by Berenice Cisneros
USD Choral Scholars Perform Zarzuela
The University of San Diego Choral Scholars and members of San Diego Baroque, La Monica and the San Diego Opera perform Zarzuela! Friday, May 3, at 2 p.m., at Universidad Iberoamericano in Tijuana, Mexico. The program, presented free of charge, is zarauela (Spanish operetta) and Villancicos (Spanish sacred songs) with an instumental ensemble of historical musicians.
The Choral Scholars are directed by Ondine Young. The group is composed of students of high academic achievement and exceptional vocal ability and background. Another free performance of the concert is scheduled at San Luis del Rey Mission in Oceanside on May 2 at 7 p.m. For information, call (619) 260-2282.
Culture of Hate: Who Are We?
A Film by Lee Harvey
On April 23, 1999, the badly beaten body of a Mexican migrant worker was found in a drainage ditch near the center of Lakeside, California. He had been stoned to death. The walls of the culvert above his body were covered with swastikas and other symbols of white power - they were scribbled, like various children’s drawings, in ink and magic-marker on the concrete. They were symbols well known to the children of this small town on the eastern edge of San Diego.
Culture of Hate follows a series of violent and race-related events involving angry, alienated white kids growing up in this historically white, working-class community - from the murder of the Mexican migrant worker in the Spring of 1999 through the Spring of 2001, when two school shootings occurred in the adjacent towns of Santee and El Cajon.
The focus of the film goes beneath the sensationalized images of skinheads and killer-kid stereotypes to illuminate the social, economic and personal factors influencing these kids’ lives. Several white power kids from the town describe their experience in the “Pink Ghetto,” one of many low-income housing projects in the town.
A screening of the film will take place Friday, April 26, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Malcolm X Library & Performing Arts Center, 5148 Market Street, 619-527-3405.
Michael Heralda’s “Aztec Stories”
Be prepared to experience the wondrous world of the Mexica/Aztecs in an intimate presentation of ballads, oral tradition stories, and ancient poetry, Saturday, April 27, at 8:00 p.m. at Voz Alta, 917 E St., San Diego.
Michael Heralda is an artist, song-writer and poet from California, or what he refers to as “Anahuak” - a Nahuatl name for the land mass known as the American Continent. Throughout his cultural/educational presentation he will share with you his knowledge about the history, philosophy, culture, ancient poetry and arts of the Mexica/Aztecs from the indigenous perspective. Utilizing many hand-made, indigenous styled instruments within the presentation, Michael also offers the audience a rare opportunity for interactive improvisational participation.
Michael refers to his musical “Aztec Stories” project as “Edu-tainment.” You will experience ballads and stories spoken from the heart - they touch the listener on a level that is connected to the intuitive. Stories about corn/Tlaolli and the roles of men and women with regards to its care and respect will be examined in Michael’s “Corn Trilogy.” You will hear and learn a children’s song titled “Tortillas/Tlaxkallis” which teaches you how to make Tlaxkallis. Throughout the presentation a new window of understanding is revealed which lets the listener peer into the indigenous world of the Mexica/Aztecs. Pride, honor, and respect are underlying themes throughout Michael’s presentations - “These are the elements I stive to communicate to the audience” states Michael.
This event is organized by Voz Alta. Seating is limited at all events at Voz Alta and given on a first come first serve basis. For more info on Voz Alta call (619) 231-1869.
AUI Hosts 13th Annual International Friendship Festival
A myriad of cultures and traditions will come together in one place April 27 as Alliant International University hosts its 13th annual International Friendship Festival.
The daylong event features authentic foods, fashions and entertainment from around the world. It also celebrates the talents and personal histories of AIU students, faculty and staff, who hail from more than 80 countries.
Entertainment on two festival stages includes German music by Mal Jaeger & The Edelweiss Band, the Lucky Lion (Chinese) Dance Troop, the Pride of Polynesia Dancers; the North African and Middle Eastern dance group Blue Lotus and the Celtic tunes of HeelStone.
AIU students will also present an international fashion show with traditional costumes from their home countries.
And a special children’s area includes arts and crafts projects, face painting, a petting 200, balloon sculptors, clowns, a magician, storytelling and a “mad scientist” show.
AUI’s community partners in the event include Macy’s, Café Sevilla, Tiger T’s, the AIU SBAC, USA Funds, Morrow Mobiles, Inc. and SOS Printing.
The festival theme, “Celebrating Unity in a Changing World,” is representative of AIU’s educational mission, Student Activities Coordinator Christina Ortega said. An AIU education is intended not only to prepare students to live and work in the global marketplace, but also to foster understanding between cultures.
Since the events of September 11, multicultural respect and understanding is critical to a peaceful world, Ortega said.
“Our AIU community is a living example of what the world could be,” said Ortega. “And this festival is the perfect opportunity to share our international community with the San Diego community at large.”
The festival, runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission and parking are free. AIU is located at 10455 Pomerado Rd, one mile east of I-15 in the Scripps in the Scripps Ranch area of San Diego.
