Actividades culturales - otoño 2013
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"Governance of Public Health in Mexico"
In this public talk, Dr. Alberto Diaz-Cayeros will discuss Mexico's massive transformation of both its political system and its public health system over the last twenty-five years. The simultaneous changes in Mexico provide scholars with the opportunity to undertake ground-breaking research to understand how democratization and public health intersect. This research can inform policy decisions and directly impact improved health outcomes in Mexico and around the world.
Dr. Diaz-Cayeros joined the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies faculty at Stanford University in 2013 after serving for five years as the director of the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at UC San Diego.
35th Annual December Nights
Where: Balboa Park: Hall of Nations
When: Dec. 6 | Dec. 7
Time: 3 - 11 p.m. | noon - 11 p.m.
As always, the event brings families and friends together to spread holiday joy, learn more about the cultural value of Balboa Park and kick-off the “most wonderful time of the year.”
Participating Balboa Park museums open their doors free of charge from 5-9 pm both evenings and more than 350,000 visitors are expected to experience the joy of San Diego’s largest free community festival. Those who attend will participate in a truly multicultural experience, enjoying food, music and entertainment from around the world.
Revelers can watch top-notch musical and dance performances, enjoy delicious and diverse food choices and help spread a heavy dose of holiday cheer. Some of the more well-known traditions include food from around the globe at the International Christmas Festival at the House of Pacific Relations Cottages; the annual Santa Lucia Procession at the Plaza de California; unique gift shopping at the museum stores and with the artisans of Spanish Village; and musical and dance presentations from the San Diego Junior Theatre, San Diego Civic Youth Ballet, Del Cerro Baptist’s Christmas Story Tree, and more.
Jazz at the Studio: Pedrito Martínez Group
When: Dec. 7
Time: 8 p.m.
Where: Athenæum School of the Arts (4441 Park Boulevard)
Cost: Members $21 Non-members $26 (Buy online)
Come prepared to get up and dance when the Athenaeum’s jazz program returns to the San Diego studio of the Athenaeum School of the Arts for a San Diego debut performance by leading NYC-based Afro-Cuban percussionist/vocalist Pedrito Martínez, joined by his bandmates Ariacne Trujillo on keyboard and vocals, Alvaro Benavides on electric bass and vocals, and Jhair Sala on percussion and vocals. The Pedrito Martinez Group has emerged as the tightest Afro-Cuban band in New York. Their shows ignite a devoted fan base that has spread to include Eric Clapton, Taj Mahal, Roger Waters, and Wynton Marsalis. The ensemble has its roots planted firmly in the rumba tradition, and revels in the bata rhythms and vocal chants of Yoruban and Santeria music. Among their many fans is guitar legend John Scofield, who commented, “Pedrito and the band are virtuosi of the first order. But even more striking is how they work together as a unit. They are one of the greatest groups playing today. I’ve learned so much from hearing and from playing with them.” The New York Times wrote, “Since arriving in the United States at the end of the 1990s, the Cuban percussionist Martinez has been all over the place, putting rumba and guaguancó into the weave of all kinds of groups… when his drums, singing and writing are the focus, he’s an incomparable performer.”
Hispanic Cultural Celebration: 'Las Posadas' Fiesta Navidena
Buy your tickets and come celebrate a 400 year old tradition! Enjoy and become a part of the Hispanic community’s rich cultural tradition of “Las Posadas.” The children of Danzarts will commemorate one of Mexico’s beloved celebrations, “Las Posadas,” which means “The Inns” or “The Shelters.” This is customarily a moving community play that happens in the streets, telling the Christmas story, neighbor to neighbor. Indeed, this social event is very special for most Mexicans and their families; it’s a time of family, community and cultural pride. Villancicos, typical Christmas carols will be sung, holiday music will be played, sweet treats with warm beverages will be served and the magic of a piñata filled with candies and small toys will top the night focused on the children!
Music: Marco Antonio Labastida, Tenor
Hailed as "the pride of Baja California," acclaimed singer, Marco Antonio Labastida's career spans over three decades across Mexico and the US. He is the recipient of numerous awards and is known as the Tijuana Tenor.
Our Lady of Guadalupe Bilingual Mass and Festivities
The USD community celebrates one of our most well-established and beloved traditions, the Our Lady of Guadalupe Bilingual Mass.
