Arts and Music

SPRING HARP FEST APRIL 15 IN LA MESA

 

 

East County News Service

March 14, 2017 (La Mesa) – The 18th annual Spring Harp Fest, showing harmonica players and more, will be held on Saturday, April 15 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Harry Griffen Park (9550 Milden St.) in La Mesa. 

The event is free though a $10 donation is suggested. Funds are used to donate harmonicas to local schools. This year’s lineup includes:

EAST COUNTY SAN DIEGO FESTIVAL CHORUS PERFORMS MOZART AND MUSIC FROM BROADWAY AT SPRING CONCERT MAY 7

 

East County News Service

March 14, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – The San Diego Festival Chorus and Orchestra is in its 17th year with 70 singers and a full orchestra performing choral masterworks and choral arrangements of popular music in a beautiful venue.

JOIN LA MESA CHAMBER IN CELEBRATING 80TH ANNIVERSARY OF LAMPLIGHTERS THEATRE JUNE 21ST

 

East County News Service

March 9, 2017 (La Mesa) – On Wednesday, June 21st, the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce and Lamplighters Community Theatre will welcome members, local businesses and guests to the Lamplighters Community Theatre’s 80th Anniversary celebration.

SAN DIEGO'S TALENTED YOUNG MUSICIANS PERFORM WINTER CONCERTS AT POWAY CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS

 

 

East County News Service

March 8, 2017 (Poway) - San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory (SDYS) presents two inspiring concerts from their talented musicians on Sunday, March 12 at 1pm & 6pm at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts.

24TH ANNUAL SAN DIEGO LATINO FILM FESTIVAL MARCH 16-26

 

East County News Service

March 3, 2017 (San Diego) - The film lineup has been announced for the 2017 San Diego Latino Film Festival.  #SDLFF 2017 is excited to present a variety of genres and movies coming from over 20 countries within Latin America, Mexico, U.S.A., and Spain.

SAPS AT SEA PRESENT LAUREL AND HARDY – JUST ONE MORE TEENSY-WEENSY NIGHT! MAR. 25

 

East County News Service

February 7, 2017 (Spring Valley) - Saps at Sea will hold its second meeting of the year on March 25 in Williams Hall at Trinity Church in Spring Valley.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:00 p.m.

LENELLE WYLIE STARS IN “DIVA”: VISIONARY DANCE THEATRE SHOW MARCH 4

 

By Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

Diva discovered in La Mesa

February 27, 2017 (La Mesa) -- Lenelle Wylie of La Mesa is a diva--in the best sense of the word. This diva can sing, dance, and act. In Wylie’s case, the meaning of diva would also include high school biology teacher, winning coach, wife, and mother to pre-teens.

CIRCLE OF ART SHOW AND SALE MARCH 18-19 IN BORREGO SPRINGS

 

East County News Service

February 26, 2017 (Borrego Springs) — The 28th annual Circle of Art Show and Art Sale celebrating art in the desert will take place Saturday March 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. .and Sunday, March 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Christmas Circle in the heart of Borrego Springs.

SPRING CONCERT SERIES RETURNS TO CUYAMACA COLLEGE FEB. 24 WITH BLACK HISTORY MONTH TRIBUTE

 

East County News Service

February 23, 2017 (Rancho San Diego) - A celebration of black history that includes music, dance, spoken word and theater performances takes center stage when the annual Spring Concert Series gets underway Friday, Feb. 24, at Cuyamaca College.

PICKWICK PLAYERS BRING CHARACTERS TO LIFE IN TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

 

By Kathy Carpenter, Associate/Youth Reviewer www.sdtheatrereviews.com

February 22, 2017 (Santee) – In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird, Atticus Finch admonished his children to walk in someone else's shoes before judging them. You cannot know another clearly until you have considered things through their eyes. That’s a lesson we could all benefit from if we chose to exercise the option more.

VOICES OF THE CITY CHOIR TO PERFORM AT EL CAJON LIBRARY MARCH 4

 

East County News Service

February 17, 2017 (El Cajon) -- The Voices of the City Choir will appear in concert at the El Cajon Library, located at 201 E. Douglas Avenue, Saturday, March 4, at 2:00 p.m.  The 30-voice ensemble, composed of homeless singers, will present a wide-ranging program of ballads, jazz, and gospel infused pop songs, backed up by a professional, 3-piece rhythm section.

