Arts and Music

REGISTRATION OPENS FOR JULIAN FAMILY FIDDLE CAMP APRIL 11-15

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 6, 2016 (Julian) – The Julian Family Fiddle Camp is an acoustic music immersion program for the young and young-at-heart including instruction in guitar, mandolin, ukulele and banjo as well as fiddle playing.  Registration is now open for the April 11-15,2017 fiddle camp in historic Julian.

BORREGO SPRINGS FILM FEST SELECTS ARTIST JIM HALL FOR POSTER & PROGRAM

 

Painter featured in documentary headed for festival

East County News Service

Photo: Artist Jim Hall paints an iconic scene of Borrego Springs in his Lineillism style for the town’s 2017 film festival poster and program.  Hall is the subject of  the documentary, Lines of Sight, staging its California premiere at the festival in January.

December 3, 2016 (Borrego Springs) - The Borrego Springs 2017 Film Festival slated for January 12-14 will feature a poster and program created by artist Jim Hall, whose daring new painting style and life story are the subject of the award-winning documentary, Lines of Sight. The hour-long film will stage its California premiere at the festival in January.      

Hall created a new painting style called “Lineillism” after his vision was temporarily marred by a case of Shingles. He saw the world in all vertical lines and decided to paint that way. The style is similar to Pointillism, but instead of dots, Hall uses all vertical brushstrokes - up to 500,000 in a painting.      

DECEMBER ART CLASSES AT NAINSOOK FRAMING IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

December 1, 2016 (La Mesa) -- Nainsook Framing (8130 La Mesa Blvd.) in La Mesa is offering art classes this holiday season. Options include oil painting, watercolor and acrylic painting classes, all-day workshops, plus the latest craze—wine and art experiences where you can sip wine, savor snacks with friends and leave with a finished painting.

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW: ANTHONY MOSTARDO, DIRECTOR OF THE SAN DIEGO FESTIVAL CHORUS AND ORCHESTRA

Anthony Mostardo, Musical Director

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 1, 2016 (Spring Valley) -- The San Diego Festival Chorus & Orchestra is celebrating its 25th anniversary season,  with a  Chansons de Noel Concert this Sunday. 

You can hear our exclusive interview with director Tony Mostardo by clicking the audio link above, originally aired on KNSJ radio 89.1 FM.  He provides some fascinating insights into the major works in the upcoming concert,  as well what inspired him to start this marvelous community musical group.  He also recalls the group's auspicious beginning on a date now immortalized in history:  September 11, 2001,  and how the terrorist attacks impacted the group on day one.

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PACIFICAIRES HOLD HOLIDAY CHORAL CONCERTS

 

East County News Service

November 30, 2016 (San Diego) -- Hear Ye, Hear Ye! Thanksgiving has come and gone. You survived another Black Friday and now we say goodbye to Cyber Monday. The next round of celebration is the Christmas holiday. Are you ready for some unique holiday music? Pacificaires celebrate their 40th year of providing choral music to the community with two upcoming concerts,  including a Dec. 10 event in the College area.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL: DEC. 9-17 IN JULIAN

 

East County News Service

November 29, 2016 (Julian) - Julian Theater Company will present Charles’ Dickens “A Christmas Carol” at the Julian Town Hall  on two weekends in December – December 9 through 11 and again December 15-17.  This classic holiday tale reveals the transformation of Ebeneezer Scrooge,  who discovers the holiday spirit after visits by the ghosts of Christmas past,  present and future.

SAN DIEGO POTTERY TOUR DEC. 3 AND 4

GROSSMONT COLLEGE’S THEATRE PRESENTS “THESE SHINING LIVES” DEC. 1-10

 

East County News Service

November 27, 2016 (El Cajon) — Grossmont College’s Stagehouse Theatre will present “These Shining Lives” in December.  The play recounts the true story of women workers exposed to radiation at the Radium Dial Company. Their fight for justice and their sacrifices created a legacy of better working conditions for future generations. 

PICKWICK PLAYERS PRESENTS MURDER MYSTERY MUSICAL “SOMETHING’S AFOOT” DEC. 2-17 IN SANTEE

 

East County News Service

November 23, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – Pickwick Players will present a murder mystery musical, “Something’s Afoot,” performing off-Broadway live December 2-7 at 9490 Cuyamaca Street in Santee.

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: FIND WHO YOU ARE ON A HAWAIIAN JOURNEY (MOANA)

 

By Liz Alper

November 21, 2016 (San Diego) - I, like most little girls in the 90s, ate, slept and breathed Disney movies.  I was never a princess for Halloween--I was too tomboyish for that--but Belle was my favorite Disney princess and Beauty and the Beast was my favorite Disney movie.  I watched it all the time.  That and Toy Story.  That honor eventually went to 101 Dalmatians (seriously, I was obsessed with that movie.  I played the computer game all the time too).  Tonight I had the privilege of reliving my childhood as an almost 25-year-old.  I attended a pre-screening of the new Disney film Moana, directed by Ron Clements, Don Hall, John Musker and Chris Williams. 

