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Saturday, May 27
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM Japanese Living Moss Garden
11:00 AM Lebanese Food Festival
2:00 PM French Culture Lecture Series & Kids Storytime
2:00 PM Ethiopian Experience: Feast + Cultural Journey
2:00 PM Film: Tsar to Lenin
7:30 PM Music: Park Junghyun (Lena Park)
8:00 PM Stage: The Revolutionists
8:00 PM Stage: Having Our Say
Sunday, May 28
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
11:00 AM HPR Annual Ethnic Food Fair
11:00 AM Lebanese Food Festival
1:00 PM Film: Knowledge is the Begining, The Ramallah Concert
2:00 PM Stage: The Revolutionists
2:00 PM Music: Jimmy & Enrique
2:00 PM Book Signing: Antonio F. Vianna. Far from Ordinary
2:00 PM Stage: Having Our Say
Monday, May 29
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Tuesday, May 30
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Wednesday, May 31
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Thursday, Jun 1
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
6:30 PM Artist Talk: Li Huai
7:00 PM Stage: The Revolutionists
8:00 PM Stage: Having Our Say
Friday, Jun 2
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
8:00 PM Stage: Mule Bone
8:00 PM Stage: The Revolutionists
8:00 PM Stage: Having Our Say
Saturday, Jun 3
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
12:00 PM Music: CWM Summer Series, Caribbean Inspiration
6:30 PM South Asian Culture Show: Backstage Bollywood
6:30 PM South Asian Culture Show: Backstage Bollywood
8:00 PM Stage: The Revolutionists
8:00 PM Stage: Mule Bone
8:00 PM Stage: Having Our Say
Sunday, Jun 4
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
1:00 PM Film: Knowledge is the Begining, The Ramallah Concert
1:30 PM Pacific Arts Movement Day With The Padres
2:00 PM Stage: The Revolutionists
2:00 PM Stage: Having Our Say
3:00 PM Stage: Mule Bone
4:00 PM Musica Vitale
7:00 PM Music: La Arrolladora Banda el Limón
Monday, Jun 5
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
6:00 PM City Diplomacy in the 21st Century
Tuesday, Jun 6
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
7:00 PM Irish Gaelic Conversation Circle
Wednesday, Jun 7
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Thursday, Jun 8
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
7:00 PM Stage: The Revolutionists
8:00 PM Stage: Having Our Say
Friday, Jun 9
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
8:00 PM Stage: The Revolutionists
8:00 PM Stage: Mule Bone
8:00 PM Stage: Having Our Say

< Saturday, March 25, 2017 >

All Day Ongoing and Extended Events


Having Our Say
Until June 11, 2017

Exhibitions and Art

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

Trappings: Homage to the Horse and Other Steeds
Until November 12, 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

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

Noé Olivas Quinceañera Project
Ongoing until April 30, 2017

Kanban, Traditional Shop Signs Of Japan
Ongoing until October 8, 2017


Kids Meet Mandarin
Ongoing Fridays

Chinese Storytime
Ongoing Mondays

Spanish Storytime
Ongoing Mondays

Bilingual Storytime
Ongoing Fridays

Classes and Workshops

Irish Gaelic Conversation Circle
Ongoing Tuesdays - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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

9:00 AM Chamorro Cultural Festival The Chamorro Festival celebrates the arts, culture, customs, and people of the Mariana Islands (Guam, Saipan, Rota, and Tinian) with music and cultural dance performances, educational workshops, cultural foods, and an array of products "to accentuate the Chamorro in everyone."

This year's theme is "Ta Na' La'la' Gi Halom i Famagu'onta…i Lengguahita yan Kutturata" which translates as "Let It Live from Within Our Children…Our Language and Our Culture."

Admission/Cost: FREE

CSU San Marcos
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92096

Saturday, March 25 - 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

For more information, please visit:
10:00 AM Women's International Film Festival San Diego This annual international film festival is hosted by the Women's Museum of California in Liberty Station, and was created to celebrate women's stories and experiences through film.

The goal is to select films that represent the diversity of women from around the world. This festival gives independent female film makers a platform, and allows women focused issues to come alive on screen.

