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Actividades culturales - otoño 2014

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Film: Aquí entre nos
Media Art Center San Diego Digital Gym
2921 El Cajon Blvd., SD 92104
Contact: 619.230.1938

Oct. 17-23
Times: Check website
Cost: $8.50 w/ student ID

Rodolfo Guerra, father of three daughters, wakes up one morning and decides he will not go to work; he is tired of being mistreated by his wife. In that one day in which the family routine is broken, Rodolfo opens his eyes and realizes that he is a perfect stranger in his own home. Rodolfo knows that he is risking his job, yet he still takes the time to put the puzzle pieces together to discover many unknown truths that are present among his daily life. Buy Tickets        Trailer


Film: Somos Mari Pepa      
Media Art Center San Diego Digital Gym
2921 El Cajon Blvd., SD 92104
Contact: 619.230.1938

Oct. 24-30
Times: Check website
Cost: $8.50 w/ student ID

‘Mari Pepa’ is a punk rock band consisting of four 16 year-old Guadalajara friends. The band has only have one song in their repertoire. When they realize they need two songs in order to enter a punk rock contest, they compose a second song, but it curiously sounds like the first one, only the lyrics have changed. Little by little, each member of Mari Pepa drops out of the band, leaving the leader Alex to contemplate his future as a rock star. Buy Tickets       Trailer

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Exhibition: Los colores de la muerte
California Center for the Arts
340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido 92025
Contact: 800.988.4253

Oct. 3-Nov.9
Times: Thurs.-Sat.: 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
           Sun.: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Cost: $8; $5 seniors or with student or military ID
Buy tickets online, at box office, or order by phone

Explore the rich history of Mexico and celebrate Día de los Muertos at the Center’s museum exhibition, Colores de la Muerte. Amble through Mexico’s storied past with Tren de la Historia, a series of train car sculptures that recount the turning points of the Mexican Revolution along with 30 mixed media sculptures from the Mingei International Museum and an altar installation honoring the Mexican author, Octavio Paz. Mexico’s antiquity from early days of revolution to modern day independence will be chronicled with insights into the role of women, political life and Mexico’s perilous fight for independence.

During your visit, take a few minutes to view the short film, Carmelo, by Jorge Gutierrez which will be featured in our Museum’s Tower Gallery. This short won the Student Emmy Award at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in 2001 and went on to be screened at various festivals including Kodak’s Emerging Filmmakers Program at the Cannes Film Festival. Now a successful Director and Writer, Gutierrez’s latest movie success, Book of Life, releases in theaters this mid-October!


Stage: Johnny Tenorio
930 Tenth Ave., SD 92101
Contact: 619.356.1492 

Oct. 24, 25, 31 and Nov.1
Time: 8 p.m.
Cost: $15

Join Chronos Theatre Group for a full production of Johnny Tenorio by Carlos Morton, directed by Goyo Flores in a mix of English, Spanglish and traditional Spanish.  It will be performed for four nights only.

Each short performance will be followed by a fiesta with live music and a full bar.   Admission includes the performance and fiesta with pan de muertos and chips and salsa. In the spirit of the holiday, traditional altars will allow those in attendance to commemorate those who have passed on so they too can attend the celebration.

Johnny Tenorio was inspired by Spanish playwrights Tirso de Molina and Jose Zorrilla, whose versions of the legend of the repentant rake Don Juan have become traditions in Spain and Latin America during the Days of the Dead on November 1st and 2nd.  The play is an amalgam of Spanish, Aztec, Mexican and U.S. pop cultures -- or, as Luis Valdez put it when asked to define Chicano theatre, it’s a “mixture of Brecht and Cantinflas.”  In that tradition, we offer this play as a lively evening of entertainment for our audiences... as well as food for thought.


Guajome Adobe County Park
2210 N. Sante Fe Ave., Vista 92083
Contact: 760.724.4082

Oct. 25
Time: 10 a.m.
Cost: $1

Celebrate a 3,000 year old "Dia de los Muertos" Day of the Dead) ritual, a  time for a dead to return home to visit loved ones, feast on their favorite foods, drinks, and listen to their favorite music. The historic Rancho Guajome Adobe County Park will have offering to remember the dead and honor ancestors, symbolic offerings, created by community member. The event will include performances by ballet folklorico, live traditional music, children's activities, along with food and craft vendors.


La Vista Memorial Park
3191 Orange St., National City 91950
Contact: 619.475.7770

Oct. 26
Time: 12-9 p.m.
Cost: Free (food/drinks for sale)

With respect for history comes respect for traditions. A yearly event at La Vista is the community wide celebration of Day of the Dead. The holiday is rooted in centuries of Aztec culture, and is celebrated each fall beginning at sundown.

Aztecs viewed death as the continuation of life. After the Spanish invaded the New World, Día de los Muertos became a fusion of Aztec beliefs and Christian traditions. The tradition is carried on today in the U.S. and Canada by Mexicans and other Latin Americans who settled in North America.

Because Day of the Dead generally occurs near Halloween, some have confused it as simply a Mexican version of Halloween.  But to Day of the Dead celebrants, the cultural expressions couldn’t be more different. Halloween celebrants embrace spooky, scary themes and characters. Day of the Dead, on the other hand, is a time of celebration and partying – completely without frightful overtones or references to a ghostly underworld.  Día de Los Muertos/Day of the Dead history is an ongoing record of how human character shapes circumstance. At La Vista, we believe that one constant lesson of history is that our strengths and our values are measured best not by what we inherit from our forebears, but by what we pass on to our children.

