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HOUSE OF MEXICO LAWN PROGRAM

Where: Balboa Park: House of Mexico
When: September 13 
Time: 2-5 p.m. 
Cost: Free
Contact: (619) 231-1941

Lawn programs and special events are held on the HPR outdoor stage.  The programs feature the songs and dances of the listed ethnic groups. The cottages also participate in Balboa Park’s December Nights, the first Friday and Saturday of December, with food and festival, inspired by winter holidays from around the world.

ARTE, COLOR Y FIESTA: MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION

Where: Balboa Park: Spreckels Organ Pavilion
When: September 13 
Time: 6-8 p.m. 
Cost: Free, but advanced registration required
Contact: (619) 269-7965

Music and dance.  Meet Carlos González Gutiérrez, Ambassador with the Consul General of Mexico in San Diego.

BARRIO ART CRAWL

Where: TBA
When: September 14
Time: 4 p.m. or later*
Cost: Free
Contact: (619) 255-7036

Enjoy art, live music, food, vendors and more. Join us for a free self-guided tour that showcases the area's diverse art scene. The galleries, studios and business owners each host independent events from artist talks to intimate concerts throughout the day (start times vary).

*To verify the time, click on the title link.  

Presented by the Logan Avenue Consortium & Barrio Logan Maintenance Assessment District (MAD)

MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION

Where: Balboa Park: Copley Plaza at the Old Globe
When: September 14 
Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 
Cost: Free
Contact: (619) 231-1941

Commemorate Mexican Independence Day, also referred to as El Grito, with a free AXIS concert! Join us for craft making and dancing. Our special host will introduce and explain all aspects of this marvelous celebration, both in English and Spanish.

AXIS are programs supported by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation. The City of San Diego provides financial support of The Old Globe.

FIESTAS PATRIAS CELEBRATION (MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY)

Where: Old Town
When: September 14 
Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 
Cost: Free
Contact: www.parks.ca.gov/oldtownsandiego

Enjoy a historic Mexican Independence Day with music and fun activities. Living history activities and crafts will be found throughout the park so the public can experience the rich and diverse culture of Mexican California and commemorate this important day in Mexican history.

DEBATE: IS AMERICA FACING AN IMMIGRATION CRISIS?

Where: USD IPJ Theatre
When: September 19 
Time: 4-5:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Contact: Matt Zwolinski, mzwolinski@sandiego.edu

Is there a crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border? If so, what caused it, and what can we do to address it? Should America tighten its borders and crack down on illegal immigration? Should it place further restrictions on legal immigration? Or should it move in the opposite direction, toward a policy of relatively open borders and free migration? Join USD’s Center for Ethics, Economics, and Public Policy for a conversation on this important and timely topic featuring Rich Lowry (National Review) and Jason Riley (Manhattan Institute, Wall Street Journal).

MARIANELA DE LA HOZ, A JOURNEY INTO MAGICAL REALISM

Where: Balboa Park: The San Diego Museum of Art
When: September 20 
Time: 5-8 p.m.
Cost: $5-15
Contact: (619) 232-7931     BUY TICKETS

Microscopic and meticulously rendered, the paintings and assemblages of San Diego-based Mexican artist Marianela de la Hoz ensnare viewers like“intimate and sometimes terrifying mirrors.” In this lecture, the artist presents her work and her version of magic realism, which embraces satire and dark humor to explore human psychology and spirituality.

SALSA UNDER THE STARS

Where: Headquarters at the Seaport
When: September 20 
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Cost: Free
Contact: http://theheadquarters.com/events/salsa-under-stars

Dance the night away with Manny Cepeda and his orchestra in our beautiful outdoor courtyard.

No partner or experience necessary for this free event!

ARTIST TALK WITH JA'TOVIA M. GARY AND OPENING RECEPTION FOR
POLITICAL SKELETONS: THE ART AND AFTERLIFE OF JOSÉ GUADALUPE POSADA

Where: USD Humanities Center (Sts. Takakwitha and Serra Hall, Room 200)
When: September 25
Time: 4 p.m. or later*
Cost: Free
Contact: (619) 255-7036

Born in México in 1852, legendary illustrator José Guadalupe Posada remains an iconic figure among artists and activists celebrated for his bitingly satirical prints. Regarded as the father of Mexican printmaking, Posada’s eye-catching engravings appeared on broadsides that skewered the ruling class while drawing on Mexico’s history and folklore. He became identified with the calavera, the skull or skeleton that humorously mocked earthly wealth and vanities.

