A traveling troupe of teen actors, The Community Actors Theatre, addresses drugs, alcohol, family abuse and death in a four skit performance called “Making Healthy Choices.” CAT is a seven member cast of 14 to 23 year olds raising awareness about issues affected young adults today and will begin this five skit performance this Friday, Jan 5, until next Sunday at CAT Theatre (2957 54th Street). Shows begin at 7 p.m. on Fri and Sat, and 3 p.m. on Sun. $8 cover. For more info, call 619-264-3391.
You may have noticed that there is a resurgence of rock in San Diego. Bands are currently playing around San Diego, featuring music that would have fit right in during the glory days of KGB-FM. Call it Retro or Roots Rock, it’s making its way back to the clubs, on airwaves, and this Saturday, Jan 6th, at the new Hot Monkey Love Café (6875 El Cajon Blvd), where Sweettooth, Citizen Band, and electric musician Scott Wilson will be performing at 8 p.m. Some may sound the death knell for rock music, but it is alive and kicking at this newly remodeled venue for the underground. For info, call 619-469-4113.
In honoring the Zapatista movement that led to the uprise of indigenous people in the Mexican state of Chiapas in 1994, Chicano Perk Café (129 25th St) is hosting a month long series of events, Enero Zapatista, organized by La Colectiva Zapatista de San Diego. This week, the series of events begins with the viewing of the films Zapatista (Big Noise Films) on Tuesday, Jan 9, at 6:30 p.m. and La Otra, a documentary about indigenous struggles in Oaxaca, on Thursday, Jan 11, at 6:30 p.m. Both shows will be followed by discussion. For more info, call 619-746-2559 or contact via email at email@example.com.
Hola Latin Music Lovers! The Quinteto Caballero, a Latin Jazz project of San Diego’s own jazz sensation Bill Caballero, is starting up a weekly jam session this Wednesday, Jan 10, at Dolce Restaurant and Lounge (4014 Bonita Road) from 8 to 11 p.m. $5 cover for non-dining guests. For more info, call 619-628-8568.
Don Bartletti is a photographer for the L.A. Times and the Union-Tribune, recently drawing acclaim for his collection “The Roads Most Traveled: Photographs of Migration.” Agustín Victor Casasola is a legendary early 20th Century photojournalist from Mexico City, renowned as an artist for his historical compilation “Mexico: the Revolution and Beyond.” Both artists’ work will be on display for their final week (to close next Sunday, Jan 14) at The Museum of Photographic Art (1649 El Prado in Balboa Park). Don’t miss your chance to view these historic photos. For more info, call MoPA at 619-238-7559.
Activist San Diego invites you to confront racial injustice every Saturday and Sunday morning. Find out how on Wednesdays at The Friends of Day Laborers meetings at 7 PM at Activist Center (4246 Wightman Street San Diego, CA 92105). For info, call 619-528-8383.
Chicano Perk Café y Cultura is back in Sherman Heights and reintroducing spoken word Wednesday nights, hosted by dub music artist Ras Pablo Aztlán. For the month of January, this will be a series in association with Enero Zapatista events, a month long sequence of events, organized by Colectiva Zapatista de San Diego, dedicated to the struggle of indigenous peoples of Oaxaca, México. Open mic begins at 6:30 p.m. For more info, call 619-746-2559.
Cinema en tu Idioma is Media Arts Center San Diego’s monthly screening program which presents a hit Spanish-language film from Latin America or Spain. Next Friday, Jan 12, The Latino Film Festival series presents O casamento de Romeu e Julieta at UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas (7510 Hazard Center Drive in Mission Valley). Brazilian director Bruno Barreto introduces Julieta, a professional athlete, and Romeo, an oftalmologist, who fall in love. They’re both fanatic soccer fans who, little do they know, adore two rival teams. Love and lies ensue. For more info, call MCASD at 619-230-1938.
San Diego’s own Latin Jazz performer Bill Caballero is taking his group, Trece de la Suerte, to Tijuana next Saturday, Jan 13, for some late night Salsa at La Antigua Bodega del Papel (11th Street between Avenida Madero and Revolución). For more info, call 619-633-9174. Music starts at 10:30 p.m. There will be a cover charge.
(Planning a noteworthy junta, event, or show that the San Diego Latino/Latina community should know about? Send it to La Prensa at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadlines are every Tuesday if you plan to host on the following Friday.)