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Saturday, Feb 22
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM KPBS World Thinking Day
10:00 AM Black Comix Day
2:00 PM Talk: Comedia Italian Style
2:30 PM  California's American Indian & Indigenous Film Festival
6:00 PM Cajun Festival
6:00 PM Gaslamp Mardi Gras Party Hop
7:00 PM French Baroque Music: Couperin, Charpentier, Rameau
7:00 PM Concert: The Music Of William Grant Still
7:30 PM  San Diego International Jewish Film Festival
8:00 PM Music: Amber Liu, Meg & Dia, Justin Park
8:00 PM Music: Immigrant Songs
8:00 PM Stage: Hurricane Diane
8:00 PM Stage: She Loves Me
9:00 PM Comedy: Rex Navaarrete
Sunday, Feb 23
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM Black Comix Day
12:30 PM  San Diego International Jewish Film Festival
2:00 PM International Cottage Sampler Program
2:00 PM Stage: She Loves Me
5:00 PM Concert: The Music Of William Grant Still
7:00 PM Stage: Hurricane Diane
8:00 PM  The Benedetti Trio: George Harrison Tribute
Monday, Feb 24
All Day  Indigenous Writers and Their Critics: International Symposium
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
6:00 PM Art Talk: Daniel Guzmán
7:00 PM Talk: Michele Norris
Tuesday, Feb 25
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
All Day  Indigenous Writers and Their Critics: International Symposium
1:00 PM Film & Discussion: The Farewell
6:00 PM African-American Women in Film
6:00 PM Gaslamp Mardi Gras Party Hop
7:00 PM Victoria Martino: Carnival in Venice
7:00 PM Stage: Hurricane Diane
8:00 PM Music: The Chieftains
Wednesday, Feb 26
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
7:00 PM  Writer's Symposium with Pico Ayer
7:00 PM Stage: Hurricane Diane
7:30 PM Stage: Orestes 2.0
Thursday, Feb 27
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:45 AM Book Talk: Baja California Land of Missions
1:00 PM Music: Kembang Sunda Gamelan
3:20 PM Talk: Urban Redevelopment Projects in South Africa
8:00 PM Stage: Hurricane Diane
Friday, Feb 28
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
5:00 AM  28th Annual Kuumba Festival
3:30 PM Talk: The Racial Imaginary at Work Poetry and the Visual Arts
7:00 PM Música En La Plaza: Los Montaño
7:30 PM Stage: Orestes 2.0
8:00 PM Film: Jojo Rabbit
8:00 PM Stage: Hurricane Diane
8:00 PM Stage: She Loves Me
Saturday, Feb 29
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
11:00 AM  28th Annual Kuumba Festival
2:00 PM Stage: Safa's Story
2:00 PM Stage: Orestes 2.0
3:00 PM Stage: Little Rock
7:00 PM Stage: Safa's Story
7:30 PM Stage: Orestes 2.0
8:00 PM Film: Jojo Rabbit
8:00 PM Stage: Hurricane Diane
8:00 PM Stage: She Loves Me
9:00 PM Music: Los Pericos, Los Estrambóticos & Ecno
9:00 PM Spanglish At Finest City Improv
Sunday, Mar 1
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
11:00 AM  28th Annual Kuumba Festival
12:00 PM 7th Annual Mariachi Festival
1:00 PM  Music: Kembang Sunda Gamelan
2:00 PM Stage: She Loves Me
3:00 PM Los Angeles Balalaika Orchestra
7:00 PM Stage: Hurricane Diane
7:30 PM Music: Miguel Zenón Quartet
Monday, Mar 2
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
8:00 PM Music: iLe
Tuesday, Mar 3
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
6:30 PM  Talk About Series: Venezuela - What Does It Mean To Live in a Failed State?
7:00 PM Stage: Hurricane Diane
Wednesday, Mar 4
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
7:00 PM Stage: Hurricane Diane
Thursday, Mar 5
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
8:00 PM Stage: Hurricane Diane
Friday, Mar 6
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
7:30 PM Stage: Orestes 2.0
8:00 PM Stage: Hurricane Diane
8:00 PM Stage: She Loves Me

< Tuesday, February 25, 2020 >

All Day Ongoing and Extended Events


Bojo's Place
Until March 1, 2020

* Note: newest and shorter run productions can be found in our regular calendar listings.

