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Authentic Art and Heritage in Barrio Logan

Barrio Logan: Arte y la Cultura Auténtica

Barrio Logan is one of San Diego’s best kept secrets. Many residents know that this neighborhood is the heart of the city for San Diego’s Mexican-American community, but visitors are just starting to discover all the hidden gems this part of town has to offer. From unassuming taco joints to pop-up art galleries, Barrio Logan is bustling with creativity and culture.

Discover the Art and Culture of Barrio Logan

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Art Galleries, Street-Style

In Barrio Logan, looks can be deceiving. That average-looking warehouse just might be housing some of the region’s most cutting edge art.

  • Located in a former Weber bakery, the Bread & Salt gallery is just as interesting for its architecture as for the innovative visual art and music performances you can find there.
  • You’ll find something different on display every time you visit La Bodega, a 9,000 sq. ft. warehouse turned gallery, but you’re guaranteed to see something unique and authentically San Diegan.
  • Chicano Art Gallery showcases voices from the community, featuring everything from painting exhibitions to spoken word events.
Barrio Logan: Arte y la Cultura Auténtica

Discover Arte y la Cultura Auténtica in San Diego’s Barrio Logan

Authentic Cuisine

Whether you want true Mexican street food or a perfectly crafted cup of coffee, serious foodies know this neighborhood for its culinary offerings.

  • Don’t be put off by the long lines at Las Cuatros Milpas. The tacos and chorizo bowls are worth the wait!
  • Cafe Virtuoso wins the praise of many serious coffee snobs. You can find many top-notch restaurants serving their brews, but stop by Barrio Logan for their proprietary cafe.
  • The newly opened San Diego Taco Company call themselves the “King of All Tacos,” and for good reason. Their fish tacos are some of San Diego’s best. Keep an eye out for their new restaurant, Salud!, in Barrio Logan.

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Miramar and Clairemont: Local Neighborhood Gems

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Though they are located just 15 minutes north of downtown, the neighborhoods of Miramar and Clairemont might not be top of mind destinations for visitors to San Diego. But locals know there are plenty of terrific things to do, taste and see in this part of of town.

Discover the Arts and Culture of Miramar and Clairemont

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Authentic Asian Dining

While there are several places to see local art in these neighborhoods, the most inspiring art in Clairemont often comes in edible form. This area is brimming with Asian eateries and markets, taking visitors on a culinary tour through several countries without ever leaving San Diego.

  • It”s been said that the name “dim sum” means “little jewels that tug at the heart,” and you”ll find out why when you see the beautiful and delicious dishes at China Max.
  • Stroll the aisles at Zion Market and you”ll be astounded by the many Asian delicacies waiting best online casino to be taken home (or eaten right on the spot).
  • There is a fine art to preparing Korean BBQ just right, so don”t be afraid to ask the staff for a few tips during your meal at Jeong Won BBQ.

Authentic Asian cuisine is just one reason to visit the Clairemont neighborhood.

Cultures Come Alive

Clairemont and Miramar are also host to several cultural festivals throughout the year, celebrating the numerous ethnic groups that have made San Diego their home.

  • The San Diego Night Market is a festival featuring all things from Asian culture, but most folks go for all the tasty food.
  • The Filipino Sun Festival takes place every April and features lots of great live entertainment.
  • Each spring, the National Asian American Coalition presents the Asian Cultural Festival of San Diego, with Polynesian, Indian, and Chinese traditional dancers, Korean music and more.

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Discover Hidden Charm in Northeastern San Diego

Northeastern San Diego is home to a sprawling landscape of scenic rolling hills. This vast corner of the county is where many locals make their homes, as do a few local wineries and breweries. For most visitors, northeastern San Diego is still undiscovered, but there is plenty to uncover in this historic and artistic region.

Discover the Arts and Culture of Northeastern San Diego

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History in the Hills

Secrets to San Diego’s past are scattered throughout Northeastern San Diego – you just have to know where to look.

Shopping the many galleries at the Bernardo Winery is just one reason to visit northeastern San Diego

Artistic Shopping

Taking home a souvenir is an important part of any travel experience, and in northeastern San Diego, visitors will find plenty of artsy boutiques to inspire a purchase.

  • There’s a lot to choose from at Clay Artists at the Vineyard, where several artists share studio and gallery space at the Bernardo Winery.
  • Also at the Bernardo Winery, Icarus Creative Arts features mosaics, hand painted furniture, unique home decor and more from local artists.
  • Try becoming an artist yourself in the relaxed setting of Clay’n Latte.

