The annual All My Friends Music Festival in Mexico is celebrating its fifth year, and for this year’s event, will move the party from Tijuana to Rosarito for a beachside bacchanal. And this year’s lineup looks pretty solid, featuring performances from psychedelic soul singer Gonjasufi, dream-pop group Bleached and Costa Rican lo-fi pop band Las Robertas. In conjunction with the music festival, All My Friends will host MusicMakers HackLab, a special collaborative event that launched in Berlin and features workshops and seminars that address music technology and new methods of creating music. All My Friends happens and Sunday,
The best stories are ones that follow a quest, especially when you have no idea how things will turn out for the hero. Such is the case with the documentary Closure, which explores the tricky subject of transracial adoption and an African-American woman's effort to find her birth parents. CityBeat columnist Aaryn Belfer has written extensively about her and her husband's experience raising their adopted African-American daughter and Aaryn brought this film to our attention. It gets her thumb's-up for not only tackling a difficult subject, but also for being a well-made film (catch the trailer here). Angela Tucker, the young woman who's the subject of the film, will be on-hand for its screening at , at Digital Gym Cinema (2921 El Cajon Blvd., North Park). Tickets are $7.50 for Digital Gym members (something to consider given the caliber of films they screen) and $11 for nonmembers.
Some folks thought pop surrealism would be a trendy, flash-in-the-pan art movement centered on Los Angeles artists and their fickle fans. Those folks were wrong. For the last decade, Melissa Inez Walker has been on the forefront of pushing pop surrealism forward by dedicating her space, Distinction Gallery (317 E. Grand Ave., Escondido), to showing the most interesting and technically skilled international artists working in the genre today. An artist herself, Walker has successfully filtered through the now-saturated market of pop-surrealistic painters, curating bold solo and group shows that always make the drive to Escondido worth it. From Distinction’s 10-Year Anniversary with a group show featuring 25 influential artists including Heather McKey (whose work is pictured), Blaine Fontana, Josh Clay and Bua., Walker is celebrating