After Posada’s death in 1913, his form of “art for the people” exerted a strong influence on socially conscious artists in Mexico and abroad. Today, people continue to pay homage to Posada in combining sly, subversive social commentary with graphic power and invention. 

MIGRATION FILM SCREENING: ICEBOX

Where: USD Humanities Center (Sts. Takakwitha and Serra Hall, Room 200)
When: September 25
Time: 4-6:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Contact: Center for Educational Excellence, cee@sandiego.edu or (619) 260-7402

Óscar (Anthony Gonzalez), a 12-year-old Honduran boy, is forced to flee his home and seek asylum in the United States, only to find himself trapped in the U.S. immigration system. As Oscar attempts to reach his uncle, Manuel (Omar Leyva), in Arizona, he is apprehended by Border Patrol and placed in “the icebox,” a processing center for Hispanic migrant children.

A discussion, facilitated by Maria Silva, USD Director of Neighborhood and Community Engaged Partnerships, will take place after the film.

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. 

Snacks provided!

ALEJANDRO SANZ

Where: SDSU: Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
When: September 27
Time: 8 p.m.
Cost: start at $39  Buy Tickets

The most commercially successful Spanish singer of all time, Alejandro Sanz earned a reputation as an industrious hitmaker in his native country during the 1990s. Alejandro Sanz is presenting "#ELDISCO" his latest album and is already Double Platinum in Spain. 

Doors Open: 7 p.m.
Scheduled Start Time: 8 p.m.

MAN OF LA MANCHA

Where: Downtown: Horton Grand Theatre 
When: September 27-October 27 [days]
Cost: $30-70   Buy Tickets

Nominated for 5 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Composer and Lyricist, Best Director, Brest Scenic Designer and Best Actor!

Inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ seventeenth-century masterpiece Don Quixote, "Man Of La Mancha" is one of the most successful musicals in Broadway history. 

Powerful, brutal, hilarious, and heartbreaking, "Man Of La Mancha" celebrates the perseverance of a dying old man who refuses to relinquish his ideals or his passion. The celebrated score includes “The Impossible Dream,” “I, Don Quixote,” “Dulcinea,” “I Really Like Him,” “Little Bird,” and “To Each His Dulcinea.”

Show Times:

Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.
Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.
Fridays at 8 p.m.
Saturdays at 8 p.m.
Sundays at 2 p.m.

CABRILLO FESTIVAL

Where: 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr.
When: September 28
Time: 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Cost: Free
Contact: info@cabillofestival.org

Be a part of history and welcome 16th century explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo as he steps ashore on Ballast Point during San Diego's Cabrillo Festival.

Journey back to September 28, 1542 when Cabrillo, a Portuguese navigator sailing under the flag of Spain, landed at San Diego. Stepping ashore on Ballast Point, he was the first European to land on the west coast of what is now the United States of America.

The Cabrillo Festival is a fun event for the entire family, with educational activities, cultural demonstrations and exciting folkloric performances. Brightly colored clothing and dramatic music and dancing bring to life the traditions of the Native American, Mexican, Portuguese and Spanish cultures that are part of the Age of Exploration. The Cabrillo Festival features food booths with delicious traditional Mexican, Native American, Portuguese and Spanish food. Vendors will showcase their various artistic goods.

The highlight of the Cabrillo Festival is the re-enactment of Cabrillo's landing on the shores of San Diego Bay. "Cabrillo," his soldiers and a priest sail into the bay on San Salvador (The Californian), and once again claim the land for Spain.

MANA

Where: Neighborhood: South Bay   GET DIRECTIONS 
North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
2050 Entertainment Circle
Chula Vista, CA 91911
When: September 29
Time:  8-11 p.m.
Contact: info@cabillofestival.org
Cost: $45 

LATIN AMERICAN ART FAIR

Where: Downtown: Bread & Salt Gallery
When: October 12-14
Time: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: $12-40
Contact: (619) 752-6118 or latinamericanartfair@gmail.com

Latin American Art Fair is an annual event that presents outdoor exhibits, painting, sculpture, photography and printmaking as well as folk art, crafts, performance and culinary arts of Latin American countries.

