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Wednesday, Jul 24
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Thursday, Jul 25
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
2:00 PM Yoichi Nakama Art Exhibit Opening and Workshop
4:00 PM Talk: Roberto Martínez
5:30 PM Stage: Comedy of Errors
7:00 PM Music Tribute to Mongo Santamaría & Jack Costanzo
8:00 PM Stage: Avenue Q
Friday, Jul 26
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
2:00 PM Book Signing: Jean Guerrero - Crux
5:00 PM The Golden Age of Spain Concert, Film and Art
5:30 PM Stage: Comedy of Errors
7:00 PM Music: Bulevar Descaega
7:00 PM La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival
7:00 PM Stage: Sweeney Todd
8:00 PM Film: Volver
8:00 PM Stage: Avenue Q
Saturday, Jul 27
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM Oral History Workshop: Jiātíng Gùshì
12:00 PM Vista Japanese Obon Festival
2:00 PM Stage: Sweeney Todd
5:30 PM Stage: Comedy of Errors
7:00 PM La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival
7:00 PM Stage: Sweeney Todd
8:00 PM Stage: Avenue Q
Sunday, Jul 28
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
12:00 PM House of Peru Lawn Program
12:00 PM Vista Japanese Obon Festival
2:00 PM Stage: Sweeney Todd
3:00 PM Stage: Avenue Q
7:00 PM Music: Led Kaapana
8:30 PM Film: Selena
Monday, Jul 29
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Tuesday, Jul 30
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Wednesday, Jul 31
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Thursday, Aug 1
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
5:30 PM Stage: Comedy of Errors
Friday, Aug 2
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
5:30 PM Stage: Comedy of Errors
Saturday, Aug 3
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
5:30 PM Stage: Comedy of Errors
Sunday, Aug 4
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
4:00 PM Saptavarna: Seven Shades of Dance
Monday, Aug 5
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Tuesday, Aug 6
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events

< Thursday, May 9, 2019 >

All Day Ongoing and Extended Events


* Note: newest and shorter run productions can be found in our regular calendar listings.

Exhibitions and Art

Between Two Worlds
Until July 28, 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 Japanese Friendship Garden
Ongoing, 3rd Tuesday of each month

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


Kids Meet Mandarin
Ongoing Fridays

Chinese Storytime
Ongoing Mondays

Spanish Storytime
Ongoing Mondays

Bilingual Storytime
Ongoing Fridays

Classes and Workshops

Capoeira Angola de Sao Bento Grande
Ongoing Saturdays

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

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
3:00 PM Talk: Mobilizing Without the Masses in China When advocacy organizations are forbidden from rallying people to take to the streets, what do they do? When activists are detained for coordinating protests, are their hands ultimately tied? Based on political ethnography inside both legal and illegal labor organizations in China, Diana Fu from the University of Toronto reveals how state repression is deployed on the ground and to what effect on mobilization.

Fu's award-winning book presents a novel dynamic of civil society contention - mobilizing without the masses - that lowers the risk of activism under duress. This dynamic represents a third pathway of contention that challenges conventional understandings of mobilization in an illiberal state

Admission/Cost: FREE

School of Global Policy and Strategy
Classroom 3202
U.C. San Diego
La Jolla, CA 92093

Thursday, May 9 - 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
4:00 PM Stage: Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) This comedy and gender-bendy romp retells Shakespeare's Othello and Romeo and Juliet through a feminist lens. By Ann-Marie MacDonald.

Admission/Cost: $10 - $15

Howard Brubeck Theatre at Palomar College
1140 W. Mission Road
San Marcos, CA 92069

Dates and times:
Ongoing from Friday, May 3 until Sunday, May 12, 2019
Thursdays - 4:00 PM
Fridays - 7:00 PM
Saturdays - 7:00 PM
Sundays - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM Talk: Madagascar-Africa's Ghost Island A story that encompasses 4 years of work on the Masoala Peninsula in northeastern Madagascar. The story starts with a 100+ mile bio-transect through undisturbed rainforest and carries through living in a tiny village where tragedy and a four-year-old boy forever changed how Bill would implement conservation programs. ECOLIFE Conservation and win-win conservation programs that address core issues was the product of this epiphany. Bill received his bachelor's degree and master of sciences degree from the University of California at Davis (UCD) where he studied ornithology and reproductive physiology and behavior. His graduate work was dedicated to understanding the causes of decline of the California condor. Bill worked for the Zoological Society of San Diego where he held a variety of positions. He led the first 13 years of work on the California condor from collecting the first egg to releasing the first birds, spent 10 years as the curator of birds then spent his final years with the zoo as director of applied conservation programs, a position that took him around the world numerous times. Bill co-founded ECOLIFE Conservation in 2003 and left the Zoological Society in 2008 to take on full-time leadership of ECOLIFE where he currently serves as executive director. Bill has worked in 32 countries and traveled to well over 100 countries. Together with his wife Sunni Black they enjoy sharing their stories from around the world. Complimentary vegan refreshments provided by Elaine Bryan, Holistic Nutritionist from Body and Soul Nourishment. Presented in conjunction with the North County Climate Change Alliance May 9 - 2019 5:30:00 PM at the Vista Library, 700 Eucalyptus Ave, Vista, CA 92084

