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San Diego County Fair
From Friday, May 31 to Thursday, July 4, 2019


* Note: newest and shorter run productions can be found in our regular calendar listings.

Exhibitions and Art

Lung Hsiang Chinese Brush Painting Exhibit & Sale
Until July 8, 2019

Between Two Worlds
Until July 28, 2019

Art of East Asia
Until December 31, 2019

Art Of The 20th Century
Ongoing until December 31, 2019

German Expressionism
Ongoing until December 31, 2019

Barrio Art Crawl
Ongoing, every 2nd Saturday of each month


Free Admission to Japanese Friendship Garden
Ongoing, 3rd Tuesday of each month

Walking Tour of Asian Pacific Historic District
Ongoing, every 2nd Saturday of each month


Kids Meet Mandarin
Ongoing Fridays

Chinese Storytime
Ongoing Mondays

Spanish Storytime
Ongoing Mondays

Bilingual Storytime
Ongoing Fridays

Classes and Workshops

Capoeira Angola de Sao Bento Grande
Ongoing Saturdays

West African Dance Class
Ongoing Sunday

Mahjong Lessons
Ongoing Thursdays

Ki Energy Healing Clinic
Ongoing Wednesdays

Emei Qigong Practice
Ongoing Saturdays

Middle-Eastern Drum & Belly Dance Class
Ongoing until December 17

Kokedama Workshop
Ongoing every 1st and 3rd Tuesday

Irish Gaelic Conversation Circle
Ongoing Tuesdays

Tai Chi Workshop
Ongoing Saturdays

African Dance Class
Ongoing Sundays

Salsa Class
Ongoing Tuesdays
9:30 AM Art of the Indigenous Americas Receive a visually rich background of the era and the art created and learn about the socio, politic, and economic influences upon artists and see how the world in which artists worked is reflected in their work. There will be lecture and discussion.

Admission/Cost: $12 - $15

La Jolla Community Center
6811 La Jolla Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92037

Thursday, May 2 - 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
10:30 AM Brazilian Rhythms Workshop Arts for Learning San Diego and Claudia Lyra present a fun, interactive performance involving audience participation, body percussion and singing in Portuguese as she presents Brazilian folklore and traditional rhythms! Claudia will bring the fun of Brazilian music and children’s games for us here in the library.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Point Loma/Hervey Branch Library
3701 Voltaire St
Point Loma, CA

Thursday, May 2 - 10:30 AM
4:00 PM Conference: Feminist World-Building in Japanese Cinema Across the production, criticism and scholarship of Japanese cinema, there remains startlingly little feminist work. We might attribute this to who controls the means of cinematic production in the Japanese film industry, to Japan’s starkly gendered division of labor, to the limitations on film content that these structural conditions reproduce, to the flows that gender film audiences, or to the systems that assign value with the academy, privileging certain narratives, actors, voices, etc. Whatever the calculus, in Japanese cinema as elsewhere, we have arrived at a moment of what Sara Ahmed recently described as feminist snap, that breaking point when she[/we/you/I] just can’t take it anymore and when feminist work seems more necessary than ever. Interested as much in film practice as film criticism, theory and scholarship, we ask: what are feminisms in the context of Japanese cinema? What, now, can feminist knowledges help us address or even rectify in Japanese cinema? What might they be insufficient to address? What prompts a split between the study of gender and sexuality in Japanese cinema and a feminist politic? What forms of intersectionality, transnationality, and comparison does a feminist take on Japanese cinema necessitate? We invite you to join us in an exercise of creative and affirmative world-building (Ahmed) in, through, and with Japanese cinema.

Session Schedule:

Thursday, May 2
4:00 PM to 5:45 PM - Film: Body Trouble: Otoko ga Onna ni Naru Byoki (Sachi Hamano, 2015, 92min)

6:15 PM to 8:15 PM - Film: Yukiko san no Ashioto (Sachi Hamano, 2019, 112min) U.S. Premiere!

8:15 PM to 8:45 PM - Q&A with Sachi Hamano (Director) and Kuninori Yamazaki (Screenwriter)

Friday, May 3
9:30 AM to 9:45 AM - Welcome & Introduction with Kim Icreverzi and Daisuke Miyao

9:45 AM to 11:30 AM - Panel 1: Feminist Authorship out of Gender Trouble
Ayako Saito: When Actresses Direct: Female Authorship Reconsidered
Ayako Kano: Finding Feminist Paradoxes in Early Japanese Cinema
Colleen Laird: Gender Trouble and Gendered Directors in Contemporary Japanese Cinema

12:30 PM to 2:30 PM - Panel 2: Dissident Perspectives: Transformative Critique
Nina Cornyet: Sex and Power in Japanese Cinema
Ryan Cook: The Melodramatic Household: Japanese Cinema and Queer Family
Keiji Kunigami: Gesture/Image: Race, Reproduction, and the Limits of Cinema
Dawn-Elissa Fischer: Representing the Unseen: Black, Femme, Animated

2:45 PM to 4:45 PM - Panel 3: Experiments in Feminist Media Ecology
Anne McKnight: Butterflies and Smog: Mid-century Female Directors, Realism and Experiment
Tomiko Yoda: Prince is Dead, We Have Killed Him: Revolutionary Girl Hits the Big Screen
Chika Kinoshita: Scripting Unwanted Pregnancy in Post-Occupation Japan: Mizuki Yoko and the Rise of Women’s Public Sphere
Christine Marran: Free Indirect Disclosure and Animal Images in the Films of Soni Kum

Admission/Cost: FREE

Literature Building Room 155
U.C. San Diego
La Jolla, CA

Dates and times:
Thursday, May 2 - 4:00 PM to 8:45 PM
Friday, May 3 - 9:30 AM to 4:45 PM
6:00 PM Tashi Norbu Live Painting Tashi Norbu, a world renowned Tibetan contemporary artist, will share his Tibetan rituals and recite powerful mantras while performing a live painting bringing wellness, happiness and prosperity to the world. Through his art, he demonstrates the three principal commitments in life from the Dalai Lama: promotion of human values, inner religious harmony and preservation of Tibetan Art and Culture. He will have several art pieces on display for the public.

Admission/Cost: FREE

Earth's Elements
559 South Coast Hwy 101
Encinitas, CA

Thursday, May 2 - 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
8:00 PM Music: Steel Pulse Steel Pulse may have explored various styles of music since they started out in 1975, but when it comes to the message, the UK’s Grammy " Winning reggae band has remained close to their roots. The Group have continued their commitment to fighting injustice, educating the masses, and promoting positive messages through spiritually uplifting music.

“We just can’t ignore the politics, because every life and soul that’s born on this earth is a political maneuver for someone, at some stage”, Hinds explains. “From a spiritual aspect, it’s really an upliftment through facing reality " what’s out there. We deal with positive spirits. It means putting aside the guns, the drugs and all of the things that are ailments of society " especially the black communities right now”.

Steel Pulse have always taken their causes to heart, filing a $1 million class action lawsuit against New York City’s Taxi & Limousine Commission. The group charged that cabbies refused to pick up blacks and Rastafarians throughout the streets of New York. Ages: 21+

Admission/Cos: $57 - $62

Belly Up Tavern
143 S Cedros Ave.
Solana Beach, CA

Thursday, May 2 - 8:00 PM
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