REVITALIZING ECPAC: WILL THE FAT FINALLY LADY GET TO SING?

 

 

El Cajon City Council approves negotiations with major concert promoter Live Nation to manage shuttered East County Performing Arts Center.

By Paul Kruze

 

February 17, 2017 (El Cajon)—As the old saying goes, “It isn’t over ‘til the fat lady sings.”  Just a few years ago, the East County Performing Arts Center (ECPAC) faced possible demise.  It’s remained closed since December 2009.  But the curtain may soon rise again, bringing back stellar entertainment to our region.

YAT PERFORMS JUNGLE BOOK FOR KIDS MARCH 2-12

 

East County News Service

February 15, 2017 (Spring Valley) — Young Adult Theatre (YAT) bring The Jungle Book for Kids to life March 2nd through 12th at the Encore! Theatre (9620 Campo Rd.) in Spring Valley.  The jungle is jumpin' with a jazzy beat in this special adaptation from the classic Disney animated film, featuring a host of colorful characters and your favorite songs from the movie.

EAST COUNTY ARTISTS AT WEEKEND WILDLIFE ART FESTIVAL, FINAL SHOW FROM PSWA

 

East County News Service

February 14, 2017 (San Diego) – The Pacific Southwest Wildlife Arts, Inc. (PSWA) will present its 44th annual California Open Wildlife Art Festival, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18 and 19, at Liberty Station in San Diego’s Point Loma area. The festival, open to the public, will run from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both weekend days at Liberty Station’s Corky McMillin Event Center, NTC Promenade, 2875 Dewey Road, San Diego. Admission is $5 per person per day, and children under 12 years of age are free. For more information, visit www.PSWA.net.

LIVE NATION SEEKS TO MANAGE A RESTORED EAST COUNTY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Dancers performed in front of ECPAC in its heydey.

February 9, 2017 (El Cajon) – The long-shuttered East County Performing Arts Center (ECPAC) may finally be reopened under management of Live Nation, which claims to be the global leader in live entertainment. According to the company’s website,  Live Nation operates in 7 nations, has produce shows in nearly 40 countries, and has a concert somewhere in the world every 20 minutes.

The El Cajon City Council will vote Tuesday, February 14th at its 3 p.m. meeting on authorizing the City manager to negotiate a draft management agreement with Live Nation .  View agenda and attachments. 

GREGORY PAGE IN CONCERT MARCH 5 AT MISSION TRAILS

 

East County News Service

January 25, 2017 (Mission Trails) -- Gregory Page will perform a free concert (donations appreciated) at the beautiful Visitor’s Center Concert Hall at Mission Trails Regional Park on March 5that 3 p.m.  Please join Mr. Page to be among the first in the world to hear selections from his brand new soon to be released album, So It Goes as well as other classics from the extensive Gregory Page Songbook. 

PICKWICK PLAYERS PRESENT “TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD” FEB. 17-26 AT OFF BROADWAY LIVE IN SANTEE





"If our democracy is to work in this increasingly diverse nation, each one of us must try to heed the advice of one of the great characters in American fiction, Atticus Finch, who said "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view...until you climb into his skin and walk around in it."- President Barack Obama, Farewell Address January 2017

Source: Pickwick Players

January 24, 2017 (Santee) -- Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird is the timeless and timely story of Atticus Finch, a widower, and his children Scout and Jem in the summer of 1935 in their town of Maycomb, Alabama. Atticus strives to raise his children to be willing to see the world from other people’s perspective, to “walk around in other people’s shoes”.  Over the course of the story, a young black man is unfairly accused of accosting a white woman and Atticus agrees to defend him.  Atticus’ morality and honor puts not only his client, but his children and himself in grave danger.

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: A DIFFERENT LOOK AT A SAN DIEGAN HERO (THE FOUNDER)

 

By Liz Alper

Photo:  Youtube screenshot

January 20, 2017 (San Diego) - One of San Diego’s most revered historical figures is Ray Kroc.  Kroc and his wife Joan donated billions of dollars to the Salvation Army and NPR.  The Kroc Center is practically a San Diego community landmark and where San Diego State men's hockey has their home games.  He's played by Michael Keaton in the film The Founder.  

