Arts and Music

BLUEGRASS BRETHEN IN CONCERT MAY 26 IN EL CAJON

 

East County News Service

May 21, 2018 (El Cajon) -- The Bluegrass Brethren will perform this Saturday, May 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the Rock of Refuge Church, 450 N. Pierce Street in El Cajon.

There is no admission charge to hear this Southern California bluegrass group, though donation offerings are welcome.   For questions, call 619-442-5941.

SAPS AT SEA PRESENT "CHEEZ-IT, FELLAS! IT'S DA COPS!" MAY 26

 

Source:  Saps at Sea

May 1, 2018 (Spring Valley) - The Saps at Sea, the official Laurel & Hardy fan club of San Diego, will continue their slam-bang festival of Funtastic films on Saturday, May 26 at 6:30 p.m. (with the show starting at 7:00 p.m.) at Williams Hall at Trinity Church (3902 Kenwood Drive) in Spring Valley. 

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS MAY 19-JUNE 29

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 17, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes America on Main Street in El Cajon, the Manzanita High Rendezvous at Lake Morena, the Ramona Rodeo,  a bike ride at Lindo Lakes, a salute to military families at Lake Morena, customer appreciation days at the Garden,  Rock and Roar at Lions, Tigers and Bears, and Stars on the Water in concert in El Cajon.

Plus, we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including the Santee Street Fair and Craft Beer Festival, Laurel and Hardy comedy night in Spring Valley, a stockroom speakeasy in Alpine, La Mesa’s Flag Day Parade, Fido Fest in Santee, outdoor movies in county parks, a Secret Garden Party at St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center, San Diego Concert Band in concert, a Taste of La Mesa, Santee’s summer concert series, and a heritage quilt show in Julian.

So scroll down for all of these events and many more!

EAST COUNTY ARTISTS CELEBRATED IN NEW PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK

 

A local take on Humans of New York; book launch event July 19 at Warwick's La Jolla at 7:30 p.m.

By Jennifer Coburn

May 16, 2018 (San Diego's East County) - We’ve all seen how projects like the popular blog and book Humans of New York connects people through photography. Real people are seen through a new lens as they share their life experiences. Snapshots and text serve as a means to share universal truth through unique images.

San Diego artist and photographer Jennifer G. Spencer is adding a new photographic element to this conversation with the release of her new book THE ARTIST PORTRAIT PROJECT: A PHOTOGRAPHIC MEMOIR OF PORTRAIT SESSIONS WITH SAN DIEGO ARTISTS (She Writes Press, July 12, 2018). Eleven of the artists live right here in East County, including La Mesa residents: Dottie Korn-Davis, David Beck-Brown, Suda House, Chris Lee, Polly Jacobs Giacchina, Jess Dominguez, and Mary Lynn Dominguez; El Cajon residents Ellen Phillips, Ron Tatro, and Bill Mosley; and Spring Valley resident Kim Knox. 

ILAN-LAEL FOUNDATION HOSTS FATHER’S DAY OPEN HOUSE AND STUDIO TOUR JUNE 17 AT ARTIST JAMES HUBBELL’S HOME, A HISTORIC LANDMARK

 

Source: Ilan Lael Foundation

Cover photo credit:  Michael Gerdes and Chris Henry

May 16, 2018 (Wynola) -- The Ilan-Lael Foundation, a nonprofit organization in Wynola, will host its annual Father’s Day Open House and Studio Tour on Sunday, June 17th.

Just three miles west of Julian, this picturesque spot with views of the Volcan and Cuyamaca Mountains is home to renowned artist James Hubbell.  Between the late 1950’s – 1960’s, using natural local materials, James designed and constructed a handful of artistic buildings that became his family’s home, now a designated historic landmark.

NOW PLAYING: MOVIES IN THE PARK

 

East County News Service

May 16, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) -- The 2018 season of Summer Movies in the Park opens this month. The annual event is bigger and better than ever with 151 screenings at dozens of parks across the county. View the full schedule for movies all summer long countywide here.

