January 12, 2001
by Berenice Cisneros
International Dance Festival
The San Diego Dance Alliance is proud to announce its 8th annual celebration of Nations of San Diego International Dance Festival, scheduled to run January 12-14 and January 19-21 at the Spreckels Theatre, located at 121 Broadway, downtown San Diego. The 14 companies selected will present over 175 dancers and musicians from 12 different cultures, including groups from Arabia, Ghana, India, Ireland, Scotland, England, Mexico, the Philippines, Spain and many more.
The festival will also include an international marketplace, with ethnic foods and art from around the world. Also new is a series of Pre-performance Lectures, which will offer a closer look at the cultures and dance forms presented. Tickets are $25-15, and $5 for children 12 and under. You may obtain more information, by calling 239-9255.
Mission to Mir
Audiences will soon have the opportunity to soar into space and experience life aboard the first long-term space station - Mir. This giant screen film will premiere at San Diego's only IMAX Dome Theater at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center on January 12, 2001.
Filmed in space by the astronauts, this unprecedented 40-minute, giant-screen tour of Russia's Space Station Mir gives viewers a unique look inside the weightless home in space. Admission to the IMAX Dome Theater and Exhibit Galleries is $11 for adults, $9 for seniors and $8 for juniors. It is located in Balboa Park, just south of the San Diego Zoo, on Park Blvd. For more information and showtimes, please call 238-1233, or visit our website at www.rhfleet.org.
Master Potter Juan Quezada
Juan Quezada - a legendary master potter who produces some of the world's most critically-acclaimed and collected works will appear at the San Diego Museum of Man to present a series of pottery demonstrations and to sell finished pieces of his work, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13 and Sunday, Jan. 14. The famed artists will demonstrate his renowned pottery-making technique with his some Noe Quezada Olivias and daughter-in-law Betty Quintana de Quezada, both talented potters in their own right. Admission to the event includes entrance to the Museum and is $6 for adults, $5 for visitors 65 and older, $3 for ages 6 to 17 and free for children five and younger. For further information, please call 239-2001.
"Ethnobotany of the Cupeno Indians of Norther San Diego County"
Monday, January 22, noon at Gill Auditorium in Balboa Park, join Anthropologist Shasta Gaughen as she explores the relationships between Cupeno Indians based in Northern San Diego County with their neighbors, the Cahuilla, Luiseno and Kumeyaay. The lecture will focus on the Cupeno use of plant resources. For more information, call the Museum's Education Department at 239-2001.
Concert in San Diego
The 1st concert in the San Diego Public Library concert series will be held on Sunday, January 14, at 2:30 p.m. The concert will feature Robert Marcus - clarinet; Ilana Mysior - piano; The program will include works by Johannes Brahms and Leonard Bernstein. The program will be held in the Third Floor auditorium of the Central Library located at 820 E Street in downtown San Diego. Concert is free and open to the public.
Annual Birthday Celebration
WorldBeat Center presents the Annual Martin Luther King Celebration featuring African drumming, capoiera, latin jazz, reggae, children's and family activities, international food and crafts fair. Monday, January 14 at the International Plaza between Centro Cultural and the WorldBeat Cultural Center at 2100 Park Blvd in Balboa Park, from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Free to the public.
Victor Villaseñor to Speak at GEAR UP's Family Literacy Night
Palomar College's Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is honored to present notably acclaimed author Victor Villaseñor as a special guest at its Family Literacy Night on Thursday, January 18, 2001. The event will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the San Marcos Boys and Girls Club's Community Room. The club is located at I Positive Place, San Marcos. Free parking is available.
Villaseñor is a well-known author of numerous books. His novel, Rain of Gold, is a national best seller in which he describes his family's real life struggles to migrate to California during the Mexican Revolution. In addition to this novel, Villaseñor has received praise for his other works: Macho!, Wild Steps of Heavy, Jury: The People vs. Juan Corona, Walking Stars, and Snow Goose: Global Thanksgiving.
Villaseñor's passion for peace, family pride, and encouraging children and teenagers to become strong, confident, contributing society members is the driving force behind his powerful speaking style. He is highly renowned speaker as well as novelist. His message of the importance of literacy fits perfectly into GEAR-UP's mission to ensure the opportunity of a college education for all students. Villaseñor grew up in Carlsbad and continues to donate his time, energy, and wisdom to helping the community.
GEAR UP is a federally-funded partnership between Palomar College, San Marcos Middle School, San Marcos High School, Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos, San Marcos Chamber of Commerce, Cox Communications, North County Times, and the San Marcos Unified School District.
The public is invited to attend this free event.