Arts and Music
San Pasqual Winery is now offer a series of live music on Saturday nights in the back room of its tasting room on La Mesa Boulevard in La Mesa. On Saturday, February 23 from 7-10 p.m., The Sock Monkeys will perform.
FILMS, SCHEDULE & TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE FOR MARCH 7-17, 20TH ANNIVERSARY SAN DIEGO LATINO FILM FESTIVAL
February 20, 2013 (San Diego)--As San Diego comes together to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the San Diego Latino Film Festival (SDLFF), mix and mingle with celebrities, filmmakers, and civic and community leaders.
Showcasing the latest in Latino cinema, from the highly anticipated documentary Hecho en Mexico featuring Diego Luna, the historical drama Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla; to Colosio, the film that delves into the life and mystery shrouded murder of the Mexican presidential candidate.
February 16, 2013 (San Diego’s East County)--El Cajon resident and wildlife painter Gloria Chadwick has been selected as the featured artist for the 40th annual California Open Wildlife Art Festival, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 16 and 17, at Liberty Station in San Diego’s Point Loma area. The festival, open to the public, will run from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both weekend days at Liberty Station’s Corky McMillin Event Center, NTC Promenade, 2875 Dewey Road, San Diego. Admission is $5 per person, and children under 12 years of age are free. For more information, visit www.PSWA.net.
February 14, 2013 (San Diego) --The excitement and glamour of Hollywood are coming to San Diego on Oscar Night. Residents of San Diego can experience the thrills and surprises of the 85th Academy Awards on Sunday, February 24, at San Diego’s premier Oscar Experience.
A viewing party benefiting Community Campership Council Inc will be held in Celebration Hall at Market Creek Events & Venues beginning at 5:00 p.m. More information about the event and the Community Campership Council can be found at www.kidstocamp.org; tickets are on sale.
Join the most fun event in town!
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By Caprice Harrison
February 22, 2013 (La Mesa) – Bring friends and come on out for some terrific comedy tonight (Feb. 22) at Holiday Inn Mesa Grill, 8000 Parkway Drive to benefit East County Magazine (ECM). Brew Ha Ha’s hilarious comedy team, Chris Clobber from HBO and Comedy Central and internationally known comic Diane Jean, will perform stand-up comedy for an evening of laughs. Show starts at 7 p.m., or come early to mix and mingle at 6 p.m. with our staff, readers and comics. Win prizes and surprises--including a Viejas gift basket, a winery tour, restaraunt gift certificates and more!
February 4, 2013 (San Diego) – The Friends of Taka Sumi-e Art Society will exhibit traditional Japanese-style brush paintings, called sumi-e, on February 17 at Mission Trails Regional Park, 1 Fr. Junipero Serra Drive, San Diego from 1 to 4 p.m. as part of the Mission Trails Regional Park concert series featuring the Japanese bamboo flute. The art show features the works of the members of the art- based society, Friends of Taka Sumi-e dedicated to studying and sharing the art of sumi-e brush painting.
By Rebecca J. Williamson
January 31, 2013 (Spring Valley) -- Who doesn’t like the thought of total deliverance? Spring Valley’s Total Deliverance Worship Temple offered up deliverance by hosting M.A.N.D.A.T.E.’s (a local gospel record label) 18th-anniversary concert on Saturday, January 26, 2013.
Nu Vision, Archie Robinson, J. Pierre, Evangel, Men 4 Christ, and others either performed, did introductions, or contributed to a fun, gospel based evening.
Rhino records to reissue landmark Rumours album on January 29
January 28, 2013 (Alpine) - Based on an overwhelming response to the recently announced Fleetwood Mac Live 2013 North American tour, which has already sold over 325,000 tickets, the band announced today that they will be adding 13 shows—including the Viejas Arena at San Diego State University. The newly announced leg of the tour includes second shows in Chicago, Boston and Los Angeles, new stops in Cleveland, Wantagh, Charlotte, Des Moines, Spokane, Portland, Sacramento, Albany, as well as, Montreal, Canada. A complete itinerary follows this release. Tickets for the second leg of the tour go on sale beginning February 1st at Ticketmaster.com.