STEELE CANYON HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA STUDENTS NOMINATED FOR 2018 BROADWAY SAN DIEGO AWARDS

 

 

Source: Steele Canyon High School Drama Department

 

Photos: Leanna Neely, Jackson Shaffer (cover photo), Mary Rose Vadeboncoeur

 

May 10, 2018 (Spring Valley) -- The Steele Canyon High School Drama Department is proud to announce that three of their students have received nominations for the 2018 Broadway San Diego Awards for their roles in the SCHS spring production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music

PASSAGES: EMMY AWARD-WINNING PRODUCER ROBERT GARDNER (1939-2018)

 

Update: A memorial service will be held on May 30th at the Garden Chapel at Greenwood Mortuary, 4300 Imperial Ave. San Diego, CA 92113. Viewing will be from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.with the service itself from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 

East County News Service

May 9, 2018 (El Cajon) - El Cajon resident Robert D. Gardner, a video producer honored with 28 Emmy awards, died of a heart attack on May 6th at his home.  President of Gardner Productions, he also worked at KFMB-TV, the CBS affiliate in San Diego for 17 years.

ART ENTRIES SOUGHT FOR “MASTERS OF THE MOMENT” JURIED SHOW

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 7, 2018 (El Cajon) – East County Art Association in El Cajon seeks entries for its “Masters of the Moment” juried art show, which will run June 1-July 13 at the Olaf Wieghorst Gallery in El Cajon. Entries will be accepted in these media: oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, gouache, collage, ink, pencil, mixed media, and photography.

SCRIPT-WRITING COMPETITION SEEKS LOCAL HISTORICAL CHARACTERS FOR TWAINFEST PRESENTATIONS

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Deadly is May 31 to submit scripts for Twainfest August 18 in Old Town

May 6, 2018 (San Diego) – Victor Crosthwaite Contreras, an actor, educator and descendant of two Spanish soldiers who served at the San Diego Presidio, sat down with East County Magazine on KNSJ Radio for an interview about a script-writing competition that seeks to depict historical characters from the 1800s in our region.

Hear his interview, along with his dramatic historical interpretive reading of infamous bandito Joaquin Murrieta on whom the legend of Zorro was based, by clicking the audio button above. Fior more information, scroll down.

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ART DAYS: FAMILY ART FESTIVAL MAY 19 IN LEMON GROVE

 

East County News Service

April 30, 2018 (Lemon Grove) - San Diego County Library’s Lemon Grove branch is partnering with the City of Lemon Grove for the second  annual Art Days: Family Art Festival. The event takes place in front of the Lemon Grove Library (3001 School Lane) on May 19 from 1-3 p.m.  The highlight will be an engaging community art project, led by local artist Ben DeHart. Art Days allows the community to get creative and participate in a variety of explorative art options, including button making and painting.

THE WIZARD OF OZ REVIEW: EL CAJON VALLEY HIGH APRIL 26 - MAY 5: IT TAKES COURAGE TO SHINE

 

By Kathy Carpenter

April 28, 2018 (El Cajon) -  Among the buildings when El Cajon Valley opened its doors in 1955 was The Little Theatre, a building that stands by itself. I've really grown to like the little building over the past few years. It's the only school I've been to with anything like this. In the next year or two it will be demolished for a bigger and better (in some views), events center to house band, drama and Associated Student Body (ASB).

If you have performed in this theatre, you may want to come out to a show soon. Introduce your children or grandchildren to a place of fond memories which will not be around much longer.

PETER AND THE STARCATCHER REVIEW - ADVENTURE ON THE HIGH SEA APRIL 20 - MAY 13

 

By Kathy Carpenter

April 26, 2018 La Mesa) - Pirates, fairies, mermaids. starcatchers, and the little boy who never wanted to grow up: Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson do a great job explaining how Peter Pan, and the elements from the original story came about in a new novel. Rick Elice turned the novel into a play. Raylene J. Wall directed the Lamplighters version and brought the play to life. Fun, silly and well-acted, Peter and the Starcatcher makes you smile.

