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Thursday, Jul 27
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11:00 AM Exhibit Opening: We Are Here/Estamos Aqui
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Friday, Jul 28
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11:00 AM Exhibit Opening: We Are Here/Estamos Aqui
5:00 PM Lesson: Argentine Tango
5:30 PM Native American Gathering Night
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6:30 PM Film: Moana
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Saturday, Jul 29
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11:00 AM Book Signing: First People - A Revised Chronology for San Diego County
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1:00 PM Music: Israel Maldonado
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2:00 PM Music: Ukrainian music in the context of Roman Tradition
2:00 PM Stage: At this Evening's Performance
2:00 PM Stage: Brooklyn The Musical
5:00 PM Music: Vaud & the Villains
7:00 PM Stage: Pippin
7:30 PM Film: Sicilly Jazz
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Sunday, Jul 30
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12:00 AM House of Peru Lawn Program
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2:00 PM Stage: Pippin
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2:00 PM Stage: Much Ado about Nothing
8:00 PM Music: Maxi Priest
Monday, Jul 31
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11:00 AM Exhibit Opening: We Are Here/Estamos Aqui
6:00 PM Inside North Korea
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Tuesday, Aug 1
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Wednesday, Aug 2
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Thursday, Aug 3
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Friday, Aug 4
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10:00 AM Obon Festival
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12:00 PM Pride of Polynesia's Annual Luau
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Saturday, Aug 5
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1:00 AM Book Signing: Jazz Heaven
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11:00 AM USS Midway Museum: Operation Frequent Wind
11:00 AM Exhibition: Jorge Pardo
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7:00 PM King Chronicles
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7:30 PM Film: Italian Race
8:00 PM Music: From Prague With Love
8:00 PM Stage: Much Ado About Nothing
8:00 PM Music: Giasone
8:00 PM Stage: Evita
9:00 PM Music: Raggabond and Bossa Lounge Project
Sunday, Aug 6
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8:00 AM Stage: Hamlet
10:00 AM Latin American Festival
11:00 AM Exhibit Opening: We Are Here/Estamos Aqui
2:00 PM Stage: Pippin
2:00 PM Stage: Much Ado about Nothing
7:00 PM Stage: Evita
7:30 PM Music: Sergio Mendes
8:00 PM Music: Giasone
Monday, Aug 7
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11:00 AM Exhibit Opening: We Are Here/Estamos Aqui
7:00 PM Shakespeare Film Screenings At The Globe
Tuesday, Aug 8
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Wednesday, Aug 9
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8:00 AM Stage: Hamlet
5:30 PM Film: Un Padre no tan Padre
7:00 PM Stage: Evita
7:30 PM Book Signing: Fully Alive
Afghan Attan


Attan is a traditional Afghan dance. It is said to be one of the oldest forms of Afghan Pagan dance. Some identify Attan as a religious ceremony of early Zoroastrians placing it at 2000 BCE, while others have placed it at an even older time going back to King Yama's celebration of Nowroz and warriors dancing and circling around the fire. This was later modified into an Islamic dance to allow the dancers to get "closer to God." This virtual Attan practised by many Afghan poets and mystics had even reached to corners of Turkey, known in Europe as the Rumi Dance. It is usually performed with a Dhol, which is a double-headed barrel drum. The dance can be anywhere from 5 minute to 30 minutes long. There are many different regional variations of Attan, the most famous being Kabuli, Paktiyaya, Mazari, Shenwari , Kandahari, Sistani, Herati, Pashayi, and Nuristani. During King Yama's time, Attan was performed before going to a war because it used to give the army the confidence that they could win the battle.

Performers often wear traditional, sequinned Afghan dress. The men wear the traditional outfits, such as the pakool (thick wool hat) or the waskata (thick wool vest). Men also tend to wear suits and ties. Women tend to wear thin wool dresses and scarves with tiny mirrors on it.

The Attan is performed differently in many of the different Pashtun tribes. Some styles of Attan portray themes of war while others portray celebration, especially for events such as marriage, engagements, family gatherings and also as a prelude to the arrival of spring. Different kinds of Attan are danced with the various drum beats; all differ in style. Dum, the beater of the drum (Dohl), can instantaneously change the rhythm and is circled by the performers.

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