Bay Area Events: March 2014


Featured Event: Watsonville Film Festival 2014/ March 14-16

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This year the festival’s theme is “Culture, Dance & Music.” Our feature films will include Hecho en Mexico (Made in Mexico), a fantastic film celebrating the diversity of Mexican music and culture; Revolución de los alcatraces (Eufrosina’s Revolution), a powerful portrait of an indigenous woman who defies machismo and political structures in Oaxaca; as well as 20 fiction & documentary films by professional & student filmmakers. Your purchase of a VIP ticket will give you access to the Saturday night feature of Hecho en Mexico (Made in Mexico) and access to the VIP after party where you will dance the night away with live music and enjoy local wine and appetizers. Location: Mello Center for the Performing Arts 250 E. Beach St. Watsonville, CA 95076. Ticket Information: Tickets are $25 plus service charge:

Cirque Du Soleil’s Amaluna/ January 22- March 2

“Amaluna” is a fusion of the words ama, which refers to “mother” in many languages, and luna, which means “moon”. “Amaluna” invites the audience to a mysterious island governed by Goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon. The magical story unfolds both mother-daughter relationship between their queen, Prospera directing her daughter’s coming -of -age ceremony that honors femininity and balance, passing insights and values from one generation to another. Location: Under the Big Top at Taylor Street Bridge – E Lot. Ticket Information:

Gabriel Iglesias “Fluffy” Laughter World Tour/ February 28-March 1

Comedian Gabriel Iglesias is set to launch his highly anticipated new world tour, Unity Through Laughter presented by Comedy Central. Fans attending the Bay Area show will be treated to new material from Iglesias and be part of a privilege to be part of a live taping for his new comedy special DVD. Doors will open at 7:00pm. Show will begin at 8:00pm. Location: SAP Center 525 W Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113. Ticket Information:

Grupo Samba Rio- San Jose Jazz Winter Fest/ March 1

Coming from the poor neighborhoods in the hills of Rio, the favelas, samba has grown beyond its humble beginnings to be enjoyed by music enthusiasts and dancers all across the world. Grupo Samba Rio represents authentic samba from Rio de Janeiro, and brings that spirit to the streets of the Bay Area. Festivities begin at 7:00pm. Location: San Pedro Square Market 87 N San Pedro Street San Jose 95110. Ticket Information: $17 at the door, $15 in advance:

The San Jose 408K Race/ March 2

Join the 3rd Annual San Jose 408k “Race to the Row” and make your way through the San Jose streets. The 8K-run/walk course starts at SAP Center, featuring the famous Mariachi Mile and travels through San Jose to reach Santana Row. Post-Race celebration will include live music. All participants will receive an official 408K Race shirt, a finisher’s race medal, and goodie bag. Location: Santana Row, 377 Santana Row San Jose, CA 95128. Ticket Information:

Cinequest Film Festival/ March 3- March 16

Cinequest Film Festival (CQFF) in San Jose showcases premier films, renowned emerging artists, and breakthrough technology empowering connectivity between creators, innovators and audiences. Cinequest presents a 13-day event of 200 international films with over 700 plus participating artists and innovators from 50 countries in attendance. Films are not rated. Screenings/Events should be attended at your own risks. Location: The event will have several locations through out downtown San Jose depending on activity or film. For more information regarding specific events please download festival guide

The highlight of this year’s Latino Showcase is The Man Behind the Mask, a documentary on the journey of renowned Lucha Libre hero El Hijo del Santo, heir to the legendary El Santo. Other Latino Showcase films include: Ticket Information:

Jazz Bash by the Bay/ March 7-March 9

Dixieland Monterey will celebrate its 34th anniversary this March.  The annual event will include big band music in addition too traditional jazz, zydeco, swing, gypsy, jazz, blues, and ragtime. Location: Portola Hotel & Spa 2 Portola Plaza Monterey, CA 93940. Ticket Information:

San Jose Youth Forum/ March 8

The National Trends and Services (NTS) Committee of the San Jose Chapter of The Links, Incorporated presents a Youth Forum: “Your Voice, Your Choice and Your Actions!” The forum will include a full agenda planned including keynote speakers, two panel, career/job fair, hosting local companies for on-the-spot interviews and free resume reviews, entertainment with spoken word artists, and others. Lunch will be provided. There is no tickets needed but must RSVP. Location: San Jose City College 2100 Moorpark Avenue San Jose 95128-2799. RSVP Information:

“Immigration: Lets Talk About.” /March 10

Don’t miss this powerful community event presenting Jose Antonio Vargas as he debuts his new film, Documented, at San Jose State University on March 10th!

Cesar Chavez (Film 2014)/ March 28

The powerful upcoming film directed by Diego Luna will focus on the life of the civil-rights activist and labor organizer Cesar Chavez and will star Michael Peña as Chavez, Rosario Dawson as Dolores Huerta and America Ferrera as Helen Chavez, among others. The film’s script will cover 10 years of the activist’s life starting in 1962 when he and Huerta founded the National Farm Workers Association. For location and ticket information please visit:

Great America Opening Weekend 2014/ March 29-March 30

California’s Great America welcomes you and your family to join them on their opening weekend this year. Opening Weekend will include festivities, giveaways, and their opening ceremony to celebrate a new year for Great America. Location: 4701 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara, CA 95054. Ticket Information:

2014 Cesar E. Chavez Holiday Breakfast/ March 31

Commemorate and celebrate the life and work of labor and organizer and civil rights leader Cesar E. Chavez. Event starts at 8:00 am- 10:00am. All proceeds will go to benefitting the Cesar E. Chavez Holiday Parade and Festival in April. Location: Mission Language and Vocational School Latino Culinary Academy 2929 19th Street San Francisco Ticket Information: $60 individual. Call to RSVP or for more information at (415) 621-2665