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Actividades culturales - otoño 2014

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Film: Eva Longoria's Food Chains
Media Arts Center San Diego
2921 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego 92104
Contact: 619.230.1938

Dec. 1, 2, 3, 4
Time: See below
Cost: $11 with student ID; $7.50 members

In this exposé, an intrepid group of Florida farmworkers battle to defeat the $4 trillion global supermarket industry through their ingenious Fair Food program, which partners with growers and retailers to improve working conditions for farm laborers in the United States.

“Takes an unflinching look at abuses in the fields, but it also tells as hopeful story.” –

Monday, Dec. 1: 3:00, 5:00, 7:00
Tuesday, Dec. 2:  7:00*
Wednesday, Dec. 3: 7:00
Thursday, Dec. 4: 3:00, 5:00, 7:00*

*Spanish-language screening, no English subtitles.


Exhibition: "In This, See That: Octavio Paz and Art"
Balboa Park: Museum of Art
Contact: 619.232.7931

Dec. 2
Time: 6 p.m.
Cost: Free

Hear perspectives by Héctor Tajonar, curator of this exhibition at the Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, during this program presented by The Consulate General of Mexico in San Diego. Commemorating the 100th birthday of Octavio Paz, Mexico's first Nobel Prize winner for literature, "In This, See That" explores the relationship between poetry and art, and between Paz and the artists he dedicated his writings to. Featuring 200+ works from almost 100 significant international collections, the exhibition includes works by Henry Moore, Joan Miró, and Yves Tanguy from The San Diego Museum of Art's Permanent Collection.


Performance: Mariachi Sol de México: A Merri-Achi Christmas
The California Center for the Arts
340 N Escondido Blvd., Escondido 92025
Contact: 760.839.4138

Dec. 5
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Cost: $20 ($25 at door)

Mariachi Sol de Mexico: A Merri-Achi Christmas is a platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated mariachi ensemble presenting a colorful celebration of Mexico’s Christmas traditions, embracing the romanticism of Mexico’s land, culture and people.  This show includes seasonal song and dance along with select Mariachi classics.


Performance: Ritmos de Mi Tierra, Ballet Folclórico
Lincoln High School
4777 Imperial Ave. San Diego, CA 92113
Contact: | 619.846.9272

Dec. 6
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $21-40

From flamenco to ballet folclórico, Ritmos de mi Tierra fills the stage with the authentic song, dance and brightly-colored costumes of Spain and Mexico. The passionate flamenco comes to life courtesy of a performance from La Esencia Flamenco, who'll welcome guest singers Pilar Moreno and Oscar Valero direct from Spain. Sabor Mexico Theatrical Dance Company reaches far and wide for their traditional folk dances, which originated in regions ranging from Guerrero Tamaulipas, Michoacan and Veracruz to Jalisco and Baja California. Also on tap is a special appearance by the DanzArts Children's Academy, led by artistic director Patricia Astorga-Casey.


Film: Mexican Classic Noir Double-Feature
Media Arts Center San Diego
2921 El Cajon Blvd. San Diego, CA 92104
Contact: 619.230.1938

Dec. 6
Time: 8 & 10 p.m.
Cost: $7 per film

You’ll get the chance to see a film that never had a theatrical release in the U. S. and has rarely been seen since it premiered in Mexico in 1951—one of the true classics of Mexican film noir, subtitled in English for the event—Director Alberto Goút’s Sensualidad (Sensuality), starring Cuban rhumba dancer Ninón Sevilla. Written by acclaimed Spanish playwright, Álvaro Custodio. The film will be shown in a double feature along with Aventurera (Adventurer), another Goút/Sevilla/Custodio collaboration, and the most famous of the Mexican “Cabaretera” (showgirl) noirs.

Sensualidad.  A showgirl/prostitute plots revenge against the judge who sentenced her to prison.
Aventurera.  A young dancer enslaved in a nightclub/brothel plots revenge against her captors.


Performance: Lupe Rios - Songs of Advent and Christmas
St. Anne's Episcopal Church
701 West Street, Oceanside 92057

Dec. 7
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Cost: Free

Please join Lupe Rios as he presents an intimate concert of traditional carols and unusual classics in English and Spanish. "Como músico, trato de ser la voz de las experiencias compartidas por muchos. Las sonrisas, el dolor, y los sueños que vienen con mi persona".


Conference: Recognizing Refugees from Mexico and Central America
USD: Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice
Contact: Martha Garcia | 619.260.4148

Dec. 10 through 12
Times: Check program
Cost: Free

As all of you know, there’s a smoldering refugee crisis in Mexico and Central America. The number of people reaching the United States ebbs and flows. But, levels of internal displacement, violence, and insecurity remain extremely high. Relatively few of those who have fled have received refugee status or related protections, and the horrific exploitation of migrants and refugees in transit continues unabated. There’s widespread agreement on the nature of the violence and the need to address it from the bottom up. But, policy makers across the region seem more concerned with managing the visibility of the problem than addressing its underlying causes. As a result, the next crisis lurks around the corner.


Mariachi Concert
USD: Shiley Theatre
Contact: 619.260.4171 |

Dec. 11
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $5 w/student ID, $8 seniors, $10 general

Mariachi ensemble will be performing traditional music of Mexico directed by Serafin Paredes. Tickets are on sale at the door only.

Music programs are subject to change. For the most current information, please call. For a complete listing of events, visit the Department of Music website.


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

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.

Dec. 16

Jan. 27
25 Kilates (25 Carat)
- Thriller

Feb. 24
Tapas Bar
- Comedy/Drama



Exhibition: Omar Lopex: Relámpago
Oceanside Museum of Art
704 Pier View Way Oceanside, CA 92054
Contact: 760.435.3720

through Feb. 8, 2015
Time: Closed Monday
        Tues.-Sat., 10am-4 p.m.
        Sun., 1-4 p.m.
Cost: Free through $8

Relámpago is Spanish for “lightning”, referring to the moments of illumination captured directly on solid metal plates for this exhibition of Omar Lopex’s intimate tintype photographs. A photograph documents reality without context: what appears to be a wide variety of traditional family portraits exploring different representations of familial relationships, is in fact a complex game of . Using a motorcycle specially outfitted with a darkroom to develop images on the spot, Lopex visited four different cities to meet strangers and become a part of their family for as long as it took to shoot and develop these images. The resulting small-scale artworks draw the viewer into a fictional world, challenging the traditional concepts of identity, personal space, and familial roles.



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.