September 4, 1998


Calendar of Events...

EXTRAVAGANZA 98 - A BROADENING OF ARTISTIC DEPTH



San Diego's PASACAT Philippine Performing Arts Company in the epic courtship folk tale, Singkil, from the Philippine province of Lanao del Sur, features a royal pirnce and princess, her attendant, fan dancers and soldiers.

San Diego's prestigious PASACAT Philippine Performing Arts Company will present Extravaganza `98 - A Philippine Centennial Celebration in three concerts. They will be held on Saturday, September 12, 7:30 PM, at California Center of Arts, Escondido; September 26, 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM, at Chapman Performing Arts Center, Eastlake High School.

The Extravaganza's 90-minute repertory will be performed by 31 dancers and 9 musicians. The program will include glimpses of Philippine history, geography and cultures of the 7,100 island Republic. Tickets are $9.00 - $15.00, with discounts available for advanced purchases, military, students and senior citizens. For more information, call or write PASACAT at (619) 477-3383; 102 East 16th Street, National City, CA 91950, or e-mail: pasacat@inreach.com. Information may also be obtained from PASACAT's website: http://home.inreach.com/pasacat.

 

FAMILY NAME

On Sunday September 6, 1998, the San Diego Public Library will present a contemporary film journey that chronicles filmmaker Macky Alston's efforts to unearth the history of his white slave-owning family and the links to black families that share his name. The film highlights the various families' distinct differences as well as their undeniable similarities, including the pattern of silence about slavery. In 1997, Family Name won the Freedom of Expression Award at the Sundance Film Festival and the IFP Open Palm Award for best debut feature film.

The film showing will be held in the third floor auditorium of the Central Library located at 820 E Street. The film begins at 2:00 p.m. and is free to the public.

 

EAST COUNTY RECALLS GOLD RUSH ERA

California's Gold Rush—the dramatic two and a half year interval between the discovery of gold in the Sierra Nevada on Jan. 24, 1848 and California's admission to the Union on Sept. 9, 1850—will be a topic of lively discussion at the El Cajon Branch of the San Diego County Library, 201 E. Douglas St., El Cajon, on four upcoming Saturdays: September 12, October 10, November 14, and December 12. All sessions will be held from 10 a.m. to noon.

The reading series, sponsored by the El Cajon and Fletcher Hills branch libraries, the California Council and the Humanities and the California State Library, is based an anthology titled Gold Rush: A Literary Exploration. Gripping reminiscences, humorous stories and essays bring alive the personal and historical impact of the California Gold Rush on the social, economic, and political character of California.

The group will be limited to 30 readers who make a commitment to attend all four sessions. To sign up, contact Karen Dietmeyer at the El Cajon Branch Library (619) 579-4454 or Leslie Ward at the Fletcher Hills Branch Library (619) 466-1132. To learn more about other "Redescovering California at 150" events scheduled for the next three years call (619) 232-4020.

 

JULIAN GRAPE STOMP FESTA

The Julian Grape Stomp Festa at the Menghini Winery in Julian will be held Saturday, September 12 from 11 am to 7 pm. The festa will feature two tons of grapes to stomp in an authentic wooden stomp barrel. Two Italian bands will entertain and provide music for dancing at the Festa. Musicians and signers alike will be dressed in full traditional costumes. In addition, a strolling mandolin player will serenade the visitors.

Located in rolling hills covered with vineyards and apple orchards, the Menghini Winery offers an idyllic setting for the Festa. The winery is 3 miles outside the historic, gold mining village of Julian, and the pine and oak forested mountains of San Diego's back country. The Festa will feature Italian Good from all regions of Italy, merchandise booths, and bocci ball competitions. Admission is $5.00, children under 5 free. For additional information call the Julian Chamber of Commerce (760) 765-1857 or Menghini Winery (760) 765-2072

 

AFROCUBAN MUSIC & DANCE PROGRAM AT CITY COLLEGE

Music and dance of Africa, Cuba and Latin American will be presented by Afrekete at San Diego City College, Tues., Sept. 8, 12-12:45 p.m. in Gorton Quad, the center of campus, 1313 12th Avenue.

The free, public program will feature dancers, lecturers and musicians demonstrating dances and different musical instruments, such as the shakere, the bata, conga drums and rumba-yamboos or old crates that were played during a time in history when drums were outlawed. Performers in the Afrocuban folklore celebration will wear colorful authentic costumes and storytellers will weave eloquent tales of the African slaves'struggle to survive and integrate their deeply rooted traditions into Cuban culture.

The Afrekete troupe is the first in a series of free programs for the public sponsored by the World Cultures program of San Diego City College. Following their performance will be an open house of the new dance studio in room C-227 at City College featuring performances by the dance, music and theatre departments. For questions. call 230-2512.

 

IZCALLI'S MAKUILLI OLLIN PROJECT TO HOLD COMMUNITY CELEBRATION

Izcalli (House of Re-Awakening), will celebrate and share with the community the work of the 30+ students that participated in this year's "makuilli Ollin," (Fifth Movement) Saturday school summer project. The celebration will be free of charge and take place on Saturday, September 12, 1998 at 6:30 p.m. at the Centro Cultural de la Raza's facility in Balboa Park, 2004 Park Boulevard. The community is invited to attend this celebration of our youth.

The Makuilli Ollin Project ran from June 27 through September 5, 1998. The student's work will be showcased through poetry, "actos," and a video which documents their weekly activities. Highlights of the project included: an over-night trip to a local Native American reservation to participate in cultural ceremonies: workshops on Chicano (a) Teatro and music; and a cooking class.

 

WANT TO END THE SUMMER ON A MUSICAL NOTE??...