MONTE VISTA GREASE REVIEW - THE PLAY YOU LOVE, LOVE, LOVE APRIL 18-28

 

By Kathy Carpenter

April 23, 2018 (Spring Valley) – Realization: most of today's high school students probably haven't see the movie “Grease.” Since the movie is one of my favorites and was popular for so long, I guess I always figure everyone has seen the movie. Then I heard a girl behind me saying she had never seen the movie. Light-bulb moment: not only have these kids not seen the show, they probably really don't know fifties music. The whole show is an alien piece to them.

SAN DIEGO FESTIVAL CHORUS PRESENTS "MUSICAL JOURNEYS" APRIL 29

 

East County News Service

April 18, 2018 (San Diego) - East County’s San Diego Festival Chorus presents its spring concert on April 29th with Rutter’s "Requiem" and songs from "West Side Story" and "The Wizard of Oz".

The "Requiem" comes from the Englishmen, John Rutter. It is a contemporary masterwork, a beautiful, simple requiem with an appeal to all who hear it.

TIFERETH ISRAEL ORCHESTRA AND EAST COUNTY SAN DIEGO MORMON CHORALE PREMIERE LANDMARK CHORAL WORK APRIL 10

 

By Paul Kruze, Contributing Editor

April 9, 2018 (San Diego) -- As both the Christian and Jewish communities celebration of their holiest time of the year is coinciding with one another this year, the Tifereth Israel Community Orchestra is joining forces with the voices of the East County San Diego Mormon Chorale in a landmark concert featuring the world premiere of an orchestral cantata written for cantor, choir, and orchestra called “Unetofah Takef” (Day of Reckoning) written by John Michael Luther. The performance features shofar (ram’s horn) virtuoso, Steve Ovitsky.

SAN DIEGO CONCERT BAND ANNOUNCES SPRING AND SUMMER CONCERTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 8, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – The San Diego Concert Band has announced its 29th annual Spring Celebration concert and summer concert series at venues that include East County locations of Kroc Center, Old Poway Park, La Mesa’s Harry Griffen Park, and St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in San Carlos, as well as San Diego locations at Civitas Park and the Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park.

Below is the full schedule:

HEAVENLY MUSIC: SAN DIEGO HARP SOCIETY TO PERFORM APRIL 15 AT MISSION TRAILS

 

East County News Service

April 8, 2018 (San Diego) – The San Diego Harp Society will present a free recital on Sunday, April 15th from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitors Center Auditorium (1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego, 92119).

Local exceptional harp students Katie Chan, Gigi Accomazzo, Julia Yang, and Betania Rodriguez will perform.

For more information on this and other upcoming concerts, visit the Mission Trails Regional Park webpage at www.MTRP.org.

LAMPLIGHTERS PRESENTS “PETER AND THE STARCATCHER” APRIL 20-MAY 13

 

East County News Service

April 6, 2018 (La Mesa) - Lamplighters Community Theatre ends its historic 80th season with fun for the whole family in a presentation of Peter and the Starcatcher. Tony-winning Peter and the Starcatcher upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan).

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: VOLLEYBALL CINDERELLA STORY HAS YOU CHEERING TO THE END (THE MIRACLE SEASON)

 

By Liz Alper

Photo via Apple Trailers

April 4, 2018 (San Diego) - I’m a sportswriter who doesn’t know anything about volleyball.  Kind of pathetic, I know.  Of course I know how it’s played, but I don’t know the logistics of scoring, etc.  That’s why you won’t see any college or prep volleyball recaps on here.  But as a sports reporter and fan, of course I love a Cinderella sports story.  The Miracle Season was all of that and more.

