May 19, 2000
by Berenice Cisneros
American Indian Culture Days
The Indian Human Resource Center, invites the public to attend S.D. American Indian Culture Days, Saturday and Sunday, May 20 & 21, 10 - 6 p.m. in San Diego's Balboa Park on the corner of Park Blvd. and Presidents Way. AICD will once again serve as a showcase for exceptional and rarely-seen American Indian performing groups.
We are pleased to welcome the Indigenous Yoreme Dance Company from San Miguel Zapotitlan, Sinaloa. Comprised of 20 members will perform the Deer Dance, Coyote Dances and Pascola Dances. We will also feature performances by the Eagle Talon Dancers. Also Hoop Dancer Kim Flying Eagle; Indian flutist Bill Neal; Danza Oceolotl Aztec Dancers; Kumeyaay Bird Singers, and many more. Also offering over 50 artisan booths featuring jewelry, pottery, paintings, beadwork, books, Kachina dolls, sand paintings, sculpture and many other arts and crafts for your enjoyment. There is no admission charge. For more information, call 281-5694 and bring your own chair.
The new IMAX, Wild California, opening May 19 at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, has many heart-stopping moments. From making an aerial landing on a bald eagle's nest, to journeying with a team of botanists into the massive cavity of a 265-foot giant sequoia tree, audiences are transported to many of the state's natural wonders on a virtual expedition.
Using archival footage never before seen on a large-format screen, the adventure journeys back into the history of several well-known "wild" Californians, from the utopian visions of Walt Disney to the primal wanderings of John Muir. Admission to the theater, which includes a visit to the Science Center's exhibit galleries is $9.00 for adults (13+), $7.50 for seniors (65+), and $6.50 for juniors (3 to 12). The center is located in Balboa Park, just south of the San Diego Zoo, on Park Blvd. For further details, call 238-1233.
Hollis Gentry's Neon Returns
San Diego's finest jazz artist, Hollis Gentry's Neon, returns as headliner making this his 7th year performing for four local Imperial Beach charities on Saturday, May 20. His talent was realized in 1973 when Barry White recognized his unique musical gift and invited him to join the "Love Unlimited Orchestra" on a world tour. After that, he completed his bachelor's of arts degree. He's joined forces with Al Jerreau, Phillip Bailey, David Benoit and Fattburger to name a few.
Entrance is again free to the public and children are welcome. Chili tastes cost .50¢ each but other food is also available. Music begins at 9 a.m. with the local South Bay Jazz Ensemble. At 9:45 the Mar Vista Middle School Jazz Ensemble take the stage, followed immediately by the Mar Vista High School Jazz Ensemble. Performing at 11 a.m. is J.D. and the Bluesbusters. Afternoon performances begin at 1:00 p.m. with Hollis Gentry followed by the Navy Fleet Jazz Ensemble at 2:15 p.m. The Miss Chili Pepper and Mr. Hot Stuff competition takes place at 3:15 p.m. Ms. Shirley B. and the Latino Express will perform at 3:30 p.m. For more information, call 575-7997.
City Ballet, under the direction of internationally renowned dancer Steven Wistrich, will present the multi-media work with mystical overtones "Enigma" at the Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway, downtown San Diego. The company composed of 20 dancers, will present four pieces, including a tribute to Maria Callas and "Mea Culpa" in which video screens project images onstage, featuring the music of Enigma. 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.
"Pops in the Park"
On Saturday, May 20, the San Diego Symphony will present "Pops in the Park," a free public concert beginning at 3 p.m. at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park. The one-and-a-half hour concert will feature Matthew Garbutt conducting the Symphony in a program that includes one work indicative of each of the 10 Summer Pops weekends. San Diego's Symphony's Summer Pops 2000 season is held from June 30 - September 2 at downtown's Navy Pier.
Armed Forces Day Festival
The Armed Forces Day Festival has something for everyone to enjoy. Stroll along and get a rare close look at the latest military technology as armed forces personnel introduce you to the tools of their trade. Scheduled for display at this year's event are a Marine Corps helicopter and numerous military ground vehicles. Squadron memorabilia will be available for purchase.
Festival visitors will also experience history through re-enactments conducted during a U.S. Armed Forces military history exhibition featuring period clothing, equipment and performances by groups re-enacting the lifestyle and mayor battles of the Mexican War, the Old West and the Civil War. The 2000 Armed Forces Day Festival, will be held at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar on Saturday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission and parking are free.
Santa Ysabel Art Festival
The annual Santa Ysabel Art Festival, will be held on Saturday and Sunday, May 20 and 21, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on the grounds of the Santa Ysabel Art Gallery, at the intersection of Highways 78 and 79 in Santa Ysabel, 7 miles below Julian. A now famous mountain celebration of art and spring, the Santa Ysabel Art Festival is a juried showcase of fine and fine craft, including painters, sculptors, ceramic and glass artists, furniture makers, fiber artists and jewelry makers. Food will be available. Admission is free. Musical entertainment will be provided continuously. For more information, call 760-765-1676.
North Park Spring Festival
Children of all ages are invited to the North Park Spring Festival on Sunday, May 21st from 10:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. This year will take place at University Avenue between 30th and 32nd streets in the heart of historic North Park. The daylong activities include four stages of entertainment by local bands and dance groups. Performers include the Bayou Brothers, Ed Bisquera Band, Both of Us, Father & Son, New Master of Jive, The Good China, and many others. There will also be handmade crafts, artwork, community and business information, and a international variety of food selections. There will also be activities for children. Admission is free.
Nicolás Quezada Celado, brother of the legendary master potter Juan Quezada and a noted ceramic artist in his own right, will demonstrate his skill and sell finished pieces of his pottery at the San Diego Museum of Man from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, May 21 & 21. Quezada will demonstrate with his sons José and Leonel, continuing the year-long celebration of "The Magic of Mata Ortiz" exhibit. The Museum is open daily. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for visitors 65 and older, $3 for ages 6 to 17 and free for children five and younger. For more information, call 239-2001 or visit the website at www. museumofman.org.
MiraCosta College Guitar Orchestra will present arrangements of music from Africa and Asia as well as works by Bach, Handel, and de Falla in a concert scheduled for May 21 at 2 p.m. in the MiraCosta College Theatre, One Barnard Drive, Oceanside. Admission is set at $5; student, seniors and children, $3. For more information, call (760) 795-6815.
World Music Festival
The first annual Golden Hill World Music Festival will take place on Saturday, May 27, 12 noon to 8:00 p.m.. in Golden Hill Park, located on 25th and A Streets in San Diego. The event is free and open to the public. The festival will feature music by Los Angeles roots-rockers and Rounder Records recording artists Los Blazers, San Diego's hard drivin' honky-tonk sextet The West Coast Pinups, the nine-piece Latin jazz/rock ensemble East L.A. Sabor Factory, San Diego rhythm and blues virtuosos R.A. Brotherhood and Street Scene favorites the Montgomery High School Island Steel Drum Band. In addition, there will be multi-ethnic food vendors, arts and crafts, a Kids Korner and a beer garden. For further information, please call 221-5585.