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Saturday, Jun 25
All Day 31st Annual Philippine Cultural Arts Festival
All Day San Diego County Fair
All Day San Diego Fringe Festival
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
09:00 AM San Diego Scottish Highland Games
11:00 AM Passport to Adventure Odissi Performance
12:30 PM Tijuana Food and Culture Tour
02:00 PM Book Signing: Elephant and the Indians
04:00 PM Taiwan Cinema Spotlight: LGBT Cinema
07:00 PM Music: Kourosh Taghavi
07:00 PM Taiwan Cinema Spotlight: LGBT Cinema
07:30 PM Music: Bang Kieu and Mai Thien Van
07:30 PM Nations of San Diego International Dance Festival
08:00 PM Cinema Under the Stars: Chocolat
08:00 PM Stage: Macbeth
08:00 PM Little Italy Summer Film Festival
09:00 PM Music: Quel Bordel
Sunday, Jun 26
All Day House of Sweden, A Swedish Midsummer
All Day San Diego County Fair
All Day San Diego Fringe Festival
All Day 31st Annual Philippine Cultural Arts Festival
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
09:00 AM San Diego Scottish Highland Games
04:00 PM Nations of San Diego International Dance Festival
04:00 PM Taiwan Cinema Spotlight: LGBT Cinema
05:00 PM Rang Tarang Indian Variety Show
07:00 PM Taiwan Cinema Spotlight: LGBT Cinema
08:00 PM Music: Quel Bordel
08:00 PM Stage: Macbeth
08:00 PM Cinema Under the Stars: Chocolat
Monday, Jun 27
All Day San Diego Fringe Festival
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Tuesday, Jun 28
All Day San Diego County Fair
All Day San Diego Fringe Festival
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
07:30 PM Stage: Last Tiger in Haiti
08:00 PM Stage: Macbeth
Wednesday, Jun 29
All Day San Diego County Fair
All Day San Diego Fringe Festival
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
06:00 PM Filipino-American Food Pop-Up
07:30 PM Stage: Last Tiger in Haiti
08:00 PM Stage: Macbeth
Thursday, Jun 30
All Day San Diego County Fair
All Day San Diego Fringe Festival
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM Talk: Sri Lanka after Rajapakse
06:00 PM Music: Quel Bordel
07:30 PM Nations of San Diego International Dance Festival
08:00 PM Stage: Last Tiger in Haiti
08:00 PM Stage: Macbeth
Friday, Jul 1
All Day San Diego County Fair
All Day San Diego Fringe Festival
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
07:30 PM Nations of San Diego International Dance Festival
08:00 PM Stage: Last Tiger in Haiti
08:00 PM Stage: Macbeth
Saturday, Jul 2
All Day San Diego County Fair
All Day San Diego Fringe Festival
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
06:00 PM Nations of San Diego International Dance Festival
08:00 PM Music: Cumbia Machin (Latin, Tejano)
08:00 PM Stage: Last Tiger in Haiti
08:00 PM Stage: Macbeth
08:00 PM Little Italy Summer Film Festival
Sunday, Jul 3
All Day San Diego County Fair
All Day San Diego Fringe Festival
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
02:00 PM Tropical Breeze-Hawaiian Hula and Concert
02:00 PM Stage: Last Tiger in Haiti
07:00 PM Stage: Last Tiger in Haiti
08:00 PM Stage: Macbeth
Monday, Jul 4
All Day San Diego County Fair
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Tuesday, Jul 5
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
07:00 PM Worldview Project International Book Club
07:30 PM Stage: Last Tiger in Haiti
08:00 PM Stage: Macbeth
Wednesday, Jul 6
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
07:30 PM Stage: Last Tiger in Haiti
08:00 PM Stage: Macbeth
Thursday, Jul 7
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
08:00 PM Stage: Macbeth
08:00 PM Stage: Last Tiger in Haiti
Friday, Jul 8
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
08:00 PM Stage: Macbeth
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Today San Diego's Little Italy is a bustling commercial, dining and entertainment district. But more than a half century ago, it was a largely residential area populated by Italian families, most of which were involved in San Diego's thriving tuna industry. Over the next few decades, Little Italy became a self-contained neighborhood with its own grocery stores, bakeries, restaurants, a Catholic church, an elementary school, a drugstore, and a fire department. Then a half century ago the community was cut in half by the expansion of San Diego's freeway system, devastating a once thriving community. Read about Little Italy's rich past and about local efforts to preserve the neighborhood's unique ethnic character and identity.

By Tony Rocco
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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