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Actividades culturales otoño 2019

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  Short-Term Continuing
Events and Exhibits
Events and Exhibits

Short-Term Events and Exhibits



Where: Old Town Historic State Park
When: November 1-3
Time: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free
Contact: (619) 297-3100

Many Día de los Muertos altars will be set up throughout the park and greater Old Town community during this event for visitors to enjoy. Some altars will commemorate the people who lived and worked in Old Town during the 1800s. Activities will include a parade, face painting, public memorials, children’s arts and crafts, Aztec and folkórico dancing, life-sized Catrina and skeleton displays, giant skeleton puppets, live music, and a Catrina y catrín costume contest.


Where: Humanities Center Gallery
When: November 1
Time: 12-5:00 p.m.
Cost: Free

Born in Mexico 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. 

The exhibition is open until December 13.


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


Where: Grape Day Park             GET DIRECTIONS
When: November 2
Time: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free
Contact: (760) 839-4777 or

The Escondido Tamale Festival is a celebration of Tamales and all the great Latin foods that have become iconic staples of California's culture. It's a look back at the history of the Spanish and Mexican settlers who have influenced and contributed so much to our multicultural community, and a show of appreciation for the traditions which have so positively affected Escondido.

Food & Drink
Traditional, Gourmet & Vegetarian Tamales (Oaxacan, Banana Wrapped, Dulce, Smoked BBQ varieties & more!)
Holiday Tamale Pre-Orders
Vendors & Food Trucks
Craft Brews & Wine Garden
Escondido Tamale Festival is an official San Diego Beer Week Event

Best Tamale Contests with special guest judges
Chihuahua Costume Contest and Fashion Show

On Stage
Grande Stage featuring Mariachis, Folklórico, Aztec, Latin Dance Performances
Youth Performances
Chihuahua Fashion Show, Arts, and more

Hispanic Heritage Exhibits & Low Rider Car Club

For the Kids
Sugar Skull crafts (Fee) by "Sugar Skulz"
Fun Zone
Face Painting & Henna Tattoo Vendors (Fee)
Grape Day Playground
Build Air Rockets with San Diego Makers Guild

Tamale and other Food Vendors
Handmade Crafts Vendors
Holiday Vendors
Multicultural Holiday Décor


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)


Where: Balboa Park: Museum of Art
When: through November 11 
Time: 3 p.m. 
Cost: $8 (students with ID)  TICKETS
Contact: 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.


Where: USD: Ministry Center (behind Founders Hall)
When: November 13
Time: 5-6:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Contact: Center for Catholic Thought and Culture

Gene Palumbo is a freelance journalist based in El Salvador. He went to El Salvador in 1980 immediately after Archbishop Romero was murdered and ended up staying on, covering the country's civil war (1980-92) and its aftermath. He is The New York Times' local correspondent in El Salvador, and has also reported for National Public Radio, the BBC, the Canadian Broadcasting Company, Commonweal magazine and Time magazine.


Where: USD: KIPJ
When: November 14-16
Time: 12-1:30 p.m.
Cost: $125-35O   Register now. 
Contact: Justin Prugh, (619) 260-7573 or

Build Peace brings together practitioners, activists, academics, policy makers, artists and technologists from around the world to share experience and ideas on using technology, arts and other innovations for peacebuilding and conflict transformation.

Borders – whether physical, social or digital – and their creation are often at the center of dynamics of oppression and can be root causes of violence. They can also be the center of connection between divided communities.

 The Build Peace 2019 conference will focus on peace, conflict, and the resilience fostered along borders, examining how social innovation through technology, storytelling, and the arts can both create and bridge divides. How can technological, storytelling and artistic innovation increase physical, social and digital divides? How can technological, storytelling and artistic innovation help bridge physical, social and digital borders?

We will organize our collective inquiry across three sub-themes:

PHYSICAL BORDERS: Exploring the transformational role of technology, storytelling, and the arts on migration and movement across borders.

SOCIAL BORDERS: Exploring how technology, storytelling and the arts affect (positively or negatively) the demographic, cultural and political barriers between communities.

DIGITAL BORDERS: Exploring emerging divides and growing polarisation in the online environment, as well as efforts at depolarisation and digital organizing against violence


Where: Headquarters at the Seaport
When: November 15 
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Cost: Free

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

No partner or experience necessary for this free event!


Where: SDSU, Conrad Prebys Student Union Theater 
When: November 13, 14 and 15
Time: See below
Cost: Free ticketed entrance with limited seating

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.

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. 


Where: California Center for the Performing Arts, Escondido   Center Theater
When: November 20
Time: 9:30 a.m.  BUY TICKET |  11:30 a.m.  BUY TICKET     
Cost: $5    
Contact: (800) 988-4253

John, a native Californian, and Juan, a Mexican immigrant, discover their common heritage in this lively theatrical romp through 500 years of California history.  John learns from Juan about the state’s Hispanic heritage, including early Spanish explorers, the original settlers of El Pueblo de Los Angeles, Father Junipero Serra, the Chumash Indians, and the missions along El Camino Real…and John shares with Juan the excitement of the Gold Rush.


Where: MCASD Downtown (1100 Kettner Blvd.)
When: November 21, 2019-March 15, 2020
Time: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (Closed on Wednesday)
Cost: Free for ages 24 and under
Contact: (800) 454-3541

The Mexican photographers Graciela Iturbide (b. 1942) and Manuel Álvarez Bravo (1902 –1992) 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, this exhibit explores the intimate connection each photographer had to capturing aspects and ideas of México. 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: 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


Where: California Center for the Performing Arts, Escondido   Center Theater
When: November 30
Time: 6 p.m.
Cost: $25 (mezzanine), $30 (orchestra)  BUY  TICKETS
Contact: (800) 988-4253

Sentios Flamencos is Flamenco Sur students dance recital.  Includes world known flamenco singers and musicians.  Experience the passionate and sultry flamenco music, song, and dance.

Artistic Director and Choreographer Carlos Villatoro.



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

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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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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