March 31, 2000
by Berenice Cisneros
The great Italian bass-baritone Ferruccio Furlanetto makes a long-awaited return to San Diego in the title role of Mozart's Don Giovanni, opening on Saturday, April 1 at the Civic Theatre. Furlanetto is joined by a remarkable cast of international Mozart specialists to bring to life this musical retelling of the legend of the world's greatest womanizer, Don Juan.
Performance schedule is Saturday, April 1 at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 4 at 7 p.m., Friday, April 7 at 8 p.m., Sunday, April 9 at 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 12 at 7 p.m. Three, four or five opera subscriptions are still available and can be purchased by calling 232-7636. Single tickets for all operas start at $31 and can be purchased by calling 570-1100.
The 22-voice chamber choir of the La Jolla Symphony Chorus, conducted by David Chase, presents Romancero: Music of Spain and Latin America at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 1 and at 3 p.m., Sunday, April 2. The concerts will be given in the Great Hall of St. Paul's Cathedral, 5th & Nutmeg, San Diego. Ticket donations for Romancero are $15 general and $8 senior/student. For more information, call (858) 534-4637.
"Masters of the Living Arts"
The SDSU School of Music and Dance, The Center for Visual and Performing Arts, The San Diego Dance Theatre and Coordinación Nacional de Danza del Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, Mexico City as part of SDSU's "Masters of the Living Arts" series present a Festival of Mexican Contemporary Dance, March 31, April 1 and 2 at 8 p.m. in the Dance Studio Theatre (ENS-200) on the SDSU campus. For ticket telephone orders, call 594-1696. For information and or directions to the SDSU Studio Theatre call 594-6824.
"Adios Mamá Carlota"
Mascara Magica Theatre invites you to a double your enjoyment and your pleasure, with a double bill of music and theatre at the Lyceum in Horton Plaza on April 5 & 6 at 7 p.m. when dramatist Jesus Sierra-Oliva presents the highlights in English of his musical work "Adios Mamá Carlota" and his new One Act stage play "Mad Queen Carlota". Tickets for this double theatrical experience are $10 and parking is covered with admission.
Play Me A Story!
On April 2, the San Diego Symphony will present musical renditions of the favorite children's stories of The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant, Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin and Tubby the Tuba during the last Family Festival concert of the season. Local radio personalities Dan Erwine, J.D. Steyers and Catheryn Zaro will narrate the stories.
Play Me A Story! begins at 2 p.m. at Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B Street in downtown San Diego. Single ticket prices range from $10-$20. For more information, call 235-0804.
`A Taste of The Arts'
A Taste of the Arts, by the Bay, set for April 8, offers tasty delights for the entire family including artist vendors, ethnic food booths, dance and musical entertainment, a children's hands-on interactive art fair, silent art auction, and a salsa-tasting competition. This free event will be held from 9-5 p.m. at Chula Vista's Marina View Park off J Street on I-5.
A Taste of the Arts will feature three stages of performing artists, "Blues Brothers", "Los Rock Angels" and "Tierra." The children's interactive art fair will have a variety of all-day workshops including sand sculpturing with the Sand Castle International; puppet shows, puppet making and play production with Icarus Puppet Theater and the Stoneflower Puppet Company. For more information, call 585-5627.
Evening with Gary Soto
The Centro Cultural De La Raza and Casa Del Libro celebrate National Poetry Month by presenting an Evening with Gary Soto, a renowned native Californian poet and author of children's books. Soto will introduce his new book, Nickel and Dime, his first work of adult fiction. He will also be reading from his collections of poetry, children's books and other literary works at the Centro Cultural De La Raza located at 2125 Park Blvd., in Balboa Park on Monday, April 3rd, at 7:30 p.m. There is a $3 suggested donation for adults, and children under 12 are free.
Spring Into Dance 2000
Three performances of the Spring Into Dance 2000 concert will be held at Southwestern College's Mayan Hall, April 6, 7 & 8 at 8 p.m. each evening. The college's main campus is located at 900 Otay Lakes Rd., Chula Vista. The evening will include faculty and student choreography, modern, jazz, cha cha, and tap dance. The evening will highlight the achievements of almost 100 performers. Ticket prices are $10, general admission; $7 each, for groups; and $5 for students with current ID. For reservations, call 482-6367.
Tales from The New Frontier
Migrant clashes with the Border Patrol and other themes of modern migration are topics dramatized in the performance of journalist and poet, Rubén Martínez. Grossmont College will present him in a free presentation of Border Ballad: Tales from the New Frontier, on April 7 at 7 p.m. in Room 220. Inspired by the real story of three brothers from Michoacán who died together in a car accident near Temecula in 1996 after a chase with the Border Patrol. Martínez went to the brothers' hometown and documented the lives of surviving family members who continue to migrate to this country.
His narratives and songs deal with the classic themes of modern migration: culture clash, economic and political confrontation, and the imaging and imagining of new identities and communities on both sides of the border. The public is invited to the free performance. The college is located at 8800 Grossmont College Drive in El Cajon. For directions, call 644-7186.
Chicano Park Days
This event is free and everyone is welcome! Saturday, April 22 from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 23 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Chicano Park of Barrio Logan celebrates 30 years of Tierra, Liberación y Revolución. Guest speakers scheduled are: Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzalez and Arturo "Popos" Rodriguez, Jr. - Crusade for Justice; Ramon "Chunky" Sanchez - Chicano Park Steering Committee; David Rico - Brown Berets of Aztlan; Adriana Jasso de Simon - Union del Barrio. Featuring: Culture Clash and Fern Street Circus. Music by: Los Alacranes, Los Blazers, Agustin Lira and Alma, Gilbert Castellanos & the Latin Trumpet Summit, Quetzal, Koryn Cuevas, Duo Moreno, Mariachi Femenil Las Aguilas and The Revelations.
There will also be poetry by: José Montoya, Alurista, Taco Shop Poets, Grito Serpentino, to name a few. Danza Azteca y Ballet Folklorico: Danza Mexicayotl and Danza Zachila will be there for your enjoyment. Plus a large Lowrider Car Show organized by Amigos Car Club.
Chicano Park Night Jam, Saturday, April 22 from 7:00 PM -Midnight at Chuey's Restaurant and Cantina (21 and up with ID) located at 1894 Main Street, Barrio Logan. Sunday Only: Easter Mass, Children's activities including Easter egg hunt, free children's raffle and piñatas for different age groups. Plus a large Danza Azteca gathering. Come help us celebrate our 30th year anniversary.