ART-Sierra Leone Refugee All-StarsThe rhythms and sounds of Africa have undoubtedly been of influence across a gamut of today’s musical landscape. Present-day conflicts, poverty and hunger are still ongoing battles, but from the shanty towns of West Africa have emerged a group of friends who bring to the forefront their love and passion for making music and sharing it with the world. The gentlemen from the Sierra Leone Refugee All-Stars return toting a new album to set your feet and hands ablaze. The songs are infectious, the lyrics’ resonance hits your core and the vibes will liberate your mind. Freetown will rise and shine through its music, the weapon of the future!

August 10th 

ARTS AllegianceGeorge Takei's TV & film trajectory is an admirable and iconic one, but many do not know his history as a young Japanese American during WWII in the U.S. where he along with 120,000 others like him were split between family loyalty and allegiance to their country. This world premiere musical tells the epic story, adapted from Mr. Takei's experience, of kinship, love and patriotism during the unjust incarceration of barb-wired internment camps in America at the outbreak of the war. It is an American story not often spoken but with the help of a brilliant cast and crew you will not soon forget this account of one American family during wartime hysteria.

September 7th – October 21st


ARTS BLUESSummer might stick around well into September, but if its end gives you the blues then get a little Southern sultriness while giving back to our community. The San Diego Blues Festival returns to the Embarcadero with two stages featuring national and local artists accompanied by gourmet food trucks, local craft brews and wine to cool ya down. Bring your cans of food to donate; it is all for the SD Food Bank so get ready to shake YOUR moneymaker!

September 22nd


ARTS ADAMS AVE2012 witnesses the 31st anniversary of the Adams Avenue Street Fair and it is staying up later than usual! With new extended hours, SoCal's largest free two-day festival is back in Normal Heights with 90 music acts across 7 stages with a diverse line-up of styles, 4 beer gardens, giant carnival rides, fair food galore and specialty arts and crafts. It is blocks of fun so come stuff your soul over a weekend at San Diego's premier street fair for all ages!

September 28th & 29th


daliThe Spaniards have landed again and this time they're bringing some of the most prestigious works of art assembled; the SDMA is honored to host the exclusive U.S. sojourn of From El Greco to Dalí. Explore five centuries of eminent masterpieces from the acclaimed Pérez Símon Collection. The 64-piece illustrious set spans from Salvador Dalí's fascination with religion & the new sciences of the 1950's back to depictions of late 17th century royal courts from Francisco Goya to lesser-known artists like Julio Romero de Torres; one of the world's finest symbolist. These and other luminaries are here to conquer your eyes and emotions setting your minds' wander with every brush stroke.

Now – November 6

OZOMATLIThe San Diego Symphony's centennial celebration keeps heating up the summer and things are about to get hotter! Los Angeles Grammy award-winning band Ozomatli brings their unique Latin and World flavor to the Embarcadero for one night only.

The official U.S. State Department's cultural ambassadors have traveled the globe playing for fans from Japan to North Africa and have offered musical workshops, visited art centers, summer camps and even refugee camps from Nepal to Myanmar promoting the message of peace, communication and understanding through the power of music. Come join the Symphony and feel Ozomatli's energy with their seamless blending and transformation of salsa, samba, dancehall, funk, hip-hop, cumbia and merengue mixed in with traditions from Africa, Asia and the Middle-East. Bridging cultural gaps for 15 years this show is sure to fire up the night; don't miss it!

August 21

art_latin-americaSeptember observes Hispanic culture in the U.S. and we have a full month of musical acts to celebrate their heritage here in San Diego. The 10th welcomes rockers Zoé to 4th&B as they bring their set to downtown. Jeff Nevin and Mariachi Garibaldi will celebrate Mexican Independence in Little Italy. The emblematic 90's group Los Caifanes will take the stage at the Sports Arena on the 17th with their songs that defined a generation. Finally, in keeping with his border roots, legendary guitarist Carlos Santana returns to the Cricket Wireless Amphitheater with his guitar style that was cultivated in our sister city of Tijuana. Get your Latin flavor in this September, no passport required!

art_rocky-horrorThe Old Globe's new season opens up with a world of possibilities in Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show. The 1973 London cult theatre hit, and later turned cultural movie phenomenon, has been resurrected on the stage for a time warp- again! Don't get strung out by the devilish charm of Dr. Frank 'N' Furter's "efforts" to help the stranded straight-laced couple Brad and Janet as he takes them on a strange journey. The doctor's laboratory holds a myriad of possibilities and maybe even true love; no sedatives required on this trip!
Sept. 15th – Nov. 6th

art_adams-aveThe Adams Avenue Business Association is proud to celebrate with their 30th edition of the Adams Avenue Street Fair in Southern California's largest free music street festival. Over 60 musical acts across six stages will get folks grooving, rocking and dancing throughout the weekend along with a plethora of cuisines and regional craftmakers. The kids can enjoy the ever-tantalizing carnival rides while adults can cool down with craft micro brews in the beer garden. The fair spans a whole weekend so come get your ears, belly and soul filled with sounds, flavors and vibes that only Adams Avenue can deliver.
Sept. 24th & 25th

arts_asian_filmGiving Back Magazine has the honor of being media sponsor for this year's San Diego Asian Film Festival. Since the turn of the new millennia, the festival has showcased Asian American cinema along International Pan-Asian features. For its 2011 edition, expect nothing shy of choices to select, wisely. Over 120 films will take you to stardom, heartbreaks, majestic passages, surreal love and to the world of animation. 9 days, 9 nights to pick from, get your cinema zen in full lotus.
October 20th – 28th

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