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Hats Off


Africa and Beyond, the La Jolla-based African art gallery, is celebrating 25 years of showcasing ethnographic arts and contemporary fair-trade crafts as well as unique jewelry from around the world. To mark the milestone, the gallery is presenting Hats Off, opening August 2, from 7-9:30pm, which will run through October 19. Featuring an array of exotic African, Asian, Oceanic and Native American hats and headdresses, this veritable trove of “crowning achievements” is fashioned from colorful beads, basketry, shells, feathers, buttons, and more. “From the simple woven conical hat worn by a baby to shield him from the sun while carried on his mother’s back to an elaborate beaded crown worn by a Yoruba king, hats have a long and rich tradition whether for function or pure artistry,” says proprietor Ian Allen, who will give a lecture at the opening reception. That evening, attendees are encouraged to wear hats — a prize will be awarded to the hat that truly tops them all. (858.454.9983, www.africaandbeyond.com)


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