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Saturday, Nov 1
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM Sherman Heights Día de los Muertos
10:00 AM Día de los Muertos Arts and Crafts
11:00 AM Exhibit: Works of Ye Hongxing
12:00 PM Izcalli Dia De Los Muertos
12:00 PM Old Town Dia De Los Muertos
01:00 PM Dia de los Muertos at NTC
02:00 PM Dia de los Muertos Retablo Painting Workshop
02:00 PM Stage: Anton Shorts
04:00 PM Dia de los Muertos Art Crawl Party
06:00 PM Escondido Dia De Los Muertos Festival
06:00 PM Music: Mharo Pranam
06:30 PM Italian Film: Bread & Chocolate
07:00 PM Music: Charmaine Clamor
07:00 PM Music: Noche Cubana
07:30 PM Stage: Mexico...Vive Su Folklor
07:30 PM Music: Latin American Sketches
07:30 PM Stage: Water By The Spoonful
07:30 PM Stage: Anton Shorts
08:00 PM Stage: Henry V
08:00 PM Stage: The Hunchback of Notre Dame
08:00 PM Stage: Johnny Tenorio
Sunday, Nov 2
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
12:00 PM Dia De Los Muertos Goes Secular
12:00 PM Old Town Dia De Los Muertos
12:00 PM Exhibition: Works of Li Huai
01:00 PM Dia De Los Muertos Celebration
02:00 PM International Cottage Sampler Program
02:00 PM Stage: The Hunchback of Notre Dame
02:00 PM Talk: Susan Vreeland
02:00 PM Stage: Water By The Spoonful
02:00 PM Stage: Anton Shorts
03:00 PM Stage: Henry V
06:00 PM Día de los Muertos Candlelight Procession
07:00 PM Stage: The Hunchback of Notre Dame
07:30 PM Stage: Henry V
Monday, Nov 3
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM Exhibition: Reunifying Hideyoshi
06:30 PM Talk: Filipina Voices
06:30 PM French Film: My Afternoons with Margueritte
Tuesday, Nov 4
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
06:30 PM Worldview Project International Book Club
07:30 PM Stage: The Hunchback of Notre Dame
07:30 PM Stage: Anton Shorts
08:00 PM Stage: Henry V
Wednesday, Nov 5
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
05:00 PM Chidren's Dia De Los Muertos
06:30 PM Talk: Filipinos in San Diego
07:00 PM Italian Film: Finding the Mother Lode
07:30 PM Stage: Water By The Spoonful
07:30 PM Stage: The Hunchback of Notre Dame
07:30 PM Stage: Anton Shorts
08:00 PM Stage: Henry V
Thursday, Nov 6
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
11:00 AM 14th Annual Diversity Employment Day Career Fair
06:00 PM Tower After Hours: India
06:00 PM House of Mexico Celebrates 10th Anniversary
07:00 PM 15th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival
07:00 PM Stage: Calender Girls
07:30 PM Stage: Water By The Spoonful
07:30 PM Stage: Anton Shorts
08:00 PM Stage: Henry V
08:00 PM Stage: The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Friday, Nov 7
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
05:00 PM Friday Night Liberty
07:00 PM French Film: The Intouchables
07:00 PM Stage: Calender Girls
07:00 PM 15th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival
07:30 PM Stage: Anton Shorts
07:30 PM Stage: Water By The Spoonful
08:00 PM Stage: Henry V
08:00 PM Stage: The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Saturday, Nov 8
All Day San Diego Jewish Book Fair
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
11:00 AM Talk: The Battle of San Pasqual
01:00 PM Native American Heritage Month Celebration
02:00 PM Stage: The Hunchback of Notre Dame
06:00 PM Tribute to Frida Kahlo: Opening Reception
07:00 PM 15th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival
07:30 PM Stage: Water By The Spoonful
08:00 PM Stage: Calender Girls
08:00 PM Stage: Henry V
08:00 PM Stage: The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Sunday, Nov 9
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
All Day San Diego Jewish Book Fair
12:00 PM Exhibition: Works of Li Huai
02:00 PM Stage: Calender Girls
02:00 PM Stage: Water By The Spoonful
02:00 PM Stage: The Hunchback of Notre Dame
03:00 PM Stage: Henry V
07:00 PM Stage: The Hunchback of Notre Dame
07:00 PM 15th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival
07:30 PM Stage: Henry V
Monday, Nov 10
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
All Day San Diego Jewish Book Fair
10:00 AM Exhibition: Reunifying Hideyoshi
07:00 PM 15th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival
Tuesday, Nov 11
All Day Free Admission to Museum of San Diego History
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
All Day San Diego Jewish Book Fair
07:00 PM 15th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival
07:30 PM Stage: The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Wednesday, Nov 12
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
All Day San Diego Jewish Book Fair
07:00 PM 15th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival
Thursday, Nov 13
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
All Day San Diego Jewish Book Fair
07:00 PM Stage: Calender Girls
07:00 PM 15th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival
Friday, Nov 14
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
All Day San Diego Jewish Book Fair
07:00 PM Stage: Calender Girls
07:00 PM 15th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival
08:30 PM Music: David Wax Museum
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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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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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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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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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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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