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Actividades culturales
otoño 2018

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Javier Marin

Where: The San Diego Museum of Art, First Floor
When: through March 3, 2019
Time: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Cost: free
Contact: 619.232.7931

Victor Javier Marín Gutiérrez (b. Uruapan, Mexico, 1962) is an artist of international renown, best known for his monumental sculpture based primarily on the human form. Following rigorous training in draftsmanship, painting, and modeling at the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas in Mexico City in the 1980s, Javier Marín had achieved international stature by the end of the millennium with solo shows in Colombia and the United States. He represented Mexico with major outdoor works at the Venice Biennale in 2001 and 2003. He has had over ninety solo exhibitions around the world to date, along with permanent public art installations in Jacksonville, Mexico City, Turin, and Zacatecas.

Javier Marín’s early work includes indigenous clay from Oaxaca and Pátzcuaro (centers of pre-Hispanic ceramic production) coupled with his interpretations of the solid masses and classical anatomy of Michelangelo’s sculpture. Critics have compared his interest in—one might say insistence on—the relevance of the human figure to artists ranging from Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Agustín Arrieta and Hermenegildo Bustos to Luca della Robbia, Auguste Rodin, and Lucien Freud.

At the heart of Javier Marin’s work is the search for identity. The materials he employs, whether indigenous Mexican clay, lost-wax bronze, wood, or polyester resin, are inextricably tied to this quest. Javier Marín’s work, above all, is about beauty, a particularly human beauty that reflects what the poet José Emilio Pacheco described as “the terrible miracle of being alive.”



Where: Las Americas Premium Outlets, 4211 Camino de la Plaza, San Diego, CA 92173
When: September 5-26
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Contact: 619.230.1938

The ¡Que Viva Cine Latino! outdoor film series will showcase some of the most innovative and critically acclaimed Latino movies from the past 12 months in a unique, outdoor setting. 

Film & live entertainment schedule: 

Sept. 5: Overboard 

Starring Eugenio Derbez and Anna Faris. In this comedy, a spoiled yacht owner is thrown overboard and becomes the target of revenge from his scorned employee. With Eugenio Derbez and Anna Faris. Spanish w/ English subtitles; English, Comedy;USA/ Mexico, 2018, 112 min., PG-13  Watch Trailer

Sept. 12: El Jeremías

Set in Sonora Mexico, the film tells the story of Jeremías, an eight year old who finds out he is a gifted child and initiates a journey of self discovery.  Spanish w/ English subtitles, Family; Mexico, 2016,  95 min., PG-13.  Watch Trailer

Sept. 19: Dolores

In the latter half of the 20th century, Dolores Huerta, an influential labor organizer, fought alongside Cesar Chavez for the rights of field laborers in America while refusing to conform to the expectations of her gender. Dolores depicts how Huerta overcame racism, sexism, poverty, inequality, and violence, endured two divorces, raised 11 children, and became one of the most important social justice leaders in American history.  English, Documentary; USA, 2017, 95 min., UR.  Watch Trailer

Sept. 26: Coco

Despite his family’s generations-old ban on music, young Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead. After meeting a charming trickster named Héctor (Gael Garcia Bernal), the two new friends embark on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.

English, Animated / Family; USA, 2017, 109 min., PG

Watch Trailer



Where: Valley View Casino Center, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd. San Diego
When: September 5
Time: 7:30 pm
Cost: $50 - 170      Buy Tickets
Contact: 619.230.1938

Over the course of her career, Colombian singer-songwriter and Grammy winner Shakira has sold over 60 million records worldwide and has won numerous awards including two Grammys, eight Latin Grammys and several World Music Awards, American Music Awards and Billboard Music Awards, to name a few. She is the only artist from South America to have a number one song in the US, and has had four of the 20 top-selling hits of the last decade.



Where: The California Center for the Arts, Escondido
When: September 7-21
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
Contact: 800.988-4253

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

+ September 7, Sexteto Sonero del Caribe

 Sexteto Sonero del Caribe is comprised of Alberto Diaz (bongo, vocals, musical director), Nelson Guzman (congas), Lester Matamoro (bass), Hector Rodriguez (guitar, vocals), Johnny Salinas (timbales, vocals), and Chris Schell (trumpet, minor percussion). Dedicated to the traditional styles and rhythms, Sexteto Sonero del Caribe performs theiAlthough no RSVP is required and admission is free, you can RSVP below to stay informed about this and other free, community events at the Center.

