by Berenice Cisneros
This is the largest and scariest haunted attraction, which began Friday, October 5 and runs through October 31 at Del Mar Fairgrounds. Scream Zone featuring a 3-D graveyard, free concerts, dances, a carnival, and a 25-room haunted adventure that's filled with frights, thrills and chills. Those brave enough will go into a 15-room 3-D haunted experience with ghouls, bugs, and critters appearing to float in mid air. Admission to Scream Zone is $9.95.
A Carnival with thrilling rides and a bungy-jump will produce additional screams from October 18-30. Patrons can purchase unlimited ride wristbands for $12, and howl the night away.
Free concerts and DJ entertainment:
Sat. October 6, The Horror Hop, a free dance adjacent to the Scream Zone
Fri. October 12 from 1 - 11 p.m. 92.1 will host live
Fri. October 19, Jammi'n Z-90 with DJ/host Shawn B
Fri. & Sat. October 26& 27, "Hatfield Rain" will conduct free concerts
Sun. October 28 1-4 p.m. Kids Day
Halloween Day 8-10 p.m. "Monroe" will be in concert
Loving Pedro Infante
The San Diego Public Library invite you to attend a book reading and discussion by author Denise Chavez, Sunday, October 6 in the third floor auditorium at Central Library, located at 820 E Street. This is free to the public. Ms. Chavez writes from the perspective of the burgeoning Latina literary movement of which she is a charter member. She sets her latest novel, Loving Pedro Infante, in Cabritoville New Mexico. For those familiar with el idioma, this should be a clue to lusty, full-blooded tale that follows, a richly funny story of how we live and love work hard and infiestarnos here in the borderlands. A discussion and book sale will follow.
Collectors Club Auction
An eclectic array of ethnic arts
and crafts will take center stage during the San Diego Museum
of Man's seventh annual Collectors Club Auction 1 p.m.,
Saturday, October 6. This year's event features exotic works from
around the globe, among them striking masks from New Guinea, Mexico
and Guatemala; vibrant rugs from Tunisia, Poland, Turkey, Finland
and Norway; African baskets, drums from Mexico, Pakistan and Ecuador;
shadow Puppets from Bali; Haitian wood carvings; Southwestern
pottery and jewelry and colorful hand woven textiles from Mexico,
Guatemala, Bhutan, Africa and Laos. A $5 donation for the entry
fee includes a catalog and bidding number. For further information,
call the Museum at 239-2001.
On Saturday, October 6, Pacific Beach will be the place to stroll the boardwalk and play on the beach. Your whole family is invited to enjoy this free family-friendly outdoor event held between 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. There will be food, art, music, volleyball, kite flying and sand castle building by land; and lifeguard dory boat races by sea. Pacific BeachFest visitors will enjoy viewing or participating in a variety of water sport and beach competitions.
20 Pacific Beach restaurants will serve-up one or two of their signature dishes. Every food item is just $1. Come taste crab chowder, chicken satay, chocolate mousse cake, broccoli salad, and jambalaya.
KidFest and BeachFest on Grand Ave. - Flower potting, cool hat making and clay painting will challenge children's creative talents. Face painting and clowns will delight all little people. Hands-on booths from Birch Aquarium, The Children's Museum and San Diego Model Train Museum.
Mainstage Musical Extravaganza on Hornblend St. - Five live bands will perform throughout the day. Handmade arts and crafts, jewelry, children's clothing, candles bath & beauty products will be for sale on Garnet Ave. And much, much more.
"The Spirit of Nightfire"
Visitors to Viejas Outlet Center can experience "The Spirit of Nightfire" for the last time this season at 9 p.m. on Sunday, October 7 in the center's show court. This performance tells the story of Crystal, a young fairy princess whose magical powers bring winter to the holiday season. With its spectacular water fountains, lasers, special effects, pyrotechnics and nightly showfalls, this free show has been delighting families for years. Viejas Outlet Center is located at 5005 Willows Road, just off I-8 in Alpine.
Mitos y Cuentos
As part of the Wells Fargo Series of free performances, Boxtales will perform Mitos y Cuentos at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido on Wednesday, October 10 at 4:00 p.m. No tickets are required for this performance.
Boxtales is a unique theater troupe that uses storytelling, music, masks and movement to present myths and folktales from around the world. Boxtales programs emphasize the similarities between cultures while honoring the individual richness of each one. The group's shows create an atmosphere of respect, tolerance and appreciation for all cultures. For more information, call 1-800-988-4253 or visit www.-artcenter.org.
Gospel Music Concert
San Diego New Life Baptist Church will celebrate National Arts Day, Wednesday, October 10th., with a Gospel Music Concert. The 90-minute concert of traditional African-American gospel music is presented in conjunction with the current exhibition at the Cannon Art Gallery, "Let It Shine: Improvisation in African-American Star Quilts." Performance begins at 7:00 at the Schulman Auditorium located at 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad. Tickets are $5.00 per person and are now available. For additional information, call (760) 434-2904.
This is the story of two young girls who form a friendship that deepens to love. Set in the hills of Eastern Kentucky during the fall of 1944. While her brother is at war, Gertie takes his new wife, Susannah into her home. While they struggle to understand their feelings, they are forced to choose between what their religious leaders and community tell them is "right" and what they know in their hearts to be true. Lot's Daughters will be brought to you at The Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd. San Diego from October 20 through November 17. Tickets are $18.00 Thursdays and Sundays; & $20.00 Fridays and Saturdays. Box office (619) 220-0097.
A vocal ensemble unlike any other will present a concert held on October 12, in the newly restored historic Sunshine Brooks Theater located at 217 N. Coast Highway in downtown Oceanside. Two performances will be offered at 7:00 and 8:30 p.m. These sophisticated singers blend a contemporary sensibility with specialized vocal techniques from Eastern Europe that have been distilled over the centuries. Kitka's exotic sound of the their voices is both elegant and eerie as they perform material ranging from ancient village duets to complex choral works. $7.00 tickets are available for purchase at Oceanside Civic Center Library and also at the door.