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Saturday, Mar 28
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
08:00 AM San Diego Indian Music & Dance Festival
09:00 AM Chinese Master Painter Wu Yi
09:00 AM Chamorro Cultural Festival
10:30 AM Artist Talk: Lalla Essaydi
12:00 PM Balkan Fest 2015
01:00 PM Book Discussion: China Dolls
01:30 PM Film: Sudan’s Secret Side
01:30 PM Music: Taiko 3
02:00 PM Stage: The White Snake
07:00 PM 6th Annual Women in Jazz
07:30 PM Music: Pepe Aguilar
07:30 PM Stage: Anna in the Tropics
08:00 PM Stage: Oedipus El Rey
08:00 PM Stage: The White Snake
08:00 PM Stage: Our Lady of the Tortilla
09:00 PM 6th Annual Women in Jazz
Sunday, Mar 29
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
08:00 AM San Diego Indian Music & Dance Festival
02:00 PM Polonez Cultural Dance Series
02:00 PM House of Lebannon Lawn Program
02:00 PM Stage: Our Lady of the Tortilla
02:00 PM Stage: The White Snake
02:00 PM Stage: Anna in the Tropics
03:00 PM Festival of World Dances
03:00 PM The 2nd Annual Mariachi Festival
04:30 PM SDIFF Film Screening: La Scelta di Catia (Catia's Choice)
07:00 PM SDIFF Film Screening: La Scelta di Catia (Catia's Choice)
07:00 PM Stage: Oedipus El Rey
07:00 PM Stage: The White Snake
08:30 PM Music: Tsu Shi Ma Mire
Monday, Mar 30
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
06:30 PM French Film: On My Way (Elle s’en va)
Tuesday, Mar 31
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
07:00 PM Jewish Poetry Reading
07:00 PM Stage: The White Snake
Wednesday, Apr 1
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
07:00 PM Stage: The White Snake
Thursday, Apr 2
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
12:45 PM Talk: Jewish Approaches To Christianity During The 19th And Early 20th Century
08:00 PM Stage: The White Snake
08:00 PM Stage: Our Lady of the Tortilla
Friday, Apr 3
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
01:00 PM Film: Hannah Arendt
06:30 PM Tapas Cooking Class
07:00 PM Film: Hannah Arendt
07:00 PM Dance: E-Racism
08:00 PM Stage: The White Snake
08:00 PM Stage: Our Lady of the Tortilla
09:00 PM Music: The Wailers
Saturday, Apr 4
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
08:00 AM Lao New Year Festival San Diego
10:00 AM UCSD 37th Annual Cultural Celebration
11:30 AM 2015 San Diego Tartan Day
02:00 PM Stage: The White Snake
07:00 PM Dance: E-Racism
08:00 PM Stage: Our Lady of the Tortilla
08:00 PM Stage: The White Snake
Sunday, Apr 5
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
08:00 AM Lao New Year Festival San Diego
02:00 PM House of India Lawn Program
02:00 PM Stage: The White Snake
07:00 PM Stage: The White Snake
Monday, Apr 6
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
05:00 PM Lecture: Engendering Peace, Empowering Women in Africa
06:00 PM World Music Series: Afro-Cuban Music and Dance
Tuesday, Apr 7
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
06:30 PM Worldview Project International Book Club
07:00 PM Stage: The White Snake
Wednesday, Apr 8
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
07:00 PM Stage: The White Snake
Thursday, Apr 9
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
12:00 PM Art Stop: Latin American Art
07:00 PM Film: Una Piccola Impresa Meridionale (A Small Southern Enterprise)
08:00 PM Stage: The White Snake
Friday, Apr 10
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
08:00 PM Stage: The White Snake
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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• Senegal - Where Local Traditions and Modern Art Collide


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Cultural Tidings Archive

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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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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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