This international event presents original artwork of over 100 artists from Mexico, Central and South America - along with highlighting the best of Latin food, music and entertainment.

A family-oriented fair that brings artists and community together. LAAF features some of the best Chefs of Latin cuisine. Patrons will enjoy indulging in the the flavors of the Latin American cuisine and savoring craft Mexican beer and some of the best wines from Valle de Guadalupe, BC., while being entertained by a variety of music and performance entertainment.

LAAF 2018 will be taking place at Bread & Salt a dynamic contemporary art venue that is recognized as a multicultural hub for showcasing art and cultural programming in Northern Baja and Southern California. Bread & Salt will host the indoor portion of exhibition for galleries and renowned artists. This exclusive platform will serve only 22 spaces for indoor exhibition for said chosen galleries. Julian Avenue will host the outdoor exhibition and serve as the lively and colorful platform for artists to exhibit in 10x10 booth spaces and interact with patrons in a more casual space.

BARRIO ART CRAWL

Where: TBA
When: October 12
Time: 4 p.m. or later*
Cost: Free
Contact: (619) 255-7036

Enjoy art, live music, food, vendors and more. Join us for a free self-guided tour that showcases the area's diverse art scene. The galleries, studios and business owners each host independent events from artist talks to intimate concerts throughout the day (start times vary).

*To verify the time, click on the title link.  

Presented by the Logan Avenue Consortium & Barrio Logan Maintenance Assessment District (MAD)

CHOIR! CHOIR! CHOIR!

Where: Border Field State Park
When: October 13 
Time: 3 p.m. 
Cost: Free, but advanced registration required
Contact: artpower@ucsd.edu or (858) 534-8497

Choir! Choir! Choir! (led by Canadian artists Daveed Goldman and Nobu Adilman) forms impromptu choirs of strangers to learn songs and perform a concert together. Holding events all over North America, they have performed in holes, on hills, and on big stages at Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, Joe’s Pub, Art Gallery of Ontario, Parliament Hill in Ottawa, and many more. And they’ve been by visited by guest singers such as David Byrne, Patti Smith, Rufus Wainwright, Rick Astley, and Tegan and Sara.

In this participatory event, singers of all levels will unite on both sides of the US-Mexico border to sing with Choir! Choir! Choir! and celebrate the unique friendship, culture, and community we share in the border region of San Diego and Tijuana. There are few places on earth so scenic where you can gather people from two countries at once to create beautiful music together and share in how special it is to be in this particular place in the world. While we will be divided by the physical border, music knows no boundaries and our voices together will transcend barriers.

LILA DOWNS' DIA DE LOS MUERTOS: 'AL CHILE'

Where: Downtown: Balboa Theatre
When: October 13
TimeL 7 p.m.
Cost: $28-62   Buy Tickets
Contact: (858) 459-3728

Get a jump on Día de los Muertos celebrations with a concert featuring Lila Downs, one of Mexico's greatest singers and cultural ambassadors.

Presented by La Jolla Music Society, Downs' Al Chile show is a fiesta of music, dance and tradition, featuring Los Angeles' Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company and the Southwest's leading all-female mariachi group, Mariachi Femenil Flores Mexicanas

Come dressed in your favorite Día de los Muertos costume and makeup to share in this colorful celebration.

VETUSA MORLA

Where: Soma San Diego
When: October 15
Time: 7 p.m.
Cost: $17   Buy Tickets

The three-time Latin Grammy nominated band for their latest album Mismo Sitio, Distinto Lugar will be playing for the first time at most of the cities that make up the tour. They first took their live show to the United States in New York, Chicago, Washington, Austin and Los Angeles in 2012.

