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HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS: THE UNAFRAID

Where: Balboa Park Museum of Photographic Arts
When: February 2
Time: 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Cost: $8 for students, military and seniors; $10 general | Buy tickets
Contact: (619) 238-7559        

After the screening join us for a discussion with filmmakers Anayansi Prado and Heather Courtney.

“We have years of activism under our belts. Now we just fight harder, we fight smarter, and we fight as one.” – Alejandro, film subject, The Unafraid.

High school seniors Alejandro, Silvia and Aldo, like most of their friends, are eager to go to college and pursue their education. However, their home state of Georgia not only bans them from attending the top five public universities, but also deems them ineligible for in-state tuition at public colleges due to their immigration status as DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients. In response, these three ambitious and dream-filled students divert their passions towards the fight for education in the undocumented community. As President Donald Trump’s campaign rhetoric against immigrants gains momentum, and amid constant threat of losing their DACA status and being deported, The Unafraid follows these inspirational members of the generation of “undocumented, unapologetic and unafraid” young people who are determined to overcome and dismantle oppressive policies and mindsets. 

 

HISTORIC DANCE SOCIETY SOCIAL

Where: Old Town San Diego State Historic Park | Map
When: February 2
Time: 1-4 p.m.
Cost: Free
Contact: (619) 220-5422 (ask for the events volunteer) 

Visitors can learn and participate in popular dances of the 1800s. Dances are held in the plaza. During inclement weather, the dance will be held in the Seeley Stable museum.

 

2019 WINTER/SPRING CONCERT SERIES: YALE STROM & HOT PSTROMI PRESENT "JEWS AND LATIN RHYTHMS"

Where: Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library
When: February 3
Time: 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Contact: Laurie Bailey, lbailey@sandiego.gov

Featuring Irving Flores – piano; Gene Perry - Afro-Cuban percussion; Tripp Sprague - tenor/flute; Tim McNalley – contrabass; Elizabeth Schwartz – vocals; Yale Strom - violin 

Hot Pstromi will perform Yiddish/English songs that used Yiddish English lyrics in a humorous way mixed with a heavy dose of Afro-Cuban rhythms. In the late 1950s through mid-1960s many Jewish musicians in the East Coast who had played klezmer music in the past followed their Jewish patrons as they traveled to Miami Beach during the winter months. They loved the Latin rhythms and realized Jewish and non-Jewish patrons at the clubs enjoyed the novelty songs and their silly lyrics. Irving Fields (piano) helped to create this genre of Yiddish and Latin music genres with his classic record "Bagels and Bongos" which was released in 1959. Strom will also take some klezmer instrumental tunes and put a Afro-Cuban rhythmic spin on them.

 

JOIN KPBS-TV HOST ELSA SEVILLA FOR A BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK!

Where: Balboa Park San Diego History Center
When: February 6
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.
Cost: $20 | RSVP
Contact: (619) 232-6203

Be part of our event, as we unveil Historic Places in the Classroom, a behind-the-scenes for Season 10, and a fundraiser for Historic Places with Elsa Sevilla on KPBS-TV.

In the new season, we learn new details about how the First People of the Kumeyaay Nation are extremely adaptive, resourceful and knowledgeable about astrology, astronomy, medicine, tool making, hunting, harvesting, trading, nutrition, arts and culture, and more. It was in 769 when the First People of the Kumeyaay Nation came upon the Spanish, an encounter that dramatically altered the course of history. It’s all part of the two-year documentary series of Historic Places as we approach the 250th anniversary of this encounter.

The two-year series is part of KPBS-TV local programming and it will be incorporated into the San Diego History Center’s school and public programs for students and museum visitors. It will also be incorporated into the Kumeyaay Community College, First People museums & schools, and the San Diego City Schools curriculum (select campuses). Historic Places and Historic Places in the Classroom, are a Sevilla Productions, LLC Project.

