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09/22/2017 - South Sudan: Crisis and Conflict in the World's Newest Country
The Republic of South Sudan achieved its independence from Sudan in 2011 following over 30 years of civil war. After a brief period of peace and prosperity, South Sudan slipped back into war in 2013, forcing more than 900,000 people to seek refuge in neighboring countries and leaving another 1.7 million people internally displaced. South Sudanese documentary filmmaker Alex Taban will discuss the country
09/16/2017 - Lecture: Piracy on the Chinese Seas
Pirates are more than just swashbuckling scallywags that sail around the Caribbean, stealing gold and singing shanties. Pirates have emerged throughout history in many locations due to a particular set of circumstances: a weak central government, a pirate-friendly local populace, renegade Europeans, and a niche in the economy. This lecture will be a close look into China
08/08/2017 - SDIKFF: Work with China Panel
SDIKFF will have a discussion about working with China. China has a huge boost to the production and success of domestic films. China's film revenues have grown by 25% a year for the past 10 years. Chinese Film Projects are looking for Western filmmakers participate in their movies. A window of opportunity has opened for the Western directors, screenwriters, Scrip doctors, cinema photographers, musical composters, Animators, actors, etc. Come to meet the delegations of Chinese investors, producers, directors, and find out the pitfalls, common misunderstandings, and industry myths for working with the Chinese films. The panelists will attempt to address these issues during the discussion.

Pre-sign up is strongly recommended. For actors, please bring your headshots and CV with you for possibility of onsite audition.

Admission/Cost: Panel Pass $25

Carlsbad Senior Center
799 Pine Avenue Carlsbad
Carlsbad, CA 92008

Saturday, August 26 - 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

For more information, please call: (310) 541-8040 or visit:
08/20/2017 - Spanish Sunday
In suite 109: Spanish Sunday hosted by Monarch | Arredon Contemporary. Practice your conversational Spanish while enjoying Spanish music in the heart of downtown La Jolla. During this event, an overview of all current Spanish artists on display, including Lei Tang and Andre Desjardins, will be presented in Spanish. RSVP:

Admission/Cost: FREE

La Plaza La Jolla
7863 Girard Avenue
San Diego, CA 92037

Sunday, August 20 - 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

For more information, please call: (858) 454-1231 or visit:
08/05/2017 - King Chronicles
A night of free "edu-tainment" told from the black Kings perspective, a story often silenced by the stereotype of the black man misunderstood.

Admission/Cost: FREE

WorldBeat Center
2100 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101

Saturday, August 5 - 7:00 PM

For more information, please call: (619) 230-1190 or visit:
07/11/2017 - Lecture: The Vikings
The word
07/21/2017 - Spirit of the Barrio: Juan Felipe Herrera
Join us for our July Spirit of the Barrio luncheon as we welcome United States Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera. Juan will share stories of his childhood here in San Diego and how he became the first Mexican-American Poet Laureate. Tickets include a tamale lunch.

Admission/Cost: $25

Logan Heights Family Health Center
1809 National Avenue
San Diego, CA 92113

Friday, July 21 - 11:30 AM

For more information, please call: (619) 515-2300 or visit:
07/11/2017 - Lecture: Baja's Wild Side
Daniel Cartamil has traveled the Pacific coast of Baja California for over a decade. He discovered a fragile paradise of remote landscapes, wildlife, and cultural treasures, on the verge of being overtaken by modern civilization. At this month
07/15/2017 - Talk: Introducing the Hakka
Explore intriguing aspects of Chinese history, culture, and art with SDCHM
06/29/2017 - Mi Casa Su Casa, Or How to get 175 Roommates
As Perfect Strangers from all over the planet invade his house, AirBnB host James Carey describes how to deal with people sharing your bathroom, the extremely odd requests that they make, and the very strange things they leave behind. The one-person comedy "talks about the differences and the commonalities that bind us together as humans."

Admission/Cost: $10

The Geoffrey Off Broadway
923 1st Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101

Dates and times:
Thursday, June 22 - 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Sunday, June 25 - 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Monday, June 26 - 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Thursday, June 29 - 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Saturday, July 1 - 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

For more information, please call: (619) 235-9500
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