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Actividades culturales - primavera 2015

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Film: Tapas Bar
Balboa Park: Museum of Photographic Arts
February 24 | 7 p.m. | $7
Contact: (619) 238-7559

Five stories are uncovered around a tapas bar in a picturesque neighborhood of a big city in Spain. The stories are served like tapas, in small savory pieces. A middle-age divorcée looking for love, a bar owner with a low opinion of the human race, two young supermarket stockers with party on their minds, an old lady who deals drugs to finance her husband’s declining years, and a Chinese chef. This pleasant collage, winner of the Best Screenplay Award at the Montréal World Film Festival, is an honest, funny and caring praise to the everyday life stories in a Spanish suburb.


Films: La tierra de los adioses and Tubarão, Hasta el fin de los días and Después de la Z and Reportero
USD: Kroc IPJ Theatre
February 24, 25, 26 | 6-8:30 p.m. | Cost: Free, registration required
Contact: Martha García | (619) 260-4148

Every year TBI brings an exciting new line-up of documentary films to campus, giving students, faculty, and our broader community the chance to explore the border and the relationship between the U.S. and Mexico from a variety of different perspectives, and to meet some leading filmmakers.

This year, the films will emphasize migration, violence, and human rights. 

A series of short films will precede the featured documentary, and panel discussions with the filmmakers and faculty experts will follow each screening.


Lecture: “The Decline of the Nahuatl Public Spheres: Rereading the History of Indigenous-State Relations in Mexico from 1810 – 2014”
UCSD: Institute of the Americas, Deutz Conference Room
February 25 | 3:30 p.m. | Free
Contact: (858) 534-2230

Magnus Pharao Hansen is a doctoral candidate in linguistic anthropology at Brown University, with an master’s degree in Mesoamerican languages from the University of Copenhagen. He has carried out research on the Nahuatl language in the state of Morelos since 2003, and conducted several months of fieldwork on the Otomi language of San Jeronimo Acazulco, Estado de Mexico.

His dissertation project studies the current process of integration of Nahuatl in Mexican higher education after the 2003 Law of Linguistic Rights, and the ways this process ties in with social and political processes in Nahuan communities and the Mexican Nation. This research has been carried out in communities and educational institutions in Veracruz and Morelos.

He is particularly interested in the how subjective experiences with language affects educational decisions and outcomes of Nahuatl-speaking students, and in the relation of experience and life history to linguistic ideologies and language choices. He has published several articles on the Nahuatl variety of Hueyapan, Morelos.


Lecture: “Oil and Regime Type in Venezuela: Reversing the Causal Arrow”
UCSD: Institute of the Americas, Deutz Conference Room
February 26 | 3 p.m. | Free

In the 2000s, researchers became interested in the connection between oil and politics. Most of the propositions in the literature posit that oil dependence influences both the state and regime type. This talk proposes the reverse view. Venezuela under Chavismo (1999 to the present) shows how regime type affects the oil industry. That is, Venezuela's semiauthoritarian, populist regime has affected the type of petro-state that Venezuela has become and consequently the type of governance crisis that Venezuela is now confronting.  Javier Corrales is Dwight W. Morrow 1895 Professor and Chair of Political Science at Amherst College in Massachusetts.


Lecture: “Por la Patria Chica: Tlaxcala's Indigenous People in the Throes of Liberal Reform, Autocracy, and Mass Upheaval, 1853-1924”
UCSD: Institute of the Americas, Deutz Conference Room
March 4 | 3:30 p.m. | Free
Contact: (858) 534-2230

Gerardo Ríos is a San Diego native with cultural roots in the states of Puebla and Baja California. He holds a master’s of arts degree in history from San Diego State University (2009), and has taught history, world geography and English-language development in public schools. Rios has done historical investigations in numerous archives throughout central Mexico and institutions such as Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BNAP).

His dissertation looks at how Liberal reformers in Mexico transformed society through the privatization of communal lands and mechanization of agriculture, particularly in the state of Tlaxcala, which is located in the densely-populated high central plateau. The project examines how after the Mexican Revolution the everyday negotiations between the victorious generals from Sonora and armed indigenous communities from the center-south paved the way for the creation of a post-revolutionary state, which left a legacy of single-party rule.


Guided Tour: “ArtStop: Cuban Contemporary Art”
Balboa Park: San Diego Museum of Art
March 5 | 12 p.m. | Free with museum admission
Contact: (619) 232-7931

This ArtStop discusses the Cuban Contemporary Art installation in the Welcome Gallery and is led by James Grebl, Ph.D., Associate Curator of Archives, Research and Provenance.

ArtStops are 15 minute, staff-led tours of one to three works on view. Museum curators and educators present these brief yet always enlightening and informative talks every Thursday and third Tuesday at noon.


