This Wednesday, Dec 6, join MANA, the Mexican American National Association MANA for their Annual Holiday Celebration. This non-profit group fosters leadership development, community service, and advocacy within the Latina community and promotes opportunities for self-development, education, economic, political, health and social awareness. This event takes place at Side Bar (536 Market Street) in San Diego and will begin at 6 p.m. They are also accepting applications for the Sylvia Chavez Memorial Scholarship, with a February 1, 2007 deadline. Please visit www.sd mana.org more information about MANA de San Diego or contact Teresa Davies at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 7th Art Around Adams event will take place this Saturday, Dec 2, along Adams Avenue in Kensington. This year’s expanded event will include over 50 artists, showcasing original art including paintings, drawings, mixed media and sculpture; and will feature performances by the nationally renowned Sushi Performance and Visual Arts Company and the EVEOKE Dance Theatre, two locally based forces for progressive art and performance innovation. Wine tasting included. Exhibits will run between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. and performances between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. The venue route stretches over a mile, from Vista Street in Kensington (6 blocks east of Highway 15 and the Adams Avenue exit); to 30th Street in Normal Heights (1 blocks west of Highway 805 and the Adams Avenue exit). Free Trolley Available Along Venue Route.
Whether it’s the star-struck Prancer, a.k.a. Hollywood, the manic gay Cupid, the militant feminist Blitzen, or the gang-banging Comet, what they have to say may not be pretty. Hear the truth! What happened to Vixen? Why is Rudolph in a padded room? The play Eight Reindeer Monologues features Santa’s famous reindeer as they break their long-held silence and blow the whistle on the jolly old elf’s perversions. What do those reindeer really think of Mr. And Mrs. Claus? Find out at this hilarious holiday special playing at Penn Theatre (3704 6th Ave in Hillcrest) this Sunday, Dec 3, through Dec 20. For show times, reservations, and ticket prices, call (619) 688-9210 or visit Penn on the web at www.6thatpenn.com.
Salsa musician Manny Cepeda has evolved as a Puerto Rican with musical talents of over 48 years and as a professional that spurs the Island’s passion and historical rhythms. His group, Ritmo Caribe, combine conceptual music from the Caribbean, Salsa, Merengue, and Cuban influences to create a flavor of unique Latin music. This Sunday, Dec 3rd, they will be performing at the new Hot Monkey Love Café (6875 El Cajon Blvd), along with the son of a legendary musician, Tito Puente Jr. Over the past two years, Tito Jr. has found captive audiences who echo his father Tito Puente’s passion. Crowds once lured by the father’s magic have returned to enjoy the son. Doors open at 8 p.m. for this event. Open to all ages. $12 at the door. For more information, call Alma Felan at (619) 469-4113.
Help protect migrant workers from the harassment of the Minute Men. Friends of Day Laborers, an organization of Activist San Diego, meets every Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. in the Activist Center (4246 Wightman St) in City Heights. They plot out strategies of how to peacefully and creatively oppose racist actions by the Minutemen toward workers every Sat and Sun mornings at various locations in San Diego.
SAY San Diego (Social Advocates For Youth a 501 (c)(3)not for profit organization) is urgently looking for bilingual tutors and mentors in San Diego. Tutors will be recruited throughout the school year and mentors are always needed. For more information on SAY San Diego, please go to www.saysandiego.org or email me at ymurillo@saysan diego.org.
Visit the Otay Mesa Industrial Park and the Ejido Chilpancingo and learn about maquiladora conditions and struggles at the Tijuana Maquiladora Tour next Saturday, Dec 9, at 9 a.m. Take part in discussions with workers and labor rights advocates from CITTAC. The tour is sponsored by the San Diego Maquiladora Workers’ Solidarity Network and the Tijuana Workers Information Center. The tours will begin at the San Ysidro Trolley Station, where patrons will cross the border gate and travel to our locations in Tijuana using chartered buses for transportation. The tour costs a donation of $30 and $20 students to cover the bus, lunch, and a donation to Tijuana worker organizations. For info and reservations, contact Herb Shore at sdmaquila @cox.net or by phone, (619) 287-5535.
(Planning a noteworthy junta, event, or show that the San Diego Latino/Latina community should know about? Send it to La Prensa at raymond.beltran@covad. net. Deadlines are every Tuesday if you plan to host on the following Friday.)