December 1, 2000

Calendar of Events...
by Berenice Cisneros

Too Many Tamales

Esta obra de teatro es una tradición de Navidad favorita de grandes y chicos. "Too Many Tamales" se presentará en el teatro de La Fundación Bilingüe de las Artes, ubicado en el 421 North Avenue 19 en Los Angeles desde el 1 de diciembre hasta el 30. Las funciones son alternadas en español e inglés. Para reservaciones llame al (323) 225-4044.

Emilia's Sugarplum Nightmare

This is a story of young Emilia, who after eating too many goodies the night before Christmas Eve, dreams about an age-old rivalry between the Three Wisemen and Santa, which she tries to mediate while learning the true meaning of Christmas. Emilia's Sugarplum Nightmare is being presented at the Westminster Theatre 3598 Talbot St., in Point Loma. It runs from December 1st through the 17th. Ticket prices are $10 adult, $8 seniors & $5 children 10 & under. For more information, call 233-9407. It's a wonderful, whimsical comedy that is lots of fun for young & old alike... so put it on your calendar!

Poinsettia Display

Over 300 magnificent poinsettia plants will turn Balboa Park's historic 1915 wood lath Botanical Building into a glowing tribute to the holidays. The seasonal Poinsettia Display, offered to San Diegans and guests for the fifteenth year, will be dedicated at a free public ceremony at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, December 1, and remain on view until January 3, 2001.

"A Christmas Carol"

To commemorate the San Diego Repertory Theatre's 25th Anniversary, Rep co-founder D.W. Jacobs has created a joyous new adaptation of the classic masterpiece, "A Christmas Carol". Bursting with new live music, dazzling new costumes and scenery, this popular favorite is faithfully adapted from the original story and features a setting with the magic and acrobatics of a Victorian circus. A Christmas Carol opens December 1st at 8 PM. The final performance is scheduled for Sunday, December 24 at 2 PM. To purchase tickets visit the Rep's box office at Horton Plaza, buy online at, or call 619/544.1000. For group discounts call 619/231/3586 ext. 617.

"Beauty & The Beast"

The Theatre School @ North Coast Repertory Theatre will present the classic tale of Beauty & The Beast beginning on December 2 and running through December 17th. It tells the story of Blotti, the merchant who wanders into the castle of the Beast. Having lost his fortune he is reluctant to return home to his hopeful daughters — until the Beast promises him riches if he will send his youngest daughter, Beauty, to the castle.

Through the story we see the magic of Beauty's innocence and goodness, which sees beyond the ugliness of the Beast to the handsome young prince whom the purity of her love will restore to his rightful form. Tickets for adults are $7.00, children $5.00. NCRT is located just east of I-5 on Lomas Santa Fe Drive in the Southeast corner of the Lomas Santa Fe Plaza, Solana Beach.

Peter Pan

The San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts is pleased to announce its upcoming production of the ever-popular Peter Pan. Directed by Bill Doyle, this magical and whimsical tale is sure to delight students and adults alike as Peter, Wendy and Tinkerbell sing, dance and fly their way into the hearts of young and old. Production dates are Dec. 8, 9, 14 and 15 at 7:00 p.m. and Dec. 9 and 16, at 2:00 p.m. All performances will take place in the Florence Johnson Grand Theater on the SCPA campus. To order tickets call (619) 470-0555, ext. 232.

Winter Concert

The SDSU Concert Choir and Chamber Singers will welcome the holiday season with a concert of Christmas selections and secular music on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 3 p.m. in Smith Recital Hall on the SDSU campus. Admission is $8 general, $5 seniors and students. The Concert choir, features 50 members performing a variety of classical and light literature. Tickets are available at the Smith Recital Hall Box Office or by calling 594-1696. For further information, please call 594-6020.

Jazz with Salsa

The Palomar College Jazz Ensemble and Repertory Jazz Ensemble, directed by Frank Glasson, play Jazz with Salsa on December 4 at 8:00 p.m. at the Howard Brubeck Theatre, located at the Palomar College campus, 1140 West Mission Road, San Marcos. The concert includes Latin Salsa style jazz and features Tony Benade on sax. Tickets $6, $8, $10, may be purchased by calling (760) 744-1150 ext. 2453.

The Long Christmas Dinner

Despite the title, Director Sandra Kraus points out that the play isn't really about Christmas, but about being welcomed home into the warm circle of family. The Long Christmas Dinner will run December 1st - 9th at the Quentin Crisp Theatre in Hillcrest, located at 3704 6th Avenue, San Diego. Performances will take place at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 7 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students, seniors and members. You may purchase your tickets at the door or in advance by calling 619-510-5410.

Latin Jazz Band Debut

The School of Arts and Communication is proud to present its first-ever Latin Jazz Band. The Southwestern College Latin Jazz Band will heat up Mayan Hall during its debut performance on Thursday, December 5 at 7 p.m. The concert will also feature the Jazz Vocal Ensemble. Tickets for the concert are $10 general admission and $7 for seniors and students with valid ID. Free parking is available. For tickets or general information, call the School of Arts and Communication at (619) 482-6404.

Holiday Extravaganza

Each year this event is hosted by Creative Visions to provide selected families with food, toys, Christmas trees and free tickets to San Diego County attractions. We anticipate over 25 local, emerging and national African American artists and crafters to participate in this exhibition. Available for the public's ultimate holiday shopping experience will be fine works of arts, sculptures, calendars, a variety of unique gift items, hand-crafted merchandise, live portrait sketching and more.

We are asking the public to bring a toy and canned food item for our selected families as well as coming to support the many artisans who have chosen this San Diego event in which to participate. Additionally, some local entertainment to include the Lincoln High School Gospel Choir and the Foster-King Dance Collection will be performing. Call 265-2561 for additional information.

La Pastorela

The Theatre in Old Town will produce performances of La Pastorela as part of the Holiday in the Park celebrations in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. La Pastorela will be presented Friday and Saturday, December 8 and 9 at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Old Town State Park outdoor plaza and is free to the public. A traditional Christmas story tells of the evil Luzbel (Lucifer) and his attempts to stop the shepherd's trek to Bethlehem. As the shepherd's attempt to make the journey to see the Baby Jesus, the devils try to dissuade them, but San Miguel and the angels come to the rescue, battling evil and winning. The wandering band of shepherd's arrive safely in Bethlehem and present their gifts to the Christ Child.

Battle Day at San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park

San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park's annual Battle Day will be held this year on Sunday, December 3, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The event focuses on the commemoration of the Battle of San Pasqual. Two battle reenactments will take place at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

San Pasqual Battle Day is an opportunity for Southern California residents to witness life in the 1840's and a reenactment of a battle of significant importance to California's statehood. The day will also include period crafts, demonstrations, entertainment, military and mountain man encampments, children's activities, and equestrian demonstrations. All activities and demonstrations are free through funding by the San Pasqual Battlefield Volunteer Association and California State Parks.

On the cold, rainy morning of December 6, 1846, U.S. troops, led by Stephen W. Kearny, fought with California troops, led by Major Andres Pico, in the San Pasqual Valley. The Californios' lances provided to be an overwhelming advantage over the U.S. troops' short swords and firearms hampered by rain-dampened gunpowder. The battle of San Pasqual was one of many military encounters during the Mexican-American War. Yet it proved to be the bloodiest battle in California. Twenty -one American soldiers and up to six California soldiers were killed.

San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park is located off of Highway 78, eight miles east of Escondido and 1½ miles east of Wild Animal Park.

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