Arts and Music

SDCL ACOUSTIC SHOWCASE CONCERT SERIES - MAY 2015 CONCERTS

 

May 6, 2015 (El Cajon) – The spring series of the San Diego County Library Acoustic continues in May with nine concerts taking place throughout the month! The Acoustic Showcase series offers a wonderful variety of some of San Diego’s very best singers/songwriters, folk music performers, and story tellers. These concerts are FREE to the community.

JULIAN ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR SUPPORTS FIRE DISTRICT

 

By Cathy Ozbun, Julian Fire Plugs

May 2, 2015 (Julian) - On Saturday, May 23th, the Julian Fire Plugs will be hosting the Julian Arts & Crafts Fair. The fair will be held in the Rabobank parking lot at 2033 Main Street in Julian, from 10:00 am until  4:00 pm and will showcase work by many local artists, crafters and artisans from Julian and other nearby communities.

BLUES' BREWS AND BARBEQUE THIS SATURDAY IN JACUMBA HOT SPRINGS

East County News Service                                                                                                     

April 29, 2015 (Jacumba Hot Springs)--The Jacumba Arts Council presents the fourth annual Blues Fest this Saturday, May 2nd from 2-7 p.m.  After 7 p.m. there will be a 'monster jam'. The event is sponsored by the Jacumba Hot Springs Spa & Resort and will take place at the Jacumba Hot Springs Spa located on Old Highway 80.  Admission is free, non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase along with delicious varieties of barbeque.

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF PLAYS BROADWAY IN LEMON GROVE APRIL 24 - MAY 2

 

By Kathy Carpenter

SDTheatrereviews. com associate and Youth reviewer

April 27, 2015 (Lemon Grove) - Celebrating 75 years, it's Diamond jubilee as a Parish, 1940 - 2015, St. John of the Cross will present "Fiddler on the Roof", the 20th play as a Parrish.The play opens at St. John of the Cross, in the Hall, at 8086 Broadway.  April 24th, at 7pm, with a wine and cheese hour at 6pm for $10.00, in the courtyard. People who attend this event go in ten minutes before everyone else. The seating is open. The play is also on the 25th at 7pm, 26th at 2pm, May 1st at 7pm, May 2nd at 7pm, and May 3rd at 2pm.

IN-KO-PAH 2: MUSIC UNDER THE STARS AT DESERT VIEW TOWER MAY 2

 

April 6, 2015 (In-Ko-Pah)—The second annual In-Ko-Pah classic desert concert will be held  on May 2nd .   This outdoor high-desert concert will be held at the Desert View Tower, a state historical monument perched on a rocky hillside overlooking the Anza-Borrego Desert. The In-Ko-Pah offers music lovers and naturalists alike a chance to experience an overnight event within our Southwest region.

REVIEW: DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

 

Playing now through April 25 at Valhalla High School Theatre Arts

By Kathy Carpenter

Associate and Youth Reviewer sdtheatrereviews

April 19, 2015 (El Cajon) - Who doesn't love the romance of Beauty and the Beast? In a land far far away called Valhalla, the young adults came to entertain and entertain us they did. Was the show perfect, of course not. But where it lacked in singing, they definitely made up for in acting. This tale as old as time was funny, charming and totally well-acted. Bringing a slice of enchantment to those who ventured forth upon their theatre.

CUYAMACA COLLEGE'S COYOTE MUSIC FESTIVAL MAY 2: A HOWLING GOOD TIME

 

April 17, 2015 (Rancho San Diego)--Six homegrown bands playing an eclectic mix of folk, jazz, pop and rock will perform on two stages on the grand lawn of Cuyamaca College at the Coyote Music Festival noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 2. Now in its seventh year, the entirely student-run festival will provide the community a free afternoon of live music by local talent in a family-friendly venue, where picnic blankets and lawn chairs are the best seats in the house.

