By Berenice Cisneros
** San Diego’s Gallery Saccade will present an exhibition of Northern California artist Marques Vickers Flamenco and Figurative dancer series entitled “Art Jondo: Rhythm in color”, February 27-April 10. Vickers’ dancers are a contemporary articulation of the human figure integrating abstract color fields with intense brushtrokes reflecting the movement and grace of a dancers rhythm. Vickers’ work has been exhibited and profiled internationally and is part of several individual, public art and corporate collection. One of his works has been selected annually in open competition for the past four consecutive years for exhibition at the MAC21 Contemporary Art Fair in Marbella, Spain. The exhibition runs from February 28 through April 7. The Gallery Saccade is located at 1702 Kettner Boulevard in San Diego’s “Little Italy” section. For additional information contact Gallery owner Sharon Haluska at (619) 546-9169.
** Enjoy the magic and music of The Music Man on stage at the San Diego School of Creative & Performing Arts. This timeless classic will open at the SCPA Florence Johnson Grand Theatre on Thursday, March 25 and continue through Sunday, April 3. For tickets and additional information contact the SCPA Box Office at 619-470-0555, ext. 232.
** Lyric Opera San Diego begins a year-long celebration of its 25th Anniversary Season with the crown jewel of the operetta repertoire, Johann Strauss Jr.’s Die Fledermaus, opening March 26 at the Casa el Prado Theatre in Balboa Park. Full season subscriptions are $56 to $92 and are now available by calling the Lyric Opera Box Office at 239-8836.
** “Two Sisters and a Piano” is a play that tells the tale of two Cuban sisters struggling to preserve sanity and beauty in a dangerous political climate. The Tony Award winning Old Globe is pleased to present this wonderful performances scheduled to play in the Cassius Carter Centre Stage in Balboa Park, March 6 through April 11. Based in 1991 Havana, just after the collapse of the Soviet empire, two sisters are placed under house arrest for speaking out against Castro’s regime.
** M Butterfly tells the incredible true-life story of a French diplomat brought to conviction for espionage by a bizarre twenty-year affair with a Beijing Opera diva. Not only had the French diplomat failed to recognize that this lover was a spy; he’d also failed to recognize that “she” was a he. All performances are at Diversionary Theatre located at 4545 Park Boulevard in San Diego. Opens March 20 and continues through May 2. For ticket purchases call 220-0097 or visit us online at www.diversionary.org.
** City Ballet of San Diego is presenting the premiere of a new ballet, “House of Aba” based on the famous play by the Spanish writer Federico Garcia Lorca. “La Casa de Bernarda Alba” presented April 2-4 at the Garfield Theatre in La Jolla, located at 4126 Executive Drive. For tickets call the box office at (858) 272-863.
** The 17th Annual Santa Fe Market, a free celebration of the colorful arts, crafts, jewelry and cultures of Native Americans and the American Southwest, will return to Bazaar del Mundo in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park on April 2, 3 and 4. Navajo, Cherokee, Zuni and Hopi tribe members, along with other noted Southwestern artists will appear, demonstrating and presenting their wares in the decorated Bazaar del Mundo courtyard. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
** Saturday, April 3 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., at Copley Symphony Hall, the San Diego Symphony will perform Carmina Burana, conceived by Composer Carl Orff and under the direction of conductor Will Kesling along with soprano Kathleen Halm, tenor John Edward, baritone Lars Mellander and Classical Concerts International Chorus and the San Diego Children’s Choir. This performance is presented as a concert piece achieving the dramatic impact that Orff had hoped. Tickets range from $20-$80 and can be purchased in person at the Symphony’s ticket office at 750 B Street, downtown or by calling the ticket office at 619-235-0804.
** Are you interested in adopting a pet? IKEA San Diego is hosting a mobile pet adoption April 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot. Those who adopt an animal that day will receive a complimentary PALS plastic dog or cat food bowl from IKEA. Adoption fees are $75 for adult dogs and cats more than six months of age and $100 for dogs and cats under six months of age. Fees include spay/neutering, current vaccinations, a permanent microchip ID and a certificate for a free veterinary examination. For more information call 563-4532.
** Maria Figueroa, a Chicano Studies professor from San Diego City College will present a special 1 hour lecture on Friday, April 2 at 11:30 a.m. She will begin at Chicano Park with a guided tour of the murlas and conclude at Chicano Perk with a discussion and follow up with the park’s history. This is a great opportunity to get a feel for the barrio from an academic perspective. This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact ildi at 702-5414.