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Actividades culturales - otoño 2015

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Tijuana River Action

Where: Smuggler’s Canyon on the Tijuana River, 2100 Monument Rd., San Diego 92154           Map
When: Saturday, Oct. 3
Time: 9 a.m.
Cost: Free

Help I Love A Clean San Diego and WiLDCOAST cleanup the Tijuana River Valley! Without your help to clean up the valley, rain will wash all of the litter and pollutants out to our coast. Volunteers will be pulling trash, tires, and more from the riverbed before the debris makes its way out to the Pacific.

As with all of our volunteer events, we encourage you to bring your own reusable cleanup supplies—buckets, gloves and water bottles—though we’ll have extras on hand, too. Each volunteer will need to have a signed waiver form, and volunteers under the age of 18 will need an additional parent/guardian signature.

Related links: I Love A Clean San Diego on Facebook
http://www.kpbs.org/events/2015/oct/03/tijuana-river-action/?et=53447

Film: Landfill Harmonic

Where: ArcLight Cinemas, Theater 12 (4425 La Jolla Village Dr, San Diego)            View Map
When: Saturday, Oct. 3
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Cost: $ 15

Landfill Harmonic follows the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a Paraguayan musical group that plays instruments made entirely out of garbage. When their story goes viral, the orchestra is catapulted into the global spotlight.

Directors: Brad Allgood, Graham Townsley
Producer: Juliana Penaranda-Loftus
Cast: The Recycled Instruments Orchestra of Cateura

La Guelaguetza

Where: Cal State San Marcos (333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd., San Marcos)
When: Sunday, Oct. 4
Time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cost: $ 8

The coalition of Indigenous Communities of Oaxaca (COCIO) invites the community in general to its grand festival, a celebration that honors diversity and indigenous values while fostering intergenerational community building. Authentic food, artists and dances form the state of Oaxaca. You do not want to miss this amazing event.

World Music Series: "Music and Dance from Spain"

Where: Smith Recital Hall (SDSU)           Map
When: Monday, Oct. 5
Time: 6 p.m.
Cost: $ 12 students, $ 15 general

Featuring Cuadro Flamenco

Annual Women PeaceMakers Panel

Where: Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Theatre
When: Wednesday, Oct. 7
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Contact: Megan Theriault (mtheriault@sandiego.edu)

The Women PeaceMakers Program documents the stories and peacebuilding practices of international women leaders. Each year, four women are paired with professional writers to record their unique stories of living in conflict and building peace.

Join us for the Annual Women PeaceMakers Panel, where all four peacemakers will speak on their work, with a question-and-answer session to follow.

Please check back for more information about the 2015 Women PeaceMakers and registration information for the event.

Films: Los Hamsters and Los Contreras Family

Where: The Loft (UCSD)         Map
When: Oct. 8
Time: 8 p.m.
Cost: $ 10 Box office

Los Hamsters is a delightfully dark social satire about a riotously dysfunctional Tijuana family. The parents and two teenagers are going to such lengths to hide secrets from each other that they are completely oblivious to the drama in the others lives. Emerging Mexican filmmaker Gil Gonzalez has crafted a comedy that packs a lot of punch through subtly drawn family dynamics reflecting contemporary middle class society worldwide.

Los Contreras Family is a 12-minute comedy about a family engaging in illicit activity they are hiding from each other.

“Columbus Day or Day of Indigenous Resistance: (De) Colonizing Universal Thought”

Where: Salomon Lecture Hall
When: Monday, Oct. 12
Time: 5:30-6:50 p.m.
Free admission
Contact: Julia Medina (jmedina@sandiego.edu)

This roundtable conversation will reflect n the significance of Oct. 12, traditionally known as “Columbus Day” in the United States.  For the Native and many other people of the Americas, the meaning of the day is problematic, as it reinforces a contested and fictitious narrative of the “discovery” of the American continent.  This panel brings together faculty across different departments from the College of Arts and Sciences to talk about the historical narratives of “discovery”, “encounter,” or even “covering the other,” a phrase coined by the philosopher Enrique Dussel,  In discussing the (de) colonization processes, panelist will consider notions of modernity, development, and epistemological hierarchies in the construction of the West and the colonized other, as this day has not only shaped such categories, but is has also continued to raise controversy regarding what is acknowledge, celebrated and erased.