With the next North American tour, Vetusta Morla will be reinforcing the "traveller" nature of their latest album, Mismo Sitio, Distinto Lugar, released in November 2017. A journey that began in the rehearsal room in Madrid and took them to the legendary Hansa Studios in Berlin, where they recorded and produced together with Campi Campón the ten songs featured on the album. From there, to Tarbox Road Studios in Cassadaga, in the north of the United States, where they mixed the album with Dave Fridmann, and finished the process in New York's legendary Sterling Sound with Greg Calby. On this trip, the six members of the band have already managed to thrill audiences from 13 countries in Latin America (Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Peru and Uruguay) and Europe (Spain, Portugal, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Austria and Switzerland).

SALSA UNDER THE STARS

Where: Headquarters at the Seaport
When: October 18 
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Cost: Free
Contact: http://theheadquarters.com/events/salsa-under-stars

Dance the night away with Manny Cepeda and his orchestra in our beautiful outdoor courtyard.

No partner or experience necessary for this free event!

APOSTOLATE: CONVERSATION WITH JOSÉ-MARÍA CANO

Where: Balboa Park: James S. Copley Auditorium
When: October 18 
Time: 10 p.m. 
Cost: Free-$16   BUY TICKETS

José-María Cano, Visual artist, musician, composer will discuss his exhibition: José-María Cano: Apostolate.

This lecture is presented as a part of the Guest Lecture Series, which focuses on works of art on view in the Museum as well as topics of interest in the broader art world. Lectures are followed by docent-led tours at 11:30 a.m.

Sponsored by The San Diego Museum of Art Docent Council.

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS

Where: La Vista Memorial Park & Mortuary (South Bay)  GET DIRECTIONS
When: October 19
Time:  2–10 p.m.
Cost: $5
Parking: Free Shuttle pick-up at Westfield Plaza Bonita near Outback Steakhouse

La Vista Memorial Park and Mortuary Dia de los Muertos will provide world renown programs of music, folk dancing, entertainment, food and hand-crafted items.

Centuries of tradition are just minutes away from the approximately 1.75 million people In the South Bay–Tijuana region, part of La Vista Memorial Park’s annual celebration of Día De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead). It’s an unforgettable experience that provides its attendees with timeless memories – not just another “selfie”. It’s probably the largest annual family-oriented event in the South Bay and has all the ingredients needed to create a fun and memorable outing: food, music, artwalk, costumes, entertainment, artists and the always-popular altar contest and runway fashion show “Catrina Contest”.

POLITICAL SKELETONS: THE ART AND AFTERLIFE OF JOSÉ GUADALUPE POSADA

Where: Humanities Center Gallery (Sts. Takakwitha and Serra Hall, Room 200)
When: October 28 
Time: 4-4:30 p.m. 
Cost: Free
Contact: humanitiescenter@sandiego.edu 

Reception for the opening of the exhibit of works by the legendary illustrator José Guadalupe Posada, running through November 30. 

Born in Mexico in 1852, Posada remains an iconic figure among artists and activists celebrated for his bitingly satirical prints. Regarded as the father of Mexican printmaking, his eye-catching engravings appeared on broadsides that skewered the ruling class while drawing on Mexico’s history and folklore. He became identified with the calavera, the skull or skeleton that humorously mocked earthly wealth and vanities.

After Posada’s death in 1913, his form of “art for the people” exerted a strong influence on socially conscious artists in Mexico and abroad. Today, people continue to pay homage to Posada in combining sly, subversive social commentary with graphic power and invention.

Sponsored by the Humanities Center and curated by Antonieta Mercado, PhD, associate professor in USD’s Department of Communication Studies. 

DISCUSSION: ARTISTIC EXPRESSION AND THE MATERIALITY OF DEATH

Where: Humanities Center Gallery (Sts. Takakwitha and Serra Hall, Room 200)
When: October 28
Time: 4:30-5:30 p.m. 
Cost: Free
Contact: humanitiescenter@sandiego.edu 

The panel brings together artists who have worked different themes related to Day of the Dead as plastic expressions, from print arts to alebrijes and calaveras sculptures.

Moderator:
Antonieta Mercado, PhD, associate professor in USD’s Department of Communication Studies

Panelists:
Dania Elisai, visual artist — When Elisai learned she had cancer at 21, she started to create papier-mâché dolls and images related to the Day of the Dead as a way to celebrate life.  

Artemio Rodriguez, print artist and illustrator — He is the creator of political art in the style of José Guadalupe Posada and director of La Mano Gráfica in Pátzcuaro, Michoacán.

