September 18, 2015 (La Mesa)--You might be surprised how much some kids love Broadway! Recently, several teenagers from Visionary Dance Theatre showed off their love of singing Broadway hits for the supporters and staff of East County Magazine, with solo performances and a coed dance duet.
September 14, 2015 (La Mesa) - Visionary Community Theatre and Visionary Youth Theatre join together for an outreach program of epic proportions to present "Hairspray." What do you get when you mash up several high schools and a professional choreographer? Great dancing, singing, and acting.
September 14, 2015 (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 14 oil and watercolor paintings of landscape scenes by Mike Hefner of San Carlos. The show runs through the end of September.
The exhibit includes Hefner’s plein air watercolor paintings that highlight the beauty and history of San Diego, from its coasts and mountains to the deserts of Baja. Plein air means “open air” and refers to paintings created outside and on location.
September 14, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – East County Magazine readers who attended our Mardi Gras party last year will recall the rollicking, zesty music of the Bayou Brother band playing Cajun and Zydeco blues, including several East County residents. Now the Bayou Brothers “High Roller Zydeco” is nominated for Best Blues CD in the San Diego Music Awards—the first Zydeco band to win this nomination.
September 7, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – Spencer Powell and Mickey Mounarath, artistic director and business director of Visionary Dance Studio in east San Diego, have a shared vision to enrich the community and give opportunities in the performing arts to disadvantaged young people. Their mission includes fostering “diversity that has no limits in its creative process,” according to the nonprofit’s website at www.visionarydancetheatre.org.
Powell knows first-hand the importance of mentoring for a young person with talent. “My mother was a single Mom on welfare,” he told East County Magazine. Fortunately, this gifted performer and teacher had a generous mentor who helped pay for his training in dance—so he went on to an illustrious career in dance and choreography that including serving as artistic director of Ogden Contemporary Dance Theatre. Now retired from the professional dance circuit, he’s giving back, helping find mentors to support aspiring young people with talent in both dance and musical theatre.
September 6, 2015 (Escondido)-- The California Center for the Arts, Escondido will present The Time Jumpers, an assemblage of some of Nashville's most gifted musicians performing at the Center on Tuesday, September 29. Led by 20-time GRAMMY® winner and Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill, as well as Kenny Sears and Ranger Doug Green, The Time Jumpers quickly developed a monumental following while earning four GRAMMY® nominations. With unprecedented talent and a strong affinity for western swing, the group continues to expand the richness and vigor of country music.
September 6, 2015 (Jacumba Hot springs) – Jacumba Hot Springs was the scene of a movie production team filming many scenes last month for the new movie “66 & Nowhere” from Soul in the Machine Pictures.
September 6, 2015 (San Diego)--Visionary Community Theatre and Visionary Youth Theatre of east San Diego present Hairspray at the Performing Arts Center at Point Loma High School (2335 Chatsworth Blvd, San Diego, 92106) on September 10-12 & 17-19 at 7 p.m. Enjoy as the diverse and talented Visionary cast and crew welcome you to the 60’s!
It’s 1962 - the ‘50s are out and change is in the air. Baltimore’s Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, has only one passion - to dance. She wins a spot on the local TV dance program, “The Corny Collins Show” and, overnight, is transformed from outsider to irrepressible teen celebrity. But can a trendsetter in dance and fashion vanquish the program’s reigning princess, win the heart of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a television show without denting her ‘do?
August 30, 2015 (Poway) – Poway OnStage, the foundation that supports the Poway Performing Arts Center, will present Blue Sky Riders in an intimate acoustic concert to open the Silver Anniversary season. The show will take stage on Sunday, September 20th at 7 p.m.
N. Scott Robinson to play instruments from Southeast Asia and beyond at free concert
August 27, 2015 (San Diego)--Local percussionist N. Scott Robinson will perform a variety of musical selections on several different instruments from around the world on Sunday, August 30th at 3 p.m. at the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center. Joining Robinson as a special guest will be K.S. Resmi providing vocals and other Indian music.
Robinson will play songs using various instruments, including the lap-style frame drum, riqq, mediterr-asian tambourine, ghaval, handpan, hammer dulcimer, mbira dza vadzimu, berimbau and hindewhu.