Conversation with the Women PeaceMakers

Where: Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Theatre
When: Tuesday, Oct. 13
Time: 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Contact: Megan Theriault (mtheriault@sandiego.edu)

The Women PeaceMakers Program documents the stories and peacebuilding practices of international women leaders. Each year, four women are paired with professional writers to record their unique stories of living in conflict and building peace.

Join us for four daytime events featuring candid, on-stage one-on-one interviews with an individual peacemaker, followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience.

The Emergence of the PRI: Land, Civil Society and Party Formation in Post-Revolutionary Mexico.

Where: UC San Diego, Institute of the Americas, Deutz Room
When: Wednesday, Oct. 14
Time: 3:30-5 p.m.
Contact: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-emergence-of-the-pri-tickets-17852574531

Speaker: Edwin F. Ackerman, Ph.D. candidate in Sociology, UC Berkeley Mexico's Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) was central to one of the longest-lived regimes of the twentieth century. Yet, the PRI’s emergence remains severely understudied in a body of work devoted mostly to explaining how the party maintained power once it was consolidated. In his research, Ackerman examines why the PRI formed as a mass party in some regions, but not others despite attempts to do so and similarity in conditions.

World Music Series: "Afro-Cuban Music"

Where: Smith Recital Hall (SDSU)           Map
When: Monday, Oct. 19
Time: 6 p.m.
Cost: $ 12 students, $ 15 general

Featuring Los Hermanos Arango

Performance: "Tango Nuevo"

Where: Smith Recital Hall (SDSU)           Map
When: Tuesday, Oct. 20
Time: 7 p.m.
Cost: Free

Featuring La Camarada and dancers Irina Bell Chalkevitch and Derek Bell

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Sherman Heights
2258 Island Av., SD 92102
10/23 - 11/ 2
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Old Mission San Luis Rey
4050 Mission Av., Oceanside 92057
10/25
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Free admission; parking $5 per car

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Campus
Student Life Pavilion
10/30
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Free

Altar and art exhibit open all day
Talk by José González, 2-3:30
Free food

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Market Creek Amphitheater
310 Euclid Avenue, SD 92114
11/1
12-8 p.m.
Free

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Old Town San Diego
Juan and Taylor Streets and environs
Nov. 1 - 2
3 p.m.
Free to walk around

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Masonic Cemetary
1177 Santa Margarita Dr., Fallbrook
Nov. 1 - 2
3 p.m.
Free

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Balboa Theatre
Horton Plaza Mall, SD 92101
Nov. 1
3 p.m.
Cost: $ 25-75 ($5 discount for students, seniors, military) Ticket Master

Performance: Mariachi Champaña Nevin
Featuring: Mariachi Femenil Garibaldi, Mónica Abrego, Rafael Palomar, and Ballet Folklorico Jaliscience

     

Hidden Embers: Domestic and Gender-Based Violence during Mexico’s Drug War

Where: Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Theatre
When: Monday, Nov. 2
Contact: Megan Theriault (mtheriault@sandiego.edu)

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Domestic violence is a form of dictatorship and terrorism nourished on silence, privacy, and shame. It traps its victims and converts them into accomplices to their own suffering, who blame and question themselves. But, these private spaces are socially constructed and defined. They require a gaze that avoids recognizing what happens behind closed doors, resistance to enact policies that protect survivors and seek justice on their behalf, and a tolerance for cover stories and cultural narratives that hide brutal violence behind essentialized stereotypes of sex and gender.

In the United States, the causes of domestic violence tend to follow the trajectory of the rapid spread of new private spaces and technologies that isolate women from previous forms of sociability – air conditioning, the suburbs, the internet, etc. In Latin America, domestic violence tends to track the relative weight of the cultural discourse of house and street in the construction of citizenship, a discourse that tends to be asserted during times of economic and political crisis. In contemporary Mexico, there’s a powerful causal agent for domestic and gender based violence with elements of both the creation of new private spaces and cultural retrenchment in the face of crisis – the wave of spectacular violence we call “the drug war.”

This event will bring together leading activists from Sinaloa, Mexico – the epicenter of the drug war in Mexico – to explore this complex reality in consultation with the Women PeaceMakers, and other Kroc School partners.

