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Actividades culturales
otoño 2018

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Where: The San Diego Museum of Art, First Floor
When: Now through March 3, 2019
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free
Contact: (619) 232-7931

Victor Javier Marín Gutiérrez (b. Uruapan, Mexico, 1962) is an artist of international renown, best known for his monumental sculpture based primarily on the human form. Following rigorous training in draftsmanship, painting, and modeling at the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas in Mexico City in the 1980s, Javier Marín had achieved international stature by the end of the millennium with solo shows in Colombia and the United States. He represented Mexico with major outdoor works at the Venice Biennale in 2001 and 2003. He has had over ninety solo exhibitions around the world to date, along with permanent public art installations in Jacksonville, Mexico City, Turin, and Zacatecas.

Javier Marín’s early work includes indigenous clay from Oaxaca and Pátzcuaro (centers of pre-Hispanic ceramic production) coupled with his interpretations of the solid masses and classical anatomy of Michelangelo’s sculpture. Critics have compared his interest in—one might say insistence on—the relevance of the human figure to artists ranging from Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Agustín Arrieta and Hermenegildo Bustos to Luca della Robbia, Auguste Rodin, and Lucien Freud.

At the heart of Javier Marin’s work is the search for identity. The materials he employs, whether indigenous Mexican clay, lost-wax bronze, wood, or polyester resin, are inextricably tied to this quest. Javier Marín’s work, above all, is about beauty, a particularly human beauty that reflects what the poet José Emilio Pacheco described as “the terrible miracle of being alive.”



Where: MCASD Downtown, Jacobs Building
When: Thursday, September 20, 2018-Sunday, February 3, 2019
Cost: Free
Contact: (858) 454-3541

Being Here With You/ Estando aquí contigo brings together work by 42 artists and collectives living and working in the San Diego and Tijuana region. Presenting both early career and established artists. Being Here With You/ Estando aquí contigo reflects the Museum’s mandate to serve the binational constituency of the region and affirms its commitment to artists on both sides of the border. Recognizing that San Diego and Tijuana’s artistic communities are distinct but overlapping, the exhibition builds on the ongoing artistic exchanges between the two cities.

Being Here With You/ Estando aquí contigo presents artworks in a broad range of mediums, including installation, painting, drawing, video, digital media, photography, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, and performance. The exhibition draws attention to common interests and artistic strategies. Artists in the exhibition address today’s urgent questions as well as issues affecting our region, including public space and public memory; colonialism and its afterlife; the border as fantasy and reality; housing and homelessness; feminist and queer politics; and the place of the body in the digital world.



Where: Moxie Theatre
When: Now through November 11
Time: Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m.
Cost: $15-30 Buy Tickets
Contact: (858) 598-7620

When Lucia, a Mexican-born novelist, gets her first TV writing job, she feels a bit out of place on the white male-dominated set. Lucia quickly becomes friends with the only other Latino around, a janitor named Abel. As Abel shares his stories with Lucia, similar plots begin to find their way into the TV scripts that Lucia writes. Fade is a play about class and race within the Latinx community, as well as at large, and how status does not change who you are at your core.

This is a Moxie Theatre/TuYo Theatre production.



Where: La Bodega Gallery 
When: October 27-November 2
Time: Varies
Cost: Free

La Bodega Gallery invites you to our 5th annual Dia De Los Muertos Skull Art Show. For Dia De Los Muertos, skulls are an important icon that illustrate the belief in the existence of an active afterlife. In Mexican culture, skulls continue to symbolize death and rebirth.

We have supplied 50 artists with white ceramic skulls to be designed as they choose. Participating artists are TBA. Please join us to view these remarkable skulls and to continue to keep this tradition alive!

Traditional Day of the dead attire is encouraged! Also come to enjoy face painting and our large community altar.


Where: California Center for the Arts: Escondido
When: November 1
Time: 6 p.m.
Cost: Free

One of the largest festivals in all of San Diego, the annual Día de los Muertos Festival attracts thousands of attendees. 

Celebrate this iconic holiday with traditional altars, sugar skulls, live music, ballet folklórico, food trucks, family friendly crafts, face painting and more, all for free!


Where: Old Town, Old Town San Diego
When: Thursday, November 1 and Friday, November 2
Time: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Contact: (619) 297-3100

Traditional and contemporary Día de los muertos altars will be set up throughout the park and greater Old Town community during this event for visitors to enjoy. In various museums in the park, there will also be altars commemorating the people who lived and worked in Old Town during the 1800s. Activities will include face painting, public memorials, children's crafts, piñatas, Aztec and folklórico dancing, and live music.



