- Photo by Tony Bird
1. Collaboration nation
A decade ago, the concept of a co-working space was essentially nonexistent. Freelancers were left to fend for themselves in crowded coffeehouses with shoddy wi-fi and stinky bathrooms. And makers, builders and crafters, well, those poor guys and gals had to find spare garages and affordable warehouses often in the worst parts of town.
Nowadays, co-working spaces for all types of creatives are just about everywhere.
"With the freelance revolution and the maker movement going on, there's definitely been this explosive growth," says Brian Hawkins, founder and director of preFAB, a new co-working space and event venue at The Headquarters (789 W. Harbor Drive, Suite 252, Downtown).
Hawkins says preFAB is geared more toward the fashion industry, and the tenants are encouraged to work with each other, giving and getting collaborative input on their products and development strategies. The space has been open since December, and Hawkins has already found several tenants who fit the concept well.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 7, Hawkins will host a Father's Day Pop-up Gift Shop featuring preFAB tenants like Lord Wallington (bowties, neckties and other men's accessories), Yes Man Watches, Gold Leather Co. and Paige's Pocket T-shirt company, among other vendors who make handmade things fit for dad. There'll be a craft-beer tastings, music and more.
And from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 5, and 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, June 6, talented and hilarious San Diego artists Matt Stallings and Terri Beth Mitchell will occupy the new space for their second annual art show together, Human Head Collection. Both have focused solely on portraits for the show.
"We'll be asking the tough, artistic-like questions, such as, 'What is a portrait?' and 'Is Julie Andrews really Hitler?'" the artists write in a blurb about their upcoming show.
All events are free. facebook.com/prefabsd
2. Cool by the pool
Long before the Andaz or the Hard Rock, or any of those other hotels with rooftop pools, there was the Westgate. Built in 1970, the Downtown hotel (1055 Second Ave.) has managed to keep it classy and recently renovated the pool area, just in time for the Sunset Poolside Jazz series. Trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos and his band kick things off at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 5, and performances continue each Thursday through August. The lineup includes groups like Trio Gadjo (June 19), Besos De Coco (June 26) and Joshua White (July 17). Admission is free, but there's a $20 minimum food-and-beverage purchase with some good options, including Rumbling Tins Cocktail Co.'s "tipsy teas," beer and wine, a curated selection of whiskey and Scotch and gourmet appetizers and tapas. westgatehotel.com
3. The Adams family
You'd be hard-pressed to name a neighborhood in San Diego that's more artsy-fartsy than Normal Heights, and it shows its credentials every year with Art Around Adams. This year, from 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 7, the free visual- and performance-art community event will stretch for two miles on Adams Avenue, from Oregon Street in Normal Heights to Vista Street in Kensington. More than 100 businesses will become art galleries for the day, and there'll be numerous locations for local music (highlighted by dynamic trio The Schitzophonics), dance, theater, circus acts, performance art, projection art, community murals and, yes indeed, intergalactic superhero wrestling. Also, comedians will entertain passengers on two free trolleys that roll up and down the avenue throughout the day and evening. artaroundadams.org
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