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Sunday, Dec 9
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
2:00 PM Stage: All is Calm -The Christmas Truce of 1914
2:00 PM Migration and Human Rights Exhibition Opening
2:00 PM Stage: A Christmas Carol
7:00 PM Stage: A Christmas Carol
8:00 PM Music: Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn
Monday, Dec 10
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:45 AM 10th Annual Nutcracker Holiday Tea
6:00 PM SDSU World Music Series
Tuesday, Dec 11
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
11:30 AM Free Asian Brush Painting/Sumi-e Class
6:00 PM Health and Peace-building in Africa
6:00 PM Talk: Virtual Visit to Normandy
7:00 PM Film: George Takei’s Allegiance
7:30 PM Music: Gamelan and Mariachi Ensembles
8:00 PM Music: Jose Feliciano
Wednesday, Dec 12
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
6:00 PM Book Signing: Jean Guerrero
7:30 PM Stage: A Christmas Carol
Thursday, Dec 13
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
4:00 PM Stage: Five Farces by Anton Chekhov
7:00 PM Italian Film: Una Donna Per Amica (A Woman As A Friend)
7:30 PM Mariachi Sol De Mexico: A Merry-achi Christmas
7:30 PM Italian Film: Un Matrimonio da Favola (A Fairy-Tale Wedding)
7:30 PM Stage: La Pastorela De La Familia
7:30 PM Stage: A Christmas Carol
8:30 PM Music: La Santa Cecilia & SM Familia
Friday, Dec 14
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
9:30 AM Sports: Qi Gong(Chi Gong)
7:00 PM California Ballet: The Nutcracker
7:00 PM Civic Youth Ballet: The Nutcracker
7:00 PM City Ballet: The Nutcracker
7:00 PM Stage: Five Farces by Anton Chekhov
7:30 PM Stage: La Pastorela De La Familia
8:00 PM Film & Live Music: Love Actually
Saturday, Dec 15
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
12:00 PM Old Town Las Posadas
1:00 PM Southern California Ballet: The Nutcracker
2:00 PM La Pastorela De La Familia
2:00 PM California Ballet: The Nutcracker
2:00 PM Civic Youth Ballet: The Nutcracker
2:00 PM City Ballet: The Nutcracker
3:00 PM Stage: A Christmas Carol
7:00 PM Southern California Ballet: The Nutcracker
7:00 PM Yalda Celebration at Sufi
7:00 PM City Ballet: The Nutcracker
7:00 PM California Ballet: The Nutcracker
7:00 PM Stage: Five Farces by Anton Chekhov
8:00 PM Stage: A Christmas Carol
Sunday, Dec 16
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:45 AM 10th Annual Nutcracker Holiday Tea
1:00 PM California Ballet: The Nutcracker
2:00 PM City Ballet: The Nutcracker
2:00 PM La Pastorela De La Familia
2:00 PM Stage: A Christmas Carol
2:00 PM Civic Youth Ballet: The Nutcracker
5:00 PM City Ballet: The Nutcracker
7:00 PM Stage: A Christmas Carol
7:30 PM Stage: La Pastorela De La Familia
Monday, Dec 17
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Tuesday, Dec 18
All Day Free Admission to Japanese Friendship Garden
All Day Free Admission to Mingei International Museum
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
11:00 AM Art: Japanese Kokedama workshop
12:55 PM Film: Bolshoi Ballet's 'The Nutcracker'
Wednesday, Dec 19
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
6:00 PM Film: Bolshoi Ballet's 'The Nutcracker'
7:00 PM FILM & DISCUSSION: CRAZY RICH ASIANS
7:00 PM California Ballet: The Nutcracker
7:30 PM Show: Irish Christmas in American
7:30 PM Stage: A Christmas Carol
Thursday, Dec 20
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
3:00 PM Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
7:30 PM Stage: La Pastorela De La Familia
7:30 PM Stage: A Christmas Carol
Friday, Dec 21
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
9:30 AM Sports: Qi Gong(Chi Gong)
7:00 PM California Ballet: The Nutcracker
7:30 PM Stage: La Pastorela De La Familia
8:00 PM Festival: A Hanukkah & Winter Solstice Celebration
8:00 PM Stage: A Christmas Carol
Saturday, Dec 22
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
2:00 PM La Pastorela De La Familia
2:00 PM California Ballet: The Nutcracker
2:00 PM Civic Youth Ballet: The Nutcracker
7:00 PM City Ballet: The Nutcracker
7:00 PM California Ballet: The Nutcracker
7:30 PM Stage: La Pastorela De La Familia
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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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.

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