Leonardo Linares, visual artist — He is the grandson of Don Pedro Linares who, more than 80 years ago, created alebrijes out of a dream. The Linares family has continued the work of creating these sculptures, often featuring fantastic hybrid creatures and skeletons. 

This discussion is part of Día de Muertos: Ancestral Tradition and Cultural Transformation Across Borders: A Weeklong Celebration of Art, Community and Memory from October 28 to November 1.

Sponsored by the Humanities Center and curated by Antonieta Mercado, PhD, associate professor in USD’s Department of Communication Studies.

DISCUSSION: DEATH AS SOCIAL CRITICISM AND JOURNALISM

Where: Humanities Center Gallery (Sts. Takakwitha and Serra Hall 200)
When: October 29
Time: 4-5:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Contact: humanitiescenter@sandiego.edu 

The panel will discuss the value of the Day of the Dead as a venue for grassroots expression and self-representation.

Moderator:
Jillian Tullis, PhD, associate professor in USD’s Department of Communication Studies. 

Speakers:
Regina Marchi, professor in the School of Communication at Rutgers University and author of Day of the Dead in the US

David Avalos, MFA, professor at California State University San Marcos and political artist. 

Alberto Pulido, PhD, professor in USD’s Department of Ethnic Studies and local community activist. 

This discussion is part of Día de Muertos: Ancestral Tradition and Cultural Transformation Across Borders: A Weeklong Celebration of Art, Community and Memory from October 28 to November 1.

Sponsored by the Humanities Center and curated by Antonieta Mercado, PhD, associate professor in USD’s Department of Communication Studies. 

HONORING THE ANCESTORS: CONCEPTIONS OF DEATH AMONG NATIVE AMERICANS IN SAN DIEGO

Where: Humanities Center Gallery (Sts. Takakwitha and Serra Hall 200)
When: October 30
Time: 4-5:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Contact: humanitiescenter@sandiego.edu 

This panel, moderated by Persephone Lewis, USD tribal liaison, brings together members of the local Kumeyaay and Luiseño tribal nations who discuss the importance of honoring their ancestors, as well as local traditions and practices that are particular to their communities.

This event is part of Día de Muertos: Ancestral Tradition and Cultural Transformation Across Borders: A Weeklong Celebration of Art, Community and Memory from October 28 to November 1.

Sponsored by the Humanities Center and curated by Antonieta Mercado, PhD, associate professor in USD’s Department of Communication Studies.

THE PHILOSOPHICAL MEANING OF DEATH IN THE CIVILIZATIONS OF THE ANAHUAC

Where: Humanities Center Gallery (Sts. Takakwitha and Serra Hall 200)
When: October 31
Time: 4-5:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Contact: humanitiescenter@sandiego.edu 

If there is no death, there is no life. Very few civilizations have incorporated rituals and reflections about death as the most-lively part of their daily cultures as those indigenous to our continent, where the origins of the modern Day of the Dead come from.

Introduction:
Brian R. Clack, PhD, A. Vassiliadis director of Humanities Center and professor in USD’s Department of Philosophy. 

Speakers:
Guillermo Marín, public intellectual — In Oaxaca, he has promoted the philosophical roots of indigenous culture in Mexico and abroad. His website, www.toltecayotl.org, has about 20 million visits.

Luz Rodríguez, artist — Through her art, she has contributed to the promotion of indigenous dances and poetry in her native Oaxaca.

This event is part of Día de Muertos: Ancestral Tradition and Cultural Transformation Across Borders: A Weeklong Celebration of Art, Community and Memory from October 28 to November 1.

Sponsored by the Humanities Center and curated by Antonieta Mercado, PhD, associate professor in USD’s Department of Communication Studies.

NATALIA TOLEDO, ZAPOTEC POETRY READING

Where: USD: SLP Gallery
When: November 1
Time: 12-1:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Contact: humanitiescenter@sandiego.edu 

The final event of Día de Muertos: Ancestral Tradition and Cultural Transformation Across Borders: A Weeklong Celebration of Art, Community and Memory features renowned Zapotec poet and the current undersecretary of diversity and culture in Mexico's Ministry of Culture, Natalia Toledo. She will read her poetry, which has been translated into many languages and has received the Nezahualcóyotl Award for Indigenous Literature.

