May 21, 1999

Calendar of Events.....

by Berenice Cisneros


Cultural Day in the Park

On Sunday, May 23 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., the City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department will host a free special event in Presidio Park to commemorate the historical events of the Presidio. The Presidio site is within a 49 acre park located off Interstate 8 and Taylor Street.

The event will offer public archaeology tours, as well as cultural crafts, jewelry and books for sale, story telling, arts & crafts, learning activities for children and adults, a Bird singing by the Kumeyaay Nation of Viejas Reservation. The day's events will include tours led by park rangers and local historians. Parking will be available nearby with a free shuttle providing transportation to and from the event.


Buckwheat Zydeco

Zydeco rules when Buckwheat Zydeco rolls out its rocking brand of swamp swing driven by full-tilt bayou rhythms at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido on Saturday, May 22 at 8 p.m.

Zydeco is an exuberant blend of Afro-Caribbean rhythms, blues, soul, rock, country and Cajun music. The foot-stomping, good-time sound emerged as an expression of Creole heritage in bayou communities where French patois is spoken and Zydeco rules. Tickets, priced at $16-$29 are now on sale at The Center's ticket office, 340 N. Escondido Blvd. or by phoning at 1-800-988-4253.


The Island of the Skog

The popular theater for families series at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido concludes Sun., May 23 at 1 p.m. with Dallas Children's Theater's National Touring Company production of The Island of the Skog. The Island of the Skog is the whimsical tale of Jenny the mouse and her friends' journey "In Pursuit of Happiness" to escape the tyranny of the city cats. Tickets are $7.50 to $9.50 and are now on sale at the California Center for the Arts, located at 340 N. Escondido Blvd. or by calling 1-800-988-4253.


A Midsummer Night's Dream

See Shakespeare's classic comedy, A Midsummer Night's Dream, come alive on stage when City Ballet presents a delightful version complete with dancers, actors and singers to Mendelssohn's popular score. Two performances will be presented May 22 and 23 at Spreckels Theatre, downtown San Diego. Performance times are 8 p.m. on May 22nd and 2 p.m. on May 23rd. Ticket prices are $27 for orchestra seating, and $22 for mezzanine and $17 for balcony. For tickets call City Ballet's Box Office at 272-8663.


The Magic of Circus at Night

Fern Street Circus brings its whimsical brand of theatrical circus back to Balboa Park beginning May 20th with the premiere of a new circus fable, Hamar. This simple narrative features the Circus's most beloved characters meeting, greeting and snarling each other on the streets of the Big City. There is El Pollo Loco, wrestler extraordinaire, trying to wrest the mayoral seat from long-time Fern Street master of ceremonies. There's the beloved green stilt monster, Frogzilla, who sets out to discover where all the frogs on Fern Street have gone. And of course, Columbina the clown and Officer Otis are still hanging out on the Street.

Circus acts will include the return of acrobats Corky Lindsey, Joanna Paterson and Bob Torline in great trampoline and mini-tramp acts, musical clown routines and select kid performers from the After-School Circus Skills program at Golden Hill Recreation Center. Tickets for evening shows are $10 (adults), and $5 (12 and under); Matinee shows: $8 (adults), and $4 (12 and under). For more information, call 235-9756.


Expo in Tijuana

An exposition of arts & crafts, music and dances, typical food and about the tourism attractions of the state of Nayarit will be held in Tijuana Baja California from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. from May 22 through the 30th, 1999. There will be continuous entertainment every day. This event is promoted by the Baja/Nayarit Governments and the City of Tijuana B.C. in order to give more attractions to our visitors and the opportunity to get to know another state of Mexico at only few minutes away from San Diego, Ca.

"Get some fun out of life visiting Mexico" which is 1,500 miles away from San Diego Ca., right here in Tijuana, Avenida Revolución between 7th & 8th Streets, in front of Jai Alai Palace.


Folk Art of Mexico

Mingei International Museum will open a major exhibition, Folk Art of Mexico, on Sunday, May 30. The collection includes three exemplary collections given to the Museum during the last three years - The Fred and Barbara Meiers Collection, The Hope and Roy Turney Collection, and The Anita Brandow Collection. Objects from The Carol Crutchfield Collection will also be on view.

Folk Art of Mexico includes works by several renowned 20th century folk artists including Oaxacan potter Teodora Blanco, architectural pieces by clay artists Cande-lario Medrano and charming woodcarvings by Manual Jimenez. Not to be missed are a parade of animals and a miniature village, made of colorful pottery constructions, among which are several churches, a multi-story building and the local bus. The Museum is located at 1439 El Prado and is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 - 4. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children 6-17 and students with ID. For more information, call 239-0003.


1st Annual Imperial Beach Surf & Turf BBQ Classic

Try samples of professionally-cooked BBQ meat and fish and watch 50 of the top U.S. teams compete for the California State Grand Champion Title at the upcoming, KCBS sanctioned, Imperial Beach Surf & Turf BBQ Classic, presented from 9 - 5, Saturday, June 5 at the newly expanded Dunes Park on Seacoast Drive in Imperial Beach. The Grand Champion Team will receive $1000 in cash and a Kingfisher Kountry Kooker worth $1600. Entrance is free. For more information, call the Imperial Beach Chamber of Commerce at 424-3151 or Melanie Jones from the SCBBQA at 626-910-0028. All proceeds go the Boys & Girls Club of Imperial Beach.


"Life's A Banquet"

Come be a guest of the infamous party girl Auntie Mame, as North Coast Repertory Theatre celebrates with an uproarious Spring Gala fund-raiser at the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club, May 22, 1999. With 20's to 40's attire encouraged, Spring Gala Chair, Sandra Ellis-Troy (Award Winning performer in Auntie Mame/June 1998) and her cast of friends will fill the evening with laughter, delicious good and extraordinary live and silent auction items.

The setting is a 1920's night club complete with a "Billie Holliday" impersonator and surprises galore. Auction items include a Northwest Airlines trip for two, world business-class to Europe, valued at $15,000; an African safari for two valued at $13,000; a Costa Rican vacation; yacht day cruises; delectable collectibles; and Mame's Fabulous Foo-Foos (wrapped baskets containing retail values up to $200, purchased at $75). This fabulous evening of fun takes place at the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club, located at Avenida de Acacias, Rancho Santa Fe. For tickets or more information call 481-2155.


8th Annual Santa Ysabel Art Festival

Saturday and Sunday, May 22nd and 23rd, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. is the 8th Annual Santa Ysabel Art Festival. This well-known and very enjoyable Art Festival is a juried fine arts event featuring original fine art and fine crafts. Over 50 artists will exhibit this year including painters, sculptors, ceramic artists, furniture makers, fiber artists and jewelry makers. Added treats this year for those attending will be a one-person show at the Santa Ysabel Art Gallery of the work of nationally known and acclaimed wildlife artists and Julian resident Joe Garcia.

The gallery is located at the intersection of Hwy 78 and Hwy 79 in Santa Ysabel, seven miles below Julian. Admission is free. Food will be available. For more information and performance times call 760-765-1676.



The new Broadway production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical masterpiece Evita plays June 1-6 at the Civic Theatre, located at Third and B Street, downtown San Diego. Evita is the epic story of the rise and fall of Eva Peron, wife of Argentine dictator Juan Peron, told in a sweeping pop opera, featuring some of Broadway's most dynamic staging and lush melodies. From her illegitimate birth into poverty to her status as a world player and South America's most important woman, Evita is a story of glamour, power and greed. Ticket prices range from $24-$65 and are now on sale at the Concourse Box Office and all Ticketmaster locations, or by calling 570-1100.

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