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Monday, May 27
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
4:00 PM Carnatic Vocal Concert
Tuesday, May 28
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7:00 PM Stage: Fiddler on the Roof
Wednesday, May 29
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
7:00 PM Stage: Fiddler on the Roof
7:30 PM Jewish Arts Festival: In the Room Where It Happens
Thursday, May 30
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
7:00 PM Stage: Fiddler on the Roof
8:00 PM Stage: Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Friday, May 31
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1:00 PM Symposium: Anthropogeny: The Perspective From Africa
7:00 PM Music: Los Texmaniacs
7:00 PM Music: Internacional Grupo Kawsay
7:00 PM Stage: Fiddler on the Roof
7:30 PM Performance: Paper Cities
8:00 PM Stage: Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
8:00 PM Stage: Pride and Prejudice
Saturday, Jun 1
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:30 AM Dragons Exhibit Opening
2:00 PM Stage: Fiddler on the Roof
2:00 PM Filipino Mabuhay Festival
3:00 PM Film: The Year I Did Nothing
3:00 PM Stage: Pride and Prejudice
5:00 PM Water Lantern Festival Escondido
5:00 PM Mexico Gourmet Festival San Diego
6:00 PM Film: The Year I Did Nothing
6:00 PM Mariachi Festival to Benefit Medical Missions
6:00 PM Music: Pt. Kumar Bose
7:00 PM Music: Mariachi Divas
7:00 PM Stage: Fiddler on the Roof
7:30 PM Performance: Paper Cities
8:00 PM Stage: Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
8:00 PM Stage: Pride and Prejudice
Sunday, Jun 2
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
12:00 PM Japanese Summer Festival
1:00 PM Stage: Fiddler on the Roof
2:00 PM Stage: Pride and Prejudice
3:00 PM Stage: Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
5:00 PM Ballet: Don Quixote
6:00 PM Stage: Fiddler on the Roof
7:00 PM Music: The Young Dubliners
7:00 PM SD County Fair: La Adictiva Banda San Josť De Mesillas
7:00 PM Stage: Pride and Prejudice
7:30 PM Performance: Paper Cities
Monday, Jun 3
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
8:00 PM Stage: Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Tuesday, Jun 4
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
7:30 PM Jewish Arts Festival: Knockin' On Dylan's Door
Wednesday, Jun 5
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
7:00 PM Jewish Arts Festival: Soulfarm
Thursday, Jun 6
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
7:30 PM Jewish Arts Festival: In Every Generation
8:00 PM Stage: Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Friday, Jun 7
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
8:00 PM Stage: Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
8:00 PM Stage: Pride and Prejudice
Saturday, Jun 8
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
3:00 PM Stage: Pride and Prejudice
8:00 PM Stage: Pride and Prejudice
8:00 PM Stage: Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Sunday, Jun 9
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
2:00 PM Stage: Pride and Prejudice
3:00 PM Stage: Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
7:00 PM Stage: Pride and Prejudice
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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