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Wednesday, Sep 19
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
6:00 PM Documentary: Dolores
7:00 PM Music and Dance: Flamenco & Folklorico
Thursday, Sep 20
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
6:00 PM An Evening of Aloha with Kalapana
6:30 PM Film: King Lear
7:00 PM Film: An American in Paris
7:30 PM Film: Song E Napule
8:00 PM Comedy: Ronny Chieng
Friday, Sep 21
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
12:00 PM International Peace Day Celebration
5:00 PM Community Building: Refugee Resettlement 101
5:00 PM Film: American
6:00 PM Art: Here & There by Lee Sie and Jon Barnes
6:00 PM Stage: Death by Dessert
6:30 PM Art: Rocco Satoshi
7:00 PM Music: Taiko Beats
7:00 PM Music: Los Montaño
7:00 PM Iranian Film: No Date, No Signature
7:30 PM Comedy: Ronny Chieng
7:30 PM Music & Dance: A Night in Spain
Saturday, Sep 22
All Day Pacific Islander Festival
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM Vista Viking Festival
10:00 AM Community Building: YMCA Welcoming week
12:30 PM International Harvest Dance Festival
5:30 PM Harvest Masquerade Regency Ball
6:00 PM House of China Moon Festival
6:00 PM Art: Salvador Dali Exhibit
6:00 PM Art Night Women in Central Asia
6:00 PM Stage: Death by Dessert
7:00 PM Film and Dinner: Wajib
9:30 PM Comedy: Ronny Chieng
Sunday, Sep 23
All Day Pacific Islander Festival
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM Vista Viking Festival
12:30 PM International Harvest Dance Festival
1:00 PM Art: Salvador Dali Exhibit
1:00 PM Stage: Death by Dessert
3:00 PM Music: Night of Parisian Music
3:00 PM Stage: The Trial of Richard III
3:00 PM Stage: Avenue Q
4:00 PM Stage: The Mikado
Monday, Sep 24
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Tuesday, Sep 25
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
6:30 PM Film: Black Panther
7:00 PM Film: The Registry
Wednesday, Sep 26
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
5:00 PM Film: Out of Africa
6:00 PM Film: Coco
6:00 PM Discussion: What Diplomats Do and Why it Still Matters
6:15 PM Music: Fred Benedetti
7:00 PM Art: Parsha Poster
7:30 PM Book Signing: Crazy Rich Asians
Thursday, Sep 27
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
6:00 PM Cooking Workshop: Donburi Bowls
6:30 PM Art: Torero! Artivista! Viva La Revolucion
Friday, Sep 28
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
8:00 PM Stage: Mystic India
Saturday, Sep 29
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
9:00 AM 2018 Youth Festival
11:00 AM Carbillo Festival
3:30 PM Music/Dance: Capoeira Batizado
Sunday, Sep 30
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
11:00 AM Sukkort Harvest Festival
3:00 PM Stage: Avenue Q
6:00 PM Discussion: Fighting for Cyber Supremacy in an Age of Extremism
6:30 PM Film: King Lear
Monday, Oct 1
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Tuesday, Oct 2
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events

< Thursday, May 10, 2018 >

All Day Ongoing and Extended Events


One Book - One San Diego events


Until Sunday, September 16

Seize the King
Until Sunday, September 16

Much Ado About Nothing
Until Sunday, September 16

Exhibitions and Art

Here & There
Until Sunday,December 30

World in Porcelain Exhibit
Until January 19, 2019

Arts Of South And Southeast Asia
Ongoing until January 31, 2019

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

Emotions and Landscapes
Until August 11, 2018

Epic Tales from Ancient India
Until September 3, 2018

The Big White Dress
Until July 1, 2018

Israel: 70 Years of Craft and Design
Until September 3, 2018

Arts of Iran
Until January 31, 2019

Art of East Asia
Until December 31, 2019

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

German Expressionism
Ongoing until December 31, 2019

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

Free Admission to Mingei International Museum
Ongoing, 3rd Tuesday of each month

Free Admission to Japanese Friendship Garden
Ongoing, 3rd Tuesday of each month


Classes:Children's West African Drumming
Ongoing Tuesdays

Kids Meet Mandarin
Ongoing Fridays

Chinese Storytime
Ongoing Mondays

Spanish Storytime
Ongoing Mondays

Bilingual Storytime
Ongoing Fridays

Classes and Workshops

Argentine Tango Series
Ongoing Wednesdays until October 3

French Bench
Until Saturday, December 15

Capoeira Angola de Sao Bento Grande
Ongoing Saturday

West African Dance Class
Ongoing Sunday

Mahjong Lessons
Ongoing Thursdays

Ki Energy Healing Clinic
Ongoing Wednesdays

Emei Qigong Practice
Ongoing Saturdays

Middle-Eastern Drum & Belly Dance Class
Ongoing until December 17

Europe: Secrets of the Old Masters
Ongoing until July 20

Kokedama Workshop
Ongoing every 1st and 3rd Tuesday

Irish Gaelic Conversation Circle
Ongoing Tuesdays

Tai Chi Workshop
Ongoing Saturdays

African Dance Class
Ongoing Sundays

Salsa Class
Ongoing Tuesdays
12:00 AM Art: Kokedama A unique, fun-to-make Kokedama that you can take home and enjoy, or give as a wonderful living gift.