TAPPING INTO YOUR HEARTS: YAT PRESENTS THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE; THE SHOW CONTINUES NOVEMBER 17-20, 2016

 

By Kathy Carpenter

Youth/Associate Reviewer www.sdtheatrereviews.com

November 16, 2016  (Casa De Oro) - Thoroughly Modern Millie is based on the book by Richard Morris and Dick Scanlin, as well as the 1967 movie of the same name. The musical debuted at The La Jolla Playhouse in 2000.

Tippity tap, Tippity tap went the feet of Millie and the ensemble several time during the show. This is a fabulous play if you love tap.

"CHANSONS DE NOEL" PRESENTED BY THE SAN DIEGO FESTIVAL CHORUS AND ORCHESTRA DEC. 4

 

East County News Service

November 16, 2016 (San Diego) -- The San Diego Festival Chorus and Orchestra will present a very special 15th anniversary holiday concert on Sunday,  December 4 from 3 to 5 p .m.  at the College Avenue Baptist Church (4747 College Ave., San Diego).  This East County-based, 70-voice chorus and 48-piece symphony orchestra uses outstanding San Diego area vocal soloists, performing in a venue with marvelous acoustics to audiences of up to 1,200.

TEENAGERS IN LOVE: WEST HILLS HIGH'S ZOMBIE PROM

 

By Kathy Carpenter

Associate/youth reviewer www.sdtheatrereviews.com

November 16, 2016 (Santee) - On a deeper level, Zombie Prom is about change and acceptance. In the after show talk back, one of the actors commented not only had one student changed, but that she was proud of how much the entire cast had grown through the process of putting on the play. Growth through life experience as an actor and person--that's what high school drama is all about.

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR MUSICAL TO ROCK SDSU STAGE DEC. 1-4

 

East County News Service

November 7, 2016 (San Diego) -- The pop rock musical Jesus Christ Superstar will be presented at San Diego State University’s Don Powell Theater on December 1-4.  Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday plus a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday.

SINGIN' FOR SAM: BEST FRIENDS ORGANIZE CONCERT IN THE PARK FUNDRAISER NOV. 11 FOR LOCAL TEEN DIAGNOSED WITH OSTEOSARCOMA

 

East County News Service

November 1, 2016 (Alpine) - Local teens are determined to help their best friend as she fights bone cancer by organizing a major fundraising event.

Samantha Bodger, 16 years old, who lives in Alpine and is a top student at Granite Hills High School, was diagnosed with High Grade Osteosarcoma in August 2016.  She requires 10 months of intensive chemotherapy and a major surgery to amputate her leg mid-November.

KIDZ DANCE KOMPANY PRESENTS 1968 NOV. 11 AND 12

 

East County News Service

November 1, 2016 (La Mesa) - Kidz Danz Kompany presents “1968” at the San Diego Performing Arts Center (4579 Mission Gorge Place, San Diego, CA, 92120) on November 11th-12th, 2016 at 7pm.

Featuring the diverse and multi-cultural Kidz Danz Kompany, this concert reflects on the year 1968 and how it in many ways parallels 2016. Presented will be new works titled “Mama Said”, an homage to the dedication of single motherhood and its struggles, and “KDK/1968/2016”, the definitive work of the evening. Both works are choreographed by Artistic Director Spencer John Powell. These works incorporate music from 1968 and 2016 with some song selections from years in between that complement each work. With costuming by Debbie Sloan of Fusionglass Company, her unique and Avant-garde designs provide a modern visual to the works.

HELIX HIGHLAND PLAYERS PRESENTED ALMOST MAINE

 

By Kathy Carpenter

Associate/youth reviewer www.sdtheatrereviews.com

November 1, 2016 (La Mesa) - Happiness filled my heart at the sight of a full audience for the Highland players on Thursday night. The production ofAlmost Maine featured romantic, funny, and filled with awe moments. The show has closed, but if you fill the need to support or you did not get your Halloween fix, West Hills High in Santee is doing Zombie Prom this weekend.

HEAR OUR EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: GREG PALAST ‘S FILM “BEST DEMOCRACY MONEY CAN BUY” EXPOSES CONSPIRACY TO SUPPRESS MINORITY VOTES

 

Attorney for white nationalist group developed computer program to drop minority voters off voting rosters in 30 states

By Miriam Raftery

Photo, left:  Miriam Raftery with Greg Palast at film debut in San Diego

Investigative reporter Greg Palast’s Academy Award-nominated documentary, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy:  A Tale of Billionaires and Ballot Bandits, pulls back the curtain to expose a dark conspiracy to steal votes from millions of minorities across America. A seasoned gumshoe detective turned award-winning investigative reporter, Palast leaves no room for doubt as he masterfully reveals the powerful players behind this insidious scheme.

East  County Magazine editor Miriam Raftery sat down for an exclusive interview with Palast,  in town for the debut of his film in San Diego on Monday.  You can hear our interview by clicking the orange audio link,  and scroll down to  read our review of this must-see documentary.

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ESCAPE REALITY AND GO INTO THE WOODS WITH GROSSMONT HIGH: SHOW CONTIUNES OCTOBER 28-29 AT 7 P.M.

