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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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A Talk with Anthony Davis on ‘The Central Park Five’

Composer Anthony Davis speaks about his latest opera and his artistic approach to vital social and political issues. Join us for a conversation with Anthony Davis, conducted by UC San Diego Music professor emeritus Cecil Lytle, exploring the genesis of The Central Park Five and the artist’s duty to reflect on important social and political issues of the day. Free event. Saturday, December 7.

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Upcoming Events:

  • Font West 2020 - February 2-9

    Now in its second year here in the west coast, FONT is committed to the support of new music by a diverse community of trumpet and brass players, and the presentation of their work to the public. Musical performances include Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Curtis Taylor, Gilbert Castellanos, La Covacha Big Band and more!

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  • Latin Music Festival - March 1-31

    A month-long festival celebrating latin music and arts. Musical performances included Miguel Zenon, Pablo Sainz, Pacho Flores and more to be announced!

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Past Events:

  • 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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