January 26, 2013 (El Cajon)--February is Black History Month, and Grossmont college's Black History Month Planning Committee has lined up multiple events, including a rare opportunity to join two celebrated musicians - the Queen of the Kansas City Blues Jeannie Cheatham and legendary jazz artist John Handy -- as they talk about their lives, careers and craft from 2-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at Griffin Gate in Grossmont College's student center.
The presentation, dubbed "Day of Giants," is free and open to the public.
Two UCSD MFA Alumna return to San Diego to lead the storytelling
January 26, 2013 (San Diego)--Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company and MOXIE Theatre have announced the cast and creative team for their upcoming co-production of Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, adapted by Lydia Diamond. The play, about the legacy of racism on a young Black girl, begins previews on February 2 and runs to March 3, 2013, at MOXIE Theatre, located at 6663 El Cajon Blvd. Suite N, San Diego, CA, 92115, with a Press Opening on Friday, February 8 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are available at www.moolelo.net or 619-342-7395.
January 22, 2013 (San Diego) – The Museum of Photographic Arts, in community partnership with Survivors of Torture, International, The IRC, and other community partners is hosting the third year of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in San Diego from Jan. 22 – 28 at 1649 El Prado, San Diego. This film event has been described by the New York Times as the “cinematic conscience of the world.”
January 22, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – Joan McKasson and Joan Merrick were awarded first and second places respectively in the San Diego Watercolor Society’s January show “New Beginnings”. The juror, Carol Mansfield, complimented both paintings for their expert use of watercolor along with their strong colors and designs.
January 20, 2012 (Julian) -- Leena Hannonen, long time Pine Hills resident and artist who has mastered a variety of art forms ranging from sculpture to art photography, will display a collection of her latest and best work at Wynola Pizza beginning January 31.
She has shown her photos, jewelry and sculptures at the Julian Library and participated in several Julian Art Guild show. She also operated her own gallery in Wynola for several years.
January 20, 2013 (La Mesa) – Brew HaHa presents Ha Ha Heights at Haritna Mediterranean Restaurant, 7303 El Cajon Blvd., La Mesa on Jan. 23 from 7:30 – 9 p.m. The featured stand up comedy act is Four Fabulous Femmes with International Comedian Diane Jean, Maria Herman and more.
January 16, 2013 (Lakeside)--Sandra (Sandie) Seckington of Lakeside won a First Place award for miniatures at the San Diego Watercolor Society’s January show, “New Beginnings”. Sandie’s painting, “Uncertain Future”, was picked by juror Carol Mansfield because of its painterly but realistic depiction of a cheetah. Mansfield said that the cheetah had “such presence”.
Asked about her painting, Sandie said, “As a lifelong animal lover and currently doting "Mom" to two horses, two cats, a parrot and a dog, paintings of animals are a special pleasure for me. I try to really get to the soul of the animal through its eyes and imbue it with fanciful colors to express my delight in the creature.
September 15, 2013 (San Diego) -- Joan McKasson and Joan Merrick were awarded first and second places respectively in the San Diego Watercolor Society’s January show, “New Beginnings”. The juror, Carol Mansfield, complimented both paintings for their expert use of watercolor along with their strong colors and designs.
SANTEE RESIDENT PRODUCES FREE FAMILY ARTS & LITERACY PROGRAM AT THE SALVATION ARMY KROC CENTER JAN. 31
January 9, 2013 (San Diego) -- Local master teaching artist and educator Jerry Hager and The San Diego State University Performing Arts Troupe present “The Enchanted Bookshoppe” as part of the Free Family Arts and Literacy Connection series on January 31 at 6:30 p.m. at The Salvation Army Kroc Center’s multipurpose room at 6605 University Avenue, San Diego. The Free Family Arts and Literacy series is a partnership between The Salvation Army Kroc Center and Young Audiences of San Diego.
January 6, 2013 (La Mesa) – Biz Center Art is hosting a reception and sale of new artworks on January 19 at 6:30 p.m. at 7317 El Cajon Blvd., La Mesa. The show will include a bonus from some creative student artists a JCS San Diego Academy that will be showing work from their Monuments Project using symbols representing their goals in life.
January 6, 2013 (San Diego) – The winter series of the San Diego County Library Acoustic Showcase continues in January with concerts taking place throughout the month. The series offers a wonderful variety of some of San Diego’s vest singer/songwriters, folk music performers and story tellers. All concerts are free to the community.
