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Monday, Mar 18
All Day Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival (Sakura Matsuri)
All Day 26th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
7:30 PM Book Signing: Susan Meissner
7:30 PM Stage: Spamalot
Tuesday, Mar 19
All Day Free Admission to Japanese Friendship Garden
All Day 26th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival
All Day Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival (Sakura Matsuri)
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
7:30 PM Stage: Chaps!
7:30 PM Stage: Spamalot
8:00 PM Stage: Blurred at the Edges
Wednesday, Mar 20
All Day 26th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival
All Day Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival (Sakura Matsuri)
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
2:00 PM Stage: Chaps!
6:00 PM Documentary: Our Lost Years
7:00 PM Stage: Les Misérables School Edition
7:30 PM Stage: Chaps!
8:00 PM Stage: Blurred at the Edges
Thursday, Mar 21
All Day 26th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival
All Day Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival (Sakura Matsuri)
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
1:00 PM Talk: U.S. Trade Policy Toward China
4:00 PM Talk: The Political Lives of Cows, Rivers, and Mountains in Contemporary India
7:00 PM Stage: Les Misérables School Edition
7:30 PM Stage: Chaps!
8:00 PM Music: Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Friday, Mar 22
All Day 26th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival
All Day Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival (Sakura Matsuri)
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
6:00 PM The 34th Annual International Expo & Cultural Fashion Show
6:00 PM Japanese Sake
7:00 PM Soccer Match: Mexico vs Chile
7:00 PM Stage: Les Misérables School Edition
7:30 PM Stage: Paul Rodriguez
8:00 PM Music: Puccini's Glorious Mass
8:00 PM Stage: Cabaret
8:00 PM Film: Degas: Passion for Perfection
8:00 PM Stage: Chaps!
9:30 PM Stage: Paul Rodriguez
Saturday, Mar 23
All Day 26th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival
All Day Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival (Sakura Matsuri)
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
11:00 AM Japanese Brush Painting Exhibition
1:00 PM Talk: Archaeology on the Coronados Islands
4:00 PM Stage: Chaps!
7:00 PM Music: At Home with Bulgarian Music
7:00 PM Stage: Les Misérables School Edition
8:00 PM Stage: Chaps!
8:00 PM Stage: Cabaret
9:00 PM Music: Boogaloo Assassins
Sunday, Mar 24
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
11:00 AM House of Iran Lawn Program
11:00 AM Japanese Brush Painting Exhibition
2:00 PM Stage: Cabaret
2:00 PM Stage: Les Misérables School Edition
2:00 PM Stage: Chaps!
4:00 PM Indian Music: Prasanna
6:00 PM Brasil Jazz Festa
7:00 PM Stage: Paul Rodriguez
7:30 PM Music: Roberto Carlos
Monday, Mar 25
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Tuesday, Mar 26
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
7:30 PM Stage: Chaps!
8:00 PM Stage: Blurred at the Edges
Wednesday, Mar 27
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
2:00 PM Stage: Chaps!
7:30 PM Stage: Chaps!
8:00 PM Stage: Blurred at the Edges
Thursday, Mar 28
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
7:30 PM Stage: Chaps!
8:00 PM Stage: Cabaret
Friday, Mar 29
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
8:00 PM Music: Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
8:00 PM Stage: Chaps!
8:00 PM Stage: Cabaret
Saturday, Mar 30
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
12:30 PM Hands on Kimchi Workshop & Beer Pairing
1:00 PM Music: Clinton Davis
4:00 PM Stage: Chaps!
8:00 PM Stage: Chaps!
8:00 PM Stage: Cabaret
Sunday, Mar 31
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
11:00 AM Dance: House of Palestine Lawn Program
2:00 PM Stage: Chaps!
2:00 PM Stage: Cabaret
4:00 PM 16th Annual Festival of World Dances
The Worldview Project International Book Club 2015
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You are Invited to Join
The Worldview Project International Book Club!