The evening includes a Mexican dinner with Mariachi music in the University Center Forums at 4:30 p.m., a performance by Aztec dancers outside the UC at 6:00, a candlelight procession to The Immaculata at 6:45, the bilingual Mass and rose ceremony at 7:00, and pan dulce and hot chocolate with ballet folklorico in the UC Forums at 8:00.
Co-sponsored by MEChA and AChA, the feast of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe dates to the 16th century when Mary appeared to Juan Diego near Mexico City. Our celebration of this special tradition highlights our community’s connection to Mexico as well as the profound contributions of Latino spirituality.
The entire evening will include special prayers for the passage of compassionate immigration reform as well as for all those who are adversely impacted by the current immigration system.
Please join us for the festivities.
"Estimating House Effects of Mexican Polling Firms through Time: The 2006 and 2012 Presidential Elections"
In Mexico, electoral opinion polls are a much distrusted and often vilified source of information. This is due to their relative recent history and their somewhat tarnished reputation given their alleged inability to call a winner in close races (ie. 2006) or, even, the right one (ie. 2009 midterm and 2010 state elections). Despite many simplistic efforts, a reliable method to assess their accuracy is still lacking. This paper studies poll performance in the last two presidential elections in Mexico. Using publicly reported survey estimates made available by IFE or AMAI for the 2006 and 2012 campaign periods, we use a Kalman filter (Bayesian) model to estimate the true state of aggregate vote intentions for each one of the candidates throughout the campaigns, and compute estimates of “house effects” per candidate for each polling firm. With this information, we seek to understand whether Mexican pollsters, as an industry, produce similar measurements of voter preferences or whether some, or all of them, have systematic biases in their estimations, where and why. It is a joint paper written by the speaker, Marco Morales, USMEX Fellow, Francisco Cantu (University of Houston) and Veronica Hoyo (UC San Diego).
Sandwiches will be provided.
ArtStop: Franisco Zúñiga
Where: Balboa Park: The San Diego Museum of Art (Museum Boardroom)
When: Dec. 12
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Cost: Free with museum admission ($15 non-members)
This ArtStop discusses Francisco Zúñiga and is led by Alexander Jarman, Manager of Public Programs.
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.
Where: Balboa Park: Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
When: Dec. 15
Time: 6 p.m.
Cost: $15.75 (includes museum entrance)
Es una expedición virtual que te deslizara desde las montañas junto con snowboarders, girando por los aires de San Diego con skysurfers, nadando los océanos junto con las nutrias, excavando desde treinta metros de altura hasta el corazón de Sequoias gigantes acompañados de botánicos, y surfeando las olas de California.
Exhibit: The Complete Frida Kahlo: Her Paintings: Her Life: Her Story
Where: Liberty Station, Barracks 3
When: through Jan. 19, 2014
Time: Closed Mondays; see schedule here
Cost: $14.50 with student ID
Frida Kahlo, the world's most famous woman painter, was an artist, a political activist, the wife of Diego Rivera, lover of Leon Trotsky, Josephine Baker, and a legend in her own lifetime. Her short, and turbulent and eccentric life was marked by passion and eccentricity, inner strength and temperament. She left us with a unique art collection; her works a painted diary.
André Breton described her art as "a ribbon around a bomb." She had the courage to show her life in front of our eyes and to reveal her inner world in a very realistic yet poetic way.
On July 13, 1954, Kahlo died in the Blue House as a result of lung embolism. Her last diary entry read: "I hope the exit is joyful and I hope never to return."
Exhibition: Kumeyaay: Native Californians
Where: Balboa Park: San Diego Museum of Man
Hours: Daily, 10-4:30
Cost: Students with ID: $7.50
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.
Flamenco Dinner Shows
Where: Café Sevilla
Hours: Saturdays, 7 p.m. (through 2/1/14)
Café Sevilla is home to the longest running Flamenco Dinner Show in Southern California. A high intensity Flamenco dance performance is coupled with a three course authentic Spanish dinner. Perfect for Saturday date night.
Sevilla is best known for combining three distinct environments under one roof: the authentic Tapas Bar, the casually elegant dining room featuring award-winning Spanish cuisine, and the lively nightclub with live music and dancing seven nights a week.
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
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.
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