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Actividades culturales primavera 2020

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Events and Exhibits
Events and Exhibits

Short-Term Events and Exhibits


Where:  Point Loma Nazarene University, Brown Chapel            Map 
When: Friday, January 31, 2020
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Cost: $32     Buy Tickets
Contact: 858 454-0347

Warwick's and Writer's Symposium by the Sea will host Isabel Allende as she discusses her new book, A Long Petal of the Sea. Allende is the New York Times bestselling author of The House of the Spirits.

This is a ticketed event at Point Loma Nazarene University's Brown Chapel. Ticket prices include one pre-signed copy of A Long Petal of the Sea or Largo Pétalo de Mar

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending.



Where: Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego: Downtown
When: January 2020 - March 15, 2020
Time: (1100 Kettner Blvd.) 11 AM – 5 PM daily. Closed Wednesday
Free on the third Thursday of every month from 5-8 PM
Cost: $10
Contact: (858) 454-3541  |  MCASD Downtown, Jacobs Building 

The Mexican photographers Graciela Iturbide (b.1942) and Manuel Álvarez Bravo (1902–2002) are two of the most celebrated photographers in Latin America. The images each artist produced of their native Mexico have actively contributed to shaping Mexican visual identity while concurrently offering representations of marginalized populations that existed outside mainstream consciousness. Through the medium of photography, both Iturbide and Álvarez Bravo dynamically examine their own country and the myriad of indigenous cultures within it. 

Drawn from MCASD’s permanent collection, México quiero conocerte: Photographs by Graciela Iturbide and Manuel Álvarez Bravo explores the intimate connection each photographer had to capturing aspects and ideas of Mexico. Photographing their own homeland, their approaches to picturing the country differed from the dominant Anglo and Eurocentric portrayals of  Mexico produced by foreign image-makers. The exhibition’s title, borrowed from a well-known photograph by Iturbide, firmly grounds how both photographers grew to learn and explore their national landscape through the lens of their cameras. The works presented in this exhibition make evident the continual dialogue each artist had with the changing landscape of their country, while highlighting their contributions to ideas of myth in Mexico.



Where: Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego: Downtown
When: January 2020 – April 5, 2020
Time: (1001 Kettner Blvd.) 11 AM – 5 PM daily. Closed Wednesday
Free on the third Thursday of every month from 5-8 PM.
Cost: $10
Contact: (858) 454-3541  |  MCASD Downtown, Jacobs Building

This participatory exhibition, in the style of an atelier, invites visitors to explore works by binational artist Oscar Romo and learn about our region’s biodiversity, the impact of climate change, and the effects of human interventions into the environment, from the routines of daily life to large infrastructures such as the border wall. Romo’s wide range of work includes abstract renditions of clouds, precise botanical drawings of regional plants that have transformed due to global warming, and sculptures made out of recycled materials found in the junk yards of both Tijuana and San Diego.

Working at the intersection of science and art has led Romo to collaborate with many researchers and environmentalists to better understand the technical concepts that inspire his practice. Over the last decade, Romo has been dedicated to an aesthetic understanding and representation of atmospheric rivers. This is a unique phenomenon in which long, narrow areas in the atmosphere carry water vapor out of the tropics to other parts of the world. As they flow, atmospheric rivers can cause significant rain and snow, and they are an important part of the global water cycle.

This fascinates Romo, who believes in the potential for harvesting water from atmospheric rivers to serve disadvantaged communities that struggle with access to reliable sources of clean water. 

As part of the exhibition, Romo will be in conversation with a number of scientists at An Outside Perspective, MCASD’s lecture series inviting visitors to explore issues around current exhibitions by hearing from a specialist in other fields.

In addition, on the third Saturday of every month through March 21, Romo will conduct public workshops to connect the themes of conversations around climate change to art making and activism. 



Where: Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego: Downtown
When: February 1, 2020
Time: 11:30 am- 12:30 pm
Contact: (858) 454-3541  |  MCASD Downtown, Jacobs Building
Cost: $10

Tour México quiero conocerte: Photographs by Graciela Iturbide and Manuel Álvarez Bravo with Curatorial Fellow Alana Hernandez. This program is free with paid Museum admission.



Where: Barona Cultural Center & Museum                                Map
When: Thursday, February 6, 2020
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Cost: Free - $35
Contact: 619 443-7003, ext. 219 (Reservation required.) 

The Barona Cultural Center & Museum invites you to share an evening with author and anthropologist Michael Wilken-Robertson as he talks about his book, Kumeyaay Ethnobotany and the northern Baja California’s native people.