Seating at bistro tables is also available for $12/seat or $40 for a table for 4. Table seating is very limited, so purchase your seats early!

Food truck market available at event. 

All RSVPs and preferred seating purchases must be made a minimum of 24 hours in advance.

+ September 14, Trío 3 Amigos Huapangueros.

Trío 3 Amigos Huapangueros is a band that is inspired by its roots in its home state of Querétaro, Mexico. Violinist Noe Castillo, jarana player Magdaleno Chavéz, and guitarist Javier Castillo come together to bring you a night of Huapango that will have you dancing and singing all night long.

Bring your dancing shoes and join Sexteto Sonero del Caribe, Trío 3 Amigos Huapangueros, Los Montaño, and Kimba Light for live music, tacos, and tequila in our beautiful Lyric Court.

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

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.



Where: El Toyon Park
When: September 8
Time: 6:00-9:30 pm 

Looking for a Fun, Free and Fabulous Family Activity in Your Neighborhood?  Summer Movies in the Park is a perfect chance to relax and enjoy a safe and special night under the stars. Come early and get a good seat! Pre-show entertainment begins at 6:00 pm and the movie will begin at 7:15 pm.   Food Trucks will be onsite for anyone wanting to grab a snack or dinner before they settle in for the movie.   Movies are subject to change.

Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family's ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer.



Where: Chori-ography Dance 
Time: 7:45-8:30 pm
Cost: $40   Sign Up
Contact: 858.859.274

When: September 11, 18, 25 & October 2

Bachata is a sexy, flirty and fun social Latin dance very frequently danced at Latin dance nights and clubs. If you're going out dancing, it's a good one to know! 

With lots of distinct hip movement but simple basic footwork, it's a great Latin dance to work on your styling!

This 4-week course will begin with the basics and progress throughout each class to include turns, styling and rotation. 

When: September 12, 19, 26 & October 3

Ah, the Tango! One of my absolute favorites and one of my specialties.

I lived in Buenos Aires for a year studying the Tango for my thesis and fell in love with it.

We'll cover the very close connection of this dance, basic movements, musicality, technique and progress from there!



Where: Old Town San Diego
When: September 15
Time: 12:00-4:00 pm

A festival to commemorate the rich and diverse Mexican culture that was vital in the development of San Diego and California.  Music, dancing, games, and activities for the entire family.  Stage with performers.



Where: Balboa Park: Old Globe Theatre
When: September 15
Time: 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Cost: Free    Buy Tickets
Contact: 619.230.1938

As part of the Globe’s free monthly AXIS performing arts series, once a month we welcome everybody on the Globe’s Copley Plaza in Balboa Park to enjoy a free performance of dance, spoken word, music, and theatre. For September, we will host MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION featuring Mariachi Las Colibrí, commemorating Mexican Independence Day, also referred to as “El Grito,” with a free mariachi concert on Saturday, September 15 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Join us for the all-female group Mariachi Las Colibrí, along with craft making, margaritas, and traditional Mexican folk dances, with DanzArts illustrating the rhythms onstage. Our special host Tony Valencia will introduce and explain all aspects of this marvelous celebration, both in English and Spanish!

DanzArts will offer dance lessons so everybody can join the fiesta! As a special treat, the Globe will have papel picado crafting (tissue paper with cut-out shapes) and flag painting with Arts Engagement Teaching Artist Valeria Vega. And you can cool off by ordering a traditional margarita at Caroline’s Pub! This great event will precede the 2:00 p.m. matinees of our two current hits, Barefoot in the Park and The Heart of Rock & Roll.

Mariachi Las Colibrí (which translates to “The Hummingbirds”) has a passion for music, beauty, and girl power. These women are flying into new territory as one of the most unique ensembles of its genre by returning to the all-string instrumentation of the early 20th-century mariachi tradition and the colorful, feminine costumes of the Mexican cinematic divas of the ’40s and ’50s. After years of achieving much success individually as instrumentalists and vocalists in various professional arenas, these women have come together with their lovely blend of vocal harmonies, unique arrangements, and interpretation of traditional sones, huapangos, and rancheras with a contemporary twist.

DanzArts is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to preserve Mexico’s and Spain’s heritages by raising cultural awareness and giving back to the community through dance. Its members strive for it to become a self-sustaining dance academy featuring classically and technically trained instructors who develop other performers and seek to share the theatrical dance experience throughout the region, as well as be an innovative cultural organization that educates and entertains.

AXIS is supported by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation. Financial support is provided by The City of San Diego.



