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Sunday, May 24
All Day Lebanese Cultural Festival
09:00 AM Portuguese Festival: Festa do Espirito Santo
10:00 AM Tijuana Market Hop
10:00 AM 35th Annual Ethnic Food Fair
01:00 PM Stage: Cabaret
02:00 PM Cultural Dance Series - Uditas Dance Arts
02:00 PM Stage: Beau Jest
02:00 PM Stage: Freud's Last Session
02:00 PM Stage: Arms and the Man
02:00 PM Stage: Lesson 443
04:00 PM Cultural Dance Series - Uditas Dance Arts
07:00 PM Stage: Arms and the Man
08:00 PM Music: Nancy Sit
Monday, May 25
06:30 PM Cooking Class: Capri Island Cuisine
Tuesday, May 26
06:00 PM Argentine Film: Clandestine Childhood (Infancia Clandestina)
07:00 PM Stage: Arms and the Man
07:30 PM Stage: Freud's Last Session
Wednesday, May 27
11:00 AM Discussion: Author J. Elke Ertle
02:00 PM Stage: Freud's Last Session
06:00 PM Cooking Class: Tuscan Cuisine
07:00 PM Stage: Arms and the Man
07:30 PM Stage: Freud's Last Session
Thursday, May 28
01:00 PM Talk: The History of the Silk Road
01:00 PM Stage: Cabaret
06:00 PM Talk on the 59th Commission on the Status of Women
06:30 PM Cooking Class: Jamaican Cuisine
07:30 PM Stage: Freud's Last Session
08:00 PM Music: Israel Maldonado
08:00 PM Stage: Cabaret
08:00 PM Stage: Arms and the Man
09:00 PM Music: Choro Sotaque with Choro Bastardo
Friday, May 29
All Day 17th Annual FilmOut San Diego LGBT Film Festival
06:30 PM Documentary Film & Discussion: El Poeta
07:00 PM Lucha Libre Ringside in Tijuana
07:30 PM Music: Billy Lee And The Swamp Critters
08:00 PM Stage: Arms and the Man
Saturday, May 30
All Day 17th Annual FilmOut San Diego LGBT Film Festival
11:00 AM Middle Eastern Day at the Rancho San Diego Library
12:00 PM International Paella & Wine Festival
12:00 PM Festival of Colors
01:00 PM Stage: Cabaret
02:00 PM Stage: Arms and the Man
03:30 PM Documentary Film & Discussion: El Poeta
04:00 PM Inaugural D6 Night Market
04:00 PM Stage: Freud's Last Session
08:00 PM Music: Latin Jazz al Fin
08:00 PM PechaKucha Night
08:00 PM Stage: Cabaret
08:00 PM Stage: Arms and the Man
Sunday, May 31
All Day House of Israel Lawn Program
All Day 17th Annual FilmOut San Diego LGBT Film Festival
01:00 PM Stage: Cabaret
02:00 PM Musical: Come from Away
02:00 PM Stage: Freud's Last Session
02:00 PM Stage: Arms and the Man
03:00 PM Selections From Porgy And Bess
03:30 PM Music: Irving Flores & Gilbert Castellanos
07:00 PM Musical: Come From Away
07:00 PM Musical: Come from Away
07:00 PM Stage: Arms and the Man
07:30 PM Stage: A Wandering Feast
Monday, Jun 1
07:00 PM Film: Omo Child - The River and the Bush
Tuesday, Jun 2
06:30 PM Worldview Project International Book Club
07:00 PM Stage: Arms and the Man
07:30 PM Musical: Come from Away
07:30 PM Stage: Freud's Last Session
Wednesday, Jun 3
02:00 PM Stage: Freud's Last Session
06:30 PM Jewish Film Festival, Jewish Directors on the Rise: Becca Roth
07:00 PM Stage: Arms and the Man
07:30 PM Musical: Come from Away
07:30 PM Stage: Freud's Last Session
Thursday, Jun 4
01:00 PM Stage: Cabaret
07:30 PM Stage: Freud's Last Session
08:00 PM Stage: Arms and the Man
08:00 PM Stage: Cabaret
Friday, Jun 5
12:00 PM 2015 Philippine American Celebration
05:00 PM Greek Festival
05:00 PM Friday Night Liberty
07:00 PM 13th Annual Beer & Sake Festival
08:00 PM Stage: Arms and the Man
Saturday, Jun 6
10:00 AM Philippine American Celebration
11:00 AM Greek Festival
01:00 PM Stage: Cabaret
02:00 PM Stage: Arms and the Man
04:00 PM Stage: Freud's Last Session
05:00 PM San Diego Diplomacy Council Annual Membership Meeting
08:00 PM Stage: Arms and the Man
08:00 PM Stage: Cabaret
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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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All Articles Al Jazeera Media Network 2015, Guardian News & Media Ltd 2014-15 or TheHuffingtonPost.com, Inc.
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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