June 27, 2008

Calendar of Events:

Jason Castro, Colombian Idol

Written by Mary Falcon

Jason Castro is the first Colombian finalist of the television show American Idol on the Fox network. He is 21 years old and has won over the American public with his talent, originality and smile. In addition to singing, he plays guitar and drums. He was born in Dallas, Texas, but he is the first member of his family to be born outside of Colombia. Jason’s version of the song “Hallelujah” which he performed on American Idol, combined with favorable comments from the judges, led the song to reach number one on the list of songs for the virtual store iTunes. Also during the show he sang the song ‘Fragile’ (‘Fragilidad’) in both English and Spanish. Hundreds of thousands of Jason’s fans have voted for him and he earned his spot as one of the top four contestants on the show. Castro is often described by family and friends as a good, honest person who wants to help the community. Prior to this singing competition, he was involved in several mission trips to Russia with his church. He also enjoys Colombian food, with Bandeja Paisa among his favorites. Castro has definitely earned the respect of a lot of people because of his humble nature. Each week an average of 30 million Americans watched him on the show and now he will be traveling to more than 50 cities across the United States and Canada to sing on the American Idol concert tour. The fame of this young Colombian continues to grow.

The concert of American Idol will be held at San Diego Sports Arena on July 2 at 8:00 pm. For more information about the American Idol concert tour and to buy tickets, visit http://tour.americanidol.com

Artist Reception for Great new art from Spain, San Diego and Baja artists

Where: Galeria on Broadway, 2323 Broadway Studio 202, San Diego in Golden Hill

When:; Saturday June 28th from 6:00pm-9:00pm

What: Exhibit of “Journeys in Time” paintings, drawings and photography from three exciting artists that will take you through their journeys in time.

Why: Network and socialize with new and old friends while enjoying Art, Wine &Music

Ramon Barajas was born in Tijuana, Baja California and studied art at the prestigious Academy of San Carlos in Mexico City. Whether painting portraits, abstracts, landscapes or surreal images he is a master with a brush and sells his work in galleries throughout Mexico and the United States.

Luis Garzon Masabo was born in Santiago de Cuba and trained at the Escuela Provincial de Artes Plásticas in Santiago and the Instituto Superior de Artes, Ciudad de La Habana. Much of his art reflects its own journey from Africa to Cuba and now to Mexico. Luis now lives, creates and teaches in Tijuana, Baja California.

Born in Spain, Juan Lama is a Scientist and artist who’s photography will stir your mind and soul and turn you into a seeker and traveler. If you never get to travel to far off places check out his web site www.juanlama.com and hold on to your passport. The people and places he captures with his camera will awaken your imagination and just might challenge you to see for yourself the beauty that lives around you.

22nd Annual Festival of the Arts

The 22nd annual La Jolla Festival of the Arts promises something for everyone with loads of new Festival activities this weekend, June 28 and 29 from 9:00am to 5:00pm and enjoy over 190 renowned artists, live entertainment and gourmet food. New to the Festival this year are book signings by Warwick’s, The Art of Chocolate, an exotic car display and an environmental faire.

Relax with weekend-long entertainment with Eve Selis on Saturday from 11:30am to 1:30pm, Fred Benedetti from 2:00pm to 3:00pm and The Jazz Ensemble of San Diego from 3:15pm to 4:30pm. On Sunday, see The Mar Dels from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm and Harriet Berholtz from 3:00pm to 4:30 pm. Additionally, musicians will be playing as you stroll throughout the Festival.

Our exotic car display will get your motor going. See a 67’ Obsidian SG ONE. The only one of its kind on earth, the Obsidian is automotive art form at its finest. The Festival also showcases a 67’ Super CoupeR, 68’ all-original Shelby, 67’ Stingray Corvette and 29’ Durant.

A Festival favorite for kids of all ages, the interactive kids zone will feature crafts from the San Diego Park and Recreation Department, kayak painting from the Mission Bay Aquatic Center and a super-jump, sure to inspire creativity.

The Festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday, June 28 and 29, from 9:00am to 5:00pm at the University of California San Diego’s East Campus, located at Genesee Avenue and Regents Road.

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