May 4, 2001

Calendar of Events...

by Berenice Cisneros


"Nahuatl Visions"

A rich variety of carvings from Central Mexico are being shown at Back from Tomboctou Gallery at 3564 Adams Avenue. On exhibit are dance masks and images of this fantastic world. Monday-Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. & Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. now through July 15th. For further information, call 282-8708 or 280-6441.


The Tempest

SDSU Department of Theatre proudly presents William Shakespeare's beloved and mystical final work, TheTempest. Set in the Edwardian era, this is one of Shakespeare's most enigmatic works. It is a tale of the noble Prospero and his daughter, Miranda. Long shipwrecked and isolated on an island, Prospero has used his magic and wiles to establish mysterious bonds with the isle's non-human inhabitants. This unusual idyll is shattered and magic, love and mystery ensue, when another shipwreck brings a group of people to the island.

Don't miss this exciting evening of drama, fantasy, family and love. Opening May 4 at 8 p.m. and running through May 5, 10 and at 8 p.m. Matinees will be performed on May 6, 12 and 13 at 2 p.m. in SDSU's Don Powell Theatre. To purchase your tickets call 594-6884.


Spirit in Haitian Art

Curses, cannibals and blood sacrifice are the images of Haitian religion that have been emblazoned into the popular American consciousness by Hollywood film-makers, but a new exhibit premiering at the San Diego Museum of Man dispels this distorted view of Afro-Caribbean cultures. Spiritual paintings, vivid sequin banners and papier mache, wood and iron sculptures are the heart and soul of "Voodoo" Spirits in Haitian Art," which opens at the Museum on May 5 and runs through January 27, 2002. The exhibit features a variety of objects relating to the Voodoo religion which evolved from a mixture of African religions and Roman Catholicism.

"Ceremonie Plein Aire" (Outdoor Ceremony) by Pierre Joseph Valcin, par of the Voodoo: Spirits in Haitian Art at the San Diego Museum of Man.

The exhibit consists of pieces from the private collection of La Jolla resident Bob Brictson, which includes sculptures made from 50-gallon oil drums. Other works are created from wood, metal, oils, acrylics and sequined flags. The exhibit also features photos and descriptions of artists and the art they've created. For more information, please call 239-2001 or check our web site at


Grand Festival of Spring

Live bluegrass, folk, country and other musical performers will mix their instrumental artistry with the honks, whistles and toots of real trains operating over the adjacent tracks at the Museum's Living History & Train Operations Center in this rural village of several hundred souls, 50 miles east of San Diego on State Route 94. Visitors will be able to ride in a 1931 railbus or take an exhilirating ride on a track motorcar.

Food and drink, commercial and craft booths, educational and government displays and demonstrations, antique cars, trains and farm machinery, a large children's play area, old west gunfighters, and 19th century reenactment groups are among the many activities planned. The Grand Festival of Spring officially opens at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 5th and will run through Sunday, May 6th closing at 6 p.m.

Many interesting and valuable door prizes will be given away during the weekend, and a raffle will be held for the Grand Prize - an evening dinner train for up to 18 people, including a 5-course dinner with wine and live music aboard a restored 1926 Cafe Observation railroad car. Tickets are $5 each. The festival can be reached from San Diego via State Route 94 or Interstate 8 and Buckman Springs Road. North County residents should take I-8 east to Buckman Springs Road, about 5 miles east of Pine Valley, then south 13 miles to the San Diego Railroad Museum. For more information, call 595-3031.


Free Tours on The Californian

The tall ship "Californian" will be open for public tours at Chula Vista Yacht Harbor from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 5 and 6. The free tall ship tours will be at Marina Parkway Pier along Chula Vista Yacht Harbor adjacent to the California Yacht Marina. Take J Street/Marina Parkway exit off I-5 turning west on Marina Parkway. For more information, call (619) 420-1607 or visit our website at


Cinco de Mayo in the Gaslamp

To get ready for this big Fiesta, Cinco de Mayo in the Gaslamp Quarter, Saturday, May 5th, from 4 p.m. to midnight, Island Street between 5th and 6th Avenue between Market and J Street will be turned into a Mexican Fiesta Block Party as Christies Place stages the 4th Annual Cinco in the Gaslamp. If you ever wanted to Salsa around the world's largest sombrero, this is your chance. This year, the event has added a traditional Mariachi Band, Ballet Folklorico and a traditional Salsa Band. In addition, the event will feature, Mexican food (carne asada tacos, bacon wrapped hot dogs, churros, fajitas, jalapeño popcorn and more), margaritas, mexican beer, 6 bands, Mexican carnival booths, jalapeño eating contest, hot sauce contest and a variety of other entertainment that makes Cinco de Mayo in the Gaslamp a San Diego tradition. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. You must be 21 and up with a valid ID to attend. For tickets call 233-5008 or go to Buffalo Joe's located at 600 Fifth Avenue in the Gaslamp Quarter.


