By Berenice Cisneros
Businesses on San Diego Bay extend an invitation to come out and play on the Big Bay, with a beautiful outdoor setting along picturesque waters. The Maritime Museum has a new exhibit opening March 8, a “Race for the Riches” aboard the Star of India. This exhibit focuses on the historical, maritime and sociological aspects of trade with the Far East. Artifacts will include early charts, documents, navigation instruments, ship portraits, harbor views and models of Chinese and western ships.
Arts and Crafts weekend rolls into town March 7-9 at the B Street Cruise Ship Terminal with more than 50 exhibitors displaying a broad spectrum of antique and contemporary style furniture, metalwork, pottery, rugs, jewelry paintings, and other fine artwork. Admission fee is $5. For show information call 297-7511.
Birding Skills Workshop at the Chula Vista Nature Center on Saturday, March 15. The 4-hour workshop starts at 10 a.m. and will provide bird watching tips to better appreciate and identify San Diego’s birds. For more information call 409-5903.
The California State Barbecue Championship takes place on Saturday, March 15 at the Imperial Beach Dunes Park. A blend of smoked meats and sea breeze should provide an interesting aroma as the 20 top barbecue teams heat up their coals for the competition.
For more information and costs to participate in tasting, call 424-3151.
Hormblower Cruises and Events are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day for a full week and you are all invited. From March 17-21 they will be offering buy one/get one free specials on its dinner cruises on the Big Bay. Check out www.hornblower.com.
Seaport Village offers flexibility with unique shopping and entertainment every weekend in March. Relax in the gazebo and enjoy Kazoo Shows, a collection of music and mime combined into clever scenarios.
From the historic to present-day nautical activities, the Kona Kai International Yacht Club sponsors the 17th Amer-ica’s Schooner Cup Charity Regatta on March 29. The regatta is the largest assemblage of schooners on the West Coast. Call 223-3138 for more information
Please visit the Big Bay’s Web site www.thebigbay.com or call the toll free information line 1-877-2-BIG-BAY to find out about other upcoming events.
First Major Exhibition
On March 8, the San Diego Museum of Art opens the first major exhibition in this country to focus exclusively on the rich artistic heritage of colonial Mexico during the Spanish Viceregal period (1521-1821) Titled The Grandeur of Viceregal Mexico: Treasures from the Museuo Franz Mayer, it will feature painting and sculpture. With the exhibition will be a film series presenting three different views of the Spanish conquest of Mexico, lectures and gallery talks, and a two-day symposium (March 28-29) where various experts will share their insights on the history, art, and culture of the period. For more information call 696-1966. To purchase your tickets call Ticketmaster at 220-8497.
Concert Dedicated to Women
Award-winning Latina opera singer who became mariachi and bolero singer/composer, Juanita Ulloa, will be performing in San Diego at Centro Cultural de La Raza in Balboa Park next Sunday March 8 at 8pm. Her concert called “Latinas” honors Latina women and is being performed to commemorate International Women’s Day. She will first accompany herself on the piano with percussion by Roy Gonzalez, and then with the Mariachi Chula Vista.
Nicaraguan Pottery and Peruvian Clay Instruments will be on display March 12 through March 22, at the World Beat Cultural Center, in Balboa Park. This show features a cross section of work of Nicaraguan potters including clay dolls and hand built sculptural pieces from the women of Loma Panda, utilitarian ware from the Ducuale Grande women’s collective, and ceramic jewelry and contemporary and pre-Columbian replicas from the village of San Juan de Oriente.
The San Diego Guild of Puppetry proudly presents Perry Alley Puppets in “Puss in Boots.” A dozen hand puppets in gorgeous costumes are introduced by break dancing, rapping cat. Shows are at the Sunshine Brooks Theater located at 217 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside. March 14 with shows at 10:30 am and 11:45 am only. Tickets and group reservations call 1-800-954-6696.