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Monday, Apr 27
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Tuesday, Apr 28
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
05:00 PM Talk: China's Economic Strategy in the Midst of the New Normal
05:00 PM Talk: The Giant Stumbles in Brazil
06:00 PM Documentary: El Poeta
06:20 PM Talk: Examining Political Violence in the Middle East
06:30 PM Discussion: The Poetics of Mexican-American Transition
07:30 PM Exhibit: Chontal People of Oaxaca
07:30 PM Stage: Freud's Last Session
Wednesday, Apr 29
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
11:00 AM Contemporary French Ceramics
06:00 PM Indian World Music
07:30 PM Stage: Freud's Last Session
Thursday, Apr 30
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
11:00 AM Contemporary French Ceramics
01:00 PM Lecture: Chinese Paintings
05:00 PM Talk: Women's Rights and Democracy in Brazil
07:00 PM Film: Va' Pensiero (Walking Stories)
07:00 PM English Renaissance Folk Dance
07:30 PM Stage: Freud's Last Session
Friday, May 1
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM International Day: Multicultural Displays and Music
11:00 AM Contemporary French Ceramics
04:00 PM House of Poland Lawn Program: Polish Constitution Day
05:30 PM American Indian Collection Exhibition
05:30 PM May Day in the May Gallery
07:00 PM Stage: Les Misérables
08:00 PM Stage: The Balcony
Saturday, May 2
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM Hawaiian Cultural Festival: Ho'olaule
10:00 AM Escondido Renaissance Faire
11:00 AM Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo
11:00 AM Exhibition: Art by Ebony G. Patterson
11:00 AM Contemporary French Ceramics
12:00 PM Stage: Les Misérables
03:00 PM Latin Food & Wine Festival
03:00 PM House of Poland Lawn Program: Polish Constitution Day
04:00 PM Stage: Freud's Last Session
05:00 PM A Taste of Italy Spring Gala
06:00 PM Festive Mexican Dinner
07:00 PM Amadou Fall & Thalma de Freitas
07:00 PM Stage: Les Misérables
08:00 PM Stage: The Balcony
Sunday, May 3
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM Hawaiian Cultural Festival: Ho'olaule
10:00 AM Escondido Renaissance Faire
11:00 AM Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo
11:00 AM Contemporary French Ceramics
12:00 PM House of Poland Lawn Program: Polish Constitution Day
02:00 PM Stage: The Balcony
06:00 PM Stage: Les Misérables
Monday, May 4
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
11:00 AM Contemporary French Ceramics
06:00 PM World Music Series: Javanese Music and Dance
Tuesday, May 5
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
11:00 AM Contemporary French Ceramics
06:30 PM Music: MARIACHI AZTECA DE SAN DIEGO
06:30 PM Worldview Project International Book Club
07:30 PM Music: Gamelan Ensemble and Mariachi Ensemble Concert
07:30 PM Stage: Freud's Last Session
Wednesday, May 6
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
11:00 AM Contemporary French Ceramics
07:30 PM Stage: Freud's Last Session
Thursday, May 7
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
11:00 AM Contemporary French Ceramics
07:00 PM English Renaissance Folk Dance
07:30 PM Stage: Freud's Last Session
Friday, May 8
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
11:00 AM Contemporary French Ceramics
02:00 PM Talk: Islam as a World Religion and Developmental Paths in the Islamicate Civilization
07:00 PM Stage: Les Misérables
08:00 PM City Ballet: Don Quixote
Saturday, May 9
All Day Don Quijote in the Park Day
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM Asian Cultural Festival
10:30 AM Cacao Fest 2015
11:00 AM Exhibition: Art by Ebony G. Patterson
11:00 AM Contemporary French Ceramics
12:00 PM Stage: Les Misérables
04:00 PM Stage: Freud's Last Session
07:00 PM Stage: Les Misérables
08:00 PM City Ballet: Don Quixote
Sunday, May 10
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
11:00 AM Contemporary French Ceramics
02:00 PM City Ballet: Don Quixote
06:00 PM Stage: Les Misérables
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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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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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