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Southeastern San Diego: Where Diversity Inspires

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Southeastern San Diego may not be on many travelers’ radar yet, but this hidden gem is one of San Diego’s most culturally diverse regions. Located about 5 miles from downtown, the neighborhoods of Southeastern San Diego are easily accessible by the San Diego Trolley and offer lots of ways to see, hear and taste the many facets of life in America’s 8th largest city.

Discover the Arts and Culture of Southeastern San Diego

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Cultural Fairs and Fests

With a variety of African and Asian residents, Southeastern San Diego features numerous festivals throughout the year where visitors can immerse themselves in authentic cultural experiences.

  • The annual FilAmFest is one of the region’s most popular cultural festivals, and features live entertainment and cuisine from the Philippines.
  • Held at Market Creek Plaza, the Somali American Cultural Fest is a colorful celebration filled with signing, dancing, poetry and more.
  • Every April, the Wat Lao Buddharam temple hosts Boun Pimai, a Lao New Year celebration featuring a processional with traditional music.
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The Somali American Cultural Fest is just one of many colorful cultural events held each year at Market Creek Plaza.

Colorful Public Art

The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation has helped the Southeastern community turn their neighborhoods into outdoor galleries thanks to lots of public art on view at and near Market Creek Plaza.

  • The amphitheater at Market Creek Plaza features special artistic touches, including bronze sculptures of children at play and the Sempra Childrens’ Art Wall, a bright mosaic of hand-painted tiles decorated by local children.
  • The many smiling faces gazing down at visitors to Market Creek Plaza are part of the Community Faces Project, a series of murals celebrating local leaders.
  • Just down the road from the plaza is Writerz Blok, a park devoted to graffiti art. In addition to offering local artists and youth a place to experiment with contemporary art practices, Writerz Blok is a remarkable sight to take in.

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Jolly Good Times in La Jolla this Holiday Season!

La Jolla for the holidays! Festive entrance to The Lodge at Torrey Pines

La Jolla for the holidays! Festive entrance to The Lodge at Torrey Pines

Happy Holidays from La Jolla, one of San Diego’s most magical winter getaways. Sparkling beaches, warm sun shiny days and a welcoming Village vibe await holiday visitors to this enticing seaside enclave.

Christmas Celebration

Make some merry memories at the La Jolla Christmas Parade!

Make some merry memories at the La Jolla Christmas Parade!

Festivities kick off this Sunday during the popular annual La Jolla Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival. This year’s theme is “Spirit of Christmas – Peace on Earth.” Parade begins at 1:30 PM along Girard Ave. and Prospect Street. There will be marching bands, vintage cars, equestrians and floats. Arrive early for prime viewing spots.

Afterward, head to the La Jolla Recreation Center (615 Prospect Street) for a fun festival featuring local businesses like Birch Aquarium and Surf Diva, photos with Santa Claus, a live entertainment stage and Christmas tree lighting at 5:00 PM.

Did you know: One of the parade sponsors is Audrey Geisel and the Dr. Seuss Fund. Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, was one of La Jolla’s most famous residents!

> Dr. Seuss on the Loose in La Jolla

Where: Girard Avenue & Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA 92037
When
: December 7, 2014
Time: 1:30 to 5:00 PM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival

Curtain Call

“Fa la la la la!” at the La Jolla Theatre Ensemble’s briskly-moving adaptation of the holiday classic Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

Where: La Jolla Community Center – 6811 La Jolla Blvd., La Jolla, CA 92037
When
: December 13 and 15, 2014
Time: 7:30 PM
Cost: $10 suggested donation
> Find out more about Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

Shop Till You Drop

La Valencia Hotel's 14 ft. Christmas Tree in La Sala Lounge

La Valencia Hotel’s 14 ft. Christmas Tree in La Sala Lounge

Shop for everyone on your holiday list – and yourself! – at the shops in La Jolla Village, particularly along Prospect St. and Girard Ave. The La Jolla Festival of Lights is sure to bring a twinkle to your eye as storefronts and hotels glow with colorful lights, Christmas trees, menorahs and other eye-catching holiday décor.

This Friday, the Allied Artists Association of San Diego (aaaSD) presents an Art Reception and Holiday Shopping Bazaar at the La Jolla Community Center; a great chance to meet and mingle with local artists and shop for one-of-kind handmade holiday gifts including crafts, glass creations and paintings.

When: December 5, 2014
Time: 5:00 to 7:00 PM
Cost:  Free
> Find out more about the aaaSD Art Reception and Holiday Shopping Bazaar

La Jolla Hotel Holiday Deals

Chef's yummy holiday cookies at La Valencia Hotel!