 

By Kathy Carpenter

Youth/Associte Reviewer

www.sdtheatrereviews.com

October 27, 2016 (La Mesa) - Please support your local high schools. These are the entertainers of the future. High school arts are the building blocks. There is nothing like a full audience to inspire confidence and help them give their best performances.

Into the Woods is a difficult play, especially the lyrical rhythmic songs. Although a play with a large cast is good for high school, I loved watching the cast of 19 come together and give their all to take  us on a journey of life messages. Four fairy tales (Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, and Rapunzel) blend together to show us how the paths we take through life and the choices we make influence everything we do, and how we may have to return to the same place to learn the right lesson.

“BEST DEMOCRACY MONEY CAN BUY” FILM STARTING OCT. 24 IN SAN DIEGO ALLEGES MASSIVE SCHEME TO STEAL MINORITIES’ VOTES

 

Film by investigative reporter Greg Palast asserts GOP has 30-state computer program that can eliminate over 7 million minority voters

East County News Service

October 19, 2016 (San Diego) - Rolling Stone investigative reporter’s new film, “The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: A Tale of Billionaires and Ballot Bandits” will be shown Monday, Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the AMC Fashion Valley 18 Theatre (7037 Friars Rd.) 

A portion of proceeds will benefit KNSJ radio.

The movie features Ed Asner, Rosario Dawson, Ice-T, Richard Belzer, Shailene Woodley and Willie Nelson.  Palast will be there along with special guests.  Reserve your Tickets.

VISIONARY YOUTH THEATRE PRESENTS "ANNIE JR." OCT. 20-22

 

East County News Service

October 13, 2016 (La Mesa) - Visionary Youth Theatre presents “Annie, Jr” at the Visionary Performance Space (8693 La Mesa Blvd, La Mesa, CA 91942) on October 20th - 22nd @ 7pm, directed by Rebekah Ensley.  Bring your family and friends to enjoy as the diverse and talented performers of Visionary Youth Theatre bring to the stage the beloved musical.

BLOOD WEDDING "BORDUS DE SANGRE" CONTINUES OCT. 6-15 AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE

 

By Kathy Carpenter

Associate/Youth Reviewer www.sdtheatrereviews.com

October 11, 2016  (El Cajon) Blood Wedding is a Spanish play directed by a white guy from North Carolina who speaks very little Spanish. Rob Lufty jumped at the chance when asked if he would like to direct the piece of work by Federico Garcia Lorca. With the help of his assistant director, Jessica Hanley, he did the poet proud.

GROSSMONT COLLEGE THEATRE SEASON BRINGS BILINGUAL, AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE PRODUCTIONS TO THE STAGE

 

Source: Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District

September 21, 2016 (El Cajon) - William Shakespeare’s classic comedy The Taming of the Shrew and a bilingual performance of Frederico Garcia Lorca’s once-banned Blood Wedding are among the productions set for the 2016-17 season at Grossmont College’s Stagehouse Theatre.

DISPLAY OF HAND-PAINTED WINE BARRELS TO PREVIEW 4TH ANNUAL RAMONA ART AND WINE FESTIVAL NOV. 5

 

East County News Service

September 21, 2016 (Ramona) – Six Ramona and Poway businesses are sponsoring and hosting hand-painted wine barrels to preview the 4th annual Ramona Art and Wine Festival.

GROSSMONT COLLEGE HOSTS FREE LATINO FILM FESTIVAL

 

East County News Service

September 20, 2016 (El Cajon) - As part of Latino Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15), Grossmont College is presenting a Latino Film Festival, with free, public screenings of films that explore Latino/a culture and history at 7 p.m. every Tuesday evening Sept. 20-Oct. 11 in Building 26, Room 220.

MT. HELIX PARK FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES FALL/WINTER EVENTS

 

East County News Service

September 16, 2016 (Mt. Helix) – The Mt. Helix Park Foundation announces an array of upcoming events, including Art in the Park camp for kids, Christmas caroling atop Mt. Helix, a GMIA walk up Mt. Helix and more.  Scroll down for details.


COUNTRY WESTERN LEGEND CLINT BLACK RETURNS TO POWAY ONSTAGE FOR ENCORE PERFORMANCE

 

Triple-platinum selling country megastar presents his original tunes and full band to the Poway Center for the Performing Arts Foundation

Source: Poway Onstage press release

September 15, 2016 (Poway) - Poway Onstage welcomes multi-million album selling Clint Black back with a full band for an Encore Performance  at 7 p.m. on Sunday, October 9, 2016.   Black, heralded as one of Country music’s brightest stars, promises to deliver a stellar evening of original songs and stories on the intimate Poway stage. 

EL CAJON’S DINNER & A CONCERT SEASON FINISHES OCT. 7 WITH COUNTRY MUSIC LEGEND MARTY STUART

 

By Robert Gehr

September 12, 2016 (El Cajon) -- John “Marty” Stuart, a member of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville Tennessee and a multiple Grammy awards winner, began his early childhood years with a guitar in hand, and started seriously playing music at just 12 years old.

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