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Tuesday, Apr 24
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6:00 PM Film: Eugene Onegin
6:15 PM SDAFF Spring Showcase
Wednesday, Apr 25
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5:25 PM SDAFF Spring Showcase
6:00 PM Film: Phantom Thread
6:30 PM Book Signing: The Ghazal
7:30 PM Art: Dialogues in Art & Architecture
Thursday, Apr 26
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10:30 AM Lecture: Prophet Jeremiah Symphony
12:45 PM Discussion on Prejudice & Tolerance
6:00 PM Honoring the Medicine: Native American Healing
7:00 PM SDAFF Spring Showcase
8:00 PM Music: Mamak Khadem
Friday, Apr 27
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11:00 AM Art Exhibit: Chilenas in the Diaspora
4:00 PM Dinner and Movie: Coco
6:00 PM Discussion: Middle East Meltdown with Ryan Crocker
7:30 PM Bollywood Spring Fusion
7:30 PM Stage: Anna In The Tropics
8:00 PM Tao: Drum Heart
Saturday, Apr 28
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1:00 AM Chinese Brush Painting for Children
8:00 AM Shaka Festival
10:00 AM 33rd Annual Linda Vista Multicultural Fair & Parade
10:00 AM World Tai Chi Day Celebration
10:00 AM St. Jordi's Day Celebration & Independent Bookstore Day
11:00 AM ArtWalk
11:00 AM International Mobile Film Festival
11:30 AM Polynesian Princess Lunch
12:00 PM Hanamatsuri Festival
5:00 PM Dance: Tres Culturas
5:00 PM POI Spring Luau
6:00 PM Passport to Brazil
6:30 PM Music: Camarada Spirit, Struggle, Triumph
6:30 PM Morrocan Magic
7:30 PM Stage: Anna In The Tropics
Sunday, Apr 29
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11:00 AM Mission Federal ArtWalk
11:30 AM International Mobile Film Festival
12:00 PM Hanamatsuri Festival
2:00 PM House of Finland Lawn Program
2:00 PM Book Signing: China's Crisis of Success
2:00 PM Stage: Anna In The Tropics
3:00 PM Music: Courtly Noyse
Monday, Apr 30
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3:00 PM Discussion: A talk with the Colombian Peacebuilding Unit
Tuesday, May 1
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Wednesday, May 2
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7:30 PM Book Signing: The Ruined House
Thursday, May 3
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10:30 AM Lecture: Prophet Jeremiah Symphony
Friday, May 4
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4:00 PM Cinco de Mayo Old Town San Diego
5:00 PM Art: Ode to Frida
6:00 PM Art: Beyond Bollywood
6:30 PM Art: La Rumorosa Rock Art
7:30 PM Book Signing: The Latin Table
7:30 PM Music: Luis Miguel
8:00 PM Music: Ranky Tanky
Saturday, May 5
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10:00 AM Cinco De Mayo Balboa Park
11:00 AM Cinco de Mayo Old Town San Diego
12:00 PM Cinco by The Bay
4:00 PM Music: Voice of Armenia
6:00 PM Talk with Dolores Huerta
7:30 PM Music: Melodic Rythms with Kourish Taghavi
7:30 PM Music: Facing off across Sunset Boulevard
Sunday, May 6
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10:00 AM Fiesta de Los Penasquitos
11:00 AM Cinco de Mayo Old Town San Diego
2:00 PM Music: Facing off across Sunset Boulevard
2:00 PM English High Tea for Shakespeare Lovers
5:30 PM Cry San Diego Fundraising Gala
7:00 PM Music: Voice of Armenia
Monday, May 7
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Chicken Kapsa & Salata Kheyyar Bel-Labban
The Participant Observer Recipe of the Month is Chicken Kapsa & Salata Kheyyar Bel-Labban. Chicken Kapsa is a popular chicken and rice dish found in Saudi Arabia, Syria, and elsewhere in the Middle East.

Kapsa
Chicken Kapsa with Salata Kheyyar Bel-Labban

Kapsa (or Kabsa) is a popular dish found in Saudi Arabia, Syria, and elsewhere in the Middle East. It is considered the national dish of Saudi Arabia and is often eaten at family dinners. There are many kinds of Kapsa. This version has some unique ingredients that you will have to either make yourself or hunt down in a Middle Eastern grocery store. One of these ingredients is dried lime (sometimes called "black lime", or loomi) or lemon. Dried limes or lemons are exactly what they sound like, which means they're dried until they're completely desiccated. You can make them yourself but it will take weeks or even months (I haven't tried using a dehydrator). You need to poke 3 or 4 holes in the dried limes so that the flavors can permeate the dish. Also, you can either buy Arabic Seven Spice (called baharat in Turkey, which simply means "spices") in a Middle-Eastern grocery store or make it yourself (see ingredients below). Basmati rice is the rice of choice; other rices simply won't work very well with this dish. If you can get aged Basmati rice, it tastes better. You can augment Kapsa with raisins, almonds or pine nuts. While Saudis often eat lamb at ceremonial or festive occasions, they are the highest consumers of chicken per capita in the world. If you can find soft kimaje flatbread, that's a good complement to this dish. Salata Kheyyar Bel-Labban is a yogurt, cucumber and mint "salad" that is excellent with Kapsa. Using strained (Greek, Indian, or Middle Eastern) yogurt is best. Pre-prepared sauces are not nearly as tasty. Like many foods, the yogurt salad and the Kapsa itself taste better the next day.

Kapsa Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken cut up
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 small can tomato paste, fresh tomatoes or small can of tomatoes
  • 2 tablepoons Arabic Seven Spice
  • 1 cinnamon stick, or a teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 4 dried lemons or limes (with 1/4 inch holes poked in them)
  • 2 tablespoons raisins (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon of crushed garlic (optional)
  • 3 cups of chicken broth
  • 2 cups rinsed Basmati rice

Arabic Seven Spice (baharat) Mixture

Thoroughly mix the following finely ground spices:

  • 2 tablespoons ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

Preparation

  1. Put the chicken and all the other ingredients except the rice into a medium large pot.
  2. Bring to a boil and then cover pot and simmer on medium-low heat for 30 minutes.
  3. Transfer the chicken pieces (leave behind the limes and tomatoes) from the pot to an oven-proof dish and place dish into an oven set at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Add rice to the pot on the stove top.
  5. Bring to a boil again, cover and reduce heat to low.
  6. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes until the rice is fully cooked and all the broth is absorbed.
  7. Fill a serving dish or platter with cooked spice rice, putting the chicken pieces on top of the rice.

Salata Kheyyar Bel-Labban (Yogurt & Cucumber Sauce)

Combine in a mixing bowl the following:
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 large cucumber, peeled and chopped or quartered and sliced very thinly *
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 garlic clove, pressed or chrushed
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh mint

* Peeling the cucumber is optional. Usually I puree half the sliced cucumbers, and mix half the yogurt along with the salt, garlic, olive oil and mint in a food processor. Afterwards I combine the pureed mixture with the remainder of the cucumbers and yogurt. For a slightly different taste, dill can be substituted for the mint.

Recipe & Photo: T. Johnston-O'Neill
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