Kumeyaay Ethnobotany explores the lifestyles of the Kumeyaay people of southern California and northern Baja California and their relationships to the terrain of the Baja region. Wilken-Robertson connects the traditional practices to native cultures through spirited narrative and photography.Books will be available for purchase at the event for $29.95 plus tax. 



Where: La Jolla Historical Society, Wisteria Cottage         Map
When: Friday, February 7, 2020 (Opening Reception)
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Cost: Free, but advance registration is required.

When: Friday, February 8-May 17, 2020 (Exhibit curated by Melanie Showalter)
Open: 12-4 PM, Wednesdays-Sundays
Contact: 858 459-5335

Tijuana 1964 / Tijuana 2019:  Outside the Lens, in partnership with La Jolla Historical Society present Tijuana 2019, a collection of student work from our FOTO TJ project. FOTO TJ is a journey exploring the sites and sounds of La Frontera, bringing together the creative forces of teens from both San Diego and Tijuana. Together we visit human rights, arts and culture, and social benefit organizations working in Tijuana, while capturing the stories of those impacted by their work. Youth had the opportunity to explore, understand, and express their vision of the Baja region through the power of film and photography. Students took part in a genre study looking at the work of Harry Crosby, and created Tijuana 2019 as a photo response, a series of images captured in the same places and spaces as Crosby's work.

Harry Crosby was a science teacher at La Jolla High School in the 1950s, then pursued a second career in photography and history. One of his early assignments was to photograph Tijuana, where he discovered and recorded the vibrant life of the city and neighborhoods beyond the tourist areas. The photographic images he created of Tijuana’s urban and human landscapes chronicles community life and daily events, and explores the shops, arcades, street vendors, fashions, vehicles, curios, churches, cemeteries, and diverse urban neighborhoods of the bustling Mexican city more than a half-century ago.

Students explored Harry Crosby's original photos at the Museo de Historia de Tijuana (MUHTI), and had a guided historical street tour by Christian Zuñiga. In understanding the Tijuana of past, students created images that speak to Tijuana in the present.



Where: SDSU Downtown Gallery                            Get directions
When: Saturday, February 8 - Sunday, April 5, 2020
Time: Sunday, Monday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Cost: Free

“Chicano/a/x Printmaking: Making Prints and Making History – 50 Years of Art Activism” is a multi-site exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the SDSU Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies. Featuring historic and contemporary examples of printmaking, the exhibition highlights this media as one of the oldest and most accessible formats for Chicano/a/x artists working from the 1940s to today. “Chicano/a/x Printmaking” examines the use of art as an agent for change and showcases how artists have responded to the social and political dynamics of the U.S./Mexico border, the impact of movement across the border, and the ways the cultures of Mexico and U.S. are shaped by their proximity to one another.


WILFRIDO TERRAZAS & TASHA SMITH GODINEZ. WEDS@7 Mexican Music (Mostly Not) for flute and harp

Where: UCSD, Conrad Prebys Music Center at UCSD                               Get directions
When: Saturday, February 12, 2020
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Cost: $15 | Get tickets

Wilfrido Terrazas and Tasha Smith Godinez present an evening of work for flute and harp featuring a new piece by UC Santa Cruz graduate student Pablo Rubio Vargas (WP), a version of Cynthia Martínez Lira’s beautiful graphic score Marcos (2016-17), Mariana Villanueva’s seldom performed classic Canto Nocturno (1985), for bass flute, and two works of by Terrazas: Jaspe (2014) and Ifigenia en (2013).



Where: California Center for the Arts: Escondido Concert Hall               Map
When: February 15, 2020
Time: 1:00 PM (youth show); 6:30 PM (adult show)
Cost: $15. Buy tickets online or by calling 800.988.4253

Ticitozaa Folklorico Dance Festival is a comradeship between groups portraying the history of Mexico on stage for the sake of education and representation of Folklore in our community. A community in need of more music, dance, art, and cultural awareness.

Presented by Tierra Caliente Academy, Escondido Charitable Foundation and California Center for the Arts, Escondido.

