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Actividades culturales - primavera 2017

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Where: 3963 Conde Street, San Diego, CA 92110
When: Saturdays & Sundays
Time: 12-4 pm (and by appointment) Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas Day
Cost: Free
Info: 619.297.9327 |   

The Adobe Chapel was originally built in 1850 as a home, and was converted to a church by Don José Aguirre in 1858. After having been bulldozed for street realignment in the 1930s, the WPA rebuilt the adobe chapel in 1937.

Much of the interior artifacts from the original chapel have been retained, including the tabernacle, the altar with its beautiful marbleized finish, some woodwork including pews and doors, and José Aguirre's tombstone is laid in the floor.

Where: 1095 Barona Road, Lakeside, CA 92040
When: Tuesday - Friday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday & Monday: Closed
Cost: Free
Info: 619.443.7003 |                                 

As San Diego County's only museum on an Indian reservation dedicated to the perpetuation and presentation of the local Native culture, the Barona Museum offers a unique educational journey for visitors of all ages. The museum's collection represents thousands of years of history - some objects dating as far back as 10,000 years - and it demonstrates the artistry and skill of the hemisphere's first inhabitants.

A visit to the Barona Cultural Center & Museum is an exciting opportunity to witness history and explore the living cultures of Southern California's indigenous populations.

Where: 2727 Presidio Drive, San Diego, CA 92103
When: Fall-Spring: Saturday-Sunday: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Info: 619.232.6203

The Junípero Serra Museum, in Presidio Park, is one of the most familiar landmarks in San Diego. As a major symbol of the city, it stands atop the hill recognized as the site where California began. It was here in 1769 that a Spanish Franciscan missionary, Father Junípero Serra, with a group of soldiers led by Gaspar de Portolá, established Alta California’s first mission and presidio (fort).

Often confused for the Mission San Diego de Alcalá, the Serra Museum was built between 1928-1929 for the purpose of housing and showcasing the collection of the San Diego History Center (then the San Diego Historical Society), which was founded in 1928. Architect, William Templeton Johnson, using Spanish Revival architecture, designed the structure to resemble the early missions that once dominated the landscape of Southern California.

Where: 16666 San Pasqual Valley, Escondido, CA 92027
When: Monday - Friday: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Cost: Free
Info: (760) 291 0370 or

The San Diego Archaeological Center is a curation facility and museum where visitors can learn the story of how people have lived in San Diego County for the past 10,000 years. In addition to its role as a museum, the Center serves as an education and research facility and is the only local organization dedicated to the collection, study, curation and exhibition of San Diego County's archaeological artifacts.

The Center Museum has changing exhibits and hands-on activities that explore 10,000 years of history of the San Diego region through the archaeological record. Learn about the life-ways of early Native American hunter-gatherers who lived in our region and the many groups and immigrants who have contributed to our region's archaeological record.

Learn the basics of archaeology, explore our hands-on research area or view our new curatorial vaults and research area through the viewing portal. The Center actively curates archaeological collections and you may have a unique opportunity to see staff and interns cataloging and researching artifacts during your visit.

Where: 12110 Cuyamaca College Drive W., El Cajon, CA 92019
When: Tuesday - Friday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday: 12:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday & Monday: Closed
Cost: Free
Info: 619. 670.5194 |              

The Heritage of the Americas Museum, located on the campus of Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego, California, invites visitors of all ages to experience a journey through time. Five wings divide the building into areas of Natural History, Archaeology, Anthropology, Art, and Education.

The museum is an educational and cultural center featuring the prehistoric and historic art, culture, and natural history of the Americas. Artifacts and art serve as a documentation of life and civilization throughout the ages. In the words of the Museum's founder, Bernard Lueck, "To be lost and never found is to be nothing." Through the discovery of these antiquities, mankind is educated and inspired. 

Where: 3rd Street and Caspian Way, Imperial Beach, CA
When: Wednesday through Sunday
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Closed: Monday, Tuesday, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Days.
Trail Hours: Daily from Dawn to Dusk
Cost: Free
Info: 619.575.3613

The Visitor Center has information and displays that pique the interest of adults and children alike. Find out how plants in the estuary get rid of the salt they take in and which plant is endangered. Discover the birds that are threatened and endangered.

Visitor Center Entrance: As you walk toward the entrance of the Visitor Center, nature surrounds you; sounds of birds, lizards scurrying before your feet, and brush rabbits running in and out of their hiding places. Cacti and other native plants line the walkway. Before entering the building, on the sidewalk and continuing into the building is a painted floor map of the Tijuana River Watershed that is done to scale. Upon measuring your foot, you can gauge the actual distance between places, and follow one of the waterways that flows from Mexico, across the border, and then finally to the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve (Tijuana Estuary) and, out to the Pacific Ocean.

Information: On racks just inside the door, you will find trail maps, Reserve event information, bird identification pamphlets, and many tracts of useful information. The diorama inside is a three-tiered look at the estuary – under water, on the land, and in the air. The diorama contains many of our bird inhabitants (including the endangered Light-footed Clapper Rail), invertebrates, and fish. A migration map illustrates how birds utilize the Pacific Flyway as they journey back and forth from Alaska to South America. Children will love to climb into the Clapper Rail nest, assemble a food chain, probe for food like a shorebird, or search through the discovery drawers.

