Arts and Music

JULIAN THEATRE PRESENTS “A CHRISTMAS CAROL” DEC. 8-16

 

East County News Service

November 21, 2017 (Julian) – Julian Theatre will present Charles Dickens’ holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol.”  This timeless tale focuses on the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge as he is visited by the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future.  Scrooge’s clerk, Bob Cratchit and his impoverished family including the frail Tiny Tim face a grim future, unless Scrooge can find redemption and discover the true spirit of Christmas.

THE SHOWS WILL GO ON: EL CAJON POISED TO COMPLETE DEAL WITH LIVE NATION TO REOPEN ECPAC

 

By Paul Kruze

November 20, 2017 (El Cajon) – Since the East County Perform Arts Center shut down  in 2010, many East County residents have been frustrated with the slow pace of completing repairs and finding new management.

Finally, at last Tuesday’s El Cajon City Council hearing, residents heard the news they’ve long been waiting for. Mayor Bill Wells and City Manager Doug Williford announced that a preliminary five year management agreement for the theater has been reached with Live Nation, a Beverly Hills-based live-events company focused on producing worldwide concert and entertainment-show promotions.

Details of the final agreement are expected to be shared at the next meeting and approved by the City Council. The vote will mark the culmination of some one-and-a-half years of negotiation by Williford.

HOLIDAY CHEER AND MORE AT SAN PASQUAL WINERY

 

East County News Service

November 18, 2017 (La Mesa) – Looking for holiday cheer?  San Pasqual Winery’s tasting room in La Mesa is offering cork wreath making classes, an evening of wine and cheese, and live music nights featuring musicians specializing in jazz, classical, and guitar ranging from country to classic rock and more.  For a full schedule of holiday season happenings, scroll down.

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: LEARN A LESSON ABOUT FAMILY AND CELEBRATE DIA DE LOS MUERTOS! (COCO)

 

Story by Liz Alper

Photos courtesy Disney

November 6, 2017 (San Diego) - Just in time for Dia de los Muertos, Disney and Pixar’s Coco takes audiences on a colorful journey..  Right off the bat, the music introduces you to the rich Mexican culture you'll experience throughout the film.  Music continues to carry you throughout the movie.  In fact, the movie is about music!

SAN DIEGO FESTIVAL CHORUS AND ORCHESTRA PRESENTS “SOUNDS GOOD” HOLIDAY CONCERT DEC. 10

 

By Valerie Watts

October 23, 2017 (San Diego) -- Ready for some good sounds of the season to get you into the holiday spirit?  On Sunday, December 10th at 3 p.m. The San Diego Festival Chorus and Orchestra will be presenting their concert entitled "Sounds Good," at College Avenue Baptist Church at 4747 College Avenue in San Diego.  This musical offering will consist of the Christmas portion of Handel's beloved "Messiah" along with selections of popular holiday music.  The Chorus is some 70 singers strong, the orchestra is 48 pieces and this concert, conducted by founder and director Anthony V. Mostardo, will also feature some of our fine local soloists

SAN DIEGO ARAB FILM FESTIVAL 2017 INCLUDED 1948: CREATION AND CATASTROPHE AND ALI, THE GOAT AND IBRAHIM

 

By Jonathan Goetz

Photo, left: 1948: Creation and Catastrophe Directors Professor Ahlam Muhtaseb, Ph.D. and Andy Trimlett

November 13, 2017 (San Diego) – October’s San Diego Arab Film Festival was a success, featuring films from Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Qatar, France, Tunisia and the United States.

SANTEE COUNCIL CHOOSES CINEMARK FOR THEATRE MULTIPLEX; APPROVES TRAFFIC FLOW PLAN WITHOUT MAST BOULEVARD EXTENSION

 

By Paul Kruze

Link to audio of Santee City Council Meeting, Oct. 25, 2017

November 3, 2017 (Santee) -- Cinemark Theatres won unanimous approval from the Santee City Council Wednesday to operate a multiplex movie theater. The multiplex theater is to be built on a seven-acre parcel purchased last spring from the County of San Diego near the Santee Town Center shopping mall and Parc One apartment complex at 320 Town Center Parkway.

