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Saturday, Dec 16
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
8:00 AM SD Hmong Community New Year Celebration
10:00 AM California Ballet: The Nutcracker
11:00 AM DIY Kimchi & Gift-Giving Workshop
11:00 AM Lecture: The Evolution of Chinese Weaponry
11:00 AM Stage: Cinderella Eats Rice & Beans: A Salsa Fairy Tale
12:00 PM Japanese Pottery Sale & Concert
2:00 PM Stage: La Posada Magica
2:00 PM City Ballet: The Nutcracker
2:00 PM CDM Roots Thailand
2:30 PM California Ballet: The Nutcracker
3:30 PM Dance: Odissi School December Recital
4:00 PM Posada at Border X Brewing
7:00 PM Yalda Celebration
7:00 PM Music: Ozomatli
7:00 PM Stage: La Posada Magica
7:30 PM La Pastorela de los Alacranes
7:30 PM City Ballet: The Nutcracker
Sunday, Dec 17
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
11:00 AM Let There Be Light: Hanukkah & Kwanzaa Celebration
12:00 PM Cooking Class: Una Noche en España
1:00 PM California Ballet: The Nutcracker
2:00 PM Music: House of England Winter Concert
2:00 PM Four Treasures of the Chinese Study Closing Reception
2:00 PM Stage: La Posada Magica
2:00 PM La Pastorela de los Alacranes
2:00 PM B is for Bangkok Storytime
2:00 PM City Ballet: The Nutcracker
4:30 PM Festival: Global Winter Wonderland
5:30 PM California Ballet: The Nutcracker
7:30 PM California Ballet: The Nutcracker
8:00 PM Music: Anhuea, Paula Fuga, Mahi
Monday, Dec 18
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
8:00 AM SD Hmong Community New Year Celebration
4:30 PM Festival: Global Winter Wonderland
6:30 PM Discussion: One Hundred Years of Solitude
Tuesday, Dec 19
All Day Free Admission to Mingei International Museum
All Day Free Admission to Japanese Friendship Garden
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
4:30 PM Festival: Global Winter Wonderland
7:00 PM Stage: The Meshuga Nutcracker
Wednesday, Dec 20
1:00 PM Cooking Class: French Macaron
4:30 PM Festival: Global Winter Wonderland
7:00 PM California Ballet: The Nutcracker
Thursday, Dec 21
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
4:00 PM Moscow Ballet's 'Great Russian Nutcracker'
7:30 PM Hanukkah/Solstice Concert
7:30 PM Film: Fräulein una Fiana D'inverno
8:00 PM Moscow Ballet's 'Great Russian Nutcracker'
Friday, Dec 22
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
4:30 PM Festival: Global Winter Wonderland
6:00 PM Special Event: Apna Christmas
7:00 PM California Ballet: The Nutcracker
Saturday, Dec 23
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
4:30 PM Festival: Global Winter Wonderland
6:00 PM Russian Grand Ballet Presents “The Nutcracker”
7:30 PM City Ballet: The Nutcracker
Sunday, Dec 24
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
1:00 PM City Ballet: The Nutcracker
2:00 PM City Ballet: The Nutcracker
4:30 PM Festival: Global Winter Wonderland
Monday, Dec 25
4:30 PM Festival: Global Winter Wonderland
Tuesday, Dec 26
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
6:00 PM Kwanzaa Unity Umoja
Wednesday, Dec 27
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
4:30 PM Festival: Global Winter Wonderland
6:00 PM Kwanzaa - Kujichagulia: Self-Determination
6:00 PM Film: The Spirit Of The Beehive
Thursday, Dec 28
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
4:00 PM Book Signing: Sandcastle Girls
4:30 PM Festival: Global Winter Wonderland
6:00 PM Kwanzaa - Collective Work and Responsibility: Ujima
Friday, Dec 29
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
4:30 PM Festival: Global Winter Wonderland
6:00 PM Kwanzaa: Cooperative Economics: Ujamaa
7:00 PM Stage: Kwanzaa Time