Binoculars: If you are on your way to walk the trails to do some birding, binoculars are available to borrow free of charge unless they are being used for an education program. Just leave an identification card or car keys at the desk until your return

Where: 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr., Point Loma
When: Cabrillo Visitor Center & Store Open 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
In Search of Cabrillo film shown at 10:00 AM, 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM
On the Edge of Land and Sea film shown at 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM
First Breath: Gray Whales film shown at 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM
Info: 619.557.5450

A visit to San Diego's "only" National Park offers tremendous views of the San Diego region and excellent opportunities to explore the natural, historical and cultural history of the area. The Visitors Center is a good place to start your exploration of the park. The "Age of Exploration" exhibit, films, and ranger-guided programs present interesting insights into the history of Cabrillo. A short walk leads to the Old Point Loma Lighthouse. This picturesque structure is restored to its 1880’s appearance and presents life as it was for the light keepers and their families. In the adjacent Assistant Keeper's Quarters, interactive exhibits tell the story of the Lighthouses of Point Loma. In a nearby historic Military building, the exhibit "They Stood the Watch" presents the history of Fort Rosecrans. The bayside trail begins near the lighthouse and offers breathtaking views of the harbor and the city of San Diego. South of the Lighthouse is the Whale Overlook. This vantage point offers pleasant views of the Pacific Ocean and the New Point Loma Lighthouse. Whales are often seen from here in January and February. On the western side of Point Loma lies the rocky intertidal zone, a window into the ocean ecosystem that lies along of San Diego's coast. During periods of low tide, pools form along this shore in rocky depressions. In them you may see flowery anemones, elusive octopi, spongy deadman's fingers, and a myriad of other creatures.

Where: 29181 San Felipe Road, Warner Springs, CA 92086
When: Saturday-Sunday: 12:00 to 4:00 PM
Info: (619) 297-9327

Built in 1857, the Warner-Carrillo Ranch House served as the Butterfield Stage Stop and was California's first regular overland stage connection with St. Louis. With its multilayered history, the adobe ranch house tells the story of the emigrant trail, the overland stage, and the prominent ranching history of the area.

The historic setting has changed very little from the time of the great western migration and presents a rare opportunity to experience the past. The adobe maintains a high degree of integrity including a great deal of its historic fabric including the original fireplace mantle, much woodwork and vigas (ceiling beams). The ranch house plays a leading role in the history of the American West. It represents Mexican and American culture contact during the Mexican Republic; the Frontier period of the westward migration; and the Gold Rush and the cattle ranching industry from 19th century California to 20th century to today.

in Balboa Park 

Hours: Daily, 10-4:30
Cost: Students with ID: $7.50
Info: 619.239.2001

Race: Are We So Different?

Is race the color of your skin? Is it the texture of your hair? The shape of your eyes? Is it in your genes? Is race even real?

Race: Are We So Different? Explains in clear, helpful language the origins of race and racism, and helps us understand how to deal with them in productive, enlightening ways. Most of what we think about race is based on myth, folklore, or assumptions unsupported by genetics or biology. No one is free of misunderstandings about race, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Come join us for an eye-opening look at human nature and biology. You’ll leave transformed.

Exhibition: Kumeyaay: Native Californians

The Kumeyaay, or Diegueño (as they were later called by the Spanish), are the Native American people of present-day Southern California (San Diego and western Imperial Counties) and Northern Baja. For many generations before the arrival of the Spanish, they occupied the deserts, mountains, and coasts, developing sophisticated means of adapting to the diverse environments. With the arrival of Spanish settlers in the mid-1700s, Kumeyaay lifeways had to change and adapt, often by force.

The exhibit explores traditional Kumeyaay lifeways, featuring the art of pottery and basket making, food procurement, dress and adornment, traditional medicine, games, and ceremonies. Artifacts and photographs from the museum’s collection highlight the rich cultural heritage of the Kumeyaay, offering a glimpse of the life of the ancestors of today’s present day people. The exhibit remains popular with school groups from throughout the county.

Exhibition: Maya: Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth 

The ancient Maya tamed time. They could reckon dates far into the past and into the future by using cycles of the moon, the sun, and the planet Venus. More than a thousand years ago, they carved important dates, names of their rulers, and ceremonial events in their hieroglyphic writing on stone monuments in southern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, and El Salvador.

The huge Maya monuments displayed in the Rotunda Gallery are casts of the originals from Quirigua, a site in Guatemala. The casts were made for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition and have been on display since then, except during World War II, when the Navy turned the Museum into a hospital. Today these casts are studied by researchers who are tracing the history of the Maya through their hieroglyphic writing. The Museum’s casts are in better condition than the originals, which have suffered some weathering and erosion in the 95 years since the casts were made.