INTO THE WOODS AT GRANITE HILLS NOV. 9-18

 

By Valerie Watts

November 3, 2017 (El Cajon) - Are you ready to see all your favorite fair tales mixed together, stood on end, and performed by an enthusiastic high school performing troupe?  Granite Hills High School Theater is presenting the Broadway version of "Into the Woods" at 1719 E. Madison Ave., El Cajon.  Performance dates are November 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18 at 7 p.m. with additional matinee showings at 1 p.m. on the 11th and 18th.  Admission is $15 for adults and $5 for children 10 and younger.  For more information, message 619-655-1213.

REVIEW: KISS THE GIRLS AND MAKE THEM CRY PRESENTS VOICES THAT NEED TO BE HEARD AT MONTE VISTA

 

By Kathy Carpenter

Associate Reviewer sdtheatrereviews.com

Freelance Writer Splash Magazine

www.http://losangeles.splashmags.com/

November 2, 2017 (Spring Valley) - Powerful. That's the word that comes to mind when you see Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry at Monte Vista Monarch Theatre. Over a hundred seats were sold out for this show. Ms. Benitez says musicals usually fill the seats, but not the more serious shows. The seats were filled mostly with peers and that's a good thing, especially for the material in this production. Every student in middle and high school, along with parents, should watch this one.

FALL ACTIVITIES AT MISSION TRAILS REGIONAL PARK

 

East County News Service

October 29, 2017 (San Diego) – Mission Trails Regional Park announces a series of fall activities.  These include concerts and a Native American flute circle, a star viewing party, live hawk demonstration, bird watching and wildlife walks, an art show and more.

For a full schedule of events, scroll down.  For details on all of these activities, visit http://www.MTRP.org.

THE ADDAMS FAMILY REVIEW - KOOKY IN TIME FOR HALLOWEEN, THROUGH OCT. 29

 

By Kathy Carpenter

Associate Reviewer sdtheatrereviews.com

Freelance Writer Splash Magazine

www.http://losangeles.splashmags.com/

October 26, 2017 (La Mesa) - What sbetter way to spend time on the Halloween weekend than spending time with the family seeing a wholesome play, and getting your creepy fix? CYT (Christian Youth Theatre) has one more weekend at the Joan Kroc Center, presenting The Addams Family, directed by Joshua and Amanda Pontsler, who did an amazing job with this huge cast. The kind of entertainment that has you smiling from ear to ear.

YOUTH INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC COMPETITION ANNOUNCED BY ROTARY: $2,500 SCHOLARSHIP GRAND PRIZE

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 22, 2017 (La Mesa) – If you’re a local high school-age student with musical talent, you’re invited to participate in the La Mesa Rotary Club’s Instrumental Music Competition on January 24th. The winner will advance to a regional contest in February, where finalists for a district-wide competition will be held in March with finalists from across San Diego and Imperial Counties. The grand prize will be a $2,500 scholarship.

LOCAL ARTISTS’ RECEPTION NOV. 3 AT NAINSOOK GALLERY

 

By Valerie Watts

Photos:  "Beachcombers" by Sharon Thomas; "Lavender Field" by Maic Palmier

October 21, 2017 (La Mesa) - "Nainsook" is a word derived from Hindi and Urdo which literally means "eye's delight."  Nainsook Framing and Art invites the public to an artists' reception celebrating the opening of a show of works by local artists Friday November 3 from 6-8 p.m.at 8130 La Mesa Boulevard in La Mesa. 

Wine and cheese will be served, and your eyes are sure to delight in the works of Daphne Gaylord, Elaine Harvey, Jason Humphrey, Joan Everds, Katy Weesner, Mae Crauder-Davis, Maic Palmieri, Paul White, Risë Parberry, Robert Gerdes, Sharon Thomas and Virginia Klute.  The show will run through December 30. 

