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Wednesday, Jan 23
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
2:00 AM #ChinaToo: The Feminist Awakening in the People’s Republic
6:00 PM Dinner & Talk: Native Voices - Steve Newcomb
8:00 PM Music: Celso Piña
Thursday, Jan 24
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
5:00 PM Talk: Vladimir Vysotsky, a Russian Cultural Legend
6:30 PM Kumeyaay Talks: Blood of the Band
7:00 PM Stage: Aubergine
7:00 PM Film: Lasciati Andare (Let Yourself Go!)
7:30 PM Stage: Becoming Dr. Ruth
Friday, Jan 25
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
3:00 PM Talk: From a Rural Village in Mexico to Global Social Impact
7:30 PM Lecture: Leonardo - Tracing the Arc of the Renaissance
7:30 PM Stage: Becoming Dr. Ruth
8:00 PM Music: Ozomatli, Cut Chemist, Chali 2na
8:00 PM Stage: Aubergine
8:00 PM Stage: And Then There Were None
Saturday, Jan 26
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
2:00 PM Stage: Becoming Dr. Ruth
7:00 PM An Evening of Middle Eastern Classical Music
7:30 PM Stage: Becoming Dr. Ruth
8:00 PM Stage: Aubergine
8:00 PM Stage: And Then There Were None
9:00 PM Stage: Familiar
Sunday, Jan 27
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
2:00 PM Stage: Becoming Dr. Ruth
2:00 PM Stage: And Then There Were None
7:00 PM Stage: Aubergine
Monday, Jan 28
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Tuesday, Jan 29
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
7:00 PM Stage: Familiar
7:00 PM Stage: Aubergine
7:30 PM Cuban Dance Series Workshops
Wednesday, Jan 30
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
7:00 PM Stage: Aubergine
7:00 PM Stage: Familiar
8:00 PM Beijing Dance Theater
Thursday, Jan 31
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
7:00 PM San Diego Black Film Festival
7:00 PM Stage: Aubergine
7:30 PM Stage: Becoming Dr. Ruth
Friday, Feb 1
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
5:00 PM San Diego Black Film Festival
7:30 PM Stage: Becoming Dr. Ruth
8:00 PM Stage: Aubergine
8:00 PM Stage: And Then There Were None
Saturday, Feb 2
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
2:00 PM Stage: Becoming Dr. Ruth
4:00 PM San Diego Black Film Festival
7:30 PM Stage: Becoming Dr. Ruth
8:00 PM Stage: Aubergine
8:00 PM Stage: And Then There Were None
Sunday, Feb 3
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
11:00 AM San Diego Black Film Festival
2:00 PM Stage: Becoming Dr. Ruth
2:00 PM Stage: And Then There Were None
Monday, Feb 4
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Tuesday, Feb 5
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
7:00 PM Stage: Familiar

< Sunday, June 10, 2018 >

All Day San Diego County Fair The San Diego County Fair offers all of the deep-fried foods-on-a-stick, rides, animals and games you've experienced at other state and county fairs, but this fair is also known for world-class exhibits in fine art, photography, woodworking, jewelry/gems and minerals, home and hobby, and the Paul Ecke Jr. Flower & Garden Show...not to mention an unsurpassed view of the Pacific Ocean from the Ferris Wheel! The Toyota Summer Concert Series at the San Diego County Fair features nationally recognized entertainment every night; the entertainment lineup is usually announced in late March. With an additional eight stages located throughout the grounds, you're sure to find a band, dance troupe, DJ or comedian to suit your fancy!

This year's fair features numerous Latino performing artists and groups.

Admission/Cost: Free - $19 per day. Many discount packages and ticket deals can be found.

Del Mar Fairgrounds
2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.
Del Mar, California 92014

Dates and times:
Every Day (except Mondays and Tuesdays) from June 1 - July 4 (Exceptions - Fair is also open Monday, July 2 and Tuesday July 3)
11:00 AM to 11:00 PM, except: June 1 - 4:00 PM to 11:00 PM and July 4 - 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM

For more information, please visit:
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events


One Book - One San Diego events


Mama Mia!
Until February 24, 2019

* Note: newest and shorter run productions can be found in our regular calendar listings.

