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Wednesday, Nov 21
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
9:30 PM Music: Flabba Holt, Cultural Roots & Winston Hussey
Thursday, Nov 22
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
7:30 PM Stage: Miss Bennet-Christmas at Pemberly
8:00 PM Stage: The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Friday, Nov 23
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
8:00 PM Film: Crazy Rich Asians
8:00 PM Stage: The Mystery of Edwin Drood
8:00 PM Stage: Miss Bennet-Christmas at Pemberly
Saturday, Nov 24
3:00 PM Stage: Miss Bennet-Christmas at Pemberly
8:00 PM Music: Akae Beka & Spiritual
8:00 PM Music: Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Band
8:00 PM Film: Crazy Rich Asians
8:00 PM Stage: The Mystery of Edwin Drood
8:00 PM Stage: Miss Bennet-Christmas at Pemberly
Sunday, Nov 25
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
11:00 AM House of Lebanon Lawn Program
2:00 PM Stage: The Mystery of Edwin Drood
2:00 PM Stage: Miss Bennet-Christmas at Pemberly
Monday, Nov 26
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
3:00 PM Talk: Anthropology and Theology
6:30 PM Discussion: The Chicano Blowout of 1968
7:00 PM Grossmont College Afro-Cuban and Jazz
Tuesday, Nov 27
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM Lecture: Guerra! The People and Places of the Mexican-American War in San Diego
4:00 PM Film: Nowhere to Call Home
Wednesday, Nov 28
5:00 PM Panel Discussion: Health Issues in Sub Saharan Africa
6:00 PM Music: TRES & Debora Galan
Thursday, Nov 29
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
6:00 PM Ramen Festival
7:30 PM Stage: Miss Bennet-Christmas at Pemberly
8:00 PM Music: Orkesta Mendoza
8:00 PM Stage: The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Friday, Nov 30
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
5:00 PM Documentary Film: Liyana
8:00 PM Stage: The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Saturday, Dec 1
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
2:00 PM Film: Selma, Lord Selma
3:00 PM Stage: A Christmas Carol
4:00 PM Talk: Afrofuturism Reloaded
4:00 PM Film: Ang Larawan
7:00 PM Music: Metropolitan Klezmer
7:00 PM Yalda (Pesian New Year) Celebration
7:00 PM Yalda (Pesian New Year) Celebration
7:00 PM Film: Lorna
8:00 PM Stage: A Christmas Carol
8:00 PM Stage: Miss Bennet-Christmas at Pemberly
Sunday, Dec 2
9:30 AM Persian Bazaar
2:00 PM Stage: A Christmas Carol
2:00 PM Stage: The Mystery of Edwin Drood
2:00 PM Stage: Miss Bennet-Christmas at Pemberly
7:00 PM Stage: A Christmas Carol
Monday, Dec 3
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
5:00 PM Talk: Digital Media and Youth in China
Tuesday, Dec 4
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
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Less than one half of all Americans have a passport. People without passports not only can't go to far away places like Asia, Africa, Europe or South America, without a passport you can't even travel to Mexico or Canada. An important step in becoming a global citizen is actually getting out there and experiencing other cultures first hand. Don't limit your options! Passports don't expire for 10 years, think ahead and apply for or renew yours today! The steps to apply for a passport are not as daunting as they may seem. Whether you are looking to apply for a new passport or to renew your current passport, follow the steps in our handy guide!

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Over the last several years the city of Tijuana has gone through a culinary renaissance that has captured the attention of the world. Despite the tragic violence the city has experienced, creative chefs and restaurateurs have worked hard to transform Tijuana into a premier destination for great food. Although traditional Mexican cuisine is the base, the innovative chefs of Tijuana have reached new horizons in culinary creativity.

Article and Photos by Isabella Paoletto
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Our latest briefs on international and cross-cultural people, places and happenings in and around San Diego. Find out about the latest cultural adventures Worldview Project Volunteers and the WVP Cultural Explorer's Club is up to!

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Ok, we have told you how to apply for or renew your passport! What's next? Well you could just hop on a plane, travel to some far-off land, check into a tourist hotel and go on a bunch of tours to see the local cultural treasures. Indeed we have all done this. But do you want have a deeper cultural experience, one in which you live, eat and stay with local people? Do you want to possibly save some money? Do you have a yearning not just to travel but also do good? If so, read on!

Also, want to travel to learn a new language (or improve your skills) intensively? Then check out our guide to language immersion programs.

Compiled by Julie Tran & Alexandra Harvey
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The Center for World Music is a unique nonprofit organization whose mission is to foster awareness and understanding of the world's diverse performing arts and cultures through public performances and teaching. Its primary purpose is to draw public attention to the diversity of the world's performing arts traditions: Asian, African, European, Latin American, and American.

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Today San Diego's Little Italy is a bustling commercial, dining and entertainment district. But more than a half century ago, it was a largely residential area populated by Italian families, most of which were involved in San Diego's thriving tuna industry. Over the next few decades, Little Italy became a self-contained neighborhood with its own grocery stores, bakeries, restaurants, a Catholic church, an elementary school, a drugstore, and a fire department. Then a half century ago the community was cut in half by the expansion of San Diego's freeway system, devastating a once thriving community. Read about Little Italy's rich past and about local efforts to preserve the neighborhood's unique ethnic character and identity.

By Tony Rocco
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A stone's throw from the Gaslamp Quarter, on the corner of 3rd Avenue and J Street, lies the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum. The museum offers San Diegans an artifactual, pictorial and interactive look into the history of San Diego's Chinese-American inhabitants. Admission is an affordable $2. The museum features numerous cultural, historical and artistic displays as well as regularly held educational programs for children and adults. For a small extra fee the museum also offers docent-lead tours of the permanent collection and featured exhibits as well as tours of the remnants of San Diego's former Chinatown.

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Kourosh Taghavi, instrumentalist, vocalist and Persian classical musician boasts a passionate approach to music that has impacted audiences around the world. His collaborative projects with master musicians and local cultural organizations work to fulfill his lifelong dream to promote Persian classical music. More recently, his ongoing efforts with the Center for World Music bring the setar and Iranian culture to San Diego school districts through hands-on instruction in Persian classical music.


By Amanda Kelly
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Home to 48 million people, South Korea takes great pride in its traditions and history. A great example is its delightful food culture that, despite having influenced by other cultures over time, has remained unique among the world's cuisines.

By Julie Park

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