Arts and Music
December 4, 2013 (Rancho San Diego)--Cuyamaca College’s Annual “Winter Wonder Jam” takes stage this Friday, December 6 at 7 p.m. This event is to promote students' efforts in showcasing new local talent; the public is invited to come out and enjoy the music. These home-grown singer-songwriters will present a variety of acoustic, rock, jazz and hip hop genres
This concert takes place at the Performing Arts Theatre at Cuyamaca College, 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway in Rancho San Diego. The festival features four local artists performing their all-original music compositions. This event is FREE with a donation to the San Diego Food Bank and there is plenty of free parking.
November 27, 2013 (San Diego) – The works of some of San Diego County’s most talented and promising landscape artists will be on exhibit in a juried art show sponsored by the California Art Club (CAC) and hosted by the Olaf Wieghorst Museum. Landscapes of the West opened October 8 and runs through January 11, 2014, at the museum’s downtown El Cajon location at 131 Rea Avenue. El Cajon’s Olaf Wieghorst Museum is dedicated to preserving America’s western heritage. It houses the works of Olaf Wieghorst, an internationally recognized western artist whose paintings have been praised and acquired by royalty, presidents and celebrities. Born in Denmark, the self-taught artist immigrated to the United States and eventually settled in El Cajon. His restored ranch house is a local landmark and sits on museum property.
November 27, 2013 (San Diego) – Greg Dunne, best known to our readers as our “Bird Talk” columnist, sent us these photos and review comments on the Pearl Jam concert at San Diego State University.
“The show had everything. All the great songs to name a few: Even Flow, Black, Just Breathe, a Who song Baba O'Riley (We all know as Teenage Waste Land). A great rendition of Star-Spangled Banner by lead guitarist Mike McCready. Was it as good as the classic by Jimi Hendrix? Dare I say yes?” he wrote, adding that while “not as iconic as the great Jimi's rendition,” the concert was “a love fest between Pearl Jam and the fans. The audience knew just when to jump in and sing along with Eddie.”
November 18, 2013 (San Diego) – The Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation (MTRP) is pleased to present an exhibition featuring three award winning photographers: Debbie Beals, Darci Hook, and Janice Roudebush.
This photography exhibit, "Elements: Three Perspectives on Nature," will be on display in the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center Art Gallery November 16 through December 13, 2013. The public is cordially invited to a reception in honor of the artists on Sunday, November 24, 2013 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm.
Display spotlighting works of the organization’s san diego chapter members will also feature educational programs for art enthusiasts
Photo: Grace Schlesier at her show at the Wieghorst Museum in 2012.
November 13, 2013 (El Cajon) – Members of the California Art Club’s San Diego Chapter and the Olaf Wieghorst Museum unveiled the “Landscapes of the West” exhibition with a gala opening at the Museum on October 5. The display will be on view through January 11, 2014.
Art enthusiasts at the opening enjoyed hors d’ oeuvres and wine, while viewing over 35 juried works by some of San Diego’s finest painters. The event was also coveted by collectors, who appreciated the opportunity to have a first look at the paintings, all available for acquisition. A portion of proceeds from sale of artwork will benefit both the Club and the Museum.
Educational programming during the exhibition will include a November 14 presentation by CAC Artist Member Mark Fehlman on California Art Club’s history. Reservations are suggested for the lecture and the reception that will precede Fehlman’s talk, as space is limited.
November 13, 2013 (Spring Valley) – Favorite Disney characters will appear at Young Actors’ Theater, 9620 Campo Road in Spring Valley this weekend, where Aladdin Jr., a stage adaption of the Disney hit film, is being staged.
The production promises to be filled with “magic, mayhem, and flying carpet rides” along with the Academy award-winning score including “A Whole New World” and “Friend Like Me.”
November 6, 2013 (Lemon Grove) – The Lemon Grove Historical Society will present a special edition of "History Alive" on Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. in the H. Lee House Cultural Center, 3205 Olive Street, Lemon Grove when theater pros Anne Charlotte and Michael Harvey will recall in words, music, and images their production of the four-act melodrama "The Drunkard," presented during the glory days of the Lemon Grove Players.
