February 23, 2001

Calendar of Events...

by Berenice Cisneros


Children of Eden

SDSU Department of Theatre proudly presents a concert version of an exciting and surprisingly relevant musical, "Children of Eden." The staged concert will feature a full orchestra, completely student-designed production, and a grand-scale ensemble of both undergraduate students and SDSU's ten Musical Theatre MFA candidates. Children of Eden, follows the families and follies, foibles and fights of the Bible's book of Genesis. Don't miss this exciting musical evening of drama, struggle and family. Children of Eden opens Feb. 23 at 8:00 p.m. and runs through Feb. 24, March 1, 2, and 3. For ticket information call 594-6884.


Quail Botanical Gardens

Radio hosts and gardening experts, Bruce and Sharon Asakawa will give a presentation at Quail Botanical Gardens on Feb. 23 at 7:00 p.m. in the Ecke Building. They will share gardening advice, answer questions and sign copies of their new book, Bruce and Sharon Asakawa's California Gardener's Guide. In this book, they share hands-on techniques from their worldwide experiences to help both new and native Californians thrive in their gardens. Cost for the presentation is $5 for the general public and is free for members. Reservations are recommended due to space limitations. Please call (760) 436-3036 to reserve your seat.


Perla Batalla to Perform

Mexican-American singer/songwriter Perla Batalla, an artist who possesses one of the very finest singing voices on the planet Earth, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23 in Mande-ville Auditorium at UCSD. She writes, arranges and performs songs ranging from traditional Latino melodies to bluesy ballads with a contemporary twist - each with a very distinctive voice. Tickets are $17 general admission; $15 for UCSD faculty, staff and senior citizens, and $12 for students. For more information, call (858) 534-8497.


The Magical Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle loves everyone and children love her back because she's alot of fun. Parents love her because she can cure any child of absolutely any bad habit. The treatments are unusual, but they work. San Diego Junior Theatre is very excited to premiere this production, the Magical Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle is a charming favorite and enjoyable for all ages. It can be seen at the Casa del Prado Theatre in Balboa Park from Feb. 23 through March 11. Please call the box office at 239-8355 for ticket purchases. Admission is $5 - $7.

Also, "Once Upon a Mattress," based on the story of the Princess and the Pea, the musical, tells this fairy tale with a bite of reality. It can be seen March 1st and 3rd. Comprised of high school students with a passion for theatre, these students will use the funds to put on performances in the community and to support their community service efforts. Tickets can be purchased at the door.


"Savoring the Sixties"

An annual variety show and dinner party, will be presented by the San Diego Choraleers adult mixed chorus on Saturday, February 24, at Patrick Henry high School Auditorium, 6702 Wandermere Drive, San Carlos. The show will begin promptly at 4:30 p.m. followed at 7:00 p.m. by the dinner, which will be catered and served by the Old World Restaurant. A beautiful array to novelty baskets created by Betty Poast will be raffled off throughout the evening.

Featured in the show will be the individual and collective talents of the members of the San Diego Choraleers as well as the Inflections vocal jazz group, Women of Note, and Radar & the Blips. A variety of music and dance for all ages will be presented. Tickets for adults are $18.50 for dinner and show, and $8.00 for show only. For reservations, please call Joan Reder, (858) 271-1632.


Forgotten Romance

Just ten days after Valentine's Day, the Odeum Guitar Duo, composed of Fred Benedetti and Robert Wetzel, will open the Spring 2001 Concert Series of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego with a program of Romantic and Baroque works for two classical guitars. The program is on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. will feature works by Albeniz, Carulli, Torelli, Liszt, Schubert and Rimsky-Korsakov. The church is located at 4190 Front Street, across from the UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest. A suggested donation of $10 per person will be accepted at the door.

