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Thursday, Apr 26
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
8:00 AM Stage: How the Other Half Loves
10:30 AM Lecture: Prophet Jeremiah Symphony
12:45 PM Discussion on Prejudice & Tolerance
6:00 PM Honoring the Medicine: Native American Healing
7:00 PM Film: Kusama
7:00 PM The Crisis in Yemen
7:00 PM Stage: South Pacific
7:00 PM SDAFF Spring Showcase
8:00 PM Music: Mamak Khadem
Friday, Apr 27
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
11:00 AM Art Exhibit: Chilenas in the Diaspora
4:00 PM Dinner and Movie: Coco
6:00 PM Discussion: Middle East Meltdown with Ryan Crocker
6:00 PM Ballet Folklorico De CSUSM's 3rd Annual Showcase
7:00 PM Music: Omar Velasco
7:30 PM Bollywood Spring Fusion
7:30 PM Stage: Anna In The Tropics
8:00 PM Tao: Drum Heart
8:00 PM Stage: South Pacific
Saturday, Apr 28
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
1:00 AM Chinese Brush Painting for Children
8:00 AM Shaka Festival
10:00 AM 33rd Annual Linda Vista Multicultural Fair & Parade
10:00 AM World Tai Chi Day Celebration
10:00 AM St. Jordi's Day Celebration & Independent Bookstore Day
11:00 AM ArtWalk
11:00 AM International Mobile Film Festival
11:30 AM Polynesian Princess Lunch
12:00 PM Hanamatsuri Festival
5:00 PM Dance: Tres Culturas
5:00 PM POI Spring Luau
5:00 PM "KARESTAN" Documentary Film Series Festival - Day 1
6:00 PM Passport to Brazil
6:30 PM Music: Camarada Spirit, Struggle, Triumph
6:30 PM Morrocan Magic
7:30 PM Music: Kartik Seshardri
7:30 PM Stage: Anna In The Tropics
8:00 PM Stage: South Pacific
Sunday, Apr 29
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
11:00 AM Mission Federal ArtWalk
11:30 AM International Mobile Film Festival
12:00 PM Hanamatsuri Festival
2:00 PM House of Finland Lawn Program
2:00 PM Book Signing: China's Crisis of Success
2:00 PM Stage: How the Other Half Loves
2:00 PM Stage: South Pacific
2:00 PM Stage: Anna In The Tropics
3:00 PM Music: Courtly Noyse
4:00 PM "KARESTAN" Documentary Film Series Festival - Day 2
7:00 PM Music: Enrique Bunbury
Monday, Apr 30
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
3:00 PM A Talk with the Colombian Peacebuilding Unit
Tuesday, May 1
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM Talk: Deconstructing Racial Stereotypes
7:00 PM Music: Enrique Bunbury
7:30 PM Rumba Descarga Jam
Wednesday, May 2
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
6:00 PM Talk: Afrofuturism Philosophy
7:00 PM Stage: How the Other Half Loves
7:00 PM Stage: South Pacific
7:30 PM Book Signing: The Ruined House
Thursday, May 3
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:30 AM Lecture: Prophet Jeremiah Symphony
5:00 PM Talk: Coolies and Model Minorities,the Weaponization of Asian America
7:00 PM Music: Mexican Rock
7:00 PM Sally Kohn: Community Divided/Humanity United
7:00 PM Stage: South Pacific
Friday, May 4
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
4:00 PM Cinco de Mayo Old Town San Diego
5:00 PM Art: Ode to Frida
6:00 PM Art: Beyond Bollywood
6:30 PM Art: La Rumorosa Rock Art
7:00 PM Music: Soul & Strings
7:30 PM Book Signing: The Latin Table
7:30 PM Music: Luis Miguel
8:00 PM Music: Ranky Tanky
8:00 PM Stage: South Pacific
Saturday, May 5
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
1:00 AM Chinese Brush Painting for Children
9:00 AM Dragon Boat Festival
10:00 AM Cinco De Mayo Balboa Park
10:00 AM 9th Annual Asian Cultural Festival
11:00 AM Cinco de Mayo Old Town San Diego
12:00 PM Cinco by the Bay
2:00 PM Cinco de Mayo Pinata Workshop and Fiesta
2:00 PM Metal Engraving Seminar
4:00 PM Music: Voice of Armenia
6:00 PM Talk with Dolores Huerta
6:00 PM A Musical Nirvana
7:30 PM Music: Melodic Rythms with Kourish Taghavi
7:30 PM Music: Facing off across Sunset Boulevard
8:00 PM Stage: South Pacific
Sunday, May 6
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM Fiesta de Los Penasquitos
10:00 AM Chula Vista Cinco Fest
11:00 AM Cinco de Mayo Old Town San Diego
2:00 PM Music: Facing off across Sunset Boulevard
2:00 PM English High Tea for Shakespeare Lovers
2:00 PM Stage: South Pacific
2:00 PM Stage: How the Other Half Loves
5:30 PM Cry San Diego Fundraising Gala
7:00 PM Music: Voice of Armenia
8:00 PM Music: Enjambre
Monday, May 7
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Tuesday, May 8
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Wednesday, May 9
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
7:00 PM Stage: South Pacific
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The City of San Diego is home to one of the most vital and culturally diverse populations to be found anywhere in America. The Participant Observer is a web magazine dedicated to discovering and showcasing the wide variety of culturally interesting events, people, places and organizations our city has to offer. Our continuously updated Events Calendar provides comprehensive information about current and forthcoming events in San Diego. In addition to covering local events, The Participant Observer publishes features and articles about cultural events and phenomena happening around the world. We urge you to explore the many other resources our site provides.
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Less than one half of all Americans have a passport. People without passports not only can't go to far away places like Asia, Africa, Europe or South America, without a passport you can't even travel to Mexico or Canada. An important step in becoming a global citizen is actually getting out there and experiencing other cultures first hand. Don't limit your options! Passports don't expire for 10 years, think ahead and apply for or renew yours today! The steps to apply for a passport are not as daunting as they may seem. Whether you are looking to apply for a new passport or to renew your current passport, follow the steps in our handy guide!
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Ok, we have told you how to apply for or renew your passport! What's next? Well you could just hop on a plane, travel to some far-off land, check into a tourist hotel and go on a bunch of tours to see the local cultural treasures. Indeed we have all done this. But do you want have a deeper cultural experience, one in which you live, eat and stay with local people? Do you want to possibly save some money? Do you have a yearning not just to travel but also do good? If so, read on!

