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Tuesday, Oct 13
All Day Free Admission to Museum of San Diego History
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
07:00 PM Symposium: Indian Thought and the Contemporary World
07:30 PM Italian Film Festival: O’Mast
Wednesday, Oct 14
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
05:30 PM Book Discussion: Nuclear Lies, Deceptions and Hypocrisies
06:00 PM Talk Series: Intersectionality, Community, and the Mission of Ethnic Studies
07:30 PM Italian Film Festival: Zoran, Il Mio Nipote Cemo
08:00 PM Dance: Huang Yi and His Robot KUKA
08:00 PM Music & Poetry: Celebrating Neruda
Thursday, Oct 15
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM Talk: Saudi Arabian Regional Influence
12:15 PM Talk: Preventing Gun Violence, Namibia and the U.S.
07:00 PM Italian Film Festival: Zoran, Il Mio Nipote Scemo
07:30 PM Italian Film Festival: Perez
Friday, Oct 16
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
07:30 PM Italian Film Festival: Il Venditore Di Medicine
Saturday, Oct 17
All Day Re-membering Our Ancestors Discovering Ourselves
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM Temecula Greek Festival
10:00 AM Arch(aeology) in the Park
12:00 PM House of Czech and Slovak Republics Lawn Program
02:00 PM Escondido Roots Series: Brazil
02:00 PM Kokedama: Japanese Moss Garden Workshop
03:00 PM Festival of Lights Diwali Celebration
05:30 PM Room to Read Art and Fashion Show
06:30 PM Dance and Music: Nomad Culture
07:00 PM Italian Film Festival: Il Nome Del Figlio
07:30 PM Zoltán Mága: Music from Budapest with Love
Sunday, Oct 18
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
11:00 AM Temecula Greek Festival
02:00 PM House of Czech and Slovak Republics Lawn Program
07:30 PM Italian Film Festival: Smetto Quando Voglio
07:30 PM Bollywood Masala Orchestra and Dancers of India
09:00 PM Asian Food & Crafts Fair
Monday, Oct 19
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Tuesday, Oct 20
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM Free Admission to Mingei International Museum
10:00 AM Free Admission to Japanese Friendship Garden
Wednesday, Oct 21
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Thursday, Oct 22
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM Talk: Middle East Conflict Humanitarian Impacts
08:00 PM Music: La Santa Cecilia
Friday, Oct 23
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
08:00 PM Music: Alfredo Rodríguez Trio
Saturday, Oct 24
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
04:00 PM Otsukimi Moon Viewing
06:00 PM German Currents Film Festival Opening Night
Sunday, Oct 25
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM German Currents Film Festival
12:30 PM German Currents Film Festival
05:30 PM German Currents Film Festival
08:30 PM German Currents Film Festival
Monday, Oct 26
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
01:00 PM Talk: The Foreign Policy Process - Technology, Change, and History
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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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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 the Little Italy Association's efforts to preserve the neighborhood's unique ethnic character and identity.

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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.

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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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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.

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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

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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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