In Lemon Grove in the late 1970s, along with a brand new city (1977), a revamped school district (1978), and a fledgling historical society (1978), there was a new theatrical troupe with big dreams. The Lemon Grove Players, spearheaded by such talents as Dorothy Dubois, Dr. Robert Burns, Robert and Donna Adams, Victoria and Michael Dietrich, Estelle Lauer, pianist Anona Bolieu, and a platoon of volunteers, presented everything from melodrama to Molière in local school auditoriums for the next five years.
September 30, 2013 (Ramona) – The H.E.A.R.T. Mural Project of Ramona, along with their sponsors, will present the First Annual Ramona Art and Wine Festival, to be held at the Amy Strong Castle at Mount Woodson. The festival will be held on November 2, 2013 from noon to 6 pm. Art, wine and food enthusiasts may purchase passports to the event by visiting www.RamonaArtandWineFest.net. General admission passports are $60, and a V.I.P. Passport is being offered for $110 that will include an exclusive “Winemakers’ Dinner” in the spring of 2014 (date TBD).
Photo: Dog Dreaming, by Marc Kitaen
October 22, 2013 (El Cajon) – East County artist Marc Kitaen, El Cajon, won third place in the 10 annual Digital Art Show of St. Mark's United Methodist Church.
The show, which has the theme "Visions of Peace," includes 28 works by 12 San Diego County artists. It will run October 13 to November 10 in the church sanctuary, 3502 Clairemont Drive. The juror was Professor Craig Carlson, SDSU.
The other winners are: first place, Michael Sussna, La Jolla; second place Rachelle Farber, Carlsbad; and Honorable Mention T. Antoinette Fassel, University City, and John Valois, Mission Hills.
October 22, 2013 (Alpine) – A “Music of the Masters” chamber music concert will be presented on Saturday, November 9 at 3 p.m. at Christ the King Episcopal Church, 1460 Midway Drive in Alpine. Directed by Sylvia Lorraine Hartman, the concert will feature Gregory Lawrence, violin; Melissa Hartman, flute; Ian Lawrence, guitar; The Christ the King Singers; and Sylvia Hartman, piano and harp.
Tickets are $25 for the concert and include a wine and cheese reception with the artists following the concert (intermission is “no-host”). There will be a silent auction and an art display as well. Tickets are limited and sold in advance. Tickets can be purchased online through PayPal, or by calling (619) 445-8968. For more information visit http://www.christthekingalpine.org/
September 30, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – The San Diego Festival Chorus is a non-audition, 70-member chorus with singers from all across East County. Beginning its 13th season, the group has performed everything from Beethoven to Broadway and everything in between. The chorus has two concerts in December and May with its 45- piece orchestra for audiences of up to 1200. The chorus also does outreach performances.
September 27, 2013 (San Diego) – James Hubbell’s Ilan-Lael Foundation has reached its pearl anniversary and will celebrate 30 years on Saturday, Sept. 28 at First Unitarian Universalist Church in Hillcrest – the site of Hubbell’s first important volunteer-assisted major outdoor sculpture installation – from 5-9 p.m. The celebration will feature food, wine, a silent auction, speakers and dance, all in revelry for famed Santa Ysabel architect Hubbell’s prolific vision and impact on worldwide culture and art.
By Paul Kruze
It has been said that the opera isn’t over until the fat lady sings. Those who had hoped El Cajon’s East County Performing Arts Center would be open by December may have a bit more waiting to do until the proverbial fat lady sings.
While El Cajon City Councilman Gary Kendrick had set a target date of December 1, 2013 for the much anticipated reopening of the theater which has been shuttered for nearly three years, it may be at least another year until the curtain opens and the stage lights come on.
September 19, 2013 (Julian) --For the 44th year, Julian celebrates the end of summer with music. The Julian Music Festival will be held September 21 from 1 to 8 p.m. at the Menghini Winery, 1150 Julian Orchards Road, two miles west of town on Farmers Road (which starts as Main street in Julian).