NUESTRO CINE, NUESTRA VOZ! 24TH ANNUAL SAN DIEGO LATINO FILM FESTIVAL CELEBRATES DIVERSITY

 

East County News Service

January 18, 2017 (San Diego) -- Media Arts Center San Diego announces the 24TH annual San Diego Latino Film Festival, which will take place March 16-26 at the AMC 18 Fashion Valley theaters in Mission Valley.  The festival will occupy five screens for eleven days and will present over 160 films from Latin America, the United States, and Spain.

LAUREL AND HARDY SAPS AT SEA MEETING JAN. 28

 

East County News Service

January 17, 2017 (Spring Valley) - What better way to kick off 2017 than with Laurel & Hardy?  The Saps at Sea, the local Laurel & Hardy fan club, begins its 39th year with a meeting on Saturday, January 28 at Williams Halls at Trinity Church in Spring Valley.

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: INSTILLING PRIDE FOR CITY AND COUNTRY (PATRIOTS DAY)

 

By Liz Alper

Photo via patch.com

January 10, 2017 (San Diego) - As a New England native, I felt I had an obligation to see this film.  As someone whose mother’s friend was running in the Boston Marathon at the time of the bombings, I had to see this film.  As someone who has family in Massachusetts, I had to see this film.  

I still remember the watching first Boston Bruins game after the bombing.  During the anthems, the entire TD Garden was silent.  Rene Rancourt began to sing and after "were so gallantly streaming," he stopped.  The crowd took it from there.  They carried Boston Strong flags as the American flag danced on the ice and on the junbotron.  I'm from New Hampshire, but I've spent a lot of my life in Boston and I call it my city too and I've never been more proud of my city than I have in that moment.

To this day, four years later, my cousin, who lives in Merrimac, Massachusetts, says she’s afraid to go into Boston.  Not to take her son to a Red Sox game or anything.  Her story and so many others are why I feel it was an excellent idea for Mark Wahlberg (a Boston native) to put this event on film.

OLAF WIEGHORST MUSEUM NOW FEATURES SALMAGUNDI MEMBERS JAN. 9

 

East County News Service

January 9, 2017 (El Cajon) - The Olaf Wieghorst Museum at the Wieghorst Western Heritage Center, 131 Rea Ave., El Cajon, will present “Salmagundians and their Southern California Friends,” an exhibit featuring about 90 paintings created by 18 plein air artists, including two East County residents who are members of the Salmagundi Club. The exhibit runs Jan. 9 to March 3.

KEEPERS OF THE FAITH CONCERT JAN. 12

 

East County News Service

January 7, 2017 (El Cajon) - Keepers of the Faith, originally from Hawaii, currently residing in Seattle, WA. will be in concert next Thursday, January 12.  These “boys” have been redeemed from a life of crime and decided to share their testimony via music.  

SAN PASQUAL WINERY TASTING ROOM AND GALLERY ANNOUNCES FEBRUARY MUSIC EVENTS

 

East County News Service

January 4, 2017 (La Mesa) - San Pasqual Winery Tasting Room and Gallery will host a variety of musical entertainment each Saturday evening in February—including an acoustic guitar and mandolin duo, a guitarist focused on Hawaiian and Celtic styles, a Latin music guitarist and composer, and a pianist performing favorites from the ‘40s through the ‘70s.  Scroll down for details.

STUDENT SOLOISTS ANNOUNCED FOR UPCOMING CONCERTS, PERFORMING FULL CONCERTOS IN SAN DIEGO AND POWAY

 

East County News Service

January 4, 2017 (San Diego) – Each year, talented students from San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory's most advanced level Ovation, and intermediate level Showcase programs compete in our solo Concerto Competitions.   In addition to cash scholarship awards, the winners of both competitions gain the opportunity to perform as featured soloists in future San Diego Youth Symphony concerts.

WHAT THE BUTLER SAW: JAN. 20-FEB. 19 IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

December 27, 2016 (La Mesa) - Lamplighters Theatre in La Mesa will present “What the Butler Saw," a classic British farce opening January 20th and running through Feb. 19th

When a psychiatrist tries to seduce an aspiring secretary, his botched efforts lead to comic bedlam involving his insatiable wife, a randy bellhop, a befuddled police officer and Sir Winston Churchill. Psychiatry, religion, marriage, government, definitions of gender and even language are all targets of British playwright Orton's poison pen. His sly jokes and hilarious shenanigans will have you shaking with laughter from start to finish.

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