April 28, 2006

Cinco de Mayo Calendar of Events

Old Town’s Fiesta Cinco de Mayo

There’s just nowhere else more appropriate to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than San Diego’s Old Town — come for music, margaritas, mariachi and even kids’ events.

Five on Five Block Party: Cinco de Mayo in the Gaslamp

Cinco is another great excuse for a block party in the Gaslamp. Bands and DJs get the fiesta started. Gaslamp Quarter, May 5. 5 pm - midnight

Fiesta Poblana

Want to learn more about the story behind Cinco de Mayo? Centro Cultural de la Raza hosts an evening of dance and history on May 5 in Balboa Park. May 5, 8 pm.

Oceanside Cinco De Mayo Fiesta

Latino music festival, food, music, entertainment. May 7, 11am-5pm, Oceanside Pier Amphitheater. 760-761-1140

Cinco de Mayo in Chula Vista

Don’t miss the largest street fair in South County on April 30! Live entertainment on two stages, 200 craft and food booths, kids activities and dancing from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Chula Vista, Third Avenue from E to G Streets.

MUSIC

Jaguares: If you’re thinking about jumping into the surging sea of Spanish-language music, rock en Espanolers Jaguares would be the springboard. Pala Casino and Resort. May 1.

Aterciopelados: Fusing their experiments with elec-tronica while adhering to their cultural roots, Aterciopelados swims through tracks enveloping rock-boleros and Latin alternative. House of Blues, May 3.

B-Side Players: This salsa-based tribe of funky jazzsters has earned its reputation as one of San Diego’s hottest party bands. House of Blues, May 5.

ARTS

The Romeros: Have a regal classical music experience with “The Royal Family of Guitar,” the Romeros, at California Center for the Arts, Escondido, (CCA). May 6, 7:30 pm. May 7, 2 p.m.

Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano: Recognized as mariachi masters, this group from Mexicali plays CCA on Cinco de Mayo. May 5, 8 pm.

“Goya’s Portraits”: Francisco de Goya not only captured the traditions of old Spain but also its turmoil. San Diego Museum of Art collaborated with the Museo Nacional in Mexico City to bring works by the master and modern artist to San Diego.

Enjoy a Fiesta in the Birthplace of California
Old Town San Diego is Home to Fifty Historic Sites and Museums

The Wells Fargo Old Town Fiesta Cinco de Mayo Presented by Barona (Fiesta) will be May 6 and May 7. The Fiesta will run Saturday from 12:00 noon until 10:00 pm and Sunday from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm. Old Town is the birthplace of California and home to fifty historic sites and museums that will all be open during the Fiesta weekend.

Take a stroll down San Diego Avenue starting at the Old Town State Historic Park (Park) and one will walk along one of the oldest streets in San Diego home to many historical sites and museums. The Park is where the city of San Diego began in the mid-1830s. Today, the Park recreates the setting of California life during the Mexican and early American periods, 1821-1872.

During Fiesta, visitors will have the chance to take a free ride on the famous Wells Fargo Concord Stagecoach pulled by six horses. These rides will be available in the parking lot near the museum from 12:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. In addition, there will be a free gold panning activity for children. Children will pan for gold and then exchange their treasures for chocolate gold coins from Wells Fargo. Gold panning will be available on Saturday and Sunday.

Continuing to walk through the Park on the south end of the plaza one will see the influence of Native American life in California through the “My Ancestors Village” display produced by the Barona Band of Mission Indians and the Barona Museum. This tribute to the local Tribes and the important role they have played in San Diego’s history will bring to life the food, culture and lifestyle that is unique to Barona and other Indians indigenous to the region.

While still in the Park visitors can see the reconstruction of an 1860’s working blacksmith shop and stable by going to Black Hawk Smithy and Stable Museum. Next stop is The Seeley Stables, a reconstructed stable and barn house with a fine collection of horse drawn buggies, wagons and carriages. Keep strolling to see the Mason Street School, built in 1865 as the first public school house in San Diego.

Staying on San Diego Avenue visit the Catholic Immaculate Conception Church, one of the oldest churches in San Diego or see the Mormon Battalion Museum. Visit El Campo Santo on San Diego Avenue, an adobe-walled cemetery that was established in 1849 as a private burial place for the elite. Learn about the history of religion in Old Town by visiting The Little Adobe Chapel the first parochial church in the first parish in California after the secularization of the Missions in 1832.

Welk Resort Theatre Presents Latin Gems
Celebrating Latin American Music, Dance, and Culture

Escondido — The Welk Resort Theatre is very proud to celebrate Latin American culture during the month of May by featuring Latin Gems - a theatrical, musical, and dance presentation featuring tremendous vocal talent, sizzling dance numbers, and a salute to Latin American culture in California.

The Welk Resort Theatre continues to expand entertainment opportunities for guests of and visitors to The Welk Resort. Latin Gems will compliment musical stage productions and the Magic and Comedy evenings already being featured at The Resort.

Latin Gems will be presented on Friday evenings —May 5, 12, 19, and 26— at 8:00 p.m.  Special events will also be taking place on the evening of May 5 in honor of the celebration of Cinco de Mayo.

Latin Gems was conceived by Carlos Mendoza to bring Latin and American cultures together to share this culture with a wide range of audiences. With the increasing popularity of Latin recording artists and the salsa dancing craze taking America by storm, Latin Gems has played to enthusiastic audiences of all nationalities, male and female, young and old.

The cast of seven features the extraordinary voices of twins - Carlos and Mauricio Mendoza. Both performers grew up and received their education in San Diego at United States International University. Carlos is Artistic Director for Hispanic Arts Theatre and has been seen on the Welk Theatre Stage in Evita and The Welk Musical Christmas. Mauricio received his MFA degree from the University of San Diego and the Old Globe professional training program.  He has been featured for three seasons on Showtime’s family drama Resurrection Boulevard and in the Telemundo and Tri Star series Angeles.

The seven dance ensemble members bring a wealth of professional experience to the Welk stage to create a wide variety of Latin dance styles to delight audience members.

Some of the musical numbers featured in Latin Gems include Copacabana, Babalu/Cuban Pete, Perfidia/Brazil, Besame Mucho, Amor, amor, amor, Cumbanchero and Mi Tierra/Hablamos el mismo idioma.

For further ticket information contact the Welk Theatre Box Office at 760-749-3448 or 1-888-802-7469.

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