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Friday, October 28 @ 7:30pm, El Salon Theatre, 114 W. Hall, San Ysidro

COVID LOST & FOUND. Strategies for non-profits and public service agencies impacted by Covid-19: employees, students, families, funding, clients, education, et al.

HOST: Ron Baza, PhD University of California San Diego 

PANELISTS: Lisa Cuestas with Casa Familiar. Additional panelist/s to be confirmed.

Saturday, October 29 @ 2:00pm, El Salon Theatre, 114 W. Hall, San Ysidro

DON’T STAB ME PLEASE, I’M NOT CHINESE. Violence against Asian Americans, in the wake of Covid-19.

HOST: Susan Hasegawa, writer and professor of US and Asian American History, San Diego City College

Susan Hasegawa, Humanities Advisor, professor at San Diego City College teaching U.S. and Asian American history. She has written on the Japanese American WWII Incarceration for the past twenty year and curated numerous exhibits on the subject, including articles for the Japanese American National Museum and consulting on projects for Oxford Publishing, University Press of Colorado, and The Old Globe Theatre.

PANELIST: Michael Yee, Panelist. Osher Institute Instructor – CSU San Marcos, former President of San Diego Chinese History Museum as well as San Diego Chinese Center. Retired from his career in IT, Mr. Yee has served on arts committees for Balboa Park, San Diego Foundation, City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, and as a California Arts Council/CORO Arts Fellow.

Saturday, October 29 @ 7:30pm, El Salon Theatre, 114 W. Hall, San Ysidro

Immigration during, and after Covid–if there is any such time.

HOST: Luis Aragon, President of Border Angels, former Deputy District Attorney, President of La Raza Lawyers.

PANEL: To be announced.

Luis Aragon is the Managing Director of Teatro Máscara Mágica (TMM) and the President of the Board of Directors of Border Angels. Aragon, an attorney, retired from the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office after 30 years as a Deputy District Attorney. Aragon was one of California’s first hate crimes prosecutor and helped write California’s anti-hate crime law. His work in civil rights has been highlighted in national publications, including the American Lawyer, Readers Digest, and television’s Forensic Files. Aragon is a recognized leader in San Diego’s theatre community. His leadership of San Diego’s premier Latinx theatre company, Teatro Máscara Mágica, has led to collaboration with San Diego’s multicultural theatre companies and the establishment of its being designed as ‘La Salon’, theatre company in residence. As an artist, he’s composed the music and co-authored the book for two musicals, ELENA, FELONS! and LOVING CUPID as well as co-authoring the stage play, CAFÉ CORONADO. Aragon is currently writing, TITLE FIGHT, a two-act play. Of his work with Teatro Máscara Mágica (TMM) and Border Angels, Aragon said, ‘I am privileged to serve with two iconic organizations, TMM that historically has given voice to multicultural communities through its programming and Border Angels that has given voice and hope to migrants and DACA recipients. Border Angel’s mission is one of love and fearless rejection of racism, nativism, and hate.” Aragon has served as Director and Vice President of the San Diego County Bar Association; President of San Diego’s La Raza Lawyers Association; Vice President of San Diego County’s Child Abuse Foundation; Director and Secretary of the San Diego County District Attorney’s Association and as Director and Vice President of San Diego’s Balboa Park, “Centro Cultural De La Raza”. He’s received the San Diego County Bar Association’s “Public Lawyer of the Year”; the San Diego Theatre Arts Counsel’s “Star” Award and the San Diego District Attorney’s “Outstanding Prosecutor” Award. Aragon earned his B.A. degree from Yale University and studied law at Georgetown Law School and Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Luis has two children, both college graduates.

Sunday, October 30 @ 2pm, El Salon Theatre, 114 W. Hall, San Ysidro

Topic, Host, Panel to be announced.

Friday, November 4 @ 7:30pm, Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd, San Diego

THE NEW NORMAL: real and virtual life as a performing artist during and post-Covid. Guest panelist/s TBA.