Chef’s yummy holiday cookies at La Valencia Hotel!

Some wrapped and ready packages to make your La Jolla visit merrier include:

See you in La Jolla for the holidays! 🙂

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North Park and South Park: Hipster ‘Hoods for Art Lovers

North Park and South Park are two of San Diego’s hottest up-and-coming neighborhoods. Both locals and visitors flock to 30th Street, the neighborhoods’ main thoroughfare, for the newest and best restaurants, shops, bars and breweries. But when you’re done eating and shopping, set aside some time to explore the arts, because these neighborhoods are bustling with creative energy.

Discover the Arts and Culture of North Park and South Park

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Galleries Galore

North Park and South Park are home to some of San Diego’s most creative and unusual art galleries. Whether you want to take home an original piece of art or just spend your time browsing the unique works, there are many galleries worth a visit.

  • Left Hand Black in South Park doubles as a tattoo parlor, but the local art on display is a great reason to stop in, even if you’re not looking to get inked.
  • Protea Gallery  in North Park not only exhibits art by local and international artists, it also sells the flowers from which the gallery takes its name.
  • The streets or North Park and South Park are full of public and graffiti art, so take a stroll in the great outdoor gallery that is San Diego! Don’t miss the mural by Shepard Fairey at the intersection of 30th St. & Ivy or the multiple murals by local artists on the laundromat at the 30th St. & Redwood.
With art everywhere, North Park's streets are like an outdoor gallery

With art everywhere, North Park’s streets are like an outdoor gallery

Artsy Events

In addition to the galleries, music and theater venues open year-round, North Park and South Park offer seasonal events brimming with arts and culture.

  • The quarterly South Park Walkabout is when the neighborhood’s shops, restaurants and galleries offer extended hours, food and drinks, and the event often includes live musical or dance performances scattered throughout the streets.
  • Ray at Night is all about celebrating the arts. On the second Saturday of every month, North Park’s galleries get wild and crazy with demos, music, performance art, and much more.
  • The annual North Park Festival of the Arts is the biggest of the neighborhood’s celebrations, with thousands of visitors gathering to buy locally made goods, hear live music, and drink craft beer every May.

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Explore Art, History and Family Fun in Point Loma

Many consider Point Loma to be San Diego’s Plymouth Rock. It was here that explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo first set foot on the West Coast in 1542. Today, history echoes throughout Point Loma, while contemporary visual and performing arts, great restaurants, shopping and more make it a terrific destination for a family adventure.

Discover the Art and Culture of Point Loma

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Get Up Close to History

From European explorers to San Diego’s military history, there’s plenty of secrets from the past waiting to be uncovered around Point Loma.

  • The Cabrillo National Monument commemorates the landing of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, but what really makes this site worth a visit is the spectacular view of San  Diego Bay and beyond.
  • Dating back to 1855, the Old Point Loma Lighthouse was one of the first lighthouses on the West Coast. Visitors can view the quarters where the lighthouse keeper used to live.
  • NTC at Liberty Station was once a functioning U.S. Navy base, and the Point Loma Legacy Exhibit allows visitors to peak into what life was like as a Naval training recruit.

Priceless Performances

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Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater is just one of several performing arts groups based in Point Loma

Music and dance lovers should keep an eye out for live performances around the neighborhood all year round:

  • Malashock Dance presents creative, contemporary dance performances around town and at their studio at NTC at Liberty Station.
  • Also at NTC at Liberty Station, Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater stages performances at Whitebox, a modern and minimalistic theater space.
  • Every summer, locals gather for the Point Loma Summer Concert Series, featuring everything from rock to jazz, under blue skies in Point Loma Park.

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Amazing San Diego Theater for this Holiday Yuletide Season

From family classics to a Disney musical, as well as some local holiday traditions, there is something for everyone at San Diego theaters this yuletide season.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The La Jolla Playhouse is staging the Disney-produced, U.S. premiere of the musical The Hunchback of Notre Dame, featuring the Disney film score by the high-powered team of composer Alan Menken and lyricist Stephen Schwartz. The San Diego choir SACRA/PROFANA will serve as the show’s onstage chorus. There are massive bells and grand sets to recreate Paris” Cathedral of Notre Dame, where the deformed Quasimodo lives in the bell tower but descends to the streets to become an unlikely hero. Based on Victor Hugo”s 1831 classic, the musical retains many of the novel’s darker themes, but the top-notch performances make it a highly entertaining night at the theater. Catch it before it goes to Broadway!

