All the cool kids are, apparently, heading to Coachella this weekend to catch acts like Future Islands, Goat and Neutral Milk Hotel. But the truly cool kids are saving their dough and hitting up Seven Grand (3054 University Ave., North Park) on Small Disaster, a quartet headed up by one of San Diego's hardest-working young jazz musicians, Ian Tordella (sax), and featuring Julien Cantelm on drums, Jason Shatli on keyboards and Harley Magsino on bass, will be performing covers of the Beatles, Radiohead, Bjork and Stereolab. Yep—that's right '90s alt-music fans: they'll be translating tunes by the lounge-y, post-rock electro-pop band into jazz. , where Tordella recorded a couple Stereolab covers for his 2012 album Tragic Comedy and they're mighty fine listening. The show begins at and there's no cover.
It’s been a year since North Park’s Digital Gym Cinema (2921 El Cajon Blvd.) opened, and on , the indie movie theater is celebrating its first year with a day of film screenings and a reception. At , catch Tercera Llamada, a witty flick about an attempt to put on a performance of Camus’Caligula. Or check out the screening of So Right, So Smart, a documentary about environmentally sustainable business practices. There's a reception from that includes music, food, a raffle and silent auction and mescal tastings. Tickets are $10 for the reception only, or $30 for a movie (your choice of So Right, So Smart at or the screening of Tercera Llamada) and the reception. There's also a special Film Geeks screening of the horror-comedy Chastity Bites, about a female serial killer who bathes in the blood of virgins for its magical, cosmetic properties. Admission to that one is $11.
The line between spring and summer (as well as between summer and fall) often blurs in San Diego. But that doesn’t mean we can’t still celebrate the coming of seasonal feasts. Saltbox is having its first big outdoor event, a Spring Pig Roast, on the roof of the Hotel Palomar (1047 Fifth Ave., Downtown) with food, drinks and lots of people getting merry. On , starting at , Chef de Cuisine Jeremiah Bryant (pictured) will roast a whole pig, served with his signature barbecue sauce as well as sides like potato salad and jalapeno corn bread. There will be kegs and cans of Saint Archer beer, live entertainment and—despite being held on a hotel rooftop—a backyard barbecue atmosphere that should have everyone itching to start grilling season early. Admission is $20.
The general lack of arts education in local public schools is disappointing, but plenty of arts nonprofits have stepped up to fill in the gap. Lux Art Institute (1550 South El Camino Real, Encinitas) is ready to cut the ribbon on their sparkling new Education Pavilion, a renovated space dedicated to providing arts education for kids (plus a few classes for adults, too). The 7,000-square-foot building houses three large classrooms, a gallery for exhibiting student works, a community gathering space, a woodshop and ceramic studio, a digital lounge, staff offices and a backyard suited for hosting outdoor events. Almost $3 million was raised to turn the concept into reality and the folks at Lux are ready to party and officially open the doors. From , stop by an open house to sample hands-on activities and enjoy refreshments, a photo booth and live music by Trouble in the Wind and DJ Lexicon Devil.