July 7, 2000

Calendar of Events...

by Berenice Cisneros


Starlight Offers Discounts

Starlight Theatre is proud to announce that it will provide 250 seats, to each of 24 performances this summer, for children and their families who would otherwise be unable to attend a professional musical. The group must fax a letter to 619-544-0496 indicating the name of the group, when they want to go, why they think they are deserving and how they hope their group will benefit from this experience.

Children 12 and under are still free on Thursdays and Sundays, other seats are $6.50. The group must have a minimum of 25 people in their group. The season kicks off with South Pacific, July 6-16, followed by Peter Pan, August 3-13 and Evita, August 31- September 10. Regular tickets are available by calling 619-544-7827. Experience the magic of Starlight under the stars in historic Balboa Park.


Romeo and Juliet

The Summer Shakespeare Repertory Project at Palomar College opens its second production, Romeo and Juliet on July 7, 8, 9, 21, 22 & 23 at the Howard Brubeck Theatre, located at 1140 West Mission Road, San Marcos. Director Michael Mufson has moved the setting of this classic tragedy forward in time to the Verona, Italy of 1930. Europe between the two World Wars provides an excellent setting for the crisis that precipitates the action of Romeo and Juliet. Tickets for each show are $10 for general audience, $8 for seniors and staff, and $6 for students. For tickets and information contact the Howard Brubeck Theatre Box Office at 760-744-1150, ext. 2453.


"Really Rosie"

This is a musical about a sassy and talented young girl that loves to produce, direct and star in her own productions of her showbiz fantasies. She spends her free time on the streets of Brooklyn, in front of her house, casting and directing her neighborhood of friends. "Really Rosie" can be seen at the Casa del Prado Theatre in Balboa Park from July 7 through 16. Admission prices are $5-$7 for seniors and children under 15, $7-$9 for adults. Please call the box office at 239-8355 for ticket purchases.


Pacific Islander Festival

The Sixth Annual San Diego Pacific Islander Festival arrives at Ingram Plaza, next to Prebble Field Parade Review Ground at the Naval Training Center (NTC) adjacent to San Diego Bay on July 8-9. Plenty of parking will be available. Southern California residents who trace their roots to the Pacific Islands, the Pacific Islander Festival will showcase foods, crafts, artifacts, singing and chanting, dancing and storytelling in the finest Pacific Islander tradition.

All festival events are free to the public. A vast array of entertainment is scheduled over the two-day festival. Food booths will provide delicious cuisine from all over the Pacific, and the arts and crafts fair offers one-of-a-kind Pacific Islander arts, jewelry, plants, perfumes, books, artifacts, and clothes. Ingram Plaza is located in the former Naval Training Center on Rosecrans Street and Harbor Drive and can be reached by taking the Rosecrans Street exit off I-5. Activities take place from 10-6 p.m. For more information, call (619) 699-8797.


The Best Mistake

Playwrights Project and the WorldBeat Center invites you to join us for a performance of The Best Mistake, Monday, July 10 for a 7 PM performance. Audience discussion is set at 8 PM. Witty and fast paced, it begins with a teen-ager's discovery that her clever, accomplished father can barely read. At first shocked, she becomes determined to help him gain the skill she prizes highly. The bond between father and daughter deepens both seek to understand his learning challenge. The Center is located at 2100 Park Blvd. Admission is free. For more information, call 230-1190.


Fosse, Smash-hit musical

Tickets for the Tony Award-winning, smash hit musical Fosse are now on sale at the Concourse Box Office, for performances July 11 through 16, at the Civic Theatre in San Diego. To order by phone, call the box office at 570-1100 or Ticketmaster at (619) 220-TIXS. Fosse includes rarely seen dance and musical numbers from his earliest works, as well as many numbers from films and television shows that have never been seen on stage before. Ticket prices range from $24 to $60.


The Gulf Between Us

Cynthia B. Acree, wife of Marine pilot Lt. Col. Cliff Acree who was shot down behind Iragi lines on the second day of the Gulf War and subsequently held prisoner and tortured for forty-eight days, has written a book about their two experiences through this ordeal. George and Barbara Bush review the Acree Book, The Gulf Between Us, by stating, "This book is written in two voices and we are delighted to add our two voices in praise of Cliff's devotion to duty and Cindy's quiet courage."

Cynthia Acree will appear at the Mission Branch Library for an author lecture and book signing. Program will be held Wednesday, July 12, 6-8 p.m. in the Mission Branch Community Room. Copies of the book will be available for purchases with proceeds to benefit the Friends of the Library. For additional information, please call (760) 435-5645.


Amazon Indian Tribes

Elaborate feathered costumes, exotic masks and ornate daggers and shields used by Amazon Indians during ceremonies and rituals will be showcased during a new exhibit at the San Diego Museum of Man, opening July 14 through November 14. Hundreds of items amassed by Mekler from five Amazon basin regions represent Indian tribes from Brazil, Ecuador, Venezuela, Peru, Surinam and Colombia. The masks, body costumes, head dresses, ritual objects, ceramic vessels and body ornaments all have special mythical and spiritual meanings.

