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Wednesday, Oct 18
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Until 12:00 AM Jewels Of India' Exhibit
10:30 AM Exhibition: Four Treasures Of The Chinese Study
12:00 PM Taste of Asia and the Pacific
6:00 PM Music: Gilbert Castellanos
8:00 PM Music: Cafe Tacvba
Thursday, Oct 19
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:30 AM Exhibition: Four Treasures Of The Chinese Study
11:00 AM Without Walls Festival: The Quiet Volume
6:00 PM Film: Maquilapolis
6:00 PM La Mancha Awards
6:00 PM Documentary: Labor Issues And The Border
7:00 PM Dance: 4x4 Tj Night
7:30 PM Stage: Waking La Llorona
7:30 PM Stage: Father Comes Home From The Wars Parts 1, 2 & 3
8:00 PM Film: Charade
8:00 PM Film: Sara & Ayda
Friday, Oct 20
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:30 AM Exhibition: Four Treasures Of The Chinese Study
11:00 AM Without Walls Festival: The Quiet Volume
5:00 PM Without Walls Festival: Oslo
5:00 PM Without Walls Festival: Among Us
6:00 PM Salsa Under the Stars
6:00 PM Dance: 4x4 Tj Night
7:30 PM Music: Sacra/Profana, Building Bridges Between Cultures
7:30 PM Stage: Waking La Llorona
8:00 PM Stage: Princess Diana
8:00 PM Stage: Father Comes Home From The Wars Parts 1, 2 & 3
8:00 PM Film: Charade
9:00 PM Music: Yeni Türkü
Saturday, Oct 21
All Day Without Walls Festival: Among Us
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:00 AM Border Field State Park: The Human Side
10:00 AM Book Discussion: The Sandcastle Girls
10:00 AM Performance: Running Grunion
10:30 AM Exhibition: Four Treasures Of The Chinese Study
11:00 AM Festival: Filipino American Arts & Cultural Festival
11:00 AM Global Goals Local Leaders' Luncheon
11:00 AM Without Walls Festival: The Quiet Volume
12:00 PM Dia de los Muertos Celebration
12:00 PM Armenian October Fest
12:00 PM Art: Latin America The Perez Simon Collection
2:00 PM Lawn Program: House of Turkey
2:00 PM Book Signing: The Dancing Girl And The Turtle
3:00 PM Book Discussion: Sandcastle Girls
3:00 PM Stage: Father Comes Home From The Wars Parts 1, 2 & 3
4:00 PM Dia de los Muertos Celebration & Mexico Aid Fundraiser
4:00 PM Without Walls Festival: Oslo
4:00 PM Diwali Celebration
5:00 PM Stage: Waking La Llorona
6:00 PM Bulls of Sant’Agata Charge Little Italy
7:00 PM Music: Las Migas
7:00 PM Music: Hugo Wolf's Italian Songbook
7:00 PM Antaram - a Collage of Classical Indian Dances
7:30 PM Music: Hugo Wolf’s Italian Songbook
7:30 PM Music: Acis And Galatea
7:30 PM Music: Sacra/Profana, Building Bridges Between Cultures
8:00 PM Music: Andre Rieu
8:00 PM Film: Charade
8:00 PM Stage: Princess Diana
8:00 PM Stage: Father Comes Home From The Wars Parts 1, 2 & 3
Sunday, Oct 22
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
All Day Without Walls Festival: Among Us
12:00 PM North Park Day of the Dead Festival
12:00 PM Exhibition: Four Treasures Of The Chinese Study
12:00 PM Armenian October Fest
1:00 PM Without Walls Festival: The Quiet Volume
2:00 PM Lawn Program: House of Austria
2:00 PM Stage: Princess Diana
2:00 PM Stage: Pirates of Penzance
4:00 PM Without Walls Festival: Oslo
5:00 PM Odissi Dance School Student Recital
5:00 PM Stage: Waking La Llorona
5:30 PM Book Signing: Call To Baja
7:30 PM Music: Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull
7:30 PM Music: Carla Morrison
Monday, Oct 23
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
11:00 AM Ukulele Classes
12:00 PM Music: Javid & Naoko
6:00 PM Herring and Lamprey: Fish and Social Status in Medieval Dining
Tuesday, Oct 24
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
6:30 PM Film: Cambodia Lost Rock & Roll
6:30 PM Book Discusion: The Sandcastle Girls
7:30 PM Stage: Swan Lake by the Russian Gand Ballet
7:30 PM Art: German Art of the 20th Century
9:00 PM Music: Clachan Boys
Wednesday, Oct 25
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:30 AM Exhibition: Four Treasures Of The Chinese Study
5:30 PM Kain-Na: A Filipino Collaboration Diner
5:30 PM Kain-Na: A Filipino Collaboration Dinner At Jsix
6:00 PM Peace Officers, Peace Makers and the Power of Partnership
6:00 PM Book Discussion: The Sandcastle Girls
6:30 PM Book Discussion: The Sandcastle Girls
7:30 PM Stage: Swan Lake by the Russian Gand Ballet
7:30 PM Stage: Swan Lake by the Russian Gand Ballet
Thursday, Oct 26
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:30 AM Book Discussion: The Sandcastle Girls
10:30 AM Exhibition: Four Treasures Of The Chinese Study
4:00 PM Book Discussion: The Sandcastle Girls
6:30 PM Discussion: My Family's Slave, Lola's Story
Friday, Oct 27
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
10:30 AM Exhibition: Four Treasures Of The Chinese Study
8:00 PM Stage: Princess Diana
Saturday, Oct 28
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
12:00 AM Dia De Los Muertos Celebation At Old Town
10:30 AM Exhibition: Four Treasures Of The Chinese Study
2:00 PM Executive Order 9066: Japanese American Incarceration
2:00 PM San Diego Arab Film Festival
5:00 PM Art show: Dia De Los Muertos
7:00 PM Dia De Los Muertos After Dark
8:00 PM Music: Como La Flor Band
8:00 PM SD Symphony: Ratatouille
8:00 PM Stage: Princess Diana
Sunday, Oct 29
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
12:00 AM Dia De Los Muertos Celebation At Old Town
10:00 AM Dia De Los Muertos: San Luis Rey
12:00 PM Dia De Los Muertos: Mission Hills Methodist Church
2:00 PM Lawn Program: House of Scotland
2:00 PM Book Signing: A Paris All Your Own
2:00 PM Muslim Community Center Open House
2:00 PM Parisian Author Panel
2:00 PM Stage: Princess Diana
2:00 PM San Diego Arab Film Festival
4:00 PM Music: Japanese Chorus Kaguya
5:00 PM Music: Clachan Boys
7:30 PM Music: Keali'i Reichel
7:30 PM Music: Keali'i Reichel
Monday, Oct 30
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
Tuesday, Oct 31
All Day Ongoing and Extended Events
6:30 PM Film: Belvedere
7:00 PM Stage: Russian Grand Ballet presents Swan Lake
7:30 PM German Art of the 20th Century
9:00 PM Music: Clachan Boys
San Ysidro's Independence Festival at the Border
San Ysidro's Independence Festival is the only Fourth of July celebration held at the Mexican-U.S. international border. In this vibrant binational community, patriotism and classic Fourth of July traditions are reimagined with a Mexican twist.