CIRCLE PLAYERS PRESENT "CAFE MURDER" MAY 1-3 IN EL CAJON

 

Hear our interview with Joel Gossert, Circle Players:  http://k003.kiwi6.com/hotlink/v01ki27s6e/Newsmaker-JoelGossett-CafeMurde...

 

East County News Service

April 18, 2015 (El Cajon)-- “Café Murder” will be presented by The Circle Players of East County, a new community theatre group, May 1 through May 3 at Richardson Hall, 551 Farragut Circle, El Cajon.

SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL JR.: ONSTAGE NOW THROUG APRIL 18

 

By Kathy Carpenter

Associate and Youth Reviewer sdtheatrereviews 

Running April 9-11 and April 16-18, 7 p.m., presented by Visionary Youth Theatre, San Diego

http://visionarydancetheatre.org/Visionary/

April 11, 2015 (San Diego)--Seussical fun for the whole family. Based on "Horton Hears a Who," Horton Hatches The Egg," and "Miss Gertrude McFuzz." Horton the Who snd The Cat in the Hat transport us from The Jungle of Nool to Circus McGurkus. When Horton finds a speck of dust containing little people called the Whos, he must protect them from danger and guard an egg left in his care temporarily. Friendship, family, loyalty and community are all challenged before Horton triumphs.

A CONCERT WITH A "TWIST": CHUBBY CHECKER AT SYCUAN APRIL 23

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo by Phil Konstanin

April 10, 2015 (El Cajon ) – Rock and roll superstar Chubby Checker will perform a concert with a “Twist” on  April 23rd at Sycuan’s Live & Up Close Theater.  Checker rocketed to fame in 1960, when his recording of “The Twist” was the number one song in the nation, sparking a new dance craze and countless variations such as the “Peppermint Twist”, “Let’s Twist Again” and “Twist and Shout.”

EL CAJON ISSUES BID REQUEST FOR PERFORMING ARTS CENTER REPAIRS

 

 

By Paul Kruze

Photo by Miriam Raftery: Performers on stage at ECPAC in brighter days

April 10, 2015 (El Cajon)--It has been said that “the opera ain’t over until the fat lady sings.” If all goes as planned, the fat lady could be soon be setting a date to sing on the stage at the shuttered and embattled East County Performing Art Center (ECPAC) sooner than later.

In a move that pleased local community activists who have decried the prolonged shutdown of downtown El Cajon’s entertainment venue, the City of El Cajon released an extensive request for bids to fix the theater’s leaky roof and bring about extensive technical upgrades throughout the facility.

RAMONA H.E.A.R.T MURALS REFLECT AREA'S HISTORIC HERITAGE

 

April 9, 2015 (Ramona) - If you’ve traveled through Ramona recently , you may have noticed some colorful murals depicting the town’s historical heritage.

RAMONA OPEN STUDIO TOUR APRIL 11-12

 

April 9, 2015 (Ramona) – The 12th annual Ramona Open Studios tour will be held this Satudray and Sunday, April 11-12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you've ever wondered what an artist's studio looks like, now is your opportunity to see for yourself. During the Ramona Open Studios Tour, artists in Ramona will open their studios to curious visitors, inviting them to talk, check out how they work, and buy artwork if they're interested.

OLÉ! FAMED ROMEROS FAMILY IN CONCERT APRIL 12 IN POWAY

 

April 7, 2015 (Poway)--Three generations of the famous Romeros family will perform a guitar music concert on Sunday, April 12 at 2 p.m. in the Poway Center for the Performing Arts. 

Known as the “masters of the guitar,” the Romeros have performed for dignitaries around the world, including the President of the United States, his Royal Majesty of Spain and Pope John Paul II at the Vatican.

