skateboarding contest at 1:00 p.m. and/or contribute $10 and your artistic skills to the community mural. By the way, there’ll be five stages worth of music. Admission to the fair is FREE. Bring cash to buy food and other goodies from the various vendors.
  • 8:00 p.m. Texting during the film is NOT prohibitied. Rather, it’s the point. East Village’s Space 4 Art collaborates with interactive media artist Jason Ponce to present Ponce’s Trashtalk Theater 3000. For $5, join fellow camp film aficionados to watch and trash-text the 1980’s classic “Flash Gordon.” Bask in the glow of the movie’s gold lamĂ©, Ming’s sullying of the New York Jets’ “fair-haired” quarterback and awesome blazer and A-line dress combos as you and the rest of the audience text in subtitles to be projected with the film. This must have been the movie in Timothy Dalton’s filmography that screamed, “Make me your next 007!”

Sunday, June 26:

  • 11:00 a.m. What’s to eat on Adams Avenue? Um, LOTS. Learn just how many during the Taste of Adams Avenue, which goes on until 3:00 p.m. Tickets, which run $25 pre-sale and $30 day of, can be bought in three different ways: (a) online; (b) at one of the participating restaurants; or (c) at the Adams Avenue Business Association’s office located at 4649 Hawley Boulevard. Since this “Taste of” event spans University Heights, Normal Heights and Kensington, a complimentary trolley service will be set up to take you from neighborhood to neighborhood. Thanks, Adams Avenue Business Association! NOTE: Please use cash if you choose to buy your tickets in person.
  • 6:00 p.m. Find the Cheetah’s on Clairemont Mesa Boulevard and get some banchan. I’ve kept this restaurant a secret for far too long. Located in the same plaza as the Cheetah’s “Gentlemen’s” club in Kearny Mesa is Do Re Mi House, the most generous Korean restaurant I’ve found to date. They serve between 11-12 banchan (aka Korean side dishes) with your meal, even if your meal is as simple as tofu soup or a noodle dish. And the banchan is refillable…for FREE! Initial recommended tries include their gal-bi (short ribs), any of their tofu soups and/or their spicy Bibim Noodles. It’s a small place and while they’ll try to accommodate a large party of people, I feel it’s better etiquette to go with a party no larger than four.

(Photo caption, left-right: Photo of 2010 Chili Cook-Off from Ocean Beach MainStreet Association’s website; image from Space 4 Art’s website; flyer image from Sophie 103.7’s website; my photo (Christine Pasalo) of Do Re Mi House’s Bibim Noodles and banchan.)

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Bringing The Past Into The Present

| June 23, 2011

For a nudge towards that I-wanna-play feeling, check out Dear Photograph. It’s a tumblr site dedicated to sharing very unique photos, ones that show the photographer imposing an older photograph in a present scene.

It makes me want to take a trip up to my grandma’s house in Eagle Rock, the house where many of my cousins and I grew up, to take a few of these kinds of pictures of my own.

Dear Photograph 2.0: How about in the next 10 years, we take photos of these photos so that they’re all photos of photos of photos?

Oy, that made my head hurt a little. But that would be awesome to the power of three.

[Via Holiday Matinee]

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Photos by @applesundae (L) and @mrspoultry (R) as published on Dear Photograph.

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