< Saturday, March 11, 2017 >

All Day 37th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival Come experience the largest St. Patrick's Day Parade west of the Mississippi! Join the Irish Congress of Southern California for the 37th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival taking place on Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM at Balboa Park between 6th Street and Laurel. Join more than 30,000 attendees in our annual celebration featuring a parade with over 125 entries, more than 75 food/craft booths, a beer garden, two band stages, and a Celtic village. The Kids Zone has a band stage featuring young performers and traditional Irish music, carnival rides and crafts.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Sixth Ave & Laurel St
San Diego, CA 92103

Saturday, March 11 - All Day (Parade starts at 10:30 AM)
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events


Black Pearl Sings!
Until December 17

Diary of Anne Frank
Until December 17

Until December 23

Exhibitions and Art

Memories Of Underdevelopment
Until February 4, 2018

Art of the Americas
Until February 18, 2018

Indonesian Shadow Puppets
Until March 1, 2018

Jewels of India
Until March 1, 2018

Recycled and Embroidered Textiles of Bengal
Until March 25, 2018

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

Art of East Asia
Until December 31, 2019

Arts of Iran
Until January 31, 2019

Art Of The 20th Century
Ongoing until December 31, 2019

German Expressionism
Ongoing until December 31, 2019

Dan McCleary, Etchings And Studies: Taller De Grabado Oaxaca 2000 - 2016

Kanban, Traditional Shop Signs Of Japan
Ongoing until October 8, 2017

Art Of The Open Air
Ongoing until February 13, 2018


Kids Meet Mandarin
Ongoing Fridays

Chinese Storytime
Ongoing Mondays

Spanish Storytime
Ongoing Mondays

Bilingual Storytime
Ongoing Fridays

Classes and Workshops

Irish Gaelic Conversation Circle
Ongoing Tuesdays - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Tai Chi Workshop
Ongoing Saturdays

Ongoing Sundays

African Dance Class
Ongoing Sundays

Dancing With The Brush: Chinese Brush Painting And Calligraphy
Ongoing Tuesdays

Middle-Eastern Drum and Belly Dance Class
Ongoing Mondays

Salsa Class
Ongoing Tuesdays

Urban Art & More
Ongoing Tuesdays

Mandarin Meetup
Ongoing Wednesdays

Cultural Tours and Excursions

San Diego Chinese Historical Museum & Garden Tour
Ongoing, every 1st Saturday of each month

Little Italy Culinary Tour
Ongoing Saturdays

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

Lucha Libre Mexican Wrestling in Tijuana
Ongoing, Select Fridays

Tijuana Street Art Trek with Panca
Ongoing, Select Saturdays

Tijuana Street Eats
Ongoing, Select Saturdays

Tijuana Brewery Tour
Ongoing, Select Saturdays

Tijuana Market Hop
Ongoing, Select Sundays

Tijuana Seafood Food Tour
Ongoing Saturdays

Tijuana Foodie Adventure
Ongoing Saturdays,Tuesdays,Sundays

Ensenada Mexico Pacific Ocean Coastal Tour

Baja Mexico Grand Tour

Tijuana Foodie Adventures

Brews + Chews & Views: Tijuana Walking Tour
Ongoing Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays until Wednesday, December 27, 2017


Tea with The Bard
Ongoing, first Sunday of each month

Kirtan Musical Meditation
Ongoing, Thursdays

Frankie & Maria's Italian Wedding, A Not-So-Ordinary Interactive Dinner Theater
Ongoing, Saturdays, Fridays

10:00 AM CRY San Diego Holi Holi is a festival of Colors in India. The festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships, and is also celebrated as a thanksgiving for a good harvest. People apply colors on each other and have fun on this day. CRY San Diego brings this tradition to San Diego to share with San Diegans -- Indian or not.

