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Wednesday, Jul 29
All Day 2015 San Diego Fringe Festival
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM Exhibition: Maletas Migrantes
07:30 PM Stage: Dogfight
Thursday, Jul 30
All Day 2015 San Diego Fringe Festival
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM Exhibition: Maletas Migrantes
01:00 PM Lecture: Textiles for the Head
07:30 PM Stage: Dogfight
08:00 PM Outdoor International Film Festival: Collection of Short Films
08:00 PM Stage: Tartuffe
Friday, Jul 31
All Day 2015 San Diego Fringe Festival
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM Latin American Festival and Marta Ortiz Pottery Market
10:00 AM Exhibition: Maletas Migrantes
02:00 PM Tuareg Jeweller of the Shara Desert
04:45 PM 32nd Annual Mahatma Gandhi Awards
05:30 PM Brazilian Music: Choro Cientifico
08:00 PM Stage: Tartuffe
08:00 PM Stage: Dogfight
Saturday, Aug 1
All Day 2015 San Diego Fringe Festival
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM Native American Cultural Festival: South Bayfront PowWow
10:00 AM Latin American Festival and Marta Ortiz Pottery Market
11:00 AM Exhibition: Maletas Migrantes
03:00 PM Stage: Dogfight
04:00 PM Islands Dancers of San Diego
04:00 PM Comedy: DiAsians
04:00 PM Island Vibe Music Festival
06:00 PM Comedy: DiAsians
07:00 PM Dance: Viva Italia
08:00 PM Stage: Tartuffe
08:00 PM Stage: Dogfight
08:00 PM Italian Summer Film Festival
Sunday, Aug 2
All Day 2015 San Diego Fringe Festival
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM Latin American Festival and Marta Ortiz Pottery Market
10:00 AM Native American Cultural Festival: South Bayfront PowWow
10:00 AM Exhibit: Lindu & Friends - Indonesian Contemporary Works of Art
11:00 AM Exhibition: Maletas Migrantes
02:00 PM House of Lithuania Lawn Program
02:00 PM Dance: Viva Italia
02:00 PM Stage: Tartuffe
02:00 PM Stage: Dogfight
04:30 PM Dance: Viva Italia
07:00 PM Stage: Dogfight
08:00 PM Maria Bermudez Sonidos Gitanos Flamenco
Monday, Aug 3
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Tuesday, Aug 4
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
06:30 PM Worldview Project International Book Club
Wednesday, Aug 5
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
07:30 PM Stage: Dogfight
Thursday, Aug 6
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
07:00 PM A Taste of Morocco
07:30 PM Stage: Dogfight
08:00 PM Stage: Tartuffe
Friday, Aug 7
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
08:00 PM Stage: Tartuffe
08:00 PM Stage: Dogfight
Saturday, Aug 8
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
11:00 AM Exhibition: Maletas Migrantes
01:00 PM Japan Festival
03:00 PM Stage: Dogfight
05:30 PM Music and Dance: Nós de Chita
08:00 PM Africa One Concert
08:00 PM Stage: Tartuffe
08:00 PM Stage: Dogfight
08:00 PM Italian Summer Film Festival
Sunday, Aug 9
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
12:00 AM Italian Summer Film Festival
10:00 AM Exhibit: Lindu & Friends - Indonesian Contemporary Works of Art
11:00 AM Exhibition: Maletas Migrantes
02:00 PM House of Panama Lawn Program
02:00 PM Stage: Tartuffe
02:00 PM Stage: Dogfight
07:00 PM Stage: Dogfight
Monday, Aug 10
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Tuesday, Aug 11
All Day Free Admission to Museum of San Diego History
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
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The City of San Diego is home to one of the most vital and culturally diverse populations to be found anywhere in America. The Participant Observer is a web magazine dedicated to discovering and showcasing the wide variety of culturally interesting events, people, places and organizations our city has to offer. Our continuously updated Events Calendar provides comprehensive information about current and forthcoming events in San Diego. In addition to covering local events, The Participant Observer publishes features and articles about cultural events and phenomena happening around the world. We urge you to explore the many other resources our site provides.


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The Convoy Corridor, in Kearny Mesa, nestled in between the 805, 52 and 163 freeways, is home to more than 200 Asian-American owned businesses. Though known to many in San Diego as the place to go to fulfill cravings for authentic Korean and Chinese (and Japanese and Thai and Vietnamese . . .) food, this area includes a variety of cultural and entertainment offerings appealing and open to all.

by Sarah Lee Cover
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Kourosh Taghavi, instrumentalist, vocalist and Persian classical musician boasts a passionate approach to music that has impacted audiences around the world. His collaborative projects with master musicians and local cultural organizations work to fulfill his lifelong dream to promote Persian classical music. More recently, his ongoing efforts with the Center for World Music bring the setar and Iranian culture to San Diego school districts through hands-on instruction in Persian classical music.


By Amanda Kelly
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Wu Man is a Chinese pipa player, who has become renowned outside of China for her musical creativity and skill. Residing in San Diego, Wu Man has performed with symphonies and concert halls around the world. She has also performed and recorded with the Kronos Quartet, the Silk Road Ensemble (with Yoyo Ma) and with many other acclaimed world musicians. In 2013 she was selected as the "Instrumentalist of the Year" by Musical America magazine.

The pipa is a unique instrument that has evolved over centuries in China. Following our interview with Wu Man, we explain what makes the pipa unique, it's long history and varied playing styles.

By Xuedi (Gina) Yuan.
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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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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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