BAMBOOZLED: A FAST PACED, UPBEAT AND WONDERFUL SHOW

 

By Jonathan Goetz

Photo, left:  Mackenzie Hyden, Michelle Porras, Zayda Estrada, and Sophia Torres in “Spiral Dance” 

October 20, 2017 (San Diego/La Mesa) - Bamboozled by Spencer John Powell's Kidz Danz Kompany was energetic, fast-paced and fun to watch. The music selection was stellar and made for an upbeat show; even a toddler in the row next to me was jumping up and down and dancing with the music. My favorite parts were the flips by Michelle Porras, the high energy classical piece “Psalms for the Children of Syria” and the graceful “Spiral Dance.”

TONY, THE MOVIE: FILM ON HOMELESSNESS IN SAN DIEGO SHOWING OCT. 30 IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

October 18, 2017 (La Mesa) -- You’re invited to join La Mesa Conversations and La Mesa First United Methodist Church's Community Outreach Ministry for a joint presentation of the new film "Tony - The Movie," a film about homelessness in San Diego.  The film we be showed on October 30th.  Please visit http://tony-themovie.com/ to learn more about the film.

The screening at the church (4690 Palm Avenue, La Mesa) will be followed by a panel presentation and discussion about homelessness in San Diego and La Mesa, with a question and answer session.

PETER AND THE STAR CATCHERS: PIRATES INVADE CASA DE ORO

 

Show continues this weekend Oct. 12-14

Review By Kathy Carpenter

Associate Reviewer sdtheatrereviews.com

Freelance Writer Splash Magazine

October 10, 2017 - (Casa De Oro) - Kids are amazing. The Young Actors Theatre stars shine again and again. They are committed, work hard, and keep growing as talented young people—some of whom could have long careers in the arts if they wish.

Peter and the Star Catcher, directed and choreographed by Joe Dioisio, is a complex but not well known show that is at times hard to follow. The story is about Peter Pan, before he was Pan. Let your imagination take flight.

LOVE SEX AND THE I.R.S OCTOBER 5 - 14: TAXES MEET FUN

 

Review by Kathy Carpenter

Associate Reviewer sdtheatrereviews.com

Freelance Writer Splash Magazine

October  12, 2017 - (El Cajon) - Love. Sex, and the I.R.S. are topics we all think about a lot--however, most likely not laugh at. This play reminded me of a long episode of the television show "Love American Style," an early ‘70s show. It’s ridiculous and funny.

THE SAPS AT SEA PRESENT HOWLARIOUS HALLOSCREAM! OCT. 28

 

By Liz Alper

October 7, 2017 (Spring Valley) - Saps at Sea, the San Diego chapter of the Sons of the Desert, the international Laurel & Hardy fan club, presents their Halloween program, Howlarious HalloScream! on October 28 at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity Presbytarian Church in Spring Valley.   The Saps are teaming up with the Theater Organ Society of San Diego and both groups' very own Russ Peck will be playing organ accompanyments to the films.

WARNER SPRINGS RANCH RESORT TO CELEBRATE GRAND OPENING OF ART GALLERY ON OCT. 15

 

"The Gallery at Warner Springs” will showcase local art, serve as visitor center in historic Loretta Young House

Photos: Judith Doxey artwork depicting Warner Hot Springs pools and walkway

East County News Service

October 6, 2017 (Warner Springs) – Warner Springs Ranch Resort (WSRR) will now be home to “The Gallery at Warner Springs,which will celebrate its grand opening on Sunday, Oct. 15 from 1-4 p.m. at the property’s Loretta Young House, located at 31652 Highway 79. In addition to food and drinks, the event will feature a raffle and silent auction benefitting the Warner Springs Cultural Association.

OKTOBERFEST IN EL CAJON SEPT. 29-OCT. 1 AND OCT. 6-8

 

East County News Service

September 28, 2017 (El Cajon) - The German America Club of San Diego hosts its annual Oktoberfest at its headquarters (1017 Mollison Ave.) in El Cajon over two weekends, September 29th through October 1st and again October 6th through 8th.

