May 26, 2000
by Berenice Cisneros
The Life and Works of Frida Kahlo
On Tuesday, May 30, the San Diego Public Library and the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego will present author Hayden Herrera lecturing on the Life and Works of Frida Kahlo. This lecture is in conjunction with the exhibit Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and the Twentieth Century Mexican Art: The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection that is on view at the MCA, La Jolla now through September 4. On May 31, Hayden Herrera will participate in the Frida Effect, a panel discussion which will take a look at the phenomenon of Frida Kahlo and her prominence in American popular culture. For more information on this event, call (858) 454-3541.
The Last Angel of History
Wednesday, May 31 at 6 PM, the Malcolm X Branch Library will screen the film The Last Angel of History as part of a two-month long international series, Diaspora 2000: The African Diaspora on Film. This is a brilliant film which examines the hitherto unexplored relationship between Pan-African culture, science fiction, intergalactic travel, and computer technology. Professor Jesse Mills of the Ethnic Studies Department at UCSD will moderate a discussion after the film. The Malcolm X Library is located at 5148 Market Street.
The Big Apple Circus
New York's Big Apple Circus has captured the hearts and minds of audiences of all ages for more than 20 years, by offering the finest in family entertainment. At the San Diego Civic Theatre, located on Third Avenue and B Street, on May 30 - June 4, come discover that our unique style is a combination of Broadway theater and circus artistry. Tickets range from $17 - $44.50 and are on sale now at the Concourse Box Office at 202 C Street, or by calling 570-1100. Parking will be available in the San Diego Concourse Parking structure.
Southeastern Community Theatre, the county's oldest non-profit African-American community theater, completes its 36th season with "Brer Rabbit," a multi-cultural musical fable. The play which opened May 25, is a family oriented production that blends mainstream hip-hop into mixed-media theater by combining contemporary music, dance and video. The story is set in the mystical and enchanting community of Ol' Back Hollow. The inhabitants are rare breeds of "Critters" -gifted singers, dancers, and musicians, who turn their paradise into a community of malice and mistrust. Brer Rabbit's mission is to discover the universal message of the golden rule and turn the Hollow Pack into paradise. Tickets for adults $20, $17 for seniors, and $15 for children under 15. Performances will be at 8 PM, Thursday through Saturday evenings with matinees on Sundays at the WorldBeat Center, 2100 Park Blvd., in San Diego's Balboa Park. For more information call 263-7911.
The Fool's Parade
Fern Street Circus will celebrate its 10th season in community arts with The Fool's Parade one-ring circus show in Balboa Park, (Park Blvd. and President's Way, on the east side of the park), May 27 through June 4. Ticket prices range from $4-$10 For more information call 235-9756.
World Music Festival
The first annual Golden Hill World Music Festival will take place on Saturday, May 27, 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m. in Golden Hill Park, which is located on 25th and A Streets in San Diego. The festival 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, Street Scene favorites the Montgomery High School Island Steel Drum Band, San Diego rhythm and blues virtuosos R.A. Brotherhood. In addition, there will be ethnic food vendors, arts and crafts, a Kids Korner, featuring rock climbing wall, and a beer garden. Free street parking is available but limited. Please car pool or take the #2 bus to the festival. For further information, call 221-5585.
The Ultimate Flower
On Saturday, May 27, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department is presenting Glorious Garlic Day, a Celebration of the Ultimate Flower. This event, held at Balboa Park, on the Park's Prado pedestrian walkway, will acquaint you with every fascinating aspect of this aromatic little powerhouse. Find out how to grow garlic plants, learn the history, myths and little-known facts about garlic. See garlic cooking demonstrations, get tips on cooking with garlic and pick free recipes. Garlic food items and other garlic-related crafts, collectibles and other products will be available for purchase. The San Diego Youth Jazz Band will perform from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. for your enjoyment. For more information, call 232-9494.
Mighty Mo Rodgers to Play
Blue Thumb recording artist Mighty Mo Rodgers will perform at the Belly Up in Solana Beach on Wednesday, May 31. Show begins at 7:30 p.m. He released Blues Is My Wailin' Wall, his Blue Thumb Records debut, late last year. On the album, Rodgers showcases the gritty, soulful trademark style he calls "nu bluez." His album is considered the most important statement and musical masterpiece. Belly Up is located at 143 S. Cedros Avenue, in Solana Beach. For more information, call (212) 331-2033.
Juan Carlos Quintero
Latin jazz guitarist Juan Carlos Quintero and his band will perform at the Oceanside Public Library located at 330 N. Coast Highway in Oceanside, Friday, June 2 at 7 and 9 p.m. in the Civic Center Community Rooms. A masterful artists, Colombian born effectively bridges the gap between his ethnic roots and inspiration, and his primary focus of classical guitar. His music ranges from the funloving and gloriously happy "festival" to a plaintive "tears of joy". Admission is $6 to benefit the Friends of the Library and may be purchased in advance. For more information, call (760) 435-5570.
State BBQ Championship
On Saturday, June 3 fifty professional BBQ cooking teams compete for the prestigious California Grand Champion Title at the State's official BBQ cook-off and community festival with the proceeds to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Imperial Beach. The winner is invited to compete at the Grand daddy of all BBQ competitions held in Kansas City. In addition, they are awarded $1,000 cash and a $1,600 smoker made by Kingfisher Kountry Kookers. Open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The event includes a street festival, 150 vintage and classic car show, a children's fun center with llama rides and the California Highway Patrol equipment display including one of its helicopters. The festival will take place along five city blocks just north of the Pier on Seacoast Drive. Handicapped parking is located between Elkwood and Elm Streets on Seacoast Drive. For more information, call the Boys & Girls Clubs of Imperial Beach (619) 424-2266.