 

KUMEYAAY ETHNOBOTONY

Where: Coronado Historical Association
When: February 8
Time: 5:30-7 p.m.
Cost: $ 18 | Register now 
Contact: (619) 435-7242

Join us for a presentation by anthropologist Michael Wilken-Robertson, whose advocacy and applied research have allowed him to develop lifelong friendships with many Native Baja Californians and to collaborate in cultural revitalization efforts. The talk will explore the fascinating world of northern Baja California’s original peoples and their descendants, whose profound knowledge of the land has sustained them from ancient times to the present. The author will also share some of the stories behind the book Kumeyaay Ethnobotany. A book signing will follow the talk.

Kumeyaay Ethnobotany explores the remarkable interdependence between native peoples and native plants of the Californias through in-depth descriptions of 47 native plants and their uses, lively narratives, and hundreds of vivid photographs. It connects the archaeological and historical record with living cultures and native plant specialists who share their ever-relevant wisdom for future generations.

 

TOUR OF JAVIER MARÍN WORKS

Where: Museum Rotunda The San Diego Museum of Art
When: February 9
Time: 10:30–11:30 a.m.
Cost: Free
Contact: (619) 232-7931

Enjoy a docent-led tour of the sculptures of Javier Marín, a Mexican sculptor best known for his wonderful expressions of the human form.

Sponsored by the Latin American Arts Council

 

BARRIO ART CRAWL

Where: La Bodega Gallery (starting point) | Directions
When: February 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)

 

 “MIGRATIONS, BORDERS, AND HUMAN RIGHTS: HUMANIZANDO LA DEPORTACION”  

Where: USD, University Center Forum A
When: February 14
Time: 2:30-3:50 p.m.
Cost: Free
Contact: Kevin Guerrieri, (619) 260-7827 or kevin2@sandiego.edu

Please join us for a presentation of the digital archive Humanizando la deportation by the project coordinator, Robert Irwin, Professor of Spanish at the University of California, Davis.

This project seeks to make visible a range of issues related to mass human displacement and to give a human face to those most affected by the US’s deportation regime. Julia Medina, Associate Professor of the Department of Languages, Cultures, and Literatures, and María Silva, Director of Neighborhood & Community Engaged Partnerships of the Mulvaney Center, will also present on the historical context and the ongoing situation of the Central American migrants who have recently arrived in Tijuana.

This event will be in Spanish, but questions in English will be welcome!

 

THE ROAD FROM GIORGIONE AND CARAVAGGIO TO THE GREATNESS OF SPANISH PAINTING

Where: James S. Copley Auditorium, The San Diego Museum of Art
When: February 15
Time: 10 a.m.
Cost: $5 students

Beginning from the fine Giorgione portrait in the Museum’s collection, British art historian, Nigel McGilchrist, traces the path which leads from the extraordinary innovations of Giorgione and Titian in Venice – and later of Caravaggio (whose work both Velázquez and Goya saw when they visited Rome) – into the heart of Spanish painting in its Golden Age: El Greco, Zurbarán, Sánchez Cotán, and the greatest Spanish masters. This is a fascinating story of journeys, influences, illnesses, challenges and emulation: it results in some of the most individualistic works in the history of art.

Art-historian Nigel McGilchrist was a scholar at Winchester College and at Oxford, and has lived in the Mediterranean area – Greece, Turkey and Italy – for almost forty years, working initially for the Italian Ministry of Arts in the field of wall-painting conservation.  He taught at Rome University, for the University of Massachusetts, and was formerly Dean of European Studies for a consortium of American Universities

This lecture is presented as a part of the Guest Lecture & Tour Series, which focuses on works of art on view in the Museum as well as topics of interest in the broader art world.

Sponsored by The San Diego Museum of Art Docent Council

 

2019 JUBILEE YEAR HERITAGE WEEKEND AT THE MISSION

Where: Mission San Diego de Alcalá
When: February 15-17
Cost: Free
Contact: (619) 283-7319

Calendar of events:

  • Kumeyaay Holy hour.  Friday, February 15, 6:15 p.m.
  • Spanish Heritage, Kumeyaay Heritage. Saturday, February 16, 9:30-3 p.m.
  • Catholic Tri-lingua Mass. Sunday, February 17, 12 p.m.
  • Paella Lunch: 1 p.m.
  • Spanish Dancing

