Arts and Music

SPRING VALLEY ARTIST TO DISPLAY WORKS IN SHOW AT SPANISH VILLAGE FEB. 16-29

 “The Jacaranda Street painting is a street in Spring Valley that is so beautiful in the early summer that my husband came home from work and took me to see it.  I took several photographs of the street in its full purple glory, and painted from the photos,” said Sharon Thomas, who painted the picturesque scene in watercolors.

 

East County News Service

 

January 18, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – The Southwestern Artists Association will present a two-person show February 16-29 at historic Spanish Village (1770 Village Place, Studio 23) in San Diego’s Balboa Park.  The gallery is open every day of the week from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

FIRST SONS OF THE DESERT MEETING OF THE NEW YEAR SURE TO BRING LAUGHS

 
By Liz Alper
 
January 17, 2016 (Spring Valley) - If you're like me and never have anything to do on Saturday night and you LOVE classic comedy (also like me), here is something for you.  

WINTER CONCERT JAN. 30: A 40-YEAR TRADITION

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

 

January 17, 2016 (San Diego) -- Pacificaires and Cedar Center Chorus present this year’s winter concert at the College Avenue Baptist Church (4747 College Ave., San Diego) on January 30th at 2 p.m..  You're invited to join in singing in the New Year.

CIRCLE OF ART CELEBRATES 27TH YEAR IN BORREGO SPRINGS MARCH 12-13

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

January 12, 2016 (Borrego Springs) - The 27th annual Circle of Art Show & Sale will take place March 12th & 13th in beautiful Borrego Springs.  This free outdoor art show is staged at Christmas Circle, in the heart of the village.

“12 YEARS A SLAVE” FILM SHOWING IN LA MESA JANUARY 16

By Miriam Raftery

December 27, 2015 (La Mesa) - As part of a week of  Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration, the Table United Church of Christ of La Mesa (5940 Kelton Ave., La Mesa) will present a showing of the film “12 Years a Slave” on Sunday, January 16th  from 1:30 to 4 p.m.

“VISIONS” ART EXHIBIT SHOWS GLORIES OF NATURE JAN. 2-29 AT MISSION TRAILS

Artists' reception January 10

East County News Service

December 25, 2016 (San Diego) -- The Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation (MTRP) will present an exhibition featuring six award winning artists Deanna Ditzler, Kenda Francis, Joan Hansen, Ralph Kingery, Denise Strahm, and Jerry Vande Berg.

This exhibit will be on display in the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center Art Gallery from January 2 - 29.  The public is cordially invited to a reception in honor of the artists on Sunday, January 10, 2016 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

About the Artists:

EL CAPITAN THEATRE BROUGHT US THE ABSURD THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

 

 

By Kathy Carpenter

Associate /Youth Reviewer www.sdtheatrereviews.com

 

December 7, 2015 - (Lakeside) - For a breather from all the holiday cheer I took in El Capitan High School's Acting Can Be Murder. Was this the show perfect? Of course not. These were high school students, works in progress. But the show was light-hearted fun, totally entertaining, and Lindsay Gampel-Qualin, teacher and director, has some talented actors emerging in Lakeside.

 

A THOUSAND NATIVE WOMEN’S VOICES RECLAIM THEIR POWER

By Leon Thompson, Tribal Beat reporter, East County Magazine

December 17, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) --  Erica Pinto (photo, left) and the Jamul Indian Village hosted the premier showing of  A Thousand Voices, a documentary film from Silver Bullet Productions an educational filmmaking program for rural and tribal communities.

This is the story of Native American women in New Mexico from the Pueblo, the Dine’ and the Apache nations.  A common thread is that all are accomplished women leaders held in esteem as keepers of the culture.  Matriarchal in many ways, men and women are equal in the creation stories of indigenous people from the beginning of time.

View the Trailer here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXfEpcGTe9A (Scroll down or hit "read more" for our review)

EL CAJON COUNCIL HEARS BUZZ OVER BEEKEEPING PROPOSAL, SDG&E ELECTRIC VEHICLE GRID PLAN, AND ABATEMENT OF SUBSTANDARD HOUSING

 

 

By Janis Russell

Photo: ECPD Chief Jeff Davis is sworn in.