Exhibitions and Art

Salvador Dali Exhibition
Until December 29, 2018

World in Porcelain Exhibit
Until January 19, 2019

Arts Of South And Southeast Asia
Ongoing until January 31, 2019

Walking Tour of Asian Pacific Historic District
Ongoing, every 2nd Saturday of each month

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


Classes:Children's West African Drumming
Ongoing Tuesdays

Kids Meet Mandarin
Ongoing Fridays

Chinese Storytime
Ongoing Mondays

Spanish Storytime
Ongoing Mondays

Bilingual Storytime
Ongoing Fridays

Classes and Workshops

Argentine Tango Series
Ongoing Wednesdays until October 3

French Bench
Until Saturday, December 15

Capoeira Angola de Sao Bento Grande
Ongoing Saturday

West African Dance Class
Ongoing Sunday

Mahjong Lessons
Ongoing Thursdays

Ki Energy Healing Clinic
Ongoing Wednesdays

Emei Qigong Practice
Ongoing Saturdays

Middle-Eastern Drum & Belly Dance Class
Ongoing until December 17

Kokedama Workshop
Ongoing every 1st and 3rd Tuesday

Irish Gaelic Conversation Circle
Ongoing Tuesdays

Tai Chi Workshop
Ongoing Saturdays

African Dance Class
Ongoing Sundays

Qi Gong Workshop
Ongoing Saturdays

Salsa Class
Ongoing Tuesdays
12:00 AM Poetry: Blood Orange Poems Poetry collection by Angela Narciso Torres, Willow Books Literature Awards Grand Prize Winner in Poetry. Part memoir, part love letter to the Philippines of her youth, Blood Orange has received critical acclaim for its ability to be at once vividly present in the moment, and also fully attuned to the under-dwelling currents of history.

Admission/Cost: $5

The Women's Museum of California
2730 Historic Decatur Road Barracks 16 #103
San Diego, CA 92106

Sunday, June 10 - 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM

For more information, please call: (619) 233-7963 or visit:
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM Annual Inter-Tribal Powwow Join the San Luis Rey Band of Luiseño Mission Indians for the Annual Inter-Tribal Powwow with arts and craft booths, food, dancers, drums, an opportunity drawing and contest dancing.

Presented free to the public by the San Luis Rey Mission Indian Foundation, the 22nd Annual Inter-Tribal Powwow will feature parades, dancing, drumming, storytelling, arts and crafts and food for sale. The Inter-Tribal Powwow is one of the largest in the region, and it is the only one presented on the grounds of a California mission. It draws participant from 15+ tribes, including the Diegueño tribe and Luiseño bands in San Diego County, as well as tribes from California, the Southwest and beyond.

The highlight of the powwow is the Grand Entry (staged at noon, 7:00 and 8:00 PM Saturday and at noon Sunday), in which dancers in traditional native dress enter the grounds in a parade formation. No pictures are allowed during the sacred entry, but the public is encouraged to join the parade by drumming, dancing and marching.

Throughout each day, men, women and youth dancers will participate in intertribal competition dancing (fancy shawl, jingle, grass, hoop and traditional styles) and drumming. Vendors will sell Indian arts and crafts, and food booths will sell burgers, hot dogs, Indian tacos, and fry bread.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Mission San Luis Rey
4050 Mission Ave
Oceanside, CA 92057

Saturday, June 9 - 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM and
Sunday, June 10 - 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

For more information, please visit:
11:00 AM St. Spyridon Greek Festival This annual gathering offers a variety of Greek cuisine, handmade pastries and traditional Greek coffee, all within the festive atmosphere of music and dance. Live bands will perform both traditional and contemporary Greek music, and youth dance troupes wearing folk costumes will showcase their skills throughout the weekend.

Admission/Cost: FREE

St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church
3655 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92103

Dates & times:
Friday, June 8 - 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Satruday, June 9 - 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Sunday, June 10 - 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM

For more information, please call: (619) 297-4165 or visit:
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM House of Philippines Lawn Program The House of Philippines is hosting their Lawn Program on Sunday, June 10.

