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Thursday, Apr 26
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:30 AM Lecture: Prophet Jeremiah Symphony
12:45 PM Discussion on Prejudice & Tolerance
6:00 PM Honoring the Medicine: Native American Healing
7:00 PM Film: Kusama
7:00 PM The Crisis in Yemen
7:00 PM SDAFF Spring Showcase
8:00 PM Music: Mamak Khadem
Friday, Apr 27
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
11:00 AM Art Exhibit: Chilenas in the Diaspora
11:30 AM MEERG Spring Event
4:00 PM Dinner and Movie: Coco
6:00 PM Discussion: Middle East Meltdown with Ryan Crocker
6:00 PM Ballet Folklorico De CSUSM's 3rd Annual Showcase
7:30 PM Bollywood Spring Fusion
7:30 PM Stage: Anna In The Tropics
8:00 PM Tao: Drum Heart
Saturday, Apr 28
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
1:00 AM Chinese Brush Painting for Children
8:00 AM Shaka Festival
10:00 AM 33rd Annual Linda Vista Multicultural Fair & Parade
10:00 AM World Tai Chi Day Celebration
10:00 AM St. Jordi's Day Celebration & Independent Bookstore Day
11:00 AM ArtWalk
11:00 AM International Mobile Film Festival
11:30 AM Polynesian Princess Lunch
12:00 PM Hanamatsuri Festival
5:00 PM Dance: Tres Culturas
5:00 PM POI Spring Luau
5:00 PM "KARESTAN" Documentary Film Series Festival - Day 1
6:00 PM Passport to Brazil
6:30 PM Music: Camarada Spirit, Struggle, Triumph
6:30 PM Morrocan Magic
7:30 PM Music: Kartik Seshardri
7:30 PM Stage: Anna In The Tropics
Sunday, Apr 29
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
11:00 AM Mission Federal ArtWalk
11:30 AM International Mobile Film Festival
12:00 PM Hanamatsuri Festival
2:00 PM House of Finland Lawn Program
2:00 PM Book Signing: China's Crisis of Success
2:00 PM Stage: Anna In The Tropics
3:00 PM Music: Courtly Noyse
4:00 PM "KARESTAN" Documentary Film Series Festival - Day 2
7:00 PM Music: Enrique Bunbury
Monday, Apr 30
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
3:00 PM Discussion: A talk with the Colombian Peacebuilding Unit
Tuesday, May 1
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
7:00 PM Music: Enrique Bunbury
7:30 PM Rumba Descarga Jam
Wednesday, May 2
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
7:30 PM Book Signing: The Ruined House
Thursday, May 3
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:30 AM Lecture: Prophet Jeremiah Symphony
5:00 PM The Weaponization of Asian America
7:00 PM Music: Mexican Rock
7:00 PM Community Divided/Humanity United
Friday, May 4
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
4:00 PM Cinco de Mayo Old Town San Diego
5:00 PM Art: Ode to Frida
6:00 PM Art: Beyond Bollywood
6:30 PM Art: La Rumorosa Rock Art
7:00 PM Music: Soul & Strings
7:30 PM Book Signing: The Latin Table
7:30 PM Music: Luis Miguel
8:00 PM Music: Ranky Tanky
Saturday, May 5
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
1:00 AM Chinese Brush Painting for Children
9:00 AM Dragon Boat Festival
10:00 AM Cinco De Mayo Balboa Park
10:00 AM 9th Annual Asian Cultural Festival
11:00 AM Cinco de Mayo Old Town San Diego
12:00 PM Cinco by the Bay
2:00 PM Cinco de Mayo Pinata Workshop and Fiesta
2:00 PM Metal Engraving Seminar
4:00 PM Music: Voice of Armenia
6:00 PM Talk with Dolores Huerta
6:00 PM A Musical Nirvana
7:30 PM Music: Melodic Rythms with Kourish Taghavi
7:30 PM Music: Facing off across Sunset Boulevard
Sunday, May 6
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM Fiesta de Los Penasquitos
10:00 AM Chula Vista Cinco Fest
11:00 AM Cinco de Mayo Old Town San Diego
2:00 PM Music: Facing off across Sunset Boulevard
2:00 PM English High Tea for Shakespeare Lovers
5:30 PM Cry San Diego Fundraising Gala
7:00 PM Music: Voice of Armenia
8:00 PM Music: Enjambre
Monday, May 7
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Tuesday, May 8
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Wednesday, May 9
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events