SAN DIEGO EARLY MUSIC SOCIETY PRESENTS BAROQUE CONCERT APRIL 9



East County News Service

April 7, 2015 (El Cajon) – Members of the San Diego Early Music Society (SDEMS) will be performing baroque concertos for harp, mandolin and flute at Cuyamaca College’s Performing Arts Center on Thursday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. The program will hear is comprised of concerti of Vivaldi, Telemann, Durante, Corelli and Handel for various combinations of soloists.

“SDEMS members asked for a return visit by Concerto Koeln, and we’re only too happy to comply,” said president Mark Lester. “We’re delighted to be able to bring such an accomplished and widely recognized performing group to our newest venue in East County.”

SD FESTIVAL CHORUS & ORCHESTRA PRESENTS “TWO FOR THE SHOW” MAY 3

 

 

East County News Service

April 5, 2015 (San Diego) – The San Diego Festival Chorus and Orchestra will present “Two for the Show” on Sunday, May 3rd at 3 p.m. at College Avenue Baptist Church (4747 College Avenue, San Diego). 

The concert features two major choral works:  Gioacchino Rossini’s “Stabat Mater” and John Rutter’s “Feel the Spirit.”  The performers include a 90-voice chorus and soloists as well as a 48-piece symphony orchestra .

PASSAGES: ACCLAIMED POTRERO POET STEVE KOWIT

 

April 3, 2015 (Potrero) – Steve Kowit, well-known poet, author, teacher and Potrero resident, passed away this morning following heart surgery  Kowit taught at Southwestern College and San Diego State University, mentored many, and inspired a generation of local writers through his teaching, readings and writings.

He was distinguished by his many awards for poetry, which include the National Endowment Fellowship in Poetry, two Pushcart Prizes, the Atlanta Review Poetry Prize, the Ouroboros Book Award, the 2006 Tampa Review Poetry Prize, and most recently the San Diego Theodore Geisel Award.

LOCAL POP COUNTRY ARTIST DANNIE MARIE VISITS CA RADIO STATIONS ON SPRING BREAK TOUR

 

East County News Service

April 2, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--Singer-songwriter Dannie Marie from San Diego’s East County is embarking on a Spring Break radio tour April 2-13 to promote the release of the first single and title track from her forthcoming CD, and bring her brand of “bro country with a dose of estrogen” to the airwaves.  Recorded in Nashville with a full band, “Anything I Wanna Be” will be distributed by PlayMPE to 1,200 radio stations. To coincide with the April release to iTunes and May release to radio, Dannie Marie will visit a dozen stations spanning nearly 1,000 miles from Bullhead City, AZ to Crescent City, CA for interviews and acoustic performances.

REVIEW: PETER PAN, BROADWAY'S TIMELESS MUSICAL

 

By Kathy Carpenter, Associate and Youth Reviewer, SDTheatreReviews

Presented by Young Actors' Theatre at the Encore Theatre in Spring Valley March 20-29

March 31, 2015 (Spring Valley) - Neverland the place where we don't have to grow up. Many adults wish they could go back to this imaginary time of their life. For a couple of hours you can visit this fanciful place with Indians, pirates, fairies and lost boys looking for the mother they never knew.

"THROUGH OUR EYES" ART EXHIBIT AT MISSION TRAILS MARCH 28 - APRIL 24

 

East County News Service

March 29, 2015 (San Diego)--The Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation is pleased to present an exhibition featuring Vicky DeLong - Ceramic Art and Michelle Gonzalez - Acrylic and Watercolor paintings.

ENVISION COLOR, NEW ARTWORKS STUDIO AND SUPPLIES, OPENS IN RAMONA

 

March 26, 2015 (Ramona) --Envision Color, creative artworks studio and supplies is now open for business at 733 Main Street.  Proud owners Carli Walsh and Donna Parsons have teamed up to provide Old Town Ramona with a much needed multimedia art studio offering artistic opportunities to all ages and abilities. No experience is required, just the passion for creating.

