By Berenice Cisneros
M Buterfly at Diversionary Theater
** 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. Opened March 20 and continues through May 2. For ticket purchases call 220-0097 or visit us online at www.diversionary.org.
Art & Cultural 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 p.m. between San Diego Avenue and Harney Street. It includes a drawing for various prizes, such as a three piece Samara sword set provided by Aladdin’s Treasures, theatre tickets, dinners and restaurant appetizers. Refreshments will be served. Call 692-4260 for more information.
My Father, My Father
** 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.
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 that 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.
** Soccer Sign-ups! Saturday May 1 at South Bay Recreation Center; Saturday May 15 at Howard Lane Park (San Ysidro); Saturday May 22 Montgomery/Waller Recreation Center 10:00am to 2:00pm Girls and Boys ages 4 to 18! Call: 423-AYSO(2976)
The Sound of Music
** “The Sound of Music” is more than a film is a cherished memory filled with laughter, tears and of course the most memorable music ever written. The Sound of Music can be seen at the Casa del Prado Theatre in Balboa Park from April 16 May 2nd. Please call the box office at 619-239-8355 to purchase your tickets.
** San Diego REP hurtles through three millennia in a time traveling love story “Earthquake Sun” is running at the Lyceum Space Theatre in Horton Plaza from April 23 - May 16. This is a science fiction love story about who we are and how we evolve. Set in 3 millennia, the play is the story of Jaguar Kan’s journey back in time into the Mayan jungles in the year 712, through the Arizona desert in the year 2012 and forward again to the spectacular clone-filled future of 3312 in search of his lost twin brother and the woman he has been seeking for 3000 years. Ticket prices range from $25.50 - $42.50 and may be purchased by calling 544-1000 or online at www.sandiegorep.com.
International Fair at Cal State San Marcos
** Come join us as the world visits Cal State San Marcos from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, April 22 when the University Global Affairs Committee hosts the second-annual International Fair. University Hall Plaza will be filled with dance, music and free food from across the globe, including Japan, Vietnam, Spain, Germany and the Middle East. Performances are scheduled every 30 minutes. The event will also include information and displays from different student organizations and campus departments. The International Fair is free and open to the campus and surrounding community. For more information please call (760) 750-8821.
The San Diego Concert Band presents “American Vistas”
** The San Diego Concert Band, under the direction of Abelardo D. Flores, will showcase the varied aspects of American music on Saturday, April 24, 2004 (7:00 P.M.) at the Ray and Joan Kroc Community Corps Center Performing Arts Theater located at 6845 University Ave., San Diego 92115.
And featuring the music of legendary composer/arranger Sammy Nestico!
Also spotlighting French Horn soloist Scott Miller and the Vocal Talents of Sylvia Lorriane Hartman and the return of JOE (“You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch”) PECHOTA!
Please join us for a fabulous evening of music for the whole family! Tickets: $8.00 donation / $5.00 for students & children. Available from any Band member or at the box office. For more information: (866) 248-7670 x 1074 / firstname.lastname@example.org /www.angelfire.com/sd/concert band.
Hallelujah Jubilee at Six Flags Magic Mountain
** For all you Christian music fans, Six Flags Magic Mountain will host Hallelujah Jubilee on April 23. Performances by Superchic(k) at 8 p.m. and Plus One at 11 p.m. in the Golden Bear Theater. The trio from South America, Tree63, will perform in the Magic Moments Theatre at 9:30 p.m. Concerts are free with paid admission to the park. For tickets or more information call (661) 255-4111.
Bike Ride at the Scenic Poway Trails
** Come join us for the first Annual Family Mountain Bike Ride on Saturday, April 24 at Old Poway Park. The ride begins at 7:30 a.m. on the scenic Poway Trails. The fun ride features several different courses designed for all levels of riders, from beginner to expert, allowing participants to select the distance that is suitable for them. Courses range from eight to 20-mile loops throughout the trail system. Riders can compete in a drawing for valuable prizes, including a new mountain bike and an assortment of bike gear. Contestants pick up prize tickets from various check points along the courses, increasing their chances to win by collecting as many tickets as they can. At the conclusion of the ride and prize drawing, riders can enjoy food and live music. Cost to enter the ride is $30 per person and pre-registration is required. For additional race and registration information, please call 858-679-1027.
A Night of One Acts at SWC
** Eight Southwestern College (SWC) student directors bring to the stage a series of one-act plays by world-renowned playwrights including Luis Valdez and Woody Allen. “A Night of One Acts” will take place April 22-24 at 7:00 p.m. at SWC’s Area Theatre* (below Mayan Hall). This performance festival is free and open to the general public.
This performance festival is a perfect opportunity for students to demonstrate their directorial talents. For additional information on “A Night of One Acts,” contact Katie Rodda at (619) 421-6700 ext. 5346 or Silvia Lugo at (619) 421-6700 ext. 5895.