< Saturday, February 3, 2018 >

All Day Ongoing and Extended Events


Anna in the Tropics
Until April 29, 2018

American Mariachi
Until April 29, 2018

The Wanderers
Until May 6, 2018

Exhibitions and Art

Wabi Sabi
Until April 29, 2018

Israel: 70 Years of Craft and Design
Until September 3, 2018

Arts of Iran
Until January 31, 2019

Art of East Asia
Until December 31, 2019

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

German Expressionism
Ongoing until December 31, 2019

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

Free Admission to Mingei International Museum
Ongoing, 3rd Tuesday of each month

Free Admission to Japanese Friendship Garden
Ongoing, 3rd Tuesday of each month


Kids Meet Mandarin
Ongoing Fridays

Chinese Storytime
Ongoing Mondays

Spanish Storytime
Ongoing Mondays

Bilingual Storytime
Ongoing Fridays

Classes and Workshops

African Djembe Drumming
Ongoing Wednesday

Irish Gaelic Conversation Circle
Ongoing Tuesdays

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 Jewish BookFest
Until May 3, 2018

Tequila, Tacos, & Tombstones: Old Town Tour
ongoing Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays

Tijuana Street Food Tour
ongoing Saturdays, Sundays and Tuesdays

Puerto Nuevo Lobster Dinner
ongoing Saturdays

Tijuana Seafood Tour
ongoing Fridays and Sundays

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 Brewery Tour
Ongoing, Select Saturdays

Tijuana Market Hop
Ongoing, Select Sundays

Tijuana Foodie Adventure
Ongoing Saturdays,Tuesdays,Sundays

Caesar's Restaurant & Downtown Tijuana Tour
Ongoing Fridays and Sundays

Ensenada Mexico Pacific Ocean Coastal Tour

Baja Mexico Grand Tour

Tijuana Foodie Adventures


Flamenco Performance
Until December 29, 2018

Tea with The Bard
Ongoing, first Sunday of each month

Kirtan Musical Meditation
Ongoing, Thursdays

Dances of Universal Peace
Ongoing Saturdays

10:00 AM Porfirio Gutierrez: Trunk Show & Lecture Join an immersive weekend with master dyer and weaver Porfirio Gutiérrez, and learn about the rich history of the craft in its cultural context.

Recently featured in The New York Times, Gutiérrez is committed to keeping his family's traditional Zapotec practices and knowledge alive. He and his family are masters of Zapotec weaving and come from a long line of weavers from Teotitlán del Valle in Oaxaca, Mexico. They are among a small group of textile artisans working to preserve the use of plant and insect dyes — techniques that stretch back more than 1000 years in the indigenous Zapotec tradition.

For two days, The Collectors' Gallery will have his gorgeous works for sale (10 am to 5 :00 PM), coinciding with a lecture and natural dye demonstration on Friday, February 2 noon to 1 :00 PM and a weaving demonstration on Saturday, February 3, noon to 3 :00 PM. Trunk Show & Weaving demo: free; Lecture & Dye demo: included with admission.

Admission/Cost: FREE - $10

Mingei International Museum
Balboa Park
1439 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101

Dates and times:
Friday, February 2 - 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday, February 3 - 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
10:30 AM Class: Gourd Art Class Barona Cultural Center & Museum to host a Gourd Art Class with talented artist O'Jay Vanegas on Saturday February 3 in the Joan Phoenix Library.

Vanegas will teach the class using beginner art techniques.

Vanegas, who is of Diné descent, was raised in Desert Hot Springs, CA. His mission is to teach Native American culture and has a true passion for art and his Native American background. He has a degree in Fine Art and has been teaching gourd art for over 20 years.

A gourd is a plant of the Cucurbitaceae family. Artists use the gourd to create functional and decorative containers, masks, jewelry, figures, musical instruments and sculptural items. Gourds are versatile; just about any art medium can be applied to them. Also, since gourds are a type of wood, they can be carved, wood burned and sculpted.

Each participant of this class will take home a beautiful gourd bowl.

This class is open to the public for ages 16 and up and will take place in the Joan Phoenix Library at the Barona Cultural Center & Museum.