FLOR SIN RAIZ

 

Where: Escondido: California Center for the Arts Concert Hall
When: November 3
Time: 3 p.m.
Cost: $15-20  An additional fee will be assessed for phone and online ticket orders.  BUY TICKETS
Contact: (800) 988-4253

Ahnelhuayoxochitl (Flor sin Raíz), escrita por Patrick Johansson K., bajo la Direccion de Soledad Escobedo narra la historia de Xochitl, una flor de cempaxuchitl que anhela ser libre para conocer el mundo. Su deseo se vuelve realidad y se embarca en un viaje magico y misterioso. Acompaña a Xochitl en su aventura. Un cuento pre-hispanico originalmente escrito en Nahuatl, que ha sido traducido al español, ingles, frances y otros idiomas.

La producción incluirá música en vivo por parte de Ritmos de Tiempo

BARRIO ART CRAWL

Where: TBA
When: November 9
Time: 4 p.m. or later*
Cost: Free
Contact: (619) 255-7036

Enjoy art, live music, food, vendors and more. Join us for a free self-guided tour that showcases the area's diverse art scene. The galleries, studios and business owners each host independent events from artist talks to intimate concerts throughout the day (start times vary).

*To verify the time, click on the title link.  

Presented by the Logan Avenue Consortium & Barrio Logan Maintenance Assessment District (MAD)

EXHIBIT: JOSÉ-MARÍA CANO: APOSTOLATE

Where: Balboa Park: Museum of Art
When: through November 11 
Time: 3 p.m. 
Cost: $8 (students with ID)  TICKETS
Contact: artpower@ucsd.edu or (858) 534-8497

On view in Gallery 20, is a group of 12* resin-on-canvas “portraits” of Christ’s disciples by contemporary Spanish artist José-María Cano. Cano launched his career as a musician and composer, most notably as a member of the best-selling Spanish pop band Mecano. For the past 20 years, he has devoted himself exclusively to painting and has gained acclaim for his meticulous and visually engaging resin technique. This is the first solo exhibition in the United States for Cano, whose works have been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world.

The tradition of forming groups of images of apostles, which originally stems from Medieval book illustration, may also be traced to sixteenth-century books of engravings in which each figure is accompanied by a line of the Apostle’s Creed. Artists of the Spanish Golden Age, such as Jusepe de Ribera (1591–1652), depicted these figures as common, even rough, folk. Indeed, five of the apostles (Peter, Andrew, James, John, and Philip) were humble fisherman from the town of Bethsaida, on the Sea of Galilee.

In this contemporary take on the “apostolate,” José-María Cano cites the significance of the number twelve: “as the twelve tribes of Israel and the zodiac signs. Twelve is not just any number. It relates the sun, the moon and the Earth. It is the number of lunar cycles that occurs when the Earth goes around the sun.” In this resin series, begun in 2015 and completed in 2019 to coincide with Art and Empire: The Golden Age of Spain, Cano offers a present-day collection of portraits of ordinary men, who become extraordinary in his paintings.

*The painting of “Simon The Zealot” and “Peter, Fisher of Men” were removed for restoration.

SALSA UNDER THE STARS

Where: Headquarters at the Seaport
When: November 15 
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Cost: Free
Contact: http://theheadquarters.com/events/salsa-under-stars

Dance the night away with Manny Cepeda and his orchestra in our beautiful outdoor courtyard.

No partner or experience necessary for this free event!

IBERO-AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL

Where: SDSU, Conrad Prebys Student Union Theater 
When: November 13, 14 and 15
Time: See below
Cost: Free ticketed entrance with limited seating
Contact: sdsu.selach@gmail.com

November 13, 5 p.m.

Bad Hair (Pelo malo)
1h 33min | Drama | 25 April 2014 (Venezuela) Dir. Mariana Rondón
Filmed entirely in Caracas this film narrates a nine-year-old boy's preening obsession with straightening his hair and how such elicits a tidal wave of homophobic panic in his hard-working mother. Watch trailer.

November 13, 7:30 p.m.

