November 24, 2004

Holiday Calendar of Events

La Pastorela Rehearsals Underway

Show opens Friday, December 3, 2004.

ESCONDIDO – The California Center for the Arts, Escondido announces its fourth annual production of La Pastorela Mexicana. This traditional Mexican holiday play, featuring a hilarious adaptation by Tijuana playwright Ursula Tania and directed by Marcos Martinez, creates a special opportunity for North County families and students to participate in and experience performing arts at the region’s premier multidisciplinary arts facility. Approximately 25 people from all walks of life will be involved with the production as actors, musicians, dancers and production staff. This community production is in Spanish with English super-titles and opens on Friday, December 3, 2004 at 8 p.m.

  Marcos Martinez, professor of theater at Cal State San Marcos and an accomplished director who has worked extensively in Europe and the United States, is guiding the production as director. He comments, “This production will be a great delight for the entire community. People who have seen it before will find much to appreciate in the humor and humanity of this current production.”

  Since it was first presented in 2001, La Pastorela Mexicana has been seen by more than 3000 community members and involved more than 35 adults and children as performers, many for the first time. The Center is confident that the 2004 production of La Pastorela Mex-icana will continue to make performing arts experiences more accessible to Latino audiences, as well as integrating the Mexican artistic heritage into the broad-er community building experience at the heart of The Center’s mission.

For more information, call 1-800-988-4253.

Ticket price: $10.00
California Center for the Arts, Escondido
340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido

Celebrate the Holidays With a Concert Series

“Una Noche de Mariachi,” “Jazz Sessions,” and “Holiday Choral Concert”

CHULA VISTA—The South-western College (SWC) School of Arts and Communications is celebrating the holiday season with a concert series beginning Dec. 2 and ending Dec. 5, 2004.

The series begins “Una Noche de Mariachi,” an exciting night full of Mexican traditions and folklore. This performance by SWC’s world-renowned Mariachi Garibaldi will take place Thursday, December 2 at 7:00 p.m. at Mayan Hall. Under the direction of music professor, Dr. Jeff Nevin, mariachi music students will delight audiences with their renditions of such classics as La Negra; Volver, Volver, Allá en el Rancho Grande, and many more songs that speak of love, betrayal, death and politics.

“Jazz Sessions” follows on Saturday, December 4, 2004, at 7:00 p.m. at Mayan Hall. “Jazz Sessions” will feature SWC’s Big Jazz Band, directed by Berke McKelvey; and the Small Improv Jazz Band, under the direction of Scott Walton. Opening for the jazz bands will be the College’s Guitar Ensemble, led by Matt Frigon. This concert will feature traditional and contemporary jazz standards.

Closing out the week will be the SWC Concert Choir with its popular “Holiday Choral Concert,” taking place Sunday, December 5, 2004 at 4:00 p.m. at Mayan Hall. This concert will feature the Feaster-Edison Charter School Choir, 65-member children’s choir. Together with SWC’s Concert Choir, the children will be performing the latest work by John Rutter—“Mass of the Children.”

Tickets for all performances are $10 for general admission, $7 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased by calling the SWC box office at (619) 482-6367. For more information on the holiday concert series, contact Silvia Lugo at (619) 421-6700 ext. 5895.

Rancho Guajome Decks the Halls for the Holidays

Historic Adobe Hosts Old-fashioned Rancho Christmas Festivities

Each year when the time and weather change, the staff and docents at Rancho Guajome Adobe begin gathering pinecones and pepper tree branches, and drying fruits and flowers for the annual Rancho Christmas event. 

Twenty-two rooms of the historic adobe are decorated using only natural materials that a family from the 1800s would have used to make wreaths, garlands, centerpieces and other holiday decorations. The Rancho Guajome Adobe will debut its natural adornments at the Rancho Christmas event and the decorations will remain through the holiday season.

The 8th annual Rancho Christmas event, sponsored by the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation and the San Diego County Parks Society, is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, November 27 and 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday will include an expanded celebration, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., with the lighting of the lum-inarias in the courtyard, special Adobe tours, hot cider and caroling until sunset.  In addition, there will be activities for children, including making homemade candles, candy apples and cornhusk dolls, wagon rides, and a blacksmith who makes miniature reindeer shoes. Craft vendors and the Adobe gift shop will be offering unique and special gifts, perfect for holiday shop-ping. Musical entertainment and food and beverages will be offered throughout the day.

The Rancho Guajome Adobe is located at 2210 North Santa Fe in Vista.  Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children 4 to 12. There is no charge for children three and under.  For more information, call 760-724-4082 or visit

Southwestern College Presents “Student Eye/Student Soul”

Chula Vista—The Southwestern College School of Arts and Communication would like to invite students, faculty, and staff, and the general public to “Student Eye/Student Soul,” its annual student art exhibition.

For this year’s exhibit, students chose a variety of styles and mediums to create their works, among them ceramics, drawing, painting, sculptures, woodcarving, photography, printmaking, graphics, digital imaging, and metalwork, among other disciplines.

“These are excellent creative works,” said Vallo Riberto, art professor in the School of Arts and Communication. “We’re inviting everyone to come see Southwestern College’s emerging student artists.”

The student art exhibition will be on display from November 23 through December 8, 2004 at the SWC Art Gallery. The SWC Art Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 10:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday 6-8:30 p.m.; and Saturday from 1-4 p.m. The exhibition is free and open to the general public.

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