by Berenice Cisneros
Ramona Air Fair
The annual Ramona Air Fair will be held June 1 & 2. Dancing to live music, a hot air balloon launch, fireworks and formation flights on Friday, June 1, run from 5 - 10 p.m. Military and antique aircraft displays and demonstrations, food and aviation and information exhibits are featured. There is a $5 per person or $8 per couple entry fee on Friday only. Children under 12 get in free.
Admission is free for everyone on Saturday, June 2. Events begin at 7 a.m. with the Masonic Lodge's pancake breakfast that raises money for the group's scholarship fund. From 7 - 9 a.m. there will be a radio controlled aircraft demonstration, displays of military aircraft and more.
UCR Orchestra Concert
The University of California, Riverside Orchestra will present concerts at 8 p.m. Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2, in the University Theatre at UCR. This program will feature the Sinfonia India by Carlos Chavez, the premier composer of 20th century Mexico. Chavez based the work on rhythmic motives from indigenous, pre-Spanish Mexican culture. His full orchestra features an especially large percussion section and throbbing, irregular rhythms reminiscent of the Rite of Spring, alternating with tuneful folk melodies. Tickets are $8 for general admission and $5 for students, seniors and children. Call (909) 787-4331 for more information.
International Village Celebration
City Heights will celebrate its cultural diversity through music, dance and food at the ninth annual International Village Celebration (IVC), which takes place on Saturday, June 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. along University Avenue from Fairmount to Menlo Avenues.
The celebration will feature free performances on four stages by Los Angeles roots rockers The Blazers, Quino from Big Mountain, funk rock ensemble Brothers from Another Planet, who recently opened for Living Colour, tribute band Viva Santana, Chicago Blues stalwarts Len Rainey and the Midnight Players, reggae dynamos Citizen X Posse, roots reggae band The Revelations, Chicano folk music standouts Los Alacranes, Street Scene veterans Montgomery High School Island Steel Drum Band and many other music and dance groups.
Visitors can enjoy dozens of exotic food, arts, crafts and merchandise booths at the festival. A Kids Fun Zone will offer kids of all ages games, rides and other amusement activities for the whole family. The festival will also include a Career Expo and Job Fair where dozens of San Diego employers will offer job and career opportunities to residents and visitors. For more information, call 584-1535.
Renowned Mexican singer-songwriter Gabino Palomares will perform a rare intimate solo acoustic performance at Dizzy's in San Diego on Sunday, June 3 at 7:30 p.m. Palomares is beloved for his inspiring songs of social justice and human dignity. The gifted performer has captivated audiences all over the world."Nuevo Canto," also called "Nueva Canción," is a Latino American form of protest music that has its roots in 1950s Argentina and began to rise to prominence in Chile of the early 1970s. Tickets are $15. Proceeds of the performance will benefit the Save Our Centro Coalition. Dizzy's is located at 344 Seventh Ave. in downtown San Diego.
FREE Art Workshops
"Drawing on Air" Sunday, June 3 at MCA in La Jolla (700 Prospect Street). This workshop will expand the definition of drawing by inviting participants to make drawings in the air using paper, wire, and other objects.
"Samba Time" Sunday, June 3 at MCA Downtown (1001 Kettner Blvd.). San Diego's most electrifying drumming ensemble, Soul Beat's Samba Kids, returns to MCA downtown to teach you the moves and participants will learn how to make their very own drum.
African Dancing and Drumming
Ayanagula - Yoruba Drums and Egungun Masquerades, featuring Lamidi Ayankule perform and do drum and dance workshops at the WorldBeat Center including free children's workshop.
Tuesday, June 5, 3:30 pm Children's African Dance and music Class - FREE
7:30 pm Adults African Dance and Music Class - $10.00
June 6, 8 pm Ayanagula Performance $10.00 Children free, senior and student discount.
WorldBeat Cultural Center is located at 2100 Park Blvd. San Diego.
18th Annual Indian Fair
The dazzling Morning Star Dancers and the colorful Zuni Rainbow Dancers will headline the non-stop entertainment line-up at the Museum of Man's 18th Annual Indian Fair, to be held this year from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, June 9 and 10. Breath-taking Native American dancers, skilled artisans, mouth-watering Indian fare, and collector quality art works and crafts draw more than 10,000 visitors annually to this popular festival, on of the largest of its kind.
The Fair will spotlight more than 100 performers and artists representing dozens of tribes, including Zuni, Hopi, Navajo and Pueblo. Traditional Native American entertainment will be performed throughout the day and authentic American Indian cuisine such as fry bread, Indian tacos, piki and roasted corn on the cob will be available. Youngsters will also be able to try their hand at artistry such as bead stringing and pot painting at the hands-on Crafts Corner a family oriented activity area. Admission includes entrance to the Museum, $6 for adults, $5 for members, $3 for ages 6-17 and free for children under 6. For further information, call 239-2001.