December 13, 2015 (El Cajon)-El Cajon’s City Council had a busy agenda last Tuesday, including the East County Performing Arts Center (ECPAC), SDG&E’s  plan for vehicle grid integration, a beekeeping buzz, and issues faced by residents ranging from a home overrun by rabbits to a residence where residents were displaced due to flooding and a collapsed roof.  The City also swore in a new Police Chief and appointed a new Interim Mayor.

THERE IS NO HUMBUG AT EL CAJON VALLEY HIGH AS THEY PRESENT 2 CHRISTMAS CLASSICS DEC. 3-5 AND 10-12

 

By Kathy Carpenter

Associate/Youth Reviewer www.sdtheatrereviews.com

December 8, 2015 (El Cajon) - The students at El Cajon Valley High School took on two Christmas plays this winter. Both with fairly large casts, with only a couple students taking on roles in both shows. A huge undertaking for teacher and director Shannon Turner. These students work hard, come out for the evening and support the local arts. The two shows the students performed were A Charlie Brown Christmas and Scrooge Makes UP!. The Christmas message in both ...the holiday season is one of love, kindness, giving, and being out best selves. Is seven dollars and an hour and a half to much too give?

GROSSMONT FOOTHILLERS PRESENT A MOVING PORTRAYAL OF THE MIRACLE WORKER DEC. 2-4 & 9-12

 

By Kathy Carpenter

Associate/Youth Reviewer www.sdtheatrereviews.com

December 4, 2015 - (La Mesa) - It's a miracle time of year, and if you are familiar with the story of Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan, The Miracle Worker definitely qualifies. The play is more the story of teacher Annie Sullivan, and Bella Snyder pulled off this strong character beautifully.

SAN DIEGO FESTIVAL "JOYOUS MUSIC OF THE SEASON" CONCERT DEC. 6

 

Choral members also needed

November 30, 2015 (Rancho San Diego) – The San Diego Festival Chorus performs "Joyous Music for the Season" on December 6 at 3 p.m. in the College Avenue Baptist Church.   The program features an 80-voice chorus and 48-piece symphony orchest in its 15th season, perfoming Mendelssohn's "Hymn of Praise" and a unique arrangement of  holiday music.

 

Cost: Adults $17, Seniors and students $15, Children under 12 yrs $5, Military free

‘A THOUSAND VOICES’ DOCUMENTARY SCREENING DEC. 14 HIGHLIGHTS NATIVE AMERICAN WOMEN

East County News Service

November 28, 2015 (San Diego)--Jamul Indian Village Chairwoman Erica Pinto and Council Members invite you to the complimentary premiere viewing of A Thousand Voices, a documentary of Native American women from the beginning of time. The film will premier on Monday, December 14 at 11 a.m. at Kroc Center, 6611 University Avenue in San Diego. 

The film is free and light refreshements will be served. Please RSVP to Lisa Cumper, lcumper@jamulIndianVillage.com, 619-669-4855.

About A Thousand Voices:

THE CIRCLE PLAYERS ARE ACE HIGH

 

By Kathy Carpenter

Assoiciate and Youth Reviewer www.sdtheatrereviews.com

November 24, 2015 (El Cajon) - "The Circle players is a theatre outreach under the Neighbor to Neighbor program of the First Presbyterian Church of El Cajon. The goal of The Circle Players is to provide a resource to those in our community who want to share their talent in acting and other performing arts, as well as technical and production aspects of the theatre.

MIRACLE WORKER TAKES STAGE AT GROSSMONT HIGH DEC. 2-4 & 9-12 AT 7:00PM

 

East County News Service

November 24, 2015 (La Mesa) – The Miracle Worker, a play that depicts the amazing life of Helen Keller, will be presented by Grossmont High School’s drama department December 2-4 and 9-12.