HOST: Frankie (and/or Matt), Diversionary Theatre

PANEL: To be announced

Saturday, November 5 @ 2pm, Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd, San Diego

Topic, Host, and Panel to be announced.

Saturday, November 5 @ 7:30pm, Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd, San Diego

PANDEMIC LIFE Its impact on the Black and LGBTQ community: Our personal experiences in and out of the arts.

HOST: William BJ Roinson, host of KPBS Arts program, and Tough Talk virtual discussion series

PANEL: Ajay Junious, choreographer, arts and wellness advocate, founder of Continuum Arts & Pilates
?DaJahn Blevins, President of SD Urban Warrior project, Founder of Kuumba Fest at Lyceum Theatres

Host William BJ Robinson, He/They, is a Black and Puerto Rican queer arts educator and professional musician. They host KPBS/arts, a TV program on KPBS, and Tough Talk, a virtual platform that focuses on “getting comfortable with the uncomfortable.” They also serve as church choir director at Christ United Presbyterian Church and on the boards of Cappella Gloriana and Loud Fridge Theatre Group.

Sunday, November 6 @ 2pm, Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd, San Diego


HOST: Johnny Tran, musician and co-owner of Thumbprint Gallery in La Jolla, Organizer of Bar Basic in Downtown, Art Around Adams, and East Village Art Walk. Johnny is releasing his third album “Ghost of John Okada” based on 1957 novel NO NO BOY.

PANEL: BIPOC artist Thao Huynh French is an artist, muralist and photographer. Born in Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, she currently lives and works in San Diego, Ca.

Host: Johnny Tran started Thumbprint Gallery with his business partner Paul Ecdao in 2009 after working in the event business as a DJ, promoter and coordinator. He began as the promoter and organizer of the legendary Tuesday night art events at Bar Basic in downtown. Johnny has also organized and curated for the annual Art Around Adams art and music walk and the East Village Art Walk. He is also a musician and has released two albums and is set in November to release his third album based on the 1957 novel No-No Boy. 

Panelist: Thao Huynh French is an artist, muralist and photographer. Born in Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, she currently lives and works in San Diego, Ca. She is best known for co-founding Mindful Murals™ with her husband, where together they’ve painted over 300 community murals for schools and public spaces all over California. In addition to painting murals, she develops projects that intersect social justice and also paints commissions and displays artwork in galleries. During the beginning of the pandemic she organized an art fundraiser in response to the dramatic increase in anti-Asian violence and raised over $34 thousand for various AAPI organizations.

Saturday, November 12 @ 11am, Chula Vista Library, 565 F St, Chula Vista

THE FAKE NEWS PROBLEM. Free tools for telling fact from fiction. The definition for “alternative facts” is lies.

HOST: Erwin Magbanua, Principal Librarian and Cultural Arts Manager, Chula Vista Public Library 

PANEL: Guest panelists TBA

Saturday, November 12 @ 2pm, Chula Vista Library, 565 F St, Chula Vista

HISTORY WITH HAM AND WRY. The process of creating theater around real events and individual histories–with respect, honesty, and insight.

HOST: Carlos Morton, PhD. UC Santa Barbara, Playwright with San Francisco Mime Troupe, New York Shakespeare Festival, La Companía Nacionál de México.


Host: Carlos Morton, PhD, Humanities Advisor. Professor of Theater at the University of California,  Santa Barbara, and the Director of the Chicano Studies department there. A prolific playwright whose professional credits include the San Francisco Mime Troupe, the New York Shakespeare Festival, and La Companía Nacionál de México. A former Fulbright Lecturer to Mexico and Poland.

Sunday, November 13 @ 2pm, Chula Vista Library, 565 F St, Chula Vista


HOST: Delores Fisher, Africana Studies, San Diego State University, African American Music in US socio-cultural history

PANEL: Law Enforcement officer, Medical/nurse, Mental Health pro

Host: Delores Fisher, Humanities Advisor, a professor in the Africana Studies program at San Diego State University, and herself a pianist and whose research focuses on African American music in U.S. socio-cultural history.