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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
10:00 AM Norwegian Rosmaling Painting Event
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
8:00 AM Norwegian Rosmaling Painting Event
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
8:00 AM Norwegian Rosmaling Painting Event
10:00 AM Travel Writing Workshop
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
12:00 PM The 6th Annual Comida ¡EXPO!
1:00 PM Indigo Shibori Napkins Workshop
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
8:00 AM Norwegian Rosmaling Painting Event
10:00 AM Oceanside Dia de los Muertos
12:00 PM Kimchi Workshop
12:00 PM Hands On Kimchi Workshop
2:00 PM House of Scotland Lawn Program
2:00 PM Opera: Aida
2:00 PM Sushi Festival San Diego
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
4:00 PM Talk: Ancestral Tradition & Cultural Transformation Across Borders
7:00 PM Book Signing: Alice Hoffman
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
6:00 PM Lecture: Kashmir: Where Identity Rises Above a Territory
7:00 PM Victoria Martino Lecture on Matisse
Wednesday, Oct 30
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
5:00 PM Talk by Artist Diedrick Brackens
Thursday, Oct 31
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Friday, Nov 1
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM Bazaar del Mundo Dia de los Muertos Celebration
5:00 PM Viva Frida Art Show
5:00 PM Dia de los Muertos Celebration Fundraiser
7:00 PM Music: La Santa Cecilia
8:00 PM Ballet: Carmina Burana
8:00 PM Movie: Casablanca
8:00 PM Stage: Sense and Sensibility
Saturday, Nov 2
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM East County Multicultural Festival
10:00 AM Indigenous Regeneration Presentation
10:00 AM Chinese Museum Oral History Workshop
10:00 AM Bazaar del Mundo Dia de los Muertos Celebration
11:00 AM Escondido Tamale Festival
11:00 AM Old Town Dia de los Muertos
1:00 PM Mission Hills Library Dia De Los Muertos Celebration
1:00 PM Raising Bilingual-Multilingual Children
2:00 PM Book Signing: J. Elke Ertle
6:00 PM Sacred Object/Sacred Wisdom Exhibit Opening
7:00 PM Movie: Coco
8:00 PM Stage: Twelfth Night
8:00 PM Stage: Sense and Sensibility
8:00 PM Ballet: Carmina Burana
8:00 PM Movie: Casablanca
Sunday, Nov 3
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM Bazaar del Mundo Dia de los Muertos Celebration
10:15 AM Meet Hands of Peace Israeli and Palestinian Regional Managers
11:00 AM Fall Back Festival
11:00 AM Old Town Dia de los Muertos
2:00 PM Talk: Should We Doubt Shakespeare's Identity?
2:00 PM Ballet: Carmina Burana
2:00 PM Stage: Sense & Sensibility
7:00 PM Stage: Twelfth Night
Monday, Nov 4
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Chinese New Year Chang Shou Mian Noodles
The Participant Observer Recipe of the Month is for Chinese New Year Chang Shou Mian (长寿面). This stir-fried noodle dish is easy to prepare, delicious and a great way to usher in the New Year!

Shou Mian

This year, the Chinese New Year/Lunar New Year* falls on February 5, ushering in the Year of the Pig. The Spring Festival, as it is also known, has become one of the largest celebrations around the world due to the significant Chinese populations throughout Asia, Europe and the Americas.

There are a wide variety of regional customs that permeate the Spring Festival celebrations, however some common practices unite Chinese throughout the country and the world. Hanging red lanterns, taking part in lion dances as participants or observers, getting new clothes or a haircut, exchanging gifts of red envelopes and lighting fireworks are all typical celebrations of the New Year. While these all flavor the festivities surrounding the Zodiac shift, one mode of celebration plays a key symbolic and practical role in bringing Chinese families together: the reunion dinner.

The reunion dinner is for many families the single most important meal of the year. It is expected that the entire family comes together for this one meal, regardless of how far apart relatives are from one another throughout the rest of the year. If a family member cannot make it to the New Year's Eve meal, then a place setting is left empty, symbolizing that the absentee is always welcome at the table.

In addition to bringing families together, the dishes served are all imbued with symbols to start off the year right. Fish and dumplings symbolize prosperity, rice and noodles symbolize longevity and "red-cooked" dishes (typically a braised item that takes on a red hue, either naturally or via food dye) symbolize good fortune. All these items make an appearance on the table alongside fruits, sweets, soups and leafy greens, like Chinese broccoli (gai lan) or Chinese oil vegetable (yu choy).

* Editor's note: Although Chinese New Year is often referred to as the "Lunar New Year", it is actually based on a lunisolar calculation. The start of Chinese New Year almost always falls on the 2nd new moon after the winter solstice, which means it usually takes place between January 21 and February 20.

Ingredients:

  • Kosher Salt
  • 16 ounces lo mein or yi mein noodles (fresh)
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil divided into tablespoon portions
  • 6 ounces mung bean sprouts, blanched for 10 seconds
  • 4 ounces shiitake mushrooms, sliced thinly
  • 4 ounces Chinese chives ( jiu cai), cut into 2-inch segments
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon shaoxing wine
  • 1 teaspoon oyster sauce
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil
  • Ground white pepper, to taste

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil and add the fresh noodles, cooking until al dente and separated, about 1 minute.
  2. Drain the noodles and shock under cold running water to arrest cooking. Transfer them to a bowl and blend in 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil to coat.
  3. Heat a wok or skillet over high heat and add 1 tablespoon of oil.
  4. When the oil is beginning to smoke, add the mushrooms and stir-fry for 2 minutes, or until lightly browned and just tender.
  5. Add the chives to the pan, continuing to cook until slightly wilted, about 1 minute.
  6. Transfer the chive and mushroom mixture to a bowl and wipe out the pan, ensuring no residue remains.
  7. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in the pan until lightly smoking and add the noodles.
  8. Stir-fry the noodles until hot and then add the mung beans, mushrooms, chives and minced garlic to the pan, tossing and stirring to combine.
  9. Add the two soy sauces, oyster sauce, wine and sesame oil to the pan, tossing with the noodles until the sauce thickens and coats them.
  10. Season with white pepper and serve immediately.

Author's note: A couple of things about this recipe. The pound of noodles is a good amount if preparing a family-sized portion. For 1 serving, make a ¼ recipe. The noodles I used were Twin Marquis brand lo mein noodles, as I like their thickness and chew. I used Kim Lan (light and dark) soy sauce and premium Lee Kum Kee oyster sauce. If you're using different brands, I would adjust the amounts to balance saltiness and sweetness. Also, if making a full recipe, do so in batches. Cook off the vegetables together, but only stir-fry half of the noodles at a time to avoid crowding the pan and steaming the dish.

Recipe and photos by Liam Fox
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