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Saturday, Jul 4
All Day San Diego County Fair
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
12:00 PM Spain Celebrates July 4th
02:00 PM House of USA Lawn Program
02:00 PM Chicano-Con
07:30 PM Music: Chuyen 3 Nguoi
08:00 PM Italian Summer Film Festival
08:00 PM Stage: 84 Charing Cross Road
Sunday, Jul 5
All Day San Diego County Fair
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
02:00 PM House of USA Lawn Program
02:00 PM Stage: 84 Charing Cross Road
02:30 PM Oceanside Samoan Cultural Celebration
05:30 PM Film: The Iranian Cinematographers
08:00 PM Concert: Calibre 50 & Banda Carnaval
Monday, Jul 6
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
06:30 PM Passport to Italy Cooking Class
Tuesday, Jul 7
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
12:00 PM Oceanside Samoan Cultural Celebration
06:00 PM French Film: For A Woman (Pour Une Femme)
06:30 PM Music: Bi-Nacional de Mambo Orchestra
06:30 PM Worldview Project International Book Club
Wednesday, Jul 8
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
12:00 PM Oceanside Samoan Cultural Celebration
02:00 PM Music: Bayou Brothers
06:00 PM Comic Con International
07:00 PM Stage: The Pianist of Willesden Lane
Thursday, Jul 9
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Comic Con International
06:30 PM Persian Cuisine Cooking Class
07:00 PM Italian Film: Dillo con Parole Mie (Ginger and Cinnamon)
07:00 PM Stage: Fiddler on the Roof
07:30 PM Music: Spiros Exaras & Elio Villafranca
08:00 PM Outdoor International Film Series
08:00 PM Stage: The Pianist of Willesden Lane
Friday, Jul 10
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
02:00 PM Chicano-Con
02:00 PM Stage: Fiddler on the Roof
07:00 PM Stage: Fiddler on the Roof
08:00 PM Music: Maldita Vecindad
08:00 PM Stage: The Pianist of Willesden Lane
08:00 PM Stage: 84 Charing Cross Road
Saturday, Jul 11
All Day Surf Culture Art Showcase
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM Learn Chinese with Melody Lu
10:00 AM La Dolce Vita Con Arte
11:00 AM Oceanside Samoan Cultural Celebration
02:00 PM Chicano-Con
02:00 PM Stage: The Pianist of Willesden Lane
02:00 PM Stage: Fiddler on the Roof
07:00 PM Stage: Fiddler on the Roof
08:00 PM Stage: The Pianist of Willesden Lane
08:00 PM Italian Summer Film Festival
08:00 PM Stage: 84 Charing Cross Road
Sunday, Jul 12
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
02:00 PM House of France Lawn Program
02:00 PM Stage: Fiddler on the Roof
02:00 PM Stage: The Pianist of Willesden Lane
02:00 PM Stage: 84 Charing Cross Road
07:00 PM Stage: The Pianist of Willesden Lane
Monday, Jul 13
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Tuesday, Jul 14
All Day Free Admission to Museum of San Diego History
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Wednesday, Jul 15
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
07:00 PM Stage: The Pianist of Willesden Lane
Thursday, Jul 16
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
07:00 PM Stage: Fiddler on the Roof
07:30 PM Italian Film: Dillo con Parole Mie (Ginger and Cinnamon)
08:00 PM Stage: The Pianist of Willesden Lane
Friday, Jul 17
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
06:00 PM Dance: Salsa Night
07:00 PM Stage: Fiddler on the Roof
08:00 PM Stage: The Pianist of Willesden Lane
08:00 PM Stage: 84 Charing Cross Road
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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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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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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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