August 26, 2015 (Spring Valley)—The SAPS, a local Laurel and Hardy group, will show comedic classic films on August 29th in Spring Valley, featuring their favorite “students of laughter 101 in some of their greatest misadventures,” organizers promise.
The event, “Back to Skool, I mean School Night" SAPS at Sea event will take place in Williams Hall at Trinity Church, 3902 Kenwood Drive in Spring Valley. Doors open at 6:30 with show time starting at 7 p.m. A donation of $6 per person is requested.
August 22, 2015 (San Diego)--Award-winning harpist Amy Lynn Kanner will perform a selection of classical and contemporary pieces on Sunday, August 23 at 3 p.m. at the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center.
Kanner is a classically-trained musician with decades of experience playing the harp, piano and violin. Her concert at the Park’s Visitor Center allows for an intimate setting and a rich, acoustically-enhanced listening experience for the audience. The concert will be free for guests, though space is limited and concertgoers are encouraged to arrive early to the event.
August 19, 2015 (La Mesa) -- Dive in and enjoy the movie Rio (rated PG) at the La Mesa Municipal Pool on August 21, presented by the City of La Mesa and the La Mesa Park and Recreation Foundation. The movie is free to the public and will be shown on a large screen. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m., and movie screening at 8:00 p.m..
Bring your swimsuits and something to float on to watch the movie from the pool, or a lawn chair to sit on the pool deck if you prefer to stay dry.
August 19, 2015 (La Mesa) - The Supporting Cast, is not a title of a play that grabs me and says “Hey, you need to see me.” However, the play it turns out is aptly named. The title is the name of a book the lead actor in the play wrote. The book is about people who are all married to famous people - thus the supporting cast. These are the heroes behind the celebrities who would not be who they are without the support of their loved one standing behind them. The wonderful support of the entire cast makes the play a hit.
August 13, 2015 (Rancho San Diego)--The San Diego Concert Band and The Water Conservation Garden presented An Evening of Music in the Garden last July 26th. Coincidentally, the Band is celebrating its 26th season this year, and their program immersed the listeners into an exciting display of treasured songs, rousing marches and gripping contemporary pieces.
The annual event took place for the third year at the amphitheater in the Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College, which proved to be a visually and acoustically effective environment for the performance. As expected, San Diego Concert Band delivered its interpretations with gusto, thunder and finesse. Their care and dedication succeed as a most welcome musical contribution to our community.
August 7, 2015 (Jacumba Hot Springs) – De Anza Springs Resort in Jacumba Hot Springs will present Nudestock , an annual outdoor music festival on August 14-16. No need for bellbottoms or love beads at this music fest–since clothing is optional at De Anza Springs, located in the high desert region of San Diego’s East County.
August 5, 2015 (Julian)--The 4th Annual Julian Film Festival, benefitting and sponsored by the Volcan Mountain Foundation, is moving from spring to summer for 2015 and will be held on Friday, August 21st & Saturday, August 22nd.
The nature-focused, environmental film festival will tie-in with, and support, VMF’s theme of A Watershed Year. It will focus on important themes of water and connectivity like those of the 15-mile long Volcan Mountain Range and it’s adjacent watershed and wildlife corridors in the San Diego County and Southern/Baja California regions. Two exceptional, award-winning, feature-length films also provide a local connection.
August 1, 2015 (Julian) - The Julian Arts Guild will present its Fall Art Show in the Julian Town Hall from September 5th through 7th. The show will open each day at 10:00 a.m. and close at 6:00 p.m. Talented artists from Julian and nearby communities will present their paintings, photography, mosaics, ceramics, printmaking, jewelry and other works of fine art.
July 26, 2015 (Lemon Grove) -- Just when you thought midsummer meant only heat, humidity and sand in your sandwich, enter those wags from Lemon Grove Historical Society and the Lemon Grove Library with more free summer fun close to home in air conditioned comfort on August 5 and August 8.
July 23, 2015 (El Cajon) - Grossmont College 2nd annual Summer Conservatory (where high school students work alongside college students in all aspects to put on a theatrical show) brought us Cinderella A New, Pop Musical. The classic story updated and written by Jennette Thomas, directed by Beth Duggan and Molly Stillens, with fresh music and songs from the 80's and 90's and a fresh attitude from Cinderella, who doesn't need a man to survive, a King willing to adapt to his son's happiness, and a Prince who still thinks Cinderella the most perfect of all.