Lecture: “The politics of disease control in 20th Century Mexico”
March 11 | 3:30 p.m. | Free
Contact: (858) 534-2230

Micah Gell-Redman is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at UC San Diego. He earned his bachelor's degree from UCLA and master's degree in public affairs from Cornell University. His primary research aim is to better understand the impact of political institutions on human health, and his dissertation explores this topic through a historical analysis of the campaigns to eliminate malaria in Mexico and United States South.

Gell-Redman also has a strong interest in the politics of immigration, having directed field work in immigrant communities in Mexico and the U.S. These two interests intersect in one of his current projects, an analysis of the political determinants of health outcomes among U.S. immigrant and minority groups.


Lecture: “Hacking Popular Cultural Icons in Latin America”
USD: Serra 210
March 11 | 7 p.m. | Free
Contact: (619) 260-4237

Sara Potter, Asst. Professor at the University of Texas El Paso, will use the movie Sleep Dealers to discuss this topic. More details to be published later.


Music: Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México
Copley Symphony Hall (1245 Seventh Avenue, San Diego)
March 13 | 8 p.m. | $52-85
Contact: (619) 232-0800

Enrique Bátiz, music director and chief conductor Dalia Kuznecovaite, violin.

Program: Granados, Three Spanish Dances; Ponce, Violin Concerto; Brahms, Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Representing the entire nation of Mexico with concerts throughout North America, Europe and Asia, the “Symphony Orchestra of the State of Mexico” makes its debut at the Jacobs Music Center with an energetic program of music by Enrique Granados, Manuel Ponce and Johannes Brahms. *Note: San Diego Symphony Orchestra does not appear.


Music: “A Concert of Latin American Music”
La Jolla Symphony & Chorus conducted by famed Venezuelan Choral Director María Guinand
UCSD, Mandeville Auditorium
March 15-16 | Sat., 7:30 p.m., Sun., 2 p.m. | $15 with student ID | Free Parking
Contact: (858) 534-4637

Celebrating LJSC Choral Director David Chase’s 40th anniversary. A pre-concert lecture is offered one hour prior to concert times. Program: Alberto Ginastera’s “Malambo”, Stephen Montague’s “Intrada 1631”, Osvaldo Golijov’s "Oceana”, and Heitor Villa-Lobos’“Chôros No. 10”.

“My first experience of María Guinand and the way she makes music was a life-changing event for me,” says David Chase. “It restarted my way of thinking about choral music and completely reenergized me. I am thrilled that María will be sharing her time with us in this very special concert.”

Born in 1953 in Caracas, Ms. Guinand currently conducts two of Venezuela’s most prestigious choirs, the Schola Cantorum de Venezuela and Cantoria Alberto Grau, and for three decades has served as choral advisor to the country’s famous music education program, El Sistema. She is internationally-renowned as an authentic interpreter of Latin American choral music of the 20th and 21st centuries, and conducts choral projects throughout Latin America, Europe, the U.S. and Asia. Guinand has a long association with the music of Osvaldo Golijov, including premiering Golijov’s “Oceana” at the Oregon Bach Festival in 1996, a work she reprises in her concert with LJS&C.


Lecture: “Places of Their Own: Frida Kahlo, Georgia O’Keefe, and Emily Carr”
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church (334 14th St, Del Mar)
March 16 |  10 a.m. | $5
Contact: (619) 232-7931

There will be a reception preceding the lecture. San Diego Museum of Modern Art docent Mary Kay Gardner will share a look at three women painters who tested the limits of what it meant to be a woman and a painter in a male-dominated art world.


Guided Tour: “ArtStop: Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida”
Balboa Park: San Diego Museum of Art
March 17 | 12 p.m. | Free after museum admission
Contact: (619) 232-7931

This ArtStop discusses Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida and is led by Ariel Plotek, Ph.D., Associate Curator of Modern Art.

ArtStops are 15 minute, staff-led tours of one to three works on view. Museum curators and educators present these brief yet always enlightening and informative talks every Thursday and third Tuesday at noon.


Dance: Nations of San Diego International Dance Festival
Spreckels Theatre on Broadway
March 20: 8 p.m. | March 21: 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. | March 22: 2 p.m. | Check site for ticket prices
Contact: (619) 235-9500

Celebrating the 22nd Anniversary Year.

Enjoy an evening of Southern California's largest ethnic dance festival featuring over 300 dancers and musicians from cultures around the world.


Guided Tour: “ArtStop: Latin American Art”
Balboa Park: San Diego Museum of Art
April 9 | 12 p.m. | Free after museum admission
Contact: (619) 232-7931

This ArtStop discusses Latin American Art and is led by Lucy Holland, Museum Educator.

ArtStops are 15 minute, staff-led tours of one to three works on view. Museum curators and educators present these brief yet always enlightening and informative talks every Thursday and third Tuesday at noon.