January 4, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) -- East County Youth Symphony is a free, after school advanced music program for young musicians ages 6 to 25. No tuition and/or fees are required to participate. Ongoing auditions are now being held in January and February for the Spring 2013 Concert Season. All sections have open positions.
Pre-Orchestra Division is for the string players ages 6 to 12. Concert Band is for the winds and percussions ages 9 to 18. Symphony Orchestra (all instruments except saxophone and bass clarinet) is for ages 10 to 25.
December 28, 2012 (San Diego) – The Robin Henkel Blues Trio will perform at El Cajon Brewing Co., 110 North Magnolia Ave., El Cajon on January 16 from 6 – 9 p.m. The Trio’s performance is in the style of the Mississippi Delta blues.
December 28, 2012 (San Diego) – The award-winning Southern Gospel trio Greater Vision will perform at Skyline Church, 11330 Campo Road, San Diego on January 13 at 5:00 p.m. Greater Vision, organized in 1990, has been inspiring audiences with its rich vocal blend and gospel message. Tickets are $16 advance general admission, $20 at the door or $25 for Artist Circle admission.
December 31, 2012 (La Mesa) – O’Dunn Fine Art is serving up champagne and truffles today from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the gallery, 8325 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa. All paintings and pottery will be 10% - 50% off, including new inventory.
December 28, 2012 (Julian) – As part of the San Diego County Library’s acoustical performance series, The Yes Team will perform at the Julian Library on January 8.
The free concert will be held from 6- 7 p.m. The library is located at 1850 Highway 78, Julian, CA 92036.
December 27, 2012 (La Mesa) – Looking for some laughs? Brew Ha Ha Comedy presents Janice Remland performing live standup comedy at the Holiday Inn, Mesa Grill, 8000 Parkway Drive, La Mesa on Dec. 28. The mixer will begin at 6 p.m. with the show time at 7 p.m.
December 22, 2012 (San Diego) – An art exhibition and reception hosted by Gerry and Claire Tietje will be held at Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center at 1 Fr. Junipero Serra Dr., from 1 – 4 p.m. on December 23. “Kamera and Kiln” is a joint art exhibition hosted by award winning artists Gerry and Claire Tietje.
December 7, 2012 (San Diego) – East County makes a strong showing in the upcoming San Diego Pottery Tour on December 8 & 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour is a celebration of ceramics, city-wide with over 25 potters in 10 locations from Spring Valley to Point Loma. Seven of the studios are located in East County with local artists David Cuzick, Mary Cuzick, Eric Rempe and Danae Dehne, to name just a few.
The tour is self-guided and free. Click here for a map of the studios along with which artists are located at them.
December 6, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)—Grossmont College’s Symphony Orchestra and Master Chorale will present a Baroque Christmas Concert on December 11 and 12 in East County and San Diego. The performances will feature beloved music from the Baroque masters: Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Biber and Charpentier, as well as violin solos by Michael Dvoskin and Luay Yousif.
On Tuesday, December 11 at 7:30 p.m., the program will be presented at St. Peter Chaldean Catholic Church, 1627 Jamacha Way in Rancho San Diego (the unincorporated portion of El Cajon).
By Kathy Carpenter
Stagehouse Theatre, Grossmont College
Playing December 6, 7, 8th at 7:30, and Dec. 8th at 2 p.m.
Based on La Culisine Des Anges - by Albert Husson
December 4, 2012 (El Cajon)--As a reviewer, I appreciate the fresh ways theatres keep coming up with to take care of housekeeping at the beginning of plays. The dos and don't of the theatre. In this case, the rules were read in French and then repeated by someone with a French accent, setting the tone of the play which takes place in the back of a store in Cayenne, French Guiana, on Christmas Eve 1910.
December 4, 2012 (San Diego) – East County makes a strong showing in the upcoming San Diego Pottery Tour on December 8 & 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour is a celebration of ceramics, city-wide with over 25 potters in 10 locations from Spring Valley to Point Loma. Seven of the studios are located in East County with local artists David Cuzick, Mary Cuzick, Eric Rempe and Danae Dehne, to name just a few.
The tour is self-guided and free. Click here for a map of the studios along with which artists are located at them.