Admission/Cost: $50 - $300

The Lot
Liberty Station
2620 Truxtun Road
San Diego, CA 92106

Dates and times:
Friday, March 24 - 5:00 PM
Saturday, March 25 - 10:00 AM
Sunday, March 26 - 9:00 AM


March 24
5:00 PM - Red Carpet & VIP Reception
6:00 PM - "Different Flowers" screening
8:00 PM - Panel discussion

March 25
10:00 AM - Short Films Block: "The Things We Do They Don't Understand," "The Vanished," "Juliet Remembered," "Lucy in My Eyes"
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM - Panel sessions
5:00 PM - VIP reception
6:00 PM - "I Am Jane Doe" screening
8:00 PM - Panel discussion

March 26
9:00 AM - Short Films Block: "Five Awake," "Parthian"
10:00 AM - "The Peace Agency" screening
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM - Panel sessions
5:00 PM - VIP Reception
6:00 PM - "Alive and Kicking" screening
8:00 PM - Panel discussion

For more information, please visit:
11:00 AM San Diego Sings! Festival San Diego Sings! is a festival that features top choral groups from San Diego all performing together.

More than 1,000 voices will sing "The Gift of Singing," a song written by California composer Kirke Mechem. It will be conducted by beloved local choral conductor, David Chase.

Planned and presented by the Choral Consortium of San Diego, the 22 choral groups will also perform their own sets.

Groups scheduled to appear include: Choral Club of San Diego, Encore Vocal Ensemble, Escondido Choral Arts Center Children's Chorus Escondido Choral Arts Center Chorale, First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego Women's Chorus, Key of She, La Jolla Renaissance Singers, La Jolla Symphony Chorus, La Rondalla De San Diego, Pacific Coast Chorale, Pacific Coast Harmony, Pacific Women's Chorus, Pacificaires/Cedar Center Chorus, Peninsula Singers, SACRA/PROFANA, San Diego Children's Choir, San Diego Chinese Choral Society, San Diego Gay Men's Chorus, San Diego North Coast Singers Youth Chorus and Sorelle Women's Chamber Chorus, San Diego Sun Harbor Barbershop Chorus, San Diego Women's Chorus, and Temecula Preparatory School Mixed Choir.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Spreckels Organ Pavilion
1549 El Prado
San Diego,CA

Saturday, March 25 - 11:00 AM
11:00 AM Tequila & Taco Music Festival San Diego's Tequila & Taco Music Festival will be making its debut at the beautiful Embarcadero Marina Park South in Downtown San Diego on the weekend of March 25 and 26, 2017.

Tequila sampling: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM (Saturday Only). No Tequila Sampling on Sunday, but enjoy an afternoon sipping on an assortment of margaritas.

Admission/Cost: $10 - $60

Embarcadero Marina Park South
200 Marina Pkwy
San Diego, CA

Dates and times:
Saturday, March 25 - 11:00 AM
Sunday, March 26 - 11:30 AM

For more information, please visit:
11:00 AM Japanese Brush Painting Art Exhibition Join the Friends of Taka Sumi-e brush painting society members as they explore The Year of the Rooster in paintings, fashions, painting demonstration, music and more. This is the 15th annual exhibition, which takes place in Room 101. Friends of Taka society members are also students at the San Diego Community College Continuing Education program.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Casa del Prado Building
Room 101 (Majorca)
Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101

Dates and times:
Saturday, March 25 - 11:00 AM
Sunday, March 26 - 11:00 AM

For more information, please visit:
1:00 PM Vivaldi's 'The Four Seasons' & 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' Southern California Ballet presents an afternoon of glorious ballet with harmonious masterpieces by Antonio Vivaldi and Felix Mendelssohn to benefit needs and merit-based scholarships.

Opening the afternoon is Vivaldi's iconic work "The Four Seasons," a world premiere of choreography by Martha Leebolt and Tobias Batley using the 2012 recomposition by neoclassical German composer Max Richter. Ms. Leebolt and Mr. Batley, award winning dancers and former principal dancers with Northern Ballet in Leeds, England, enjoyed outstanding careers as dance partners and interpreters and will assume co-artistic directorship of SCB in September 2017.

