Established by Chicano activists on April 22, 1970, Chicano Park has received national and international acclaim as a major outdoor public art site known for its powerful mural paintings depicting the past and present struggle of Mexican and Chicano history.
“We didn’t Cross the Border, the Border Crossed Us,” will be the theme of this year’s 37th Annual Chicano Park Day Celebration, which will be held on Saturday, April 21, at 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in historic Chicano Park. Chicano Park is located in the Barrio Logan community of San Diego, south of downtown San Diego. This family celebration is free and open to the public.
This year’s Chicano Park Day will feature events for the whole family, including traditional music and dance, and an extraordinary performance of indigenous Aztec danza.
Contemporary music will be performed by several local and regional artists, including Acteal, Quinto Sol, Los Romanticos, Peace x Piece, Ledesma Brothers, Koryn Cuevas and Dr. Strangelove & The Atomic Cowboys.
Also featured will be poetry readings and guest speakers, including a keynote address by human rights activist Enrique Morones of Border Angels. In addition, there will be a classic lowrider car display presented by Amigos Car Club, food, arts and craft vendors, and children’s arts and craft workshops led by noted Chicano artist/muralist Victor Ochoa.
This family celebration is free and open to the public. Established by Chicano activists on April 22, 1970, Chicano Park has received international acclaim as a major outdoor public art site for its commanding mural paintings of the past and present struggle of Mexican and Chicano history.
Chicano Park is located off Interstate 5 Cesar Chavez Parkway exit under the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge. For more information, visit the Chicano Park Steering Committee online at www.chicano-park.org or call 619-563-4661
The Mexican poet Alberto Blanco will be giving a bilingual poetry reading next Friday, April 20th at 7 p.m. in the Theater of the Institute of Peace and Justice at the University of San Diego. Monica Abrego and members of the Mariachi Champana Nevin will open the event with selections from Nevin’s “Al Aire Libre: Canciones Para Entrar En Materia” based on Blanco’s poetry. For more information, please contact the Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of San Diego at 619-260-4070.
Multicultural Earth Day 2007 on Sunday, April 22, at 11 a.m. at the WorldBeat Cultural Center (2100 Park Boulevard). Featuring: Elijah Emanuel and The Revelations, Albino, Afro-Beat from San Francisco, Mili Mili World Music From Los Angeles, Al Howard and the K-23 Orchestra, Quinto Sol Alierta from Columbia, Bolga Zohdoomah - High-life from Ghana, and Sibtil from Martinique. For more info, call 619-230-1190.
Los Bilingual Writers invite you to an afternoon of eloquent prose in a garden of Fine Art Photography. Come and enjoy the readings of writer Gualas Nuñez and poetry from Olga Gutierrez and Megan Webster among crimson petals and sepia majestic columns and Koi in colorful ponds at the Ricardo Vela Studio Gallery (2923 Upas St). Takes place on Sunday, April 22, at 3 p.m. For more info, call Irene at 619-384-7144 or Ricardo at 619-757-6516.
Katrina Solidarity Tour: People’s Hurricane Relief Fund West Coast Tour, featuring New Orleans rappers and grassroots organizers Sess 4-5 and Demetrius, Tchaiko Kwayana from California Cares for Katrina’s Kids, Down But Not Out short film with director Arthur Saenz. Takes place Saturday, April 21, at 6 p.m. in the Coffee House on Broadway (2991 Broadway at 30th).
Misa Bilingue de Gracias at St. Paul’s Cathedral (2728 6th Ave) featuring a sermon by Borders Angel founder Enrique Morones. “Not One More Death” is the cry for this Marcha Migrante II event, which will be followed by a forum with active participants in the effort for human rights for migrants along the U.S. Mexico border. This will take place at 1:00pm on Sunday, April 22.For more info, call Reverend Canon Mary Moreno Richardson at 619-985-5682.
In response to massive violence in Oaxaca, Atenco and Chiapas, Activist San Diego is calling a March Against Police Brutality from Oaxaca to San Diego on Wednesday, April 25, beginning at Pantoja Park (G St and Kettner Blvd) at 6 p.m. and marching to Horton Plaza. The Bike Bloc will also be meeting at Balboa Park Fountain at 5 p.m. For more info, contact ASD at 619-226-1116.
This is the last week to submit: ¿Recuerdos de tus abuelitos? Los Bilingual Writers is accepting bilingual poetry, prose and narrative submissions for their next anthology. If your abuelos ever shared a piece of their history with you and you are a talented writer, submit no more than three pieces of work by next Tuesday, April 30, to email@example.com.
Hola Latin Music Fans! Last week’s jam had the most horn players come and sit in with Bill Caballero and his Latin Jazz Session at Voz Alta (corner of 16th and Broadway) in Downtown. Patrons were complimented fresh roasted coffee with homegrown Latin beats. Sessions are every Thursday, beginning at 7:30. For more info, call Bill at 619-628-8568 or visit him online at www.caballeromusic.com.
The Lemon Grove Historical Society will present the annual lecture by Professor Robert R. Alvarez, son of Mexican American civil rights defender in the 1931 Lemon Grove Incident that led to school desegregation. He will discuss the political, historical and moral context of the U.S. Mexico border Thursday, May 3, at 7 p.m. in the H. Lee House Cultural Center (3205 Olive St) in Lemon Grove. Free to the public. For more info, call 619-460-4353.
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