India still suffers as being the country with the largest number of children in the workforce. Child marriages, female foeticide, non-existent health and security for women and children, continues to plague the country as much as before. The CRY Holi for Child Rights is a platform for individuals to partner in the child rights movement that enables lasting change in the lives of children. In addition, if you would like to volunteer your time or any special skill you have, please contact us at [email protected]

Some Information about CRY: Child Rights and You (CRY), America Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 2002, works toward restoring the right to a happy and healthy childhood to underprivileged children. Our vision: A just world in which every child -- regardless of gender, class, caste, faith, color, race, ethnicity, physical and mental ability etc. -- has an equal opportunity to develop to her or his full potential. And in which children have a voice in matters that affects them. CRY America acts as a link between the child in need and people and organizations in the US with a desire to help.

Admission/Cost: $10 advance, $12 at the door, Kids (6-12): $5, Students (Bring valid ID to event): $8 advance, $10 at the door.

Hourglass Field Community Park
10440 Black Mountain Road
San Diego, CA 92126

Saturday, March 11 - 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
10:00 AM Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival This year marks the Japanese Friendship Garden's 12th annual Cherry Blossom Festival, a celebration in hanami, the Japanese tradition of welcoming spring and appreciating the temporal beauty of nature. Over 30 vendors will offer crafts ranging fromhandmade goods to kawaii apparel as well as Japanese-style festival foods including okonomiyaki and yakisoba. The Inamori Pavilion hosts atea garden and beer & sake garden where attendees can sample beverages from vendors such as Sangaria.Each day is filled with performances including taiko, koto, and martial art demonstrations plus a children's area offering sustainable crafts and activities, face painting, and an exhibit by Mari Jarvis, the garden's resident beekeeper.

Admission/Cost: $12

Japanese Friendship Garden
2215 Pan American Road
San Diego, CA 92101

Dates and times:
Friday, March 10 - 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Saturday, March 11 - 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Sunday, March 12 - 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
11:00 AM Spanish Tapas Tasting California Gourmet de Espana is not only going to be shaving iberico jamon samples right off the leg in true Spanish style but will also serve up tasty tapa treats for you to sample. We'll also have special vino for sale. From jamon to queso, gordals to marconas, and tortas to rabitos, learn all about one of the most under-appreciated food cultures in the world.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Venissimo Cheese Del Mar
2650 Via de la Valle #C140
Del Mar, CA 92014

Saturday, March 11 - 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
11:00 AM Music: The Hutchins Consort And G Burns The Hutchins Consort brings together a group of extraordinary virtuosi to tackle the challenge of adapting the techniques of traditional strings, as well as inventing new techniques, to master the instruments created by Dr. Carleen Hutchins, the recipient of four honorary doctorates and a foremost authority on violin acoustics.

The Consort plays music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance to the music of the modern masters. With original compositions and transcriptions commissioned by the Catgut Acoustical Society for the octet of violins and new transcriptions by members of the Consort, the Consort displays a breadth and depth that few traditional groups match and a sound that is truly unique.

Band members play on the eight scaled violins of the violin octet designed and built by famed luthier Dr. Carleen Hutchins. The instruments are the first successful attempt to create an acoustically balanced set of instruments that can sound truly like violins across the entire range of written music.

With instruments ranging from the tiny treble violin, tuned one octave above the standard violin, to the gigantic large bass violin, tuned one octave lower than a cello, the Hutchins Consort produces an astonishing palette of sounds.

G Burns Jug Band:
Led by multi-instrumentalist and native Kentuckian Clinton Davis, who grew up hearing jug band music in its birthplace of Louisville, the G Burns Jug Band plays old American music, including urban blues, mountain fiddle, and popular music of the nineteen-twenties and thirties.

In August 2013, the band launched their residency at Black Cat Bar, the G Burns Barn Dance, held the first Saturday of every month. They were nominated for San Diego Music Award in 2015, for their album The Southern Pacific & the Santa Fe.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Encinitas Library
540 Cornish Drive
Encinitas, CA 92024

Saturday, March 11 - 11:00 AM
1:00 PM Adrienne Nims & Spirit Wind The band plays Latin, jazz, pop, and world music.

