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Saturday, Mar 25
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
9:00 AM Chamorro Cultural Festival
10:00 AM Women's International Film Festival San Diego
11:00 AM San Diego Sings! Festival
11:00 AM Tequila & Taco Music Festival
11:00 AM Japanese Brush Painting Art Exhibition
1:00 PM Vivaldi's 'The Four Seasons' & 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'
1:00 PM Nowruz, the Persian New Year Celebration
3:00 PM Miso Making Workshop
7:00 PM Music and Dance: Noche Cubana
8:00 PM Stage: Red Velvet
8:00 PM Stage: The Dresser
Sunday, Mar 26
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
9:00 AM Women's International Film Festival San Diego
11:00 AM House of Iran: Persian New Year Celebration
11:00 AM Japanese Brush Painting Art Exhibition
11:30 AM Tequila and Taco Music Festival
12:00 PM 24th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival
1:00 PM Brazilian Carnaval
1:00 PM Reception for Art Exhibit: Street Photography around the World
2:00 PM Muslim Ban Town Hall
2:00 PM Stage: The Dresser
7:00 PM Stage: Red Velvet
Monday, Mar 27
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Tuesday, Mar 28
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
7:00 PM Stage: Red Velvet
7:30 PM Talk: Asian Pacific Islander Americans and the Formation of San Diego
Wednesday, Mar 29
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
6:00 PM Talk: The Philippines Under President Duterte
7:00 PM Stage: Red Velvet
Thursday, Mar 30
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
9:00 AM Talk: Jack Bowsher
7:30 PM Book Talk on Umberto Saba's "Ernesto"
8:00 PM Music: Tinariwen
8:00 PM Stage: Red Velvet
Friday, Mar 31
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
7:30 PM Stage: Halo-Halo
7:30 PM Stage: South of the 8
8:00 PM Stage: The Dresser
8:00 PM Stage: Red Velvet
Saturday, Apr 1
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
9:00 AM Scottish Tartan Day
11:00 AM Latin American Art Festival
2:00 PM Stage: Red Velvet
2:00 PM Stage: Halo-Halo
2:30 PM Stage: South of the 8
7:30 PM Stage: Halo-Halo
7:30 PM Stage: South of the 8
8:00 PM Stage: Red Velvet
Sunday, Apr 2
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
11:00 AM Latin American Art Festival
1:00 PM 4th Annual Mariachi Festival
2:00 PM Stage: Red Velvet
2:00 PM Stage: The Dresser
2:00 PM Stage: Halo-Halo
3:00 PM Indian Music and Dance Festival
6:00 PM Music: Bossa Brazil
7:00 PM Stage: Red Velvet
Monday, Apr 3
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
7:00 PM Indian Music and Dance Festival
Tuesday, Apr 4
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
6:30 PM Indian Music and Dance Festival
7:00 PM Worldview Project International Book Club
7:00 PM Stage: Red Velvet
Wednesday, Apr 5
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
6:30 PM Indian Music and Dance Festival
7:00 PM Stage: Red Velvet
Thursday, Apr 6
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
6:30 PM Indian Music and Dance Festival
7:30 PM Stage: Halo-Halo
8:00 PM Stage: Red Velvet
Friday, Apr 7
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
6:30 PM Indian Music and Dance Festival
7:30 PM Stage: Halo-Halo
8:00 PM Stage: The Dresser
8:00 PM Stage: Red Velvet
Flamenco Dance


A fiery and passionate dance, Flamenco originated during the early 16th century in Andalusia, in southern Spain. Originally, Flamenco was a folk dance that the poor or oppressed would participate in as a musical outlet; later, Flamenco became known primarily as a gypsy dance. In fact, it wasn't until the latter half of the 19th century that the Spaniards started recognizing and accepting Flamenco. During the 19th century, dancers began performing Flamenco in cafes as a form of entertainment, and the dance became very popular.

Flamenco is a tripartite art that includes dancing, singing, and guitar music. Rhythmic punctuation, such as hand clapping, is also considered a crucial component. One of the unique characteristics of Flamenco is that the dance is mostly based on improvisation. Inspiration for the stomping feet and fervent passion comes from the music, guitar, and clapping, allowing the dancer or bailaor(a) to express himself/herself according to the music. The bailaor typically stands still for a few minutes to take in the music and starts clapping before beginning the dance. Regardless of gender, the role of the dancer is to interpret the music for the audience.

The second component of Flamenco is the canto or song. The canto involves four different cultures: Gypsies, Moors or Arabs, Jews, and the indigenous Andalusians. There are also three forms of canto. Grandeor hondo, which means "grand" or "deep", is intense and tragic in tone. Intermedio, or intermediate, is less serious and sometimes incorporates Oriental melodies. Finally, Pequeño, or small, is characterized by light, bright songs of nature and love.

Along with dancing and singing, what is mostly associated with Flamenco is the guitar. In the past, the guitarist was seen as subservient in its role next to the singer, but as Flamenco became more popular, so did the guitar. In fact, the role of the guitar became so popular that competition to be employed as the guitarist was fierce. New techniques were developed by guitarists in order to outdo the competition through tricks and other acts of showmanship, such as playing with a gloved hand or playing the guitar while holding it behind their head. A guitarist had to be able to pick up the different styles of song and dance, as well as adapt to the different styles of singers.

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