by Berenice Cisneros
Cold Sassy Tree
American composer Carlisle Floyd's new opera, Cold Sassy Tree, his first comic work and one which he says may be his last, make its premiere at the San Diego Opera, Civic Center Plaza, 1200 Third Ave, downtown San Diego.
Cold Sassy Tree is set in a small town of the same name in Georgia in 1900. it tells the story of the mature shopkeeper Rucker Lattimore, the town's richest citizen and foremost maverick. When his wife dies, he shocks his grown daughters and neighbors by striking a bargain with Love Simpson, the attractive and much younger milliner at his general store - his estate in return for a marriage of convenience. Performances are March 24, 27th & 30th, April 1. For ticket purchases or other information, call 232-7636.
This concert will feature James Raphael - pianist, that will include works by de Falla, Chopin, Beethoven, Rota & Gershwin. This program will be held in the third floor auditorium of the Central Library located at 820 E Street in downtown San Diego. The concertt is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Library's Art and Music Department at 236-5810.
Mother Goose Suite
A collection of five unrelated fairy tales and Through the Looking Glass, this charming sequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland will entertain and delight children and their families as life-size characters bring these children's classics to life. Mother Goose Suite comes to life in a special Family Concert on Sunday, March 25, at Copley's Symphony Hall, 750 B Steeet, downtown San Diego. San Diego Pantomime Theatre joins the action on stage with imaginative sets and costumes as the International Chamber Players vividly play these well loved classical masterpieces. The performances begins at 2:00 PM. General admission ticket prices are $15 for adults and $7 for children. For more information or tickets call 435-9111.
Oceanside Offshore Gran Prix
The 5th Annual Oceanside Offshore Gran Prix will feature top class high speed race boats that will reach speeds up to 140 mph. Festivities begin March 30 at 4:00 pm with Boat Review through City on Coast Highway. This two-day event will be held Saturday and Sunday, March 31 and April 1st in the picturesque Oceanside Harbor.
There is no entry fee for spectators and the event includes a wide variety of activities for the whole family, including a kid's wiffle ball golf course on Harbor Beach, a rock-climbing wall, along with food, entertainment and an assortment of vendors. See you there.
Free-For-All First Sunday
"Copy Cats" a free workshop on Sunday, April 1, MCA in La Jolla (700 Prospect Street), will lead participants in an exploration of the fine art of the photocopier - reducing, enlarging, copying, and cropping your own designs to add to a massive collaborative project in lobby of the Museum. Participants can also build 3-D sculptures in the galleries out of thousands of wooden blocks.
"Art" is no joke, but it sure is a lot of fun. April Fool's Day, MCA downtown (1001 Kettn-er Blvd., San Diego). This family day will focus on treasure hunts, puzzles, and funny stories, celebrating April Fool's Day. Uncover the secrets of our Artwork of the Month, build wacky foam sculptures in the galleries and much more.
Have Fun and Help the Environment
The City of Chula Vista and I Love A Clean San Diego are seeking volunteers for a storm drain stenciling event planned for march 31 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Because volunteers will be painting and walking, comfortable attire, old clothing and weather precautions are suggested. Last year 350 stork drains in Chula Vista were stenciled by volunteers with images of ducks and dolphins, and the message "We Live Downstream."
This event also provides an excellent opportunity to learn about the harmful effects illegal dumping has in our local watersheds and how it can be prevented. Training will be available prior to the event on March 24 from 9 to 11 a.m. and on March 31 from 8 to 9 a.m. Volunteers will meet at the South Chula Vista Library parking lot, located at 389 Orange Ave at the corner of Fourth Avenue. The first 100 volunteers will receive a free canvas bag, commuter mug and other fun environmentally-friendly gifts. Refreshments will be provided to all participants. If you are interested you may contact Lon Larson at 409-5828 at the South Bay Regional Used Oil Program to obtain more information or to sign up for the event.
The Mad Dancers
Headlining the Lipinsky Family San Diego Jewish Arts Festival at San Diego Repertory's Theatre's 270-seat Lyceum Space is the World Premiere of The Mad Dancers. It will officially open the festival on Saturday, March 31st at 8 p.m. The Mad Dancers is an exhilarating modern comedy inspired in part by the classic Chassidic tale "The Seven Beggars-" follows Chaplinesque character Elliott Green, a word processor at IBM who leads a very average life. But when an 18th Century Rabbi choses Elliott to become the next Chassidic prince, heir to an ancient Chassidic dynasty, Elliott's mundane world is turned topsy-turvy.Ticket prices range from $22 - $38. The final performance is scheduled for Sunday, April 22nd.