Admission/Cost: FREE

La Mesa Library
8074 Allison Avenue
La Mesa, CA 91941

Saturday, March 11 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
2:30 PM Workshop: 'Ohe Kāpala (Hawaiian Bamboo Stamps) Learn how to design your own 'ohe kāpala (bamboo stamp), which were used in ancient times to create repetitive patterns onto kapa (Hawaiian bark cloth). You will learn the names of patterns, how to use negative and positive space, as well as how you can use your family lineage to create an 'ohe that is special to you and your ohana.

Registration for this class is highly suggested as space is limited. Email [email protected] to save your spot.

Instructor: Liana Iona

All tools, bamboo, fabric will be provided by instructor.

Hui members - $35
Non-Hui members - $45

Hui o Hawai'i of San Diego
752 Grand Avenue
Spring Valley, CA 91977

Saturday, March 11 - 2:30 PM

For more information, please visit:
3:00 PM Music From Around the World The Discovery Music Series at the Rancho Bernardo Library will present its first international concert in the 2nd floor community room. The concert will feature Japanese and Iranian music. Performing at the concert are The Harmonies Japanese choir, which is directed by Naomi Hobbs. They began in 2003 and enjoy singing traditional Japanese songs and modern songs with their original arrangements. Also at the concert, Homa Massih will perform piano music by Iranian composers. She received her Bachelors of Arts in piano performance and musicology from the Faculty of Fine Arts at Tehran University and is a piano teacher in Rancho Bernardo. With the addition of international concerts to its program, the Discovery Series at the library continues to educate the public about various musical forms and to expand the opportunity for local musicians to perform.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Rancho Bernardo Library
17110 Bernardo Center Drive
San Diego, CA 92128

Saturday, March 11 - 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
3:30 PM Japanese Kokedama Garden Making Class Kokedama is a traditional Japanese art form where moss is used as a container for a plant. In this hands-on workshop, you will learn the skills behind kokedama how to make your very own kokedama. Led by Kanako Yamada, owner of Kodama Forest. All of the supplies needed to make your unique Kokedama, including two plants from Kanako's selection, moss, soils, and all other materials needed.

Admission/Cost: $35

City Farmers Nursery
3110 Euclid Avenue
San Diego, CA 92105

Saturday, March 11 - 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
4:00 PM Wine Tasting: A Journey Through Italy Caesar rationed 1 liter of wine to each soldier in his army daily. Explore how the wines of Italy have transcended from jug-worthy to wines of exceptional beauty. We will be featuring 20 wines from around the country. Please call for specialty pricing and to make reservations if you choose to join the wine dinner with Italian wine experts Stefano Butto and Sante Deluca following the tasting.

Admission/Cost: $22 - $26

WineSellar and Brasserie
9550 Waples Street #115
San Diego, CA 92121

Saturday, March 11 - 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
4:30 PM San Diego International Youth Arts Festival The San Diego International Youth Arts Festival features young performing artists from a wide variety of artistic and cultural backgrounds as they share their tal-ents with the San Diego community. The SDIYA Festival also provides an opportunity for these artists to connect with a larger artistic community and discover the many wonderful performance genres here in San Diego.

Participants include: Malashock Dance Jr. Company, San Diego Korean Pungmul Institute, Hong Wu Kung Fu Tai Chi Academy, Flora Yuan, Ballet Folklorico El Tapatio, Recreational Mu-sic Center, Center for World Music Odissi Dance School, Grace Li & Michelle Lai, Neo Kyma dance group from Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, Jr Skullies, Xingjian Dance Studio, Rebecca Penner, and Rincon Youth Storytellers. Muramid Museum will also be displaying a large mural by teen artists.