Age Limit: 16+

Admission/Cost: FREE - $25

Barona Cultural Center & Museum
1095 Barona Rd
Lakeside, CA 92040

Saturday, February 3 - 10:30 PM

For more information, please call: (619) 443-7003 ext. 219 or visit:
11:00 AM Chinese New Year Celebration Celebrate the Chinese New Year Festival, the year of the Dog, at the International Cottages in Balboa Park. There will be kung-fu, Lion Dance, red envelope, dumplings, milk tea, steamed buns, calligraphy, a youth fashion show, and an ethnic dance performance.

Admission/Cost: FREE

House of Pacific Relations
2125 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92101

Dates and times:
Saturday, February 3 - 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday, February 4 - 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

For more information, please call: (619) 234-0739 or visit: or Email: [email protected]
1:00 PM Book Signing: Halima Hagi Mohamed Halima Hagi-Mohamed was born in Nairobi, Kenya, to Somali parents. She was raised in Fresno, California and is the second-youngest of nine children. Hagi-Mohamed has been writing since the age of twelve, and began her career by writing on the popular story-sharing website, "Wattpad." She later ventured into writing fictional stories about life in the Somali diaspora. In 2010 she won the online Pen Writing Competition, placing first in her division.

"Amilah" is her first book. In Arabic, the word "Amilah" translates to "the act of being hopeful." In dark times, we find ease in giving up and giving into our gloom and despair; but despite these dark times, we do find glimmers of hope. These glimmers are what inspired Halima to write this book of short stories which explores difficult situations in the lives of various Somali Americans.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Central Library
330 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92101

Saturday, February 3 - 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

For more information, please call: (619) 2336-5800 or visit:
2:00 PM Stage: Vietgone The San Diego Repertory Theatre stages Qui Nguyen's "love story like no other." At the end of the Vietnam War, Quang and Tong fall in love in a refugee camp in Arkansas, then take a life-changing trip across America. Jesca Prudencio directs the piece, performed with a mash-up of comic book aesthetics, martial arts and hip-hop.

Admission/Cost: $20 - $65

San Diego Repertory Theatre
79 Horton Plaza
San Diego, CA

Ongoing from Wednesday, January 31 until Sunday, February 18 - 2018
Wednesdays - 7:00 PM
Thursdays - 8:00 PM
Fridays - 8:00 PM
Saturdays - 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM
Sundays - 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM
2:00 PM Stage: The Importance Of Being Earnest The Old Globe stages Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest," directed by Maria Aitken.

This beloved comedy sparkles with dazzling wordplay and hilariously unlikely situations. Known as a "trivial comedy for serious people," the play features whimsical ingénues, jealous fiancées, indomitable dowagers, and the most famous handbag in theater history.

The Globe's lavish production of this timeless classic offers the unmissable opportunity to see what the London Telegraph calls "the most perfect comedy in the English language."

Admission/Cost: $30 - $105

Old Globe Theatre
1363 Old Globe Way
San Diego, CA

Dates and times:
Ongoing from January 27 - March 4, 2018
Tuesdays - 7:00 PM
Wednesdays - 7:00 PM
Thursdays - 8:00 PM
Fridays - 8:00 PM
Saturdays - 2:00 PM (except 1/27) & 8:00 PM
Sundays - 2:00 PM (except 1/28) & 7:00 PM
3:00 PM Human Rights Film Festival The Human Rights Watch Film Festival returns to the Museum of Photographic Arts. Now in its eighth year, the festival presents a unique program encompassing six films and discussions that address a wide range of human rights issues from around the world. The film festival brings to life human rights abuses through storytelling in a way that challenges each individual to empathize and demand justice for all people.

Admission/Cost: $6 - $35

Museum of Photographic Arts Balboa Park
1649 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101

Dates and times:
Friday, February 2 - 7:00 PM
Saturday, February 3 - 3:00 PM
Sunday, February 4 - 3:00 PM

For more information, please call: (619) 238-7559 or visit:
3:00 PM Stage: Cloud Tectonics New Village Arts stages "Cloud Tectonics," a play by José Rivera directed by Herbert Sigüenza.

"Cloud Tectonics" is an apocalyptic love story. When Aníbal de la Luna meets pregnant Celestina del Sol at a rainy bus stop in Los Angeles, he offers her shelter for the night. As the two get to know each other, they realize that time and love don't always behave quite how they should.

This modern masterpiece is a love story that transcends time and space, examining how elemental forces shape who we become.

This show is the first local professional production of Rivera's masterpiece in over 20 years, and is the first mainstage production of NVA's Teatro Pueblo Nuevo initiative.