Where: Grape Day Park
When: November 3
Time: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free
Contact: (760) 839-4777 or

Join the delicious fun in Grape Day Park on Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free entrance, everyone welcome!

The Escondido Tamale Festival is a celebration of Tamales and all the great Latin foods that have become iconic staples of California's culture. It's a look back at the history of the Spanish and Mexican settlers who have influenced and contributed so much to our multicultural community, and a show of appreciation for the traditions that have so positively affected Escondido.



Where: Moonlight Amphitheatre
When: November 3
Time: 7 p.m.
Cost: $5-$10 

Confronted with his family’s ancestral ban on music, aspiring musician Miguel enters the Land of the Dead to find his ancestors to seek forgiveness and lift a curse.

Winner of the 2018 Academy Award for Best Animated Film and perfect for the whole family, you won’t want to miss this movie under the Moonlight. Arrive early when the gates open at 5:30 p.m.


“CHARLA” with Dr. Ignacio Sánchez Prado from Washington University: 
Authenticity is Not a Thing: Rethinking Mexican Food in the U.S.

Where: USD: University Center, Room 128
When: November 2
Time: 1 p.m.
Cost: Free
Contact: Dr. Amanda Petersen, (619) 260-4237 or

How often do you eat Mexican food in San Diego? Have you ever searched out the "authentic" taco shop for the "best" Mexican food? Dr. Sánchez Prado will talk to us about what "authenticity" in Mexican food really means and if it really exists. He proposes to rethink the idea of Mexican food beyond old nationalist concepts of authentic. The talk will discuss how the idea of authenticity is constructed and will make a case regarding the importance of thinking of Mexican food not as a narrow set of timeless traditions, but as a dynamic, transnational and transcultural product.


Interarte 2018: Readings by Cristina Rascón, Amaranta Caballero Prado, Nadia López García and Ana Fuente Montes de Oca

Where: USD: French Parlor (Founders Hall)
When: November 5
Time: 1:20 p.m.
Cost: Free
Contact: Dr. Kevin Guerrieri, (619) 260-7827 or

Please join us for the fifth annual itinerant celebration of art and literture in Spanish with four acclaimed Mexican writers who will read from their works and take questions.

Interarte is part of FeLiNo 2018 (the XVI Festival de Literatura en el Norte), at the Centro Cultural de Tijuana.


“CHARLA” with Dr. Jeffrey Coleman from Marquette University: 
The Consumption and Rejection of Blackness in Contemporary Spain

Where: USD: Warren Auditorium
When: November 5
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Contact: Dr. Martin Repinecz, (619) 260-7645 or

Throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, Spain has consumed, coopted, and rejected Blackness and Black People in various ways. This talk will analyze literature, sports and popular culture in order to demonstrate how Spain’s oscillating Whiteness operates to the detriment of its development as an increasingly multiracial nation. Prominent examples include: the caricature of Black people in advertising, the representation of black immigration and the cooptation Black struggle for the gain of regional nationalist movements. By analyzing these cases, we can reach a stronger understanding of how Blackness operates in Spain. In addition, the talk will end discussing how Black people in Spain have begun to organize in order to fight the problematic representations of Blackness in society.



Where: Balboa Theatre
When: Friday, November 9, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, November 10, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $30
Contact: (619) 615-4000

San Diego, California Ballet presents Noche Latina, an evening of fire, passion, and romance with a Latin flare! 

The evening will feature Bizet’s Carmen and the world premiere of Jared Nelson’s interpretation of the fiery Bolero. Also on the program is the West Coast premiere of Septime Webre’s Juanita y Alicia, a dance narrative based on the choreographer’s real-life family in Cuba.



Where: Bread & Salt Art Gallery
When: November 10
Time: 4-10 p.m.
Cost: Free

Every second Saturday of the month, the many galleries in Barrio Logam open their doors for a neighborhood art party. 

The Barrio Art Crawl is a free, self-guided tour that showcases the area's diverse art scene. The galleries, studios and business owners each host independent events throughout the day (start times vary) from artist talks to intimate concerts. 

The event is all-ages and also features live music, food, face painting and vendors.



Where: Balboa Park: House of Pacific Relation International Cottages
When: November 12
Time: 2-5 p.m.
Contact: (619) 234-0739
Cost: Free

Program featuring Argentine music, dance and food.


Entre Fronteras: The Haitian Community in Tijuana

Where: USD: University Center 103 A/B
When: November 13
Time: 4 p.m.
Cost: Free
Contact: Dr. Kevin Guerrieri, (619) 260-7827 or

Please join us for a screening of Life Between Borders: Black Migrants in Mexico with director Ebony Bailey. The film is 15 minutes long, in Spanish with English subtitles. Questions in English will be welcomed!