REMBRANDT’S MASTERFUL ART STYLE REVIVED BY A COUNTESS IN CARLSBAD

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist’s works will be auctioned to benefit East County Magazine and Grossmont Hospital Foundation

By Miriam Raftery

November 18, 2015 (San Diego) – The paintings of Countess Jadwiga “Inka” Zamoyska of Zamość are stunning depictions of nature and portraits  with a masterful application of light and shadows to create mystery, dramatic effects and beauty.  Her works evoke the style of Rembrandt, the 17th century Old Master famed for his illuminating imagery.   

That similarity is no accident. Like Rembrandt, Countess Zamoyska comes from a European family and has endured her share of life challenges, finding therapy in her first love, art. “My passion to paint is fueled by the ever-changing beauty that, if we let it, confronts us at every turn,” she states. “When I see it, I crave to raise it to canvas.”

Astonishingly, her current portfolio of exquisite portraits, still life, landscapes, seascapes and snow scenes have all been created in the past few years—and next up, this remarkably talented artist has agreed to create a painting of East County wilderness which will be auctioned on November 20th with proceeds benefitting both Grossmont Hospital Foundation and launch of a new special section on East County Magazine covering animal rescue groups and wildlife/animal news in our region. She will also paint a custom animal painting to be auctioned at a December 5th party for the animals, also benefitting our new “Animal Action” section..

KRACKED NUTZ! VISIONARY SCHOOL PRODUCTION DEC. 3-5

 

November 18, 2015 (San Diego)--This holiday season Visionary School for the Performing Arts presents “Kracked Nutz”, a holiday musical revueat the Visionary Performance Space (7202 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92115) on December 3rd-5th at 7 p.m. directed by the VSPA teaching artists.

GROSSMONT COLLEGE PRESENTS ON THE VERGE NOV 12-21

 

By Kathy Carpenter

Associate and Youth Reviewer www.sdtheatrereviews.com

November 17, 2015 ( La Mesa) - Grossmont's On The Verge is an interesting diversion on a November autumn night--a character driven play with tremendous acting. Written by television scribe Eric Overmyer and directed by Beth Duggan, the plot on this one is a little thin, leaving the audience a bit confused. Laughter was sprinkled throughout the audience the entire show, yet something was missing.

THE AUDACIOUS WOMAN: THE 47TH NAACP IMAGE AWARD FOR LITERATURE NOMINEE

                                                                  

 

By Dennis Moore

November 17, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - The Audacious Woman, an inspirational and empowering book by Pamela Toussaint, which this writer had the honor and privilege of reviewing for the East County Magazine in San Diego, has been nominated for the 47th NAACP Image Award in Literature. Toussaint is following in the footsteps of Gregory Reed’s Obama Talks Back and Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow, who actually won the award, and this writer also had the distinct pleasure of writing the review of those books for the East County Magazine just prior to their winning. Hopefully, we will be able to say the same for Toussaint.

LA MESA ARTIST GRACE SCHLESIER’S PAINTING WINS NATIONAL AWARD

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 16, 2015 (La Mesa) – La  Mesa artist Grace Schlesier has been awarded the American Women Artists Gold Medal for her oil painting titled “Desert Magic.”

“It was chosen by the curator of the Scottsdale Museum Of The West,” Schlesier said. The show is currently at the Bonner David Gallery in Scottsdale until the end of November and available for purchase.

Schlesier is a signature member of the American Impressionist Society and American Women Artists, noted for her mastery at capturing the beauty and moods of nature, painting on location or En Plein Air. Her landscapes and seascapes reflect light and softness, evoking a sense of peace and tranquility--welcome qualities in today's fast-paced and stressful world.

PICKWICK PLAYERS PRESENTS A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS DEC. 4-19 IN SANTEE, BENEFITTING PROJECT LINUS

 

November 13, 2015 (Santee)--You loved them so much last year, Pickwick Players, your East County theatre family, is bringing them back again! Come join Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Snoopy and the entire Peanuts gang as they come to life one more time on the Off Broadway Live stage (9490 Cuyamaca Street in Santee)  to look for the true meaning of Christmas in A Charlie Brown Christmas December 4-19.

