Season Announced

Media Contact: Liz Faris, Communications Manager, (619) 527-6161 ext. 376,lfaris@jacobscenter.org

September 22, 2015 – SAN DIEGO – As part of its commitment to creating a thriving arts and culture district in Southeastern San Diego’s Diamond Neighborhoods, the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation is proud to announce its Jacobs Presents 2015-2016 season.

From cultural performances and celebrations to hit jazz artists and renowned performing arts organizations,including the San Diego Symphony Orchestra and The Old Globe, Jacobs Presents has something for everyone! Families can enjoy fun free events in our outdoor amphitheater, and couples can treat themselves to a special date night with dinner and drinks at one of our dynamic concerts.

All events are held in either the state-of-the-art indoor Celebration Hall at the Joe & Vi Jacobs Center located at 404 Euclid Avenue, San Diego, CA 92114 or at the beautiful Market Creek Amphitheater located at 310 Euclid Avenue, San Diego, CA 92114. Locations are denoted below.

Jacobs Presents 2015-2016 Season:

An Evening of Jazz with Michelle Coltrane
The season kicks off with An Evening of Jazz with Michelle Coltrane. The daughter of legendary jazz saxophonist and composer John Coltrane makes a special visit to the Jacobs Center with acclaimed guitarist Shea Walsh and opening act San Diego’s own Besos de Coco. Hailed as transcendent by the Los Angeles Times, Michelle Coltrane is quickly becoming a standout on the jazz scene. Signature cocktails and tapas will be served as the sultry sounds of jazz fill the air while Michelle and her band perform their unique modern and retro sound and some of her father’s classics.
October 2, 2015 – Celebration Hall
Tickets on sale now

Museum Mash Up – San Diego Museum Council
The San Diego Museum Council will host the third annual Museum Mash Up to celebrate Kids Free in October. This “mash up” outreach program presents the best of San Diego arts and culture. Featuring hands-on activities and performers from numerous museums, this program will provide an opportunity for community residents, especially families, to enjoy an enriching experience at no cost.
October 3, 2015 – Celebration Hall

Breathing Ragas & Dancing Bells – The Indian Fine Arts Academy
The Indian Fine Arts Academy presents Breathing Ragas & Dancing Bells. A dynamic program of Indian classical dances will be followed by a flute-violin concert from two artists who extend their virtuosity and dexterity to the absolute limit within an intimate setting. The first part of the event from 3 to 4 pm will feature dances by disciples of Divya Devaguptapu, Neha Patel, and Meenal Chakradeo.The second part of the event from 4 to 6:30 pm will feature Breathing Ragas with Flute Raman on the flute, Mysore Srikanth on the violin, and Arjun Kumar on the mridangam.
October 4, 2015– Celebration Hall

Dia De Los Muertos Festival – Izcalli Teatro
Teatro Izcalli is partnering with the Jacobs Center to present their second annual Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Festival. The daylong free event will feature performances by Grammy award winning Latin band Quetzal and nationally recognized comedy troupe Teatro Izcalli. Live entertainment showcasing local and international artists will include traditional native dances, Mariachi bands and many more. Five indigenous tribes from Mexico will build authentic Day of the Dead altars, and more than 150 low-rider cars will also feature tributes to ancestors with altar displays.
November 1, 2015 – Market Creek Amphitheater & Festival Park

Gill Sotu’s H.E.R.O.E.S.
The Jacobs Center’s artist-in-residence and award-winning poet Gill Sotu presents a social commentary play that will make audiences laugh, think and act. Set in the future, the play H.E.R.O.E.S. examines a world where advancements in free health care and prolonged life produce overpopulation. A panicked government creates the Department of Repose, a branch that rewards the families of H.E.R.O.E.S. (Humans Electing Repose Optimizing Earth’s Sustainability), or those who opt for a facilitated suicide. A desperate father decides to repose, but in lieu of money, he demands that his children receive a top-notch education from one of the highly exclusive government-run charter schools. When his request is refused, he holds the Department of Repose branch office hostage, forever changing the lives of everyone inside.
November 13 & 14, 2015 – Celebration Hall
Tickets for Nov. 13, 7pm | Tickets for Nov. 14, 1pm | Tickets for Nov. 14, 7pm

Globe for All, Much Ado About Nothing
The Old Globe
The Old Globe, San Diego’s internationally acclaimed Tony award-winning theater presents, Globe for All and a special matinee performance of Shakespeare’s comedy Much Ado about Nothing.Globe for All employs a model of community outreach designed to make theater matter to audiences who, for whatever reason, have not enjoyed regular access to the professional performing arts. This intimate, up-close, and visceral experience of live performance will foster a shared sense of community between performer and spectator.
November 15, 2015 – Celebration Hall

Parol Festival – PASACAT
The annual Parol Festival presented by PASACAT celebrates the food, cultural dances, songs, and diverse crafts of the Philippine people. The parol, a star-lantern, is a traditional symbol of the Star of Bethlehem. The Parol Festival also includes PASACAT’s 44-year collection of costumes, props, and instruments from the Philippines; dance performances by the PASACAT Junior Dancers and Company Dancers and musicians; as well as guest artists.
December 12, 2015 – Celebration Hall

