This Weekend: Rain, rain, go away

 In Arts and Culture, Community Links, Education, Events, Health and Wellness, Resources, Youth

Now that we’ve gotten that bit of rain out of the way, let’s take a look at some of the arts and culture activities taking place in and around southeastern San Diego this weekend:

The San Diego County Ethnic Studies Consortium is presenting Ethnic Studies Conference 2010: Honoring San Diego Communities and Building Our Future at San Diego Mesa College.

Special guests include Auggie Romero, Director of Student Equity, and Sean Arce, Director of Mexican-American Studies, both of the Tucson Unified School District.

There is a suggested donation of $5 and plenty of free parking is available on campus.

• Friday, October 1 and Saturday, October 2
San Diego Mesa College, Building G
7250 Mesa College Drive, San Diego CA 92111 (
Google Maps)
5 – 9pm Friday / 8:30am – 5:30pm Saturday

For more information or to register, visit the the Mesa College Black Studies page or call Sherehe Hollins (619-388-2753) or Manuel Velez (619-388-2375).

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UAAMAC and the Drug Policy Alliance are hosting a reception and town hall featuring legal scholar and civil rights activist Michelle Alexander. In her book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, she argues that the racial caste system was not eradicated when Jim Crow laws were eliminated; rather, it’s now a function of the criminal justice system.

The Friday evening reception and book signing is $75 and includes hors d’oeuvres and a signed copy of Ms. Alexander’s book. Saturday’s town hall meeting is free (please note that no book is provided for town hall attendees).

To RSVP, contact Robert Sanders at (619) 264-1213 or

• Friday, October 1 at 6pm – Reception and book signing
Joe & Vi Jacobs Center
404 Euclid Ave, San Diego, CA 92114 (Google Maps)

• Saturday, October 2 at 10am – Town Hall Meeting
St. Stephens Cathedral
5825 Imperial Avenue, San Diego, CA 92114 (Google Maps)

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The fifth annual San Diego City College International Book Fair closes this weekend. Friday night, the fair spotlights author Luis Rodríguez in collaboration with Grammy nominee Perla Batalla and her band. Saturday afternoon offers a full program of readings and book signings with authors Rae Armantrout (2010 Pulitzer Prize in poetry for Versed), Danzy Senna (Where Did You Sleep Last Night? A Personal History), Forrest Hylton (Vanishing Acts), Kelly Mayhew (editor of City Works Press anthology Mamas and Papas: On the Sublime and Heartbreaking Art of Parenting), and Jim Miller (Flash) in collaboration with musician Gregory Page.

• Friday and Saturday, October 1 – 2
San Diego City College — Saville Theatre
1313 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101 (
Google Maps)
7 – 9pm Friday / 1 – 6:30pm Saturday

For more information, visit the book fair’s website.

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FilAmFest 2010

Last but not least, the sixth annual FilAmFest takes place in southeastern San Diego this weekend. This celebration of Filipino American culture and pride mixes entertainment, art, health and wellness resources, education and scholarships info, youth crafts and games, senior citizen programs, and cooking demonstrations into an afternoon of cultural learning and fun.

Free admission. Free parking and shuttle service available at the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts and Bell Middle School.

• Saturday, October 2
Paradise Valley Road, between Woodman St and Gilmartin Ave (Google Maps)
11am – 6pm

For festival updates, entertainment info, programs, and more, check out FilAmFest across the web: FilAmFest website, Facebook, and Twitter.

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