2181 Logan Avenue, Logan Heights
Get a close shave
Gentlemen, barber Mike Camacho at Two Roses Inc. can shave your face better than you can. It’s probably the only time you’ll spend $20 to have someone hold a straight-razor to your throat, but the coolness of a Depression-era shave isn’t just for the rockabilly crowd. The combination barbershop and tattoo parlor even has a café attached, so a pre- or post-shave espresso is an option.
Outdoor shooting ranges
If, in anticipation of the zombie apocalypse, you want to true your aim without the drive to Ocotillo Wells, here are a handful of open-air ranges that don’t require a membership to visit: P2K range (2082 Willow Glen Drive, El Cajon), $10–$14 first hour (member/non); South Bay Rod & Gun Club (1020 Marron Valley Road, Dulzura), $20 per day, members free; San Diego Police Revolver Club Range (4008 Federal Boulevard, San Diego), $7 per day, members free; Rainbow Range (3139 Rainbow Valley Boulevard, Rainbow), $15; shooting.forsandiego.com.
835 W. Harbor Drive, Downtown San Diego
Shakespeare open readings, the Upstart Crow
Rupert Essinger, who coordinates (and sometimes directs) free monthly readings at Seaport Village’s Bard-friendly bookstore, explains that Shakespeare’s words are best heard and seen, not perused. You don’t have to be an actor, a scholar, or a Bardolater to appreciate the human experience that runs through the Shakespearean canon. No memorization or costumes required: volunteer for parts (anyone can play Hamlet!), or just sit back and enjoy the talent. Sponsored by the Shakespeare Society of San Diego — the president, Alex Sandie, drops by on occasion to watch regulars and newbies breathe life into the Bard’s timeless characters in an informal, lively atmosphere. First Tuesday of every month, 6:45–8:45 p.m. 619-232-4855; sandiegoshakespearesociety.org.
1770 Village Place, Balboa Park
Classes at San Diego Mineral & Gem Society
Learn to make art with gems at the San Diego Mineral & Gem Society in Spanish Village, where classes begin with beading and cabochon cutting (basic polishing and shaping) and progress to faceting, silver fabrication, casting, enameling, rock carving, and sphere making. Price per class is $4 for adults, $1 for juniors, and requires annual membership (adults $30, though you can add an additional adult at the same address for $10; junior membership is also $10). Classes fill quickly, so contact instructors well in advance to secure a spot. 619-239-8812; sdmg.org.
Rodriguez Passage Art and Design Alley in Tijuana
What started out as a search for street tacos on a recent jaunt to Tijuana turned into an unexpected evening of psychedelic art, live music, flamenco dance, and wine in an inconspicuous alleyway between Third and Fourth streets, off lively Avenida Revolución. Two years ago, musicians, photographers, and graphic designers turned 18 storefronts on Pasaje Rodríguez into exhibition studios. These are open during regular business hours but blossom the first Friday of each month into a celebration of regional culture rivaling the best of San Diego’s art walks. Among the artisans, you’ll also find T-shirt printers, bike and skate shops, and a cozy café. pradtj.webs.com
3030 Thorn Street, North Park
The American folk tradition of Contra Dance started in the late 17th Century and is continued today by the San Diego Folk Heritage Organization, which meets on alternate Fridays and Saturdays to stomp terra at the nearly century-old Trinity United Methodist Church in North Park. All ages are welcome to join in a beginners’ lesson at 7:30 p.m., followed by a dance with live music at 8:00 ($8, $4 for teens and students with ID). You can also bring your instrument of choice to a rehearsal and join in with the Community Band.
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