Admission/Cost: FREE

J.Crivello Hall
Francis Parker School
6501 Linda Vista Rd
San Diego, CA 92111

Saturday, March 11 - 4:30 PM

For more information, please visit:
6:00 PM Li Huai: Opening Reception Li Huai presents a varied array of work for her solo show You Fascinate Me!. Li Huai's specialties include installation, painting, drawing, multi-media, and Chinese calligraphy. In thematic terms, her work deals with various issues related to East-West cultural interaction in an increasingly transnational age, including issues involving the Asian diaspora. On opening night, refreshments and appetizers will be served and wine sale proceeds benefit Art Produce.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Sparks Gallery
530 Sixth Avenue
San Diego,CA 92101

Saturday, March 11 - 6:00 PM
6:00 PM Wine Dinner: A Journey Through Tuscany Join us in welcoming Sante Deluca and Stefano Butto, Italian wine experts, in a journey through the varieties and styles of Tuscany. Five wines will be paired with five courses of Master Chef Loren's cuisine. Reservations required. Call regarding special pricing if you attend both the Walk-Around and the Dinner.

Admission/Cost: $89

WineSellar and Brasserie
9550 Waples Street #115
San Diego, CA 92121

Saturday, March 11 - 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
6:30 PM Mariachi Showcase The USD Mariachi Ensemble, directed by Serafin Paredes, and the Department of Music present the USD Mariachi Showcase, featuring the phenomenal Mariachi Aztlán, and the winning ensembles from high schools in the southland and neighboring states from March 10.

Admission/Cost: $10

Shiley Theatre (Camino Hall)
University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Dates and times:
Friday, March 10 - 6:30 PM
Saturday, March 11 - 6:30 PM
7:00 PM Opera: La Tragedie de Carmen San Diego Opera presents La Tragedie De Carmen (The Tragedy of Carmen). Gypsy Carmen is a sizzling seductress, but play with her and you will get burned. Naïve young soldier Don Jose falls for her, leaving his homespun sweetheart Micaela in pursuit of a life of crime and lust with Carmen and her band. But when Carmen callously drops him for Escamillo the strutting bullfighter, jealousy ignites and Don Jose is pushed to the brink. Passions intensify and burst into an emotional bonfire that threatens to destroy them all. In Peter Brook's gripping adaptation of Georges Bizet's opera Carmen, The Tragedy of Carmen brings us all of the intense emotion and gorgeous music, in a focused and distilled 90-minute production. Starring Peabody Southwell as Carmen.

Admission/Cost: $20 - $75

Balboa Theatre
868 Fourth Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101

Dates and times:
Friday, March 10 - 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Saturday, March 11 - 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Sunday, March 12 - 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
7:00 PM Music: Ozomatli Ozomatli is a six-piece band playing primarily Latin, hip hop, and rock music, formed in 1995 in Los Angeles.

Admission/Cost: $32

Music Box
1337 India Street
San Diego, CA 92101

Dates and times:
Friday, December 15 - 7:00 PM
Saturday, December 16 - 7:00 PM

For more information, please call (619) 795-1337
7:30 PM Music: Claudia Villela Rio de Janeiro native Claudia Villela is known as an adventurous Brazilian singer. She has collaborated with jazz giants, including Toots Thielemans, Michael Brecker, Kenny Werner, and Bela Fleck, while maintaining close ties to fellow Brazilian masters.

Admission/Cost: $10 - $20

Athenaeum Art Center (Logan Heights)
1955 Julian Avenue
San Diego, CA 92113

Saturday, March 11 - 7:30 PM
7:30 PM Stage: Waiting for Godot UCSD Department of Theatre & Dance presents Samuel Beckett's classic about two apparently homeless tramps waiting for a person who may point the way -- to who knows where. They pass the meantime entertaining each other and recalling fragments of their lives. Gabor Tompa directs.

Admission/Cost: $10 - $20

Theodore and Adele Shank Theatre
9500 Gilman Drive
University of California at San Diego
San Diego, CA 92093

Dates and times:
Thursday, March 16 - 7:30 PM
Friday, March 17 - 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 18 - 7:30 PM
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