In this workshop, we will make two succulent Kokedamas with Jute Twine (one mini succulent Kokedama and one medium sized Kokedama). Workshop participants receive all supplies needed, including plants, moss, soils and all other materials needed. Please bring your apron and gloves if you want. This class is led by Kanako Yamada, owner of Kodama Forest, who was trained in Kyoto, Japan, in unique and adaptable plant gifting techniques.

Admission/Cost: $35

Azuna Kai
8305 Vickers St. Suite 106
San Diego, CA 92111

Thursday, May 10 - 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

For more information, please call: (619) 471-5975 or visit:
10:30 AM Lecture: Prophet Jeremiah Symphony Leonard Bernstein's Jeremiah Symphony uses verses from the Book of Lamentations to portray the tragedy of the destruction of Jerusalem and Solomon's Temple in 587 BCE. The authorship of "Lamentations" is traditionally ascribed to Jeremiah, the prophet who lived during that period. In this class we will look at two separate aspects of this fascinating and most important of the biblical prophets: Jeremiah in his historical context as a political figure advocating a pacifist stance, and Jeremiah as a wrathful and tragic messenger of God's word. In the first two sessions of this class, Noah Hadas will guide us to look at two separate messengers of God's word. In the third session (May 10), Nuvi Mehta, San Diego Symphony's pre-concert lecturer who also performed as a violinist with the SD Symphony for several seasons, will present on the Jeremiah Symphony which will be performed at Copley Hall over the weekend of May 11-13. Mehta is an extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic lecturer who comes from a renowned musical family and attended conducting seminars with Leonard Bernstein himself.

Admission/Cost: $50 - $60

Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center
4126 Executive Drive
San Diego, CA 92037

Dates and times:
Thursday, April 26 - 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Thursday, May 3 - 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Thursday, May 10 - 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

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3:30 PM Dia de las Madres Join us for a special Día de las Madres celebration! Make something nice for Mom. Huichol yarn painting craft and cupcake decorating for all ages followed by a special jewelry raffle for moms.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Logan Heights Library
567 S. 28th St.
San Diego, CA 92113

Thursday, May 10 - 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

For more information, please call: (619) 533-3968 or visit:
6:00 PM Gator by the Bay Festival San Diego's annual "Gator By The Bay," the largest, most-authentic Louisiana-themed music and food festival this side of the bayou!

Presented by the Bon Temps Social Club of San Diego, this celebration features four days of live music with more than 100 musical acts and special performances on seven stages as well as a delicious array of southern cuisine, including 10,000 pounds of fresh crawfish trucked all the way from Opelousas, Louisiana!

Since its inception in 2001, the festival has grown to showcase a diverse selection of music genres including blues, salsa, Zydeco, Cajun and country. The festival boasts five wooden dance floors, including two 3,000 square foot shaded dance floors at each of the two main stages.

Family Fun: Special family fun activities include the costumed Mardi Gras parades, outrageous hat-making with the Rad Hatter and colorful face painting. To learn all about family fun at Gator by the Bay, visit our website.

Food: Attendees can indulge their palates in Louisiana-raised crawfish, boudin sausage, catfish, alligator, barbecue and oysters from vendors in The French Quarter Food Court.

Kick-Off Show: Gator by the Bay will kick off on Thursday at 6:00 PM with a concert double-headlined by blues vocalist Shana Morrison and Louisiana-bred Sonny Landreth. Morrison, who started her career in her father, Van Morrison's, band is known for musical stylings of pop with a side of blues and rock. Landreth, known as "King of Slydeco," is one of the most advanced guitarists of our time and has developed a unique style that has captivated audiences across the world.

Admission/Cost: $20 - $90, Multi-day passes available.

Spanish Landing Park
North Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA

Dates and times:
Thursday, May 10 - 6:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Friday, May 11 - 3:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Saturday, May 12 - 10:30 AM to 12:00 AM (Midnight)
Sunday, May 13 - 10:30 AM to 7:30 PM

For more information, please visit:
6:00 PM Film: Grave of the Fireflies A devastating meditation on the human cost of war, this animated tale follows Seita (Tsutomu Tatsumi), a teenager charged with the care of his younger sister, Setsuko (Ayano Shiraishi), after an American firebombing during World War II separates the two children from their parents. Their tale of survival is as heartbreaking as it is true to life. The siblings rely completely on each other and struggle against all odds to stay together and stay alive.

Admission/Cost: ???

