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Revitalizing Downtown San Diego


UC San Diego is taking a historic and dramatic step by establishing a multifaceted center amid a thriving East Village neighborhood. Leading up to the opening, UC San Diego will present a series of events to give the public a preview of the energy that will radiate from the new downtown center. UC San Diego has committed to extending beyond campus to engage San Diego’s diverse communities because UC San Diego is committed to supporting all of the region’s visionary efforts.
The innovative center located at Park & Market downtown, scheduled to open in 2021, will feature arts, music, academic programming, conferences, workshops and more. The building shares a corner with the San Diego Trolley stop and will serve as a gallery and performance space, provide resources for local entrepreneurs, and offer academic outreach for middle and high school students. UC San Diego hopes the space will evolve into an essential element of the Downtown San Diego culture.

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Miguel Zenón Quartet

UC San Diego’s Downtown Center and the UC San Diego Department of Music join together with the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library to co-present this special concert March 1 at Athenaeum Art Center in Logan Heights. Brilliant Puerto Rican-born alto saxophonist and composer Miguel Zenón has been featured in past local performances by ArtPower at The Loft and with the SFJAZZ Collective, Jeff Ballard, David Sanchez, and Antonio Sanchez. He returns to San Diego with his longtime quartet featuring Venezuelan pianist Luis Perdomo, Austrian bassist Hans Glawischnig, and Puerto Rican drummer Henry Cole, playing the music from his latest album, Sonero: The Music of Ismael Rivera.

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Upcoming Events:

  • Haiti After the Earthquake: A Reflection 10 Years Later - March 12

    Due to travel restrictions imposed by Harvard University and Partners In Health, Paul Farmer is unable to travel to California to deliver his talk on March 12. We expect to reschedule the event for later this year and will let you know about the new date once that information is available. The UCSD Burke Lectureship and Helen Edison Lecture Series regret any inconvenience caused by this change and thank you for your understanding.

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  • Music and the Border - Postponed

    UC San Diego Helen Edison Lecture Series In collaboration with San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Symphony, and SD Latino Film Festival. Panel discussion with UCLA Music prof Arturo O'Farrill (performing Fandango at the Wall at SD Symphony Hall), Martha Gonzalez, lead singer of Chicano rock/folkloric band Quetzal and professor at Scripps College and Ruben Martinez, poet and author of "Crossing Over - a Mexican family on the migrant trail." Moderated by Betto Arcos, radio personality at Public Radio International (PRI) the World.

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Past Events:

  • A Talk with Anthony on 'The Central Park Five' - December 7

    Opera composer Anthony Davis was joined by UC San Diego Music professor emeritus Cecil Lytle, together they explored the genesis of The Central Park, Davis' latest opera, and the artist’s duty to reflect on important social and political issues of the day.

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  • Public Space and Dog Parks - November 3

    Join us for a lively discussion about design strategies for urban settings with a special focus on the dog park/dog run as a particularly effective “mixer” for both human and canine interaction.

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  • El Tren Fantasma with Bostich + Fussible - September 14

    A music-filled evening featuring Bostich + Fussible of Nortec Collective and musical sets by Son Jarocho group Radio Guacamaya and by Tijuana rising star DJ Grenda.

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  • Marvel in the Moonlight - July 12

    The family fun-filled evening began with games, costume contests and super hero treats. It was a perfect San Diego summer night as the super hero filled audience watched the recently released Marvel feature film, Captain Marvel.

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  • Indian Jazz Journey - June 22

    The sounds of George Brooks, Mahesh Kale, Stanley Jordan and Subhankar Banerjee, radiated throughout East Village.

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Juanita Lahaye
UC San Diego Extension
(858) 822-2026

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