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Friday, Sep 30
All Day 15th Annual San Diego International Film Festival
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
03:30 PM Cabrillo Festival
04:00 PM La Mesa Oktoberfest
04:00 PM El Cajon Oktoberfest
07:30 PM Stage: Romeo and Juliet
08:00 PM Dance: Baila Para la Causa
08:00 PM Music: Pepe Aguilar
08:00 PM Comedy: Nemr
08:00 PM Stage: Tiger Style
08:00 PM Stage: Manifest Destinitis
08:00 PM Stage: Peerless
09:00 PM Jai Ho! Bollywood Dance Party
Saturday, Oct 1
All Day 15th Annual San Diego International Film Festival
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM La Mesa Oktoberfest
10:30 AM Salute to WW II Flying Tigers in China
11:00 AM Cabrillo Festival
11:00 AM 44th Annual Serbian Festival
11:00 AM Samba Workshop With Mishel Finlayson
12:00 PM El Cajon Oktoberfest
12:00 PM Carlsbad Oktoberfest
02:00 PM 8th Annual EdUCate Oktoberfest
02:00 PM Stage: Romeo and Juliet
06:00 PM SoCal October Mbira Get Together
07:00 PM Music: Ottmar Liebert
07:00 PM Italian Film: Ti Ricordi di Me?
07:30 PM Stage: Romeo and Juliet
08:00 PM West Side Story Goes Latin Jazz
08:00 PM Stage: Tiger Style
08:00 PM Stage: Manifest Destinitis
08:00 PM Stage: Peerless
Sunday, Oct 2
All Day 15th Annual San Diego International Film Festival
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM Encinitas Oktoberfest
10:00 AM La Mesa Oktoberfest
12:00 PM El Cajon Oktoberfest
02:00 PM Stage: Manifest Destinitis
02:00 PM Stage: Romeo and Juliet
02:00 PM Stage: Tiger Style
02:00 PM Stage: Peerless
04:00 PM International Day of Non-Violence
06:00 PM Mehregan Celebration
06:00 PM New Shanghai Circus
07:00 PM Stage: Manifest Destinitis
07:00 PM Stage: Tiger Style
Monday, Oct 3
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
04:00 PM Film and Discussion: Bicycle Stories
06:30 PM Chinese Film: Hooligan Sparrow
Tuesday, Oct 4
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
06:00 PM Multicultural Leadership for International Project Management
06:30 PM One Book One San Diego: 10th Anniversary Event with Diane Ackerman
07:00 PM Worldview Project International Book Club
07:00 PM Grossmont College Latino Film Festival
Wednesday, Oct 5
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
07:30 AM Italian Film Festival: Lo Chiamavano Jeeg Robot
05:00 PM The Power of One: The Holocaust in Bulgaria – with Aaron Cohen
07:00 PM Stage: Manifest Destinitis
Thursday, Oct 6
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
09:20 AM Mideast Peace Discussion with Sanford Lakoff
06:00 PM Multicultural Leadership for International Project Management
07:00 PM Italian Film Festival: Latin Lover & Io e Lei
07:00 PM Stage: Peerless
07:30 PM Stage: Blood Wedding
07:30 PM Stage: Romeo and Juliet
08:00 PM Stage: Manifest Destinitis
Friday, Oct 7
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
03:30 PM Ocean Beach Oktoberfest
04:00 PM El Cajon Oktoberfest
05:00 PM 2016 Polish Festival San Diego
07:00 PM Ancestral Community Healing
07:00 PM I Was Never Alone
07:30 PM Italian Film Festival: Il Racconto Dei Racconti
07:30 PM Stage: Blood Wedding
07:30 PM Jewish Classical Music Concert
07:30 PM Stage: Romeo and Juliet
08:00 PM Music: Omara Portuondo
08:00 PM Stage: Manifest Destinitis
08:00 PM Stage: Peerless
Saturday, Oct 8
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
09:00 AM Ocean Beach Oktoberfest
12:00 PM El Cajon Oktoberfest
02:00 PM 2016 Polish Festival San Diego
02:00 PM Stage: Blood Wedding
02:00 PM Music & Dance: PASACAT
02:00 PM Stage: Romeo and Juliet
02:25 PM Literary Tea Adventure With Eowyn Ivey
07:00 PM Noche Cubano
07:00 PM Music & Dance: Flamenco Arana
07:00 PM I Was Never Alone
07:30 PM Italian Film Festival: L’Arte Della Felicità
07:30 PM Stage: Blood Wedding
07:30 PM Music & Dance: PASACAT
07:30 PM Stage: Romeo and Juliet
08:00 PM Stage: Manifest Destinitis
08:00 PM Stage: Peerless
Sunday, Oct 9
All Day 22nd Annual Little Italy FESTA!
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
07:30 AM British Car Day
12:00 PM 2016 Polish Festival San Diego
12:00 PM El Cajon Oktoberfest
02:00 PM Talk: Socially Engaged Art in Rural China
02:00 PM Stage: Manifest Destinitis
02:00 PM Stage: Romeo and Juliet
02:00 PM Stage: Peerless
05:00 PM Italian Film Festival: Mangiamo Insieme & Shores of Light
05:00 PM Music: Sandeep Narayan
07:00 PM Stage: Manifest Destinitis
Monday, Oct 10
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Tuesday, Oct 11
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
07:00 PM Grossmont College Latino Film Festival
Wednesday, Oct 12
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
07:30 PM Italian Film Festival: Brutti, Sporchi E Cattivi
Thursday, Oct 13
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
07:00 PM SDIFF: Io e Lei & Vergine Giurata
07:30 PM Stage: Blood Wedding
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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.

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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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