By Berenice Cisneros
Exhibition of artist Marques Vickers Flamenco
** 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.
25th Anniversary Season of Lyric Opera of San Diego
** 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
** “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 a true-life story
** 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.
Free Event - Art & Culture Night
**On April 17th and May 15th, Old Town’s art and cultural community, galleries, restaurants and shop owners will join together for “Art & Culture” Night. This free event takes place from 6-9 PM between San Diego Avenue and Harney Street. It includes a drawing for various prizes, such as a three piece Samara sword set provided by Alad-din’s Treasures, theatre tickets, dinners and restaurant appetizers. Refreshments will be served. Call 692-4260 for more information.
Drama with live jazz
** Community Actor’s Theater presents “My Father, My Father” a drama with live jazz about a father trying to save his own son from the perils of his own upbringing. Running from Friday, April 9 through May 2nd. Adult language. Admission $20. For reservations call 978-2000.
Exhibition of Images of Exploration
** The Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA) in San Diego is pleased to present an exhibition of images of exploration that span the history of photography. Wanderers, Travelers and Adventurers: Images of Exploration from the Permanent Collection of the Museum of Photographic Arts, will feature 85 images by 61 photographers, on view from April 9th through August 1st. Images in this exhibition will exemplify the many ways that photographs were, and still are being used to present inspired vision from all over the earth, and beyond. Visit www.mopa.org for information about exhibitions, programs and special events.
San Diego Day of Percussion
** SDSU School of Music & Dance will present the San Diego Day of Percussion on Saturday, April 10 at SDSU Music Building, from 1-6 PM. Tickets range from $10 - $3. There will also be raffles of cool percussion gear by Yamaha, Vic Firth, Kamen, Mike Balter Mallets, Audix, P-Bag, and California Percussion LLC.
Earth Day on April 22
** Earth Day is coming up on April 22 so head out to any Starbucks in San Diego and pick up a free bag of spent coffee grounds. This program, which began in 1995, offers complimentary coffee grounds to customers for use in gardens and compost bins year-round. The coffee grounds which are high in nitrogen, offer a valuable source of nutrition for gardens and can be used as a side dressing for vegetables, roses and other plants.