Held on the second Friday of every other month from 6 to 9 p.m., Kettner Nights in Little Italy is a great event that’s known for featuring unique and one-of-a-kind artwork. From paintings to sculptures and handmade jewelry, this is the place to be for the arts and design crowd. Another plus: many of the artists can be found working away in their studios so you can talk with them one-on-one. Parking, however, can be challenging and on our tours, the one question people often ask is “Where can I park for Kettner Nights?”
If you don’t mind walking, try parking on the outskirts of Little Italy. It’s less than a mile away and everywhere you look, there are sweeping views of blue water, sailboats and colorful people, so it’s a relaxing walk. Possible locations that often clear out once
5 p.m. hits include the area near the W Hotel on B Street between Columbia and State streets or near the dog park at Columbia and G streets.
Once you find parking, your first stop should be the W Hotel, which has both the lobby bar and an outdoor rooftop scene featuring heated sand, cabanas and fire pits.
Next, take a peek inside Anthology — a live music venue and restaurant at 1337 India St. Make sure you visit all three levels. Continue your walk down India Street and when you get to the El Camino restaurant, turn left on Kalmia and head down the hill to the 2400 block of Kettner Street. The art studios in the 2400 Building are especially worth checking out! The next Kettner Nights is March 11 (www.littleitalysd.com).
Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company’s latest production “Stick Fly” comes to the Tenth Avenue Theatre in East Village. Written by Lydia R. Diamond and directed by Robert Barry Fleming, the play, which is receiving rave reviews, centers on the LaVays, an affluent African-American family vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard for the weekend. The sons — one, a physician, the other, an aspiring novelist — each bring their girlfriends — one black, one white — to meet the family. Mo’olelo’s Artistic Director, Seema Sueko, says she’s excited to bring “Stick Fly” to the local theater scene. As for being downtown, Sueko calls it an ideal location.
“We love being downtown and in the East Village! This is a fun, quirky neighborhood full of entrepreneurs and character,” she said. “The central location makes it easy for our audiences to come from all parts of the county.”
“Stick Fly” runs through March 20. For ticket information, visit www.moolelo.net.
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On Sunday March 27th, from noon to 4 p.m., Marine Artist Wyland will make a special appearance at the Wyland Gallery in Seaport Village . Get a photo with Wyland and both of you should be showing a Shaka/Hang Loose Sign and big smiles. Post your photos to our Facebook page. The most creative pictures will win a colorful item from the gallery and tickets to a Downtown Amazing Race/treasure hunt with Where You Want To Be Tours.
Marc & Darlynne Menkin are the co-owners of Where You Want To Be Tours. Many of their tours and teambuilding scavenger hunts feature secret Downtown areas. www.wheretours.com