Included in the exhibit are delicate feather body ornaments and head pieces used by the Urubú-Kaapor tribe in the Eastern Amazon during the Ta'lhupi raha, or infant naming ceremony. Also part of the display are ritual ant shields, flutes, and head dresses used by the Wayana-Aparai tribe in the Northeast Amazon as part of the Toacandira ritual or initiation of young boys into adulthood. The exhibit gives viewers a rare glimpse into the arts and rituals of the indigenous people of the Amazon basin, whose rich cultures many fear will be extinct within the next 10 years. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for visitors 65 and older, $3 for those 6 to 17, and free for children 5 and younger. For more information, call (619) 239-2001.


Burn Run / Fire Expo 2000

Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 15 from 1-7 p.m. at Qualcomm Stadium, for Burn Run / Fire Expo 2000 if you're looking for a great family outing this summer. This event helps raise money for the Burn Institute's many fire and burn prevention education programs and Camp Beyond the Scars for burn-injured children. Complete with fire truck rides, firefighting demonstrations, live music, food, a community pavilion, a "kiddie karnival" and more. Fire Expo kicks off at 1 p.m. at the far South West corner of the parking lot.

After the Burn Run arrives at 2 p.m., firefighters, and other emergency personnel will demonstrate their equipment and techniques, including rappelling, auto extrication using the "Jaws of Live," and more. Firefighting clowns "Do Rite" and "Do Rong" will be on hand to educate and entertain visitors, as will Smokey the Bear, Sparky the Fire Dog, and Patches and Pumper.

After Fire Expo, the Padres will honor the fire service during Firefighters Night at the Padres beginning at 7:05 pm. Everyone in attendance will receive a beach bag. Special on-field ceremonies will pay tribute to the fire service with a moving two-minute video and more than 100 firefighters on the field. For tickets to Firefighters Night at the Padres, call the Burn Institute at (858) 541-2277.


Music from Hawaii

Kawika O' Leinani brings us music from Hawaii, Tahiti, Samoa and Tonga, July 15, 7 & 9 p.m. in the Oceanside Public Library, Civic Center Community Rooms. Admission of $6 may be purchased in the Library Administration, 330 N Coast Highway, Oceanside. This show is for the whole family.


`Rock and Read'

A free event designed to promote literacy and get local kids excited about books, takes place July 15, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. on the central lawn at MiraCosta College, One Barnard Drive, Oceanside.

From 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., kids will be able to meet costumed characters from children's literature, listed to local celebrities reading children's stories, make their own books, construct characters from books out of edible treats, create Native American stories with symbols, and participate in other reading-related activities. Entertainment from 2-5 p.m. includes musical performances by the eclectic rock group Madcap Otis and Latin jazz guitarist Tony Lasley, demonstrations by local dance and martial arts studios. Each child who attends will receive a free book. For more information about Leaders Read or Rock and Read, call Stanner at (760) 433-4567, ext. 6911.


Amateur Boxing

Heavyweight champions have to get their start somewhere. You just might see a future champ in action at the Amateur Boxing Invitational on Saturday, July 15 at the Barona Recreation Center, located on mile north of Barona Casino in Lakeside. The action starts at 1 p.m. featuring 20 amateur boxers from Southern California and Baja California.

The fight card includes 10 bouts with boxers ranging in age from 8 to 18. In addition, opportunity drawings will be held with exciting items including two 61-inch Panasonic televisions, a trip to Disneyland for a family of four and a golf package that includes a set of clubs and a foursome at the new Barona Creek Golf Club scheduled to open in October 2000. Event tickets are $7 for adults; $3 for children ages six to 13; and free for children under six. Tickets can be purchased at the Barona Casino gift shop or by calling (619) 231-8819.


Christian Music Talent Search

Nashville - Embassy music of Nashville, Tennessee is conducting its new artist and song search. Now, in its 6th year, The Ultimate Talent Search will offer over $50,000 in prizes, which includes a recording contract for the grand-prize winner in the artist's division. The Grand-Prize winning song will be recorded and distributed nationwide to Christian Radio. Entry forms are now available. All entries must be received no later than Tuesday, August 29, 2000.

To receive entry information, visit www.embassymusic.com or call the Ultimate hotline at 615-345-2500.


To all the West Coast Salseros

You are invited to attend the LASalsaKids and SalsaBrava Kick-Off party for the World Salsa Congress 2000 in Puerto Rico.

This year the LASalsaKids and SalsaBrava Dance Companies have joined together to put on "the Show to Beat All Shows". There will be a light buffet, performances and music to dance the night away. Come see the top dancers in Los Angeles perform their latest Salsa Dance Routines. Come watch the show and have a great time while you support the LASalsaKids and SalsaBrava Dance companies efforts to represent Los Angeles at the World Salsa Congress 2000 in Puerto Rico.

Performing show lineup: LASalsaKids, SalsaBrava, Johnny Vasquez and Olivia Dasso, Los Rumberos, Bobby and Justine, and Laura Canelias. With more acts coming.

Date: Friday, July 14, 2000; Place: Rio Hondo Country Club, Downey CA; Donation: $25.00 advance ticket. $35.00 at the door.

Call the LASalsaKids for reservations at: 562/943-4492, or e-mail us at LASalsaKids@salsaweb.com

Visit the LASalsaKids web site for more information on this event and updates to the performing lineup for the show. www.salsaweb.com/lasalsakids

This is an event you won't want to miss.

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