March 26, 1999

Calendar of Events.....

Colombian Gold

Armand Labbé will present Piercing the Pre-Columbian Veil, an illustrated lecture on ancient arts of Colombia at Mingei International Museum at 3:00 pm, Sunday, March 28. The lecture is presented in conjunction with the Museum's current exhibition Shamans, Gods, and Mythic Beasts: Colombian Gold and Ceramics in Antiquity.

The 167 masterworks in this exhibition date from 1000 BC to the Spanish Conquest. The accompanying gold works demonstrate that goldsmiths shared motifs and designs used by ceramists. Admission is $9 for Museum members and $12 for non-members. For reservations or information, call 239-0003.


The Bridges that Unite Us

The San Diego Public Library will host a free four-part reading and discussion series. The Bridges that Unite Us/Los Puentes que Nos Unen. The discussions will be led by Dr. Beatrice Pita of UCSD on Monday evenings at 6:30 pm., in the Wangenheim Room of the Central Library, beginning on March 29. The Central Library is located at 820 E Street in downtown San Diego.

Multiple copies of the books in English and Spanish will be available on loan from the library. For further information, or to sign up, call 236-5817.


Exotic Places Around The World

Kids can explore exotic places and ancient civilizations from around the world this spring vacation without leaving San Diego County. The San Diego Museum of Man is offering half-day and full-day classes at the Museum from March 29 through April 2. The cost for each week-long class (three hours each day) is $75 and $65 (for members). Classes will be open for first through sixth grade students.

With a different theme each day, activities will include creative art projects such as fascinating subjects as mummies from Egypt and around the world, beliefs about the afterlife, hieroglyphics, gods, entertainment and the daily life of ancient people. To register for the day camps, please call the Museum's Education Department at 239-2001.


Poetry Readings

The San Diego Public Library will celebrate National Poetry Month on Saturday, April 3, with readings featuring the works of local poets LoVerne Brown and Joe Ross. The program will be held at 2 p.m. in the third floor auditorium of the Central Library, located in downtown at 820 E Street. The program is free to the public. For more information, call 236-5870.


Diamond Jubilee Horse Show

Join us for a day of "horsing around" in beautiful Del Mar and watch America's Morgan horse strut his stuff! Bring family and friends along for the ride and lots of fun. The Diamond Jubilee Horse Show is scheduled for April 9, 10 & 11 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Free admission to the general public. Use Solana Gate for free parking.


San Diego Opera's 34th International Season to a Close

Verdi's A Masked Ball returns to the Civic Theatre stage in grand style on May 1, with an all-star cast of performers, including four San Diego debuts. Considered one of Verdi's most thrilling masterpieces, A Masked Ball combines passion, mystique, cunning and tragedy in the impassioned world of Gustavus' court during the late 1700s.

American tenor Richard Leech, returns to sing the role of the ill-fated Gustavus III, King of Sweden. American soprano Jeanne-Michéle Charbonnet, debuts with the San Diego Opera in the role of Amelia. American baritone Mark Rucker, plays the role of the betrayed Anckar-stroem. American mezzo soprano Barbara Dever, makes her debut in the role of the sorceress. The opera will be performed in Italian with English translations projected above the stage. For ticket and performance information, please call 570-1100.


Horatio Hornblower

The San Diego Maritime Museum will open their doors free to the public Saturday, April 3, to celebrate awareness of the new television mini-series: Horatio Hornblower," airing on cable A&E.

As part of the celebration, visiting topsail schooners Pilgrim of Newport and Bill of Rights will be alongside the Maritime Museum's floating pier and open to the public. From 10 a.m. to noon the schooners will hold open house, then from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. they will cast off their mooring lines, and stage a cannon battle in the waters of San Diego Bay, just off the stern of the 100-year-old steam ferryboat Berkeley. From 3-5 p.m. the vessels will be open again at the museum's dock for public visitation. For more information contact Joseph Ditler at the Maritime Museum at 234-9153, or


Allegro Dance & Music Studio

San Diego's prestigious PASACAT Philippine Performing Arts Company will be moving their North County classes to Allegro Dance and Music Studio, located at 9400 Activity Road, Suite A in Mira Mesa.

They moved into a large facility in October to accommodate the already popular classes the studio offers in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical Jazz, Modern, Ballroom, Latin, Hula and Tahitian dance, as well as piano, voice and guitar. Classes will be held on Saturdays, between 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. and opened to students of all ages and dance backgrounds. For more information may be obtained by calling 477-3383.


Musical Master

The San Diego Museum of Art will be filled with the sound of music through April 14, when "Alex Hock, Pianist," performs at the Lincoln Center and Carnegie Recital Hall. Tickets are $15 for museum members and $20 for non-members. For more information or to make reservations, please call 696-1966.


ESPN SportsCentury Tour

A new interactive mall tour, created in conjunction with ESPN SportsCentury presented by General Motors, the network's 18-month multimedia event reviewing the greatest athletes, sports events, coaches, dynasties and developments of the past 100 years, will be on display at the North County Fair Mall, March 26-28. The tour is free and open to the public.

The interactive mall tour will feature a theater, telecast booth, an extensive photo exhibit, animatronics and a unique memorabilia collection from some of the greatest athletes of the past century. One of the most exciting aspects of the tour is the SportsCentury Telecast Booth, where fans can "make the call" of a classic sporting event and take home a free short video of the event. ESPN SportsCentury consists of 60-plus hours of programming which began with ESPN Classic Moments in September 1998.


Women's History Month

The Malcolm X Branch of the San Diego Public Library celebrates Women's History Month with its featured event honoring Audrey "Mickey" Patterson: San Diego's Olympic Hero on Saturday, March 27 at 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. at 5148 Market Street.

Speakers including Olympic athlete, Jackie Thompson, chemist Gerald Hunter, and Cynthia Lower, athlete and daughter of Audrey Patterson will honor and celebrate the legacy and great achievement of the Olympic champion and pioneer during her life time as the "Female Jesse Owens." The program is open and free to the public.

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