Groundwork Books
0323 UCSD Old Student Center
9500 Gilman Dr
San Diego, CA 92037

Thursday, May 10 - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

For more information, please call: (858) 452-9625 or visit:
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM Film: Anna Karenina Presented by popular demand!

Directed and choreographed by Angelica Cholina, this internationally award-winning Vakhtangov Theatre production of Anna Karenina is a choreographed interpretation of Leo Tolstoy's classic novel. Cholina strives to find the equivalent of Tolstoy's words in harmony and movement, with every gesture holding meaning. The music of Alfred Schnittke helps to reveal the characters and their depth, together with elegance and mood corresponding to the amplitude of the novel. A crowd favorite in Moscow which plays to sold-out houses month after month, this meticulously detailed and gorgeous Anna Karenina is an example of the new Russian theater scene, fearlessly focusing on the visceral, allowing audience members to form their own interpretations.

Admission/Cost: $10

THE LOT - Liberty Station
7611 Fay Avenue
San Diego, CA 92106

Thursday, May 10 - 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

For more information, please visit:
7:00 PM Music: Grupo Niche Grupo Niche is a salsa group founded in 1978 in Cali, Colombia. Currently based there, the group enjoys great popularity throughout Latin America. It was founded by Jairo Varela and Alexis Lozano.

Admission/Cost: $42 - $100

House of Blues
1055 Fifth Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101

Thursday, May 10 - 7:00 PM

For more information, please call: (619) 299-2583 or visit:
7:00 PM Film: In Guerra Per Amore The latest film by Pierfrancesco Diliberto (aka "Pif," a renowned Italian TV host and political comedian) is a tender comedy set against the backdrop of World War II. Sicilian emigrant Arturo is in love with Flora, but she's betrothed to the son of a New York mafia boss. Arturo's only option is to ask Flora's father for her hand—however, he still lives in Sicily. Penniless but determined, Arturo takes a "free" passage to Italy by enlisting in the U.S. military at the start of the Allied invasion. Mixing history with outrageous comedy and political satire, Guerra per Amore is like Forrest Gump by way of Mel Brooks—equal parts funny, charming and irreverent.

Admission/Cost: $12

La Paloma Theatre
471 S. Coast Hwy. 101
Encinitas, CA 92024

Thursday, May 10 - 7:00 PM

For more information, please visit:
7:00 PM Stage: Sherlock Holmes, The Final Adventure "The game is afoot, Watson—and it is a dangerous one!"

Just when Sherlock Holmes thinks he's at the end of his career, a case presents itself that he cannot pass up. The King of Bohemia is about to be blackmailed by someone with a notorious photograph, and the woman at the heart of this crime is the famous opera singer, Irene Adler. With Doctor Watson, his trusted companion at his side, Holmes pursues first the case, and eventually the elusive affections of Miss Adler as he is unwittingly drawn into the lair of his longtime adversary, that malevolent genius of crime: Professor Moriarty. Expect danger, intrigue, wit, humor and surprise in Dietz' exciting take on the world's most famous detective!

Admission/Admission/Cost: $10 - $50

Stagehouse Theatre
Grossmont College
8800 Grossmont College Dr.
El Cajon, CA

Dates and times:
Ongoing from May 10 - May 19, 2018
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays - 7:00 PM
Matinees Saturday - 2:00 PM
7:30 PM Music: Noche Del Recuerdo In celebration of Mexican mother's day (May 10th), the Athenaeum Art Center is hosting its second annual bolero concert featuring local musicians Mariela Contreras, Domenico Hueso and Irving Flores. They will share their passion for the beautifully romantic, and at times nostalgic, bolero ballad. Join us as the musicians serenade us, inviting us to collectively honor our mothers.

Admission/Cost: $10 - $15

Athenaeum Art Center School of the Arts
1955 Julian Avenue
San Diego, CA 92113

Thursday, May 10 - 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

For more information, please call: (858) 454-5872 or visit:
7:30 PM Book Signing: Love and Ruin In 1937, twenty-eight-year-old Martha Gellhorn travels alone to Madrid to report on the atrocities of the Spanish Civil War and becomes drawn to the stories of ordinary people caught in the devastating conflict. It's the adventure she's been looking for and is also her chance to prove herself a worthy journalist in a field dominated by men. But she also finds herself unexpectedly—and uncontrollably—falling in love with Hemingway, a man on his way to becoming a legend.

In the shadow of the impending second world war, and set against the turbulent backdrops of Madrid and Cuba, Martha and Ernest's relationship and their professional careers ignite. But when Ernest publishes the biggest literary success of his career, For Whom the Bell Tolls, they are no longer equals, and Martha must make a choice: surrender to the confining demands of being a famous man's wife or risk losing Ernest by forging a path as her own woman and writer. It is a dilemma that could force her to break his heart, and hers.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Warwick's Bookstore
7812 Girard Avenue
San Diego, CA 92037

Thursday, May 10 - 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

For more information, please call: (858) 454-0347 or visit:
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