STAR-STUDDED LINEUP AT VIEJAS SUMMER CONCERTS

 

 

East County News Service

 

March 26, 2018 (Alpine) -- Viejas Casino and Resort in partnership with Goldenvoice today unveiled its 2018  Viejas Concerts in the Park lineup. This summer’s performers will include Wynonna Judd, Loverboy, Three Dog Night, Little River Band, Los Tigres Del Norte, Jeff Foxworthy, Eddie Money, Jeff Dunham, Peter Cetera, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, and King of the Cage, with more performers to be announced soon.

JAZZ GREAT CHUCK MCPHERSON LIVE AT CUYAMACA COLLEGE APRIL 5

 

Source: Cuyamaca College; photo by Laurent Kramer

March 26, 2018 (Rancho San Diego) -- Here’s music to the ears of jazz fans: legendary jazz saxophonist Charles McPherson will give a free talk and music demonstration April 5 at Cuyamaca College.

“Conversations with a Legend: Charles McPherson,” organized by communication instructor Lindy Brazil as part of her class, “Arts and Culture in San Diego,” is set for 11:30 a.m.- 12:50 p.m. Thursday, April 5 in Cuyamaca College’s Digital Theater, Room B-101. The event is open to the public.

STAGEHOUSE THEATRE PRESENTS "THE HEIR APPARENT" CONTINUING THROUGH MARCH 24

 

By Kathy Carpenter

March 19, 2018 (El Cajon) - Grossmont College continues its performances of The Heir Apparent, a French farce by Jean-Francois Regnard that was relevantly unknown in American theatre until David Ives adaptation more than 300 years later. The production has been updated it for a modern ear, yet keeping the rules of a French domestic farce::decorum, repartee, rhyming couplets, satire without being condemning, sexually charged characters, mistaken identity, a sometimes macabre tone and doors slamming in faces--everything needed to make things fun.

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: LARA CROFT RETURNS IN ACTION-PACKED BIG SCREEN FUN (TOMB RAIDER)

 

By Liz Alper

Photos via jeddjong.wordpress.com

March 13, 2018 (San Diego) - When I was a kid, my best friend had a PlayStation.  On that PlayStation, he had the original Tomb Raider game.  Gaming was simpler back then; feminists didn’t have to complain about the “sexualization of women” (there is none) in games because, you know, this was the 90s; women and men in video games were just...blocks (Goldeneye, anyone?).  So, I went to see Tomb Raider under the premise of nostalgia.

RAMONA H.E.A.R.T. MURALS PROJECT TO SPONSOR PAINTING OF RAMONA UTILITY BOXES

 

East County News Service

March 14, 2018 (Ramona) – Utility boxes in Ramona will soon be sporting murals painted by local artists, sponsored by the Ramona H.E.A.R.T. Murals Project.

The 17 SDG&E utility boxes on or near Main Street in Ramona will be painted started this spring.

“FRESH AIR” ART SHOW IN BORREGO SPRINGS

 

By Mimi Pollack

Photo:  Rosen’s painting: “Romance in the Desert”.  Photo by Mimi Pollack

March 13, 2018 (Borrego Springs) -- “Plein Air” means fresh air–think outdoors-in French and many painters feel inspired when working outdoors in natural light surrounded by the splendors of nature. The Borrego Art Institute currently has an exhibit called, “Borrego Art Institute 12th Annual Plein Air Invitational.” This exhibit, which runs from March 5 to April 2, showcases the beauty of the desert. The curator is Shannon O’Dunn who owned an art gallery in downtown La Mesa before moving to Colorado.

GROSSMONT THEATER PRESENTS HISTORICAL ROMANTIC FUN: MARCH 15-24, 2018

 

By Kathy Carpenter

March 11, 2018 (La Mesa) - Grossmont College presents one of its light-hearted productions, Heir Apparent by David Ives, March 15-24.  The production is adapted from Le Legataire, directed by Robert Lutfy. Grossmont does a lot of historical productions, but not all as fun as this one—and quite difficult, as they speak in total rhyme.

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