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Saturday, Apr 29
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
8:00 AM Gateway Conversations Bus Tour
8:00 AM San Diego Shaka Fest
11:00 AM Keyip! Kechuw! Reading Program
11:00 AM San Diego Black Film Festival
2:00 PM Stage: Red Velvet
2:00 PM Celebrate the Pacific Islands
2:00 PM Stage: Travels with My Aunt
6:00 PM SD Women's Chorus Sings For Women In Poverty
6:00 PM Exhibition: Lift Every Voice
6:00 PM Music: Shastriya Sangeetham
7:30 PM Music: Irving Flores Trio
8:00 PM Stage: Travels with My Aunt
8:00 PM Stage: Red Velvet
Sunday, Apr 30
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
11:00 AM San Diego Black Film Festival
2:00 PM House of Denmark Lawn Program
2:00 PM Opera: La Traviata
2:00 PM Stage: Edo Marionettes from Japan
2:00 PM Stage: Red Velvet
2:00 PM Stage: Travels with My Aunt
5:00 PM Stage: Edo Marionettes from Japan
7:00 PM Stage: Red Velvet
7:00 PM Stage: Travels with My Aunt
Monday, May 1
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
3:30 PM Talk: Helen of Troy and Her Indo-European Sisters
6:00 PM Javanese Gamelan: Music and Dance of Java
Tuesday, May 2
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
6:30 PM Worldview Project Book Club
Wednesday, May 3
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
8:00 PM Stage: Travels with My Aunt
Thursday, May 4
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
6:00 PM Exhibition: Art of the Ancients: 30,000 BC to 312 AD
8:00 PM Stage: Travels with My Aunt
Friday, May 5
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
4:00 PM Cinco De Mayo- Fiesta Friday
6:30 PM Modern Japan Concert Series
8:00 PM Stage: Travels with My Aunt
Saturday, May 6
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM Asian Cultural Festival
10:00 AM Cinco de Mayo con Orgullo Festival & Car Show
11:00 AM Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo
11:00 AM Holi Festival of Colors
2:00 PM Stage: Travels with My Aunt
7:00 PM Music: Nathan & Jessie
8:00 PM Stage: Travels with My Aunt
Sunday, May 7
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
11:00 AM Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo
11:00 AM Cinco de Mayo Fest
11:00 AM San Diego Jewish Food Festival
12:00 PM House of Poland - Annual Lawn Program
2:00 PM Music: Patrick Berrogain Hot Club Combo
2:00 PM Stage: Travels with My Aunt
Monday, May 8
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
7:30 PM Music: Gamelan and Mariachi Ensembles
Tuesday, May 9
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Wednesday, May 10
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Thursday, May 11
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Friday, May 12
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
6:30 PM Modern Japan Concert Series

< Friday, April 28, 2017 >

All Day Ongoing and Extended Events


Red Velvet
Until April 30, 2017

Stage: Travels with My Aunt
Until May 7, 2017

Exhibitions and Art

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

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

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

7:00 AM Gateway Conversations Symposium In 1994, Pacific Rim Park (PRP) and Ilan-Lael Foundation (ILF), under the artistic direction of artist James Hubbell, launched a global conversation between San Diego and Pacific Rim nations exploring the transformative power of art and the artistic process. Hubbell's unique expression of art diplomacy resulted in public art parks built by architecture students in seven Pacific Rim cities. Through these shared art-making experiences, the diverse people and nations of the Pacific transcended language barriers and cultural differences to explore and celebrate their common humanity.

Pacific Rim Park and Ilan-Lael Foundation will bring the participants of the Pacific Rim Park project to San Diego to continue exploring the role of art in international relations. The 2017 Gateway Conversations will welcome representatives from the eastern and western Pacific Rims along with members from San Diego and Tijuana to continue the conversation about the role of art in public places and its ability to bridge cultures.

8:00 AM - Doors Open/Registration/Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM to 2:00 PM - Symposium/Panels/Presentation: Mingei International Museum
12:00 PM to 12:30 PM - Lunch, Keynote Speaker
2:00 PM to - 4:00 PM - Balboa Park Exploration
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM - Sunset Reception, "Pearl of the Pacific" Park, San Diego, CA

Admission/Cost: $50 - $125
$50 for the conversation panels at Balboa Park Club, $75 for bus tour of Tijuana.

Mingei International Museum
Balboa Park
2144 Pan American Rd
San Diego, CA 92101

Friday, April 28 - 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM

For more information, please visit:
4:00 PM Cinco de Mayo Concert In The Park Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a fun, free family-friendly concert in Balboa Park at 6 p.m. featuring Jarabe Mexicano accompanied by SDSU School of Music and Dance Jazz Band and Wind Symphony!

Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of San Diego, the concert will honor the memory of long-time member and community benefactor, Bill Gibbs. There's also a special father-son appearance by KUSI TV Anchor Carlos Amezcua and his father, legendary Mariachi Leader Don Oscar Amezcua. Pre-concert festivities begin at 4 p.m. in the Plaza de Panama with City Heights Mariachi and a variety of cuisines from some of San Diego's best food trucks.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Spreckels Organ Pavilion
Balboa Park
1549 El Prado
San Diego, CA

Friday, May 5 - 4:00 PM

For more information, please visit:
4:00 PM San Diego Black Film Festival Several films from previous years have gone on to win additional awards at other film festivals. More importantly, seven films that premiered at the San Diego Black Film Festival are either in negations or have already wrapped up distribution deals including the films "Locked in a Room," now with Echo Bridge Entertainment, and our Best Comedy winner "The Donut Shop," now with Viva Films. Good things await our 2017 filmmakers as well. See you in 2017.

Films - Friday, April 28:

4:00 PM - AMC Fashion Valley 18
• Taking Israel: Feature Documentary, 55 mins., USA, 2015; Dir. Vincent Singleton. Each year numerous African American students spend the summer in Israel. This is their story.

4:30 PM - AMC Fashion Valley 18
• Profiled: Feature Documentary, 52 mins., USA, 2016; Dir. Kathleen Foster. Mothers of unarmed youth killed by the NYPD tell the story of what they believe is racial profiling.
• Break: Drama, Short, 9 mins., USA, 2015; Dir. Nicholas Santos. (Starring Amir Royale, Emma Hedrick). In suburbia, a young couple is confronted with preconceived notions.

5:30 PM - ​UltraStar Cinemas, Mission Valley Hazard Center
• Wigger Please: Feature Documentary, 54 mins., USA, 2016: Dir. Jonathan Ashley. What is a Wigger? A group of White artists and activists share their thoughts, emotions and opinions on the subject.
• Radio Road: Drama, Short, 14 mins., USA, 2017; Dir. Warren Allen. (Starring Michael D. Johnson,Jr., Brandi Thomas). In this surreal fantasy, four blue collar friends mourn the end of time.

6:00 PM - ​AMC Fashion Valley 18​
• Jesus Christ (Man or Myth): Feature Documentary, 93 mins., USA, 2016: Dir. Christian Robinson. When is the second coming? Various pastors discuss their views on the bible and the lord Jesus Christ.
• Paradise Inn: Drama, Short, 10 mins., USA, 2016; Dir. Bervick J. Deculus II. A soul shaking experience in the name of Jesus.

6:00 PM - ​AMC Fashion Valley 18​
• It's Not My Fault (And I don't Care Anyway): Feature Drama, 96 mins., Canada, 2016; Dir. Chris Craddock. (Starring Alan Thicke, Quinton Aaron). The daughter of a prominent motivational speaker is kidnapped. Getting her back is urban warfare.

6:00 PM - ​AMC Fashion Valley 18​
• Take Me Out: Feature drama, 83 mins., USA, 2016; Dir. Joe Shanks. A rebellious Chicago teenager struggles to find his way as he deals with sibling rivalry and a baseball-obsessed father.
• Start Over: Comedy, Short, 9 mins., USA, 2016; Dir. Liz Rizzo. (Starring Lyndon Laveaux). In search of someone special, three men and a woman hire a video service to aid them in their quest.

7:00 PM - UltraStar Cinemas, Mission Valley Hazard Center
• Beyond The Silence: Feature Drama, 100 mins., USA, 2016: Dir. William Barbee. (Starring Bill Duke, JD Williams). Loosely based on the novel "Clipped Wings They Do Fly," a man finds himself on trial for a crime he does not remember. A defense team fights for his freedom.
• Downward Hiro: Drama, Short, 22 mins., USA, 2016: Dir. Bry Sanders. (Starring Kelly Perine, Phil Morris). A troubled man on a downward spiral returns to the art of torture.
• Black Cop: Short, Drama, 11 mins., Canada, 2016; Dir. Cory Bowles. (Starring Gerald Sanders, Jackie Hanlan). Following the death of an unarmed teen, a black police officer suddenly turns the table....on other citizens.

7:45 PM - AMC Fashion Valley 18​
• Jesus H. Heist: Feature Comedy, 118 mins., USA, 2015; Dir. Benton Stephens. (Starring Will Storie). A group of slackers, fired from their low-wage jobs on a big-budget movie, devises a plot to circumvent the production.

7:45 PM - AMC Fashion Valley 18​
• Bastard Son Of A Thousand Fathers: Feature Thriller/Drama, 79 mins., USA, 2015: Dir. Lanre Sarumi. (Starring Lanre Sarumiu, Tirf Alexius, Remoh, Romeo). A ruthless immigrant leaves a brutal trail of killings in his quest to control the sales of a narcotics in his neighborhood.
• Shoot Your Shot: Comedy, Short, 9 mins., USA, 2016; Dir. Gareth Lindo. (Starring Celisse Graves, Shanelle John, John Broker). A plan backfires when a guy tries to help his immigrant roommate.

7:45 PM - AMC Fashion Valley 18​
• Dreamed Vengeance: Feature Drama, 130 mins., USA, 2016; Dir. Jason Tong. The fictional spirits of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King appear in modern day America.
• Looking Up: Drama, Short, 11 mins., USA, 2016: Dir. Ramona Taylor. Emotionally distraught over the loss of his son, a man receives unknown information about his son.

