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Saturday, Apr 21
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM Chicano Park Day
11:00 AM Cooking Workshop: DIY Sauerkraut and Beer Pairing
11:30 AM Sucré Bien-Sûr!: French Conversation
1:00 PM Pacific Rim Festival
1:00 PM SDAFF Spring Showcase
1:00 PM Tequila and Taco Music Festival
5:00 PM Spring Gala: Viva Mexico
5:30 PM Sikh Langar Vegetarian Dinner and Dancing
6:00 PM Art: Protest an American Tradition
7:00 PM Classical and Folk Music of Iran
7:00 PM 23rd Vietnamese Culture Night
7:00 PM Music: Chinese Choral Society
7:00 PM Japanese Guitarist Concert
7:30 PM That's Life! German Cabaret
7:30 PM Stage: Anna In The Tropics
8:00 PM Music: Flaco Jimenez
Sunday, Apr 22
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM Art: Earth Day Larger than Life Mural
12:00 PM 28th Annual Multicultural Earth Day
12:00 PM Filipino Wedding Styled Shoot
12:00 PM Tequila and Taco Music Festival
1:00 PM SDAFF Spring Showcase
2:00 PM German Cabaret
2:00 PM Stage: D'Artanjan and Three Musketeers
2:00 PM Stage: Anna In The Tropics
5:30 PM Russian Film: Charlie Chaplin
7:00 PM Stage: Arefnameh
7:00 PM Music: Shantala & Mikey Pauker
8:00 PM Music: La Santa Cecillia
Monday, Apr 23
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
12:00 PM Film: Chicano Legacy
3:30 PM Film: Coco
5:30 PM Discussion: Holocaust Remembrance
5:40 PM SDAFF Spring Showcase
6:30 PM Greek Dinner with Author Madeline Miller
7:00 PM Book Signing: Lawn Boy
8:00 PM Music: Bebel Gilberto
Tuesday, Apr 24
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
6:00 PM Film: Eugene Onegin
6:15 PM SDAFF Spring Showcase
Wednesday, Apr 25
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
5:25 PM SDAFF Spring Showcase
6:00 PM Film: Phantom Thread
6:30 PM Book Signing: The Ghazal
Thursday, Apr 26
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:30 AM Lecture: Prophet Jeremiah Symphony
12:45 PM Discussion on Prejudice & Tolerance
6:00 PM Honoring the Medicine: Native American Healing
7:00 PM SDAFF Spring Showcase
8:00 PM Music: Mamak Khadem
Friday, Apr 27
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
11:00 AM Art Exhibit: Chilenas in the Diaspora
4:00 PM Dinner and Movie: Coco
6:00 PM Discussion: Middle East Meltdown with Ryan Crocker
7:30 PM Bollywood Spring Fusion
7:30 PM Stage: Anna In The Tropics
8:00 PM Tao: Drum Heart
Saturday, Apr 28
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
1:00 AM Chinese Brush Painting for Children
8:00 AM Shaka Festival
10:00 AM 33rd Annual Linda Vista Multicultural Fair & Parade
10:00 AM World Tai Chi Day Celebration
10:00 AM St. Jordi's Day Celebration & Independent Bookstore Day
11:00 AM ArtWalk
11:00 AM International Mobile Film Festival
11:30 AM Polynesian Princess Lunch
12:00 PM Hanamatsuri Festival
5:00 PM Dance: Tres Culturas
5:00 PM POI Spring Luau
6:00 PM Passport to Brazil
6:30 PM Music: Camarada Spirit, Struggle, Triumph
6:30 PM Morrocan Magic
7:30 PM Stage: Anna In The Tropics
Sunday, Apr 29
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
11:00 AM Mission Federal ArtWalk
11:30 AM International Mobile Film Festival
12:00 PM Hanamatsuri Festival
2:00 PM House of Finland Lawn Program
2:00 PM Book Signing: China's Crisis of Success
2:00 PM Stage: Anna In The Tropics
Monday, Apr 30
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
3:00 PM Discussion: A talk with the Colombian Peacebuilding Unit
Tuesday, May 1
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Wednesday, May 2
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Thursday, May 3
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:30 AM Lecture: Prophet Jeremiah Symphony
Friday, May 4
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
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Here are the upcoming Explorer Club outings:
(Posted 4/13/18)
  • Tuesday, April 24th - 8:40 PM: ULAM - Main Dish showing @ the Asian Film Festival ($ 9). Please let us know by April 16th (next Monday)
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    Synopsis: In this delicious new documentary, Filipino-American filmmaker Alexandra Cuerdo follows the rise of Filipino food via the award-winning chefs crossing over to the center of the American table. ULAM: Main Dish stages this new culinary movement as not only a remarkable achievement for American restaurateurs, but also as a validation of Filipino culture. The film confronts issues inherent in representing both Filipino and American identity, and challenges from both the Filipino community and the world at large. Ultimately, ULAM is a celebration - and confirmation - that Filipino food, and Filipinos, are here to stay.