Concert in San Diego

The 3rd concert in the San Diego Public Library concert series will be held on Sunday, February 25 at 2:30 p.m. The concert will feature Yolanda Roman, soprano and Stewart Simon, pianist. Program will include works by Revueltas, Ginastera and Blass Galindo. The program will be held in the third floor auditorium of the Central Library located at 820 E Street in downtown San Diego. The concert is free and open to the public. Free parking will be available at the lot adjacent to the Library on Broadway and 8th, courtesy of Five Star Parking. For further information, call 236-5810.


The Price of the Ticket

San Diego Public Library is proud to announce the screening of James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket. As a major author and civil rights activist, Baldwin's was a prophetic voice calling Americans to confront their racial tragedy. This free presentation takes place Monday, February 26 in the 3rd floor auditorium at Central Library (820 E Street, San Diego) and will be followed by a discussion facilitated by Nicole King, Ph.D., from the Literature Dept. of UCSD. "The Price of the Ticket" captures the passionate intellect and courageous writing of a man who was born black, impoverished, gay and gifted.


The Big Bs Come to the Gaslamp

Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp would not be the same without the Big Bs, the Bayou Blowout Block Party. It's time to hit the streets, grab your beads, and head for their annual return, Fat Tuesday, February 27th from 4 PM - midnight. The block party will be centrally located along the Mardi Gras Parade route at 5th and Island (one block south of Market). The Bayou Blowout Block party opens at 4:00 p.m. and lasts until the witching hour, midnight. Mardi Gras revelers the chance to Samba and boogie to traditional and soon to be traditional Mardi Gras entertainment, not to mention valuable beads for the first 1,000 revelers, as well as Mardi Gras hats, Southern Comfort Hurricanes, ice cold Budweisers and the chance to have a mask painted on your face. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door and includes precious beads (while they last), in-and-out privileges and fabulous music.


Chicana and Chicano Experiences in Vietnam War

The images and contradictions of war remained with Jorge Mariscal long after his tour of duty in Vietnam ended. Mariscal, associated professor at UC San Diego, has compiled an anthology of Mexican American writings about the U.S. war in Vietnam. The book, "Aztlán and Vietnam: Chi-cano and Chicana Experiences of the War" is the focus of his multi-media presentation at CSU San Marcos at noon, Wednesday, Feb. 28, in Academic Hall, Room 102. There is no admission charge.

Mariscal's book, published by the University of California Press, contains more than 60 short stories, poems, speeches and articles that illustrate the contradictions faced by the traditionally patriotic Mexican American community. For more details, call (760) 750-4366.


"Latin Twist"

The Southwestern College School of Arts and Communication premieres "Latin Twist," a contemporary musical with a latin feel. "Latin Twist" is a superb-club style, modern revue, but with the feel and elegance of the 1940s, will debut march 1-3 and 7-10 at 8 p.m. at Mayan Hall Theatre. It will feature singing and dancing accompanied by Latin-inspired music. The revue's 20 member cast will feature Carlos Men-doza and his twin brother, Mauricio, who is currently starring in Showtime's "Resurrection Blvd." Tickets for the performance are $10 for general admission, $7 for seniors and students with valid ID. For more information, call William Virchis at 421-6700 ext. 5346.


Yoav Talmi Returns to San Diego

San Diego Symphony is pleased to welcome Maestro Yoav Talmi back to the podium on March 2 - 4. Talmi, Music Director of the Symphony from 1989 to 1996, will conduct a concert featuring Brahms' Symphony No. 1. Also included in the program are a duo of Don Juan works Richard Strauss' Don Juan and the Suite from the Ballet-Pantomime Don Juan by Gluck.

Yoav Talmi is well known and highly acclaimed for his work on both sides of the Atlantic, he is also regularly invited to guest conduct the most celebrated orchestras in Europe, North America, Asia and the Pacific. Friday and Saturday evening concerts begin at 8 PM. Single tickets prices range from $15-$70. Sunday matinee concerts begin at 2 PM. Single ticket prices range from $15-$60. Concerts are held at Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B Street, downtown. For more information, call 235-0804.

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