Mission San Diego de Alcalá in partnership with the House of Spain in Balboa Park, Sister City Alcalá, Spain and the Kumeyaay Nation 

 

RITMOS LATINOS

Where: Lyceum Theatre
When: February 15 & 16, 8-9:30 p.m.  |  February 17, 2:30-4 p.m.
Cost: $35 - $50 | Get tickets
Contact: (619) 29407378

San Diego Ballet’s annual celebration of Latin Music brings three of its signature ballets together on one program! Including the evocative QUE BONITO AMOR set to a rapturous score of Mariachi music, TANGATA, a sizzling, sensuous exploration of dance and domination, and POR LOS MUERTOS, written and performed live by jazz icon Gilbert Castellanos and San Diego jazz musicians.

 

FIELD TRIP: EXPLORE BAJA CALIFORNIA'S ART & CULTURAL SCENE

Where: MCASD Downtown, Jacobs Building
When: February 22
Time: 8:30 a.m.- p.m.
Cost: $160 | Buy Tickets
Contact: (858) 454-3541

Grab your passport and join MCASD for an expedition into Baja’s food, art, and cultural scene. Begin the day with a spectacular scenic drive down the coast of Baja California as we head to Ensenada to visit photographer Alicia Tsuchiya. Next we’ll head to El Valle de Guadalupe to visit the studio of artist Beliz Iristay before stopping for lunch at a world-renowned winery. Back in Tijuana we’ll visit the shared studio of Mauricio Muñoz and Andrew Roberts, followed by a quick visit to 206 Arte Contemporaneo, a unique gallery in the heart of downtown where we’ll see a solo exhibition featuring artist Juan Villavicencio. The adventure will end with a visit to Casa de la Cultura de Tijuana for a glimpse of this vibrant city’s history and incredible nighttime views.

  

THE ART OF THE BODY: JAVIER MARÍN, SCULPTOR

Where: St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Del Mar
When:  February 25
Time: 9:30 a.m. (social time); 10 a.m. (lecture)
Cost: $10
Contact: North County Chapter

Michael Brown, Ph.D., Curator of European Art at The San Diego Museum of Art, discusses the exciting work of Mexican sculptor Javier Marín, whose expressive depictions of the human figure are on view in the museum exhibition through March 3.

 

HISTORIC DANCE SOCIETY SOCIAL

Where: Old Town San Diego State Historic Park | Map
When: March 2
Time: 1–4 p.m.
Cost: Free
Contact: (619) 220-5422 (ask for the events volunteer) 

Visitors can learn and participate in popular dances of the 1800s. Dances are held in the plaza. During inclement weather, the dance will be held in the Seeley Stable museum.

  

USD MARIACHI SHOWCASE 2019 OPENING CONCERT

Where: USD Shiley Theatre at Camino Hall
When: March 7
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Cost: $10 | Buy tickets
Contact: Marilou Alcantar, mariloualcantar@sandiego.edu or (619) 260-2938

This concert features the USD Mariachi Ensemble, also known as Mariachi Toreros de USD, directed by Serafin Paredes, and the best high school mariachi ensembles in the southland and nationwide, competing to perform in the Professional Mariachi Showcase scheduled on March 9.

  

USD MARIACHI STUDENT SHOWCASE

Where: USD Shiley Theatre at Camino Hall
When: March 8
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $10 | Buy tickets
Contact: Marilou Alcantar, mariloualcantar@sandiego.edu or (619) 260-2938

This concert features the USD Mariachi Ensemble, also known as Mariachi Toreros de USD, directed by Serafin Paredes, and the best high school mariachi ensembles in the southland and nationwide, competing to perform in the Professional Mariachi Showcase scheduled on March 9.

Remaining tickets will be sold at the door. Seating is limited on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

PROFESSIONAL MARIACHI SHOWCASE

Where: USD Shiley Theatre at Camino Hall
When: March 9
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $20 | Buy tickets
Contact: Marilou Alcantar, mariloualcantar@sandiego.edu or (619) 260-2938

This is the grand finale concert of the USD Mariachi Showcase, featuring the phenomenal mariachi masters and the winning ensembles from high schools selected from the showcase on March 9. 