Lecture: “Nicaragua's Perspective on Responsibility to Protect And Moral Responsibility”
SDSU: Peterson Gym 242
April 13 | 5 p.m. | Free
Contact: (619) 594-1103 and (619) 594-1104

Ambassador Franco Campbell is the first Ambassador of Nicaragua to the U.S. from the Autonomous Regions on Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast. He previously served as ambassador to Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Angola and Zambia. Between 1997 and 2010, Ambassador Campbell served as an elected Nicaraguan member to the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), which sits in Guatemala City, and is charged with increasing democratic control and oversight of the Central American integration process. In 2007-08, Campbell served as Vice President of this regional parliamentary body. Ambassador Campbell has been a driving force in building institutions in Nicaragua’s Autonomous Regions and was a Founding Member and Vice-Rector General of the University of the Autonomous Regions of the Nicaragua Caribbean Coast (URACCAN), where he continues to serve as a Board Member.  He is the President of the Center for Human, Civil and Autonomous Rights (CEDEHCA) and was a Founding Member in 1990 of the Foundation for Autonomy and Development of the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua (FADCANIC), working successfully in obtaining funding and support for the Autonomous Regions from a wide range of European, U.S. and other international sources.


Music: Lila Downs
Copley Symphony Hall
April 17 | 8 p.m. | $30-85
Contact: (619) 232-0800

A world music superstar known for her unique synthesis of indigenous Mesoamerican music with cumbia soul and jazz, Mexican-born, California and Minnesota-raised singer Lila Downs has a Grammy® award and a red-hot international profile augmented by her soundtrack appearances for the films Frida and Real Women Have Curves as well as a show-stopping turn at the Academy Awards (performing “Burn it Blue” from Frida.) Backed her multi-cultural, multi-instrumental band La Misteriosa, this promises to be a concert experience like no other. *San Diego Symphony does not appear.


Stage: Oedipus El Rey
Lyceum Stage (Horton Plaza)
March 7-29 | Times vary | $47-57  
Contact: (619) 544-1000

In 430 BC, the playwright Sophocles wrote one of the greatest tragedies in the history of the Western world: Oedipus Rex, the tale of a king who from birth was destined to murder his father and marry his mother.

Now the acclaimed playwright and MacArthur Genius Grant winner Luis Alfaro has created a startlingly contemporary adaptation that trades the temples of classical Thebes for the urban barrios of Southern California. With a sly sense of humor, he melds the ancient with the modern: Oedipus is imprisoned for ripping off a Costco; Jocasta splashes on the Jean Naté™ while glued to “All My Children,” and the oracle offers life coaching for cash only.

Placing the passionate love between Oedipus and his mother, Jocasta, squarely at the play’s center, Alfaro creates a spellbinding dance of desire and eroticism. But the 2,500 year old question, asked by a prescient, opinionated chorus of heavily tattooed inmates is still the same. “Is our young homeboy doomed to suffer el destino?” The word on the street for El Rey is not good.


SD Latino Film Festival
AMC Fashion Valley 18
March 12-22 | Time Vary | $11.50 with student ID or buy a Pass
Contact: (619) 230-1938, ext. 102

The 22nd San Diego Latino Film Festival is thrilled to announce several of its 2015 Spotlight Films (Muerte en Buenos Aires, Visitantes, Messi, Amor de mis amores), starring Kate del Castillo, Demián Bichir, Sandra Echeverría, Marimar Vega, and Sebastián Zurita, as well as an unforgettable profile of one of soccer’s greatest players from world renowned filmmaker Álex de la Iglesia. Visit the web site for film titles and screening times.


Stage: Our Lady of La Tortilla
On Stage Playhouse ( 291 Third Avenue, Chula Vista)
March 13 - April 4 | Thurs., Fri., Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun. 2 p.m. | $17-20 with student ID

The Cruz family is volatile even in the best of times. On one day, Nelson brings home his gringo girlfriend, his mother Dahlia obsesses about retrieving her husband from his new girlfriend, and brother Eddie shows up in a van with his failed life and pregnant girlfriend. But the real pandemonium is caused by sweet, long-suffering Dolores, Dahlia’s sister, when she sees the face of the Holy Virgin in a tortilla. This miracle brings hordes of believers and reporters to camp out on the Cruz’s lawn to await further miracles. As the family struggles with beliefs and conflicts, old and new, the endurance of family love is revealed to be the real miracle.

Playwright, Luis Santeiro. Directed by Bryant Hernández. Produced by Teri Brown. Cast are: Andre Gonzalez, Danielle Levin, Roman Rodriguez, Sandra Ruiz and Lauren Yowell.


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.


Exhibition:  Maya: Heart of Sky, Heart of Earthexhibit poster

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.