Perform San Diego Has Youth on Stage to Support CalWORKs Scholarship Fund
Jervae Anthony Thomas (vocalist), Jason Brown (Saxophonist) and San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts’ (SDSCPA) Writer’s Workshop Poets a group of singers, dancers and actors from SDSCPA have been rehearsing for weeks for Perform San Diego, A Celebration of the Performing Arts. Perform San Diego is a benefit concert, the first of it’s kind, for San Diego Community College District’s Centers For Education & Technology CalWORKs/Workforce Development program (CET CalWORKs).
Perform San Diego, A Celebration of the Performing Arts will showcase San Diego’s finest talent and emerging youth artists while raising money for CET CalWORKs Scholarship fund on Saturday April 27, 2002 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., in the Educational Cultural Complex Theatre located at 4343 Ocean View Boulevard in San Diego. The doors will open at 2:00 pm with an arts and community service providers marketplace.
Called to dance-Ballet Folklorico, Foster-King Dance Collection, Bayview Gospel Dance Troupe and Blesssing Gospel Quartet are some of the many groups performing Saturday evening to support CET CalWORKs Scholarship Fund.
The Centers For Education & Technology CalWORKs/Workforce Development program (CET CalWORKs) has helped welfare-to-work students achieve self-sufficiency and obtain gainful employment through vocational training and education, and paid work-study. The concert will raise money for CET CalWORKs scholarship fund, created to deal with the increased economic challenges facing welfare-to-work students who will face proposed cuts to student support services following the release of Governor Gray Davis’ budget.
The Second Civil War
The Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA) will be hosting public screenings on April 26 and 27th at 7 p.m. in MoPA’s Joan and Irwin Jacobs theatre. In the film, political and media frenzy ensues and themes become relevant in light of recent world events. An attempt at showing show the United States of America would look at the reality of a second civil war, this film also plays ironic parallels to the state of our nation’s societal reactions during this present time. $10 general admission; $8 students and seniors and MoPA members $7.
Border Voices Poetry Fair
Maya Angelou, author of 11 best-sellers and an electrifying stage performer will appear at 7 p.m. April 26 at SDSU’s Cox Arena to kick off the ninth annual Border Voices Poetry Fair.
The two-day fair, April 26-27 at SDSU also features the swift and subtle humor of U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins, Hispanic literary superstar Gary Soto, the music of some of San Diego’s best-loved bands, and internationally acclaimed jazz performers Mike Wofford and Holly Hofmann. For more information call Border Voices Hotline at (619) 293-2546.
A funny story about love
SDSU brings William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing to life. This comedy reveals a world of romance, skepticism, love and confusion. This blend of life’s relationships, mistaken identities, and deliberate confusions, compiles together for a wonderfully witty and enjoyable ride. Begins April 26 and run until May 5. For tickets call 619-594-6884. Performances will be at the Don Powell Theatre, SDSU. Ticket prices $9 - $13.
“Heartbeats of The World”
On April 27, San Diego Symphony takes an eclectic and provocative look at the role of rhythm in music from around the world with its latest Lightbulb concert, “Heartbeats of the World.” Using instruments as diverse as a bowl of water, junk foraged from the junkyard, and a thunder and rain machine. Rhythms from West Africa, Cuba and Brazil, to name but a few, will be explored with traditional instruments and pieces. Saturday evening concerts begin at 8 p.m. Single ticket prices range from $10-$55. Concerts will be held at Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B Street, downtown. Call 235-0804 to purchase your tickets.
SDSU Symphony Orchestra is presenting a concert dedicated to highlight from the standard opera repertoire on Saturday, April 27 @ 7 p.m. in Smith Recital Hall on the SDSU campus. The concert features professional singers from the San Diego area. Selections include the Flower Duet from Lakme, the famous tenor/baritone duet from the Pearl Fishers, O Mio Babbino Caro from Gianni Schicchi, The Jewel Song from Faust, Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana, and excerpts from Bernstein’s Candide. Admission is $10 general, $6 students and seniors. For further information please call 594-6042 or 594-6060.
A Folk Concert Not to be Missed!
Charlie King and Karen Brandow, the wittiest group in the area with insanely clever lyrics will be in concert Saturday, April 27 at 8 p.m. @ First Unitarian Universalist Church - Meeting Hall, located at 4190 Front St., Hillcrest, San Diego (opposite UCSD Medical Center). $10 donation requested. Free parking at church ACE lot. Call 692-3541 for reservations.
Cycle EastLake 2002
Get ready for Cycle East-Lake 2002 - a fun-filled day of cycling through some of the region’s most picturesque countryside, will take place Sunday, April 28.
The start and finish is at Chula Vista Community Park, with four courses - 5, 12, 25 and 50 mile rides, winding through the rolling hills of the EastLake community, around the world-class U.S. Olympic Training Center and the surrounding wildflower-dotted foothills.
Entries are $10 for children 12 and under and $23 for adults. All entrants receive a colorful commemorative T-shirt. A variety of sponsor booths with demonstrations and giveaways, as well as food and live music.