October 3, 2008

Calendar of Events:

3 for $300 Poetry Slam

On Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 6:30 p.m., Poetry & Art in the Museum of the Living Artist hosts another poetry/visual art combination slam for writers, artists and performers. This is a winner-takes-all poetry competition with a slight twist: Performers who bring and show visual art connected in some way to their poetry will earn extra points. Performers may also use (and are encouraged to use) artwork hanging in the museum’s current exhibit. Simply pick a painting, and we’ll display it front and center for the audience while you read. Winner takes home $300.

What is Poetry Slam? Here is the official word from Poetry Slam, Inc.: “A poetry slam is a competitive event in which poets perform their work and are judged by members of the audience. Typically, the host or another organizer selects the judges, who are instructed to give numerical scores (on a zero to 10 or one to 10 scale) based on the poets’ content and performance.”

Signups start at 6:30 p.m., but performers can pre-register by emailing poetryand artsd@gmail.com. Due to the number of participants in our previous slams, this time we will put all names in the hat for lottery and take only 18 performers. Top three finishing poets will be considered for a full feature in the Museum of the Living Artist. Come on down and slam, judge or simply enjoy the show!

Entry is $5, free for members. Event takes place at SDAI/MOLA, 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park. To learn more about Poetry Slam, visit www.poetryslam.com.

An Afternoon of Chicano Spoken Word

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, SDSU welcomes Chicano poet, writer and educator, Tomás Riley, for an “Afternoon of Chicano Spoken Word” at 4 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 6 in Casa Real.

Riley was a finalist for the 2004 California Voices Award from Poets & Writers Magazine, and is a 10-year veteran of the San Diego-based spoken word collective The Taco Shop Poets.

Riley is an SDSU alumnus and founding member of The Voz Alta Project, which provides a space for San Diego visual and performing arts.

Having taught students at the elementary and college level, Riley now mentors up-and-coming teen writers in the Mission District of San Francisco at Youth Speaks, a nonprofit literary arts organization for the city’s youth.

To learn more about the work of Tomás Riley, visit his website at www.yofoolio.com.

Grab Your “Passport to Adventure” at Fiesta Del Rio in Imperial Beach Sun. October 5th!

This fifth annual Fiesta, on Sunday, October 5, 2008, features a full afternoon of adventure with brand children’s activities and playwright Daniel Valdez’ short production that commemorates the 1769 expedition. Fourteen booths featuring San Diego’s leading environmental and cultural organizations will be there, including the Native handicraft booth with the art and pottery of contemporary Kumeyaay artisans. The FREE event takes place at the Imperial Beach Pier Plaza. The Fiesta begins at 1:00 p.m.

Each October, Fiesta del Río celebrates the many cultures and unique biological diversity of our borderlands during National Wildlife Refuge Week and in honor of National Estuaries Day.

16th Annual Vaquero Days: Western Heritage Festival Benefits Local Youth Groups

DESCANSO, CA — For 16 years, the annual Vaquero Days held in Descanso has honored California’s unusual and unique blend of Spanish and Western heritage. This year’s event, to be held on October 18th & 19th pays tribute to the early Californios through music, cowboy poetry, horsemanship demonstrations, and competition.

Visitors to the historic site at Granny Martin’s ranch will enjoy seeing many people in period dress, and get the opportunity to see demonstrations by skilled blacksmiths, leather workers, saddle makers, and others. According to Garry McClintock, who helped organize the first Vaquero Days in 1992, “When you are a vaquero, or buckaroo as they call them today, you take pride in making all the stuff you use on your horses,” McClintock said, “We’re just trying to preserve that history to allow people the opportunity to know it existed.”

Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the Alpine Amigos 4H horse project, Mountain Empire 4H, Mountain Empire Future Farmers of America (FFA), Los Cal-ifornios Heritage Association college scholarship fund, Granville Museum, and the Descanso Town Hall Association. These organizations strive to make a positive difference in the lives of young people by teaching leadership, citizenship, and life skills.

Over 30 vendors will be present offering unique western art, clothing, gifts, and tack & saddlery. Authentic western style BBQ will also be available.

The event runs from 9:00a.m. to 6:00p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, rain or shine. Admission for adults is $10, or $15 for both days. Children are free with parents. Vaquero Days is held at Granny Martin’s ranch 24019 Japatul Valley Rd., Descanso.

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