Where: La Jolla Playhouse – 2910 La Jolla Village Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037
When: Through December 14, 2014
Cost: Starting at $99
> Find out more about The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Second City”s Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue

If Hunchback puts you in a dark and stormy mood, check out The Second City”s Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue on one of the La Jolla Playhouse’s nearby stages. For what promises to be a hilarious night, the famed Chicago-based improv and comedy troupe performs original songs, sketches and improv.

Where: La Jolla Playhouse – 2910 La Jolla Village Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037
When: November 28 – December 21, 2014
Cost: Starting at $15
> Find out more about The Second City”s Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue

Charles Dickens” A Christmas Carol

Scrooge - A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play at Cygent Theatre

Hear and See Scrooge come alive on the “radio” at this San Diego Holiday theatre classic

Cygnet Theatre in Old Town re-imagines Charles Dickens” A Christmas Carol as a musical. Set on a Victorian stage, there’s an original score, perhaps with melodic “humbugs” from a singing Scrooge? Worth finding out, especially since the production also includes amazing puppetry and live Foley sound effects visible on stage. It”s not hard to imagine how they”ll create the rattling chain sounds of Marley’s Ghost, but don’t you want to see what clever contraption will sound like falling snow or the sounds of London? Find out by heading over to Cygnet this holiday season.

Where: Cygnet Theatre – 4040 Twiggs St, San Diego, CA 92110
When: November 28 – December 28, 2014
Cost: $29-$69
> Find out more about Charles Dickens” A Christmas Carol”

An American Christmas

Step back online casino in time 100 years for an old fashion Christmas at the Hotel del Coronado

A San Diego theater tradition happens every year at the Hotel Del Coronado, courtesy of Lamb”s Players Theatre. Walking into the gorgeous Grand Ballroom at the historic Hotel Del, you”ll be transported to 1914 where costumed players will dance, sing, and tell stories as you enjoy a 5-course holiday meal. Put on your best holiday attire and enjoy one of the most festive parties in town.

Where: Hotel del Coronado – 1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92120
When: December 15-27, 2014
Cost: $128-$160
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Festival of Christmas: Northern Lights

Festival of Christmas is a show the entire family will enjoy packed with great music of the Season, both old and new

Lamb”s is also staging Festival of Christmas: Northern Lights, a holiday drama for the entire family. The play tells the story of three generations who adjust their traditional holiday plans after the pipes burst at the family home. Surprise guests, family discoveries, and a magnificent night sky all make for one memorable Christmas.

Where: Lamb”s Players – 1142 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118
When: November 29 – December 28, 2014
Cost: $22-$72
> Find out more about Festival of Christmas: Northern Lights

The Nutcracker

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See The Nutcracker in a whole new way in this Non-Ballet Version. Photo courtesy of Daren Scott

New Village Arts in Carlsbad has the west coast premiere of The Nutcracker, the non-ballet version! Young Clara is still at the center of this drama and she’s still trying to save Christmas but she won’t be doing it on pointe. This modern adaptation is a family drama that includes magic, original songs and a bit of spectacle.

Where: New Village Arts Theatre – 2787 State Street, Carlsbad, CA 92008
When: November 29 – December 31, 2014
Cost: $20-$46
> Find out more about The Nutcracker

Dr. Suess” How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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Even the Grinch can”t take away the early holiday spirit. Photo by Henry DiRocco.

And lastly, the meanest and greenest of San Diego theater holiday traditions, there”s Dr. Suess” How the Grinch Stole Christmas at the Old Globe Theatre in Balboa Park. Based on the classic Dr. Suess book, this annual production of holiday cheer and whimsy is not to be missed. Kids love it, but the banter is so witty adults will enjoy it too. Plus, the sets and costumes of Whoville, not to mention the Grinch himself, are a wonder. Don”t forget to bring your camera for a family portrait in front of the Dr. Seuss Christmas tree in the Old Globe’s plaza.

Where: The Old Globe – 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, CA 92101
When: November 15 – December 27, 2014
Cost: Tickets start at $32
> Find out more about Dr. Suess” How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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Creative Coastal Culture: Discover the La Jolla Arts Scene

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La Jolla has long been a popular destination for visitors, and it’s no surprise why: the coastal neighborhood just 15 minutes north of downtown San Diego offers some of San Diego’s most scenic views and stunning beaches. But there’s much more to this coastal neighborhood when you step off the sand, especially if you’re an arts lover.

La Jolla is home to incredible museums, outdoor sculptures and murals, and one of the world’s best theater companies, just to name a few of the area’s fabulous features.

