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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

< Tuesday, March 7, 2017 >

All Day Art Exhibition: Ni Solo Mujeres, Intersecting Chicana Identities Artwork by ten prominent Chicana artists and one Mexican photographer will be on exhibit as part of Ni Solo Mujeres: Intersecting Chicana Identities, an exhibition
commemorating International Women's Day to be held at theSouthwestern College Art Gallery.

Exhibited in conjunction with Shoulders to Stand On: Remembering the Chicana Activist Narrative, a traveling exhibition produced by and shown at the Women's Museum of California in 2016, Ni Solo Mujeres: Intersecting Chicana Identities will present works by 10 Chicana artists from California. The all women's exhibition takes as its title Ni Solo Mujeres (Nor Just Women), in an effort to extoll intersectional identities within feminist struggles. It challenges the idea that oppressive dichotomies can only be defeated through homogenous unity and instead presents a collection of work that celebrates the diversity within Chicana identity, and the power that lies in that intersectionality.

Ni Solo Mujeres will open on Tuesday March 7th, 2017 and will be on exhibit until April 6th at the Southwestern College Art Gallery located at SWC Art Gallery/710 Building 900 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista,
California 91910. An opening reception will take place on March 7th from 5-8pm. Panel guests and info TBA. Admission is free
and open to the public.

Ni Solo Mujeres is curated by Leticia Gomez Franco, who also curated Shoulders to Stand On for the Women's Museum of California. She is looking forward to this new iteration of an already excellent program and looks forward to pushing the dialogue beyond Chicana nationalism, by highlighting Chicanas who are currently creating work that breaks identity boundaries. An effort that is nothing short of timely; she adds, that the artists participating are a
testament that for women of color, identity is hyphenated a million times over as women living in racialized, sexualized and always politicized gendered bodies. Each artist is living testament that in times like these, our mere existence is revolutionary, and art created from a place of consciousness becomes an ever resounding affirmation of resistance.

The list of participating artists is a first for the San Diego area. Yolanda Lopez, a San Diego native, leading feminist and pioneer of the Chicana movement is best known for her Guadalupe Series, 1978, but as a long time fixture and jewel of the Mission art scene in San Francisco continues to be at the forefront of artists responding to gentrification. Shizu Saldamando, whose work is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, and Carolyn Castaño, both Los Angeles based artists recently exhibited at the Venice Biennale. Local artists, Berenice Badillo and Patricia Aguayo have both left their mark as muralists on the pillars of the now historically designated Chicano Park. Also on the roster are San Diego based Alessandra Moctezuma, Tijuana based PANCA, Los Angeles based Angelica Becerra and Oakland based Crystal Galindo and Melanie Cervantes. Also featured is Mexican photographer Rotmi Enciso, who took the iconic protest photograph used as the inspiration for the title of this show.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Southwestern College Art Gallery
900 Otay Lakes Road
Chula Vista, CA 91910

Tuesday, March 7 - All Day (Opening)
Exhibit will continue until April 6, 2017
Gallery Hours:
Monday to Thursdays - 10:30 AM to 2:00 PM
Wednesdays and Thursdays - 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events


My Fair Lady
Until April 2, 2017

The Dresser
Until April 16, 2017

Red Velvet
Until April 30, 2017

Exhibitions and Art

African American Art "Impressions"
Ongoing until Friday, March 31, 2017

Street Photography from Around the World
Until April 3, 2017

Layers of Brilliance
Until April 30, 2017

Japanese Style Pottery Show
Until April 30, 2017

Tools & Utensils - The Beauty Of Objects From The World's Kitchens And Workshops
Until April 30, 2017

Sherlock Holmes And The Clocktower Mystery
Until June 4, 2017

American and European Folk Art
Until June 18, 2017

American And European Folk Art From The Permanent Collection
Until June 25, 2017

Barrio Art Crawl
Ongoing, every 2nd Saturday of each month

Art of East Asia
Until December 31, 2019

Arts of Iran
Until January 31, 2019

'Radical Machines' - Chinese Typewriter Exhibit
Ongoing until April 16, 2017

Stones In The Meadow
Ongoing until March 31, 2017

Dimensions Of Black: A Collaboration With The San Diego African American Museum Of Fine Art
Ongoing until April 30, 2017

'Every Which Way' Exhibition
Ongoing until April 9, 2017

Art Of The 20th Century
Ongoing until December 31, 2019

German Expressionism
Ongoing until December 31, 2019

Dan McCleary, Etchings And Studies: Taller De Grabado Oaxaca 2000 - 2016
Ongoing until April 9, 2017


Art Exhibition: Kulvinder Kaur Dhew & Bruce Dehnert
Ongoing until April 26, 2017

Art Exhibition: Louis M. Schmidt 'Persons Unknown'
Ongoing until April 23, 2017

San Diego Potters' Guild Presents 'East-West'
Ongoing until April 3, 2017


Kids Meet Mandarin
Ongoing Fridays

Chinese Storytime
Ongoing Mondays

Spanish Storytime
Ongoing Mondays

Bilingual Storytime
Ongoing Fridays

Classes and Workshops

Tai Chi Workshop
Ongoing Saturdays

Ongoing Sundays

African Dance Class
Ongoing Sundays

Dancing With The Brush: Chinese Brush Painting And Calligraphy
Ongoing Tuesdays

Middle-Eastern Drum and Belly Dance Class
Ongoing Mondays

Salsa Class
Ongoing Tuesdays

Urban Art & More
Ongoing Tuesdays

Mandarin Meetup
Ongoing Wednesdays

French Conversation Class: "Le Polar Dans Tous Ses Etats"
Ongoing until March 29, 2017

French For Foodies: A Table!
Ongoing until March 30, 2017

Cultural Tours and Excursions

San Diego Chinese Historical Museum & Garden Tour
Ongoing, every 1st Saturday of each month

Little Italy Culinary Tour
Ongoing Saturdays

Asian Pacific Historical District Walking Tour
Ongoing, every 2nd Saturday of each month.