The Death of Pinochet (La muerte de Pinochet)
1h 17 min | Documentary, History | 1 September 2011 (Chile) Dir. Bettina Perut/Iván Osnovikoff

The death of General Augusto Pinochet on December 10, 2006, caused a riot of emotions among the Chilean people. While many looked back in anguish and horror at the years that Pinochet ruled as the head of a military junta, others celebrated the former leader’s strong anti-Communist policy.

The filmmakers use the news of Pinochet’s death as the embarkation point for an unusual production that mixes nonfiction filmmaking with dramatizations of the Chilean public reaction to Pinochet’s death.  Watch trailer.

November 14, 5 p.m.

Colo
2h 16 min | Drama | 15 March 2018 (Portugal) Dir. Teresa Villaverde
In Portugal, a father, a mother and a daughter's daily lives are being subsumed by the effects of the economic crisis. Watch trailer.

November 14, 7:30 p.m.

With My Heart in Yambo (Con corazón en Yambo)
2h 19 min | Documentary | 14 October 2011 (Ecuador) Dir. María Fernanda Restrepo
This film documents the 1988 abduction of Restrepo's 14- and 17-year old brothers by Ecuador's National Police, explores its effects on her and her family, and prods the government to investigate and provide answers.   Watch trailer.

November 15, 5 p.m.

Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993)
1h 37min | Drama, Family | 25 May 2018 (USA) Dir. Carla Simón

In this touching autobiographical film, six-year-old Frida looks on in silence as the last objects from her recently deceased mother's apartment in Barcelona are placed in boxes. Although her aunt, uncle, and younger cousin Anna welcome her with open arms, it's only very slowly that Frida begins to get used to her new home in the countryside. Punctuated by moments of youthful exuberance and mature ruminations, this coming of age drama, set amongst summery hues, is an extraordinarily moving snapshot of being a child in an adult world, anchored by flawless performances by its two young stars.

Watch trailer.

November 15, 7:30 p.m.

Storm (Tempestad)
1h 45min | Documentary | 19 May 2017 (Mexico) Dir. Tatiana Huezo
The emotional journeys of two women victimized by corruption and injustice in Mexico and of the love, dignity and resistance that allowed them to survive. Watch trailer.

DE COLORES

Where: Escondido: California Center for the Arts Center Theater
When: November 23
Time: 7 p.m.
Cost: $15-20 An additional fee will be assessed for phone and online ticket orders.  BUY TICKETS
Contact: (800) 988-4253

“De Colores” Youth Dance Production presented by Tierra Caliente Academy of Arts and the California Center for the Arts, Escondido.

It is without a doubt that the representation of our Folklore in San Diego is under a current evolution and the youth hold the torch as pioneers of a new generation of artists.

Enjoy and support the first “De Colores” dance production that takes you from the Atec “Danzas” (Tonantzin – mother earth) to a fandango from Veracruz with Spanish and African influence.  And that is only the beginning of the production!

Your presence not only motivates these pre-teen dancers but opens the door to further developing identity, confidence and respect under the cultural arts.

Short-Term Continuing Events and Exhibits

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POLITICAL SKELETONS: THE ART AND AFTERLIFE OF JOSÉ GUADALUPE POSADA

Where: USD Humanities Center (Sts. Takakwitha and Serra Hall, Room 200)
When: through December 13
Cost: Free
Contact: humanitiescenter@sandiego.edu

Born in México in 1852, legendary illustrator José Guadalupe Posada remains an iconic figure among artists and activists celebrated for his bitingly satirical prints. Regarded as the father of Mexican printmaking, Posada’s eye-catching engravings appeared on broadsides that skewered the ruling class while drawing on Mexico’s history and folklore. He became identified with the calavera, the skull or skeleton that humorously mocked earthly wealth and vanities.

After Posada’s death in 1913, his form of “art for the people” exerted a strong influence on socially conscious artists in Mexico and abroad. Today, people continue to pay homage to Posada in combining sly, subversive social commentary with graphic power and invention.  

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 ADOBE CHAPEL MUSEUM

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.

 

KUMEYAAY: NATIVE CALIFORNIANS

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.

 

MAYA: HEART OF SKY, HEART OF EARTH

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.

 

THE WARNER-CARRILLO RANCH HOUSE

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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