Where: UCSD The Loft
When: November 14
Time: 8 p.m.
Cost: Early Bird: $15–25; Regular Price: $20–30 Registration required
Contact: (858) 534-8497 or 

An invitation into the musical realm of Maria de Barros calls for an intriguing geography lesson. The charismatic young chanteuse is a native of Dakar, Senegal, and lived the first 13 years of her life in Nouakchott, Mauritania, in Northwest Africa. De Barros’s creative heart, however, lies in the culturally rich land of Cabo Verde, a former Portuguese colony located 350 miles off the coast of Senegal, the birthplace of her parents and her godmother, Cesária Évora, also known as the “barefoot diva.” It’s the island’s incredible melting pot of music—which includes everything from African and Portuguese to Argentine and Cuban influences—that has always inspired de Barros to set her heart on home.



Where: Price Center East Ballroom, UC San Diego
When: November 29
Time: 8 p.m.
Cost: Early Bird: $30; Regular Price: $35 Registration required
Contact: (858) 534-8497 or

Led by multi-instrumentalist and bandleader Sergio Mendoza (Calexico), Orkesta Mendoza fashion borderless sounds that span the Americas, embracing mambo and cumbia with the same vigor as psychedelic pop, twang rock, and analog electronics.

Originally formed as a tribute to “King of Mambo” Pérez Prado, Orkesta Mendoza plays music that explores a myriad of directions, rhythms, and moods, delivering big-band orchestrations mixed with lo-fi electronica, vocals en Español, and moving instrumentals. Epic and soulful, they truly capture the positive spirit of the Southwest.



Where: Balboa Park: House of Pacific Relation International Cottages
When: December 1
Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free
Contact: (619) 234-0739

The house takes over the Hall of Nations to promote all things Peruvian. 



Where: San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park
When: December 2
Time: 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Contact: (760) 737-2201 

Commemorating the 1846 Battle of San Pasqual of the Mexican-American war with battle reenactment, military encampment, food and entertainment.

In the San Pasqual Valley southeast of Escondido, in the darkness of early morning on December 6, 1846, the American Army under Stephen Watts Kearny fought the bloodiest encounter to win California from Mexico. General Kearny and his 120 or so member Army of the West had just arrived from Missouri by way of New Mexico. Dreary, hungry, wet, and cold, they met and were defeated by a smaller force of Californios led by General Andres Pico who were waiting there to stop them from joining other American militants.

Suffering over 35 dead or wounded during the battle and under siege on Mule Hill, only the midnight escape by Kit Carson, Edward Beale, and an unnamed Indian averted their outright slaughter. The combined American force led by Commodore Robert Stockton then went on to win the Battle of San Gabriel on January 8 and January 9, 1847.

The San Pasqual battle was only one of the military encounters in California in the war, but it proved to be the bloodiest and most controversial as to the outcome. Today, a California State Monument commemorates the battlefield, and hundreds of volunteers reenact the event there on the Sunday closest to December 6.



Where: Old Town
When: December 6
Time: 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 

Annual event at San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park. The event includes a variety of demonstrations and entertainment commemorating the U.S.-Mexican War.



Where: Bread & Salt Art Gallery
When: December 8
Time: 4-10 p.m.
Cost: Free

Every second Saturday of the month, the many galleries in Barrio Logam open their doors for a neighborhood art party. 

The Barrio Art Crawl is a free, self-guided tour that showcases the area's diverse art scene. The galleries, studios and business owners each host independent events throughout the day (start times vary) from artist talks to intimate concerts. 

The event is all-ages and also features live music, food, face painting and vendors.



Where: Balboa Park
When: December 7 and 8
Time: 2-5 p.m.
Cost: Free; family and pet friendly
Contact: (619) 234-0739

All the museums in the park open their doors free of change from 5-9 pm on both evenings. At the House of Pacific Relation International Cottages, the 34 nations represented showcase music and dance of their respective countries and national foods and drinks are offered for sale.



Where: Balboa Theatre
When: December 13 
Time: 7:30-9:30 p.m. (Please plan to arrive 45 minutes prior to curtain)
Cost: $30 Buy Tickets
Contact: (619) 570-1100 

The expression of Mexico’s authentic musical heritage lives on through the voice of Sol de México®!

Sol de México® embraces the romanticism of Mexico’s land, people and beauty of the heart. José Hernández invites you to enrich your affection for mariachi by experiencing Sol de Mexico’s® dynamic energy and rich cultural expression.

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