Admission/Cost: FREE

House of the Philippines
2168 Pan American Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101

Sunday, June 10 - 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

For more information, please visit:
11:00 AM Film Out LGBT Film Festival Filmout San Diego presents the 20th annual LGBT Film Festival featuring 45 films screened during the four-day festival. Councilmember Chris Ward will officially kick off the opening night festivities. Additionally, four of these films have San Diego talent involved. The KPBS-funded and community-supported documentary San Diego's Gay Bar History will be making its World Premiere prior to screening on the television network. Preceding the documentary will be two other short films directed by local filmmakers, Deviant and Saltwater Baptism. Lastly, local resident Patrick Zeller is the lead actor in the World Premiere of the film Say Yes. There are some international films also featured in the festival.

Festival Schedule:
Thursday, June 7th—
7:00pm Ideal Home

Friday, June 8th—
1:00 PM Al Berto
3:15 PM Mario
5:30 PM To A More Perfect Union: U.S. v Windsor
7:00 PM Golden Boy
9:30 PM Devil's Path

Saturday, June 9th—
11:00 AM Best of LGBT Shorts - Volume 1
1:15 PM Say Yes
3:30 PM Wild Nights with Emily
5:30 PM The Fabulous Allan Carr
7:30 PM Still Waiting in the Wings
9:45 PM M/M

Sunday, June 10th—
11:00 AM Best of LGBT Shorts - Volume 2
1:15 PM San Diego's Gay Bar History
3:15 PM Freelancers Anonymous
5:15 PM Every Act of Life
7:15 PM Anything

Admission/Cost: $10 - $50 (Passes Available)

The Observatory
2891 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92104

Dates and times (first film screenings):
Thursday, June 7 - 7:00 PM (Opening Night Film)
Friday, June 8 - 1:00 PM
Saturday, June 9 - 11:00 AM
Sunday, June 10 - 11:00 AM

For more information, please visit:
12:55 PM Ballet on Film: Coppélia Fathom Events presents Coppélia, choreographed by Sergei Vikharev after Marius Petipa and Enrico Cecchetti.

Swanhilda notices her fianceé Franz is infatuated with the beautiful Coppélia who sits reading on her balcony each day. Nearly breaking up the two sweethearts, Coppélia is not what she seems and Swanhilda decides to teach Franz a lesson...

The Bolshoi's unique version of Coppélia exhibits a fascinating reconstruction of the original 19th-century choreography of this ebullient comedy involving a feisty heroine, a boyish fianceé with a wandering eye, and an old doll maker.

The company's stunning corps de ballet shines in the divertissements and famous "dance of the hours," and its principals abound in youthful energy and irresistible humor in this effervescent production.

Coppélia was captured live from The Bolshoi and runs for 2 hours and 45 minutes. It will be screened at The Lot Liberty Station, Mission Valley 20, Mira Mesa Stadium 18 and San Marcos Stadium 18.

Admission/Cost: $18

San Diego Movie Theatres

Sunday, June 10 - 12:55 PM

2:00 PM Stage: Once Lamb's Players present the Tony Award-winning musical (music and lyrics, Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, book by Enda Walsh) about Guy, an Irish busker, and Girl, a Czech flower seller. They become a songwriting team and fall in love. But mostly from afar. Kerry Meads directs, with musical direction by G. Scott Lacy.

Admission/Cost: $28 - $78

Lamb's Players Theatre
1142 Orange Avenue
Coronado, CA 92118

Ongoing from Friday, June 8 until Sunday, July 22 - 2018
Wednesdays, Thursdays - 7:30 PM
Fridays & Saturdays - 8:00 PM
Saturdays - 4:00 PM
Wednesdays & Sundays - 2:00 PM