Fall Art Excursion: Tecate Region

Where: Tecate Region
When: Monday, Nov. 5
Time: 7 a.m.- 6 p.m.
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Contact:  Mingei International Museum.  Balboa Park, Plaza Panama. (619 239-0003)

Save the date for a hop across the border to see the cultural heritage of the Tecate region. Enjoy a diverse day of activities just across the border including tours of Ceramica JR Tile Factory, Rancho La Puerta and lunch as Asao. More information regarding pricing, itinerary and reservations will soon follow.

The Art of Peace: Creative Approaches and Conflict Transformation

Where: Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Theatre
When: Wednesday, Nov. 11 – Saturday, Nov. 14
Contact: Megan Theriault (mtheriault@sandiego.edu)

The Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (IPJ) of the University Of San Diego Kroc School Of Peace Studies will host a multi-day symposium exploring the use of the arts in peacebuilding. The symposium will feature local, national and international playwrights, filmmakers, poets, musicians, visual artists and academics who are mobilizing the creative power of the arts to break the cycle of conflict.

Performances, exhibitions and workshops will demonstrate how the arts can be used to resolve conflict nonviolently, deescalate violence, transform relationships, support individual and community healing, and build capacities for peace. By providing space for artists to reflect on their practice, share their learning and network with other peacebuilders, the IPJ will highlight the importance of this rapidly growing field of arts-based peacebuilding.

Please join us to experience the unique and universal ability of art to engage audiences in discourses on peace, justice and social transformation. Events will be hosted on the USD campus and at venues throughout San Diego.

Exhibit:  “43 Artist for Atotzinapa III”

Where: Centro Cultural de la Raza
When: Wednesday, Nov. 11 – Saturday, Nov. 14
Contact: Megan Theriault (mtheriault@sandiego.edu)

San Diego's Centro Cultural de la Raza was founded in 1970 as a Chicano Community Cultural Center and functions as an alternative space that encourages and facilitates artistic growth and cultural interchange in the San Diego/Tijuana region. The Centro provides classes and features a dynamic inter-disciplinary schedule of events which includes exhibits, musical performances, installation art, readings, receptions, Azteca dance, Teatro Chicano, Ballet Folklorico, film screenings and other events.

Normal Business Hours: 12-4pm every day except Monday. We also have workshops and other special events after hours. Please see our Events Calendar page.

Admission: Suggested donation of $5.00. We are an all-volunteer run organization that depends on your donations to provide exciting programing that meets the needs of the San Diego community.

An International Passport Presentation: Compañía Flamenca José Porcel: A dazzling company of flamenco dancers and musicians

Where: Copley Symphony Hall
When: Sunday, Nov. 15
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: Box office

Back by popular demand, Compañia Flamenca José Porcel brings their stunning flamenco style and moves to the Jacobs Music Center stage. Their new program, “Flamenco Fire” combines a contemporary look and energy with the heart of classic Seville flamenco.

The San Diego Symphony Orchestra does not appear on this presentation.

"Mexican Neighborhoods in the United States: Theories and Comparisons"

Where: UCSD, Institute of the Americas, Deutz Conference Room
When: Weds., Nov. 18
Time: 3:30-5 p.m.
Cost: Free

Inner-cities, African-American neighborhoods, Chinatowns and other abstract concepts of racialized spaces occupy important roles in social theory and policy, yet the concept of the Barrio, or Mexican-American neighborhood, has faded away since Oscar Lewis’ work on “the culture of poverty.” Is there a policy or theoretical use to talking about U.S. Barrios in general or should the discussion of Mexican neighborhoods be place-specific? The presentation compares two Latino neighborhoods: El Barrio/East Harlem, New York City, NY; and El Segundo Barrio, El Paso, TX.

Speaker Ernesto Castañeda, Assistant Professor of Sociology at American University, conducts research on migration, urban issues, health disparities, vulnerable populations and social movements. He compares immigrant integration and ethnic political mobilization in the U.S. and Western Europe. He has conducted surveys and ethnographic fieldwork in the United States, France, Spain, Switzerland, Mexico, Algeria and Morocco. Read his bio online.


Dance Rhythms: Music of Mexico, Argentina, Spain
A Jacobs Masterworks Concert

Where: Copley Symphony Hall
When: Friday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m.
          Sunday, Nov. 22 at 2 p.m.
Tickets: Box office

Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor
Gabriela Jiménez, percussion

Ginastera: Four dances from Estancia
Gabriela Ortiz: Concierto voltaje: Concerto for Timpani and Orchestra (U.S. premiere)
Falla: El sombrero de tres picos (Three-cornered Hat)

This program will also be performed in San Ysidro on Saturday, Nov. 21.

