By Berenice Cisneros
Mexican Imagery on Paper
Back from Tomboctou Gallery and Imports will present “Mexican Imagery on Paper.” This is an exhibit showcasing original Volantes or broadsheets, Mexican Cinema lobby cards and old Cinema movie posters.
Volantes are printed song-sheets or corridos themes such as romance, the Revolution of 1910-1920, or political figures. Broadsheets date back to the earliest days of the printing press in western culture.
Lobby cards were movie advertisements made for feature film. They are a rare and fascinating glimpse into the Golden Era for Mexican Cinema. These items have become highly collectible artworks, and will be on exhibit Back from Tomboctou from April 1 to May 1. (619) 282-8708, 3564 Adams Ave., San Diego.
Easter Lily Display
From Friday, April 4 through Wednesday, April 23, nearly 300 Easter Lilies will be on display in Balboa Park’s Botanical Building. In addition to this popular display, the Botanical Building, one of the world’s largest wood lath structures, contains over 2,100 permanent tropical plants, a carnivorous plant bog, and a ‘touch and smell’ garden. The event is free and open to the pubic.
Deporting the Divas
Premiering March 29 through May 10 at Diversionary Theatre, “Deporting the Divas.” These divas are grand, fabulous and illegal. This is a satirical comedy about illegal aliens passing as citizens, men passing as women, gay passing as straight, Anglos passing as Latinos and even playwrights passing for characters. Diversionary Theatre is located at 4545 Park Blvd. in San Diego. You may purchase your tickets by calling (619) 220-0097.
International Film Festival
April 13, Marriage Certificate @ 9 PM, it’s a comic tragedy that tells the story of a girls’ parents troubled marriage.
April 13, Master of the Game @ 9 PM, it’s about four Jewish escapees from WWII.
April 14, Daughters of the Sun @ 7PM, it’s about a girl pretending to be a boy so that she can work and help support her family.
April 14, Raising Victor Vargas @ 9PM, it’s about a 17 year-old Dominican young man living in the Lower East Side of New York.
April 18, Divine Intervention @ 7PM, it’s a funny film about the absurdities and difficulties of an Arab’s daily life.
All films shown at the Price Center Theater. For more information and for ticket purchases call (858) 534-4559.
International Friendship Festival
A myriad of cultures and traditions will come together in one place April 12. Alliant International University is hosting a daylong event featuring authentic foods, fashions and entertainment from around the world.
Entertainment on two stages will include performances by San Diego Lucky Lion Dancers (China), The Fire of Salsa Dancers (Central America), Bomani Drum and Dance Ensemble (West Africa), La Sole Flamenco Dancers (Spain), Mal Jaeger & The Edelweiss Band (Germany) and AIU’s Indian Student Association (India).
Students will also present an international fashion show with traditional clothing from their home countries.
There will also be a children’s area, including arts and crafts projects, face painting, petting zoo, pony ides, caricature artist, jugglers, balloon sculptors, clowns, a magician, storytelling and a “mad scientist” show. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission and parking are free. AIU is located at 10455 Pomerado Rd., one mile east of I-15 in the Scripps Ranch area of San Diego.
Easter Egg Hunt
3rd Annual City of Oceanside Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled April 12 at Buddy Todd Park. The Easter Bunny will be on hand to kickoff the hunt which begins promptly at 10:00 a.m. Games, face painting and other fun family activities make this event a special Oceanside tradition. This free event is a great opportunity for Oceanside children and families to come out to enjoy the fun. Buddy Todd Park is located at Mesa Drive and Parnassus Circle in Oceanside.
Native American Fine Art
“Art in 2 Worlds: The Native American Fine Art Invitational 1983-1997” brings 52 paintings by 48 Native American artists to the William D. Cannon Art Gallery at the Carlsbad City Library Complex. The paintings and sculptures coming to Carlsbad draw from the history cultural traditions and personal experiences of the artists while celebrating fresh creativity and innovation. The exhibition will be shown in the Cannon Art Gallery April 13 through June 1. The Gallery is at 1775 Dove Lane in the Carlsbad City Library Complex.
Tango Buenos Aires
The Poway Center for the Performing Arts Foundation will present on of Argentina’s great cultural exports. Tango Buenos Aires, on Sunday, April 13 at 7 p.m. Under the direction of 27-year-old Cristian Zarate, thirty dancers heat up the stage with firey, creative choreography. A virtuoso orchestra accompanies them in a performance that is sometimes humorous, sometimes emotional, but always exciting. Tickets are $35 and $40 and may be purchased by calling (858) 748-0505.
Blues Gospel SoulJam
The inaugural production of Applause! Applause! Stars Grammy Award Winners, Thelma Houston and Tramaine Hawkins. Rob Appel’s “Blues Gospel SoulJam,” is a gala event benefiting San Diego Downtown Theatres Youth Programs. These programs emphasize artistic development and freedom for all ages and backgrounds, including youth who are at risk. The show also features additional performances by Linda Hopkins, Brenda Lee Eager, Sweet Baby Jai (Los Angeles), the “It Ain’t Nothin’ but the Blues” Orchestra (Broadway), Voices of Fulfillment, Imani Miracle/Praise Fellowship Choir, and New Creation Voices of Unity Choir, The Culture Shock Dance Company, the Alpha Omega Dance Company (San Diego) along with an all star Broadway Cast. Join us Sunday, April 13 at The Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway, San Diego. For tickets call 233-4545 or visit www.housetix.com.
The SDSU Chamber Singers will present a Spring Concert, Tuesday April 15 at 7PM in Smith Recital Hall on the SDSU campus. The 16 member select group will sing 20th century choral works by Schafer and Britten and will feature the premiere of Professor Brent Dutton’s madrigal, Overnight in the Apartment by the River. Also appearing on the program will be special guests “The Disciples of Jazz.” They will also present songs from the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou? Tickets are $8 general admission, $5 for seniors and students, and may be purchased by calling 594-1696.