Nov. 21 2012 11:52 AM

Our top three picks of San Diego events this week

“The Man in Black in Blue” by Barkdog

1 Getting the word out 

The art world can be tough to crack, even in a smaller market like San Diego. This forces many artists to work outside the box to give themselves opportunities to showcase their work. That’s the main mission of Left Coast Artist Society, an organization started by James Bartkiewicz that brings together local artists seeking greater exposure.

“My main drive is showing work,” says Bartkiewicz, who creates art under the name Barkdog. “It’s a full-time job just finding places to show. I bypassed that and found my own place to show my work.”

Now he’s helping others do the same. From 7 to 11 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, Left Coast Artist will be holding Pigment, Polyester and Pints, its first art show and marketplace, at Ritual Tavern (4095 30th St. in North Park). Attendees can browse or buy art from 10 up-and-coming local artists, including Barkdog, Von Bong, Dark Vomit, Paul Hackett and Andrea Aliseda. There’ll also be vintage clothing and accessories on sale from Heather Deshais, Dutchess of York and MMV Jewelry; live art; and, because this is San Diego, craft beer available for purchase.

Bartkiewicz hopes the event gets Left Coast Artist off the ground; he wants to put on similar shows every two months. Eventually, he’d like to see the community of artists he builds launch their own shows and continue the growth of the organization.

“We’re attempting to expose some of the local artists who don’t really have a venue to show their work publicly,” he says. “If it’s a success, and we hope it is, we’ll showcase different artists, vendors and beer, as well [at later shows]. We hope to get lots of artists involved.”

2 Art in motion 

The Barrio Film Fest is a two-day celebration packed with art, music and independent short films. Presented by The Roots Factory and fellow Barrio Logan Arts District galleries Voz Alta Project and The Spot, indie-flick screenings will take place at all three locations starting at noon on Saturday, Nov. 24, and ending at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25. Categories include animation, documentary, music-video illustration, narrative and experimental films, with several screenings of the 1989 documentary, Chicano Park, by Mario Barrera. Also, from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, The Roots Factory will host a group art show, silent auction and pop-up shop, with live music by Los Hollywood. You can get tickets and find details at

3 Shop right 

Thanks to Target, Walmart and Sears, Black Friday’s become Black Thursday. But it’s not like you had plans to hit up those stores. No, you’re the sort who believes in buying local and helping grow the independent retail scene. That’s why you’re heading to The Goods Show at 3rd Space (4610 Park Blvd. in University Heights) from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23. The space will be packed with cool stuff that’ll help you cross a few names off your shopping list (trust us; we scored some killer gifts here last year). If you’re not in the shopping mood, the event transitions into an art show from 6 to 9 p.m. Proceeds from the shindig benefit Outdoor Outreach, a nonprofit that connects at-risk kids with outdoor activities.