 

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Conceptual Look At The Border

Where: The Front Gallery in San Ysidro
When: through Oct. 2
Cost: Unknown
Contact: 619-851-4589

The Cuban-born visual artist and programmer Iván Abreu said he wanted to explore the idea of the U.S.-Mexico border as a kind of "third country." "Looming," a multimedia art exhibit in San Ysidro, takes a conceptual look at borders. “It means you don’t belong to Mexico, you don’t belong to the U.S. You belong to the border. And that condition of a third place really interests me," he said. The exhibit features digital images of the horizon at the border, using views from Tijuana toward San Diego as a reference. The images shift in real-time in accordance with weather report data, including factors like visibility. "I noticed the attention that neighboring cities always get from those who live in border cities." Abreu doesn't live at the border — he lives in Mexico City. But he was familiar with the border region because he had frequently visited Tijuana. This is his first exhibit in San Diego County. It runs through Oct. 2 at The Front Gallery in San Ysidro.

"Maletas Migrantes | Migrant Suitcases"

Where:  New Americans Museum
When: through Friday Oct. 2
Hours: Wed-Fri 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. & Sat-Sun 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Curator: Ignacio Vazquez Paravano
Cost Free

Ambulante, Ford Foundation and New Americans Museum invite you to the exhibition "Maletas Migrantes" at the New Americans Museum in San Diego.

"Maletas Migrantes" is an exhibition of 50 suitcases made by 50 contemporary artists based in Mexico. The showcase proposes a space for plastic exploration, which draws attention to the contradictions, belongings, negotiations and dialogues present in the geographic and emotional crossing of migrants.

"Maletas Migrantes" was originally exhibited at the Memory and Tolerance Museum in Mexico City as a special undertaking in celebration of the Ford Foundations 50th anniversary in Latin America. It has traveled to El Salvador, Brussels and most recently to Tijuana, Baja California where it was exhibited at the Centro Cultural Tijuana (CECUT). It now crosses the border into the United States for the very first time to be exhibited at the New Americans Museum in San Diego, Calif.

"Pond Lily Over Mushroom Cloud": Byron Kim Adapts the Black on black Cosmology of María Martínez

Where: MCASD Downtown, Jacobs Building: 700 Prospect Street. La Jolla, CA 92037
When: through Sunday, Nov. 01

"Pond Lily Over Mushroom Cloud": Byron Kim Adapts the Black on Black Cosmology of Maria Martinez presents a new project by La Jolla-born, New York-based artist Byron Kim, produced on the occasion of the Centennial of the Panama–California Exposition. Known for his monochromatic paintings, Kim explores subjects of cultural identity, race, politics, and art history, all in the guise of pure abstraction.

Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed

Where: San Diego Natural History Museum
When: through Jan., 2016
General Admission: $ 16
Contact:  Call Customer Services (619) 255 0195

The ruined cities of the ancient Maya have captured our imaginations since news of their discovery in the jungles of Central America was published in the 1840s. Extensive research has uncovered a culture with a sophisticated worldview that, during its Classic period (250-900 AD), rivaled any civilization in Europe. Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed, an original exhibition, sheds light on this mysterious and majestic ancient culture.

At 10,000 square feet, Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed is the largest exhibition about the ancient Maya ever to be displayed in the United States. Created by the Science Museum of Minnesota, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and the Museum of Science, Boston, the exhibition debuted in St. Paul, Minnesota in 2013 and now makes it West Coast premiere.

Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed uses a combination of hundreds of authentic artifacts, immersive environments, multimedia components, and hands-on activities to explore the rise and eventual decline of these fascinating ancient cities.

The exhibition gives visitors a glimpse at a cross-section of Maya life—from divine kings who ruled powerful cities to the artisans and laborers who formed the backbone of Maya society.

Visitors will see spectacular examples of Maya artistry made by masters of their craft, along with objects from everyday life. They’ll also get a close look at the scientific work being carried out at key Maya sites across Central America to understand exactly how we know what we know of the once-hidden Maya of the ancient past.

Presented in English and Spanish.

 

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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.