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WEEKEND TICKET: ART

June 08, 2001|By RANDY CARSON, Imperial County Arts Council

Imperial Valley American Field Service invites the public to its second annual "AFS and Company Variety Show" scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday at Southwest Performing Arts Theatre in El Centro.

AFS connects foreign-exchange students with local families and the variety show is a way for those same students to share a bit of their own cultures with an American audience. Performers will represent a number of countries from all around the world, including Italy, Belgium, Thailand, Spain, Brazil, Japan, Germany, Mexico, Australia and Argentina. Tickets are $5 a piece and are available at Clark Baker Music in El Centro, Lou Lange's Music Bar in Brawley or at the door.

Tonight at the Old Post Office Pavilion is a repeat performance of an original work titled "Innocently Insane." Sixteen-year-old local poet Steven Sanudo has created an original piece about a boy who enters an abandoned mansion, where he meets the girl of his dreams and falls in love with her only to find that she destroys his life, crushes his ambitions and dashes his dreams in a bitterly selfish moment. A bit on the dark side, this performance piece is well-written and cleverly staged. Admission is free and open to the public.

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Imperial Valley Art Association's youth summer art classes, an outreach program of the Imperial County Arts Council, are filling quickly and set to begin June 18. Walk-in registration for both the painting and drawing classes will be Saturday morning at the Desert Galeria, 1560 Ocotillo Drive in El Centro. Call the instructor at 353-3228 for more details or drop by the OPOP for a flyer.

Our in-house summer youth program also is filling quickly, though we are still adding classes and finalizing details about guest artists and mini-residencies. Our most recent addition to the schedule is a Tuesday afternoon lecture series on Imperial Valley archaeology and pre-history taught by staff of the Imperial Valley College Desert Museum and Desert Museum Society. We are also planning several offerings in Spanish, for which information is available by calling 337-1777. Local artists interested in offering a workshop for children of any age should contact Teresa at the OPOP.

Finally, we are pleased to announce a call for artwork by the Galeria Fronteriza of Mexicali. The Galeria, an on-going border project hosted by artists from both sides of the line, will again feature a series of unmounted canvas paintings, 2 meters by 3 meters each, hung in the manner of clothes on a line along the border fence near Casa de la Cultura. The artwork needs to be in by Wednesday, so time is of the essence. For information, call Eduardo Quintero at 357-3018 or pick up a brochure at the OPOP.

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