by Berenice Cisneros
San Diego REPertory Theatre, The Calafia Initiative, Centro Cultural Tijuana and San Diego Dialogue invite you to play a key dramatic role in the creation of the world premier multi-lingual play Nuevo California (New California) Please join us for a unique and entertaining Open Rehearsal followed by a provocative dialogue in which you share your personal response. Downtown San Diego, Monday, April 15 @ 7 PM. Lyceum Space Theatre, Horton Plaza; North County, Tuesday, April 16 @ 7PM. Sunshine Brooks Theatre, 217 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside; Tijuana, Mexico, Monday, April 22 @ 4 PM. IMSS Theatre in Tijuana.
Proof Through The Night
The San Diego Public Library will host an author reading of the book Proof Through The Night. The gripping memoir of Ernest Pickett. During a raid over Japan in August 1944. In this riveting memoir, Picket, with the editorial assistance of his daughter K.P. Burke, recounts that ordeal, and the outrageous way he and his compatriots endured it. An unforgettable story of true heroism, told with moving simplicity and honesty. The author reading will be Friday, April 12 from 12-4 PM in the 3rd floor auditorium of the Central Library, located at 820 E Street, downtown. The program is free to the public.
2002 Scout Fair
Scouts throughout San Diego are excited about the annual Scout Fair. This event will be held on Saturday, April 12th at the Del Mar Fair Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are just $5 and each one admits an entire family. There will be over 200 displays and activities including everything from the San Diego 500, Civil War Reenactments, kayak making, pioneering, Military displays, crafts and skills, climbing walls, Dutch oven cooking, canoeing and exciting rides.
Latino Book & Film Festival
On April 13-14 we will be holding The Third Annual Latino Book & Family Festival at the San Diego Convention Center. Produced by noted actor Edward James Olmos, who will be attending both days. This event is free and is open from 10 a.m. till 6 p.m. on both days. There will be over 200 booths of activities. There will also be over 20 authors do reading, as well as a variety of other entertainment. For more information on the Festival please phone 760-434-7474.
“Conversations In Culture”
Aficionados of Native American art and culture are invited to interact with a panel of noted Indian artists at the San Diego Museum of Man’s annual “Conversations In Culture”: Southwest Indian Artists Sharing Their Heritage Through Crafts, April 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Three sessions in which artists will discuss and demonstrate their creative talents, are followed by a brief question and answer period. Artwork will be for sale following the program.
An impressive international display of orchid specimens will be gracing The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch during the Orchid Festival, April 13-14. These magnificent specimens will set off the sea of striking colorful flowers that blanket the coastal hill like a handcrafted quilt. To add to the festival ambiance, Zee, Zoe, Kyle,- “Instrumental Smooth Jazz,” will perform April 13, 12-6 p.m.; Javid, a flamenco artist, April 14 from noon - 6 p.m. Cost is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for children 3 to 10. Visit our website at www.theflowerfields.com.
The Emperor and The Nightingale
This charming Hans Christian Anderson tale will come to life in a fun filled production featuring vibrant vocalists and life-sized puppets created by Tom Jenson and his puppeteers, Sunday, April 14th at the Spreckels Theatre @ 2 PM in English and 4 PM in Spanish. Kids Orchestra will transport young and older audiences alike on an educational adventure leading to an appreciation of classical music. Tickets are $7 - $12 Kids and $15 - $20 Adults. For more information or group rates call 619-435-9111.
Author of Narcorrido
Author signing and discussion with Elijah Wald, author of Narcorrido: A Journey into the Music of Drugs, Guns and Guerillas. Monday, April 15th @ 3 p.m. in the SDSU Bookstore. Free and open to the SDSU Campus community. Light refreshments will be served.
San Diego Public Library is hosting an educational seminar on Bankruptcy. Conducted by attorney Mark L. Miller of San Diego and will take place on Wednesday, April 17 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the Central Library, located at 820 E Street, downtown. Topics will include what ‘going bankrupt’ really means, and when, if at all, one should apply for bankruptcy. He will also discuss the effects of recent changes in bankruptcy laws and will answer questions raised by participants. For more information, call 619-236-5894.
“One-Act Comic Opera Extravaganza”
The SDSU Opera Theatre presents two hilarious one act comic operas, A Game of Change (a story of three young women who dream of fortune, fame, love) and Gianni Schic-chi, (when money grabbing relatives of the wealthy Buoso Donati find that they have been left out of his will, they reluctantly agree that the only person who can help them is the clever & cunning Gianni Schicchi). April 18, 19 & 20 at 7 PM and April 21 @ 2 PM. Tickets are priced at $12 general, $6 seniors and students, $SDSU music, dance and theatre majors. For more information, call 594-2878 or 594-6060.
Chula Vista Spring Events
Taste of the Arts by the Bay - April 13: entertainments on three stages, painting and sculpture, vendors, ethnic food booths children’s art fair. 9-5 p.m. in Marina View Park. 585-5682.
Day of the Child Community Fair - April 20: featuring children’s services agencies, Fern Street Circus, face painting, clowns, life music, free children’s photo ID’s and more. 10 - 2 p.m. in Memorial Park, 373 Park Way. 427-0376.
Chula Vista Vision 2020 - April 27: gives residents and businesses the opportunity to provide direct input about key issues facing the city, information and service booths. 9-1 p.m. Chula Vista High School. 585-5682.
Cycle EastLake - April 28: cyclists can tour the scenic hills of EastLake and the surrounding area on four different courses, covering 5, 12, 25 and 50 miles. Begins at 7:30 a.m. in Chula Vista Community Park. Entry fee. 421-0127.
Fiesta Cinco de Mayo - May 5: featuring food and music with a Mexican flair, including three stages with live music, over 300 vendors, classic car show and kids fun zone. FREE. 10-5 p.m. on Third Avenue from E to G Streets. 422-1982.
Blast from the Past - every Wednesday beginning May 8 through September: classic cars and a new motorcycle section featured on Third Avenue from E to G Street. FREE 6-9 pm. 422-1982.
Historical Home Tour - May 11 & 12: tour wonderfully preserved and restored private historic homes. Begins at the Chula Vista Heritage Museum, 360 third Ave. Admission fee. 10-4 p.m. 233-8833.
Pet Fest - June 1: a two mile run/walk for pet lovers with leashed dogs, exhibit of all types of pet products, food, live music, fashion, show, dumb pet tricks and more. Entry fee. 8-2p.m. Memorial Park, 373 Park Way. 422-1982.
The Great Race - Vintage car race that begins in Texas, ends in Anaheim, and travels through Third Avenue on the last night of the race. A family event showcasing race cars, classic cars, live music, great food and vendors. FREE 4-9 p.m. Third Ave. 422-1982.
Farmer’s Market - every Thursday: fresh vegetables, fruits and flowers, food vendors and crafts on Third Avenue at Center Street. 3-6 p.m., all summer. 422-1982.