By Berenice Cisneros
A Latin Beat Celebration
SFJAZZ Spring Season 2003 celebrates its fourth year with world-class music, one-of-a-kind performances, powerful pairings and world premieres, March 21 through July 26. www.sfjazz.org. Here is the schedule: March 22, 8pm, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, A Salsa Dance Party, Eddie Palmieri and La Perfecta, II India. $35 general admission.
March 28 & 29, 8p.m., Masonic Auditorium, Ibrahim Ferrer, Cuban Singer. $25 / $35 / $45 / $60 Gold Circle.
April 17, 7:30pm, Masonic Auditorium, Piano Cubano, Chucho Valdez Quarter featuring Joe Lovano, Gonzalo Rubalcaba Trio. $20 / $35 / $40 / $55 Gold Circle.
July 26, 8pm, Masonic Auditorium, O Mito on Stage, Joao Gilberto. $25 / $35 / $45 / $60 Gold Circle.
Festival at Southwestern
After writing, acting and producing, seven Southwestern College students are ready to present excerpts from their one-act plays and video productions to the general public. They will showcase their work at the first annual Performance Festival of New Student Works taking place at Mayan Hall March 27-29 @ 7pm. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $7 for students and seniors. To purchase your tickets or for more information call (619) 482-6367.
“The Abduction from the Seraglio”
Cuban born bass Gustavo Halley will sing the role of Osmin in Lyric Opera San Diego’s production of the classic Mozart comedy “The Abduction from the Seraglio,” opening March 28 with performances on March 29 and 30, and April 4, 5 and 6.
This is the first Mozart opera to ever be performed by Lyric Opera San Diego, and marks the beginning of the company’s 2003 season, which continues with “Together Again for the Very First Time” (June), “The Pirates of Pen-zance” (September), and concludes with “The Melody Lingers On” (November).
All Lyric Opera performances take place at the historic Casa del Prado Theater in Balboa Park. Single ticket prices are $17 to $27 with significant discounts for season subscriptions. You may purchase your tickets by calling the Lyric Opera Box Office at (619) 239-8836.
The Museum of Making Music is hosting each Saturday Tours@Two until the end of November. These events are guided tours that specifically highlight the history of the guitar as well as the exclusive artifacts on display during this year’s series. It will feature prominent musicians and innovators who will accompany the tour guide and give insightful perspectives to gallery-goers and at the same time give visitors a chance to interact with professional performers in an intimate setting.
On March 29 at 2PM, join guitarist Dan Papaila on a special tour through the museum. General admission is $5, students and seniors $3. Please call (760) 438-5996 for more information, or visit our web site at www.museumofmakingmusic.org.
Deporting the Divas
Premiering March 29 through May 10 at Diversionary Theatre, “Deporting the Divas.” These divas are grand, fabulous and illegal. This is a satirical comedy about illegal aliens passing as citizens, men passing as women, gay passing as straight, Anglos passing as Latinos and even playwrights passing for characters. Diversionary Theatre is located at 4545 Park Blvd. in San Diego. You may purchase your tickets by calling (619) 220-0097.
Mid-City Friendship Games
The first annual Mid-City Friendship Games to be held on March 29 at Hoover High School is a series of indoor basketball tournaments and a great deal of community and family fun activities, guest celebrities, city officials and sports personalities and scouts.
The event will include a community information area, a Hoover History display, community information booths, and vendor market place and food court area.
A number of raffles and prizes will cap off the day between the division champion ceremonies. Come and support community school groups to raise money for their activities. To sign up teams and find about various sponsorship opportunities contact Ken McDill at email@example.com or call Gretchen Mitchell at 283-6281 X 266.
Do the Tango and Get Arrested
The tango reigns as one of the most sensual dances of all times. On Saturday, March 29, tango gains a new respectability when it high-steps its way onto the stage at Copley Symphony Hall. The San Diego Symphony will present Do the Tango and Get Arrested! Complete with orchestra, tango dancers and soloists. Audience members will even have the chance to dance the tango with local instructors available in the lobby during the third act. The conductor will invite the audience to either continue to watch and listen to the concert, or alternatively, to go to the lobbies where the concert hall’s doors will be open and the orchestra’s music will be played over the speaker system and where the professional tango instructors will be giving tango lessons. So bring your dancing shoes to this one. Performance is at 8pm. Call 235-0804 to purchase your tickets.
Concert at Grossmont Jazz
A music scholarship fund-raiser concert featuring the jazz music faculty of Grossmont College’s Music Department acclaimed jazz music program will be held at the Grossmont College Recital Hall (Room 220) on Sunday, March 30th at 7pm on the campus of Grossmont College in El Cajon. General admission tickets for the performance is $15. Tickets will be available at the door. For more information call 644-7254.
Mixed Feelings: San Diego/Tijuana
“Although neighbors, Mexico and the United States are extremes within Western civilization.”
Mixed Feelings: San Diego/Tijuana is a documentary about the San Diego/Tijuana region and its inevitable transnational future. Conversations with scholars, planners and architects from both cities open a window into an unprecedented dialogue now occurring on the U.S./Mexican border. The film reaches into issues including architecture, urbanism and rapid globalization. It also offers a rare and insightful meditation on the future impact that Latino civilization will have on U.S. cities.
This unique piece successfully challenges the contemporary documentary form. Scored by a new music (Nortec) now emerging out of the Tijuana region, the documentary makes much use of digital animation and multiple paneled images.
The film is a co-production between Phillip Rodriguez, a Senior Research Fellow at the Center For the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University, and KPBS.
The project was made with the additional support of the Rockefeller/Bancomer U.S.-Mexico Fund for Culture.
Mixed Feelings was filmed in San Diego and will be aired on KPBS Wednesday, March 26 at 10:30 p.m.