April 9, 1999

Calendar of Events.....

by Berenice Cisneros

Marriage Is Forever

Marriage is Forever will have its world premiere at San Diego Repertory Theatre in the Lyceum Space/Horton Plaza and runs through Sunday, April 25. This is a comedy about Pati Kasoutis and Paul Luna, a Chicano couple attempting to pull off a quiet, quickie wedding in a very high-tech and unconventional way. Pati's bruja (witch) grandmother, reveals shocking family secrets, of course with only the best intention in mind: she simply wants her granddaughter's marriage to last forever.

The performance schedule is Wednesday through Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday through Tuesday, 7 p.m.; and Sunday 2 p.m. Ticket prices range from $21-$32. For additional information, please call 231-3586 ext. 617.


Connoisseur Lecture

Wes Brustad, the San Diego Museum of Art's deputy director of programming, has announced that the museum's Connoisseur Lecture will continue this spring with presentations by two steemed speakers.

Wednesday, April 21: Peter Mitchell will present a lecture on European flower painting from the 17th- to the 19th- centuries, as illustrated by the collection of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. He is known as a specialist in flower paintings, and his book, European Flower Painters. Lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. in the museum's James S. Copley Auditorium. For additional information, call 696-1966.

Sacred Mirrors

The figurative paintings of Alex Grey represent states of being and the unity of the human body and mind. This exhibition brings together a selection of significant, large-scale works by the artists, including his Sacred Mirrors series (1979-1989), as well as the Museum's own Journey of the Wounded Healer (1984-85). Often used as healing and meditational tools, his paintings have enabled many people to see beyond the temporal world and into a more spiritual realm.

This exhibition runs from April 10 through May 30. In addition to the Sacred Mirrors series, this exhibition will feature a number of new works by the artist that explore the theme of art's spiritual power, as well as a meditation space where visitors are welcome to sit and contemplate Grey's work. Tickets range from $25-$40. For further information, please call 454-3541 x151.


Baskets & Botany

On Sunday, April 11, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., The City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department and the Tecolote Canyon Citizens Advisory Committee will increase awareness and strengthen the multi-cultural understanding of traditions that have existed in Tecolote Canyon and throughout Southern California for more than 2,500 years at Baskets & Botany.

Come join us and enjoy basket making demonstrations, singing and dancing, story telling and more. Indian Tribal elders and members will come from Mexico and other parts of Southern California to perform traditional dances and songs, teach Indian shelter construction, and share medicinal and other uses for native plants. Indian Fry Bread will be for sale throughout the day.


11 Screenings in April

The San Diego International Film Festival, featuring a total of 27 films from 17 countries, continues through June 4 at the University of California, San Diego. The first film of each evening will be screened at 7 p.m., the second at 9:15 p.m. General admission to each screening is $6 and $4 for adults.

They include: Dreamlife of Angels (France), April 13; Brother (Russia) and The Shoe (Latvia/Germany), April 15; Pianese Nunzio (Fourteen in May) (Italy) and Burnt by Frost (Norway), April 20; Better Living (USA) and River of Gold (Portugal), April 27; Chalo America (India) and Fishing with Ghandi (USA), April 28; and David's Summer (Italy) and Passion (Hungary), April 29. For more information call 534-0497.


"Busman's Honeymoon"

Lamb's Players Theatre proudly presents "Busman's Honeymoon," a classic and classy mystery by two of England's best, Dorothy L. Sayers and Muriel St. Clare Byrne, April 16 - May 23, (previews begin April 7).

The opening of "Busman's Honeymoon" describes the marriage of middle class Harriet to the wealthy Lord Peter Wimsey. While on their honeymoon the two are confronted by a baffling murder. Performances are Tuesdays - Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.; Fridays at 8 p.m.; and Sundays at 2 p.m. Ticket prices range from $16 - $32 and are available by calling the Lamb's Players Theatre Box Office at 437-0600.


Southwest Indian Arts

Noted Hopi artist and writer Ramson Lomatewama, carver Urshel Taylor and jeweler Neil Martinez will headline "Conversations in Culture: Southwest Indians Sharing Their Heritage", Saturday, April 17 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will offer participants a rare opportunity to get to know a talented panel of Native American artists in an intimate, conversational setting. Techniques, inspiration and family traditions are just a few of the many topics addressed during the event. Artwork will be for sale following the program.

Neil "R.J." Martinez, Taos Jeweler

Participants artists are Ramson Lomatewama, writer and consultant specializing in traditional Hopi art and glassware; Urshel Taylor, who creates wood carvings and paintings inspired by his prehistoric Hohokam ancestry; and Neil Martinez, who specialized in designing boxes of all shapes and sizes. Martinez, just 15, also creates bolo ties, bracelets and rings. Registration, which includes brunch with the artists, is $45 for Museum members and $65 for non-members. For more information, please call 239-2001.


The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The Wiz musical, based on the book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, will open for a nine-performance run on April 16 in the San Diego City College Theatre, located at 1450 C Street in downtown San Diego.

Students from the drama, music and dance classes will present the award-winning musical which opened on Broadway in 1975. The cast of more than 60 students will include high school students from throughout San Diego and people from the community. This production will have a fresh and exciting 90's look with the design concept imitating a pop-up children's book. Ticket prices range from $8 - $12. Performances dates will be April 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 and 30 & May 1 and 2. For more details, call the box office at 230-2676.


