Is it just us or is there a craft-beer festival in this boozy city almost every week? Yes, the Art & Craft Beer Festival is yet another roundup of San Diego’s best local breweries (AleSmith Brewing Company, Stone Brewing Co., Green Flash Brewing Co., Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits, Helms Brewing Co., Lightning Brewery and others), but there are a few little details that make this particular soiree worthy of your time and taste buds. Happening from , the festival, organized by Bankers Hill Business Group and San Diego Brewers Guild, is happening at a super-cool historic venue, The Abbey (2825 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill). The food tastings will be like a quick tour through the growing Bankers Hill restaurant scene with bites from Jimmy Carter's Mexican Cafe, Barrio Star, Croce's Park West and Pizzicato Gourmet Pizza. And there’ll be art installations, including Michael James Slattery’s photography mounted in recycled surfboard frames. $30-$35.
A walk through any local farmers’ market will introduce you to the region’s robust food-growing community. But the average consumer, even those who regularly shop at farmers’ markets, has a surface-level understanding of the labor, time and attention that goes into sustainable and organic farming. Local artist and SDSU MFA graphic-design student Cristal Chen hopes her thesis project, Farmers and Me, helps shine a light on the local organic-farm movement. Chen considers the project a practice in social design—she wants to provide a platform for people to meet, talk and think. Her exhibition, which opens at Art Produce Garden (3139 University Ave., North Park) from , digs deep into the local food scene and includes a short documentary, photos and other graphics. Area farmers will be there, Chen will give a talk, local food will be served and attendees can enter to win a box of locally grown veggies.
Music and dance naturally complement each other, though you don’t often see a performance in which dancing is actually an element of the music itself. Chamber trio Besos de Coco takes an unconventional approach to music and dance, however, matching up Lorraine Castellanos’ guitar playing and vocals and Evona Wascinski’s double bass with the percussive tap dancing of Claudia Gomez Vorce. The three women will perform a variety of material, ranging from jazz to Latin and Mediterranean sounds at a spring concert at White Box Live Art Theatre at Dance Place Liberty Station (2590 Truxtun Road #205, Point Loma) that promises to be a rich, multicultural performance bringing together a variety of sounds and disciplines into one unique showcase. The concert takes place at . Tickets are $15.
In 2005, Jacob Faust, a 25-year-old musician and puppeteer, was shot and killed by a San Diego Police office when Faust allegedly pulled a fake gun on the cop. Faust's friends and family argued this is something he'd never do and vowed to keep his memory, and story, alive. On , beginning at , show up to Black Cat Bar (4246 University Ave., City Heights), for Faust Fest 2014. Your $5 admission will go to a scholarship for young puppeteers and, in exchange, you'll be treated to a performance by Max Daily and Ryan Severance (Faust's friends and puppeteers). Called Golden West, the performance was written in the style of Punch and Judy and tells the story of Faust's death. As the organizers put it,"The show is hilarious and fun while loudly protesting in a way that can be enjoyed by all ages" (though, the venue is 21+).