This Weekend: Chicano and Native American Art

It’s the weekend again and we’ve got a pair of arts, culture, and community recommendations for you taking place in and around southeastern San Diego: a documentary on Chicano Art in America and an exhibition of works by contemporary Native American artists from San Diego county.

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Film director Jesus Trevino

Visions of Aztlan: The story of an American art movement — a documentary exploring Chicano Art and its roots in the social justice movement — will be screened at Centro Cultural de la Raza this weekend. Filmmaker Jesus Treviño, who began his film and television writing and directing career while still a student in the 1960s, will be on hand to discuss his work. There is a $5 suggested donation at the door.

  • Saturday, November 20 at 7pm
    Centro Cultural de la Raza
    2004 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92103 (Google Maps)
    Reception at 6:30pm and screening at 7pm; Q&A with the filmmaker at 8pm

For more information, call the Centro at 619-235-6135. Learn more about the Centro and its programs and events on their website, or check them out on Facebook and Twitter.

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So while our second recommendation is a bit of a drive from southeastern San Diego, we think it’s a great exhibition that you’ll enjoy. Running through December 12th, the Oceanside Museum of Art‘s Defying Expectations: Contemporary Native American Art from San Diego County brings together work that examines issues of Native American identify and authenticity, as well as broader problems affecting people throughout the county. Native American artists James Luna, Gerald Clarke, Catherine Nelson-Rodriguez, and Raymond Lafferty are featured.

  • Oceanside Museum of Art
    704 Pier Way, Oceanside, CA 92054 (Google Maps)
    Open Tues – Sat 10am – 4pm / Sun 1 – 4pm
    General admission $8 / Seniors 65+ $5(with ID) Free for students, military and their dependents

More information can be found on the museum’s website. Be sure to check out their blog and follow their updates on Facebook and Twitter.

San Diego Asian Film Festival closes this Thursday

If you haven’t already checked out what SDAFF is offering at its 11th annual film festival, there’s still two days of comedies, dramas, shorts, animation, and documentaries by Asian and Asian-American filmmakers to explore at the UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas.

Tonight’s line-up includes animation shorts by artists around the world, a documentary on the lingering aftereffects of the bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki survivors, not one but two(!)  showings of Donnie Yen’s turn in Ip Man 2 (a must see for martial arts enthusiasts), and a screening with the filmmaker of the Philippine indie drama The Mountain Thief.

The festival closes on Thursday with a line-up that includes a documentary on adoption and South Korea, a family drama from Japan and South Korea, a shorts program focused on Asian-American experiences in New York City, a comedy-romance from Vietnam, and two screening of the closing night film Au Revoir Taipei, a Taiwanese indie romance set in France.

Tickets to these screenings can be purchased at the UltraStar Mission Valley box office. Ticket holders and festival pass holders can also attend Thursday’s closing night party at the Randy Jones All American Grill in Hazard Center with complimentary food, silent auction, and raffles.

For more info about the festival, screenings, and showtimes, visit SDAFF’s festival page. You can also find the festival across the web on Twitter (@sdaff, @sdaffowls), Facebook, and YouTube.

This Weekend: The ‘welcome to fall’ edition

Looking for something to do this first weekend of fall? Here’s some of our picks for arts and culture events taking place in southeastern San Diego and around town.

The Real Shaolin

The San Diego Asian Film Foundation is hosting a free outdoor screening of The Real Shaolin at Market Creek. Besides seeing a great film (which our staff can’t recommend enough), you’ll get to meet some of the wonderful folks behind one of San Diego’s premier film festivals. More info on the screening can be found in our previous post.

• Friday, September 24
Market Creek Plaza Amphitheater
310 Euclid Ave, San Diego, CA 92114 (
Google Maps)
6:30pm Entertainment / 7:30pm Movie

For more info on the foundation and its upcoming festival, check them out across the web: SDAFF websiteFacebookTwitter, and YouTube channel.

Welcome to Arroyo's

The west coast premiere of Welcome to Arroyo’s opens at The Old Globe on Saturday night. This tale of Alejandro and Molly — a brother and sister who are learning to cope after their mother passes away — was a 2010 Pulitzer-Prize finalist. Local graffiti arts program Writerz Blok was commissioned to paint the backdrops and create Molly’s art. Written by Kristoffer Diaz; directed by Jaime Castañeda. Tickets are $29 – $49. (Please note there is some strong language in the program.)

• Saturday, September 25 – Sunday, October 31
The Old Globe’s Sheryl & Harvey White Theatre in Balboa Park
1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, CA 92101-1696 (
Google Maps)
Closed Mondays; performance times vary (see the website
for details)

To purchase tickets, visit the The Old Globe or call (619) 23-GLOBE (234-5623).

PIFA 2010

The 16th annual Pacific Islander Festival Association (PIFA) event takes place this Saturday and Sunday in Mission Bay. Experience music, dance, merchants, food, and more representing cultures from throughout the islands of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia. Free admission. Parking is $10 per vehicle; free shuttles are provided from designated lots to the event site.

• Saturday, September 25 and Sunday, September 26
Ski Beach in Mission Bay
At Ingraham Street and Vacation Road (
Google Maps)
Saturday 9am – 4pm / Sunday 8am – 4pm

For more info on PIFA, visit their website.

SDAFF presents a free screening of “The Real Shaolin”

The San Diego Asian Film Foundation is hosting its annual outdoor screening at Market Creek Plaza on Friday, September 24!

The Real Shaolin

The Real Shaolin (2008) is a documentary by Alexander Sebastien Lee that follows the lives of four martial arts students from China, France, and the United States as they master their Kung Fu skills at the Shaolin Temple.

From SDAFF‘s event page:

In the mountains of Central China, the Shaolin Temple is known as the legendary birthplace of Kung Fu and Zen Buddhism. The Shaolin monks are real-life superheroes who created a paradox by combining deadly martial arts techniques with daily meditation to achieve enlightenment. The Real Shaolin is a documentary about two Chinese and two Westerners who journey to Shaolin inspired by the legends portrayed in Kung Fu movies. They discover a temple shrouded in secrecy, a culture isolated from the West, and the power of the human spirit.

Through their trials, all learn that despite their single-minded focus, only a select few attain the physical and spiritual perfection of the legendary Shaolin monks. Each discovers that enlightenment is not embodied by a single place but through a long journey that begins and ends in one’s heart.

Friday, September 24
Market Creek Plaza Amphitheater (310 Euclid Avenue)
Entertainment at 6:30pm / Movie at 7:30pm

The event is FREE and plenty of parking is available next to the venue.