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April 2008 Events Calendar California



Friday, April 11, 2008




San Pedro Ballet


Angels Gate Cultural Center and San Pedro City Ballet present newly commissioned work

Angels Gate Cultural Center and San Pedro City Ballet will collaborate on a program of all original modern dance works, including a new, site-specific work commissioned especially for the ballet’s male youth group, to be performed in the Center’s Gallery A. Performances occur on April 11, 12 & 13, 2008 at Angels Gate Cultural Center in Angels Gate Park.

It’s unusual to have a group of artistic young men, especially in the heavily industrial neighborhoods of the L.A. Harbor area, focused on doing exciting things with dance. All the dancers for the new work are under 21; most are currently students in San Pedro, according to Nathan Birnbaum, Executive Director of Angels Gate Cultural Center.

The performers of the new work are San Pedro City Ballet’s male youth group – Wolf Bradley, Julian de Santiago, Andrew Macatrao, Gabriel Macatrao and Juan Wing – and one female dancer from the troupe, Caroline Cypres.

The commission is supported with a Cultural Center grant from the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation and a SPCB grant from the L.A. County Arts Commission. “It was perfect timing to combine forces and a grant from the County Arts Commission, and just create on these wonderful young dancers,” says Co-Artistic Director Cindy Bradley.

World Premiere of “Door #2”; “Date”; “The Art of the Shoe” (danced to poetry by local poet Regina O'Melvany; “Covenant.” Choreography: Patrick David Bradley and Cindy Bradley. Dancers: Caroline Cypres, Wolf Bradley, Julian de Santiago, Andrew Macatrao, Gabriel Macatrao, and Juan Wing. Times: Friday, April 11th, 8 pm; Saturday April 12th, 8 pm; Sunday April 13th, 7 pm. Location: Angels Gate Cultural Center, Gallery A, 3601 South Gaffey Street, San Pedro, CA. Cost: $25 general, (Limited seating). For ticket reservations: (310) 519-0936

About San Pedro City Ballet: San Pedro City Ballet (SPCB) was established in 1994 by nationally recognized dancers and teachers, Cynthia and Patrick David Bradley, as a not-for-profit dance company serving greater Los Angeles. The company performs "The Nutcracker” annually at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro, produces original modern works for a variety of venues throughout Southern California, and holds performance workshops throughout the city of Los Angeles. SPCB’s mission is to identify, train and promote a world-class pre-professional dance company from the diverse population of the Los Angeles Harbor area that is founded in classical works and traditions, and goes beyond to explore new contemporary and original modern works, and to provide training to schools throughout Los Angeles for arts education and after-school programs.

About Angels Gate Cultural Center: For 25 years Angels Gate has been recognized for its high quality, innovative arts programming in the areas of public exhibitions and performances, education programs for the school-age kids of the Harbor area, international residencies in the visual arts, and much needed services to professional artists. In 2003, Angels Gate Cultural Center began a growing into a mid-sized institution, obtaining a 30-year lease from the City of L.A. and launching plans for the development of the coastal 64-acre Angels Gate Park. Dance commissions and special site specific events are part of the continued expansion of the Center’s performing arts programs, along with the New Play Reading series and the Art on the Waterfront festival, a partnership with the Port of Los Angeles. The Cultural Center is an independent nonprofit in partnership with the City of L.A. Dept. of Recreation and Parks. More information about Angels Gate Cultural Center is available at


ANGELUS OAKS - Camp GetAway for Mothers & Others held in the local mountains of Southern California in the hamlet of Angelus Oaks, CA.  This is where women feel like kids again as they re-experience the joys of summer camp from when they were girls (or experience camp for the very first time).  Rustic cabins and hearty chow, Camp GetAway is a weekend to do as much or as little as desired.  From good ol’ fashioned camp fun like archery, hikes, arts and crafts, skits, smores, games and more to grownup gal treats of wine tasting, massages, facials, yoga, seminars, manicures and more, the original “camp mom” appeals to women of all ages and stages.  $325. for two nights lodging, all meals and a fun-filled weekend.  Modest fees apply for spa treatments and some crafts. Dates: Apr. 11-13., 310-471-3138 x 105.

COSTA MESA - Farmer's Market with fresh fruits, vegetables and food items. Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Location: 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, Ca. Cost: Free. Sponsored by the Orange County Farm Bureau, Call: (714) 573-0374.


COSTA MESA - Giant Paintball Park. This limited event in Grandstand Arena lasts through April 13. Located at the Orange County Fair Grounds,10 to 16 games per day are the norm and there are separate games for beginner, intermediate and advance players! Open Thursay - Sunday. Minimum age requirement is 10 years of age and a signed waiver is required prior to participation. Time: Thursday & Friday, 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Admission: $15 - 25. Call: (877) GIANT-97.


SAN FRANCISCO - West Portal Sidewalk Arts and Crafts Fair. 20th Annual Fine Arts and Crafts Fair West Portal Avenue between 15th and Ulloa, San Francisco, CA. Time: 10am-5pm. Contact Pacific Fine Arts: (209) 296-1195.


SAN FRANCISCO -  Grand National Rodeo.  Grand National Rodeo, Horse and Stock Show is one of California's largest, most prestigious rodeo events.  Cost: $25 -40. Location:  Cow Palace, Geneva Ave., San Francisco, CA. Call: (415) 404-4111.


SUTTER CREEK -  2008 California Ghost Hunters Conference. The Ghost Trackers Paranormal Research Group 6th Annual California Ghost Hunters Conference brings the finest venues in California for ghost hunting. Hosting its event at the small mining town of Sutter Creek, this location was chosen for its' incredible gold mining history and its' ghostly activity. There will be three days of networking with ghost hunters from around the country, a cocktail reception, hands-on workshops teaching fundamentals and advanced paranormal research. In addition, there will be investigations in a dilapidating, three-story, dangerously scary castle hidden in the gold mining foothills, as well as a Sutter Creek landmark. All-inclusive admission to events is $150/person. Registration to the greatest paranormal conference of the year is limited. Times: April 11th at 7 pm. Location and address: Days Inn - Sutter Creek, 271 Hanford Street, Sutter Creek, CA 95685.  Registration:  Call: (408) 244-8331.



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