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Tuesday, Jul 23
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
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

< Saturday, May 25, 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
9:30 AM National Tap Dance Day Flash Mob Come out and tap with us in celebration of National Tap Dance Day! Help us bring this great American art form to the Plaza de Panama in Balboa Park.

National Tap Dance Day is every May the 25th and is a day designated by a bill in Congress to celebrate the art of tap dancing. The date was chosen out of honor and respect for the late Bill "Bojangles" Robinson whose birthday was also on the same day.

Balboa Park gets very crowded on the weekends and this is a holiday weekend. Arrive early to avoid traffic/parking delays.The Recital Hall will be open by 9:00am for any of you wanting to arrive early. Links to Balboa Park parking and tram information. CLICK HERE

Admission/Cost: FREE - Register

Balboa Park
Recital Hall/Plaza De Panama
2130 Pan American Rd W
San Diego, CA 92101
MAP - [Park Map]

Saturday, May 25 - 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
10:00 AM Harmony in Action Cross-Cultural Non-Profits Fair Do you want to promote greater cross-cultural awareness, inclusiveness, tolerance and peace? Do you want to help others in need?

Then . . .

Come learn more about many of the finest non-profit international organizations operating in San Diego who are making the world a better place for all of us. Meet with their leaders and representatives and find out how to get involved in the important work they do. Internship and volunteer opportunities will be a special focus of this Harmony in Action. Please note that this is an information event and no direct fundraising is allowed.

Confirmed Organizations (more to come!):

Brazilian Portuguese and Arts Programs
Burundi Friends International
CRY - Children's Rights and You
Center for World Music
Global San Diego
Hands of Peace
Hostelling International
International Folk Dancers of Balboa Park
Kids for Peace
License to Freedom
SSubi is Hope
Survivors of Torture, International
The Persian Cultural Center
The San Diego World Affairs Council
The San Diego Sister Cities Association
The United Nations Association
The Women's International Center
World Vision
The Worldview Project (Participant Observer)

Admission/Cost: FREE

Patio B
Balboa Park
San Diego, CA
MAP - (See map below!)

Saturday, May 25 - 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

10:00 AM Czech That Film Festival The annual Czech film festival titled Czech That Film has been established in 2012. Currently, it is the largest Czech cultural event in the United States. It is a film festival of best recent Czech films held throughout the United States every year, with a range of screenings and discussion with cast and crew. The four-month-long festival keeps growing every year. Its sixth edition will reach 15 major US and Canadian cities (Los Angeles, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Austin, Washington, Denver, Dallas, Atlanta, New York City, Little Rock, Portland, Minneapolis, Chicago, San Diego, Seattle, Toronto). Films to be screened:

The movie trilogy Garden Store consists of three separate films taking place against the backdrop of the most dramatic periods of the last century. It tells the story of three families: a family of an air radio operator, a family of a hair salon owner, and a family of a garden store owner.

All three movies will be introduced by the Oscar-nominated director Jan Hrebejk, and there will be a moderated discussion following the second movie. All movies are in Czech with English subtitles.

Screening schedule:
10:00 AM - Family Friend (Folllowed by a lunch break)
1:30 PM - Deserter (Followed by a discussion with the Oscar-nominated director Jan Hrebejk)
4:30 PM - Suitor (Followed by announcement of the silent auction winners and opportunities for pictures and authographs)

A silent auction benefiting The Czech School San Diego will be held during the day. Items will include autographed DVDs of Jan Hrebejk's movies, experience packages, and other items.

Admission/Cost: $13 - $30

Museum of Photographic Arts
Balbo Park
1649 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101
MAP - [Park Map]

Saturday, May 25 - 10:00 AM
11:00 AM Lebanese Food Festival Join us for a memorable weekend of fun, food and heritage as we celebrate our 16th Annual Lebanese Food Festival. Guests will feast on traditional Lebanese Food like Saj Zaatar and Cheese, Tabbouleh, Hummus, Stuffed Grape Leaves, Falafel, Beef Shawerma, Chicken Kabob, and a wide assortment of Gourmet Sweets. Along with the exquisite food, there will be Evening Live Music & Dancing, Folkloric Performances throughout the day, A variety of Booth with Lebanese Specialties, Beer & Wine Garden, Hookah Bar, Carnival Rides, Cooking Demonstration and a Raffle Grand Prize a 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA250. Come and share our passion for delicious Authentic Lebanese Cuisine, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Admission/Cost: $3

St. Ephrem Catholic Church
750 Medford Street,
El Cajon, CA

Dates and times:
Saturday, May 25 - 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Sunday, May 26 - 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM
4:30 PM Oddissi Dance Benefit Concert Rudraprasad Swain and two additional internationally recognized dancers and dance teachers, Shalini and Shibani Patnaik, will be the featured artists at the Annual Recital of the CWM Odissi Dance School.

In support of the victims of Cyclone Fani, which severely battered northeastern India and Bangladesh, this event will be a benefit concert. The damage from the cyclone has been especially catastrophic in the state of Odisha, the home of Odissi.

The recital will be a family program, with performances from all students. Students will perform items they have learned at the school under the guidance of the Odissi Dance School's dance master, Rudraprasad Swain.

Admission/Cost: FREE but donations for cyclone victims will be gratefully accepted.

La Costa Canyon High School
David H. Thompson Performing Arts Center
1 Maverick Way
Carlsbad, CA 92009

Saturday, May 25 - 4:30 PM
7:00 PM Performance: Riqueza Latina Celebrating our cultures through the art of burlesque and performance art.

• Bobbie Burlesque
• Remy Rouge
• Kirby La Brea
• Sweet Dee
• Minx Meaow
• Delysia Decadence
• Von Bella
• Jamilet My 1st Student
• Lucy May
• Ginger N Whiskey
• The Lil Sweets

Age limit: 21+

Admission/Cost: $15 - $100

Queen Bee's Art & Cultural Center
3925 Ohio Street
San Diego, CA 92104

Saturday, May 25 - 7:00 PM
8:00 PM Film: Casablanca Fall in love again. An exotic and glamorous setting. Heroic sacrifice. The triumph of idealism over cynicism in "a world gone mad." Humphrey Bogart is the world weary ex-pat. Ingrid Bergman is the mysterious old flame who reignites his life. Cinema Under the Stars is an intimate outdoor movie theater, located directly behind Tops Salon in Mission Hills. Admission is $17 for members, $18 at the box office, or $20 online (pay with cash or check only). Online reservations begin on Wednesday at 9:00 AM The box office opens at 6:00:00 PM on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Popcorn, candy and assorted hot and cold drinks sell for $2 each and a classic cartoon is screened before most films. Heaters and blankets are provided to keep you warm.

Admission/Cost: $17 - $20

Cinema Under the Stars
4040 Goldfinch Street
San Diego, CA 92103

Dates and times:
Thursday, May 23 - 8:00 PM
Friday, May 24 - 8:00
Saturday, May 25 - 8:00 PM
Sunday, May 26 - 8:00 PM
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