Lucha Libre Mexican Wrestling in Tijuana
Ongoing, Select Fridays

Tijuana Street Art Trek with Panca
Ongoing, Select Saturdays

Tijuana Street Eats
Ongoing, Select Saturdays

Tijuana Brewery Tour
Ongoing, Select Saturdays

Tijuana Market Hop
Ongoing, Select Sundays

Tijuana Seafood Food Tour
Ongoing Saturdays

Tijuana Foodie Adventure
Ongoing Saturdays,Tuesdays,Sundays

Ensenada Mexico Pacific Ocean Coastal Tour

Baja Mexico Grand Tour

Tijuana Foodie Adventures

Brews + Chews & Views: Tijuana Walking Tour
Ongoing Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays until Wednesday, December 27, 2017


Jane Austen's Emma, English High Tea And Dinner Theater
Until April 2, 2017

Tea with The Bard
Ongoing, first Sunday of each month

Kirtan Musical Meditation
Ongoing, Thursdays

Frankie & Maria's Italian Wedding, A Not-So-Ordinary Interactive Dinner Theater
Ongoing, Saturdays, Fridays

Jewish Film Festival
Ongoing, Everyday

Belly Dance Greek Dinner Show
Ongoing, Fridays, Saturdays

Haad Sai Thai Food
Ongoing, Thursday

1:00 PM Film: Denial Join College Avenue Center on Tuesday, March 7 for a viewing of the 2016 film, Denial, acclaimed writer and historian Deborah E. Lipstadt must battle for historical truth to prove the Holocaust actually occurred when David Irving, a renowned denier, sues for libel.

Admission/Cost: FREE - $2

College Avenue Center
6299 Capri Dr.
San Diego, CA

Tuesday, March 7 - 1:00 PM
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM China’s Growing Protectionism and the U.S. Response In the Fifth Annual Robert F. Ellsworth Memorial Lecture, Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky will address China's growing protectionism and how the U.S. is responding.

China's historic reform and opening has been the global economic story of our lifetimes, catapulting China's economy, fueling global growth and opening vast opportunity to foreign enterprises. But in recent years, China's economy has slowed markedly due to serious structural and social impediments, necessitating a shift in its growth model. Rather than embark upon further reform and opening as a means of recharging its economy, China has instead implemented a series of discriminatory, zero-sum policies that put foreign companies at a sharp competitive disadvantage. This approach is increasingly generating tensions with China's trading partners - raising the question of how the U.S. and the international business community should respond.

4:30 PM Reception
5:00 PM Lecture and Q&A

Admission/Cost: FREE Register Here

The Great Hall
US San Diego
International Lane
La Jolla, CA

Tuesday, March 7 - 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM

For more information, please visit:
7:00 PM Worldview Project International Book Club The Worldview Project is pleased to invite you to its international book club. Each month we will select a book for discussion that aligns with The Worldview Project's mission to promote greater cross-cultural awareness, knowledge, and understanding. Additionally, throughout the month we will e-mail announcements designed to 'take you deeper' into the highlighted culture—such as local events, articles, interviews, art, music, movies, restaurants, recipes, current events, further readings, etc. We invite you to join us on the fourth Thursday of each month for a unique, informative and lively gathering to discuss and share what we have read, experienced, and learned. Check out our page on the San Diego Participant Observer to learn about this month's book. Don't have time to read or finish the book before the meeting? No problem, come anyway and check out what it's all about!

March Book - Land of a Thousand Hills: My Life in Rwanda By Rosamond Halsey Carr, Ann Howard Halsey

This month, we will travel to Rwanda. Book Club member, Paula H., has visited this amazing country many times for her dissertation, Business and Economic Empowerment: Stories from Women of Rwanda, and she will be showing us slides from her travels.

Synopsis: In 1949, Rosamond Halsey Carr, a young fashion illustrator living in New York City, accompanied her dashing hunter-explorer husband to what was then the Belgian Congo. When the marriage fell apart, she decided to stay on in neighboring Rwanda, as the manager of a flower plantation. Land of a Thousand Hills is Carr's thrilling memoir of her life in Rwanda--a love affair with a country and a people that has spanned half a century. During those years, she has experienced everything from stalking leopards to rampaging elephants, drought, the mysterious murder of her friend Dian Fossey, and near-bankruptcy. She has chugged up the Congo River on a paddle-wheel steamboat, been serenaded by pygmies, and witnessed firsthand the collapse of colonialism. Following 1994's Hutu-Tutsi genocide, Carr turned her plantation into a shelter for the lost and orphaned children-work she continues to this day, at the age of eighty-seven.

You can purchase the book at our Amazon link:
Kindle and paperback (new and used) are available.

For more information about this book please visit the Worldview Project Book Club webpage.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Location: (New Location!)
DeVry University
2655 Camino Del Rio North, Suite 370B,
San Diego, CA 92108

Dates and times:
1st Tuesday of every month - 7:00 PM (some meetings are earlier or later)

For more information, please visit: WVP Book Club
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