Admission/Cost: FREE

Vista Library
700 Eucalyptus Avenue
Vista, CA 92084

Thursday, May 9 - 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
6:00 PM Gator by the Bay Festival Presented by the nonprofit Bon Temps Social Club of San Diego, the four-day, family-friendly cultural celebration will feature more than 100 live musical acts and special performances on seven stages, plus dance floors filled with happy dancers. Authentic Cajun, Creole and Southern cuisine is another highlight of the festival— including 10,000 pounds of live crawfish trucked in fresh from Opelousas, Louisiana, grilled oysters, gumbo, jambalaya, crawfish etouffee, red beans and rice, crab cakes, alligator, frog legs, fried okra, lobster mac & cheese, po'boys and beignets. Special family fun activities include costumed Mardi Gras parades, outrageous hat-making with the Rad Hatter and colorful face painting.

Admission/Cost: $30 - $45

Spanish Landing Park
4077 N. Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101

Dates and times:
Thursday, May 9 - 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Friday, May 10 - 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Saturday, May 11 - 10:30 AM to 8:00 PM
Sunday, May 12 - 10:30 AM to 7:00 PM
6:30 PM Manila Disco Fever The first ever evening concert in the Globe's free AXIS performing art series! Break out your bellbottoms and take a trip back in time to the Filipino disco songs of Manila Sound, a musical genre that emerged in 1970s Filipino nightclubs and has seen a resurgence in recent years. Inspired by American disco, funk, and pop, Manila Sound mixed Filipino musicality, catchy melodies, and a laid-back style to create what some call the Golden Age of Pinoy music. The dance floor will be open, so get ready to boogie all night long!

Admission/Cost: FREE

The Old Globe
1363 Old Globe Way
Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101-1696
MAP - [Park Map]

Thursday, May 9 - 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
7:00 PM Film: La Ragazza del Mondo (Worldly Girl) What happens when a Jehovah's Witness falls in love with a "worldly person"? And what does it mean to be a worldly person? This complicated love story takes place within the clashes between reality and the closed world of religious sects and speaks to anyone who has experienced a forbidden relationship. Giulia lives in the closed world of the church of the Jehovah's Witnesses, which fiercely excludes those on the outside. Libero lives in the world of everyone else, those who make mistakes, who get by trying again, and who love unconditionally. When Julia meets Libero, she discovers the possibility that another destiny may be open to her, with everything to choose — even if the choice leads to being completely cut off from the world she belongs to. Libero will give Giulia the biggest gift of love of all: the freedom to belong to the world, a new world with a bright future.

Admission/Cost: $12

La Paloma Theatre
471 South Coast Highway 101
Encinitas, CA

Thursday, May 9 - 7:00 PM
8:00 PM Benoit Charest: The Triplets of Belleville The Triplets of Belleville will be screened with live music by the score's composer, Canadian guitarist Benoit Charest. The Triplets of Belleville (French: Les Triplettes de Belleville) is a 2003 animated comedy film written and directed by Sylvain Chomet.

Admission/Cost: $28 - $68

Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center
7600 Fay Avenue
San Diego, CA 92037

Thursday, May 9 - 8:00 PM
8:00 PM Stage: Spiritrials A young African American man is stopped by the police without clear cause. Again and again and again. The tenth stop leads to entanglements with the courts, jail, and attorneys, with potentially life-changing results. In Spiritrials, addiction, religion, and the law intersect in a court-ordered drug rehabilitation program.

Dahlak Brathwaite's incisive humor transforms a chilling personal story into a vital performance that layers character-driven storytelling and poetic verse with original songs to create a hybrid hip-hop drama, accompanied by beats from DJ Dion Decibels. A virtuosic and timely exploration of the criminal justice system, Spiritrials chronicles the journey of Brathwaite's own criminalization along with his struggle to be vindicated and decriminalized in the eyes of the law and society. The piece works through the personal shame of criminal stigmatization to examine the factors—both internal and external—that have misplaced him in what appears to be a cultural rite of passage.

Admission/Cost: $15 - $25

Price Center East Ballroom
U.C. San Diego
La Jolla, CA

Thursday, May 9 - 8:00 PM
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