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Actividades culturales
otoño 2018

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Where: The San Diego Museum of Art, First Floor
When: through March 3, 2019
Time: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
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: The California Center for the Arts, Escondido
When: October 13
Time: 7:00 p,
Cost: $20-$25*

Tierra, Mar y Aire: Flamenco Arana, led by the charismatic voice of Juan de Dios, takes you on an exploration of the elemental influences of world culture on Spain’s most revered dance form. From the Romani tribes trekking through Asia, to North African peoples crossing the Mediterranean Sea, the sounds and styles of other cultures influenced Flamenco in profound and lasting ways, inflecting the “aire”, the air or flavor of Flamenco today. Join us on this journey, through the stirring dances of the cante jondo (“deep song”), to the melodies that Spanish sailors brought home from the New World, amplified through the artform of Flamenco.

 * Fees will be assessed on phone and online orders. Learn more...



Where: Bread & Salt Art Gallery
When:  October 13-14
Time: 11:00 am–6:00 pm
Cost: $12 - $40
Contact: | 619.752.6118 

Latin American Art Fair is an annual event that presents outdoor exhibits, painting, sculpture, photography and printmaking as well as folk art, crafts, performance and culinary arts of Latin American countries.

This international event presents original artwork of over 100 artists from Mexico, Central and South America - along with highlighting the best of Latin food, music and entertainment.

A family-oriented fair that brings artists and community together. LAAF features some of the best chefs of Latin cuisine. Patrons will enjoy indulging in the the flavors of the Latin American cuisine and savoring craft Mexican beer and some of the best wines from Valle de Guadalupe, BC., while being entertained by a variety of music and performance entertainment.

LAAF 2018 will be taking place at Bread & Salt a dynamic contemporary art venue that is recognized as a multicultural hub for showcasing art and cultural programming in Northern Baja and Southern California. Bread & Salt will host the indoor portion of exhibition for galleries and renowned artists. This exclusive platform will serve only 22 spaces for indoor exhibition for said chosen galleries. Julian Avenue will host the outdoor exhibition and serve as the lively and colorful platform for artists to exhibit in 10x10 booth spaces and interact with patrons in a more casual space.



Where: Balboa Park: House of Pacific Relation International Cottages
When: October 14
Time: 2:00-5:00 pm
Contact 619.234.0739
Cost: Free

Program of music, dance and the food of Spain. 



Where: Moxie Theatre
When: October 14-November 11
Time: Thursday, 7:30 pm | Friday and Saturday, 8 pm  | Sunday 2 pm
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.


“CHARLA” with Stephanie Elizondo Griest author of All the Agents and Saints, Dispatches from the US Borderlands

Where: USD: University Center, Room 107
When: Tuesday, October 16
Time: 5:30 pm
Cost: Free
Contact: Dr. Amanda Petersen ( | 619.260.4237) 

After a decade of chasing stories around the globe, intrepid travel writer Stephanie Elizondo Griest followed the magnetic pull home – only to discover that her native South Texas had been radically transformed in her absence. Ravaged by drug wars and barricaded by an eighteen-foot steel wall, her ancestral land had become the nation’s foremost crossing ground for undocumented workers, many of whom perished along the way. In All the Agents and Saints, Elizondo Griest weaves seven years of stories into a meditation on the existential impact of international borderlines by illuminating the spaces in between.



Where: California Center for the Arts: Escondido
When: October 18, 2018
Time: 7:30 pm
Cost: $25 - $70   Buy Tickets 

Ballet Folklórico de México returns to the United States for an extended multi-city tour featuring renewed performances of the company’s classic choreography. 

Founded in 1952 by dancer and choreographer Amalia Hernández, Ballet Folklórico brings together the music, dance and costume of Mexican folklore from pre-Colombian civilizations through the modern era. The company has developed choreography for 40 ballets, composed of 76 folk dancers who have performed extensively across Mexico and abroad. 



Where: Onstage Playhouse
When: October 19-21
Time: Friday-Sunday 7 pm  | Saturday-Sunday 2 pm
Cost: $10 under 18, $20 all others
Contact: 619.409.5465


Bocón Arts and TuYo Theatre are staging an original play for young audiences centering on the lives of three girls and their possible futures. It will explore the themes of female identity in a border town and stereotypes women of color must confront all their lives.

This play will have seasoned professionals working alongside young emerging artists. Thematically, it will open up the conversation for young girls about what it means to be seen as a female in our predominantly Latino community; what is imposed upon us as girls and women, and how do we respond to it?

For more information on performance times and tickets please visit



Where: La Vista Memorial Park & Mortuary
When: October 20, 2018
Time: 2:00-10:00 pm
Cost: $5
Parking: Free Shuttle pick-up at Westfield Plaza Bonita near Outback Steakhouse.