By Alyssa Jorgensen


Just two miles north and an exit away from the Mexican border, on the fray of the enduring binational borough of San Ysidro, California, hundreds of United States flags fly in unison.

It's the Saturday before America's 241st birthday, and crowds of the community's Mexican-American residents have gathered at Cesar Chaves Park to celebrate its sixth annual "Independence Festival at The Border."

This junction between San Diego and Tijuana, known for its Port of Entry that oversees over 30 million border-crossings a year, sets the scene for the only Fourth of July Celebration held along the entire two-thousand mile expanse of the Mexico-U.S. border. The core mission of the event: to give platform to an alternative expression of American patriotism.

"Most Fourth of July festivities don't actually represent the true cultural fabric of our country," says Jason M-B Wells, the chief executive of the San Ysidro Chamber of Commerce and head organizer of the event. "Half of San Diego itself is comprised of people of some kind of Mexican descent, but still they are very patriotic and very American. This festival is a chance to celebrate America for what it really is: diversity."

The call for a more inclusive rendering of the holiday shows. Hot dogs and apple pies have been traded in for white tents selling authentic Mexican tacos, tamales and chilaquiles. The typical canon of Springsteen classics and flag-waving country anthems has been replaced by the spirited sounds of Western Mexican mariachi and more contemporary Latino fusion music. Among the food stalls and vendors is a full-sized Lucha Libre wrestling ring and live graffiti art. Close by, festival-goers pose with a Tijuana Painted Zebra, or Zonkey—a common tourist attraction of Tijuana.
zonkey

Yet the festival still holds true to more mainstream Fourth of July traditions. The day closes with a classic red, white and blue fireworks show, and everyone and everything seems dressed in American stars and stripes.

"I wear red, white, and blue today and have an American flag flying at my home because I love this country," says Estella Corona, a volunteer for the San Ysidro-based nonprofit Hearts & Hands. As a Tijuana native who has called San Ysidro home for over fifty years, the unique nature of the Independence Festival at the Border speaks to her own binational identity.

"I was born in Mexico, but my children were born here. I have taught them to love Mexico because that's where I'm from, and to also be proud to be Americans."
mariachis

San Ysidro's ambassadorial identity is the fruit of its long history as a link between Mexico and the United States. For millions of annual tourists, it is home to the gigantic Las Americas Outlet malls and historic Rancho Period monuments. For its thousands of locals, it is a place cherished for its art, culture and strong sense of community.

Media coverage of San Ysidro, though, has been overshadowed by illegal immigration and cartel activity, reducing the community to a caricature of crime and violence. Jason Wells, the lead organizer of the festival, says he hopes the event will challenge this prejudicial reputation.

"It's unfair to pin the issues of the border crossing on the San Ysidro community as a whole," Wells says. "This event really builds on the benefits of San Ysidro's location on the border, as much of the border crossing is a positive thing for our community. There are so many ways to talk about San Ysidro without mentioning drugs or tunnels."
all american girl

Wells' attitude towards contentious border-politics and their affect on public perception is shared by the Mexican mural artist who goes by the name "Mex," whose live graffiti art is a highlight of the festival.

"Here at the border, you can't choose a side because we are a part of everything," says Mex. "You have to be open to everything and anybody."

Building off this philosophy, the finished mural shows an American bald eagle on one side of a large, rectangular canvas, and a Kumeyaay style skull on the other. (The Kumeyaay are the indigenous, Yuman-language speaking people of northern Mexico and the southwestern United States.)

"The Kumeyaay are the original keepers of the land," says Mex. "We do live here in the U.S., but this is their land, and we give our respect to them."

This representation of the coexistence of cultures, and the reverence of past and present, is what Mex describes as the crux of the day's celebration.

"Here, we are both Mexican and American. The eagle and the skull together is what we're about. There are no walls, and there shouldn't be no walls. We are all the same human race. And through the art and through the music, it's a free world."
mex graffiti art

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