by Berenice Cisneros
One of the longest running and most popular shows in theatrical history, Oklahoma! will have you singing from your seat. This sunny tale is about two boys in cowboy hats trying to woo two pretty girls in the land where the corn grows as high as an elephant's eye and the wind comes sweeping down the plain. Performances are July 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, 29, August 2, 3, and 4 beginning at 8:00 p.m. at the Mt. Helix Amphitheater in La Mesa. Tickets are available by calling 588-0206 or 800-696-1929. Prices range from $15-$30. For more information, please go to www.-cctcyt.org or www.mthelix.org.
HarlemWest Fest 2001
Coming July 20, 21, 22 at the Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego. Jazz, Blues, R&B and Reggae featuring: The Ohio Players, Lakeside, Lafayette and the Lease Breakers, Kokopelli featuring Amparito Escovar. Visit www.harlem-westfest.com.
Calle Diez Latin Music Festival
Coming August 19, Salsa y Merengue in the East Village in Downtown San Diego featuring: Son Reinas, a 10 member All Female Salsa Band direct from Japan; Jack Costanza and his "Back from Havana" Big Band; Bobby Matos Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble; Cuban Explosion; La Fuente de Amparito "Direct from Cali"; DJ Rick La Voz Chriss. For tickets call 220-TIXS.
Street Scene 2001
Coming September 7, 8, 9 California's largest Food and Music Festival. Visit www.street-scene.com.
Fiesta de Bahia
Coming September 30, Fiesta de Bahia at 4th & "B" downtown San Diego featuring: Daniela Mercury direct from Bahia, Brazil Capoeira, Brazil Travel Seminar, Afro-Brazilian Percussion, Dance Workshops.
Indian Trader Returns to San Diego
Donald Sharp, a licensed Indian trader, will present a stunning array of these hand-carved miniature sculptures at the Museum of Man from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, July 21 and 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Sunday, July 22. Sharp has lived and worked in Zuni, New Mexico for more than 25 years. He will discuss and display an array of these detailed pieces. The event is $6 for adults, $3 for ages 6 to 17 and free for children under 6. The fee includes Museum admission and entrance to the Zuni Fetish Carving exhibit, on display through June, 2002. For further information, please call 239-2001.
Children will get the chance to perform in the circus when they take part in Make*A*Circus on Saturday, July 21 from 11 a.m to 4 p.m. at Balboa Park. Beginning at 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., Balboa Park Recreation staff will be conducting a morning of special activities for all ages. Participants can make a circus mask, run in a relay an obstacle course, test their strength in a tug-o-war or just enjoy the antics of the clowns.
At 1 p.m., Make*A*Circus will present "Penelope Puddles Problematic Playground" including a 45-minute performing arts workshop for all ages. Then, children will put their newly-acquired circus skills to work in a scripted circus act for all participants. For additional information, call 235-1106 or log on to the Balboa Park website www.balboapark.org.
Rock Art of the Volcanic Tableland
Rare rock art from Eastern California will be explored at "Echoes of Antiquity: Rock Art of the Volcanic Tableland," an exhibit of striking color photography to be held at the San Diego Museum of Man from July 21 through Jan. 6, 2002.
Featuring the distinctive work of San Francisco photographer Jean Allsworth, the exhibit highlights the petroglyphs of the southwestern edge of the Great Basin north of Bishop, California. She has also photographed archaeological sites in Mexico and Belize. In her work, she seeks to reveal the indivisibility of the past and present, to document the art for posterity, to share the beauty and mystery of these carvings and the area surrounding them with others who cannot visit the Volcanic Tableland. And also to call attention to the threat to this environment and urge its preservation. For more information, please visit the website at www.museumofman.org or call (619) 239-2001.
Presenting Luis Villegas
Coming to Oceanside as part of the Oceanside Summer Sounds in the Park Concert Series 2001, Luis Villegas will perform Sunday, 22 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Rancho Del Oro Park. Villegas performs a vivid musical tapestry of Nuevo Flamenco fretwork and Afro-Cuban rhythms on his acoustical guitar. Don't miss this chance to get to know Luis Villegas and his music. Bring a blanket, join your family and friends. This concert is free for all ages and will include complimentary popcorn and sodas. Rancho Del Oro Park is located at College Blvd. and Avenida Empressa. For further information, please call 435-5570.
Saturday Night Fever
Inspired by the phenomenally successful 1977 film and featuring songs from the legendary film soundtrack by the Bee Gees, tells the streetwise New York City story of an ambitious, talented Brooklyn kid with a burning desire to make it big in Manhattan. Filled with songs that helped launch the 1970's disco-dancing craze, such as "Stayin' Alive," "Night Fever," "How Deep Is Your Love?," "You Should Be Dancing," among others.
"Saturday Night Fever" will feature a cast of 33 talented dancers, singers and actors, many from the original Broadway company. Richard H. Blake will play the leading role of Tony Manero. Jeanine Meyers will play Tony's love interest, Stephanie Mangano. Tickets are already on sale for July 24-29 performances at the San Diego Civic Theatre, 3rd and B Street, Downtown San Diego. To purchase your tickets call the Box Office at (619) 570-1100.