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Saturday, Feb 28
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
09:00 AM World Thinking Day
09:00 AM Exhibit: Photographs From National Geographic
10:00 AM Exhibit: 7 Billion Others
10:00 AM Exhibit: Black Dolls
02:00 PM Chinese New Year Author Reading
02:00 PM Wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medical Science
03:00 PM Stage: James Baldwin - Portrait of a Writer
07:30 PM Stage: Hamlet
08:00 PM Mariachi Ensemble and Okinawan Folk Concert
Sunday, Mar 1
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM Exhibit: 7 Billion Others
10:00 AM Exhibit: Black Dolls
01:00 PM Exhibit: Photographs From National Geographic
01:00 PM Film: Taxi to the Dark Side
02:00 PM HPR Queens Organization
03:00 PM Stage: James Baldwin - Portrait of a Writer
07:00 PM Music: El Corazon Expuesto
07:00 PM 7th Annual Brasil Jazz Festa
07:30 PM Music: Yemen Blues
Monday, Mar 2
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
09:00 AM Exhibit: Photographs From National Geographic
01:00 PM Afrofuturism in Comics and Science Fiction
02:00 PM Tonga Arts and Kava Ceremony
06:00 PM World Music Series: West African Music
Tuesday, Mar 3
09:00 AM Exhibit: Photographs From National Geographic
10:00 AM Exhibit: 7 Billion Others
06:30 PM Worldview Project International Book Club
Wednesday, Mar 4
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
09:00 AM Exhibit: Photographs From National Geographic
10:00 AM Mardi Gras King's Cake
10:00 AM Exhibit: 7 Billion Others
10:00 AM Exhibit: Black Dolls
Thursday, Mar 5
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
09:00 AM Exhibit: Photographs From National Geographic
10:00 AM Exhibit: 7 Billion Others
10:00 AM Exhibit: Black Dolls
12:00 PM Lecture: Cuban Contemporary Art
Friday, Mar 6
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM Exhibit: 7 Billion Others
10:00 AM Exhibit: Black Dolls
05:30 PM Choro Cientifico
07:00 PM Film: Thermae Romae
07:30 PM Concert: Colors of Latin Jazz
07:30 PM Music: Río Roma
Saturday, Mar 7
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
09:00 AM Exhibit: Photographs From National Geographic
10:00 AM 10th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival
10:00 AM Exhibit: Black Dolls
11:00 AM CRY Holi Festival
02:00 PM House of Austria Lawn Program
07:30 PM Stage: Hamlet
Sunday, Mar 8
10:00 AM Exhibit: 7 Billion Others
11:00 AM 10th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival
02:00 PM International Women's Day
02:00 PM House of Austria Lawn Program
Monday, Mar 9
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
09:00 AM Exhibit: Photographs From National Geographic
01:00 PM Indigo Dyeing
06:00 PM World Music Series: Ireland
Tuesday, Mar 10
All Day Free Admission to Museum of San Diego History
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
09:00 AM Exhibit: Photographs From National Geographic
10:00 AM Exhibit: 7 Billion Others
10:00 AM Exhibit: Black Dolls
Wednesday, Mar 11
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
09:00 AM Exhibit: Photographs From National Geographic
10:00 AM Exhibit: 7 Billion Others
10:00 AM Exhibit: Black Dolls
Thursday, Mar 12
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM Exhibit: 7 Billion Others
10:00 AM Exhibit: Black Dolls
Friday, Mar 13
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
09:00 AM Exhibit: Photographs From National Geographic
10:00 AM Exhibit: Black Dolls
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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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• Calexico and Mexicali, Twin Cities Separated at Birth
• Nepal's Women of the Terai Arc Become Forest Conservationists
• Racing Through Frozen Wilderness in The Yukon
• Condom Maker's Shares Surge After South Korea Legalises Adultery
• How Social Workers are Changing Lives for the Waste Pickers of Dhaka
• Coming of Age in Seoul
• International School Meals Day: From the U.S., Central African Republic to Syria
• Berbers in the High Atlas Mountains
• Real Street Food: Pepian from Guatemala
• Travel the World With 7 Great Books in Translation
• On the Trail of Africa's Biggest International Bike Race
• Uproar as Rome's School Menus Include Fish 'n' Chips and Other European Classics
• Ecuador Launches New Digital Currency - But Most Residents Know Little About it
• An Arab Spring of Love Matters - Al Hubb Thaqafa Defies Sexual Taboos
• How Girl Activists Helped to Ban Child Marriage in Malawi
• Ahalil: Music of the Red Oasis
• Volunteers Open Jordan's First Skate Park
• Food for Thought: Chewing to Stave off Disease



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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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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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