The show was funny, fun, well-acted, and you couldn't help leaving the theatre with a smile on your face. This is a perfect summer show for the students to weave their magic, proving as Cinderella's Godmother says "Anything is possible if you believe."
July 28, 2015 (San Diego)--Mounarath-Powell Productions presents the premier of a new girl group, Tres, at the Visionary Performance Space (7202 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego) on August 14th at 7 p.m.
This cabaret-style production features three powerhouse vocalists: Nicole Isablele, Caliope Marin, and Sophia Rogers. Listen to these young divas as they sing some of today's and yesterday's popular hits by artists such as Adele, Beyonce, Tina Turner and many more.
July 27, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - Lamplighters Community Theatre continues its 78th season with “The Supporting Cast,” a comedy to be staged August 14 through September 13, when Ellen, the wife of a successful author, writes a sizzling novel her friends are thrilled — until she invites them to her Malibu beach house and reveals that they are the characters!
July 26, 2015 (La Mesa) –Visionary Dance Theatre and Visionary School for the Performing Arts is asking for help to move to a safer, more family-friendly location. Visionary specializes in helping to keep the arts accessible and affordable to students regardless of income and also make the arts accessible to the community.
Newflash! Visionary also hopes to find space large enough to include East County Magazine’s office and recording studio at its new location – at a minimal cost or ultimately, free for our nonprofit! (Our rent where w are has gone up, and we need to move, too.) We're looking at space in or near La Mesa - with your help.
We think this is a perfect partnership, enabling us to support local arts and theatre while also providing the affordable space we need to grow! Donations can be made at http://GoFundMe.com/MovinOnOut. Please help - every dollar counts!
July 22, 2015 (Lemon Grove)—Looking for some hot summer nights’ entertainment? Lemon Grove’s Concerts in the Park continue each Thursday night from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Berry Street Park. Here’s the line-up of bands for the rest of the summer season, which ends August 13:
July 9, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – If you’re looking for a stirring summertime musical experience, the San Diego Concert Band will be performing at the Water Conservation Garden on the campus of Cuyamaca College on July 26th at 6 p.m. “An Evening of Music at the Garden” will benefit both of these nonprofit organizations. (Guests are welcome to come early for a stroll through the gardens to learn some tips on how to have beautiful low-water gardens.)
Recently, the East County Magazine Show sat down with Chuck Brown, President of the San Diego Concert Band, and John Bolthouse, Director of the Water Conservation Garden, for an interview on the East County Magazine Show on KNSJ radio.
Photo: Film makers Miguel Angel Soria and Peter Alkatib
Film review by Mimi Pollack
July 19, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--As an ESL teacher at Grossmont College, the majority of students in my classes are Iraqi and Iraqi Chaldean. Thus, I had a particular interest in the documentary, “Chaldean Voices”, which I saw Friday evening at “Documentaries on the Prado” at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park. Chaldeans are Christian Iraqis. Most have fled their war-torn home and with the exception of Detroit, Michigan, the largest number of Chaldeans now live in El Cajon, California, and surrounding neighborhoods.
July 15, 2015 (Mt. Helix) --The magic of Mary Poppins rises up on Mt. Helix this week - as she did in the sky above London - in this favorite childhood story performed by Christian Community Theater. Mary Poppins: the Broadway Musical runs from July 9-August 2, 2015 and is the second summer production since CCT’s return to the Mt. Helix outdoor amphitheater. The players act, sing and dance their way into the hearts of the audience in this charming story of childhood and redemption, with a few surprises along the way.
Ultimate Dance Party and ‘80s dress-up contest July 18
July 14, 2015 (San Diego) -- Visionary Youth Theatre presents another installment of “Pop Rock”, a musical revue featuring Pop and Rock celebrating music of the 80s. The performances will be held at the Visionary Performance Space (7202 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92115). On July 16-18 at 7 p.m. with a matinee on July 19 at 2 p.m. The show is directed by Spencer John Powell with choreography by Mr. Powell and Ramon Montes.
This upbeat, fun, dance-heavy musical revue will have cast members rocking and popping to the sounds of the 1980’s.