Exhibitions and Art

Coded Messages From the Underground Railroad
Until February 27, 2020

Poetry for People
Until March 11, 2020

Photographic Exhibition: Graciela Iturbide & Manuel Alvarez Bravo
Until March 15, 2020

Chicano/a/x Printmaking: Making Prints and Making History - 50 Years of Art Activism
Until Sunday, April 5, 2020

Tijuana 1964: The Photography Of Harry Crosby
Until May 17, 2020

Art of East Asia

Art Of The 20th Century

German Expressionism

Hanjialin Bao - Between Black and White
Until January 26 2020

Barrio Art Crawl
Ongoing, every 2nd Saturday of each month


Free Admission to Japanese Friendship Garden
Ongoing, 3rd Tuesday of each month

Walking Tour of Asian Pacific Historic District
Ongoing, every 2nd Saturday of each month

Chicano Park Tour
Ongoing Saturdays and Sundays


Kids Meet Mandarin
Ongoing Fridays

Chinese Storytime
Ongoing Mondays

Spanish Storytime
Ongoing Mondays

Bilingual Storytime
Ongoing Fridays

Classes and Workshops

Asian Brush Painting/Sumi-e Class
Ongoing Tuesdays

Capoeira Angola de Sao Bento Grande
Ongoing Saturdays

Mahjong Lessons
Ongoing Thursdays

Emei Qigong Practice
Ongoing Saturdays

Kokedama Workshop
Ongoing every 1st and 3rd Tuesday

Irish Gaelic Class
Ongoing Tuesdays

Poetry for the People: African Americans
Wednesdays until March 11, 2020

Tai Chi Workshop
Ongoing Saturdays

Italian Intermediate Conversation Class
Ongoing Tuesdays until February 25, 2020

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Ongoing Sundays
All Day  Indigenous Writers and Their Critics: International Symposium The greater San Diego-Tijuana region will get a rare opportunity to engage with contemporary Indigenous writing, from spoken-word performances and poetry readings by the authors themselves, to book signings, a film screening and special exhibition of material held at UC San Diego. The events are part of a larger international symposium addressing the importance and impact of Indigenous language and literature.

Organized by Dr. Gloria Chacón and Dr. Kathryn Walkiewicz, both of the UC San Diego Department of Literature, and Latin American Studies Librarian Dr. Sarah A. Buck Kachaluba, the complete conference will see more than 20 Indigenous communities represented, Feb. 24 and 25.

“We want to dispel the popular and conventional assumption that Spanish and British colonial powers succeeded in eradicating Indigenous languages through colonialism,” said Chacón, whose book, “Indigenous Cosmolectics: Kab’awil and the Making of Maya and Zapotec Literatures” was published in 2018, followed by a co-edited anthology “Indigenous Interfaces: Spaces, Technology, and Social Networks in Mexico and Central America,” published in 2019.

“Of course, Indigenous people use colonial languages to create literature, but creating in Indigenous languages is also a political and aesthetic act,” she said.

After declaring 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages, the United Nations expanded their campaign of raising awareness and Integrating indigenous languages into larger society by announcing the very first International Decade of Indigenous Languages, to begin in 2022. Two Indigenous languages go extinct every month, UN officials said.

“The goals of this declaration are twofold: to raise awareness about the endangerment that they face as well as underline their contribution to the world’s diversity,” Chacón said. “Presenting and studying the works of indigenous poets exposes our community to the philosophy, the aesthetics and the politics of Indigenous communities within the U.S. as well as south of the border. It is also about asserting their resilience.”

In conjunction with the “Indigenous Writers and Their Critics” symposium, the UC San Diego Library will display “Indigenous Languages and Literatures of the America(s): An Exhibit Honoring Indigenous Writings from Turtle Island to Abiayala.” On display in Geisel Library through March 15, the exhibit will use materials from the Library’s collections to illustrate early to contemporary Indigenous works, including pre-Colombian pictorial and phonetic or alphabetic writing, Indigenous-Spanish works created by colonizing priests, Indigenous-to-Spanish dictionaries, and contemporary Indigenous literature, many written by authors participating in the symposium.