JFK REMEMBERERED NOV. 21 IN LEMON GROVE

 

 

November 12, 2015 (Lemon Grove)—“JFK Remembered,” a screening of President John F. Kennedy’s visit to San Diego on June 6, 1963, will be presented on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 2 p.m. by the Lemon Grove Historical Society at the Lemon Grove Library (3001 School Lane).

“If you were there that day, please bring your memories and join with former policemen, students, teachers, crew, military and civilians who were connected to JFK’s visit. We’ll be videotaping your memories for posterity,” says Helen Ofield, president of the Lemon Grove Historical Society.  There will also be a display of memorabilia.

Kennedy visited San Diego State College (now San Diego State University) to deliver the commencement address at graduation and  stopped at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot. He also traveled by open motorcade through San Diego—just 5 months and 16 days before his assassination on November 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas.

KNSJ'S MUSIC SUMMIT THURS. NOV. 12: PROJECT TO SPOTLIGHT LOCAL MUSICIANS, SPOKEN WORD AND OTHER CREATIVE ARTISTS

 

Source: KNSJ

Nov. 12, 2015 (San Diego) – KNSJ radio will hold a music summit this Thursday, Nov. 12 at its meeting room at 4246 Wightman Street in City Heights from 7 to  9 p.m. to develop and organize a stronger local music presence.

KNSJ radio is proud to provide a broadcast platform to feature local musicians and music as no other station in San Diego does.  So, musicians and music aficionados, join our summit with your ideas to develop this project.  Join other musicians, techies and music fans to imagine what radio knsj can become for the music scene in San Diego.

“We need local support to support local artist,” a press release from the station states.

MONTE VISTA HIGH SCHOOL PRESENTS RADIUM GIRLS NOV. 12-14

 

By Kathy Carpenter

Associate and Youth Reviewer www.sdtheatrereviews.com

November 9, 2015 (Spring Valley) - Students at Monte Vista rock Radium Girls. Was the small theatre at the school full? No. Do the students who work hard for two months deserve a full house, with the school and peers behind them? Yes? I don't understand how the big theatres fill up and the small ones remain unoccupied. Their is no reason those seats should not be full. The arts benefit everyone in a positive way.

Factory workers treated unfairly is the theme of the play, still very much relevant throughout the world today. Is this a popular subject? No. A controversial subject, yes. As the "Grinder", a new television series said tonight, dramatic--which makes for a compelling play.

ANNE FRANK AND ME

 
West  Hills High School - show continues Nov. 13 and 14

By Kathy Carpenter

Associate and Youth Reviewer www.sdtheaterreviews.com



November 9, 2015 (Santee) - Anne Frank and Me by Cherie Bennet.is a play about keeping history and memories alive so as not to be forgotten. The question asked in today's world and Ms. Edwards, is how do we motivate students in this short span society to learn things like history?

Let me say bravo to Carrin Edwards for finding a way. Ms. Edwards is a teacher at West Hills in Santee, and the director of this profound piece.Kudos also go out to West Hills High administration for encouraging students and rewarding them to support the arts.

FREE HOLIDAY MUSIC CONCERTS AT PARKWAY PLAZA

 

East County News Service

November 10, 2015 (El Cajon)--Parkway Plaza shopping mall in El Cajon will be hosting a Holiday Music Festival that’s free for the community from Saturday, November 28th through Wednesday, December 23. 

These holiday concerts will include jazz, big bands, saxophone, fiddle, violin and vocal performances.

GUITAR CENTER “LOCALS ONLY” CONCERT AT GROSSMONT CENTER NOV. 14 INCLUDES BANJO JAM

 

November 10, 2015 (La Mesa) On Saturday, November 14th, Guitar Center will present live music in a “Locals Only” concert at Grossmont Center shopping mall in La Mesa.  The event runs from 12 noon to 6 p.m. and will feature local bands, DJs and a banjo jam!

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