This year the festivals offers a variety of music. Bluegrass celebrates the roots of this festival, Western ballads evoke tthe past and current songwriter/singers reflect the tunes heard today on MP3 players.
photo, left: Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds
September 17, 2013 (La Mesa) – On September 27 from 5 to 7 p.m., costumed “Steampunk” fans are expected to join the celebration of “A Day in the Life,” an art show opening at O’Dunn Fine Art.
“Colorado artist Joe Bonomo has taken the characters from the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’ album and interpreted them as Steampunk characters…totally original,” gallery owner Shannon O’Dunn told ECM. The artist will be on hand at the opening, which will also feature live music, food and beverages.
“Even if you don’t speak Steampunk (or the Sixties, for that matter) these oil paintings are gorgeous,” said O’Dunn. The exhibit will also feature a replica of the time machine seen in the 1960 movie Time Machine and in The Big Bang Theory.
September 12, 2013 (San Diego)-- Saturday evening, October 5 the second annual Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation’s “Art in the Park” will be held. Featured art by more than 40 award-winning artists will be on display and for sale, with over 100 pieces of nature-related art featuring a variety of painting styles, ceramics, photography, and sculptures. Artists will also be in attendance representing their art. CBS8 Meteorologist and lifestyle reporter Shawn Styles, and Mission Publishing Group publisher, Jim Madaffer return as honorary co-chairs for this event in the Visitor Center from 6-9 p.m. Tickets are required.
There will also be a silent and a live auction; for $25 guests can enjoy an evening of fine art, fine wine, fine cheese, and fine chocolate (by Xocai healthy chocolate).
By Miriam Raftery
September 11, 2013 (Jacumba Hot Springs) – “The people of this town came together,” said famed sculptor Ricardo Breceda after hoisting a 1200-pound metallic rattlesnake sculpture into place in front of the Jacumba Community Park.
Best known for his larger-than-life sculptures of present and prehistoric wildlife in the Anza-Borrego desert, Breceda yesterday sold additional sculptures to Jacumba Hot Springs art fans – works that will soon grace rocks and roadways in this high desert community seeking to reinvent itself as an arts colony.
It all started with a winged dragon.
September 4, 2013 (El Cajon) – The Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation (MTRP) is pleased to present an exhibition featuring the following award-winning artists:
Kris DeYoung - Oil; Deb Gargula – Colored Pencil; Terry Kvitky – Acrylic; Wilma Lopez – Encaustic; James Otto – Photography; Denise Strahm – Photography and Jerry Vande Berg – Oil and Watercolor. This exhibit is on display until September 20, 2013. Mission Trails Visitors Center is located at One Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego.
Photo: Artist with a similar snake sculpture; installation set for Sept. 10
September 1, 2013 (Jacumba Hot Springs)--On Tuesday, September 10, Jacumba Hot Springs welcomes a giant striking rattlesnake sculpture by artist/designer Ricardo Breceda at the Community Park on Old Highway 80. The sculpture is constructed of welded metal and weighs over 800 pounds. It was a gift to the community from an anonymous community booster.
The artist , who is best known for his gigantic metal sculptures in the Anza-Borrego Desert, will be on site for the September 10th installation--and the community is planning festive activities all day from 9 am to 5 p.m. to celebrate the event.
August 12, 2013 (Alpine) – San Diegans will be able to revisit the sixties this fall at “60’s Rockin’ Mania – the ultimate battle of the bands” being held at Lions Tigers & Bears, September 7 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. The concert showdown will feature Elvis impersonator James Kruk v. The Beatles “The Concert Experience.”
Guest will also be able to visit with the big cats and bears from 2 – 3 p.m., bid on door prizes and participate in opportunity drawings. Food and drink will be available for purchase. Guests are invited to bring blankets or low chairs.