“The range of materials is fascinating as the exhibit items were created by different actors for different purposes, resulting in intended and unintended consequences,” said Buck Kachaluba. “For example, the chronicles penned by early-modern priests, dictionaries and instructional materials created to teach Spanish to Indigenous peoples, and primers printed by 20th century Latin American governments all served to preserve Indigenous language and culture, even as they sought to modernize and often eradicate Indigenous practices and traditions.”

In addition to eight panel discussions featuring top Indigenous language and literature researchers from the United States and Mexico, highlights of the inaugural conference include:

Monday, February 24 " Geisel Library, Seuss Room

“Ülkantun” (songs in Mapudungun) by graduate student Manuel Carrión-Lira and Calibán Catrileo, a Mapuche poet
Poetry reading by Nataylia Richardson (Luiseño)
Reading of “A few Notes on Grief” by Casandra Lopez (Tongva)
Film screening and discussion of “Waaki,” with Victor Masayesva (Hopi)
Evening poetry reading at The Loft at UC San Diego featuring 11 Indigenous writers, with concurrent book signing of “El sueño de la flor” by Marisol Ceh Moo (Maya)

Tuesday, February 25 " UC San Diego Cross Cultural Center

“The Experience of Indigenous Diaspora and Literature: A conversation” with Judith Santopietro (Nahua), Francisco Icala (K’iche’) and Felipe Lopez (Zapotec)
Book signing of “Tiawanaku” by Judith Santopietro (Nahua)
Interactive performance of “Ixkin: Word, Movement, and Relational Worlds” by Tohil Fidel Brito (Ixil and Achi) and María Regina Firmino-Castillo (Nahua/Pipil and Southern European ancestry)
Evening poetry reading at The Loft at UC San Diego featuring 11 Indigenous writers

The Audrey Geisel University Librarian Dr. Erik Mitchell will open the symposium February 24 at 8:45 AM; UC San Diego Intertribal Resource Center director Elena Hood, Ed.D. will give opening remarks February 25 9:15 AM Access the full schedule, including times and a complete list of participants; all aspects of the symposium are free, open to the public and do not require registration.

Paraphrasing Creek-Cherokee scholar Craig Womack, Chacón said that without Indigenous literatures, there wouldn’t be “American Literature” or “Latin-American Literature.”

“Before 1776, the first stories in the continent were Indigenous ones, whether these were oral or represented in various writing systems like Mayan glyphs,” she said. “My hope is that everyone gain a deeper understanding of the political, social, economic and cultural conditions Indigenous nations and Indigenous communities grapple with, as interpreted and articulated by the poets.”

Admission/Cost: FREE

Monday -
Seuss Room
Geisel Library
U.C. San Diego
La Jolla, CA

Tuesday -
Comunidad Room
Cross Cultural Center
U.C. San Diego
La Jolla, CA

Dates and times:
Monday, February 24 - 8:45 AM (All Day)
Tuesday, February 25 - 9:15 AM (All Day)
1:00 PM Film & Discussion: The Farewell Awkwafina’s exquisite star turn highlights Lulu Wang’s funny-sad, soulful and emotionally expansive feature. A small lie morphs Into a grand illusion when a family deceives their beloved grandmother by keeping her terminal diagnosis a secret. (In English and Mandarin with English subtitles).

Discussion after the film with instructor Ralph DeLauro. "Film on the Fringe Class" (Adults 55+)

Admission/Cost: $8

San Diego Oasis Lifelong Learning Center
Suite #325 5500 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA 91942

Tuesday, February 25 - 1:00 PM
6:00 PM African-American Women in Film The evening of film includes screenings of Netflix’s “Never Heard” by local filmmaker Tamera Hill and “Together” by featuring Efé, winner of 2019 D.C. Black Film Festival Actress of the Year award. “Never Heard” tells the story of a father who is incarcerated for a crime he swears he did not commit, and his son who is lured into Los Angeles' ruthless drug world and forced to choose between God or gangs.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Joe and Vi Jacobs Center
404 Euclid Avenue
San Diego, CA 92114

Tuesday, February 25 - 6:00 PM
6:00 PM Gaslamp Mardi Gras Party Hop Enjoy nightclubs, live music venues, restaurants and bars along the famous Fifth Avenue. Dress Festive in Mardi Gras colors (purple, gold and green). Put on your dancing shoes. All the presenting parties are along Fifth Avenue and within walking distance from each other. Purchase your ticket in person or online. In-person purchase: you will receive all the passes and drink tickets in advance, and can begin anytime. Online purchases: you will receive an e-ticket for admission. Bring your print-out or smart phone to the exclusive Opening Party/Will Call between 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM on event day. We will scan it and issue your Party Gras Party Passport, passes, drink tickets and a map with pre-planned routes. You may follow the suggested routes or crawl at your own pace.