Each month The Worldview Project International Book Club features a book for discussion that aligns with The Worldview Project's mission to promote greater cross-cultural awareness, knowledge, and understanding. Additionally, throughout the month we will e-mail announcements designed to 'take you deeper' into the highlighted culture—such as local events, articles, interviews, art, music, movies, restaurants, recipes, current events, further readings, etc.—all curated to enhance and deepen your experience. We invite you to join us on the first Tuesday of each month for a unique, informative and lively gathering to discuss and share what we have read, experienced, and learned.

To join the book club, please email Sharon at s.payne@thewvp.org

Previous Book Club Listings

tiger in the kitchen
November 4, 2015

November Book: A Tiger in the Kitchen: A Memoir of Food and Family
By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan

Meeting: Tuesday, December 1, 2015
7:00PM—8:30PM

Meeting Location:
Open Minds Studio
4236 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116 (Kensington)
http://openmindslearnbest.com

The 16th annual San Diego Asian Film Festival begins next week and our book ties in perfectly with one of the festivals fantastic films. Over 130 films will be shown during the 10-day run in various venues. This is a the best film festival of the year, so don't miss it! Find more information on the festival, films, schedule and tickets here: LINK

Our Book: A Tiger in the Kitchen
Synopsis: After growing up in the most food-obsessed city in the world, Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan left home and family at eighteen for America--proof of the rebelliousness of daughters born in the Year of the Tiger. But as a thirtysomething fashion writer in New York, she felt the Singaporean dishes that defined her childhood beginning to call her back. Was it too late to learn the secrets of her grandmothers' and aunties' kitchens, as well as the tumultuous family history that had kept them hidden before In her quest to recreate the dishes of her native Singapore by cooking with her family, Tan learned not only cherished recipes but long-buried stories of past generations.

A Tiger in the Kitchen, which includes ten authentic recipes for Singaporean classics such as pineapple tarts and Teochew braised duck, is the charming, beautifully written story of a Chinese-Singaporean ex-pat who learns to infuse her New York lifestyle with the rich lessons of the Singaporean kitchen, ultimately reconnecting with her family and herself.

The book can also be purchased via Amazon:
LINK


Our Film: Off the Menu: Asian American - Saturday, November 14, 2015, 3:20pm, La Paloma Theater
What exactly does food reflect about Asian Pacific Americans? Off the Menu: Asian America grapples with how family, tradition, faith, and geography shape our relationship to food. The program takes audiences on a journey from Texas to New York and from Wisconsin to Hawaii using our obsession with food as a launching point to delve into a wealth of stories, traditions, and unexpected characters that help nourish this nation of immigrants.

Off the Menu is a road trip into the kitchens, factories, temples and farms of Asian Pacific America that explores how our relationship to food reflects our evolving community.

For more information about the film: LINK

WVP Book Club information: LINK

For more information on the book club or to RSVP, contact Sharon at: s.payne@thewvp.org

October 27, 2015

October Book: The Shadow of the Wind
By Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Meeting: Tuesday, November 3, 2015
7:00PM—8:30PM

Meeting Location:
Open Minds Studio
4236 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116 (Kensington)
http://openmindslearnbest.com

Hola and Olé!

We are planning a big fiesta for our book club meeting on Tuesday, November 3, 2015. Paella, empanadas, flan and a even Flamenco dancer! Stay tuned for all the details.

What a beautifully written book we are reading. I marvel at Zafón's use of language to paint a picture of his book's fabulous characters and of a mystical Barcelona. Here is an amazing montage of black and white photos of Barcelona and Madrid in the 1950's: LINK Here is another from 1951 which also documents part of Franco's dictatorship: LINK

Speaking of Franco, here is a comprehensive biography of his life and rule: LINK and what a great documentary on the Spanish Civil War and the rise of Franco: LINK

The Castle of Montjuic is mentioned many times throughout the story as in the 1950's it was a political prison and killing ground. Today it serves as a military museum. Read about it's past, present and future here: LINK

For a fun, short video out and about in current-day Barcelona, watch this: LINK It will give you a brief idea of this magical city.

