Arts and Music

PICKWICK PLAYERS BRING HAPPINESS AS THEY PRESENT LITTLE MARY SUNSHINE SEPTEMBER 2-11

 

By Kathy Carpenter

Associate /Youth Reviewer www.sdtheatre.com

September 7, 2016  (Santee) - From the name LITTLE Mary Sunshine and the photo of the play I thought this play to be a Dudley Do-right type show, I was not disappointed. I found not as dastardly but a cutesy cartoony kind of happiness--the kind that puts a smile on your face as you enjoy the corny comedy. Teri Ang brought together a cast to spread the sunshine. This is a great way to end the summer—and the show even had a touch of patriotism, perfect for the Labor day weekend.

SANTEE BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL SEPT. 10 BOOSTS LOCAL REC PROGRAMS

 

Source:  City of Santee news release

September 6, 2016 (Santee) - Santee’s annual Bluegrass Festival is a wine, beer and food tasting mixed with music and assorted fundraising activities, including a treasure-filled opportunity drawing and silent action.

People come for the fun and frivolity, but they leave behind substantial funds to support valuable ‘I’ community programs such as staffing for the Santee Teen Center.

GROSSMONT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA OPENS FALL SEASON SEPT. 16 AND 18

 

East County News Service

August 31, 2016 (La Mesa) - The Grossmont Symphony Orchestra and Grossmont Master Chorale, under the direction of Randall Tweed, opens its fall season with a 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, performance at St. John of the Cross Catholic Church at 8175 Lemon Grove Way in Lemon Grove, and a 2 p.m. performance Sunday, Sept. 18 at All Saints Episcopal Church, 625 Pennsylvania Ave. in San Diego.

LATINO FILM FESTIVAL RETURNS AUG. 26-SEPT. 1

 

East County News Service

August 26, 2016 (San Diego) - Media Arts Center San Diego celebrates the 3rd annual Exitos Del Cine Latino film festival, a summer celebration of Latino film, music, and celebrities, starting tonight at Westfield Plaza Bonita.

The festivities also include an opening night fiesta. This weekend's movies include (Click on film titles below to read synopses & purchase tickets on-line):

JULIAN MUSIC FESTIVAL TAKES STAGE SEPT. 17

 

East County News Service

August 21, 2016 (Julian) -- The 47th Annual Julian Music Festival 2016 to benefit the California Wolf Center will take place Saturday, September 17 from 1 to 7 p.m.(Door opens at noon)  The setting for the festival will be the Menghini Winery located at 1150 Julian Orchards Drive in Julian.  Parking is free.  Tickets may be purchased on the website:  https://julianmusicfestival.com.

GREGORY PAGE PERFORMS AT SYCUAN RESORT SEPT. 2

 

East County News Service

August 18, 2016 (El Cajon) -- On Friday, September 2, The Gregory Page Show comes to the Sycuan Golf Resort: Red Tail Grill Veranda.  (3007  Dehesa Road,  El Cajon 92019)  from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This picturesque venue is an ideal backdrop to experience the vintage-inspired “Modern Nostalgia” of Gregory Page.

LAKE HENSHAW FUNDRAISING EVENT ON AUGUST 28TH TO BENEFIT SHELTER TO SOLDIERS

 

East County News Service

August 12, 2016 (Ramona) -- Ramona Ranch Winey and Round Up Grill/John Little Catering are partnering to host “Live at the Lake," an interactive outdoor music, food and wine fundraising event on Sunday, August 28, 2016 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm to benefit Shelter to Soldier, a non-profit organization that adopts and trains shelter dogs to serve as psychiatric service dogs for post-9/11 combat veterans. The event will take place at the Lake Henshaw parking lot located at 26439 Highway 78 in Santa Ysabel, CA, 92070.

LA MESA ARTIST EXHIBITS LANDMARKS IN WATERCOLORS AT LA MESA HEALTH LIBRARY

 

East County News Service

 

August 9, 2016 (La Mesa) –  The Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, a consumer health library at 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, is now hosting its Summer Art Exhibit featuring 19 watercolor paintings by award-winning artist Marilyn Hadley Hallam of La Mesa. The show runs through September 30. The exhibit features paintings of San Diego and Southern California landmarks, as well as landscapes.