When: September 15
Where: Mira Costa College
Cost:  Free
Contact: 760.434.1223

Our goal is to reduce illiteracy, promote literary excellence and advance the cause of reading in the Latino community. 

This event will feature authors, workshops, music, crafts, performances, books both bilingual and Spanish only.



Where: Balboa Park: House of Pacific Relation International Cottages
When: Sunday, September 16
Time: 2:00-5:00 pm
Contact 619.234.0739
Cost: Free

Program of Mexican music, dance and food.



Where: MCASD Downtown, Jacobs Building
When: Thursday, September 20, 2018-Sunday, February 3, 2019
Cost: Free
Contact: 858.454.3541

Being Here With You/ Estando aquí contigo brings together work by 42 artists and collectives living and working in the San Diego and Tijuana region. Presenting both early career and established artists. Being Here With You/ Estando aquí contigo reflects the Museum’s mandate to serve the binational constituency of the region and affirms its commitment to artists on both sides of the border. Recognizing that San Diego and Tijuana’s artistic communities are distinct but overlapping, the exhibition builds on the ongoing artistic exchanges between the two cities.

Being Here With You/ Estando aquí contigo presents artworks in a broad range of mediums, including installation, painting, drawing, video, digital media, photography, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, and performance. The exhibition draws attention to common interests and artistic strategies. Artists in the exhibition address today’s urgent questions as well as issues affecting our region, including public space and public memory; colonialism and its afterlife; the border as fantasy and reality; housing and homelessness; feminist and queer politics; and the place of the body in the digital world.



Where: USD, Serra Hall, Room 200
When: Friday, September 21
Time: 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
Contact: Esther Aguilar ( | (619) 260-4132)

The Cajitas Project is a collaboration between Dr. Alberto Lopéz Pulido (Ethnic Studies), Dr. Louis Komjathy (Religious Studies), and their students. During spring semester of 2018 in ETHN 240D: Introduction to Latino and Chicano Studies and THRS 394: Comparative Mysticism, students explored their personal ethno-cultural and spiritual identities, with particular attention to relationality and place, through the creation of their own cajita. In this lecture, Drs. Pulido and Komjathy will discuss the project as an expression of engaged and innovative pedagogy. They will reflect on the challenges and opportunities of such work, including practical advice on utilizing this approach to teaching and learning.

Cajitas (“sacred boxes”) usually are small wooden boxes filled with significant personal and sacred belongings as well as family “artifacts” carried by Mexican migrants during travels, including movement across real and symbolic borders and borderlands during the mid to late 20th century. These boxes offer an orientation (a sense of place and belonging) as people in motion traverse new and unfamiliar spaces. Always in movement, the boxes contain anything from personal family items (e.g., family pictures, dishes, documents) to religious saints.



Where: The Headquarters at Seaport
When: September 21
Time: 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
Contact: 619.235.4013

Dance the night away with Manny Cepeda and his orchestra in our beautiful outdoor courtyard.  No partner or experience necessary!



Where: Meyer Fine Art
Exhibition:  September 15-October 7
Time: Check website
Cost: Free
Contact: | 619.358.9512

The exhibition affords a rare opportunity to meet Madame Christine Argillet, daughter of Dali's legendary publisher and confidante Pierre Argillet. Reservation required: (619) 358-9512 or

Madame Christine Argillet Appearances: 
- Saturday, Sept. 22 from 6 - 8 p.m.
- Sunday, Sept. 23 from 1 – 4 p.m. 



Where: Cabrillo National Monument
When: Friday, September 28
TIme: 3:30 pm
Cost: Free
Contact: | 619.701.5107

Commemorative Ceremony and Wreath Laying honoring Cabrillo. The Keynote speaker will be a dignitary representing Spain.



Where: Cabrillo National Monument
When: Friday, September 28
TIme: 5:30 pm
Cost:  $30   Buy tickets
Contact: | 619.701.5107

Registration required by September 17 in order to be put on the list to enter the Base for the event. No Exceptions. Photo ID required to enter the base. 

Cabrillo Discovery Evening Social at Naval Base Point Loma (Harbor View Room). Hosted by Naval Base Point Loma and Sponsored by Cabrillo Civic Club #16 of San Diego and Portuguese American Social and Civic Club.



Where: Cabrillo National Monument
When: Saturday, September 29
TIme: 11:00 am-4:00 pm
Cost: Free

There will be music, dancing, children’s activities and foods of Native Americans, Mexico, Portugal and Spain. The keynote speaker will be from Spain. You will view a display of Kumeyaay hunting and fishing artifacts and visit  a 16th Century Spanish soldiers living history encampment. Re-enactment of Cabrillo’s landing on Ballast Point begins at 1:00 PM. The San Salvador galleon will be used.



