Enjoy riding your bike but don’t care for the spandex attire? Well, you’re in luck, cycling sartorialists—next weekend is the 5th Annual San Diego Tweed Ride, a group holiday-themed bike ride with suggested old-timey attire: tweed. It’s not mandatory, of course, but tweed jackets and dresses are encouraged for participating riders, who will begin their journey with a pint at Mission Brewery (1441 L St., Downtown) and then finish at the Embarcadero to watch the San Diego Parade of Lights. Dang Brothers will also be along for the ride in their pizza fire truck, to serve cyclists some tasty slices. Just don’t drip any sauce on your duds! The San Diego Tweed Ride begins at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 15. All ages are welcome.
Are all cities as good as San Diego at making shopping local fun? We’re continually impressed by the number of cool events where local entrepreneurs show and sell their wares—particularly around the holidays, when frantic folks are running around buying last-minute gifts. Another one is happening from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15: Craft & Draft at Blind Lady Ale House (3416 Adams Ave. in Normal Heights). One of the best places in town to get beer and pizza will turn into a crafters’ bazaar where there’s also—yep—lots of delicious beer and pizza. When last we checked, about 15 or so crafters were mentioned on the event’s Facebook page, including makers of jewelry, art, children’s items, T-shirts, cards (Liz Langley's holiday cards pictured) and other printed goods, cacti, bath products, girlie stuff and even cake toppers.
“Artsy,” “craftastic” and “unique” is how the folks behind Crafts for a Cause are describing the goods you can peruse and, hopefully, purchase Saturday, Dec. 14, from 4 to 7 p.m. High Tech High Media Arts students and their talented instructor, local artist Joshua Krause, have been hard at work, making cool stuff to sell, proceeds from which will benefit Hope Through Health, a nonprofit that assists people living with HIV and AIDS. (We’ve seen what these kids can do, and it’s damn impressive.) The event happens at Union Studios (2191 Main St. in Barrio Logan) and will include the Epic Eatz food truck, live music by bluegrass group Songs for People and beer from Ballast Point. Krause, whose art has been featured on CityBeat’s cover (that’s one of his pieces to the left), will have work for sale, too.
“Art Makes You Smart” is the headline in a convincing opinion piece recently published in The New York Times. While there’s a whole heap of research showing a loose correlation between arts education and things like higher overall test scores, the article highlights a study showing an almost undeniable relationship between arts education and a slew of benefits for kids. Most people don’t need research studies to be convinced of the value of arts education, but lots of folks need a kick in the pants when it comes to actually doing something about the decline of arts programs in schools. Props to ArtReach, a nonprofit that puts professional artists into locals schools for hands-on arts workshops. From 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, ArtReach is holding their Tastes & Toasts to Support Arts in Schools fundraiser at Wine A Bit (928 Orange Ave. in Coronado). For $35-$40, guests can listen to live music, nibble on appetizers and sample six different wines. 21 and up.
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