Soweto Gospel Choir
Celebrating the inspirational power of African Gospel Music, the Soweto Gospel Choir presents a special holiday performance in Southeastern San Diego’s Diamond Neighborhoods. The 20-strong choir is dedicated to sharing the joy of faith through music. Family members of all ages will enjoy this inspirational event.
December 20, 2015Celebration Hall
Tickets on Sale Soon

Festival of Chamorro Arts – CHE’LU
CHE’LU invites families to celebrate performing and traditional arts of the Mariana Islands at the Festival of Chamorro Arts. This educational event will shine the spotlight on emerging performers and artisans within San Diego’s Chamorro community. Many of the U.S.-based Chamorro artists and delegates who have been selected to participate in the 2016 Festival of Pacific Arts in Guam will also participate at CHE’LU’s Festival of Chamorro Arts.
January 16, 2016 – Celebration Hall

The San Diego Symphony Orchestra & Musical Petting Zoo
The San Diego Symphony Orchestra will perform two ensemble concerts. A hands-on Musical Petting Zoo will be available to children between performances, providing the opportunity to touch and play with orchestral instruments.
February 13, 2016Celebration Hall

Black Violin
The sounds of hip-hop and classical violin combine to create the musical phenomenon Black Violin. The duo of Kev Marcus and Wil Baptiste rose to fame covering hip-hop songs on their violins. After winning Showtime at the Apollo, their unique sound became sought after by hit recording artists, including Alicia Keys, the Wu-Tang Clan, Kanye West, and Tom Petty, and eventually President Barack Obama when the duo was asked to perform at the president’s second inauguration in 2013. The dynamic duo comes to the Jacobs Center to share their signature sound and hits from their new album Stereotypes.
February 20, 2016Celebration Hall
Tickets on Sale Soon

20th Anniversary Celebration of Chicano Theater – Teatro Izcalli
Teatro Izcalli’s 20th Anniversary Celebration of Chicano Theater will recognize the tradition of promoting and transforming the lives of Chicanas/Chicanos, Latinas/Latinos, and indigenous peoples through the arts with two performances. IZCALLI will celebrate the history of Chicano theater with a performance by its own IZCALLI Teatro Troupe as well as presentations and appearances by renowned Chicana/Chicano artists.
February 26, 2016Celebration Hall

Street Art & Low-rider Festival – San Diego Art Institute
The San Diego Art Institute’s Street Art and Low-rider Festivalis a collaborative, family-style event celebrating the diverse cultures and artistic traditions of the area, with an emphasis on Chicano art and culture. This interactive and educational event will showcase the various art forms of a subculture within the Latino community that melds Mexican iconography, beliefs, and history.
March 5, 2016Market Creek Amphitheater

Live Arts Fest Kick Off – San Diego Dance Theater
San Diego Dance Theater will present a Live Arts Fest Kick Off. This performance will launch the 10 day Live Arts Festival, bringing professional-level dance performances with a multitude of diverse artists and genres to the Diamond Neighborhoods.
April 2, 2016Market Creek Plaza

Lao New Year Festival – Lao Community Cultural Center
The Lao New Year Festival is one of the most widely celebrated events for Lao people. On an annual basis, the Lao Community Cultural Center (LCCC) hosts the Lao New Year Festival in April. As a leading Lao organization in San Diego, the LCCC serves as a guiding light for the Lao people while continuing to create and promote fun-filled events for the public to enjoy.
April 9 & 10, 2016 – Market Creek Amphitheater

San Diego Asian Pacific Islander Culinary Fusion Festival – Operation Samahan Health Centers
The San Diego Asian Pacific Islander Culinary Fusion Festivalis a celebration of healthy eating and active living through a free food-tasting event that brings together Asian Pacific Islander restaurants dedicated to serving healthier options with their well-known dishes. Entertainment, including music, dance, and storytelling, representing the various Asian Pacific Islander communities in San Diego will also be presented.
May 14, 2016Market Creek Amphitheater

Shock’N the Park – Culture Shock Dance Troupe
Now in its fourth year, Culture Shock Dance Troupe will present Shock’N the Park, an annualhip-hop dance event designed to provide a hands-on experience that engages, educates and inspires. The 90-minute production features two acts utilizing more than 150 Culture Shock Troupe dancers and includes two open-dance community participation opportunities.
June 5, 2016 – Market Creek Amphitheater

To learn more about Jacobs Presents and to see the rest of the 2015-2016 season visitwww.jacobspresents.com.


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Founded in 1995, the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation is focused on building communities and lifting lives. As a creative catalyst and incubator, the Jacobs Center works with the community to revitalize Southeastern San Diego’s Diamond Neighborhoods. This means transforming nearly 60 acres into sustainable developments that provide residents with greater access to resources and amenities that improve their quality of life. Additionally, the Jacobs Center works with community organizations to increase residents’ economic opportunities, leadership skills, and educational success.
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