Friday-Saturday, Aug. 10-11 – Starry August Nights: Cup-A-Thon XXVII
cup sale: 7-10 p.m. Friday, 4-9 p.m. Saturday; open house: 5-8 p.m. Saturday
Crealdé School of Art
600 St. Andrews Blvd.
Fans of comedian-writer-Twitter star Patton Oswalt are familiar with his recent series of “Gentle Tweets,” to wit: “Today I smiled wanly at a sparrow while eating a small roll. #gentletweets” or, “Took a small sip of chamomile tea from a small teacup and then put the little teacup back on its little saucer. #gentletweets.” We can think of no gentler afternoon date, for those so inclined, than a trip to Crealdé’s 28th annual Cup-A-Thon fundraiser followed by a stroll through the Contemporary Sculpture Garden. All smartass hashtaggery aside, this weekend event really is a can’t-lose proposition: It’s free to look, and if you buy, your purchase supports one of the area’s most important community art centers, a nonprofit offering more than 100 classes per year but with only three full-time employees. (Besides, there are few better sources to stock up on small holiday gifts than each year’s crop of handmade cups and bowls.) G’wan – it’ll be as pleasant as a nice warm mug of cocoa. – Jessica Bryce Young