Chicano Park Day

A night of Chicano Culture and Movement will be showcased at the Centro Cultural de la Raza on Saturday, April 17, from 7 p.m. to midnight. With the 29th Anniversary of Chicano Park only a week away, (April 24), the Chicano Park Day Kick-Off Party will serve to bring together both old and new Chicano activists in an atmosphere of unity and cultural energy.

This unity will enable us to recognize the immediate tasks at hand of moving forward our movement toward true democracy. This kick-off will also set the necessary foundation to organizing Chicano Park's 30th anniversary.

There will be entertainment for everybody to enjoy, art work from Victor Ochoa, Mario Torero & Sal Barajas, and booths from community businesses and organizations. Please reserve April 17 and the 24th on your calendar. It will be two weekends of non-stop Chicano culture and fun! A plate of appetizers is included with your $10.00 ticket. For more information, call Kathy Espitia at 239-4410 or 708-4687.


Maestro Ali Akbar Khan

Maestro Ali Akbar Khan is one of today's most accomplished Indian Classical musicians. He is considered a "National Living Treasure" in India, he is admired by both Eastern and Western musicians for his brilliant compositions and his mastery of the sarode (a beautiful, 25-stringed Indian instrument).

The East County Performing Arts Center is proud to present this exceptionally talented musician, Wednesday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $17.50 - $36.00 and they may be purchased at the ECPAC Box Office at 210 East Main Street in El Cajon, or by calling 440-2277.


Spencer Tracy in "Captains Courageous"

On April 16-17 the Maritime Museum presents "Captains Courageous," one of the best films ever made, and a film that won an Oscar for Spencer Tracy. This film is rated "Four Stars". This is a unique nautical film festival which features great films of yesteryear shown on the sails of the tall ship Star of India. Movies on Star of India are designed for the entire family. Guests sit on folding chairs on the decks of the old ship, and watch the film on a special sail aloft in the ship's rig. Tickets are available by calling the Maritime Museum weekdays from 8-3 at 234-9153.


Spicy Mix of Innovative Dance

The fiery passion of contemporary Spanish dance combines with the grace of classical ballet when Ballet Hispanico of New York performs at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido on Friday, April 16 at 8 p.m. Ticket are priced from $21-$39, and are now on sale at the Center's ticket office, located at 340 N. Escondido Blvd., or by calling 1-800-988-4253.

Ballet Hispanico's Escondido program includes: Ritmo y Ruido from A Chorus Line; Idol Obsession from the short, tragic life of Tejano singer Selena; Bury Me Standing has roots in the unique culture of the Gypsy. Visit the Center's website at www.artcenter.org.


Lyrical and Graceful

Odissi Temple Dance of India - featuring the lyrical and graceful Odissi dance by the Patnaik sisters of San Diego will be presented at 8 p.m. April 16 in Mandeville Auditorium at the University of California, San Diego. Odissi is one of the seven recognized forms of Indian classical dance, and the dancers will be accompanied by Indian musicians. Tickets for Odissi Temple Dance of India are $15 general admission, $12 for faculty, staff and senior citizens, and $10 for students. Tickets are available by calling 534-8497. For information on the entire season of events, visit the website, http://ueo.ucsd.edu.

Top Poets to Appear at San Diego State University

Top poets from Ireland, Mexico and throughout the United States will fly into San Diego in April to appear at the 6th annual Border Voices Poetry Fair at San Diego State University.

The fair, which is open to the public free of charge, begins Friday, April 16, at 7 p.m. with a reading a W.S. Merwin, winner of the Pulit-zer, Tanning and Bollingen prizes for poetry. Over the last half-century, Merwin has come to be revered as one of the seminal figures in modern and postmodern literature. His quicksilver poetry wrestles with the problem of retaining the magic and power of myth—of the primitive and savage language which enlivens the inner world— in an increasingly technological society.

Merwin's 45-minute reading at SDSU's Montezuma Hall will be followed by a 15-minute poetry-jazz performance by African-American poet Devorah Major of San Francisco, who will read her poetry to the rhythms of internationally acclaimed jazz saxophonist Hollis Gentry III and his band. Gentry's band will then conclude the first day of the fair with a one-hour jazz concert.

The fair continues Saturday, April 17, with readings by Galway Kinnell, a powerful writer who has been described by critic Richard Tillinghast as the equal of any poet writing in the United States today; Evan Boland, "Ireland's premiere poet... a Gaelic Dante;" and Mexico City's much-honored Alberto Blanco. Devorah Major will also be back for a 45-minute reading of her poetry.

Saturday's reading by the featured poets begin at 11 a.m. at Montezuma Hall, and will conclude at 5 p.m. following a one-hour seminar in which the artists will discuss "The Evolution of Poetry in the age of the Soundbite." But the hall and surrounding venues will open even earlier, at 10 a.m., for a Border Voices tradition: the presentation of poems by hundreds of student poets who will read their works and receive prizes. These students, from school districts throughout the county, participated in a series of classroom poetry lessons taught by local poets under the sponsorship of the Border Voices Poetry Project, in collaboration with California Poets in the Schools.

There will also be entertainment for the very young, including student poems set to music by Westwind Brass and "sung" by giant puppets manipulated by the artists of the Icarus Puppet Company.

For more information about the fair or the poets-in-the-schools program, call the Border Voices information hotline at 293-2546.

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