In this weekly column, our staff hand picks a selection of events from our curated calendar to fill your weekend and beyond, helping you decide what to do when the options are too plentiful to pick just one. Perhaps we’ll bump into you somewhere along the way.

Be sure you come to our 2nd Pizza Parlay, this Sunday at URBN Coal Fired Pizza in North Park. It’s one of many events this weekend which focuses on art and creativity in our community.

Pizza Parlay; Looking South; Drawing Jam; Linch Pin; Mission ArtWalk


Saturday 4/28/2012 & Sunday 4/29/2012 @ 11:00 AM-6:00 PM, Little Italy
San Diego’s Original Fine Art Festival celebrates 28th year as the largest art event in the region- April 28 and 29, 2012 from 11am-6pm. Founded by artists, Mission Federal ArtWalk enters its 28th year as a treasured event in San Diego. The fine art festival takes over 18 blocks of downtown San Diego in the hip and historic Little Italy community. Set apart from other art events, Mission Federal ArtWalk is considered an accessible and welcoming venue for art collectors and visitors to interact with artists, view and purchase their artwork and enjoy an outdoor casual atmosphere under southern California’s sunny skies.
FREE; All ages


Friday 4/27/2012 @ 6:00 PM-9:00 PM, Balboa Park
Early Evening @ Mingei presents Looking South – Mirando Al Sur. Friday, April 27, 2012, 6-9pm, Tijuana comes to Balboa Park. Enjoy an evening of art, music and food – celebrate the culture and cuisine of Tijuana and Guadalupe Valley while viewing Mingei International Museum’s new exhibitions. To mark the opening of Mingei: The Beauty of Use at Centro Cultural in Tijuana, the Museum will bring a bit of Tijuana back to Balboa Park. The event will feature Baja Med food by chef Miguel Angel Guerrero, wines from Guadalupe Valley, music and performances by Nortec, live demonstrations by various artists from the region and more. During this event, The Collectors’ Gallery will host an all-day trunk show featuring handcrafted, socially responsible women’ s clothing and other products from Oxaca and Guadalupe Valley. 
$15 / $10 for members; All ages


Saturday 4/28/2012 @ 6:00 PM-9:00 PM, Gaslamp
San Diego artist C.Martino takes a rye look at the Good Life in GREED: A Love Story, his new series of paintings, large scale prints and sculptural tableau giving the Wall Street set their due. Opening reception Saturday, April 28th, from 6-9pm. Show runs April 28th August 11, 2012. Welcome to Lux-landia, aka “The Land of the 1%”, where the cash is always greener, the sky is always sapphire, the deals are always bigger, and the next St. Bart’s cocktail is just a private jet away. Trophy wife. Trophy life. And those other 99%? So not in on the deal… GREED Really IS Good… The first 99 people through the door on opening night that whisper “Greed is Good” into the Devil’s ear will receive a free signed limited edition print.
FREE; All ages


Sunday 4/29/2012 @ 5:00 PM-8:00 PM, North Park
URBANIST is excited to present Pizza Parlay, co-produced by 3rdSpace and Join us for this fun, new monthly pizza party to raise micro-grants for creative projects by San Diegans! AND if you have a creative project that needs funding, make sure to submit a proposal. Pizza Parlay will take place one Sunday a month, usually the last. Up until the Monday before each Parlay, you can send us proposals for creative projects that could use a bit of funding to raise them off the ground or to the next level. At the Sunday event, Parlay-goers will each receive a packet of proposals to review over pizza, and everyone will vote on site. $10 from each $12 per person cover donation will be granted to the winning proposal. The more people attend, the bigger the grant! will announce the winner the Monday after the Parlay, and unlike with most grants, winners will receive the award immediately.
$12; All ages

Sunday 4/29/2012 @ 8:00 PM, Mission Hills
Tanlines is an American experimental pop / indie rock duo from Brooklyn, New York and winner of Sound And The City’s Best Band Twitter in NYC award. 
$10 adv/$12 day of; 21+


Monday 4/30/2012 @ 8:00 PM, Banker’s Hill
Drawing Jam #2, brought to you by Double Break and Tin Can Alehouse! Joining the event this time around is another slew of fantastic local artists, all of whom will be drawing in-house for the duration of the evening! As drawings are finished, they’ll be tacked to the wall for the public to peruse and buy at VERY reasonable prices. So, grab your friends and come out! Featured artists include: Josh Aaron, Sadie Barnette, Justin Bartlett, Rob Benavides, Mike Calway-Fagen, Matt Coors, Phil Hatchet-Yau, Mike Maxwell, Scott McPherson, Regan Russell and Louis M Schmidt! 
FREE; 21+
Monday 4/30/2012 @ 6:00 PM-10:00 PM, Golden Hill
Habitat House is returning from winter hibernation this Monday to open their first art exhibit of the year. Sezio presents ‘Birthday Show’ featuring two bay area artists, Andrew Heine and Eric Taggart, on their actual birthday, April 30th. These two former San Diego residents were both influential players in Sezio’s formation in the early 2000’s. Their contrasting styles will be on display from 6-10pm Monday evening at 1008 21st Street. Cruise out to see their new work and partake in the evening’s dialogue.
FREE; All ages 

Tuesday 5/1/2012 @ 3:00 PM, Mira Mesa
Tapping of First Keg – Green Flash Tasting Room & Beer Garden 3pm 9pm Green Flash Brewing Co. announces that they have partnered with like-minded Michigan brewer, Founders Brewing Co. to produce a first-time, limited release called Linchpin White IPA. “There’s a lot going on in this beer with two yeast strains, copious amounts of wheat malt, and a big focus on ‘C’ hops to deliver a citrus explosion,” explains Green Flash Brewmaster, Chuck Silva. “In fact we lined up more than a dozen hop varieties in the brewery to select three hops with the biggest citrus character to dry hop the beer. 
FREE; 21+

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