A STAYCATION AROUND THE WORLD IN TWO HOURS - 80 DAYS NOW TILL AUGUST 6. 2016

 

Grossmont's Summer Theatre Arts Conservatory 2016 Presents 80 Days, based on the book "Around The World In 80 Days by Jules Verne

By Kathy Carpenter

Associate/Youth Reviewer www.sdtheatrereviews.com

August 1, 2016 (La Mesa) - Imagination can take you anywhere. It can even make the impossible happen. The adventure of Phileas Fogg, played by the somber Daniel Castro, is all about taking a chance--believing in yourself and going for the gold.

GIRLS NIGHT OUT - THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB JULY 8 - AUGUST 7, 2016 AT LAMPLIGHTERS

 

By Kathy Carpenter

Associate/Youth Reviewer www.sdtheatreereviews.com

July 27, 2016 (La Mesa) - Remember the good times you've enjoyed with your girlfriends over the years? The Dixie Swim Club is the story of five friends who won a championship swim meet together in college. They bonded together and meet every year on the Outer Banks off the coast of North Carolina at the same rental beach cottage. Best friends stay together no matter what.

GROSSMONT COLLEGE THEATER PRESENTS 80 DAYS, A NEW MUSICAL, JULY 28-AUG. 6

 

East County News Service

July 24, 2016 (El Cajon) - See “Around the World in 80 Days,” a timeless tale of amazing adventures as Phineas Fogg attempts to circumnavigate the globe in less than 80 days in order to win a sizeable wager.  The play is based on the novel Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne.

MOUNARATH-POWELL PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS MUSICIANS SHOWCASE AT VISIONARY DANCE THEATRE

 

East County News Service

July 24, 2016 (La Mesa) - Mounarath-Powell Productions and John Nettles presents another installment of the Musicians Showcase at the Visionary Performance Space (8693 La Mesa Blvd, La Mesa, CA, 91942) on July 29th-30th @ 7pm.

SON OF SAN CARLOS RESIDENT WINS AMATEUR PIANISTS SAN DIEGO INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION

 

By Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

July 19, 2016 (San Diego) - The first ever Amateur Pianists San Diego International Piano Competition For Outstanding Amateurs was held in San Diego from July 15 – 17th at Point Loma Nazarene University. The creator behind it, Glenn Kramer, is to be given credit for not only making it happen but for growing the largest amateur piano Meet Up Group (an online way to organize special interest groups) in the country. 

Kramer’s Amateur Pianists Meet Up members include residents in East, North, and South County, as well as San Diego proper.

LET YOUR DAUGHTER BE A PRINCESS THIS SUMMER - BEUATY AND THE BEAST JULY 9-16, 2016

 

Young Actor's Theatre Presents Beauty and the Beast July 7 - 16th, 2016

By Kathy Carpenter

Associate/ Youth Reviewer www.sdtheatre.com

July 9, 2016 (La Mesa) - Did you ever want to be a Disney princess as a little girl? According to Isbella Lenhoff's bio, when she was four, she believed she was Princess Belle. Many years later, Isabella is the perfect Belle. I've been watching her act for several years now and this was her best role. She is a true star with an amazing voice.

HEART OF MT HELIX AUG. 13: SAVOR THE FLAVORS OF 15 RESTAURANTS, PLUS LIVE ART AND DANCING UNDER THE STARS

 

East County News Service

June 19, 2016 (Mt. Helix) -- Tickets are now on sale for the 9th annual heART of Mt. Helix set for Saturday, August 13 - 5:30 to 10 p.m. at the park atop Mt. Helix.  The popular party on the hill will feature dancing under the stars to the Mighty Untouchables, samplings from over 15 local restaurants along with wine and spirits from several local establishments including, St. Petersberg Vodka, Hennebery Whiskey, and this year's signature cocktail, The Helix, created by Vom Fass, as well as local brews from Helix Brewing Co., Ballast Point and more.

