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Sunday, Oct 20
All Day Stage: Las Quinceañeras
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM San Diego International Film Festival
10:00 AM Sukkot Harvest Festival
10:30 AM German Film: Rocca Changes The World (Rocca Verändert Die Welt)
12:30 PM Stage: ¡Vuela!
2:00 PM Lawn Program: House of Czech & Slovak Republics
2:00 PM Stage: Foxfire
6:00 PM Music & Dance: Danyavaad & The Shimmy Sisters Reunion
6:00 PM Music: Ali Azimi
6:00 PM San Diego Ballet: A Midsummer Night's Dream
7:30 PM SDIFF Film: Benedetta Follia + Short: Scent of the Stars
7:30 PM Stage: Calafia At Liberty
Monday, Oct 21
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
7:30 PM SDIFF Film: Napoli Velata + Short: The Same Name
Tuesday, Oct 22
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
1:00 PM Film & Discussion: Puzzle
6:00 PM Coco: Sugar Skull Paint Night
7:00 PM Opera: Aida
7:30 PM SDIFF Film: Come un Gatto in Tangenzial + Short: The Loony Boxer
7:30 PM Book Signing: Kate Quinn
Wednesday, Oct 23
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
5:00 PM Wine Tasting: Northern Italy
6:00 PM French Film: Moka
7:30 PM SDIFF Film: Euforia + Short: Postcard
Thursday, Oct 24
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
5:00 PM Talk: Racism in German and American Cinema of the Twenties
6:00 PM UNA Discussion: Our Planet, Our Future
7:00 PM Book Signing: Rut Sepetys
7:30 PM SDIFF Film: A Casa Tutti Bene + Short: The Place of Happiness
8:00 PM Comedy: Dante Chang
Friday, Oct 25
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
1:00 PM Talk with Potter Shumpei Yamaki
2:00 PM Book Signing: J. Elke Ertle
6:00 PM Film & Discussion About Race, Mental Health & Community
7:00 PM Music: Clave Dura
7:00 PM Opera: Aida
7:30 PM SDIFF Film: Selfie + Shorts: Shine, Beauty
7:30 PM Stage: Amazing Adventures Of The Marvelous Monkey King
7:30 PM Stage: Foxfire
8:00 PM Comedy: Dante Chang
Saturday, Oct 26
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
11:00 AM Balboa Park Halloween Family Day
11:00 AM City Heights El Dia de los Muertos
12:00 PM Encinitas Dia de los Muertos Celebration
2:00 PM Black Life: A Conversation
2:00 PM Stage: Sense & Sensibility
2:00 PM Stage: Amazing Adventures Of The Marvelous Monkey King
2:00 PM San Diego Symphony Plays Music from Coco
5:30 PM SDIFF Gala & Italy Exported Awards
7:30 PM Comedy: Dante Chang
7:30 PM Stage: Foxfire
7:30 PM Stage: Amazing Adventures Of The Marvelous Monkey King
8:00 PM Stage: Sense and Sensibility
9:30 PM Comedy: Dante Chang
Sunday, Oct 27
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
12:00 PM Kimchi Workshop
2:00 PM Opera: Aida
2:00 PM Stage: Sense & Sensibility
2:00 PM Stage: Foxfire
7:00 PM Keali'i Reichel
7:30 PM SDIFF Film: L’uomo Che Comprò la Luna
7:30 PM Stage: Amazing Adventures Of The Marvelous Monkey King
Monday, Oct 28
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
4:00 PM Population Aging and Korea’s Economy
Tuesday, Oct 29
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
12:00 PM In Celebration of Toni Morrison: Reflecting on a Legend
6:00 PM Coco: Sugar Skull Paint Night
Wednesday, Oct 30
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Thursday, Oct 31
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Friday, Nov 1
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
8:00 PM Stage: Sense and Sensibility
Saturday, Nov 2
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
8:00 PM Stage: Sense and Sensibility

< Friday, March 1, 2019 >

All Day Trinh Mai: That We Should Be Heirs Trinh Mai: That We Should Be Heirs That We Should Be Heirs encourages participants to engage in the lost art of letter writing as a method of alleviating burdens and promoting healing. By putting hand to paper and joining one another in this collective activity of personal letter writing, we can share in this intimate process of privately documenting the stories, hardships, and triumphs that connect us all. Letters written by immigrants and families of immigrants are encouraged. Letters handwritten in participants' native tongues are welcomed and encouraged. Writings by survivors are encouraged. This project includes on-site activities and off-site workshops during which participants will be asked to write letters to themselves and/or others to pay respect to those who have shared in our heartaches and the approaches we've found to quiet our pain. All writings will be rolled and bound with string, and therefore, will remain private as part of the installation.

