We’d be hard-pressed to name a writer whose work would more easily inspire depictions by visual artists than Hunter S. Thompson. The drugs, the guns, the politics, the frenzy, the recklessness, the subversion, the colorful wordplay—that’s incredibly fertile ground. From 7 p.m. to midnight on Tuesday, Nov. 20, Thumbprint Gallery will present the exhibition Gonzo: Art Inspired by Hunter S. Thompson, with works by more than a dozen artists—including Larry Caveny, Mr. Dvice and Rich Walker—at the East Village bar Basic (410 10th Ave.). The event will also feature live painting, jewelry and clothing for sale and music by Markalan and Andre Power. We’d never suggest ingesting anything illegal before arriving. No, we’d never suggest that. It’s a bar, so you have to be 21 or older. Free.
Fans of David Sedaris know Santa’s elves are funnier when they speak like Billie Holiday, cigarettes are something to loathe and love equally and you most certainly can’t kill the rooster. Sedaris has built up a fan base of readers and critics over the years with essays and stories told in his signature dry, witty tone—especially tales about his hilarious and completely nutty family. The author will visit San Diego once again to share his stories at Downtown with David Sedaris. Presented by ArtPower!, the event happens at 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at the Balboa Theatre (868 Fourth Ave.); tickets are $36 to $63 and Sedaris be signing copies of his books before and after he takes the stage.
Flea markets can sometimes be crapshoot, but they're always prime spots for people-watching and taking in a good dose of local culture. Based on what we know about the San Diego Vintage Flea Market, we'd almost bet our authentic Bakelite belt buckle that you'll find some quality goods and, even better, support local vendors. Happening from from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18 (at the Heartland Masonic Lodge (695 Ballantyne St. in El Cajon), the market will feature vintage and vintage-inspired vendors (plus other crafty folks) selling everything from clothing and accessories to art and stuff for kids. Vendors include Goldrush Vintage, Lottie Hop, My Lucky Dragon, Atomic Retro Girl, Mama Punk Baby, Sunday Girl Finds and close to two-dozen more. Spanglish Eats (mmm.... empanadas) will be on-hand selling food and DJ Fast Eddie will be spinning tunes.
If you have a big-brand chocolate bar handy, bring it on down to any Chuao Chocolatier location and trade up for their newest flavor, Ravishing Rocky Road, during the local company’s anniversary celebration happening this weekend. On Saturday, Nov. 17, the first 1,000 visitors can hand over their unwanted chocolate, which will end up at the San Diego Food Bank, for a dose of the gourmet stuff. The folks at Chuao have been slingin’ sweets for a decade now, and their latest flavor combines creamy milk chocolate, vegan marshmallows and caramelized, salted almonds. Besides the Chocolate Makeover, as it’s being called, there will be prizes raffled off, samples of holiday treats and deals on bonbons and other rich goodies at the University Towne Centre, Encinitas Lumberyard and Del Mar Highlands Shopping Center locations.
Get a jump-start on your holiday shopping and help some cool kiddos at the same time. The Museum School, an arts-focused public charter school, is holding its annual Local Color Craft Fair from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Glashaus Studios (1815 Main St. in Barrio Logan). Vendors include local indie retailers and artists like Make Good, Pamela Jaeger, My Three Sons, Go Green Lunchboxes, Grammatique, Post Box Press and Usborne Books. Have your portrait painted by Florence Pacho Illustrations or let Jen Jansen capture you in a vintage-style photograph. MIHO Gastrotruck will be selling food from noon to 3 p.m. and there'll be a kids' zone to keep the kids busy. Get all the details here.