Admission/Cost: Starting at $10

AMC Fashion Valley 18
7037 Friars Road
San Diego, CA 92108

UltraStar Cinemas, Mission Valley Hazard Center
7510 Hazard Center Drive
San Diego, CA 92108

Ongoing Thursday, April 27 to Sunday, April 30

For more information, please visit:
5:30 PM House of Norway: Movie Night This is our 2nd quarter movie night. We will be showing Kitchen Stories, a Scandinavian film about researchers observing bachelors in their kitchens. There will be refreshments and snacks.

Admission/Cost: $3 - $5

Hall of Nations
Presidents Way at Pan American Road
Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101

Friday, April 28 - 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM

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7:00 PM Opera: La Traviata San Diego Opera presents Giuseppe Verdi's "La Traviata."The Roaring Twenties brought us novel inventions, a racy new culture and dramatic social change . . and for Violetta Valery, illness, judgment and sacrifice. This party girl lives life on her own terms, gives into pleasure for money and keeps her heart safe, until she meets a man who changes her life. Choosing love over freedom, Violetta cannot resist these feelings and the couple begin their life together, until an unwelcome visitor threatens their future. Will Violetta bend to the will of another or surrender to her heart? And can she do it in time? Starring Corrine Winters as Violetta, Joshua Guerrero as Alfredo, and Stephen Powell as Germont.

Admission/Cost: $50 - $299

San Diego Civic Theatre
1100 Third Avenue
San Diego, CA

Dates and times:
Saturday, April 22 - 7:00 PM
Tuesday, April 25 - 7:00 PM
Friday, April 28 - 7:00 PM
Sunday, April 30 - 2:00 PM

For more information, please visit:
7:00 PM Music: Svara Archana A Vocal Duet Concert by Archana & Arathi Bhardwaj

Sponsored By: Revathi and Suresh Subramanian

Accompanied By:
Sankar Subramaniam - Violin
Raamkumar Balamurthi - Mridangam

Admission/Cost: $20
Free for IFAASD 2017 Subscription and Subscription Plus Patrons

Vedic Cultural and Spiritual Center (Shiva Vishnu Temple)
9252 Miramar Road
San Diego, CA, 92126

Friday, April 28 - 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM

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7:30 PM Music: Dornob Collective, Rob Deez, Jeffrey Joe Morin The Acoustic Evenings series at the Athenaeum showcases local, San Diego acoustic musicians. Three performers are featured in each program and are available at the intermission reception and post-concert meet-and-greet. The project advances the Athenaeum's commitment to support San Diego talent.

The spring series begins with Dornob Collective, Rob Deez, and Jeffrey Joe Morin. Dornob is a collective of musicians that has been playing Persian music in San Diego since 1985. The members' goals, in addition to friendship and fun, include learning the Persian musical tradition, fostering creativity, and crossing cultural bridges. Rob Deez, a self-professed "comedic singer-songrhymer," who performs on the acoustic guitar, appeals to many different audiences with his improvising talents. Jeffrey Joe Morin is steeped in the blues, jazz, swing, honky-tonk, and R&B. He performs acoustic guitar renditions of standards and of his own wry and romantic songs.

Admission/Cost: $12 - $17

Athenaeum Music and Arts Library
1008 Wall Street
San Diego, CA 92037

Friday, April 28 - 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

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8:00 PM The Hutchins Consort: Immigrants The Hutchins Consort presents Immigrants. Throughout the 20th century, many artists, as well as other professionals, immigrated to the U.S. searching for freedom. The Hutchins Consort will be performing music from some of these composers who contributed to enrich the world music scene, like Bartok, Schoenberg, Stravinsky or Zeisl. The Hutchins Consort plays on the eight scaled violins designed and built by luthier Dr. Carleen Hutchins, whose research into the acoustic properties of string instruments resulted in an innovative process called free-plate tuning; a precise method of refining the top and back plates of a violin before it is assembled to bring it to peak acoustic performance. The fruits of her labor are the eight Hutchins violins, ranging in size from the 18.5-inch treble to the 7.2-foot contrabass. Like all violins, these instruments capture the emotional element of the music. But they have the additional advantage of being crafted as a complete set with the same harmonic DNA giving them the ability to produce a unique array of sounds that add a new dimension to the works they perform.

Admission/Cost: $15 - $35

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
890 Balour Drive
Encinitas, CA 92024

Friday, April 28 - 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM

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8:00 PM Stage: Travels with My Aunt North Coast Repertory Theatre presents Giles Havergal's theatrical adaptation of the Graham Greene novel. Eccentric aunt Augusta swoops in, shakes up the life of her staid bourgeois nephew, and ignites the lust for adventure buried within his gray flannel soul." David Ellenstain directs.

Admission/Cost: $39 - $50

North Coast Repertory Theatre
987-D Lomas Santa Fe Drive
Solana Beach, CA 92075

Dates and times:
Ongoing from Wednesday April 12 to Sunday, May 7, 2017
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays - 8:00 PM
Saturdays - 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM (No Shows 4/15)
Sundays - 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM (No 7:00 PM show 5/7)

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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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