That We Should Be Heirs aims to offer a hallowed space for the participants to release their burdens and their fears into the art. As more letters are received, the installation will continue to evolve. This project focuses on one of the most profound commonalities that we all have—our desire to heal, our constant search for new ways to alleviate our burdens, our hope to gain victory over fear, and the consistent need to let go of the things that have a way of hardening our hearts.

San Diego Art Institute
1439 El Prado
Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101
MAP - [Park Map]

Dates and times
Ongoing until Sunday, May 12, 2019
Tuesdays to Fridays - 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturdays & Sundays - 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
5:30 PM Film: The Gift of Barong This film is about two generations of Filipino-American surfers from the Bay Area who traveled to the Philippines to immerse in the culture, surf the islands and rediscover themselves.

What started as an innocent participation in a Filipino town fiesta and an accidental viewing of one's self in the mirror with the Barong Tagalog (a traditional Filipino shirt), resulted in the awakening of the consciousness of one of the main characters.

This simple journey from within developed into a full-blown independent documentary film project that took two years to make.

A must see film for the Filipino and Filipino-Americans and other ethnic communities. It shows the complexity of the social and emotional side of immigrants and shows the courage and resolve of the few.

Admission/Cost: FREE

New Americans Museum
2825 Dewey Rd
San Diego, CA92106

Friday, March 1 - 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

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6:00 PM Gaslamp Mardi Gras Don't wait until Fat Tuesday to celebrate Mardi Gras! Experience an epic Mardi Gras weekend party like no other! At the 2019 Gaslamp Mardi Gras: Fri. Sat. Fat Tuesday, March 1, 2 & 5 enjoy a Club VIP Pass that includes 8+ welcome libations, exclusive drink and dining dealsand FREE entry to not 4 but over 20 premier clubs and bars! Kickoff location is American Junkie, 628 Fifth Ave.

Admission/Cost: $25 - $40

Gaslamp Quarter
Fifth Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101

Dates and times:
Day 1: Friday, March 1 - 6:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Day 2: Saturday, March 2 - 6:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Day 3: Fat Tuesday, March 5 - 6:00 PM to 2:00 AM

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7:00 PM Conversations with Writers of Color Co-sponsored by San Diego Central Library, UCSD Library, and UCSD's Cross Cultural Center and SPACES campus organizations, this winter groundbreaking series features 30 speakers and 6 panels that will discuss the unique issues facing writers of color including self-care strategies employed in less than diverse MFA programs or newsrooms; depicting experiences unfamiliar to mainstream American culture; and navigating the publication process in an industry that is 86 percent white. In addition to local writers of color, participants are coming in from Chicago, Alabama, Nebraska and the Pacific Northwest to participate in the conversation.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Central Library
330 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92101

Dates and times:
Friday, March 1 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Saturday, March 2 - 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Sunday, March 3 - 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM

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7:00 PM Stage: Disney's Moana Jr. San Diego Junior Theatre partners with Music Theatre International and Disney Theatrical Group on a pilot production of Moana, Jr. An adventurous teenager sails on a daring mission to save her people. The once mighty demigod Maui guides her quest to become a master way-finder. Directed and choreographed by Francine Maigue.

Admission/Cost: $14 - $16

San Diego Junior Theatre
1650 El Prado #208
San Diego, CA 92101
MAP - [Park Map]

Dates and times:
Ongoing from Friday, March 1 until Sunday, March 17 - 2019
Fridays - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Saturdays & Sundays - 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
7:00 PM Music: Red Fish Blue Fish Performs Xenakis’ Persephassa Persephassa (1969) is the first of Xenakis' innovative and ambitious works for percussion ensemble. The title refers to the goddess Persephone, "the personification of telluric forces and of transmutations of life." The piece was commissioned for the first-ever Shiraz Festival (organized by the Empress of Iran), held at the historic desert site of Persepolis—an awesome and altogether fitting setting for such a powerful work.