Participating groups:  BF Alebrije, BF Bailes de mi Tierra, BF Caliztlan, BF Cielito Lindo, Ballet Folklorico de CSUSM, Mission Hills HS, GF Del Sol, Rancho Buena Vista HS Folklorico Club, BF Sangre Mestiza, BF El Tapatio & San Dieguito, BF Tequila, BF Teyacapan, BF Ti-Pai, Tierra Caliente Academy, Tradicional Mexicana USA, Grupo de Danza Wa-Kushma



 Where: USD: Saints Tekakwitha and Serra Hall 200, Humanities Center
When: Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Contact: Lindy Villa at 619 260 2326  |

While sanctuary cities have been in existence since the 1980s, recent events have brought about renewed attention. Do sanctuary policies breed crime, as some have argued, or do they help to politically incorporate immigrant populations? Hear Collingwood (University of California, Riverside) and O’Brien (San Diego State University) argue that sanctuary cities provide important protection for immigrants, with no empirical support for negative consequences.



Where: USD: Manchester Hall, Manchester Auditorium
When: Tuesday, February 19, 2020
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Cost: Free, but reservation required. Please RSVP to or call (619) 260-7936
Contact: Frances G. Harpst Center for Catholic Thought and Culture. Maher Hall 253.

Dancing at the Vatican, a short documentary featuring Latin American Huntington’s disease-afflicted families’ remarkable 2017 encounter with Pope Francis at the Vatican.

The film’s producer and narrator, Emmy-award-winning former NBC-TV foreign correspondent Charles Sabine, will introduce the film and take questions afterwards. A leading global Huntington’s advocate, Sabine carries the HD gene. His father died of HD, and his brother has the disease.

The film portrays the struggles of Latin American families battling HD, the terrible stigma and discrimination associated with the incurable, deadly brain disorder, and extreme poverty. It follows them on their extraordinary journey to Rome, their tour of the city and visit to the Italian Senate, and the historic audience with Pope Francis, who declared to the world that HD should be “hidden no more.”

“In the course of 26 years as a television journalist, living through more than a dozen wars, five revolutions, and four earthquakes, I witnessed many examples of people achieving the seemingly impossible,” Sabine says at the start of the documentary. “None, though, was as inspirational as the tale I’m about to tell.”

Additionally, there will be commentary by Ignacio Muñoz-Sanjuan, PhD, CHDI Foundation, Inc., a leading neuroscientist seeking HD treatments and co-founder of Factor-H, which aids Latin America’s HD-affected families.

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Where: UCSD, Visual Arts Facility
When: Monday, February 24, 2020
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Cost: Free, but advance registration required.

Daniel Guzmán’s drawings, paintings, and installations are informed by a slew of sources, including comic books, punk rock, heavy metal, Roberto Bolaño’s writing, Gabriel Orozco’s art, and Mexican mural painting.

Exploring his Mexican roots, Guzmán focuses on rituals like Aztec bloodletting ceremonies to examine contemporary violence. For a 2009 exhibition, Guzmán made a horror film that featured two Mexican intellectuals on the run from a mob of zombies. For "New York Dolls" (2004), Guzmán drew from New York’s punk rock scene, depicting the early 1970s protopunk band of the same name.



Where: Point Loma Nazarene University          Map
When: Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Cost: $5 -$15     Buy Tickets
Contact: 619 849-2200

Interview with journalist Sonia Nazario and Dr. Dean Nelson at PLNU.

Sonia Nazario is an award-winning journalist whose stories have tackled some of this country’s most intractable problems — hunger, drug addiction, immigration — and have won some of the most prestigious journalism and book awards. She is best known for "Enrique's Journey," her story of a Honduran boy’s struggle to find his mother in the U.S. Published as a series in the Los Angeles Times, "Enrique's Journey" won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing in 2003. It was turned into a book by Random House and became a national bestseller.

Her recent humanitarian efforts to get lawyers for unaccompanied migrant children led to her selection as the 2015 Don and Arvonne Fraser Human Rights Award recipient by the Advocates for Human Rights. She also was named a 2015 Champion of Children by First Focus and a 2015 Golden Door award winner by HIAS Pennsylvania. In 2016, the American Immigration Council gave her the American Heritage Award. Also, in 2016, the Houston Peace & Justice Center honored her with their National Peacemaker Award.

Nazario, who grew up in Kansas and in Argentina, has written extensively from Latin America and about Latinos in the United States. She has been named among the most influential Latinos by Hispanic Business Magazine and a “trendsetter” by Hispanic Magazine. In 2012 Columbia Journalism Review named Nazario among “40 women who changed the media business in the past 40.” In 2018, she was honored by Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) at their 29th Annual Anniversary Awards Dinner.

She is a graduate of Williams College and has a master’s degree in Latin American studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She has honorary doctorates from Mount St. Mary’s College and Whittier College. She began her career at the Wall Street Journal, and later joined the Los Angeles Times. She is now at work on her second book.