Come join the Lake Murray community and sponsors Grossmont Bank, Chicago Title & Escrow, and Don Joyal of Century21 on Sunday, Sept. 13, as they provide a day of FREE outdoor musical entertainment.

Three top, local San Diego bands will be performing: the hot Latin Jazz group, YAVAZ. The Big Band sound of Big Time Operators and a San Diego all-time favorite, the Heroes (Top 40hits).

BRING A PICNIC and enjoy a day of outdoor fun with lots of activities for the entire family, including face painting, and clowns for the kids at this 2nd annual music fest. From 2:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Lake Murray Community Park, Murray Ridge Drive in San Diego. Call Terri Martin at 465-6136 for further information.

 

POESIA Y CANCION REBELDE

Comparte con nosotros la más reciente información sobre la situación actual en CHIAPAS. Qué honda con los ZAPATISTAS?

Conversa con representantes del frente zapatista de liberación nacional y ve el video "actual estrategia de muerte". ¿Cuál es la solución al problema indígena en México, hacia dónde va el país, cómo nos afecta, qué podemos y debemos de hacer para ayudar? Pregunta, analiza, y conversa este Sábado 12 de Septiembre, a las 7 p.m. Escucha música, poesía, y sátira rebelde de Trago Amargo, Tauge Diver, y Héctor Ubaldo. Casa del Libro A Specialty Bookstore 1735 University Avenue, San Diego. Información en el (610) 299-9331. Se sugiere un donativo de $5.00 para la causa Zapatista.

 

ALEJANDRO FERNANDEZ, LA SENSACION LATINA, EN EL HOTEL-CASINO RIO SUITE DE LAS VEGAS

Alejandro Fernández, la atracción de música ranchera del momento, se presentará del 12 al 15 de Septiembre en el Copa Habana Showroom del Hotel y Casino Rio Suite de Las Vegas, en celebración del Día de la Independencia mexicana. Boletos en la taquilla del Hotel Rio. Información en el 702-252-7776 o al 1-888-PLAYRIO.

Alejandro ha seguido los pasos de su padre, el rey de la canción ranchera, Vicente Fernandez, destacándose en la interpretación de viejas canciones mexicanas con un sabor moderno. Alejandro nació en la ciudad de Mexico, donde su padre radicó al principio de su carrera musical. Luego saltó a un nivel internacional cuando participó con su padre en un álbum especial sobre música mexicana organizado por la Sony. "Mi padre me pidió que grabáramos juntos la canción `Amor de los dos', y fué un éxito," dice.

Las presentaciones en el Rio Suite comienzan a las 8 p.m. del 12 al 14 de Septiembre y a las 10 p.m. el 15 de Septiembre. El precio de los boletos es $125.

 

3rd. ANNUAL ROSARITO LIGHT AIRSHOW and MASTERS OF FREESTYLE HANG GLIDING

The third annual Rosarito Light Airshow and Masters of Freestyle Hang Gliding Contest Sept. 19, 20, 9 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Location: Rosarito, Mexico, on the beach at the beautiful Rosarito Beach Hotel and Spa, just 30 min. from San Diego. FREE TO THE PUBLIC!, a great family event!

An exciting freestyle hang glider competition and a variety of unusual light aircraft will be demonstrating special forms of light at this charming seaside resort. Marvel at the world's best hang glider pilots as they perform loops, roll-overs, and spins. For hotel reservations call (800) 343-8582 or (619) 498-8230. For general information contact: Aero Events (818) 715-9631 or dinoddd@juno.com

 

KPBS RADIO BRINGS SAN DIEGO THEATER TO THE AIRWAVES

KPBS Radio wrestles corporate demons with "Demonology," airing Labor Day, September 7, at 8 p.m. The play, which takes a provocative look at the state of corporate affairs, was adapted for radio after a successful run at San Diego's Sledgehammer Theater.

In "Demonology," suggestive e-mails, lurid hallucinations and evidence of sabotage threaten to undermine the authority of domineering male executive of a baby food company. Michael Flaster, KPBS associate general manager for programming, says the broadcast of "Demonology" is an opportunity to utilize KPBS' new facilities to celebrate home-grown talent. "Demonology" repeats Sunday, September 13, at 8 p.m.

 

IMAGINATIVE "MAN OF LA MANCHA"

"Man of La Mancha," the Broadway musical tale of Don Quixote, will be presented at the Moonlight Amphitheatre on September 9 through 20, in Vista's Brengle Terrace Park. The production will be directed and choreographed by Ray Limon, who recently was named the first Artistic Associate for the Moonlight Amphitheatre.

Set in a dungeon in Seville in the late 1500's, the show opens with the character of Cervantes being confronted with a mock court of fellow prisoners and ruffians, who have seized his prize possession of a manuscript. In order to save his novel from destruction, Cervantes distracts him fellow inmates by conjuring up an enactment of the manuscript. Which chronicles the adventures of the "knight of the woeful countenance" Don Quixote and his sidekick Sancho Panza.

The cast of dual role characters is led by Eric Anderson of Vista, who will portray Cervantes and the misguided hero of Don Quixote. Accomplished actress Gina Feliccia of Long Beach is cast in the role of Aldonza, the inn-keeper's serving girl, who Quixote imagines to be the lady Dulcinea, symbol of purity. Performances of "Man of La Mancha" are Wednesdays through Sundays at 8 p.m. at the outdoor amphitheatre located at 1200 Vale Terrace Drive in Brengle Terrace Park. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets from $12 to $26 for adults and are available in advance at the VisTix Ticket Office (651 East Vista Way, Vista) at (760) 724-2110.