Persephassa gains much of its effect from having the six percussionists distributed around the audience. The treatment of space as a musical parameter is one of the most important preoccupations of Xenakis' music, particularly in his works of the mid-to-late 1960s.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Conrad Prebys Music Center
U.C. San Diego
La Jolla, CA

Friday, March 1 - 7:00 PM

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7:00 PM Music: Maoli & Dubbest Maoli (meaning "Native" in Hawaiian) started in Maui with Glenn Awong, a 14- year-old with a passion for music, and Kana Akiu-Corpuz. Since then, the boys from Maoli focused more on sharing their music and passion with a bigger audience. Maoli was able to garner fans from all over the United States as well as an international crowd including Guam and Australia. Their music went on to play in parts of Europe, such as Germany, Italy, Scotland, Japan and others.

Dubbest has been forging its own path through the heavily forested reggae landscape, expertly infusing roots of traditionalism with a refreshing improvisational savvy that calls to mind not only the studio experimentation of pioneering dub producers Osbourne "King Tubby" Ruddock and Lee "Scratch" Perry, but also the real-time exploration of jam bands like the Grateful Dead and Phish. As friends in high school, guitarist Andrew MacKenzie, singer/melodica player Ryan Thaxter, bassist Sean Craffey, guitarist Cory Mahoney, and drummer Kyle Hancock shared a love of pop-punk and ska, bonding over bands like Black Flag, until they caught wind of Augustus Pablo's 1974 dub classic Ital Dub. This was the game changer that set the stage for their current musical approach, using introspective, spacious bass and drum grooves to anchor a thickly-textured interplay of instruments, vocals, and timbres. With their third album, Light Flashes, Dubbest is poised for national recognition.

Admission/Cost: $20 - $250

Ramona Mainstage
626 Main St, Ramona
San Diego, CA 92065

Friday, March 1 - 7:00 PM to 11:59 PM

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7:30 PM Stage: Beyond Babel Beyond Babel is a new theatrical dance show created by Keone & Mari Madrid and Hideaway Circus. The production is inspired by the classic tale of Romeo & Juliet and current social stories from all over the world. The show is about the division of families, friends, and a community of people as authorities decide to build a wall between them. We follow two divinely linked lovers as they reconcile with the rising tensions of a populace cut in half. The show is set to a contemporary soundtrack and features a cast of twelve elite dancers. It also features large crochet backdrops, art installations, and yarn-based props created by artist London Kaye.

Admission/Cost: $35 - $125

Beyond Babel Theatre
2625 Imperial Avenue
San Diego, CA

Dates and times:
Ongoing from Friday, March 1 to Saturday, March 30, 2019
Fridays, Saturdays - 7:30 PM
Saturday and Sunday Matinees - 2:30 PM
Additional Shows: Tuesday, March 12 and Thursday March 28 - 2:30 PM

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7:30 PM Stage: Aladdin From the producer of "The Lion King" comes the timeless story of Aladdin, a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. It's an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite.

The musical features beloved songs, grand choreography and colorful costumes.
For tickets and additional details call the box office at (619) 570-1100.

Admission/Cost: $33 - $175

San Diego Civic Theatre
1100 Third Avenue
San Diego, CA

Dates and times:
Multiple dates from February 20 - March 3, 2019
Tuesdays & Wednesdays - 7:00 PM
Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays - 7:30 PM
Sundays - 6:30 PM
Saturday Matinees - 2:00 PM
Sunday Matinees - 1:00 PM

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7:30 PM Stage: The Misanthrope USCD Theatre & Dance stages Moliere's masterpiece about the curmudgeon's curmudgeon, in which the great French playwright exposes the "frivolity and inconsistency of his contemporaries." Nicholas Rapp directs.

Exhausted with uncertainty, Alceste finds himself at a party in order to uncover the true nature of Celimene's affections. There he encounters society; a slick, capricious people, who are, in Alceste's estimation, embodiments of decaying values and apathy in the face of corruption. With an unjust lawsuit hanging over his head, he comes to realize first hand the merit of speaking disingenuously as a course to survive. Alceste must finally decide whether his personal convictions are more or less important than his place in this world. 1666. A comedy.

Admission/Cost: $8 - $20

Theodore and Adele Shank Theatre
U.C. San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
San Diego, CA 92093

Dates and times:
Friday, February 22 - 7:30 PM
Saturday, February 23 - 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM
Friday, March 1 - 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 2 - 7:30 PM
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