FILM NIGHT AT THE LEMON GROVE LIBRARY JUNE 29

 

By Helen Ofield

June 25, 2016 (Lemon Grove) – The Short List is back!  Summer film night resumes on June 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the Lemon Grove Library, 3001 School Lane, and will continue every Wednesday evening thereafter through July 27.  Comedy, drama, animation and documentary from the long-running PBS series, The Short List -- now a cult classic among viewers who relish great short film as they do air and water -- will remind you that the world is large and never dull.

RICKY NELSON REMEMBERED: 3 GENERATIONS OF HITS JUNE 26 AT SYCUAN

 

 

 

 

 

East County News Service

June 25, 2016 (El Cajon) – Ricky Nelson Remembered is a unique multi-media entertainment event featuring the live music of Hall of Famer Ricky performed by Ricky’s own twin sons Matthew & Gunnar, grandsons of ‘50s TV icons Ozzie & Harriet Nelson .   When Matthew and Gunnar hit #1 on Billboard with their rock band NELSON and their own mega hit “Can’t Live Without Your Love & Affection” is put the Nelson family in the Guiness Book of World Records as the only family in entertainment history with three generations of #1 hitmakers.

On June 26th at 7 p.m., the show will be onstage at the Sycuan Live up Close Theatre (5484 Casino Way) in El Cajon. This performance includes never before seen big screen video footage of the NELSON family with interviews from celebrities influenced by Ricky Nelson, as well as his hit songs including “Hello Mary Lou”, “Travelin’ Man”, “and Garden Party.”  This year marks the 31st anniversary of Rick Nelson’s passing in a tragic New Year’s Eve plane crash.

GET READY FOR SANTEE'S SUMMER 2016 CONCERTS IN THE PARK

 

 

Thursdays June 16-August 25

East County News Service

June 22, 2016 (Santee) - In Santee, summertime means it’s time to grab a beach chair or blanket and head down to the outdoor performance stage to hear live music at Town Center Community Park East, 550 Park Center Drive.

CAT-ILLACS AT LEMON GROVE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES JUNE 30

 

East County News Service

June 20, 2016 (Lemon Grove) -- The smooth sounds of the Cat-illacs will entertain a crowd at Lemon Grove’s Summer Concert Series on Thursday, June 30th. The summer concert series takes place each Thursday night all summer long at Berry Street Park starting at 6:30. 

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NEW ART EXHIBIT OPENS AT WIEGHORST MUSEUM IN EL CAJON

 

East County News Service

 

June 9, 2016 (El Cajon) – The Olaf Wieghorst Museum at the Wieghorst Western Heritage Center, 131 Rea Ave., El Cajon, will present “Moments in Time,” an exhibit featuring 24 pieces created by six artists from June 15 to Aug. 22.

REVIVAL OF THE CITY HEIGHTS ANNEX THEATRE

 

“The long term goal here is to essentially turn this entire facility into a cultural production facility, so people from the community may learn to make their own T.V. programs and potentially internet YouTube channels, podcasting.” -- Nigel Brookes

ECM intern Chisato Iverson sat down for a Q&A interview with theatre manager Nigel Brookes on his vision for revitalizing the City Heights Annex, recently reopened after a long closure. Below are highlights from our interview:

A SIGHT TO BEHOLD: VISIONARY DANCE PERFORMANCE IN NEW CITY HEIGHTS ANNEX

 

By Chisato Iversen

June 6, 2016 (San Diego) -- Visionary Dance Theatre showcased Shadoworx, an amazing dance performance choreographed by Natalia Valerdi-Rogers on May 27 and 28th.  All the dancers were stunning. They could really convey their emotions through to the audience. They were able to go from sad and forlorn to sassy and quirky to soft and delicate. The dancers ranged from children to adults.

HERRICK LIBRARY IN LA MESA EXHIBITS WATERCOLOR PAINTINGS THROUGH JUNE

 

 

East County News Service

 

June 3, 2016 (La Mesa) – The Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library is now hosting its Spring Art Exhibit featuring 19 watercolor paintings by award-winning artist Carol Roberts of Spring Valley. The show runs through June 30. The exhibit features paintings of landscapes, animals, birds, flowers and scenery, some of them inspired by Roberts’ scuba diving trips to New Guinea, Palau and Fiji.

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