August 22, 2008

Calendar of Events:

Public Library Screens “Calavera Highway”

San Diego Public Library and The San Diego Latino Film Festival invite you to a film screening and discussion of Calavera Highway. Calavera Highway is the new production by the filmmaking team of and Renee Tajima-Peña (Who Killed Vincent Chin?, My America…or Honk if You Love Buddha) and Evangeline Griego (Sir! No Sir!, Chevolution, God Willing), who recently collaborated with editor Johanna Demetrakas (Amand-la!) on “The Mexico Story” of the acclaimed PBS series, The New Americans. This free event takes place at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, August 24, in the third floor auditorium of the Central Library, located at 820 E Street in downtown San Diego.

When brothers Armando and Carlos Peña set off to carry their mother’s ashes to south Texas, their road trip turns into a quest for answers about a strangely veiled past. As they reunite with five other brothers, the two men try to piece together their family’s shattered history. Why was their mother cast out by her family? What happened to their father, who disappeared during the notorious 1954 U.S. deportation program Operation Wetback? Calavera Highway is a sweeping story of seven Mexican-American men grappling with the meaning of masculinity, fatherhood and a legacy of rootless beginnings.

An intimate and elegantly crafted work of cinema verité, Calavera Highway encompasses universal familial tensions, Mexican-American identity, the responsibilities of fathers (and sons) and the psychic malleability of map-drawn borders. Gail Perez, Ph.D., and Ruben Murillo, Ph.D., professors in the Ethnic Studies Department at University of San Diego, will facilitate a discussion after the screening.

Learn about other events at the San Diego Public Library’s Central Library and 35 branch-es, find links to numerous additional resources, or search for materials in the Library’s catalog online at www.sandiego

38TH Annual Barona PowWow Celebrates Native American Culture

Celebrate Native American culture and traditions at the 38th Annual Barona PowWow on Friday, August 29 through Sunday, August 31. Native American dancers from across the country will showcase traditional Tribal dances and compete for cash and prizes totaling more than $60,000 during the three-day event. The Barona PowWow will also feature traditional singing and music, a hand drum contest, authentic Native American cuisine and exquisite hand-crafted arts and jewelry. The festivities will take place at the Barona Baseball Field (just one mile north of the Barona Valley Ranch Resort & Casino) on the Barona Indian Reservation, located at 1095 Barona Road in Lakeside. Admission and parking are free.

Indulge your Taste Buds and Celebrate Culinary History in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park!

A historical celebration of culinary traditions will be held in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park as part of the Stagecoach Days Dinner and Fifth Annual Taste of Slow Food San Diego. The event will be held under the stars on the Plaza, Saturday, August 23rd from 5 pm-9pm.

The evening will feature live entertainment including “Hot Pstromi”, providing a musical journey through the 1800s. For reservations: http://brown or contact Frances McMeeken at 619.688.6447.

4th Annual Summer Salsa

Young Audiences of San Diego is hosting its 4th Annual Summer Salsa fundraiser on Saturday, August 23rd from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. This festive event is being held at the McMillin Event Center/NTC Promenade at Liberty Station in Point Loma. Tickets are $35 per person in advance and $40 per person at the door. The proceeds from the fund-raiser will benefit arts education programs in San Diego County.

Summer Salsa, which is open to the public, includes a salsa lesson, professional salsa demonstration, dancing to a 13-piece band, buffet dinner, no-host bar, raffles, and bidding on silent auction items — from plane tickets and a week in Provence, to dinners out and golf packages.

Now celebrating its 45th year, Young Audiences of San Diego is the oldest and largest San Diego nonprofit whose sole mission is arts education, encompassing music, dance, theatre, visual arts and creative writing.

Contact: Hilliard Harper at Young Audiences of San Diego at (619) 282-7599 and/or

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