by Berenice Cisneros
Tall Ships Arriving
The exotic square riggers Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain returns to San Diego January 24 as their final stop of their West Coast educational tour. They will call at 16 ports between San Francisco and here docking at the Maritime Museum January 24 thru February 3.
Their arrival is sensational as both ships sail into the bay carrying on a mock cannon duel and traditional display of ship handling. Car alarms go off for a mile in each direction, but it all adds to an exciting arrival. They will enter San Diego Bay and begin battling off the Coast Guard Air Station on North Harbor Drive about 2 p.m. before tying up at the San Diego Maritime Museum. They will open to the public dockside at 3 p.m. Students participating in this unique program will learn about the life of a sailor, help the crew to raise sails and navigate the ship. This experience provides opportunities to learn respect for others, foster teamwork, and heighten self esteem. This program is $5 dockside and $30 sailing (weekdays only). For more information, contact Joseph Ditler at 234-9154, x 105.
The tall ship `Californian' will be open for free public tours at Chula Vista Yacht Harbor from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on January 26-27. The `Californian' is primarily designed for educational programs using maritime themes to teach students about science, math, literature and other subjects. For more information, call the Tall Ship Society of San Diego County at 420-7176 or 420-1607.
Big hair and big talent will storm the stage again at Theatre in Old Town opening February 1st. Beehive pays tribute to everything 60's, starting with its hair way, way up and ending with it way, way down. With 23 wig changes and more than 30 costume changes, the six member, all female cast brings back not only the music, but also the sights and sounds of that ever changing decade.
Winding its way through the decade, Beehive starts with the girl groups of the early 60's., the Shirelles, Patti LaBelle & The Bluebells and the Sup-remes. As the decade changes, Beehive moves from the crinolines and aqua net to the sleek mod look of Carnaby Street and recording artists, Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark. The second act takes on a different tone, becoming more concert-like and featuring rock'n roll legends, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin and Janis Joplin. The shifting tone highlights how these artists' work reflected and inspired the women's movement and other social changes of the period. For tickets and other information, call 688-2494.
International Dance Festival
Balboa Park International Dance Festival on Sunday, February 3rd. Folk dance from various countries and spirited home-grown dances such as Country Western line dance, Cajun & zydeco will be demonstrated and taught from noon to 5 p.m. at the spacious and beautiful Balboa Park Club. Learn easy steps to fun dances often led by dancers in their colorful native costumes. Everyone is welcome to attend and participate, admission is free. Presidents Way off Park Blvd. For more information call Bob at 286-0355 .
At the Museum of Contemporary Art
Indivisible: Stories of American Community will be on view at MCA downtown February 3 through April 23. The exhibition represents a collective vision of local life and action in American communities, and features original photographs by distinguished photographers. February 3 is Free-For-All-Family Day. Each of the photographers was asked to explore a different type of neighborhood, record and interpret its character, and document the challenges they face. This exhibition includes the works of 12 accomplished photographers who visited locations across the nation and recorded the ways in which citizens have eased poverty, protected the environment, soothed racial tensions. The Museum is located at 1001 Kettner Blvd., San Diego. For more information, call (858) 454-3541.
February 3 is Free-For-All Family Day at MCA La Jolla @ 700 Prospect Street, La Jolla: Art + Nature inspired by artists Wolfgang Laib, who works with pollen, beeswax, and race, local artist/ designer Michael Soriano will lead a workshop investigating the aesthetic potential of other natural materials such as grass and beans.