For Immediate Release
Contact: Toni Robin, (858) 483.3918,

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15, 2014 – SAN DIEGO – The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation (JCNI) will unveil a strong and unique Cultural Celebrations & Performances series at The Village at Market Creek in southeastern San Diego. The year-long program will showcase the diverse cultural activities that are available to all of the San Diego regions residents.

More than a dozen events are scheduled for the coming season beginning now through spring 2015. Partnerships with organizations such as the San Diego Dance Theater, The Old Globe Theater, Pacific Arts Movement, Media Arts Center San Diego, Culture Shock Dance Troupe, and area museums will infuse the community with music, dance, theater, film, and more.

We are pleased to offer such a rich line-up of arts and culture events this season. We hope it brings new people to our community while providing a way for our neighbors to come together to celebrate arts and culture explained Victoria Hamilton, Arts and Community Development Manager at JCNI.

Funding is provided in part by the Jacobs Family Foundation and Grants from the County of San Diego.

Jacobs Presents Cultural Celebrations & Performances Series

Market Creek Summer Film Series, which kicked off earlier this month, will showcase diverse programming, live entertainment, fun activities and concessions. Pre-show entertainment begins at 7 p.m. The FREE series, presented in partnership with Media Arts Center, continues with Pulling Strings, on Friday, August 15. A special matinee of Coach Zoran and His African Tigers will be presented Sunday, August 17, 2 p.m. The series ends with Disney’s Frozen, on Friday, August 22.

San Diego Dance Theater will present Trolley Dances on September 27, 28 and October 4, 5. In this 16th annual event, viewers travel to sites along the Trolley Line accompanied by trained tour guides to see world premiere site-specific dances. This year, Trolley Dances travels from City College to The Village at Market Creek to perform live at the Market Creek Amphitheater.
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San Diego Museum Council will host the 2nd annual Museum Mash Up on Sunday, September 28,
1 pm – 4 pm in the Jacobs Center Celebration Hall to kick off Kids Free in October, presented by Time Warner Cable. Featuring numerous museums with hands-on activities and performances , this program will provide an opportunity for community residents, especially families, to experience the arts for free.
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Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles, Sunday, October 12, 2pm at Market Creek Amphitheater.
The first all female mariachi in the United States was formed in 1994 and has taken the history of women in mariachi music from being solely singers to being the full complement of musical performers. The group will perform music from their three highly successful albums.
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On Saturday, October 18, 11 am – 7 pm the Samoan Community Council of San Diego will host the Samoan Day Festival, an annual event at the Market Creek Amphitheater. Samoan Day Festival will celebrate Samoan cultural heritage and promote cultural diversity and awareness. Attendees can enjoy lively music, dancing, drumming, food, arts, crafts, and more. A free family friendly event.
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Indian Fine Arts Academy of San Diego will present Divine Strings and Dancing Bells on Sunday, October 19, 3 pm-6 pm in Celebration Hall at the Jacobs Center. World-class performances of renowned Indian musicians and dancers will be accompanied by exceptional local talent.
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On Sunday, November 2, at 2 pm The Old Globe Theatre will present Shakespeare’s fascinating romance Alls Well That Ends Well in Celebration Hall at the Jacobs Center. The performance, part of The Globe for All community outreach program, is free to the public.
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The AMP Music Festival, in partnership with the Pacific Arts Movement, will feature almost a dozen Asian and Pacific American musicians Sunday, November 15, 6 – 10 pm in Celebration Hall, Jacobs Center. Also featured – a video game area, meet and greets with performers, and a multimedia presentation featuring Asian film shorts, music videos, art installations, live artists, a DJ room, and food.
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On Saturday, December 13, from 1 pm – 5 pm, PASACAT will present the Parol Phillippine Lantern Festival in Celebration Hall at the Jacobs Center. The Parol is a star-lantern symbolic of the Star of Bethlehem that hung in front of homes during the holiday season. PASACAT shares the tradition with the community during this holiday festival. Featuring food, cultural dances, songs, and parol display.
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On Saturday, March 21, the San Diego Art Institute will perform a component of the video and performance art, FLEX IT! My Body My Temple. The event will consist of a day-long series of performances from 4pm – 10pm, and a screening of videos from 6pm – 10pm in the Market CreekAmphitheater. FLEX IT! will engage audiences in healthy lifestyle choices. In addition, nationally and internationally exhibited social practice artists will create work in collaboration with the community.
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Lao Community Cultural Center will host the Lao New Year Festival on Saturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5, 8 am – 6 pm at Market Creek Amphitheater. The festival will showcase Lao classical and folk dances and costumes, modern music and singing, traditional alms offerings to Buddhist monks, and a ceremonial procession in celebration of the Lao New Year. The two-day event features authentic foods and displays of Lao handcrafts and artworks.
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As a part of their 30th anniversary celebration, San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus (SDGMC) will present Tyler’s Suite at an April concert in Celebration Hall at the Jacobs Center. This inspiring music, composed in memory of Tyler Clementi, the gay Rutgers College student who committed suicide after being bullied by his roommate, was co-commissioned with six brother choruses and Oscar and Grammy winner Stephen Schwarz (Wicked and Pippin.)
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The Center for World Music will produce the Multicultural World Music and Dance Festival on Saturday, May 9. The free, multicultural world music and dance festival will be held at the Market Creek Amphitheater, 11 am – 4 pm. Professional world music and dance performing ensembles will perform the traditional music and dance of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The Center will also offer workshops and informal educational cultural experiences. Light cuisine will be for sale.
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San Diego Asian Pacific Islander Community Health Network will present Culinary Fusion Festival, on Saturday, May 16, 10 am – 3 pm at the Market Creek Amphitheater. Sample the healthy dishes of 13 local Asian Pacific Islander restaurants within San Diego County. This year, the theme is coconuts a fruit that is present in many cultures and used in many different ways.
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Culture Shock Dance Troupe will present Shock’N the Park at the Market Creek Amphitheater on Saturday, June 7, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm. Culture Shock San Diego is an international non-profit network of Hip Hop, Breakin’ and Street dance companies founded in San Diego in 1993. Over the years, Culture Shock discovered the needs outside of the professionally motivated dancer population and developed youth and adult programs.
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The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation (JCNI) is partnering with resident teams in southeastern San Diego to transform nearly sixty acres into The Village at Market Creek, a LEED-certified neighborhood and vibrant cultural destination. Through a network of nonprofit and for-profit partners, locally-owned businesses and national tenants, a community and conference center, and a portfolio of social enterprise projects, JCNI is creating assets that will become economic engines for the community when the foundation sunsets in 2030. Under the banner of “Resident Ownership of Neighborhood Change,” the people who live and work in the community create the vision, lead the implementation, and own the change in their community.