Remaining tickets will be sold at the door. Seating is limited on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

BARRIO ART CRAWL

Where: La Bodega Gallery (starting point) | Directions
When: March 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)

 

CONCERT OF THE AMERICAS

Where: California Center for the Arts: Escondido
When: March 10
Time: 3 p.m.
Cost: $10 (students, box office only; fees will be assessed on phone and online orders)
Contact: (760) 839-4138

The Center Chorale performs the vitally rhythmic music of the Americas in a variety of styles from Mexican Mariachi to American Jazz. Folk music and rhythms from the Argentinian countryside are highlighted by composer Ariel Ramírez in his well-known work, Missa Criolla and a choral work with elaborate piano accompaniment by Canadian composer, Donald Patriquin. A graceful work representing the unique musical heritage of the United States, A Little Jazz Mass, will be performed.

 

INTERNATIONAL MARIACHI FESTIVAL & COMPETITION 

Where: Bayside Park, Chula Vista
When: March 10
Time: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: $5 | Buy Tickets
Contact: (619) 477-9339

National City Chamber of Commerce's 2019 Mariachi Festival is a community-friendly event providing entertainment for families to come together and celebrate San Diego’s Mexican heritage through mariachi music, traditional ballet folkloric dancing and a celebration of arts, culture and culinary delights. 

The mariachi program supports today’s youth in their artistic, individual and educational development.

 

GAMELAN ENSEMBLE AND MARIACHI ENSEMBLE CONCERT

Where: USD Shiley Theatre at Camino Hall
When: March 13
Time: 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Cost: $10 | Buy tickets
Contact: Marilou Alcantar, mariloualcantar@sandiego.edu or (619) 260-2938

This concert features the Gamelan Ensemble, performing music of Bali, Indonesia and the Mariachi Ensemble. Tyler Yamin and David Harnish direct the Gamelan Ensemble and Serafín Paredes directs the Mariachi Ensemble. Both ensembles may include dance.

Remaining tickets will be sold at the door. Seating is limited on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

ARTPOWER PRESENTS CUBAN JAZZ MUSICIANS ALFREDO RODRÍGUEZ & PEDRITO MARTINEZ 

Where: The Loft at UC San Diego 
When: March 13
Time: 8 p.m.
Cost: $18 |  Buy Tickets
Contact: artpower@ucsd.edu or (858) 534-8497

Grammy-nominated artists, pianist Alfredo Rodríguez and percussionist Pedrito Martínez first worked together on Rodríguez’s 2012 release "The Invasion Parade." Since that initial recording session, they have had the rare occasion to perform together as a duo, leaving audiences completely mesmerized by their fearless and virtuosic playing.

A protégé of Quincy Jones, Rodríguez was schooled in the rigorous classical conservatories of Havana, while Martinez’s musical training came directly from the streets of the Cayo Hueso neighborhood of Old Havana, where he was raised. Bringing different approaches to their joint performance, the master musicians take listeners on a unique and exciting journey.

 

PERFORMANCE: BANDA MS

Where: SDSU Viejas Arena | Get directions
When:  March 15
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $39 and up | Buy tickets
Contact: (619) 594-0234

Banda MS, also known as Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga, is a regional Mexican group from Mazatlán, Sinaloa, with a banda style. Founded in 2003, the group most notably counts Oswaldo Silvas (vocals), Alan Ramirez (vocals), and Sergio Lizárraga (tuba) among its membership, which includes over a dozen musicians. Banda MS made their full-length album debut with No Podrás in 2004. Subsequent albums include Mi Mayor Anhelo (2006), La Raza Contenta (2006), and Escuela de Rancho (2008). Their fifth album, En Preparación (2009), was their most successful to date, spawning the international smash hit "Sin Evidencias," which reached the Top Ten of the Billboard Latin Songs chart and the Top Five of the Regional Mexican Songs chart.

 

26TH SAN DIEGO LATINO FILM FESTIVAL

WHERE: AMC Fashion Valley
WHEN: March 14-24 | Days & Times
Cost: $20-50 | Buy Tickets
Contact: (619) 230-1938 or info@mediaartscenter.org

Join us for an 11-day celebration of Latino cinema, arts and culture!

