By Berenice Cisneros
Author Victor Villaseñor to Headline Grossmont College Sixth Annual Literary Arts Festival
El Cajon - Author Victor Villaseñor will headline the sixth annual Grossmont College Literary Arts Festival Monday, April 28, with a reading and book signing beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Room 220 on the college campus. A gifted speaker as well as a prolific writer, Villaseñor’s bestseller, Rain of Gold, is now published in seven languages and used by thousands of teachers and school systems across the country. Villaseñor’s candid themes include pride in heritage, the strength of family, world peace, the power of the written word, and dedication to education and personal achievement.
This year’s festival theme is Beyond Borders. Other events include:
April 30: SLAM/JAM Poetry Reading Contest, 12 3 p.m., Student Center
April 30: Storming the Reality Studio Lecture by Dr. Larry Caffery, 7:30 p.m. Griffin Gate
May 1: The Stories Saved My Life Performance Artist and Playwright Furahaa Saba,
Chronicling the Experiences of African American Women Living in the Deep South, 7:30 p.m. Griffin Gate
May 2: Reading of One-Act Plays, GC Theatre Department Playwrights Project, 7 p.m. Theatre Lab.
May 5: Across the Line/El Otro Lado Border Poets, 7:30 p.m. Griffin Gate
May 6: Student Readings Creative Writing Students, 7:30 p.m. Student Center
May 8: Faculty Readings - 7:30 p.m. Griffin Gate
The Literary Arts Festival is a project of the Grossmont College Creative Writing/English Department. Professor Stephanie Mood is the festival chairperson.
For events scheduled in Room 220, patrons should use parking lot 1; for events held in Griffin Gate and the Student Center, please use parking lot 7.
Grossmont College is located at 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon. For driving directions, go to www.grossmont.edu.
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.
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.
“The Red Lamp”
This is a play about a red lamp being a signal or different people, at different times, and it gets funnier and funnier. Running April 18 thru May 18. Community Actors Theatre located at 2957 54th Street, in San Diego. Call 264-3391.
Spirited rhythms, colorful melodies will be featured in a performance by the Latin jazz ensemble Descarga Latina at the Chula Vista Public Library April 23. The free program will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium at the Civic Center Branch Library, 365 F St., and will last about an hour. So come join us.
Flamenco y Rhumba Nueva
Spanish guitars, blended with Latin percussion, create the gypsy-influenced, acoustic sound of Cerro Negro. Through the fusion of Flamenco, Brazilian, and Jazz guitar techniques with Latin, African, and Middle-Eastern percussion, their music soars with passionate vocals embracing a village of rhythms and languages. Recording trio Cerro Negro in concert with two free performances at Miramar College on April 24 at noon in the Student Quad and again at 5 p.m. in Lecture Hall I-101.
The Art of Peace
San Diego Musicians and Artists gather for a special night to celebrate a Vision of a Peaceful and Loving World through Dance, Poetry and Music. Featuring original Jazz Music by Pianist Turiya Mareya, with Hollis Gentry, David Millard, Anaya Hobson, Skip Howlett, Lynn Copleland and many others. April 25 @ 8:30 PM. See you at Dizzy’s, 344 7th Ave in the Gaslamp Downtown San Diego. Suggested donation is $7.
Art Discovery Weekend
The Internationally renowned marine artist Wyland returns to the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institutions of Oceanography April 25-26. The public is invited to join this celebration featuring events and activities with Wyland throughout the two days. This colorful weekend will include an evening reception, a beach clean-up, painting with Wyland, and a booksigning. His talent and dedication to the marine world helps increase ocean awareness worldwide.
Jueves, 24 de abril, 7PM, se llevará a cabo una presentación y lectura por el Dr. Jorge Espinoza. Con temas como a no tener preferencias sexistas con sus hijos, evitar infundir racismo en sus hijos, apoyar la habilidad de sus hijos para resolver problemas. En fin, este libro es una guía maravillosa para nuestras familias Latinas. Todos lo necesitamos. Acompañenos en la Casa del Libro, 1735 University Avenue, San Diego. Para mayor información llame al 299-9331.