La Vista's Día De Los Muertos celebration is an experience that originates with the people - and is a gift back to the people. It's genuine, not commercial. That's why it's moving and memorable...why people come back year after year”. - Carlos R.

Centuries of tradition are just minutes away from the approximately 1.75 million people In the South Bay–Tijuana region, part of La Vista Memorial Park’s annual celebration of Día De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead). It’s an unforgettable experience that provides its attendees with timeless memories – not just another “selfie”. It’s probably the largest annual family-oriented event in the South Bay, and has all the ingredients needed to create a fun and memorable outing: food, music, artwalk, costumes, entertainment, artists and the always-popular altar contest and runway fashion show “Catrina Contest”.


Where: Ray Street, North Park
When: Saturday, October 27, 2018
Time: 11:00 am-5:00  pm
Contact: Elexia de la Parra

The Day of the Dead Festival North Park is happy to be back for a second year to continue a tradition of celebrating one of Mexico’s most culturally vibrant festivities after the great success of our first-ever Dia de Muertos Festival in North Park last year. Bringing together an array of Mexican-themed artisanal crafter purveyors from throughout the US, popular food trucks with a regional foodie-following, and a select choice of beer, mezcal, and tequila vendors in our spirit cantina, the Day of the Dead Festival North Park brought out one of the largest crowds for a first-time festival, welcoming people from all around the south-western United States.



Where: Encinitas Community Center
When:  October 27
Time: 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Cost: Free
Contact: 760.298.1708

Celebrate life with live performances, art-making workshops, a student art exhibit, artist demos, food trucks and more at the Encinitas Dia de los Muertos.

This annual family-friendly "Day of the Dead" festival will include continuous performances by some of the best Latin talent in San Diego, plus art-making workshops, artist demonstrations, student exhibitions, live Mariachi and other musical performances, as well as food trucks, opportunity drawings, vendors and giveaways.


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: Sherman Heights Community Center
When:  October 27
Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Cost: Free
Contact: 619.232.5181

Embrace Mexican culture during Sherman Heights' Día de los Muertos with a traditional celebration, official altar blessing, live performances, food and more.

Join us for one of San Diego's most authentic and longest standing Día de los Muertos Celebration in the heart of Sherman Heights! Come embrace Mexican culture and experience a traditional celebration, honoring our departed loved ones.


Where: Old Mission San Luis Rey
When:  October 28
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cost: $5
Contact: 760.757.3651 |

Día de los Muertos is a special event with diverse cultural traditions, remembering and honoring deceased loved ones. Over twenty-five-thousand attendees will enjoy the largest festival of its kind in San Diego County.

The Mission will come alive at this free family-friendly event with entertainment, carnival rides, altar displays and a classic car show! Your children will be entertained all day with a variety of craft activities and exciting carnival rides. You won't want to miss out on over 90 diverse vendors, traditional food, chalk cemetery, and the classic car show showcasing trunk altars put on by the Por Siempre Car Club.


Where: California Center for the Arts: Escondido
When: November 1
Time: 6:00 pm
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 4
Time: 11:00 am-8:00 pm
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.


“CHARLA” with Dr. Ignacio Sánchez Prado from the University of Washington in St. Louis, about Mexican culinary studies and the “authentic” Mexican food in USA.

Where: USD: University Center, Room 128
When: Tuesday, October 16
Time: 1:00 pm
Cost: Free
Contact: Dr. Amanda Petersen ( | 619.260.4237)

Prof. Sánchez Prado’s teaching in Romance Languages and Literatures is focused on 20th- and 21st-century Mexican literature, film and culture, as well as Latin American critical thought and literary theory. In addition, for the Latin American Studies Program, he teaches Survey of Latin American Cultures, and diverse classes on cultural studies. At the University College, he teaches undergraduate classes on Latin American Cultural Studies and classes on neoliberalism and culture, and on global cinema, for the Masters Programs in International Affairs and Liberal Arts. Currently, he serves as Latin American Review Editor for the Revista de Estudios Hispánicos and as Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Latin American Studies Program. Prof. Sánchez Prado received the Distinguished Teaching Award from the School of Arts and Sciences in 2015.



Spanish Club Movie Night: Verónica

Where: USD: Serra 211
When: Thursday, October 25
Time: 7:15-9:15 pm
Cost: Free

Horror film just in time for Halloween!  Everyone is welcome. Free food.



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

Where: USD: Warren Auditorium
When: Monday, November 5
Time: 2:30 pm
Cost: Free
Contact: Dr. Martin Repinecz ( | 619.260.7645)

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: Bread & Salt Art Gallery
When: November 10
Time: 4:00-10:00 pm
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: 2:00-5:00 pm
Contact 619.234.0739
Cost: Free

Program featuring Argentine music, dance and food.




Where: Bread & Salt Art Gallery
When: December 8
Time: 4:00-10:00 pm
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.


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