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Sunday, Jun 25
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
9:00 AM 44th Annual San Diego Scottish Highland Games
11:00 AM 32nd Philippine Cultural Arts Festival
1:00 PM Stage: Sakhisizwe Edutainment
2:30 PM Mi Casa Su Casa, Or How to get 175 Roommates
3:00 PM San Diego Asian Night Market
4:00 PM Music: 8 Songs For a Mad King
4:00 PM Stage: Lifegate
4:00 PM Comedy: Emil Amok Guillermo
6:00 PM Stage: Unanswered Questions
7:30 PM Music: Calibre 50
7:30 PM Stage: Eleanor's Story
7:30 PM Music: North Indian Classical Sitar & Tabla
8:00 PM Theater: King Richard II
9:00 PM Stage: Dr. Svetlana
Monday, Jun 26
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
4:00 PM Mi Casa Su Casa, Or How to get 175 Roommates
4:00 PM Stage: Unanswered Questions
7:00 PM Stage: El Nogalar
7:30 PM Stage: Lifegate
7:30 PM Stage: El Umbral de Lilith
7:30 PM Stage: Twelve Nights with Viola & Olivia
8:15 PM Shakespeare Film Screenings At The Globe
9:00 PM Stage: Awkward but Graceful
9:00 PM Comedy: Emil Amok Guillermo
Tuesday, Jun 27
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
4:00 PM Stage: Papá Está en la Atlántida
7:00 PM Film: Refugee Kids
7:30 PM Japanese Cabaret
8:00 PM Theater: King Richard II
9:30 PM Book Signing: Lisa Dickey
Wednesday, Jun 28
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
4:00 PM Stage: El Umbral de Lilith
6:00 PM Lessons: Argentine Tango
6:00 PM Food & Drink Festival: Sarap Tikman
6:00 PM Stage: Sakhisizwe Edutainment
6:00 PM Movie: Queen of Katwe
6:00 PM Stage: Will
6:15 PM Music: Fred Benedetti & George Svoboda
7:00 PM Studio Ghibli Summer Festival
7:30 PM Stage: Awkward but Graceful
8:00 PM Theater: King Richard II
8:00 PM Stage: Aida
9:00 PM Stage: Eleanor's Story
9:00 PM Stage: Unanswered Questions
9:00 PM Stage: A Duet of Filipino American Myths
Thursday, Jun 29
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
11:00 AM Studio Ghibli Summer Festival
4:00 PM Stage: Dr. Svetlana
4:00 PM Stage: Lifegate
4:00 PM Stage: El Umbral de Lilith
7:30 PM Mi Casa Su Casa, Or How to get 175 Roommates
7:30 PM Japanese Cabaret
7:30 PM Stage: Will
7:30 PM Book Signing: Nina George
8:00 PM Theater: King Richard II
8:00 PM Stage: Aida
9:00 PM Stage: Twelve Nights with Viola & Olivia
10:30 PM Comedy: Emil Amok Guillermo
Friday, Jun 30
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
4:00 PM Stage: A Duet of Filipino American Myths
4:00 PM Stage: Papá Está en la Atlántida
7:30 PM Stage: Nations of San Diego
8:00 PM Theater: King Richard II
8:00 PM Stage: Aida
9:00 PM Japanese Cabaret
Saturday, Jul 1
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
1:00 PM Stage: Papá Está en la Atlántida
1:00 PM Sports: Rugby USA Eagles Vs Canda
2:30 PM Stage: Twelve Nights with Viola & Olivia
6:00 PM Stage: Nations of San Diego
6:30 PM Music: Rebelution and Collie Buddz
7:30 PM Stage: Sakhisizwe Edutainment
7:30 PM Stage: Will
7:30 PM Mi Casa Su Casa, Or How to get 175 Roommates
8:00 PM Theater: King Richard II
8:00 PM Stage: Aida
9:00 PM Stage: Lifegate
9:00 PM Japanese Cabaret
10:30 PM Stage: Dr. Svetlana
10:30 PM Stage: A Duet of Filipino American Myths
Sunday, Jul 2
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
11:30 AM Stage: Lifegate
11:30 AM Stage: Unanswered Questions
12:00 PM Book Signing: Qudeen the Magnificent
2:30 PM Japanese Cabaret
3:00 PM Music: Henry Kapono
4:00 PM Stage: Awkward but Graceful
7:30 PM Music: Paquita La Del Barrio
7:30 PM Stage: Papá Está en la Atlántida
8:00 PM Theater: King Richard II
Monday, Jul 3
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Tuesday, Jul 4
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
8:00 PM Theater: King Richard II
Wednesday, Jul 5
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
7:00 PM Studio Ghibli Summer Festival
8:00 PM Theater: King Richard II
Thursday, Jul 6
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
11:00 AM Studio Ghibli Summer Festival
7:30 PM Film: Challah Rising In The Desert (The Jews Of New Mexico)
8:00 PM Theater: King Richard II
Friday, Jul 7
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
8:00 PM Theater: King Richard II
Saturday, Jul 8
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM Mercado Del Sol At Bazaar Del Mundo
7:30 PM Italian Film: An Almost Perfect Town
8:00 PM Theater: King Richard II
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A stone's throw from the Gaslamp Quarter, on the corner of 3rd Avenue and J Street, lies the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum. The museum offers San Diegans an artifactual, pictorial and interactive look into the history of San Diego's Chinese-American inhabitants. Admission is an affordable $2. The museum features numerous cultural, historical and artistic displays as well as regularly held educational programs for children and adults. For a small extra fee the museum also offers docent-lead tours of the permanent collection and featured exhibits as well as tours of the remnants of San Diego's former Chinatown.

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Kourosh Taghavi, instrumentalist, vocalist and Persian classical musician boasts a passionate approach to music that has impacted audiences around the world. His collaborative projects with master musicians and local cultural organizations work to fulfill his lifelong dream to promote Persian classical music. More recently, his ongoing efforts with the Center for World Music bring the setar and Iranian culture to San Diego school districts through hands-on instruction in Persian classical music.


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Home to 48 million people, South Korea takes great pride in its traditions and history. A great example is its delightful food culture that, despite having influenced by other cultures over time, has remained unique among the world's cuisines.

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If you've never visited San Diego's Chicano Park, you might imagine that it is just another typical park: grass and trees, playgrounds and picnic tables, weekend gatherings of families and friends. However, unlike other parks, Chicano Park is steeped in a profound sociopolitical history of Chicano life in our city.

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The music of Brazil is fundamental to its culture. Any traveler to Brazil can easily find music on the streets and beaches, outside restaurants, and in bars and houses. In Rio de Janeiro, Brazilians grow up playing drums, dancing and/or singing. Brazilian music was born five centuries ago out of the melding of different cultures: Portuguese, African, and the indigenous Amerindian. The two most successful musical genres to come out of Brazil are Samba and Bossa Nova.

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