Get to Know the Vibrant Art and Culture of La Jolla

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Magnificent Museums

La Jolla’s variety of museums offer something for everyone:

Art in the Outdoors

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This Julian Opie mural is just one of many in the Murals of La Jolla collection

With such beautiful natural surroundings, the best way to enjoy the arts in La Jolla is outdoors.

  • The Stuart Collection at the University of San Diego, California is full of surprises that will delight visitors.
  • Take a walking tour of downtown La Jolla to search for all the artworks in the Murals of La Jolla collection.
  • In addition to the exhibitions on their galleries, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego features a spectacular sculpture garden overlooking the Pacific coastline.

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Top 5 Picks for the 2014 San Diego Asian Film Festival

San Diego Asian Film Festival

San Diego is a melting pot of arts and culture, and we feel pretty lucky to be home to the San Diego Asian Film Festival, the largest exhibition of Asian cinema on the West Coast. The festival features 140 films and programs from 21 countries at nine different venues across San Diego County. With so many exciting film premieres and events for 10 days, you may not know where to start. Luckily, we have you covered with our top 5 programs to check out at the 15th San Diego Asian Film Festival (SDAFF), November 6-15, 2014.

Revenge of the Green Dragons

San Diego Asian Film Festival

This year’s opening night film is the Martin Scorsese-produced “Revenge of the Green Dragons,” starring Justin Chon (Twilight, 21 and Over), Ray Liotta (Goodfellas, Sin City, Hannibal), and Harry Shum Jr. (Glee). This gritty action packed crime drama is not for the faint-hearted as it tells the true story of two brothers who are pulled into the world of organized crime with a New York Chinatown gang in the 1980s. Co-directors Andrew Lau (Infernal Affairs) and Andrew Loo and stars Leonard Wu, Harry Shum Jr., and Eugenia Yuan (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2) will attend the premiere and post-film Q&A. Get your cameras ready!

Where: Reading Cinemas Gaslamp – 701 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Thursday, November 6, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM

Films for the Whole Family: Shorts for Shorties

Shorts for Shorties

Bring the whole family for SDAFF’s family friendly programming including “Shorts for Shorties,” animated and live-action short films for kids; “Reel Voices,” the film premieres for Pacific Arts Movement’s student documentary filmmaker program, and “Hello! Junichi,” the West Coast Premiere of a group of kids who start their own rock band in Japan.

Where: UltraStar Mission Valley – 7510 Hazard Center Dr #100, San Diego, CA 92108
When: Saturday, November 8, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM

World Premiere: Pilot Episode of Fresh Off the Boat

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ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat” is the first Asian American sitcom on a major network in 20 years, and SDAFF has the world premiere. Based on the memoir of celebrity chef and TV personality Eddie Huang, “Fresh Off the Boat” is a fresh and quick-witted sitcom about an Asian American family from Washington, DC that relocates to Orlando, Florida in the 1990’s. The world premiere will have a special post-screening Q&A with executive producers, Nahnatchka Khan and Melvin Mar.

Where: USD’s Shiley Theatre – Camino Hall 163 – 5998 Alcalá Park, San Diego, CA 92110
When: Saturday, November 8, 2014
Time: 1:30 PM

MOVEfest

MoveFest

For the first time ever, SDAFF is hosting a contemporary dance event offering two shows of live, original hip hop and urban dance performances with dynamic video works by emerging dance filmmakers. Among the guest performers is Galen Hooks, who choreographed for Usher, Rihanna, Brittany Spears, and Justin Bieber. This year’s MOVEfest is dedicated to the resilient people of the Philippines on this one-year anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan.

Where: San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts – 2425 Dusk Dr, San Diego, CA 92139
When: Sunday, November 9, 2014
Time: 2:30 PM

The Historic La Paloma Theater

La Paloma Theater

San Diego Asian Film Festival will host screenings all day at the historic La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas. This beautiful movie theatre is a historical landmark that opened its doors for the first time in 1928. North County visitors can enjoy the beauty of the theatre along with contemporary Asian films, including “Yasmine,” the first feature film ever produced in the nation of Brunei.

Where: 471 S Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
When: Saturday, November 15, 2014
Time: 3:00 PM

> Browse the full San Diego Asian Film Festival Program

The San Diego Asian Film Festival is presented by Pacific Arts Movement, of the largest media arts organizations in North America that focuses on Asian American and Asian international cinema. Pac-Arts programs include the annual San Diego Asian Film Festival, Spring Showcase, and Reel Voices.