The current exhibition includes a 42-foot-wide mural of a rainforest set in the time after the Maya Classic Period (C.E. 250-900), when the great ceremonial centers became overgrown by the jungle. In the center of the mural is the lofty ceiba tree, the sacred model for the Maya cosmos. Brilliant birds, and animals such as monkeys and jaguars, are represented, as well as elements from many Maya sites.

A frequent misconception is that the Maya no longer exist. Not so—their descendants continue to carry on many of the traditions and cultural traits of their ancestors through their weaving, woodcarving, and ceramics. The Museum’s conservation of the monumental casts offers us an opportunity to present the Maya as a cultural continuum.

Info: 619.235.6135 | THECENTRO@ATT.NET

When: October 3, 10, 24, 31; November 7, 14, 28; December 5
Time: 7:30pm – 8:45
Cost: $12 per class

In this class we will explore the elements needed to dance Argentine Tango in a social setting. With an emphasis in technique, elegance and the history of the dance, we will focus in the embrace and the walk through exercises in the connection, musicality and navigation on the floor.

When: September 29; October 6, 13, 20, 27; November 3, 10, 17, 24; December 1, 8, 15
Time: 5:15 pm-7: 15 pm
Cost: $10 per class           

Learn the essentials of Afro-Cuban dance as you explore dance movement and technique for Yoruba, Congo, Franco-Haitian and Arará traditions.  This class is designed for newcomers to Afro-Cuban dance as well as for the intermediate or advanced student who wishes to improve their form.  All abilities are welcome.

When: Thursday, October 13, 20; November 10, 17, 24; December 1, 8, 15
Time: 7:15 pm - 10:30 pm
Cost: Free

The Native American drum circle is social and sacred gathering of indigenous people to practice singing Native American songs and drumming.  We ask that any people that attend have respect for the space and those that are present.  If you are not familiar with this tradition it is recommend you speak to one of the members before dropping in. 

Jacobs Building, 1100 Kettner Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101
When: July 22- November 27, 2016
Time: 11 AM – 5 PM daily. Closed Wednesday.  The Museum is free on the third Thursday of every month from 5-7 PM.
Info: 858.454.3541


In 2014, artists Marcos Ramírez ERRE and David Taylor set out to trace the historical 1821 border between Mexico and the western territories of the United States. That border stretched from the present-day Oregon/California state line to the Gulf of Mexico just west of Louisiana, and previously existed only as a reference on historic maps and treaty documents because it had never been surveyed or physically marked. For DeLIMITations, ERRE and Taylor asked the question, “What would Mexico and the United States look like if that boundary had been fully realized?” ERRE and Taylor, accompanied by filmmaker José Inerzia, who helped document the process, drove a van outfitted to serve as a mobile command center, fabrication space, and camper along the 1821 border. The artists marked the boundary by installing 47 sheet metal markers that mimic the stone and iron obelisks that delineate the current international border between the United States and Mexico.

DeLIMITations: A Survey of the 1821 United States-Mexico Border is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, with generous lead underwriting support from Paul and Geneviève Jacobs. Additional support has been provided by proceeds from the 2016 Biennial Art Auction. Institutional support of MCASD is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture and the County of San Diego Community Enhancement Fund.


Papel Chicano dos presents 65 artworks by 24 established and early career artists whose work demonstrates a myriad of techniques, from watercolor and aquatint to pastel and mixed media. Dating from the late 1980s to present day, works in Papel Chicano Dosoffer iconic imagery with influences ranging from pre-Hispanic symbols and post-revolutionary nationalistic Mexican motifs to the Chicano movement of the 1960s and contemporary urban culture.

The visual arts were integral to the Chicano movement of the mid-1960s and continue to be a powerful tool for Mexican-American and Chicano communities to voice the issues that affect them today. The works’ emotive images draw on myriad sources, such as pre-Hispanic symbols, post-revolutionary nationalistic Mexican motifs, and contemporary urban culture. Together these pieces evince a special focus on activism—highlighting how Chicano artists provide access to the arts by creating posters, flyers, printed statements, and newsletters with elaborate aesthetic compositions and designs.

By the late 1970s and early 1980s, Chicano artists were creating iconic images that transcended their activist function and defined the iconography of a movement.


Rubén Ochoa makes use of common construction materials to create imposing sculptural installations that intervene into the existing built environment. His sculptures—in addition to his drawings, photography, and public projects—move beyond the materials’ direct references to construction and labor in order to generate new associations between aesthetics, architecture, and class.

Part of a generation of Mexican-American artists who are engaging in new approaches to identity and cultural politics, Ochoa lays claim to conceptual and minimal art practices from the 1960s and ‘70s. As playful as it is dynamic, his large-scale installation watching, waiting, commiserating was commissioned by MCASD in 2010 as a response to the expansive Farrell Gallery. Consisting of numerous individual sculptures made of rebar and elevated shipping pallets, the work repurposes the infrastructure of the built environment, creating a space where labor is both literally enacted and abstractly referenced.

Rubén Ochoa: watching, waiting, commiserating is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, with generous lead underwriting support from Paul and Geneviève Jacobs. Additional support has been provided by proceeds from the 2016 Biennial Art Auction. Institutional support of MCASD is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture and the County of San Diego Community Enhancement Fund.

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