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Tuesday, Apr 20
4:30 PM Zoominar: Abenomics and the Japanese Economy
6:30 PM Talk: Myanmar: Development, Democracy, and Despair
Wednesday, Apr 21
12:00 PM Poetry Reading with Kazim Ali
4:00 PM Book Talk: Yellow Wife
7:00 PM Shakespeare Trivia Night
Thursday, Apr 22
12:30 PM 3 Italian Films
6:30 PM 2021 Women PeaceMakers Event
Friday, Apr 23
10:00 AM Virtual Tour of Umbria, Italy
12:00 PM iCafé – Your Passport to Culture!
4:00 PM The Shadow of El Centro: a History of Migrant Incarceration and Solidarity
Saturday, Apr 24
11:00 AM Book Talk: Kate Quinn
11:00 AM 16th Annual Student Shakespeare Festival
7:00 PM San Diego Opera: the Barber of Seville
Tuesday, Apr 27
7:00 PM San Diego Opera: the Barber of Seville
Wednesday, Apr 28
11:30 AM Talk: Confronting Racism. Embracing Diversity
3:30 PM Radicalism at the Crossroads: Black Women Activists in the Cold War
4:00 PM Talk: the Ripple Effect of Racial Bias in the Toy Industry
6:30 PM Film: Innocence
Thursday, Apr 29
1:00 PM Talk: a Third Way - the Origins of China’s Economic Strategy
Friday, Apr 30
10:00 AM 10th Annual International Jazz Day
12:00 PM iCafé – Your Passport to Culture!
12:00 PM Talk: Jillian Hernandez
7:00 PM San Diego Opera: the Barber of Seville
Saturday, May 1
10:00 AM Old Town Cinco de Mayo
7:00 PM San Diego Opera: the Barber of Seville
Sunday, May 2
10:00 AM Old Town Cinco de Mayo
Guided Tour of Chicano Park
Guided Tour of Chicano Park
We will take you on a personalized tour of the biggest outdoor art museum in the country by one of its founders, artist Mario Torero. We will transport you by passenger van or meet you at the park.

Mario himself will take you on the tour of his and other colorful murals, decorated pylons and historic paintings of the Coronado Bridge collectively referred to as Chicano Park. You will learn the history of the Spanish colonization of San Diego including facts about the Kumeyaay tribe. Chicano Park is the birthplace of Chicano Civil Rights where the local community blocked the construction of a police station in the middle of the barrio. Murals illustrate this struggle to affirm the Chicano culture in San Diego.

Guests will tour the numerous murals just off the Ceasar Chavez Avenue, ask questions of the artists and learn the little known local history of the Chicano movement that changed America in the early '70s. You will be invited for a Mexican Chocolate with your guides at the Por Vida cafe in the heart of Logan. Then either return to the house or discover the hidden galleries of Logan's oft-overlooked local arts district. Where art prints and souvenirs are for sale.

This is a unique experience of living art history, of recalling the Chicano civil rights movement and of understanding how a culture uses visual narrative to assert and preserve its identity. The first tour of the summer, come and learn the real history of San Diego, from the Conquistadors to the Border Angels.


Chicano Park
Logan Avenue
San Diego, CA 92113

Dates and times:
Ongoing Saturdays and Sundays 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM

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