The festival will present over 160 films from Latin America, the United States and Spain as well as Opening Night and Closing Night Parties, the 4th annual Sabor Latino - Food, Beer and Wine Festival, Q&A sessions with visiting filmmakers, Free student screenings and more. 

Audiences will have the rare opportunity to meet filmmakers and actors from all over the world.

 

OPERA INSIGHTS SERIES: "CARMEN," A LECTURE BY DR. RON SHAHEEN

Where: Neil Morgan Auditorium, Central Library
When: March 24
Time: 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Contact: Laurie Bailey, lbailey@sandiego.gov

Carmen is one fiery gypsy woman…a femme fatale who lives life on her own provocative terms. The next notch on her belt is the naïve soldier Don José who is bewitched by her passion and gives up everything to be with her, including his sweetheart Micaela. In her true heartless fashion, Carmen becomes bored and callously drops her young lover when her path collides with the macho bullfighting Escamillo. Obsessed and alone, will Don José’s jealousy ignites an emotional bonfire that destroys them all?

The Opera Insights Series is a series of Free lectures for the community and opera goers by San Diego's premiere opera scholars, with enlightening and entertaining presentations that focus on productions in San Diego Opera's upcoming season.

 

SAN DIEGO OPERA PRESENTS CARMEN 

Where: San Diego Civic Theatre
When: March 30-April 7 | Days & Times
Cost: $40 and up | Buy Tickets
Contact: (619) 232-7636 or info@sdopera.org

San Diego Opera stages Bizet's beloved opera. Carmen is an archetype of literature and art set to passionate music that will burn up the stage with its unbridled drama and incredible music, including the "Toreador Song" and the seductive "Habanera."

Set in classic Spain, this traditional production has all of the lust, jealousy, revenge, and heart-stopping drama you’ve come to expect from Bizet’s powerful opera.

 

TRACI ROBERTS-CAMPS LECTURE: "BEHIND THE CAMERA: LATIN AMERICAN WOMEN FILMMAKERS"

Where: USD, KIPJ Room EF
When: April 2
Time:  2:30-3:50 p.m.
Cost: Free
Contact: Kevin Guerrieri, (619) 260-7827 or kevin2@sandiego.edu

Traci Roberts-Camps, PhD is professor of Latin American Literature and Film and chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literature at the University of the Pacific. In this lecture, she will present on the works of women filmmakers from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Mexico from her recent book Latin American Women Filmmakers: Social and Cultural Perspectives. The directors in this study challenge societal norms such as heteronormativity, ethnocentricity, sexism, and socioeconomic discrimination and defy institutions such as repressive governments, patriarchal social structures, and an oppressive church. Each of the directors exemplify a unique way of combining form and content in their films.

Sponsored by PILAS (Program in Latin American Studies) and co-sponsored by Film Studies and  Women’s & Gender Studies at USD.

 

HISTORIC DANCE SOCIETY SOCIAL

Where: Old Town San Diego State Historic Park | Map
When: April 6
Time: 1–4 p.m.
Cost: Free
Contact: (619) 220-5422 (ask for the events volunteer) 

Visitors can learn and participate in popular dances of the 1800s. Dances are held in the plaza. During inclement weather, the dance will be held in the Seeley Stable museum.

 

BARRIO ART CRAWL

Where: La Bodega Gallery (starting point) | Directions
When: April 13
Time: 4 p.m.*
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)

 

Cervantes Festival at the House of Spain

Where: Balboa Park: House of Pacific Relations International Cottages
When: April 13
Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: Free (sustenance available for a small fee)
Contact: Penelope Bledsoe, penelopebledsoe@hotmail.com

Our celebration includes a Don Quijote Read-a-thon, Spanish dance and music, children’s activities, paella, art and more. The paella is available for purchase at $10 a plate with water or lemonade for $2.

The students may read in English or Spanish or any other language the Quijote has been translated into. Those who wish to do so must reserve a time slot by contacting sistercityalcala@gmail.com. Ms. Bledsoe will respond with the time they may read. Readers are limited five to 10 minutes.