By Dennis Moore
August 29, 2013 (Del Cerro)--The father and son team of Jack Cohen and Mikey Adam Cohen, lifelong residents of Del Cerro in San Diego’s East County, are firmly entrenched in smooth jazz. As a matter of fact, it can be said that Smooth Jazz is their love and lifeblood, as well as profession. Mikey is a music/smooth jazz professional and has worked with his father to become one of the leading names in the smooth jazz music industry, by co-founding Smooth Jazz Live, an online contemporary jazz magazine. (Website: http://smoothjazzlive.wordpress.com/ Facebook: www.facebook.com/smoothjazzlivei and www.facebook.com/accessmediaceo.
In an interview with ECM, MIkey said that growing up, he didn’t have a strong relationship with his father, who wanted Mikey to be a sports prodigy – until they founded Smooth Jazz Live. Soon they were supporting, producing and documenting live music acts together as they traveled across the world and became among the biggest names in the music business.
August 29, 2013 (Julian) --The Julian Arts Guild will present "September Song" a Fine Art Show at the Julian Town Hall, 2129 Main Street, Julian, CA, over the Labor Day weekend, August 30 through September 2, 2013. The show will be open each day from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Included will be local and regional artists working in a rich diversity of artistic media: oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings; drawings in pen, pencil and pastel; photography; printmaking; ceramics, jewelry, collage, assemblage, glass, mosaics, sculpture, and more.
Meet the artists at the show opening in the Town Hall on August 30th from 6–8 pm. Admission to the Julian Arts Guild Labor Day weekend art show is FREE. Each day different artists will be available to talk about their work. The theme, “September Song” will be reflected in landscapes but also in other creative motifs.
August 28, 2013 (Ramona) – The Olde Ramona Hotel Gallery is getting ready for its 24th Annual Fine Art Show. Artists are encouraged to participate in the show and entries are due September 26 through 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 845 Main St., Ramona. There is a maximum of three entries per artist. Categories include: oil/acrylic, watercolor/watermedia, photography/computer art and other (collage, pen & ink, pastels, sculpture, graphics, other media.
August 28, 2013 – The fall series of the San Diego County Library Acoustic Showcase begins in September with 3 East County concerts throughout the month. The Showcase series offers a variety of San Diego’s best singer/songwriters, folk music performers and story tellers. The concerts are free to the community.
August 18, 2013 (San Diego) – A year after the release of their critically-acclaimed sophomore album Gossamer, Passion Pit have announced a massive fall headling tour across North America, including an appearance at the Open Air Theater at SDSU, 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego. The tour will feature special guests The Joy Formidable.
August 15, 2013 (El Cajon) - The Hyde Art Gallery opens its Fall 2013 Semester with “From This Place” – a Sculpture and Installation Exhibition featuring the work of Stephanie Bedwell.
August 12, 2013 (Lakeside) – Lakeside Community Presbyterian Church is holding a series of free concerts through the end of the year at 9908 Channel Road in Lakeside. The concerts are as follows:
The Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation (MTRP) is pleased to present an exhibition featuring an award-winning photographer Jim Schwertman.
This exhibit will be on display in the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center Art Gallery July 27 - August 23, 2013
July 23, 2013 (Spring Valley) -- The Young Actors Theater is presenting “Grease” August 15-18 and 22-25 at Encore! Theatre, 9620 Campo Road, Spring Valley. At Rydell High's senior class of 1959, duck-tailed, hot-rodding "Burger Palace Boys" and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking "Pink Ladies" in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoke the look and sound of the 1950s in this rollicking musical. Head "greaser" Danny Zuko and new (good) girl Sandy Dumbrowski try to relive the high romance of their "Summer Nights" as the rest of the gang sings and dances its way through such songs as "Greased Lightnin'","Beauty School Dropout" plus many others that became the soundtrack of a generation.
July 19, 2013 (El Cajon) – The San Diego Concert Band presents “An Evening of Music in The Garden”, along with The Water Conservation Garden for an inaugural joint fundraiser on July 25 at 5 p.m. at 12122 Cuyamaca College Drive West, El Cajon. The evening’s outdoor program depicts our American heritage through music that includes light classics, historical themes and modern compositions for concert band. The concert will be held in The Garden’s outdoor amphitheater.