Arts and Music

RAMONA ART AND WINE FESTIVAL: NOV. 7

 

November 1, 2015 (Ramona) – This year’s Ramona Art and Wine Festival will feature 15 local wineries, artists, vendors and chefs on November 7 from 12 noon to 5 p.m. at a new, expanded location at Begent Ranch (18528 Highland Valley Road, Ramona).  Hand-painted barrels will be auctioned to benefit the Ramona H.E.A.R.T. Mural Project, a 501c3 nonprofit.

GOT TALENT? SAN DIEGO BLOOD BANK SEEKS MUSICAL PERFORMERS FOR CHARGERS BLOOD DRIVE IN NOVEMBER

 

October 22, 2015 (San Diego) - The talent search is on. The San Diego Blood Bank (SDBB) is inviting talented singers and musicians to submit a video of their original song and win an opportunity to perform in front of several thousand people at the Chargers Drive XXXVII onTuesday, Nov. 24.

THE ADDAMS FAMILY: A GHOULISH TREAT AT ENCORE THEATRE OCTOBER 15-25

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Kathy Carpenter

Associate and Youth Reviewer www.sdtheatrereviews.com

October 21, 2015 (Spring Valley) - The Addams Family is basically a romantic comedy with a pop of ooky. A kooky family, which when it comes down to thick and thin has a strong bond like most families and will stick together no matter what. 

Young Actor'sTheatre in Spring valley always does an amazing job of family entertainment, and this show is no different. It's the perfect pre-Halloween experience. Bring out the kids and share some silly macabre fun.

The story is about little Wednesday all grown up and in love. She invites her boyfriend and his parents to dinner and ask them to act normal. She tells Gomez Lucas her boyfriend wants to marry her, but not to to tell Mortica. That's a difficult task for Gomez to keep a secret for Mortica, but he agrees, and the fun begins.

CIRCLE PLAYERS PRESENT “WRANGLER AT RED MOUNTAIN RANCH” NOV. 13-14 IN EL CAJON

East County News Service

October 20, 2015 (El Cajon)--The Circle Players of El Cajon will be performing “Wrangle at Red Mountain Ranch” November 13th and 14th at 7:00pm and November 15th at 2:00pm.  This mystery dinner theatre is set at a dude ranch and we encourage all attendees to wear their western attire and have a rip-roarin’ good time!  Performances will be held at Richardson Hall, 551 Farragut Circle, El Cajon.

COUNTRY MUSIC STAR BRENT PAYNE LIGHTS THE NIGHT, WINS NEW FANS AT FALL FEST IN LA MESA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 19, 2015 (La Mesa) – Award-winning country music star Brent Payne charmed the audience with a sizzling hot performance at the first La Mesa Fall Fest Saturday night in the parking lot at Grossmont Center, hosted by the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce.  It wasn’t hard to see why this self-proclaimed “country cowboy and southern gentleman” has rocketed to the top of the charts internationally and won fans in performances from Vegas to NASCAR to the National Rodeo Finals.

MUSIC NIGHTS IN NOVEMBER: SAN PASQUAL WINERY IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

October 18, 2015 (La Mesa) – The San Pasqual Winery Tasting Room at 8364 La Mesa Blvd. in La Mesa announces a series of music nights in November featuring talented artists performing Spanish and classical guitar, blues, folk, bluegrass, country, classic rock, jazz with a Latin twist and more.  Admission is free; wine, cheese, crackers and dessert are available for purchase in this intimate back-room setting.  Scroll down for details on each concert, and for more information, visit www.sanpasqualwinery.com

KEEPING THE DOCTOR AWAY: JULIAN MELODRAMA OCT. 16-18 AND 23-25

 

East County News Service

October 14, 2015 (Julian) – The Julian Triangle Club’s  59th annual October melodrama, “Keeping the Doctor Away”  or “Take Two Apples and See Me in the Morning” continues this weekend and next at the historic Julian Town Hall. 

This year’s director, Sandi Bennett, is cracking the whip over the all-volunteer local cast, who come from all walks of life to put on the traditional Melodrama and raise money for our local charities including scholarships for local students.

STAGE FRIGHT: A CHILLING DELIGHT

 

Lamplighters Community Theatre, La Mesa, Oct. 9-Nov. 8

By Miriam Raftery

October 11, 2015 (La Mesa)--When a caustic critic is lured to an old theatre under the pretext of a documentary about Lincoln assassin/actor John Wilkes Booth,  he swiftly finds himself drugged,  trussed up and tormented by an actress he’s savaged in reviews. The stage is set for mayhem and potentially, murder.

Devi Noel  portrays first the prim and proper Miss Leamington, who soon sheds her disguise to be revealed as the wickedly scheming actress, Mitzi Crenshaw.  Donning multiple costumes to portray notable roles in between extracting tortuous confessions from her captive critic,  F.F. Charnick, Noel clearly relishes the role and keeps the audience on edge throughout Lamplighters’ production of Stage Fright, a play by Charles Marowitz of Ventura.