Where: Los Peñasquitos Ranch Adobe                Get directions
When: Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Time: 7:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.
Cost: Free

Dr. Don Liponi will be presenting a vibrant display of ancient Kumeyaay pictographs in the San Diego region. Apart from the beautiful photography, we will delve into the Shamanic world of the Kumeyaay people who created this artwork after their immersion into the spiritual world. The author is part of a group of Native Americans, archaeologists and photographers working on this wilderness project for the past 10 years. Their new book is offered for sale/signing to help fund this essential work.



Where: USD, Saints Tekakwitha and Serra Hall 200, Humanities Center
When: Tuesday, February 27, 2020
Time: 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Cost: Free, but reservation required. Please RSVP to or call (619) 260-7936
Contact: Frances G. Harpst Center for Catholic Thought and Culture. Maher Hall 253.

At a popular bakery café, residents of New York’s Upper East Side get bagels and coffee served with a smile 24 hours a day. But behind the scenes, undocumented immigrant workers face sub-legal wages, dangerous machinery, and abusive managers who will fire them for calling in sick. Mild-mannered sandwich maker Mahoma López has never been interested in politics, but in January 2012, he convinces a small group of his co-workers to fight back. Co-sponsored by USD's Changemaker HUB.

This film screening is a part of the USD Just Read! program in collaboration with many partners across campus. Watch this film regarding migration, one of the topics for the 2019-20 USD Just Read! theme Defining What is Home? Homelessness, Displacement, and Migration. 

Check out The Hand That Feeds trailer from Jubilee Films.



Where: Rancho Santa Fe Library                   Get directions
When: Thursday, February 27, 2020.
Time:10:45 a.m.
Cost: Free

Baja California Land of Missions features over 125 photographs, maps, and drawings, and provides the reader with a view of the actions of the Spanish Empire using missions to colonize the Californias. The author's research resulted in new discoveries and facts which are included in this look at the history and the present conditions of the twenty-seven peninsula missions.



Where: California Center for the Arts: Escondido Lyric Court         Map
When: February 28, 2020
Time: 7:30 PM
Cost: Free
Contact: 800 988-4253

Los Montaño is a band composed of four elements. Their names are Olmedo Montaño (Guitarist, 1st voice), Marlene Montaño (Bass), Luis Montaño (Accordion, 2nd voice), and Luis Alberto Torres (Drums). They identify themselves as romantic and passionate for the music that inspired them since their youth. They dominate as a variety band in order to please the public, playing cumbia, norteño, corridos, and much more.

From Cumbia and Huapango, to Salsa and Norteña, these rhythms will move you to get up and dance under the stars.

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Where: 3963 Conde Street, San Diego 92110
When: Saturdays and Sundays
Time: 12-4 p.m. (and by appointment)
Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas Day
Cost: Free
Contact: (619) 297-9327

The Adobe Chapel was originally built in 1850 as a home, and was converted to a church by Don José Aguirre in 1858. After having been bulldozed for street realignment in the 1930s, the WPA rebuilt the adobe chapel in 1937.

Much of the interior artifacts from the original chapel have been retained, including the tabernacle, the altar with its beautiful marbleized finish, some woodwork including pews and doors, and José Aguirre's tombstone is laid in the floor.



Where: Balboa Park: San Diego Museum of Man
Hours: Daily, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
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.



Where: Balboa Park: San Diego Museum of Man
Hours: Daily, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Cost: $7.50 students with ID
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.



Where: 29181 San Felipe Road, Warner Springs, CA 92086
When: Saturday-Sunday, 12-4 p.m.
Cost: $5 (general), $4 (seniors), $3 (children)
Contact: (619) 297-9327

Built in 1857, the Warner-Carrillo Ranch House served as the Butterfield Stage Stop and was California's first regular overland stage connection with St. Louis. With its multilayered history, the adobe ranch house tells the story of the emigrant trail, the overland stage, and the prominent ranching history of the area.

The historic setting has changed very little from the time of the great western migration and presents a rare opportunity to experience the past.

The adobe maintains a high degree of integrity including a great deal of its historic fabric including the original fireplace mantle, much woodwork and vigas (ceiling beams).

The ranch house plays a leading role in the history of the American West. It represents Mexican and American culture contact during the Mexican Republic; the Frontier period of the westward migration; and the Gold Rush and the cattle ranching industry from 19th century California to 20th century to today.

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