May 11, 2001

Calendar of Events...

by Berenice Cisneros

Celebrando La Musica Chicana. Aztec Entertainment presenta el Aztlan Fest 2001 que rodará con un verdadero elenco de talento explosivo. El Aztlan Fest 2001 se ha propulsado como uno de los festivales más frescos de hoy dia, uniendo un mosaíco de generos tales como el rock, metal, punk, alternativo, ska y hip-hop todo en un ambiente festivalero de todo el dia En el photo están "Las 15 Letras" en el House of Blues.
El festival proveerá la oportunidad de ver talento de renombre y tambien de nuevos valores. El Aztlan Fest 2001 se llevará acabo el jueves 17 de mayo, en el Fiesta Hall en San Diego. Thursday May 17 San Diego. Fiesta Hall localizado en el 1770 Palm Ave. Imperial Beach/San Diego Hora: 2:00pm-11:45pm Boletos: $20 en la puerta.

La Jolla All Stars

Jazz afficionados and friends of education will be treated to the sounds of the La Jolla All Stars featuring vocalist Lila Brown-Smith Friday, May 11, 7 p.m. The Reid Art Gallery, upstairs at the Educational Cultural Complex, 4343 Ocean View Blvd., in south San Diego, will be transformed into Club ECC when the La Jolla All Stars put forth the tunes of Fats Waller, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong; Billy Eckstine, Count Basie and Sarah Vaughn. The event is part of the 25th anniversary celebration of the Educational Cultural Complex (ECC) of the San Diego Community College District and is the main fundraiser for the Charles E. Reid Bookfund for students.


Fern Street Circus to Perform

Fern Street Circus presents its new circus variety show, with a series of free neighborhood performances followed by its annual residency in Balboa Park. Fern Street Circus has always made sure that we talk to Spanish-speaking communities by having a bilingual ringmaster. Memo Mendez, as Don Mamuski, the Pachuco Clown, has been the voice of the Circus since 1996.

* Sherman Heights (21st Street north of Market) Sunday, May 13th 2 p.m. Free

* San Ysidro (Logan Field, Cesar Chavez Recreation Center), 455 Sycamore Road Saturday, May 19th 2 p.m. Free

* Balboa Park (Park Blvd. & Presidents Way on the east side of the Park) May 25 - June 3 Adults $10; Children 12 & under $5

For more information, call 619-235-9756.


The Shadow Box

The Grossmont College Theatre Arts Department will present The Shadow Box on May 10-12, 15-19 @ 8 PM and May 12, 19 @ 2 PM in the Stagehouse Theatre. In this play you'll meet three families at a Hospice for the terminally ill. This stirring drama, lace with humor, influenced by the writings of Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, takes us, with hope and dignity, on a journey of discovery towards the inevitable. General admission $10; Military, seniors, faculty and staff $9; The box office is located at 200 A-1 or call 644-7234. Free parking in Lot #1.


Political Comedy Troupe

Culture Clash is not only the name of the political comedy troupe, it's what they do; they show cultures in opposition. The acclaimed trio will storm the stage with their new show "Coast to Coast" at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 10. This new production is a 90-minute compilation of the troupe's last four site-specific plays. It deals with specific urban milieus, showing cultures in opposition and harmony. It's a fast paced show with music, dance, spoken word, satire, drama, and comedy. They have worked on stages throughout the country, offering their own biting mix of satire, comedy, and social and political awareness. They fuse elements of theater, comedy and film in the tradition of Lenny Bruce and the Mark Brothers.


Long Day's Journey Into Night

Renaissance Theatre Company will present Long Day's Journey into Night as its second production beginning Friday, May 11 at the Lyceum Space Theatre in Horton Plaza. This production unfolds over a day in the life of the trouble Tyrone family. It is an extraordinary phychological epic centering around the mother's painful morphine addiction as her family disintegrates into physical and spiritual ruin. Her youngest son is sent to a sanitarium to recover from tuberculosis and despises his father for sending him, while the elder son's life is destroyed by alcohol. First produced in 1956, Long Day's Journey into Night, earned Eugene O'Neill, one of the greatest American playwrights of the 20th century, his fourth Pulitzer Prize. Ticket prices range from $20 - $35 with a final performance June 10th.


I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change

Sam Woodhouse will direct the smash hit musical revue I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change. This witty musical romp about sex, love, dating and marriage opens Friday, May 11 on the REP's 550-seat Lyceum Stage. It's an outrageously funny portrayal of the pros and cons of falling in love, which has become an immediate sell-out show. Featuring 18 vignettes, 40 characters and a catchy pop score that ranges from country-western to pop-rock and standard ballad to opera. It's a hilarious musical depiction of the great spectrum of romantic love with the good, the bad and the ugly, and the seemingly endless search for that perfect relationship. The final performance is scheduled for Sunday, June 10. Tickets may be purchased on-line at or, or by calling our box office at (619) 544-1000 or by visiting our box office in the Lyceum at Horton Plaza.


Tommy Castro to Appear in San Diego

One of the hottest blues and roots-rock acts on the scene, the Tommy Castro Band, will make a special appearance May 11th at 4th & B in San Diego. A masterful guitarist, a deeply soulful vocalist, and a highly charismatic performer backed by one of the tightest and most entertaining bands around. The band's latest Blind Pig release, "Live at the Fillmore," captures the essence of their electrifying musicianship, and the mesmerizing effect their unique brand of blue-collar rock `n' soul has on an audience.


Conjunto Jardin

Coming to Oceanside as the first of six in the Oceanside Summer Sounds in the Park Concert Series 2001 `Conjun-to Jardin' is a group that performs son jarocho, one of the most vital and energetic styles of Mexican folk music. From the state of Veracruz on the Gulf of México, this vibrant musical style has Spanish, African and indigenous roots. Featuring Libby and Cindy Harding, the sisters combine high-spirited harmonies and flawless vocals while bringing to life the jarano and requinto, stringed instruments indigenous to the area.

Performances by two colorful Ballet Folklorico groups, Ballet Folklorico of CSUSM and Ballet Nanahuatzín, will add a special touch to the dancing rhythms of Conjunto Jardin. The concert is free for all ages, and will include complimentary popcorn and sodas. Libby Lake Park is located at 424 Calle Montecito, off North River Road. For further information, contact the concert hotline at 435-5570.


Alice in Wonderland

A Mystical, magical tale of a girl who finds herself in a strange, sometimes terrifying, sometimes ludicrous, but always humorous place. Come join the actors of Mar Vista High School's Mariner Theatre Company as they present Alice in Wonderland. In addition to the show, a mini-carnival featuring attractions such as Humpty Dumpty's Eggerie and The Mad Hatter's Hat Hutch is sure to delight all.

The show will be presented May 16 through May 19 with a 7:30 PM curtain time. The doors will open at 7 PM. A special matinee will be held for children at 2 PM on Saturday, May 19 with doors opening at 1:30 PM. Alice in Wonderland is a play for all ages. For further information, contact the Mariner Theatre Company at 423-7040.

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