Altar Contest

Build your Altar with chance to win an awards for best design and cash prizes. To enter our competition please submit the registration form and email to or mail it to 3191 Orange St., National City,CA 91950



  • Water or, more typically, fruit punch is served to refresh a spirit after his or her journey.
  • Pan de muerto, or “bread of the dead,” is a sweet treat. Found at most panaderías, the round loaf is topped with a skull and crossbones.
  • Salt, a symbol of purification, is for the dead to season the food you’ve offered him or her.
  • The deceased’s favorite knickknacks, food, or tools.
  • Cempasuchitl, the Aztec term for “marigolds,” grow and wilt quickly, reflecting the fleeting nature of life.
  • Papel picado serves as a colorful and meaningful trim:
  • Black represents death, purple means grief or mourning, pink is for celebration, white symbolizes hope, and yellow stands in for the sun.
  • Four candles at the top represent the cardinal directions and provide a lighted path to this world.
  • Sugar skulls, or calaveras, add a lighthearted touch—for both the dead and the living.
  • Burning copal is a holdover tradition from the Aztecs, who used the incense as an offering to the gods.


Check website for line up.


Old Mission San Luis Rey
4050 Mission Ave., Oceanside 92057
Contact: 760.757.3651

Oct. 26
Time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cost: Free; parking $5 (food/drinks for sale)

Music, dance, art, food & drinks, and crafts are just part of the celebration. There will also be a car show, a Catrina Contest, and altar building.


Old Town
2476 San Diego Ave., SD 92110
Contact: 619.297.9327

Times: 11/1: 1-8 p.m.; 11/2: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Cost: Free

The premier Day of the Dead event in San Diego County, Old Town San Diego's Día de los Muertos, is designed to celebrate the history, culture, and heritage of the region. It is a very special time, when once a year, the spirits of loved ones who have died return to earth to celebrate this holiday with friends and family.

It is produced by Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO). Through education, advocacy, and stewardship, SOHO's mission is to preserve, promote, and support preservation of the architectural, cultural, and historical links and landmarks that contribute to the community identity, depth, and character of our region. 

Old Town's legacy has a predominance of Mexican, Spanish, and Native American, and as a general melting pot, makes it the best site in San Diego to hold this special and beloved celebration. Remember the Old Town San Diego's Día de los Muertos is all about the history, culture, and heritage of the holiday. Please note it is not a St. fair. 

This event celebrates the unity of life and death, considered by many to be the most important holiday of the year in Mexico and other Latin American countries, although it is observed in Portugal, Spain, Philippines, Italy, France, Poland, Slovakia, Lithuania, Croatia, Austria and Germany, just to name a few! 


Balboa Theater
868 Fourth Ave., SD 92101
Contact: 619.570.1100

Nov. 2
Time: 3-5:20 p.m.
Cost: $27-77 reserved seating; inquire about student discounts

Mariachi Champana Nevin’s Día de Muertos celebration featuring Monica Abrego, the Orquesta Sinfonica de las Californias, Mariachi Garibaldi from Southwestern College, and ballet folklorico dancers!

Delight in one of Mexico’s most dynamic and colorful traditions as we celebrate the lives of Mexico’s greatest and most beloved composers and singers.  This year’s performance will include Jeff Nevin’s song cycle “Al aire libre” based on the poetry of Alberto Blanco, and a special tribute to Mexico’s greatest composers including Augustín Lara, Alfredo Jiménez, Pablo Moncayo and more!


Films from Spain
Balboa Park: Museum of Photographic Arts
Contact: 619.615.3188

Oct. 28, Nov. 18, Dec. 16, Jan. 27, Feb. 24
Time: 7 p.m.
Cost: $7 donation

The House of Spain in San Diego, a nonprofit devoted to promote the culture of Spain in San Diego, organizes Films from Spain. The event is a series of screenings of Spanish films, held once a month from October until February at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park. Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy outstanding films from Spain, from successful recent releases to all-time masterpieces, some of which have never been screened before in San Diego.

The event is supported by the program Spain Arts & Culture of the Embassy of Spain's Cultural Office.

Films from Spain aims to combine great cinema with a taste of Spain’s culture -- Spaniards love casual and lively community gatherings, and the screenings will provide a perfect environment for a gathering inspired by a shared appreciation of cinema and of the Spanish way of life.

Oct. 28
La maleta mexicana
(The Mexican Suitcase)
- Documentary

Nov. 18
(To return)
- Comedy/Drama

Dec. 16

Jan. 27
25 Kilates
(25 Carat)
- Thriller

Feb. 24
Tapas Bar
- Comedy/Drama






poster of elements of the exhibition: photos and various types of basketsExhibition:  Kumeyaay: Native Californians

Where: Balboa Park: San Diego Museum of Man
Hours: Daily, 10-4:30
Cost: Students with ID: $7.50
Phone: 619-239-2001

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.


yoga practitioners on both sides of the border fenceBorder Encuentro

Where: Friendship Park/El Parque de la Amistad [Directions]
Hours: Every Saturday, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Cost: Free


Eco-Kite CompetitionBorder encuentro (formerly Border Meetup) activities consist of events in which people from both sides of the San Diego/Tijuana border meet through the border fence on the beach or at Friendship Park at the San Diego/Tijuana border. Past activities include Yoga at the Border and an Eco-Kite competition (pictured) as well as creating and maintaining a native-species bi-national garden, and painting the fence.


Our goal is to bring people together by finding a theme that has no borders, often has a direct effect on improving the region, and always results in friendships across cultural boundaries.



Mayan statuette
Exhibition:  Maya: Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth

Where: Balboa Park: San Diego Museum of Man
Hours: Daily, 10-4:30
Cost: Students with ID: $7.50
Phone: 619-239-2001

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.