December 2, 2005


On Friday, December 9, at 8 p.m. the San Diego Early Music Society will present El Mundo: “Villancicos y Cantadas de Navidad” Christmas in Old Spain and Latin America

The joyful, rhythmic sounds of an old Spanish Christmas will be recreated by El Mundo, the Bay area ensemble directed by guitarist Richard Savino. With voices, strings and harpsichord, they revive villancicos, cantadas, and dance music that traveled from Old Spain to Latin America - where new dance rhythms added a spicy, Latin beat.

“If those who snapped up tickets on the hope of hearing something exotic, exciting, exhilarating and exquisite, that is precisely what they got from El Mundo, a first-rate band of minstrels. Director Savino and his instrumentalists played with terrific gusto, placing a particular emphasis on the dance rhythms inherent in the music.”

The concerts will take place at St. James by-the-Sea, 743 Prospect St, La Jolla. Tickets are $20 regular admission. For information and reservations, call (619) 291-8246.

Community Actors Theatre Proudly Presents “THE MESSIAH”

  Community Actors Theatre, our very own “Live” community theatre, will proudly present a Christmas play entitled, “THE MESSIAH”, with up-lifting Christmas music. The play will run December 1, thru December 18, 2005. Thursday thru Sunday every weekend. Thursday at 7:00p.m., Friday & Saturday at 8:00p.m., and Sunday Matinee at 3:00p.m. Donation: $14.00 General, $12.00 for Seniors/Students/Military/Disabled, $6.00 for ages 6-12, under age 6, Free.

Please call (619) 264-3391 for reservation, or you may reserve online at:

Community Actors Theatre is located on corner of 54th and College Grove Dr. at 2957 54th Street - San Diego, CA 92105. Please support your theatre that is in the community, for the community.

Enjoy Holiday Festival, Tree Lighting, Parade in Chula Vista on Dec. 3

Begin your holiday fun by attending Chula Vista’s annual Holiday Festival, which includes an afternoon of free children’s activities and seasonal musical entertainment. Sponsored by the city’s Recreation Department, the Holiday Festival will be held from 2:30 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 3 in Memorial Park, 360 Third Ave. The tree lighting ceremony is slated for 5:30 p.m. followed by the 43rd Annual Starlight Parade along Third Avenue.

The Holiday Festival offers a number of entertaining activities for children and their families including pictures with Santa, games, prizes, popcorn, crafts and much more. Live seasonal music and dances, provided by participants from the Recreation Department’s community centers, also will be featured. At 5:30 p.m. Chula Vista Mayor Steve Padilla will light the holiday tree in Memorial Park.

Southwestern College Celebrates Holidays with Concert Series and Gilbert Castellanos

“Ritmos Fantásticos,” “Holiday Choral Concert,” and “Jazz Sessions” Will Take Place Dec. 2, 4, and 10

CHULA VISTA—The Southwestern College (SWC) School of Arts and Communication is celebrating the holiday season with a concert series beginning Dec. 2 and ending Dec. 10, 2005.

The series begins with “Rit-mos Fantásticos,” a concert where the seductive and soulful rhythms of Africa, Brazil, and Cuba will fill SWC’s Mayan Hall Theatre*. The concert will feature traditional African drumming and dancing, and Afro-Cuban jazz under the direction of Todd Caschetta, Akayaa Atule, and Jason Rob-inson. “Ritmos Fantásticos” will take place Friday, December 2, 2005 at 7:30 p.m.

The SWC Concert Choir follows with its popular “Holiday Choral Concert,” taking place Sunday, December 4, 2005 at 4:00 p.m. at Mayan Hall. This concert will feature the award-winning Concert Choir, as well as the SWC Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and the Chamber Singers.

Closing out the series will be “Jazz Sessions,” which will feature special guest artist Gilbert Castellanos, a major force on the San Diego jazz scene and one of the leading trumpeters in the Southern California area. “Jazz Sessions” will also showcase the SWC Big Jazz Band, directed by Berke McKelvey; and the Small Improv Jazz Band, under the direction of Scott Walton. “Jazz Sessions” will offer traditional and contemporary jazz standards and will take place Saturday, December 10, 2005, at 7:30 p.m. at Mayan Hall.

Tickets for all performances are $10 for general admission, $7 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased by calling the SWC box office at (619) 482-6367.

A Flurry of Holiday Activities Are Planned Downtown

The downtown weather forecast calls for snow in early December, along with ice-skating, holiday window displays and much more. No, it’s not a forecast for New York or Chicago, but downtown San Diego, where a collaborative of public and private organizations making up the Downtown Communications Council (DCC) have come together for the second straight year to form Downtown for the Holidays. This umbrella program highlights a variety of events and activities for the entire family, including a day with actual snow at the Park at the Park.

Activities/events include but are not limited to:

Fantasy on Ice - Ice skating rink now open to the public (10 a.m. – 10 p.m. through January 16). Tickets $10.

NBC 7/39 Toys for Tots Drive runs through December 10

Photos with Santa at Westfield Horton Plaza through December 24.

DECEMBER 1–9: The Tour of Lights – A holiday decorating contest for office and hotel building lobbies, downtown storefronts and residential properties – Viewing begins December 1 and judging takes place on December 5, with awards planned for December 8. A list of all participating buildings will be online soon.

DECEMBER 3 – 24: “A Christmas Carol” at the Lyceum Theatre.

DECEMBER 10: SNOW DAY at the Park at the Park. Actual snow (40 tons) will cover a portion of the grass and other children’s activities will be planned. (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.)

Arthur’s Perfect Holiday Show (Seaport Village)

Victorian Christmas at the historic William Heath Davis House (Fourth and Island). Free activities for children.

DECEMBER 11 & 18: 34th Annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights (5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.).

% DECEMBER 17: 3rd Annual Holiday Jazz and Blues Festival in East Village (7th and Market- 11:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.).

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