Fallas de Valencia March 15 - 19, 2002 Valencia, Valencia, Spain Description: Huge papier-mâché monuments (called "fallas") are erected on street corners and in the squares of Valencia around the 15th of March. Each of the "fallas" depicts a satirical scene and may take up to a year to build, with a total cost of millions of pesetas. These "fallas" are then set alight on the night of March 19th, which is St. Joseph's day (Father's day in Spain), with incredible firework displays.
Big Sur Jazz Festival May 5 Omar Sosa
Los Angeles, CA
Jazz Bakery April 16 - 21 Omar Sosa
SF JAZZ at Herbst Theatre May 4 Omar Sosa
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Macon Cherry Blossom Festival March 15 - 24, 2002 Macon, GA Description: With painting the town pink and over 500 events all to celebrate the flowering Yoshino cherry trees.
New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival New Orleans, LA Friday - Sunday, April 26 - 28 and Thursday - Sunday, May 2 - 5 Admission: $18.00 (advance) $25.00 (gate) for all-day admission concert ticket prices vary You can get tickets at TicketMaster www.ticketmaster.com. Description: Offers music and culture galore from jazz, zydeco and Afro-Caribbean to folk, blues and gospel.
The Austin Fine Arts Festival - Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Located at 5th and Guadalupe Streets, on the city blocks surrounding Republic Square Park and the future location of the Austin Museum of Art.
Admission:$6.00 - Adults Free - Children ages 12-6
Featuring 185 of the nation's premier artists, performers from the local world-class music scene, top local restaurants, and hands-on art activities.
A centerpiece of the festival, the live art auction features works donated by each of the 185 exhibiting artists. Top-end buyers engage in energetic bidding to win original treasures while relaxing in the shade under the great auction canopy. The highlight is the auctioning of the Featured Artist Damian Priour's work at 4:00 on Sunday.
OneWorld Theatre April 26
Jazz artist Omar Sosa.
Houston International Festival April 27
-- Contributing to this column was Eileen Nikel