Admission/Cost: $33 - $36

New Village Arts Theatre
2787 State Street
Carlsbad, CA

Dates and times:
From January 26 to February 25
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays - 8:00 PM
Saturdays - 3:00 PM
Sundays - 2:00 PM
7:00 PM Stage: Letters from the Wall Students from Bayfront Charter High School and Coronado School of Arts come together to perform a series of vignettes based on letters and stories, gathered by Dave Rivas and Richard Griswold del Castillo, of people dealing with immigration, deportation and separation. Kim Strassburger and Linda Libby co-direct.

Admission/Cost: $6 - $18

Coronado High School
650 D Avenue
San Diego, CA 92118

Dates and times:
Ongoing from Friday January 26 through February 4
Sundays - 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Fridays - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Saturdays - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

For more information, please call: (619) 522-8907 or visit:
7:00 PM Stravinsky's "L'histoire du Soldat" The San Diego Symphony will hold its third annual festival and will explore the world of rhythm, sound and place through percussion in a month-long celebration entitled "It's About Time," which is curated by percussionist, conductor, author, and University of California San Diego professor Steven Schick. Working with several of San Diego's performing arts organizations, the festival is about the myriad of ways percussion music connects us to the world and to nature.

Celebrate the centennial of Stravinsky's masterpiece "L'Histoire du Soldat" with a new setting featuring texts by writer Luis Urrea; the cutting-edge Tijuana dance collective, Lux Boreal; and UC San Diego's new flute professor, Wilfrido Terrazas. Music from 100 years ago along with text, dance, and improvised music from today all combine to explore the real-life problems and joys of Mexicans and Americans as they cross the international border between San Diego and the United States.

Admission/Cost: FREE - $15.50

Mandeville Auditorium at UCSD
9500 Gilman Drive
San Diego, CA 92093

Saturday, February 3 - 7:00 PM

For more information, please call: (858) 534-8497 or visit:
7:00 PM Viennese Nights: A Grand Victorian Ball Come celebrate the music, the dances, and the romance of the Strauss Era at San Diego's premier Viennese Ball. The Grand Pacific Waltz Orchestra will play authentic period music for waltzes, polkas, set dances, mazurkas, mixers and more. Renowned dance mistress Joan Walton will precept. Light refreshments included.

Attire: Elegant evening wear required. Mid- to late-19th century encouraged.

Note: Tickets are available for $35, however there is student and military prices available at door with valid ID.

Admission/Cost: $25 - $35

Balboa Park Club
2144 Pan American Rd W
San Diego, CA 92101

Saturday, February 3 - 7:00 PM

For more information, please visit:
7:00 PM Music: La Rumba "La Rumba" is a Cuban celebration of music, dance and percussion. Join me on Saturday February 3 as I bring "la Rumba" back to the WorldBeat Center! A little history: In 1998 I started "la Rumba" at the WBC in San Diego. My intention was to create a space where the Cuban community could meet and enjoy our music and culture. I also wanted our culture to reach other members of the community: the diverse groups of Latinos in San Diego, as well as any and everybody who appreciates good Cuban music. Now 20 years later I'm celebrating the anniversary of "la Rumba" and relaunching this tradition at the WorldBeat Center.

Come experience a traditional Cuban Rumba featuring myself, Juan Carlos Blanco, and my musical guests! I'll be teaching a Rumba Lesson starting at 7:30 PM. This will get you warmed up, and for those who are new to Rumba, you'll learn some moves that will come in handy throughout the night.

Admission/Cost: $5

WorldBeat Center
2100 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101

Saturday, February 3 - 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM

For more information, please call: (619) 230-1190 or visit:
8:00 PM Stage: Outside Mullingar In a co-production with Oceanside Theatre Company, Scripps Ranch Theatre stages John Patrick Shanley's rustic comedy about Anthony and Rosemary, lovelorn farmers in rural Ireland. "These hopeless singletons will need to overcome a bitter land feud, familial rivalries, and their own romantic fears to find happiness." Kathy Brombacher directs.

Admission/Cost: $20 - $25

Scripps Ranch Theatre
9783 Avenue of Nations
San Diego, CA 92131

Dates and times:
Ongoing from Friday, January 19 through Monday, February 19
Sundays - 2:00 PM
Fridays - 8:00 PM
Saturdays - 8:00 PM

For more information, please call: (858) 578-7728 or visit:
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