March 10, 2000

Calendar of Events...

by Berenice Cisneros


New Art from Downtown

The Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego monthly event "Free-for-All First Sunday" goes extraterrestrial with an art workshop led by two of the downtown artists in the current exhibition Off Broadway: New Art From Downtown San Diego.

Perry El Vasquez, whose art explores the world of aliens, space junk, and cosmic relies, will lead participants through a workshop designed to unlock your earthbound imaginations. Artist Brian Dick's work is based on of our most simple, mundane actions: making the bed. He has made his bed a different way every day for the last three years and photographed each creation. He will challenge you in the workshop to photograph it in a way he hasn't. For more information, please call (858) 454-3541.


Benefit Gala Concert

Southwestern College's School of Arts and Communication will host a Choir Gala, Friday, March 10 and Saturday, March 11 at 8 PM., Mayan Hall, 900 Otay Lakes Rd., Chula Vista. A special benefit reception is scheduled on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and will include a silent auction. This is a final send-off for the Concert Choir, who will make their premiere performance at Carnegie Hall, March 19.


"Nights in the Garden of Spain"

Composers throughout history have been influenced by the culture and poetry of Spain. On March 11, the San Diego Symphony will explore the sensuous music and captivating painters and poets of this passionate country during the third Light Bulb concert. Artistic Director Jung-Ho Pak will lead an exploration into the paintings of Picasso, the poetry of Lorca and Cervantes and the raw emotion of Flamenco dancing. Special guests for this concert are Angel Romero, internationally-renowned guitarist; Flamenco dancer Sylvia Morales and Steven Kern, Curator of European Art at the San Diego Museum of Art. Tickets are priced from $10-$45. For more information, please call 235-0804.



After much anticipation, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning American musical Rent makes its dramatic return to San Diego. The most original musical to appear this decade, celebrates a community of artists as they strive to make their dreams come true in an unforgiving world. Returning March 14-19 at the Civic Theater in San Diego, Rent is the fifth musical ever to win both the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award. Tickets range in price from $24-$60. You may call 570-1100 to purchase your tickets.


St. Patrick's Day Parade

The Irish Congress of Southern California is proud to announce their 20th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. The festival will begin at 10:15 a.m. on March 11, as they raise the American and Irish flags and sing each Country's National Anthems. The parade will step off at 6th and Juniper, go up 5th to Upas and down 6th to Laurel and is expected to end around 1 p.m. More than 100 entries will be in this year's St. Patrick's Day parade as well as walking units, Irish Bands, Irish dancing and much more. After the parade you can partake in a frosty pint of Murphy's Irish Stout and Corned Beef & Cabbage in the family style beer garden. There will also be entertainment for kids including rides, face painters and much more. For more information on the Free parade and festival call 268-9111.


Death of a Bureaucrat

On Wednesday, March 15, the San Diego Public Library will present the film Death of a Bureaucrat. When a factory worker is buried with his union card, his widow cannot collect her pension. Once her nephew exhumes the body, it cannot be buried in the same grave and the red tape gets crazy. The story of a body that cannot get in the ground, this film explores themes of bureaucratic rigidity, death, burial and the challenges of modern-day Cuban life. The film showing will be held in the third floor auditorium of the Central Library located at 820 E Street. The film begins at 6 PM and is free to the public.


Black American Women

Mission Branch Library in Oceanside presents an original play written by Donna Hart honoring Women's History Month. Focusing specifically on the lives of Black American Women, the play involves local residents telling stories chronicling the lives of Black Women of achievement ranging from Sojourner Truth to Billie Holiday. The play is free and will be held in the Mission Branch Library Community Room on Thursday evening, March 16, at 7 p.m. The library is located at the south-east corner of El Camino Real and Mission Avenue. For additional information, please call (760) 435-5645.


"Que Florezca La Luz"

The Centro Cultural de la Raza proudly celebrates and honors Mujeres (Women) in conjunction with International Women's Month with three days of events, Que Florezca La Luz (May Our Light Blossom). On Friday, March 17, the weekend opens with a dance and theater performance, "Mujeres en Ritual" scheduled for 8 p.m., the cost is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors and adults.

On Saturday, March 18, the opening ceremony will be at noon. Composed of local activists, students and community members, will cover areas of interest including activism, health and sexuality. The day will close with dinner and conversation with San Diego community elders. Dinner and discussion begin at 5 p.m. and end at 6:30 p.m. Cost for good and beverage place is $7.00 please RSVP. Saturday evening's activities begin at 7:30 with a series of dynamic performances by Chicana/Latina performers including: Rosemary Apodaca from Teatro Campesino, poet Paulina Sahagún and teatro by members of the organization of Campesina Leaders focusing on issues relevant to women laborers. Cost for this event is $8.00.

On Sunday, March 19, the celebration will end with Palabradas, an afternoon of spoken word and performance art from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. Performance will include poet Lin Romero and Mujeres in Ritual as well as young San Diego writers and performers. A $3.00 donation is suggested. For more information, call 235-6135.


Mareya and Copeland in Concert

In honor of National Women's Month, Turiya Mareya and Lynn Copeland will perform together in an unforgettable concert Saturday, March 18th at 8p.m. at the Worldbeat Center, located at 2100 Park Blvd. Mareya has performed for 25 years in New York, San Francisco, Mexico City as well as San Diego. She has worked with Daniel Jackson, Hollis Gentry, Brian Lynch and Gilbert Castellanos. While Copeland is currently performing in the San Diego Repertory production of Slamm at the Lyceum Theatre. She owns Elsiby Music Productions and her music has been heard in various television series and international films. For more information, call 299-6014.

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