Age limit: 21+

Admission/Cost: $29 - $70

Gaslamp Quarter
San Diego, CA 92101

Dates and times:
Friday, February 21 - 6:00 PM
Saturday, February 22 - 6:00 PM
Tuesday, February 25 - 6:00 PM
7:00 PM Victoria Martino: Carnival in Venice Join us on Martedi Grasso, or Fat Tuesday, for a spectacular “Carnival in Venice” lecture-concert, celebrating the 250th death anniversary of the two most renowned figures of the Venetian Baroque: composer and violinist Giuseppe Tartini and painter Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. These two artists from the Venetian Republic were born within a few years and a few miles of each other, and both died, only a month apart, in the same year (1770). Each was acknowledged as one of the “eternal” masters of his discipline, providing for posterity a rich legacy of pupils and followers. The names Tartini and Tiepolo have come to be synonymous with the Baroque style, as expressed in Venice. Giuseppe Tartini was said to have acquired his almost supernatural skill as a violinist by making a pact with the Devil himself. His most famous composition, the “Devil’s Trill” sonata, was the result of a dream in which Tartini heard the Devil performing a weird and haunting melody on the violin. The popular legends surrounding the life and career of his later countryman Niccolo Paganini were all appropriated directly from Tartini's life and experiences. Giovanni Battista Tiepolo was the favored fresco painter of church and aristocracy alike. He was in constant demand during his entire lifetime to complete commissions for the clergy and the courts of Europe. Tiepolo’s complex compositions, precipitous perspectives, and pastel palette set the standard for all subsequent monumental works of art in the Rococo period and beyond. About Victoria Martino: Violinist and art historian Victoria Martino has been presenting lecture-concerts since 1992. She juxtaposes the music and art of specific regions and eras in order to reveal the distinct stylistic properties that are unique to each place and time. Her musical repertoire and art historical expertise range from the Renaissance to contemporary periods. A specialist in Baroque performance practice, Ms. Martino performs on an original, completely unmodified Baroque violin built by Viennese luthier Michael Andreas Bartl in 1760. Audience members will have the unique experience of hearing Tartini’s compositions on a violin that he could have played himself!

Admission/Cost: $25 - $30

Athenaeum Music and Arts Library
1008 Wall Street
San Diego, CA 92037

Tuesday, February 25 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
7:00 PM Stage: Hurricane Diane The Greek god Dionysus returns to the modern world disguised as the butch gardener Diane, whose secret mission is to seduce mortal followers and restore the earth to its natural state. Where better to begin than with four real housewives from New Jersey?

Admission/Cost: $77 - $89

Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
1363 Old Globe Way
San Diego, CA 92101
MAP - [Park Map]

Dates and times:
Ongoing from Thursday, February 13 until Sunday, March 8, 2020
Tuesdays - 7:00 PM
Wednesdays - 7:00 PM
Thursdays - 8:00 PM
Fridays - 8:00 PM
Saturdays - 8:00 PM
Sundays - 7:00 PM
8:00 PM Music: The Chieftains After fifty-seven years of making some of the most beautiful music in the world, The Chieftains remain as fresh and relevant as when they first began. The six-time Grammy® Award winners have been highly recognized for reinventing traditional Irish music on a contemporary and International scale. Their ability to transcend musical boundaries to blend tradition with modern music has notably hailed them as one of the most renowned and revered musical groups to this day. Come see them perform at what will be a memorable evening of music, song and dance on this final journey. *The San Diego Symphony Orchestra does not appear in this concert. Concert will be performed without intermission.

Admission/Cost: $20 - $100

Jacobs Music Center/Copley Symphony Hall
750 B Street
San Diego, CA 92101

Tuesday, February 25 - 8:00 PM
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