Also, want to travel to learn a new language (or improve your skills) intensively? Then check out our guide to language immersion programs.

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The Center for World Music is a unique nonprofit organization whose mission is to foster awareness and understanding of the world's diverse performing arts and cultures through public performances and teaching. Its primary purpose is to draw public attention to the diversity of the world's performing arts traditions: Asian, African, European, Latin American, and American.

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Today San Diego's Little Italy is a bustling commercial, dining and entertainment district. But more than a half century ago, it was a largely residential area populated by Italian families, most of which were involved in San Diego's thriving tuna industry. Over the next few decades, Little Italy became a self-contained neighborhood with its own grocery stores, bakeries, restaurants, a Catholic church, an elementary school, a drugstore, and a fire department. Then a half century ago the community was cut in half by the expansion of San Diego's freeway system, devastating a once thriving community. Read about Little Italy's rich past and about local efforts to preserve the neighborhood's unique ethnic character and identity.

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The Convoy Corridor, in Kearny Mesa, nestled in between the 805, 52 and 163 freeways, is home to more than 200 Asian-American owned businesses. Though known to many in San Diego as the place to go to fulfill cravings for authentic Korean and Chinese (and Japanese and Thai and Vietnamese . . .) food, this area includes a variety of cultural and entertainment offerings appealing and open to all.

by Sarah Lee Cover
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A stone's throw from the Gaslamp Quarter, on the corner of 3rd Avenue and J Street, lies the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum. The museum offers San Diegans an artifactual, pictorial and interactive look into the history of San Diego's Chinese-American inhabitants. Admission is an affordable $2. The museum features numerous cultural, historical and artistic displays as well as regularly held educational programs for children and adults. For a small extra fee the museum also offers docent-lead tours of the permanent collection and featured exhibits as well as tours of the remnants of San Diego's former Chinatown.

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Kourosh Taghavi, instrumentalist, vocalist and Persian classical musician boasts a passionate approach to music that has impacted audiences around the world. His collaborative projects with master musicians and local cultural organizations work to fulfill his lifelong dream to promote Persian classical music. More recently, his ongoing efforts with the Center for World Music bring the setar and Iranian culture to San Diego school districts through hands-on instruction in Persian classical music.


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Home to 48 million people, South Korea takes great pride in its traditions and history. A great example is its delightful food culture that, despite having influenced by other cultures over time, has remained unique among the world's cuisines.

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