Art has the ability to touch people’s lives— that’s what artsy people say, anyway. One of those artsy people is really putting truth to that idealistic saying.
Joshua Krause is a teacher at High Tech High Media Arts. The school is trying to raise money to send 18 students on a weeklong trip to Paris in March as part of One World Week, which gives students a week outside the classroom to experience an instructive activity and become citizens of the world.
A trip to Paris is pricey, however. It’ll cost $2,900 per student, and not all of Krause’s students, some of whom qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, can afford it.
For this reason, Krause organized Everything Must Go / Everyone Must Go, a benefit art show happening at The Station tavern (2204 fern St. in South Park) on Saturday, Dec. 10 (starting 11:30 a.m. and running all day).
“The kids might not have such an opportunity to do something like this,” says Krause, who will donate 50 percent of sales from 15 of his own pieces. “People like my art. I thought if I put myself out there with my art, I could raise money for them.”
And because everything must go, his pieces will be auctioned off starting at a reduced price.
Along with his own artwork, eight of Krause’s students will display and sell three of their own pieces. There will also be tote bags, T-shirts and other merchandise for purchase, and 10 percent of sales from the bar and restaurant will go to fund the trip, as well.
“I’m hoping the kindness in people will come out, but I also want them to leave with something for their money and efforts,” Krause says.
Killing you softly
Tom Brosseau and Angela Correa are both well known in their own right, Brosseau as a folk-music storyteller and Correa as an indie-pop songwriter who performs under the name Correatown. But the two L.A. musicians are also known for their side project, Les Shelleys. Exploring the songbooks of songwriting greats like Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan, they give American standards a soft touch with sweet vocal harmonies and leisurely strums of acoustic guitar. The duo will perform at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library (1008 Wall St. in La Jolla) at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8. After the show, concertgoers will be invited to scope out Kathleen Marshall: Still in Paris, a showcase of gouache paintings of Parisian interiors, taste Paris-style snacks and have their portrait sketched. $12.
Books on beer
Beer books are all the rage, which isn’t surprising considering the mobs who’ve hopped on the craft-beer bandwagon. Brooklyn hipster Josh Bernstein has a new one out, Brewed Awakening, which is being pitched as “the definitive guide to the global craft-beer revolution.” Bernstein spent the last six years covering the craft-beer industry, traveling to breweries far and wide to find the “story in every pint glass.” You can help him celebrate the book’s release from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at Brewfestivus, an ugly-holiday-sweater party and beer tasting at Karl Strauss Brewing Company, 5985 Santa Fe St. in Pacific Beach. Your $20 ticket gets you food, five tasters and a PubCake. If your ugly sweater is the ugliest of the bunch, you’ll win beer and a signed copy of Brewed Awakening.