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Friday, Aug 22
All Day (NEW!) Ongoing and Extended Events
12:00 PM 2014 San Diego Korean Film Festival
03:00 PM 2nd Annual Exitos del Cine Latino
06:00 PM 7th Annual Pala Rey Powwow
07:30 PM Stage: Sweeney Todd
08:00 PM Stage: The Two Gentlemen of Verona
09:00 PM Music: Toombao
Saturday, Aug 23
All Day (NEW!) Ongoing and Extended Events
12:00 PM Music: Patrick Berrogain (Gypsy Jazz)
01:00 PM 2nd Annual Exitos del Cine Latino
06:00 PM Music: Stacy Antonel Duo
06:00 PM 7th Annual Pala Rey Powwow
06:30 PM 2014 San Diego Korean Film Festival
08:00 PM Little Italy Summer Film Festival
08:00 PM Stage: The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Sunday, Aug 24
All Day (NEW!) Ongoing and Extended Events
12:00 PM 2014 San Diego Korean Film Festival
01:00 PM 2nd Annual Exitos del Cine Latino
02:00 PM House of Palestine Lawn Program
05:00 PM Stage: Sweeney Todd
05:30 PM Music: Japanese Koto With Reiko Obata
06:00 PM 7th Annual Pala Rey Powwow
07:30 PM San Diego Symphony Summer Pops with Ozomatli
08:00 PM Stage: The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Monday, Aug 25
All Day (NEW!) Ongoing and Extended Events
03:00 PM 2nd Annual Exitos del Cine Latino
06:30 PM Film: Cuban Fury
Tuesday, Aug 26
All Day (NEW!) Ongoing and Extended Events
05:00 PM 2nd Annual Exitos del Cine Latino
06:00 PM Thai Cooking Class
08:00 PM Stage: The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Wednesday, Aug 27
All Day (NEW!) Ongoing and Extended Events
05:00 PM 2nd Annual Exitos del Cine Latino
07:30 PM Music: Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra
08:00 PM Stage: The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Thursday, Aug 28
All Day (NEW!) Ongoing and Extended Events
05:00 PM 2nd Annual Exitos del Cine Latino
07:00 PM Music: Noche Bohemia featuring Besos De Coco
08:00 PM Stage: The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Friday, Aug 29
All Day (NEW!) Ongoing and Extended Events
06:00 PM 44th Annual Barona PowWow
06:00 PM Music: Choro Sotaque Trio
06:30 PM Cooking: Italy Al Fresco
08:00 PM Stage: The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Saturday, Aug 30
All Day 44th Annual Barona PowWow
All Day (NEW!) Ongoing and Extended Events
08:00 PM Music: Aloha Jam Series
08:00 PM Little Italy Summer Film Festival
08:00 PM Stage: The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Sunday, Aug 31
All Day 44th Annual Barona PowWow
All Day (NEW!) Ongoing and Extended Events
03:30 PM Music: Tinh He
05:00 PM Stage: Sweeney Todd
05:30 PM Music: Japanese Koto With Reiko Obata
07:30 PM Music: Tinh He
08:00 PM Stage: The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Monday, Sep 1
All Day 44th Annual Barona PowWow
All Day (NEW!) Ongoing and Extended Events
Tuesday, Sep 2
All Day (NEW!) Ongoing and Extended Events
08:00 PM Stage: The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Wednesday, Sep 3
All Day (NEW!) Ongoing and Extended Events
08:00 PM Stage: The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Thursday, Sep 4
All Day (NEW!) Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM Talk: Update on the Ukraine Crisis
08:00 PM Stage: The Two Gentlemen of Verona
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A stone's throw from the Gaslamp Quarter, on the corner of 3rd Avenue and J Street, lies the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum. The museum offers San Diegans an artifactual, pictorial and interactive look into the history of San Diego's Chinese-American inhabitants. Admission is an affordable $2. The museum features numerous cultural, historical and artistic displays as well as regularly held educational programs for children and adults. For a small extra fee the museum also offers docent-lead tours of the permanent collection and featured exhibits as well as tours of the remnants of San Diego's former Chinatown.
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Step under the archway entrance to the "village" and you will be greeted by a meandering plaza paved with pastel painted flagstones surrounded by stuccoed cottages with red tile roofs. In the center of the plaza sits a gazebo and a varied collection of charming trees and plants add to the air of quaint serenity. One of the more spectacular studios hosts the paintings of an artist named Lucy Wang, who for the past twenty years has been creating stunningly beautiful paintings that combine tradition-rich techniques of Chinese brush painting with her own path-breaking and innovative techniques.

By Jackie Hwang

Spanish Village Photos by Nuelma Patio
Additional Images: Lucy Wang

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The Center for World Music is a unique nonprofit organization whose mission is to foster awareness and understanding of the world's diverse performing arts and cultures through public performances and teaching. Its primary purpose is to draw public attention to the diversity of the world's performing arts traditions: Asian, African, European, Latin American, and American.

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Room to Read started with book donations to a rural community in Nepal. Founded by ex-Microsoft executive John Wood, they are now a global organization dedicated to promoting and enabling education through programs focused on literacy and gender equality in education. They achieve this goal by establishing school libraries, building schools, publishing local language children's books, training teachers on literacy education and supporting girls to complete secondary school with the life skills neccessary to succeed in school and beyond.

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Home to 48 million people, South Korea takes great pride in its traditions and history. A great example is its delightful food culture that, despite having influenced by other cultures over time, has remained unique among the world's cuisines.

By Julie Park

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Internationally popular, Taiko drumming is a relatively new performance tradition that employs traditional Japanese instruments in new and dramatic ways. Jazz drummer Daihachi Oguchi is credited with creating Kumi-daiko style of Taiko in 1951. The sound is exuberantly loud with complex rhythms and dramatic choreographed moves by performers which meld music with angular and precision movement (amplified in effect by black headbands), evoking a martial arts esthetic.

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We asked several San Diego nonprofits to write about their cross-cultural projects and efforts. Ken Barratt, the National Outreach Director for QBL (who is based here in San Diego), submitted the following report for our continuing Spotlight Series. In addition to describing the vital clean-water development work accomplished by the Quaker Bolivia Link, Barratt offers astute observations on why some development efforts succeed and why others fail.

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The music of Brazil is fundamental to its culture. Any traveler to Brazil can easily find music on the streets and beaches, outside restaurants, and in bars and houses. In Rio de Janeiro, Brazilians grow up playing drums, dancing and/or singing. Brazilian music was born five centuries ago out of the melding of different cultures: Portuguese, African, and the indigenous Amerindian. The two most successful musical genres to come out of Brazil are Samba and Bossa Nova.

By Hazel Villasin and Julie Park

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If you've never visited San Diego's Chicano Park, you might imagine that it is just another typical park: grass and trees, playgrounds and picnic tables, weekend gatherings of families and friends. However, unlike other parks, Chicano Park is steeped in a profound sociopolitical history of Chicano life in our city.

By Jordan Tresham and Tom Johnston-O'Neill
Photos by Shimona Carvalho

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