May 12, 2000
by Berenice Cisneros
Ballets for Spring
California Ballet Company presents Ballets for Spring featuring a collection of choreography by local artists and performed in CBC's own Theatre West, an intimate lo-tech performance space located in Kearny Mesa. Two premieres, one by Judith Sharp to music of Dmitri Shostakovich and another by Paul Koverman to music of Johannes Brahms, will join Maxine Mahon's excerpts from Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherezade and Stravinsky's Firebird.
Ballets for Spring will run Saturday, May 13 at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, May 14 at 1:00 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children. For tickets or more information, call the California Ballet Offices at 858-560-6741 or visit the website at www.californiaballet.org.
The 6th Annual Running the Red Road has become a tradition in San Diego as a community-wide event combining Native American cultural awareness and physical activity into a day of fun for the entire family, Saturday, May 13 at Balboa Park. Featuring a 10K, 5K Fun Run/Walk and 1K Children's run. This year Evan Adams will serve as a Role Model.
Evan Tlesla Adams is a Coast Salish actor and writer from the Sliammon Band near Powell River, BC, Canada. Most recently starring as "Thomas Builds-the-Fire" in the award winning film Smoke Signals. Evan just completed 3 years of pre-med and is currently a first-year medical student at the University of Calgary. Proceeds will benefit educational, athletic & cultural opportunities for youth. For more information, call 298-7400.
The Life and Times of Patrocinio Barela
Carlos Barela, grandson of famed woodcarver Patrocinio Barela, will discuss the life and work of his legendary grandfather. The lecture coincides with the Museum's "Barela: Remembering a Village Artist" exhibit held at the San Diego Museum of Man, in conjunction with Centro Cultural de la Raza, now open through May 14. His program will include a slide exhibition and tour of the exhibit.
Plants by Kumeyaay
Monday, May 22, at noon, in conjunction with the parkwide Buds n' Blooms celebration, Ken Hedges, the Museum's Curator of California Collections, will present this lively and informative program. The author of Santa Ysabel Ethnobotany, Hedges will discuss Kumeyaay Indian uses of native plants for sustenance. The program will also feature slides and artifacts from the San Diego Museum of Man's collections.
The Gift of Music
Give your mom the gift of music on Mother's Day. The La Jolla Chamber Music Society will admit all mothers and grandmothers for free on Mother's Day, May 14 for a pianist Jonathan Biss's performance when they are accompanied by their children or grandchildren. Tickets for young people (ages 6-18) are just $5.
The La Jolla Chamber Music Society concludes its Discovery Series for the 1999-2000 season with this performance by Mr. Biss. He will perform at 5 p.m. in Sherwood Auditorium at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, 700 Prospect Street, La Jolla. Mr. Biss will play Beethoven's "Fantasia, Op. 77," Schu-mann's "Kreisleriana, Op 16," Janácek's "Sonata 1.X.1905, "From the Street," Schoen-berg's "Six Little Pieces for Piano, Op. 19," and Chopin's "Nocturne in D-flat Major, Op. 27, No. 2" and "Ballade No. 4 and F minor, Op. 52."
Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera
On view from May 14 through September 3, the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, located at 700 Prospect St., La Jolla, will present Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Twentieth Century Mexican Art: The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection. The exhibition highlights a collection widely regarded as the world's most significant private holding of twentieth-century Mexican art. Dating from the 1910s to the 1990s, the paintings, sculptures, and photographs in the collection represent the broad range of artistic developments in Mexico during the last century.
The exhibition features over 80 works by many of the pre-eminent Mexican artists of the twentieth century, including Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, María Izquierdo, José Cle-mente Orozco, Carlos Mérida, and Rufino Tamayo, as well as a number of significant contemporary figures such as Cisco Jiménez, Silvia Gruner, and Gabriel Orozco. Admission to the Museum is $4 adults; $2 students, seniors and military. For more information, call the 24-hour information 858/454-3541.
Well Founded Fear
On Monday, May 15, the San Diego Public Library, P.O.V., the acclaimed independent non-fiction PBS film series, and the California Center for the Book will present the film Well-Founded Fear, a stirring, evocative, and utterly unforgettable documentary about the American political asylum system. Who is deemed worthy and who decides. It marks the first and probably only time a film crew has ever been privy to these proceedings. The film showing will be held in the third floor auditorium of the Central Library located at 820 E Street. The film begins at 6:00 p.m. and is free to the public.
The Joe Marillo Jazz Quartet
Known as the Godfather of San Diego Jazz, Joe Marillo returns to NCRT for one night only! Don't miss the upbeat rhythms of the Joe Marillo Jazz Quartet an exciting ensemble that features the vocal stylings of Frank Sinatra, with Mike Wofford on the piano. Performing May 16 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 with a $1 discount for students, seniors and military. NCRT is located just East of I-5 on Lomas Santa Fe Drive in the Southeast corner of the Lomas Santa Fe Plaza, Solana Beach. For more information, call (888) 776-NCRT.
Three Classic Films
Wednesday, May 17 at 6:00 p.m. the Malcolm X Branch of the San Diego Public Library, located at 5148 Market Street, will screen three classic short films about hair politics in the African American community (Hair Piece: A Film for Nappy-Headed People, Lockin' Up, and Nappy) as part of Diaspora 2000: The African Diaspora on Film. Professor Daphne Brooks of the Literature Department, University of California, San Diego, will moderate a discussion after the films.
Traditional huayño music from various regions of Bolivia and Peru will be featured in a performance of the CSUSM Andean Ensemble scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, May 19 in Room 209 of Academic Hall on the CSUSM campus. Students perform most of the concert, using traditional Andean instruments such as the pan pipe, guitar and charango, and bomba and caja drums. Some of the pieces involve singing, which will be in both Spanish and the native language of the Andes, Quechua. Additional information is available by telephoning (760) 750-4366.
Carmen, The Ballet
Renown dancer Steven Wistrich, will present the dramatic story of passion, betrayal and tragedy with Carmen, The Ballet at the Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway, downtown San Diego, on May 20 and 21. Choreographer Elizabeth Rowe Wistrich uses this popular music to tell the tragic story of a love triangle in 1820 Seville with its colorful characters of soldiers, gypsies and smugglers. Performance times are 8 p.m. Saturday, May 20 and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 21. Ticket prices are $17, $22 and $27. For more information call City Ballet's Box Office at (858) 272-8663.