SAN DIEGO CHORUS COMPETES IN INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION IN LAS VEGAS OCT. 5-10

 

October 6, 2015 (San Diego) - The  San Diego Chorus of Sweet Adelines will go to Las Vegas in October to compete against hundreds of other groups in Las Vegas in an international competition.

STAGE FRIGHT: LAMPLIGHTERS’ PRODUCTION OCT. 9-NOV. 8

 

October 2, 2015 (La Mesa)--Lamplighters Community Theatre in La Mesa continues its current season with a mystery. Stage Fright by Charles Marowitz will run Oct. 9-Nov. 8.

A leading metropolitan drama critic is led by an attractive production assistant into a recently discovered 19th century theatre. There, the critic will film a television interview for a documentary on the actor John Wilkes Booth, who once acted on those very boards. The critic, F.F. Charnick, notorious for his venomous reviews, visibly warms to the classy elegance of the British P.A. But no sooner has he downed a glass of wine than he falls drugged and unconscious.

NATIVE AMERICAN SCIENCE: MAKE YOUR OWN PASTELS AT BARONA MUSEUM OCT. 10 & 17

 

East County News Service

September 23, 2015 (Lakeside)—For thousands of years, the Kumeyaay/Digueño people have lived in harmony with nature and utilized natural resources to create homes, tools, and more.  Their knowledge of earth pigments allowed them to create natural paints for rock art, body painting and decoration.

EAST COUNTY REALTOR PRODUCES TALENT SHOW SEPT. 24 TO BENEFIT MILITARY FOUNDATION

 

President of East County realtor trade group is directing realtor talent show

East County  News Service; photo  by Carey Guthrie

View video from the 2014 Un-fashion and Variety Show: http://youtu.be/XtBkvN8ETOw

September 21, 2015 (Alpine)--Who said real estate agents can only sell houses?

Alpine resident Carey Guthrie is directing and producing a talent show that will feature dancing and singing abilities of realtors from throughout San Diego County. Guthrie manages two real estate sales offices in La Mesa Village for Windermere Real Estate SoCal. She also serves as the 2015 president of the Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors (PSAR).

On Thursday, Sept. 24, PSAR will present a fun-filled evening of fashion, food and entertainment at its fourth annual Un-Fashion and Variety Show at the Scottish Rite Event Center, 1895 Camino del Rio South in Mission Valley. Proceeds will benefit the Military Warriors Support Foundation.

THEATER ARTS FOR ALL: VISIONARY DANCE THEATRE

 

By Ariele Johannson

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.

“HAIRSPRAY” SHINES IN PERFORMANCE OF "EPIC PROPORTIONS"

 

 

 

Musical continues Sept. 17-19 in Visionary production at Pt.. Loma High

Review by Kathy Carpenter

Associate and Youth Reviewer www.sdtheatrereviews.com

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.

LOCAL ARTIST MIKE HEFNER OF SAN CARLOS ON EXHIBIT AT LA MESA HEALTH LIBRARY

 

East County News Service

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.

BAYOU BROTHERS ZYDECO ALBUM NOMINATED FOR SAN DIEGO MUSIC AWARDS

 

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.

MAKING DANCERS’ DREAMS COME TRUE AT VISIONARY DANCE THEATRE

 

East County News Service

Hear our radio interview on KNSJ with the co-founders of Visionary Dance Theatre: http://k001.kiwi6.com/hotlink/n0uax3m7ti/Newsmakers-VisionaryDanceTheatre-final.mp3

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.

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TIME JUMPERS BRING GRAMMY-AWARD WINNING NASHVILLE STARS TO ESCONDIDO PERFORMING ARTS CENTER SEPT. 29



 

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.

LOVE DANCING AND THE '60's? HAIRSPRAY TAKES STAGE SEPT. 10-19

 

Update: A preview video of Hairspray is now available. Click image below to view.

A second video preview can also be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84cAj6m5nMU&feature=youtu.be.

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?

BLUE SKY RIDERS WITH KENNY LOGGINS OPEN 25TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON AT POWAY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER SEPT. 20

 

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.

SAN DIEGO MUSICIAN TO BRING EXOTIC SOUNDS FROM AROUND THE WORLD TO MISSION TRAILS

 

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.

LAUREL AND HARDY “BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT” AUG. 29 IN SPRING VALLEY

 

East County News Service

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.

RENOWNED HARPIST TO PERFORM FREE CONCERT AT MISSION TRAILS AUG. 23

 

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.

TAKE A DIP, VIEW A MOVIE!

Free Dive-In Movie at the La Mesa Municipal Pool

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.

SUPPORTING CAST: A TALENTED TEAM IN LAMPLIGHTER’S PRODUCTION

The Supporting Cast runs August 14 - September 13

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

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.

MUSICAL OUTPOURING

 

 

By Jaime Mirman

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.

SANTEE BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL: BANJOS, FIDDLES & FUN SEPT. 12

 

August 12, 2015 (Santee)--The twang of banjos and fiddles will again fill the air, while delicious food and beverages fill appetites, at the 6th Annual Santee Bluegrass Festival on Sept. 12.

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