February 20, 2004

Calendar of Events .....

By Berenice Cisneros

REP Presents Women Who Steal

** Women Who Steal is a comedy loaded with wit and wisdom about a wild mid-life joy ride of revenge and renewal in search of the truth about love and marriage. Performances began January 24 and are continuing through February 22 at the Lyceum Stage in Horton Plaza. Tickets are available by calling (619) 544-1000 or online www.sandiego.rep.com.

Guitarrist Paco de Lucia ** Widely renowned for introducing flamenco to a worldwide audience guitarist Paco de Lucia, embarked on a 22-city tour throughout North America from January 20, which will continue thru February 29. He will perform at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido on Saturday, January 31. With his 27th release of Cositas Buenas, de Lucia once again reinvents flamenco.

C.A.T. Presents Mahalia

** “Mahalia” is a celebration of the life of the world’s greatest gospel singer, Mahalia Jackson. This play with music will run every weekend in February in commemoration of Black History Month. She was the voice beside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, during the Civil Rights Movement. Performances are scheduled Friday & Saturday nights at 8p.m. Donation of $12.00 general is appreciated. Community Actors Theatre located at 2957 54th Street in San Diego.

Smoke Free Sabbath **The Community Actors Theatre will conduct a Festival on the effects of tobacco and second hand smoke, on Saturday, February 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. We are asking all of San Diego to honor “Smoke Free Sabbath” by refraining from smoking on that day. The Festival will take place in the Parking Lot of Community Actors Theatre. Some of the activities will also be held inside the theatre. There will be free information, brochures, posters, key chains, t-shirts, food and free entertainment by local actors. Theatre is located at 2957 54th Street in San Diego.

TOP SPEED

** Balboa Park – MacGillivray Freeman’s newest IMAX adventure, TOP SPEED, is a fast-paced, light-hearted and at times hair-rising look at the science of speed and why and how humans keep going faster and faster. The high-adrenaline film is already showing at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park. TOP SPEED enters the lives of four uncommonly fast individuals who take daring risks. Among them are Olympic medallist Marion Jones, mountain biking champ Marla Streb, rising racecar sensation Lucas Ruhr and a high performance car designer Stephen Murkett. Audiences will also meet blind eleven-year old junior bob-sledder, Blaise Bryant who dreams of one day racing in the Olympics.

Adding a new comic dimension to the classic giant screen experience, TOP SPEED has its own tour guide: popular film and television star Tim Allen, who invites audiences to join him on a fun-filled, thoughtful introduction to life as a speed-demon. Allen, who is himself a racecar driver and designer, meets each of these world-class athletes and racing professionals on their own turf, Allen gets a chance to run, jump, steer and fly with the best of them. For more information and show times call (619) 238-1233 or visit www.rhfleet.org.

Riptide Dance Team

** The San Diego Riptide will be holding an open audition on Saturday, Feb. 21 at PureFitness Bonita Athletic club, 690 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista. They will select 12 members for the 2004 San Diego Riptide Dance Team. Check-in begins at 11:00 a.m. followed by a 12:00 PM audition. For more information contact sdriptidecheer@yahoo.com.

County-Wide Blood Drive

** Pat & Oscar’s is hosting a three-day countywide blood drive, February 23 – 25 from 11-4PM. Because blood supplies in San Diego are so low the San Diego Blood Bank has issued an emergency plea for donors. For your convenience, bloodmobiles will be on site at all 10 Pat & Oscar’s San Diego locations.

All donors will be awarded a complimentary “Special for One” lunch;

A free 30 minute massage or 30 minute spa treatment, courtesy of Just for Your Health Therapeutic Massage – San Marcos;

A voucher for a complimentary Whale Watching Trip;

A new, limited authentic blood donor Vintage T-Shirt.

Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp

** The largest one-day festival held in the Gaslamp Quarter is the 2004 Bud Light Mardi Gras Festival. February 24th San Diego’s historic district will be decorated in purple, green and gold for visitors so bring out the feathered boas, crazy hats and colorful beads and dress in a Mardi Gras costume that will capture attention during the highlight of this event – The Masquerade Parade. Mardi Gras is a feast for all your senses with traditional sights and sounds of Mardi Gras as you dance at the music and performance stages. Don’t miss the ice-cold Bud Light, frosty Southern Comfort hurricanes and mouth-watering Cajun food. For more information, contact the Gaslamp Quarter Association at 233-5227 or visit www.gaslamp.org.

Entertain in Style

** The 6th Annual San Diego Interior Design & Landscape Expo is a family affair, and is being held February 20-22, at the San Diego Convention Center, Halls G&H. There are tons of things for the whole family to do and it’s not just for homeowners. San Diego-based Kiddie-Corp will be providing full-filled activities for the kids including games, arts and crafts and entertainment. Adults can take entertaining tips from over 500 design professionals to spark the host in all of us. This year’s feature called ‘That’s Entertainment,’ the first annual tabletop design competition. The stage will be delightfully set as ten of San Diego’s top designers inspire our guests with unique and stunning tablescapes from the glamour of the silver screen. Don’t miss this extraordinary once-a-year event for the whole family. For tickets call 888-970-3976 or visit www.seascapeproductions.com.

San Diego Museum of Man to Launch “Tower After Hours” Series

Ongoing Series Premieres Thursday. Feb. 26

Aficionados of exotic cuisine, diverse cultures, and world music are invited to experience the San Diego Museum of Man as it comes alive during its brand-new Tower After Hours -- an ongoing series celebrating San Diego’s unique and vibrant ethnic mix.

The series, which will be held the last Thursday of each month, debuts Feb. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m., with a lively tribute to the music, dance, food, and drink of Ghana, a West African country which was formerly a British colony known as the Gold Coast.

Akayaa Atule, a master Ghanaian drummer living and teaching in San Diego will perform at the event with her high energy dance and percussion group “Abaa Koma” (which literally means “Children of the Great Warrior”). Other highlights include authentic Ghanaian fare including kenkey, a maize-based dish similar to tamales, and various traditional dishes and libations. To compliment the event, the Museum will display Ghanaian textiles, musical instruments, and other Ghanaian items of interest throughout February.

According to the Museum of Man’s Acting Executive Director Shirley Phillips, the Museum is in a unique position to spotlight and showcase world cultures and traditions. “As the region’s only museum of anthropology, we have a unique opportunity to play a leading role in celebrating the creativity and expressiveness that can be found in the diverse cultures that prevail locally.”

Phillips notes that each evening in the series will highlight a distinct country or area and its cultures, with music and dance performances, informative presentations, and samples of each country’s particular food and drink. Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be offered.

In addition to Feb. 26, the 2004 Cultural Nights series will include the following programs:

 Thursday, March 25 -- Museum revelers will travel to South America to savor the rhythms of Brazil while sipping caipirinhas.

 Thursday, April 29 -- a trip to the Pacific Islands.

 Thursday, May 27 -- a follow-up to Cinco de Mayo festivities, with the vibrant music and dance of Mexico.

 Thursday, June 24 -- a return to the Pacific with a look at the food and music of the Philippines.

 Thursday, July 29 -- the “world tour” culminates in Peru.

The cost of each event is $20 for general admission, $15 for members and students, with proceeds benefiting Museum programs. Admission for ages 21 and over only, includes food, drink and live entertainment. In addition to experiencing the music, dance, and cuisine of other cultures, participants can explore the Museum’s exhibits at no additional cost. Tickets may be obtained in advance by calling the Museum at (619) 239-2001.

Located beneath the landmark California Tower in Balboa Park, the San Diego Museum of Man is an educational, non-profit corporation founded in 1915. It is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For further information, please call (619) 239-2001 or visit the web site www.museumofman.org.

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