August 31, 2007

Calendar of Events:

Iggy Racing and the San Diego Blood Bank are hosting a blood drive on Friday, August 31st, 2007 at 3302 32nd street, San Diego. Please contact Iggy Silva at (619) 283-0461 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Journalist and fine art photographer Ricardo Vela will present his new photography book “Out of the Shadows” on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 3 p.m. at the Ricardo Vela Gallery, 2923 Upas St., San Diego. The book presents a collection of Vela’s photos on the 2006 immigration rallies in the county. Free event. (619) 546-9135.

Media Arts Center San Diego’s San Diego Latino Film Festival and Otay Ranch Town Center bring the best of short and feature family films from Mexico for all ages to enjoy this September Que Viva! Cine Mexicano 2007. In Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and Mexico’s Independence, once per week for the entire month of September, Otay Ranch Town Center shoppers and residents of San Diego County will experience great Latino art, live music, and a collection of Mexican family features and shorts. Screenings and events will take place Wednesdays from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM September 5, 12, 19 and 26. All screenings, live music and art to take place at the Food Pavilion at Otay Ranch Town Center.

Malcolm X Branch Library presents a Hispanic Heritage Month showing of the film “La raiz olvidada” (“The Forgotten Roots”) which details the history of Mexico’s often-overlooked African populations. Drawing on interviews and archival imagery, the film takes us from the slavery of the colonial era to today’s Afro-Mexican communities in Guerrero, Oaxaca, Campeche, Morelos and Veracruz. The film argues that Mexico’s famous mestizaje includes the important contributions of African groups, as well as Spaniards and Indians, brought about by Mexico’s 500 years of African history. Directed by Rafael Rebollar, 50 minutes, 2001, Mexico. When: Wednesday, September 19, 6 to 8 pm. Where: Valencia Park/Malcolm X, 5148 Market St., San Diego, CA 92114, (619) 527-3405.

El Toyon Recreation Center in National City will begin its registration period for its Tiny Tots program on Monday, Sept. 10, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The center is located at 2005 East 4th. St. Children must have been born on 2003. Classes are held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:15 to 11:15 a.m. or from 12 to 3 p.m. (619) 336-4290.

Young and veteran Latin musicians perform in the Caballero’s Latin Jam at Voz Alta, 1544 Broadway, San Diego. Every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. (619) 230-1869.

La Invasora 99.7 FM will host the Fiestas Patrias Mexican Independence Day Celebration on Sunday, Sept. 9, at Memorial Park in Barrio Logan. Performers include El Chapo de Sinaloa, Los Nietos, among others. Free event.

The Oceanside Chapter of The American G.I. Forum is presenting Mariachi Chula Vista in concert. The Mariachi is comprised of students from Chula Vista School District. Dinner is included in the price of admission. The proceeds from this fundraiser provides Scholarships for AVID Students. DATE: Saturday, September 15, 2007 ADMISSION: $25 per ticket for dinner & concert. PLACE: Martin Luther King Middle School, 1290 Ivey Ranch Road, Oceanside, Ca. Make checks payable to AGIF, mail to Pete Magana, 1233 Langford Street, Oceanside, Ca. 92058. Or you may call: Magana 760-757-6276 Johnny Lozano 760-724-1890

San Diego Central Library Hosts Jack Getze, Author of Big Numbers

Former reporter, stockbroker finds happiness as mystery novelist with a Mexican accent

The City of San Diego Public Library will host an author talk by Jack Getze about his recently released book Big Numbers. Equal parts mystery thriller and dark comedy, Mr. Getze’s first published novel is based on his experiences as a New Jersey trader, retail broker, and financial counselor. His literary alter ego Austin Carr has a strong affection for virtually all things of Mexican origin, drawing upon Mr. Getze’s experiences growing up in Los Angeles and writing for the Los Angeles Times and the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner. This event will be held on Sunday, September 9 at 2:00 p.m. in the second floor meeting room of the Central Library, located at 820 E Street in downtown San Diego. The event is FREE to the public.

Wise cracking Austin Carr has been searching for a way out of the stock and bond business in which his shrinking income isn’t able to keep up with the alimony and child-support payments. When Carr’s richest client tells him that he’s dying, and the future widow offers tender consolation, a tale of noir greed unfolds. With yet another person trying to murder Austin Carr—this time by means of a six hundred pound giant bluefin tuna—the down on his luck stockbroker recalls the events, miscalculations and character flaws that led to his current dire predicament. Copies of the book Big Numbers will be available for purchase at the event.


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