FROM COUNTRY TO REGGAE, RAMONA MUSIC FEST TAKES STAGE MARCH 28

 
March 26, 2015 (Ramona) -- This Saturday, March 28th,te Ramona Music Fest will feature emerging talent and popular San Diego musicians playing everything from rock to reggae and from country to Americana.
 
This all-day outdoor event benefits the Ramona Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs. It will be held at the Ramona Outdoor Community Center, 421 Aqua Lane in Ramona.  

GOING NATIVE: CELEBRATE THE EQUINOX MARCH 20 AT O'DUNN FINE ART

 

East County News Service

March 19, 2015 (La Mesa) – The public is invited to meet artist Vanessa Rusczyk and Sunbelt Publishers authors Philip Pryde, Diana Lindsay, Jack Innis and Nicholas Clapp. It’s all part of a “Going Native” spring equinox celebration on Friday, March 20th from 6 to 9 p.m at O’Dunn Fine Art in La Mesa.

CHEERS FOR BASEBALL AMERICANA!

March 18, 2015 (La Mesa) -- Cheers for Baseball Americana! On April 2, baseball fans can savor the exquisite flavors of San Pasqual Winery’s selection of hand-crafted wines while listening to baseball’s most famous readings.

Who’s on First? That would be Write Out Loud founders Walter Ritter and Veronica Murphy, and the evening’s host, La Mesa Mayor Mark Arapostathis.

This La Mesa Arts Alliance event will begin with no-host wine bar reception at 6:30 p.m., and a curtain time of 7:00 p.m. Admission is free, but seating is limited.

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DOOMED TO DESTINY

 

A review of Oedipus El Rey  at the Lyceum Theater, by Mimi Pollack

March 19,2015 (San Diego)--Is a young man doomed to destiny or can he overcome his fate? Since the play, Oedipus El Rey, is based on a classic Greek tragedy, Oedipus Rex, we all know what the answer will be. Nevertheless, this adaptation written by acclaimed playwright, Luis Alfaro, set in a modern Chicano background or urban barrio, asks this age old question.

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW WITH SAN SAN DIEGO CONCERT BAND--AND A PREVIEW OF THE APRIL 17 SPRINGTIME CLASSICS CONCERT

March 17, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – This week, we sat down for an interview with Chuck Brown and Roy Anthony, the founder and conductor of the San Diego Concert Band. This talented musical group has its roots in La Mesa and will be performing its 26th annual Springtime Classics concert on April 17th at 7 p.m.  Kroc Center.  The event will feature a wide range of music, from Sousa marches to classical works of Verdi, Wagner, and a world premier piece performed by the San Diego Clarinet Quartet.

Hear our exclusive interview online now (originally aired on KNSJ 89.1 FM radio): http://k003.kiwi6.com/hotlink/yq59dlg7sn/Newsmakers-SD_Concert_Band-ChuckBown_and_RoyAnthony.mp3

Brown and Anthony share details on the concert and the band’s efforts to win a national John Philip Sousa award. In addition, Anthony discusses the inspiring triumph over cancer by his son, a Mount Miguel High School alumni and organizer of a recent “Cancer Blows” concert with Doc Severinson and the Dallas Symphony. Plus hear a sneak preview of music from the upcoming concert on our show.

SPRING BREAK ART CAMP ON MT. HELIX

 

March 17, 2016 (Mt. Helix)-- Following a successful fall run, Art Smarts and Mt. Helix Park are partnering up again this spring to bring a one-of-a-kind kids’ art camp to East County. From March 30 through April 3, Art Smarts, which hosts after-school art programs throughout San Diego, will be offering Art In The Park - at Mt. Helix Park for kids ages 5 to 12.

12 BANDS HEADLINE HARPFEST HARMONICA EXTRAVAGANZA: APRIL 4 IN LA MESA

 

March 15, 2015 (La Mesa)--World-renowned Kim Wilson will headline this year’s Spring Harp Fest XVI on Saturday, April 4thwith 12 of California’s top bands at Harry Griffen Park in La Mesa from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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