By Berenice Cisneros
Films & Exhibits
**”La Charreada,” The Mexican Rodeo will be on display September 26 through November 22 at The Photographer’s Gallery at North County Camera located at 830 West Valley Parkway in Escondido. Photographs taken by David Shaw were taken as he followed for several years the men and women who compete in rodeo events that are both wild and precise. These photographs eloquently describe the exciting action, family moments and competitive spirit that celebrate a rapidly disappearing way of life. Gallery hours are Mon-Thurs 9-6, Friday 9-8, Sat 9-5, Sun 11-5.
**The City of San Diego’s Central Library will present several films FREE to the public in the month of September. All films will be shown in the auditorium of the Central Library, 820 E Street, downtown San Diego. For more information cal 236-5800.
Sept. 29: “All the Real Girls”, the story of an inexperienced young man who falls in love with the little sister of his best friend.
**Southwestern College is presenting their 2003 Faculty Art Exhibit on display from September 10 to October 1, with a wide variety of styles and mediums, including ceramics, drawing, painting, sculptures, woodcarving, photography, printmaking, graphics, digital imaging and metal work, among other disciplines. For additional information contact Pasha Turley at 421-6700 ext. 5895.
Educational & Fun
**The sea is full of natural sounds-cracking icebergs, rumbling earthquakes whistling dolphins and more. Sounds of the Sea, a 2,000 square foot exhibition will be on display at the Birch Aquarium located at 2300 Expedition Way in La Jolla, July 18 Jan 5, 2004. Through hands-on stations guests will learn all about underwater sounds, from the effect human sounds have on the ocean world to how marine animals use sounds to search for mates, find food, and navigate their way through the depths of the sea.
**Do you live with Arthritis and love to garden? Then come attend a free reception to meet other people just like you and learn from a master gardener how you can design your own arthritis-friendly garden. October 1 at 6PM in Balboa Park, 3325 Zoo Dr. The event is FREE. To RSVP call 1-877-992-2636.
**The San Diego Hall of Champions is unveiling their new exhibit “Surfing in San Diego” which opened September 17. The exhibit will look at surfing in San Diego from a historical viewpoint, detailing the surfers and board innovators that have shaped the local surf culture. The Hall of Champions is open to the public seven days a week. For more information call 234-2544.
**TNT at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, October 2 @ 7p.m. will explore images and issues of border crossing with performance art, poetry and the photography of Alex Webb, Perry Vasquez and Victor Payan will be on hand to showcase their new work. Then, outside the music takes center stage, so be sure to join us for local bands Bartenders Bible and The Album Leaf.
**New Museum of Man exhibit will showcase an array of archaeological and ethnographic artifacts plus the intricate works of various contemporary artists, the San Diego of Man’s “Inuit: People of the Midnight Sun,” will open Sept. 27. Intriguing works of modern-day Inuit artists, among them dolls, miniatures, masks, lithographs, paintings, and sculptures will be among the many items on display.
Festivals & Concerts
**The San Diego Pacific Islander Festival is set for Sept. 27-28 at Ski Beach in San Diego. All festival events are free to the public. Entertainment will include singing and dancing programs by over two dozen performing groups, special exhibits, recreated villages that will feature arts and crafts unique to each culture. Food booths will provide delicious cuisine from all over the Pacific, including Lomi Salmon, Samoan Chop Suey, Poi, Maui Ribs, just to name a few. There will also be an array of arts, jewelry, plants, lotions and perfumes, books, artifacts, clothes and many other items will be on sale. Take Sea World Drive from I-5 and go west to Ingraham Street. Activities take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
**It’s time for the Insect Festivalheld at Quail Botanical Gardens, Sept. 27-28 from 10-4p.m. Nature walks, bug experts, crafts and gardening information are sure to be fun for all ages. There will be displays of live insects such as honey bees, beetles, ants and spiders, native and exotic snakes. For more information call (760) 436-3036.
**Are you prepared for the Oktoberfest Sept. 27-28 to dance the polka and other Germanic dances. Then attend this colorful dance, folk arts and food festival in beautiful Balboa Park. Special exhibitions by the Vis-lanie Polish Dancers. Several dances will be taught with the audience invited to participate. There will also be a sale of folk arts and crafts. German food will be offered at reasonable prices. Call 286-0355 for more information.
**The Adams Avenue Street Festival takes place Sept. 27-28, at Adams Avenue in Normal Heights. The San Diego Children’s Museum teams with the San Diego Art Department to provide hands-on painting opportunities for participants of all ages at this popular free community festival rich with music and entertainment for the whole family.
**The Harvest Festival is a tradition at The San Diego Concourse scheduled for October 31 - November 2. The Festival features over 250 artists and crafts people showcasing their works including Halloween and Christmas décor, handmade wearable art, garden decorations, unique holiday gifts, hand made pottery, jewelry, children’s toys and much more. It will also feature singing sensations, High Jinx and The Sounds of Paradise, Scott Land Marionettes, Dragon Knights and Big Mama Sue and her team of strolling musicians will also keep the atmosphere lively. Advanced tickets may be purchased online at www.harvestfestival.com.
**If you plan on driving up to Los Angeles this weekend then don’t miss the still considered a salvation for soul-lovers group” Tower of Power” performance at the L.A. County Fair’s Concert Series at 8 p.m Sept. 27 at the Los Angeles Newspaper Group Grandstand Stage. Tickets may be purchased at all TickerMaster locations or on the Internet at www.ticketmaster.com. Let’s not forget the incredible Willie Nelson’s performance Friday, September 26 at 8p.m. He’s known as one of contemporary music’s finest, 70-year-old singer, songwriter, guitarist and actor who will once again dazzle his loyal fans.