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Saturday, Jan 31
All Day San Diego Black Film Festival 2015
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
11:00 AM Chinese New Year Carnival
01:00 PM Stage: The King and I
02:00 PM Stage: Venus
02:00 PM Stage: The Lion in Winter
03:00 PM Dance: Collage 2015 - Innovation
06:30 PM Viennese Nights: A Traditional Waltz Ball
07:00 PM Dance: Collage 2015 - Innovation
07:30 PM Stage: Venus
07:30 PM Stage: The Lion in Winter
08:00 PM Music: Mo' Rhythm - Monette Marino in Concert
08:00 PM Stage: The King and I
08:00 PM Stage: Sons of the Prophet
Sunday, Feb 1
All Day San Diego Black Film Festival 2015
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
11:00 AM Lean How to Make French Macarons
01:00 PM Stage: The King and I
02:00 PM Opera: La Bohθme
02:00 PM Stage: The Lion in Winter
02:00 PM Stage: Sons of the Prophet
06:00 PM Music & Dance: Besos de Coco
Monday, Feb 2
12:00 PM Music: Allison Adams Tucker
06:00 PM Cooking Class: Cavatelli
06:30 PM Italian Film: Garibaldi's Lovers
Tuesday, Feb 3
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
06:30 PM Worldview Project International Book Club
Wednesday, Feb 4
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
02:30 PM Sumi-E Painting Class
06:30 PM Risotto Workshop
07:30 PM Stage: Venus
07:30 PM Stage: Sons of the Prophet
Thursday, Feb 5
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
01:00 PM Stage: The King and I
05:30 PM Film: Waking in Oak Creek
06:00 PM Culture & Cocktails: Havana Nights
06:00 PM Thai Cultural Dinner & Networking Event
07:30 PM Stage: Venus
07:30 PM Stage: Sons of the Prophet
08:00 PM Stage: The King and I
Friday, Feb 6
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
07:00 PM Friday Night Liberty
07:30 PM Stage: Venus
08:00 PM Stage: Kodo Taiko
Saturday, Feb 7
06:00 PM Stage: Viva Italia
07:30 PM Stage: Venus
08:00 PM Stage: Sons of the Prophet
Sunday, Feb 8
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
01:00 PM Stage: The King and I
02:00 PM Stage: Viva Italia
02:00 PM Dance: Collage 2015 - Innovation
02:00 PM Stage: Sons of the Prophet
04:30 PM Stage: Viva Italia
06:00 PM Music: Choro Sotaque
Monday, Feb 9
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Tuesday, Feb 10
All Day Free Admission to Museum of San Diego History
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Wednesday, Feb 11
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
02:30 PM Sumi-E Painting Class
Thursday, Feb 12
07:00 PM Film: Il Comandante E La Cicogna (Garibaldi's Lovers)
07:30 PM Stage: Sons of the Prophet
Friday, Feb 13
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
05:00 PM Lunar New Year Tet Festival
07:30 PM Dance: Collage 2015 - Innovation
08:00 PM Stage: Sons of the Prophet
The San Diego Participant Observer
San Diego's Resource Magazine for Multicultural and International
Events, Places and People

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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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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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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