The feature ballet is "A Midsummer Night's Dream," choreographed by Sylvia Palmer-Zetler to music composed by Felix Mendelssohn for Shakespeare's time-honored play. The story centers on the magical intertwining of humans and fairies in the forest, and is as romantic and classical as it is playful. This whimsical drama is danced by Southern California Ballet company and academy dancers with guest dancers Shawn Burgess, Vincent Padilla, Jeremy Power and actress Kenda Vance.

"A Midsummer Night's Dream" is one of Ms. Palmer-Zetler's most noteworthy productions and a fitting tribute to her 30 years as Artistic Director of Southern California Ballet. A celebratory gathering will be held after the performance to introduce Ms. Leebolt and Mr. Batley and applaud Ms. Palmer-Zetler's legacy.

Admission/Cost: $16 - $38

Poway Center for the Performing Arts
15498 Espola Road
Poway, CA

Saturday, March 25 - 1:00 PM

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1:00 PM Nowruz, the Persian New Year Celebration Celebrate Nowruz, the Persian New Year, and Spring with Persian dance by Arabina Dance Troupe and crafts for the children.

Admission/Cost: FREE

El Cajon Library
201 E. Douglas Avenue
El Cajon, CA 92020

Saturday, March 25 - 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
3:00 PM Miso Making Workshop In this hands-on workshop, you will learn all about miso, a magical fermented bean paste that originated in Japan many centuries ago. Miso is full of umami and is used to flavor everything from soups to marinades and salad dressings, stir-fries, to eggs.

Cool weather is ideal for making miso, when the air is relatively free of contaminating microorganisms. Miso prepared during cold months will be ready by the following November, after the summer heat subsides and fall breezes set in.

• Learn: We will talk about the history of miso, its many different forms, and then make a large batch using various legumes.
• Taste: You'll get to taste various misos to understand the fermentation process.
• Do: You'll get to pack a mason jar full of miso to take home (but you'll have to wait almost a year to eat it)!
• Eat: Then we'll enjoy one of the most popular miso dishes-- homemade soup!

Admission/Cost: $32.50 - $35

City Farmers Nursery
3110 Euclid Avenue
San Diego, CA 92115

Saturday, March 25 - 3:00 PM
7:00 PM Music and Dance: Noche Cubana San Diego's favorite celebration of Cuban music, dance and culture returns with a spring installment! Enjoy live music & dance performances, dine authentic Cuban cuisine and dance the night away on an open dance floor! Complementary Salsa lesson included!

This family-friendly, all-ages event with something for everyone features performances by Havana artist, El Cubanísímo, the Conga sounds of Tambores de mi Cuba, the positive world dance vibe of Afro-Cuban infused HipHop duo, In-Flow and the Latin dance moves of Divas Dance Co.

Enjoy the best of Cuban classic and contemporary dance music all night! Delicious traditional cuisine and beverages will be available for purchase.

Admission/Cost: $20 (At the door)

WorldBeat Cultural Center
2100 Park Blvd.
San Diego, CA

Saturday, March 25 - 7:00 PM
8:00 PM Stage: Red Velvet The Old Globe stages "Red Velvet," a stirring drama that transports audiences to the turbulent backstage world of London's Theatre Royal in the early 1800s.

Edmund Kean, the greatest actor of his generation, can't go on tonight as Othello, and his company is in disarray. A young American actor named Ira Aldridge arrives to step into the role—but no black man has ever played Othello on the English stage.

His groundbreaking performance upends stage tradition and changes the lives of everyone involved.

Lolita Chakrabarti's multi-award-winning play uncovers the fascinating true story of a pivotal figure in theater history. Visionary director Rachel Chavkin returns to The Old Globe with a stunningly theatrical production of a play that the London Telegraph called "informative, entertaining, and thought-provoking."

Admission/Cost: $34 - $98

Old Globe Theatre
1363 Old Globe Way
Balboa Park
San Diego, CA

Dates and times:
March 25 until April 30
Tuesdays - 7:00 PM
Wednesday, April 19 - 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM;
All other Wednesdays - 7:00 PM
Thursdays - 8:00 PM
Fridays - 8:00 PM
Saturday, March 25 and Saturday, April 22 - 8:00 PM;
All other Saturdays - 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM
Sunday, March 26 - 7:00 PM;
All other Sundays - 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM

For tickets or more information, please visit:, or call 619) 234-5623.
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