Where: USD: Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, Warren Auditorium 
When: Tuesday, October 2
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
Contact: Lily Vistica ( | 619-260-4600 ex 4369)

Please join us for the Project TeamUP Seminar Series October lecture, featuring guest speaker Tom Wong, PhD. Associate Professor, UC San Diego's Political Science Department. Dr. Wong is nationally recognized expert on immigration, citizenship and migrant "illegality." He has served as an advisor to the Obama Administration and his research has been used by US and Mexico policymakers, as well as organizations who serve immigrant communities. This event is open to USD students, faculty and staff. RSVP is required for this event, as space is limited. 



Where: Poway Center for the Performing Arts
When: October 7
Time: 2 p.m.
Cost: $35 - $65  Buy Tickets

Founded by the legendary Celedonio Romero with his sons Celin, Pepe and Angel in 1958, The Romeros have toured the world performing for two American presidents, Pope John Paul II, the King of Spain and packed concert halls on nearly every continent. 

While the line-up has changed (and now includes second and third generation Romeros Celin, Pepe, Lito and Celino), the virtuosity has never wavered. Hailed by the New York Times as “the Royal Family of the Guitar,” the Romeros will transform the Poway Center into a grand European concert hall!



Where: The California Center for the Arts, Escondido
When: October 13
Time: 7:00 p,
Cost: $20-$25*

Tierra, Mar y Aire: Flamenco Arana, led by the charismatic voice of Juan de Dios, takes you on an exploration of the elemental influences of world culture on Spain’s most revered dance form. From the Romani tribes trekking through Asia, to North African peoples crossing the Mediterranean Sea, the sounds and styles of other cultures influenced Flamenco in profound and lasting ways, inflecting the “aire”, the air or flavor of Flamenco today. Join us on this journey, through the stirring dances of the cante jondo (“deep song”), to the melodies that Spanish sailors brought home from the New World, amplified through the artform of Flamenco.

 * Fees will be assessed on phone and online orders. Learn more...



Where: San Diego Public (Central) Library
When: Saturday, October 6
Time: 1:00-3:00pm
Cost: Free
Contact: Rick Crawford ( | 619.236.5852) 

The "Hispanic Saturday" group researches Hispanic genealogy. The guest speaker, Dr. Richard Griswold del Castillo, emeritus professor from San Diego State University will discuss the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and its' affect on the Hispanic families in the U.S.



Where: Bread & Salt Art Gallery
When: October 13, November 10, December 8
Time: 4:00-10:00 pm
Cost: Free

Every second Saturday of the month, the many galleries in Barrio Logam open their doors for a neighborhood art party. 

The Barrio Art Crawl is a free, self-guided tour that showcases the area's diverse art scene. The galleries, studios and business owners each host independent events throughout the day (start times vary) from artist talks to intimate concerts. 

The event is all-ages and also features live music, food, face painting and vendors.



Where: Bread & Salt Art Gallery
When:  October 13-14
Time: 11:00 am–6:00 pm
Cost: $12 - $40
Contact: | 619.752.6118 

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.



Where: Balboa Park: House of Pacific Relation International Cottages
When: October 14
Time: 2:00-5:00 pm
Contact 619.234.0739
Cost: Free

Program of music, dance and the food of Spain. 


“CHARLA” with Stephanie Elizondo Griest author of All the Agents and Saints, Dispatches from the US Borderlands

Where: USD: University Center, Room 107
When: Tuesday, October 16
Time: 5:30 pm
Cost: Free
Contact: Dr. Amanda Petersen ( | 619.260.4237) 

After a decade of chasing stories around the globe, intrepid travel writer Stephanie Elizondo Griest followed the magnetic pull home – only to discover that her native South Texas had been radically transformed in her absence. Ravaged by drug wars and barricaded by an eighteen-foot steel wall, her ancestral land had become the nation’s foremost crossing ground for undocumented workers, many of whom perished along the way. In All the Agents and Saints, Elizondo Griest weaves seven years of stories into a meditation on the existential impact of international borderlines by illuminating the spaces in between.



Where: Balboa Park: House of Pacific Relation International Cottages
When: November 12
Time: 2:00-5:00 pm
Contact 619.234.0739
Cost: Free

Program featuring Argentine music, dance and food.

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