February 9, 2001
by Berenice Cisneros
Musical Carnival Concerts
The San Diego Chamber Orchestra announces the return of the Carnival Concerts series to the Del Mar Fairgrounds' Indoor Activity Center. Four themed concerts will feature hundreds of performers, including a full orchestra, local ensembles and artists. All concerts are 4pm - 5pm, and are preceded by activities at 3:15pm. Activities will include face-painting, crafts, balloon animals and an instrument petting zoo in which children can toot, pluck or bow many of the instruments they will hear during the concert.
Lions and Lollipops, February 10, will encourage kids to hear the colorful musical identities of their favorite characters such as Annie, Peanuts, the Lion King, Pink Panther, Tortoise and the Hare, and more. The Christian Youth Theatre and the San Diego Pantomime Theatre join the list of performers.
Voyage of Discovery, March 24, invites kids to hear the diversity of music from around the world with excepts from Prince of Egypt, Amist-ad and Pocahontas. Performers will include the Liam Harney Irish Dancers, the Helix High School Bagpipe Band, the Montgomery High School Steel Drum Band and the San Diego Children's Choir.
At Dragons and Dinosaurs, April 14, `Billy at the Carnival' will guide kids through the personalities of the orchestra instruments. Repertoire will include: Jurassic Park, Puff the Magic Dragon, Sleeping Beauty, Red Ridinghood, Pus and Boots and the Tale of Custard the Dragon. Performers will include the San Diego Chinese Lucky Lion Dance Troupe, the San Diego Pantomime Theatre, the California Ballet and 10-year old violin prodigy, Eugene Ugorski.
Cinco de Mayo: Fiesta Mexicana, May 5, The Montgomery High School Mariachi Band and Folkloric Dancers, and the Peter Pupping Quarter join the Orchestra for repertoire including: Granada, Malagueña, Mexican Hat Dance, Toreador Song, Spanish Serenade and Mariachi Band music. Subscriptions to all four concerts are $16 for kids and $32 for adults. Single tickets are $5 for kids and $10 for adults. For ticket purchases call 1-888-848-7326, ext. 7.
Tours at the Chula Vista Nature Center
San Diego Bay Bird Festival: February 10 & 11 from 10am to 4pm, clubs, groups, organizations, and vendors will be on hand to show Bird Festival participants what there is to do and enjoy around San Diego County. They offer numerous ways for the general public and nature enthusiast to learn about and enjoy the abundant natural resources which are available.
Birds and Bikes: February 10 from 8am to 11:30am join the staff of the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Paradise Creek environmental educator Ted Godshalk and the students of Kimball School for a fun birdwatching bike trip along the Bayshore Bikeway. The bike trip will be approximately 5 miles one way. We will stop at the State Park site, so bring a snack or lunch.
Yikes!!! I found a wild animal, what do I do? February 10 from 8 to 10am meets at 5th & Iris St., in Imperial Beach. Fun for all ages. Join Project Wildlife's presentation and learn what to do if you find an injured or orphaned wild animal. Please visit our website at www.flite-tours.com/festival.htm and see an amazing array of excellent tours where at times you need to make reservations and pay a fee.
African-American Biddy Mason Comes to Life
She walked across the continent behind her master's wagon, tested the strength of the California Constitution in a landmark bid for freedom, and became one of the wealthiest women of color, and one of Los Angeles' most prominent citizens during the tumultuous Gold Rush era. The extraordinary life of Biddy Mason will be portrayed by Sandra Kamusikiri, at the San Diego Public Library at 820 E St., on February 14 at 10:30am in the third floor auditorium. Admission is free. A audience question-and-answer period will follow.
Auto Show Cruises to Town
Rev your engines and head out to the San Diego International Auto Show at the San Diego Convention Center, Wednesday February 14 through Sunday, February 18. This year's show will feature the hottest new 2001 and 2002 model cars, trucks, minivans and sport-utility vehicles under one roof. From Ford to Pontiac to BMW and Jaguar, over 35 domestic and import manufacturers will host dramatic displays showcasing the latest in comfort, performance, safety and style. February 14, Valentines Day is ladies day, when complimentary roses and chocolate will be given to the first 500 women who are paid box office ticket holders. February 16, is American Express Beanie Day; and February 18 is Kids Day, when all children 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult. Ronald McDonald will also perform two shows, 12 noon and 2pm. Admission is still only $8.00 for adults (13 and over); $6.00 for full time military; $6.00 for senior citizens; $4.00 for children 7-12.
Cal State San Marcos Premiers Documentary
In August 2000, thousands gathered on the campus of California State University San Marcos to celebrate the diversity of Oaxacan culture and the diversity of the North San Diego County. Cal State San Marcos visual arts took their video cameras to the event and produced a documentary of the colorful event. "Guelaguetza San Marcos" will be premiered at 7 p.m. Thursday, February 15. There is no admission charge to attend the screening on campus in Academic Hall, Room 102. This family event was modeled after the annual Guelaguetza held in Oaxaca City, where members from many of the 23 indigenous groups of Oaxaca gather to share their distinctive music, dance, costume and food. For more information, call 760-750-4366.
The Lyceum Theatre complex in Horton Plaza will come alive when the magic and culture of Africa on Friday, February 16 when Kuumba Fest one of San Diego Repertory Theatre's original cultural town hall events - opens for the jam-packed three day long celebration of African American Heritage Awareness Month. Featuring events such as "Journey of the Beautiful One," the pageant of majestic Egyptian and Zulu kings and queens during which extraordinary community members are honored with one of 20 awards; "Hip-Hop Revival" including forums, workshops and competitions, "Late Night at the Lyceum," a singing competition and fashion show; and "Gospel Celebration" the festival grand finale showcasing choirs from all over greater San Diego. Kuumba Fest will also feature an African Marketplace where over 20 local vendors will showcase and sell heir goods and an art exhibit curated by the African American Museum of Fine Art.
Four Evenings of Concerts at SDSU
The SDSU Visiting Artists Series at SDSU, features an internationally acclaimed roster of guest artists and lecturers presenting recitals and master classes for the San Diego campus and community at large.
On Friday, February 16 at 7 pm, The Raphael Trio, Daniel Epstein, piano, Irina Muresanu, violin and Susan Salm, cello, ill perform works by Shubert, Beethoven and Dvorak.
The Friday, March 23 concert at 7 pm, showcases international recorder artist Marion Verbruggen with harpsichordist Arthur Hass in "The Music of Johann Sebastian Bach."
Ellen Hargis, soprano, is joined by Paul O'Dette, lute on Friday, April 13 at 7 pm.
The series concludes with Russian-born pianist Stella Simakova on Friday, May 11. All concerts take place in the J. Dayton Smith Recital Hall on SDSU campus. Tickets are available by calling 619-594-1696.