Instagram: it’s what the kids are into. The social-media app that lets you share pictures taken with your phone offers filters to make the pics look all vintage, super-saturated, black and white or whatever. Often, an Instagram feed is just pictures of food or people’s kids, but there’s some real art in there, too. At least, that’s what the good people at Life2 think, and they’ve created a whole art show to prove it. Asking people to use the hastag #life2, the founders then culled the app for instagrams to print, frame and showcase. The free exhibit, Life2: An Instagram Art Show, happens , from at La Bodega Gallery & Studios (2196 Logan Ave.). House music DJ sets by Omar Paraiso and Cris Herrera will provide ambiance as visitors gaze upon works by Julio Granados (agent9photography), Brit Kushner (britjaye), Dave Savoie (kiddradi, whose photo is pictured) and Matt Deringer (elementsoffocus), among others. This is the third such show for founders Darrell Alonzi (darrellalonzi) and Ninette, Aguinaldo (nynz), who had their first show last April at Planet Rooth Design Haus. If you can't make the opening, La Bodega will be one of several venues, like Glaushaus, Chicano Art Gallery and The Roots Factory, participating in the Barrio Art Crawl happening from .
Every generation will inevitably express some form of discontent with the generation that comes next, and that almost certainly holds true with how older folks view the music youngsters like. Yet those very same youngsters could also learn a lot from their elders, and as time presses on, our musical culture continues to evolve and change with it. Composer Blair Robert Nelson is exploring the idea of generational shifts in music with his new series, #hackingIMPROV: A Generative Song Cycle. He’ll explore changing sounds and technologies at a special concert at Space 4 Art(325 15th St., East Village), featuring violinist Kristopher Apple, which will deal heavily in themes of musical memory and how we adapt to new sounds and ideas about music. The #hackingIMPROV concert takes place at . Admission is $10.
Bacon & Barrels started last year in Los Olivos, the wine region halfway between Santa Barbara and Santa Maria, and already it’s being exported south to San Diego. Happening from , at Embarcadero Marina Park South, it’s an all-day orgy of food dishes that incorporate bacon, paired with wines from Santa Barbara County, craft beer and high-end, small-batch whiskey, scotch and tequila. Black Crystal Wolf Kids will open the event with a set of live music at , and The Stone Foxes will play at . Five different types of tickets are available: $30 for food tasting alone; $75 for food and drink tasting; $95 for food and drink plus early entry at ; $300 for all that and a special, -night “Very Important Pig” (VIP) four-course dinner with chef Brooke Williamson and beer and bourbon pairings by “Dr. Bill” Sysak of Stone Brewing at Bassmnt, Downtown (plus access to a special lounge ); or $100 for the VIP dinner only. Some of the ticket proceeds will benefit the San Diego chapter of the Surfrider Foundation.