    Check out the trailer here:>

  • Sunday, April 29th, 11:00 am: Chinese Historical Museum & Walking Tour through the Asian Pacific Historic District ($10)
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  • Saturday, May 12th, 4:00 pm: Barrio Logan Art Crawl in with Walking Tour of the Murals at Chicano Park (FREE)
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Please only click on the RSVP buttons if you are planning to attend that particular event!

The Cultural Explorers Club Goes to the Movies!


March 26, 2018 - T. Johnston-O'Neill

Over the weekend the Worldview Project Cultural Explorers Club attended the San Diego Latino Film Festival screening on the Argentinean film Zama. The film is based on a book of the same name that is considered a classic in Spanish literatureSet in the late 1700's in what is today Paraguay, the plot is rather simple. Don Diego de Zama is a lower level official in the Spanish colonial enterprise that simply longs to transfer to a more pleasant situation in Lerma Spain. To say this wish is frustrated is an understatement as the manipulative outgoing governor and seemingly everyone and everything else conspires to thwart Zama. I'm not sure when was the last time I've seen a film in which the cinematography so closely reflects the inner states of the characters and the contours of the action as Zama does. The film starts out with the shot shown on the movie posters of Zama looking out over a vast river, the camera is static and the shot is long, without any words spoken we are clued into Zama's longing to be anywhere but where he is. The scene then shifts to a labyrinth of interior shots that are almost frantic as the camera moves in and out of catastrophic spaces where every encounter is a negotiation in which no one understands what the rules are. Playfully the wigs worn by the colonists show the ever present tension between a festishized civilization set against wildness. Between the ill-fitting and dingy wigs of the officials to the extravagantly overwrought ladies wigs, the hairpieces seem utterly absurd, anachronistic and wholly out of place. Vestiges of a dream of splendor unrealized. The movie is, in turns, shocking, sympathetic, cruel, compassionate, languid, lustful, tender, tragic, violent (but not explicitly), perplexing, challenging, and darkly humorous. The wigs (and later indigenous masks) also reflects the perils of identity that seemingly all the characters suffer. No one is quite the person they appear to be and some might not exist at all. In the end, after an incredible string of suffering and humiliation, Don Diego de Zama hangs in there, almost as if he is driven by a macabre desire to see what happens next. So do we.

I must say that I was concerned how the 14 members of the Explorer's Club (and the Book Club) would make of the movies. I was fully prepared for a negative reaction considering how strange the film was. The loved it. Most of us met afterwards in the food court to discuss the film. People were immensely moved by the complexity of cross-cultural relations depicted in the films. The horrors of colonialism are clearly evident in the film, but the film really brought everything down to interpersonal relations. Club members also commented on the fluidity of identities in the film. Everyone was impressed by the cinematography and more than one mentioned how well fitting it was to the situational and psychological drama.

Moisés Esparza, who leads the team that selects the films for the festival, introduced Zama. He gave a very eloquent shout out to the Worldview Project and their support. We are honored to do so, and really the longing starts today for next year's Latino Festival!

Indian Ragas Meet the Blues


March 8, 2018 - T. Johnston-O'Neill
Had a grand time at the Sheela Bringi concert at the Encinitas Library last weekend. Vocalist/Harp player Sheela was joined by Clinton Patterson on guitar and trumpet, San Diegan Mile Shrewsbery on tabla and cajon, and Brent Kuecker on bass and harmonium. Worldview Project board members, volunteers and a few from the new Explorer's club attended and helped out. The show was a sell out (way to go Monica!) and a musical delight. Fusion music can be less than stellar with groups that dabble, but Sheela and Miles have years of training in Indian classical music so they are far more adept at blending the old with the new in music. Clinton Pattern's guitar work was nothing short of fantastic melding Indian musical ideas with southern blues. It's hard to imagine how that could work but it really does. Sheela was born to Indian parents in Colorado but she has spent considerable time studying with Indian classical vocal and instrumental gurus and it shows. Interestingly enough her main instrument (she also played the harmonium and bansuri flute) is an Irish Harp, re-purposed to play lyrical and meditational ragas. Her voice was delightfully mellifluous but she also performed numbers that exhibited a goodly amount of vocal staccato calisthenics. The concert is part of the ongoing Center for their Passport to Worlds of Music series. As a board member of that organization I'm honored to help out (I do the sound work)and I hope Participant Observer readers can catch one of the remaining concerts in the series. The next one features music from Finland!
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