YOU ARE HERE: IVPress HomeCollections

Cultural Imperialism


March 01, 2001|By Nan Rebik, Special to this newspaper

The big news of the week, of course, is the California Mid-winter Fair & Fiesta is about to open, with all the attendant pomp, pageantry and celebration.

Be sure to visit the local arts, crafts, vocational arts and informational displays, as well as the school exhibits and Imperial Valley Gem & Mineral Society exhibits. Look for the Valley Independent Bank display featuring mural work by Mona Mills, a San Diego artist who has painted 10 panels for the Imperial Valley College Desert Museum (under construction in Ocotillo).

"Friday Night at the Old Post Office Pavilion" will feature a fund-raising hip-hop concert by students in the Upward Bound program. They are raising money for a trip to New York City and they always exhibit a great deal of talent at their fund-raising variety programs.

On Sunday at the OPOP in El Centro, the Old Time Fiddlers Association will have a jam session from 2 to 4 p.m. All acoustic instrument players are welcome to attend, as are all friends of acoustic music who simply want to sit and enjoy the tunes. Featured music ranges from bluegrass to country, with a bit of folk music thrown in for good measure.


There will be no "Sunday Night Bingo for the Arts" during the fair but we will resume our games the Sunday immediately following (that is, March 18).

Mostly Theatre Company is winding down its rehearsals of "Nuts, Bolts and Carnations," a comedy that will be presented as a dinner-theater event March 16, 17, 23 and 24. Though the performances are still a couple weeks away, it is important to call for reservations now as seating is limited and reservations are required to prepare the right amount of food. Call 355-2005 for information.

Looking back, we at the Imperial County Arts Council would like to extend our thanks to the La Jolla Playhouse for their recent residency of "The Origin of Corn" and to Florida Ann Town, an award-winning author who spoke this week at the OPOP and at Imperial Valley College. Her residency was supported in part by a TumbleWords grant from Poets and Writers. The funding came in part from the California Arts Council and from the National Endowment for the Arts, and we are grateful for their assistance in this and all else we do.

We will be sending out pleas for membership soon. If you have ever considered supporting the arts in any capacity, please consider calling us at 337-1777 to ask for a membership form. Your membership fee will directly support our work in the schools and within the community to provide a powerful and positive influence on local youth. Your time and energy as a volunteer will bring back to you many-fold a great deal of joy and enhanced self-esteem.

If you know of an art or cultural event you would like mentioned in this column, contact Nan Rebik at 337-1777. Meanwhile, enjoy the fair. Fiesta ‘til the cows come home!

This week's column was written by Arts Council Project Manager Randy Carson. Arts Council interim Executive Director Nan Rebik is ill.

Imperial Valley Press Online Articles