For more information, please visit:
2:00 PM Book Signing: Inseparable: The Original Siamese Twins Professor Yunte Huang will read from and discuss his critically acclaimed new book Inseparable: The Original Siamese Twins and Their Rendezvous with American History, at D.G.Wills Books ( With wry humor, Shakespearean profundity, and trenchant insight, Yunte Huang brings to life the story of America's most famous nineteenth-century Siamese twins. Nearly a decade after his triumphant Charlie Chan biography, Yunte Huang returns with this long-awaited portrait of Chang and Eng Bunker (1811-1874), twins conjoined at the sternum by a band of cartilage and a fused liver, who were "discovered" in Siam by a British merchant in 1824. Bringing an Asian American perspective to this almost implausible story, Huang depicts the twins, arriving in Boston in 1829, first as museum exhibits but later as financially savvy showmen who gained their freedom and traveled the backroads of rural America to bring "entertainment" to the Jacksonian mobs. Their rise from subhuman, freak-show celebrities to rich southern gentry; their marriage to two white sisters, resulting in twenty-one children; and their owning of slaves, is here not just another sensational biography but a Hawthorne-like excavation of America's historical penchant for finding feast in the abnormal, for tyrannizing the "other"—a tradition that, as Huang reveals, becomes inseparable from American history itself. "Inseparable" tells an astonishing story, by turns ghastly, hilarious, unnerving and moving. Huang is a dazzling writer, bold, energetic and intellectually alert. His gripping account of the lives of the celebrated Siamese twins Cheng and Eng not only richly illuminates the past of P.T. Barnum and Mark Twain but also probes the racial and sexual politics of the present." —Stephen Greenblatt, author of The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve. "Chang and Eng waltzed, arm and arm, indivisible, across a brutally divided America. Huang's spellbinding account tells their story with a complexity, and sensitivity, with which it has never been told before." —Jill Lepore, author of The Secret History of Wonder Woman. Yunte Huang is a Guggenheim Fellow and a professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of Transpacific Imaginations and Charlie Chan, which won the 2011 Edgar Award and was a finalist for the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award in Biography. Having come of age in China as a student in the time of Tiananmen Square, Huang now lives in Santa Barbara, California.

Admission/Cost: FREE

D.G. Wills Books
7461 Girard Avenue
San Diego, CA 92037

Sunday, June 10 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
5:00 PM Music: Enchanting Bhav and Rasa Enchanting Bhav and Rasa featuring Pt. Sanjeev Abhyankar accompanied by Sri. Milind Kulkarni on Harmonium and Sri. Ajikya Joshi on Tabla.

Admission/Cost: $15 - $25

Qualcomm Q Auditorium
6455 Lusk Blvd
San Diego, CA 92121

Sunday, June 10 - 5:00 PM

For more information, please visit:
7:00 PM Music: Lorena Isabell "I grew up under a dictatorship in Chile and I didn't know any other reality," mused Latin Bohemian vocalist Lorena Isabell, who is on the cusp of an album release and celebratory concert June 10 at the Music Box. "We didn't have a constitution, and there were no such thing as individual rights. Especially as a teenager, my family struggled and my parents were terrified of all of the horrendous situations that go along with a government like that."

The notorious regime of Augusto Pinochet resulted in thousands of executions, imprisonments and other human rights violations. "We didn't have it as bad as many other families, but the brutality of that system...I think it made me the person I am today." Isabell credits divine intervention with leading her to the United States 25 years ago. "God brought me here and put me in the spotlight."

She's been involved in music since her arrival. "I met many other Latino musicians through my first husband, who was involved in the arts. I started doing concerts, and I put together a band with (violinist) Jamie Shadowlight. I really didn't want to because my family was against it—but once you start to sing, you cannot stop. Singing is food for my soul." Her new album features Isabell's affinity for the bolero. "I knew them all from childhood, because my father is a fantastic musician. My music is for anyone who wants to fall in love—if you want to escape—I know how that feels. We went through 400 songs to find the ones we play."

Age Limit: 21+

Admission/Cost: $37 - $82

Music Box
1337 India Street
San Diego, CA 92101

Sunday, June 10 - 7:00 PM

For more information, please call: (619) 795-1337 or visit:
7:30 PM Stage: Soul Fire Playwrights Project offers an evening of theater, music and dance "to depict the spiritual and physical voyages of San Diego immigrants from Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Vietnam, China, Haiti and Poland." Playwright Lisa Kirazian wove over a dozen interviews to create the piece.

Admission/Cost: FREE

City Heights Weingart Library
3795 Fairmount Avenue
San Diego, CA 92105

Dates and times:
Saturday, June 9 - 7:30 PM
Sunday, June 10 - 3:00 PM

For more information, please call: (858) 384-2970 or visit:
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