It is impossible to not associate flamenco with Spain. You can find more about this sensual art form here: LINK
and watch his GORGEOUS perforance of flamenco here: LINK

There are a couple of movies you might like to watch to get the flavor of Barcelona. Vicky Christina Barcelona, a delightful comedy-drama set in Barcelona, LINK. Also, The Time In Between, a Spanish period drama, gorgeously filmed and a wee bit of a soap opera, much of it is filmed in Morocco, but it is the time of the Spanish Civil War and so it's right around the time the book takes place (and politics of the time is the background to the story). It is available on both Hulu: LINK and Netflix: LINK

We still have a few free copies of the book at the Worldview Project office. Email me to arrange a time you can pick up your copy. Or you can purchase this book via Amazon:
LINK

The Angel's Game here: LINK
The Prisoner of Heaven here: LINK

Enjoy!


WVP Book Club information: LINK

For more information on the book club or to RSVP, contact Sharon at: s.payne@thewvp.org

October 14, 2015

October Book: The Shadow of the Wind
By Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Meeting: Tuesday, November 3, 2015
7:00PM—8:30PM

Meeting Location:
Open Minds Studio
4236 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116 (Kensington)
http://openmindslearnbest.com

October 6, 2016, was the official launch of the KPBS/Public Library "One Book, One San Diego" selection, The Shadow of the Wind. I attended the launch event and it was a delight to hear the author, Carlos Ruiz Zafón, speak about this writing process, his books and his life. He is fiercely smart and has a clever, dry wit.

Here are a few of the fascinating gems gleaned from the interview:
  • He learned English by reading Stephen King novels over and over again.
  • The writes in Spanish has his work is translated into 40 languages.
  • He wrote his first novel when he was 13 years old-an epic 600-page Sci-fi "masterpiece" (insert wink, wink). While a publisher did invite him to meet and discuss his book, the publisher elected not to publish his "masterpiece" (wink, wink) and instead advised Carlos to slow down; "Why are you in such a hurry?"
  • He began his career began by writing young adult novel. While it brought him success, it did not provide satisfaction. The Shadow of the Wind was the first book the wrote that really captured the story he wanted to tell.
  • He splits his time between Los Angeles and Barcelona. He made an interesting analogy between Los Angeles-a place that tries to forget the past and recreate anew all the time-and Barcelona- a city that lives in, and is constantly surrounded by, the past. This a recurring theme in this book-"we are the things we remember," and "the less we remember, the less we are."
  • As a hobby, he composes music to accompany this writing. (insert "WOW"). The music is available for free from his spanish website here: LINK
  • The Shadow of the Wind is part of a 4-book series The Cemetery of Forgotten Books. Shadow is the first and it centers around the reader and the reader's experience. The second in the series is The Angel's Game, which centers around the writer. The third is The Prisoner of Heaven, which centers around the characters of novels. And the fourth-not yet published!
  • When asked if he ever considered making one of his books into a movie, he commented that he felt that would be a "betrayal to the written word". Remaining only a book he can keep the story "as it is", because "nothing tells a story as beautifully as a novel."
What an intriguing and interesting man. His English language website is: LINK. It has lots of interesting information, including a virtual tour of the book's setting, Barcelona. His Spanish language website is: LINK.

We still have a few free copies of the book at the Worldview Project office. Email me to arrange a time you can pick up your copy. Or you can purchase this book via Amazon:
LINK

The Angel's Game here: LINK
The Prisoner of Heaven here: LINK

Enjoy!


WVP Book Club information: LINK

For more information on the book club or to RSVP, contact Sharon at: s.payne@thewvp.org

October Book: The Shadow of the Wind
By Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Meeting:

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Synopsis: Barcelona, 1945: A city slowly heals in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, and Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer's son who mourns the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by one Julián Carax. But when he sets out to find the author's other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written. In fact, Daniel may have the last of Carax's books in existence. Soon Daniel's seemingly innocent quest opens a door into one of Barcelona's darkest secrets--an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love.

We have quite a few free copies of the book at the Worldview Project office. Email Tom at tjon@thewvp.org to arrange a time you can pick up a copy (while supplies last!). Or you can purchase this book via our Amazon link: http://astore.amazon.com/theworldviewp-20/detail/0143034901
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