 

HISTORIC DANCE SOCIETY SOCIAL

Where: Old Town San Diego State Historic Park | Map
When: May 4
Time: 1–4 p.m.
Cost: Free
Contact: (619) 220-5422 (ask for the events volunteer) 

Visitors can learn and participate in popular dances of the 1800s. Dances are held in the plaza. During inclement weather, the dance will be held in the Seeley Stable museum.

 

FIESTA DE OLD TOWN ¡CINCO DE MAYO!

Where: Old Town
When:  May 5 (4:00 p.m.-midnight),
              May 6 (11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.)
              May 7 (11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Cost: Free entrance; food and souvenirs on sale
Contact: Bob Barros, (619) 656-4721 or rob-vslmedia@cox.net

The fiesta will be celebrating 34 years of tradition packed with activities for all ages! Old Town will be transformed into the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration north of the border. The fiesta will feature four stages with live entertainment, over 40 bands, including vibrant, traditional ballet folklórico performances, and of course, Low Rider Lane!

 

BARRIO ART CRAWL

Where: La Bodega Gallery (starting point) | Directions
When: May 11
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)

 

PERFORMANCE: LILA DOWNS 

Where: California Center for the Arts: Escondido
When: May 11
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $25-80 | Buy Tickets
Contact: (760) 839-4138

Grammy and Latin Grammy Award-winning singer Lila Downs is one of the world’s most singular and powerful voices, whose compelling stage presence and poignant storytelling transcend all language barriers. This global superstar’s exquisite artistry bridges traditions from across the Americas. As a passionate human-rights activist, Lila’s lyrics often highlight issues relating to social justice, sharing stories that too often go untold. 

 

Short-Term Continuing Events and Exhibits

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Being Here With You/Estando aquí contigo: 42 Artists from San Diego and Tijuana

Where: MCASD Downtown, Jacobs Building
When: through February 3
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.

 

RAFAEL "FALLO" MAREYNA ART RECEPTION

Where: La Jolla Riford Library | Get directions
When: through February 28
Time: Sundays, 2-4 p.m.

Rafael “Fallo” Mareyna is an inspirational 88-year-old Jewish Mexican artist who, despite a physical impediment, paints for hours a day in his Miramar studio. Some of his latest work will be on exhibit. His work is abstract in style, and he mainly uses acrylics.

The Consulate General of Mexico in San Diego is co-sponsoring the exhibition.

 

JAVIER MARIN

Where: The San Diego Museum of Art, First Floor
When: through March 3
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
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, Gustín 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.”

 

Color Four Ways: Artworks from the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s

Where: Meyer Fine Art | Map
When: through March 9
Contact: (619) 358-9512 or MeyerFineArtInc@gmail.com 

Meyer Fine Art presents its first exhibition of 2019, a group exhibition from the gallery’s vast inventory of artists. The artwork features original limited-edition etchings, lithographs and other original works on paper by important European, Latin and American artists, some of the most sought-after artists of today. A few original watercolors, acrylic and oil paintings will also enhance the collection.

The diverse selection of artists includes Marc Chagall, Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso, Salvatore Dalí, Andre Masson, Bolotowsky, Tamayo, Luis Solari and many other notables. Also exhibited will be original paintings by such artists as Howard Koslow and Clay Walker, both artists whose estates the gallery represents.

 

NEW AMERICAN VOICES: OUR IMMIGRANT STORIES

Where: New Americans Museum 
When: through March 31
Time: Wednesday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Weekends 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 
Cost: Free
Contact: (619) 756-7707

This exhibit honors the immigrant stories and voices featured in the September 16th issue of the San Diego Union Tribune. Meet the people behind the incredible stories featured in this special issue and learn more about their new American experiences through photos and videos on display in the New Americans Museum galleries.

 

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 ADOBE CHAPEL MUSEUM

Where: 3963 Conde Street, San Diego  92110
When: Saturdays & Sundays
Time: 12-4 pm (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, 10-4:30
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.

 

MAYA: HEART OF SKY, HEART OF EARTH

Where: Balboa Park: San Diego Museum of Man
Hours: Daily, 10:00 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: 12:00 to 4:00 PM
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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