Maytime Band Review Parade

Forty high school and junior high/ middle schools bands from throughout the State of California are expected to participate in The 54th Annual Maytime Band Review Parade that takes place in National City on Saturday, May 5 starting at 10:30 a.m. Parade goes north on Highland Avenue starting at 28th Street, west on 16th Street to Kimball Park. Awards ceremony following parade in Kimball Park. Due to limited bleacher seating, tickets are available at the National City Chamber of Commerce Office, 711 "A" Avenue.


Mini Concert Celebrating Cinco de Mayo

Pedro Ramirez will give a free family Cinco de Mayo concert on May 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Rosemary Lane Galería at the South Branch of the Chula Vista Public Library, located at 389 Orange Avenue. Ramirez will perform this mini-concert of Folkloric Musica Ranchera in celebration of his Mexican heritage and the Cinco de Mayo celebration. Ramirez has recently studied singing, vocal structure and musical literature with the recognized musical instructor, Paco Zavala. His new CD entitled "Paloma" is coming out at the end of May. For more information, call 691-5755.


Spring Dance Concert

The Dance Department of the San Diego School for Creative and Performing Arts will present its Spring Dance Concert on Thursday, May 10 and Friday, May 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the Florence Johnson Grand Theater, located at 2425 Dusk Drive in San Diego. The concert will showcase the choreography of the SCPA dance faculty and guest choreographers, presenting an exciting program of various dance styles. Tickets range in price from $4-$6. To purchase your tickets call the SCPA Box Office at 470-0588.


Dance Break 2001

More than 70 MiraCosta College dance students will take to the stage to present modern, ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, ballroom and international dance styles in "Dance Break 2001," slated for May 4-5 at 7:30 p.m. and May 5-6 at 2 p.m. in the MiraCosta College Theatre, One Barnard Drive, Oceanside. The concert will feature a number of student-choreographed pieces as well as works choreographed by dance instructors. Guest dancers from Torrey Pines High School will also be featured. The program will include: Migration, Untempo Swing Jazz, Steam Heat, Modern Argentine Tango, Modern Dance, Rhythm Tap and others. Admission is $7: students and seniors, $5. For more information, call (760) 795-6815.


Great Opera Aida

Verdi's great opera Aida, one of the most popular operas in the repertoire, will return to San Diego, Civic Center Plaza, 1200 Third Ave., opening Saturday, May 5 through May 15. Aida, an Ethiopian slave in the court of the King of Egypt, is in love with the general Radames, as is her mistress, the Princess Amneris. Radames loves Aida but must lead the Egyptian forces against her father, the Ethiopian king Amonasro. Torn between her country and her lover, Aida tricks Radames into betraying the Egyptian forces, but he is discovered and charged with treason. Despite Amneris' efforts to save him, Radames is condemned to death and Aida chooses to join him for eternity.

The opera will be performed in Italian with English translations projected above the stage. Single tickets are now on sale for $33, $49, $81, $92, $102 and $124 and may be purchased by calling 570-1100 or 220-TIXS, or online at


Young Hot Shots to Perform with San Diego Symphony

San Diego Symphony is proud to present young musical prodigies to join the San Diego Symphony onstage. Kristina Goettler, oboe, Shannon Olson, piano, Eugene Ugorski, violin and Amy Wong, piano, will be the featured soloists in the final Family Festival concert. The concert will take place on Sunday, May 5 at 2:00 p.m. in Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B Street, downtown. Single ticket prices range from $10-$30.

Kristina Goettler will perform Mozart's Concerto for Oboe, k. 314, she is a 12th grader at Helix High School in la Mesa. She has been a soloist with the Grossmont Symphony Orchestra; Shannon Olson will perform Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 2, k. 414, mvt. 1. She is in 6th grade at Olivenhain Academy of Fine Arts and Sciences. Her awards include First Place in the 2000 State of California CAPMT Honors Auditions; Eugene Ugorski will perform Camille Sait-Saens' Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso in A Major, Op. 28. Eugene is a fifth grader at Soille San Diego Hebrew Day School. Originally from Russia, he has been a soloist with the San Diego Chamber Orchestra and won first place at the American String Teachers Association California State Competition; Amy Wong was named as Honorable Mention First Alternative at this year's auditions. Amy is a junior at La Jolla High School. She has won many local and state piano competitions. For more information, visit

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