SINATRA FOREVER AND HUMAN NATURE TO PERFORM AT SYCUAN CASINO MARCH 22; TICKET SALES OPEN SEPT. 29

 

Source:  Sycuan

September 26, 2017 (El Cajon) – Rick Michel, a master impressionist who has performed and headlined in Las Vegas since 1981, will present “Sinatra Forever,” a show focusing on the music of Frank Sinatra. Michel has been called “the closest thing to Sinatra we have ever heard” by Variety.

LA MESA HEALTH CARE LIBRARY ART EXHIBIT FEATURES 45 PAINTINGS

 

East County News Service

 

September 26, 2017 (La Mesa) – The Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, a consumer health library at 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, is hosting its current art exhibit featuring 45 paintings by Michael Dayon of La Mesa. The exhibit, ending Sept. 30, features Dayon’s paintings in a variety of media, including alkyd-oil, acrylic, gouache, graphite and mixed media. Also on display is Dayon’s “Fritz the Pearman” series (Fritz is Dayon’s “struggling artist” alter ego).

GARDEN PARTY AND POP-UP ART SHOW OCT. 1 IN SAN CARLOS

 

By Valerie Watts

September 24, 2017 (San Carlos) -- On Sunday, October 1 from 12-4 p.m., the On the Edge Art Collective is hosting a garden party and pop-up art show at 6378 Lake Athabaska Place, San Diego, CA 92119.  The Collective, which has ties with the On the Edge Art Gallery in La Mesa, is a group of local artists who gather to paint together, challenge each other, and put on pop-up art shows to display and sell their works.  This event will be the second annual held at this location, the private residence of one of their members, Bebe Brookman.  Her home and garden will be the backdrop for affordable art by over 11 local artists.  They are also offering light refreshments and acoustic music.  For more information, call 619-733-4786.

WORLD-CLASS MUSICIANS HIGHLIGHT 2017 FALL CONCERT SERIES AT CUYAMACA COLLEGE

 

East County News Service

September 20, 2017 (Rancho San Diego)--The 2017 edition of the Fall Concert Series at Cuyamaca College will include a trio of world-class musicians from as far away as New York who will perform the first in an ongoing calendar of classic concerts underwritten by a well-known patron of the arts.

BUGSY’S BREW, POPULAR COFFEE SHOP AND OPEN MIC VENUE, CLOSES DOORS

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 19, 2017 (La Mesa) – Bugsy’s Brew Coffee shop ha s closed its doors, five years after opening at the corner of La Mesa Blvd. and Jackson Drive.   A note taped to the door informs customers of the closing over the weekend “with a heavy heart but great memories.”  Owner Dan Moran thanked patrons, adding, “I’m sorry for having to move on, but my family is in need and I just focus on remaining active in my children’s lives! Family first forever.  I will love and miss my time here…let’s stay positive and may our paths cross in the future.”

NEW FALL CLASSES FOR NONPROFIT CITY HEIGHTS MUSIC SCHOOL START OCT. 4

 

By Jeff Meyer

September 18, 2017 (City Heights) -- Additional fall classes provided by the City Heights Music School (CHMS) start October 4 at the Church of the Nazarene, 4101 University Avenue, San Diego. Classes offered include Mariachi, violin, voice, guitar, drums, piano, capoeira and ukuele. 

PADRE JOHNSON DONATES “GLOBAL FAMILY” PORTRAITS TO HERITAGE OF THE AMERICAS MUSEUM: SPECIAL PRESENTATION AND RECEPTION OCT. 6

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 18, 2017 (Rancho San Diego) – Heritage of the Americas Museum invites the public to a special presentation and reception, “Padre Johnson and his Gift of the Global Human Family” on Friday, October 6 from 3 to 5 p.m. 

TAKE A STROLL AT THE ALLEY CAT ART WALK SEPT. 15 IN EL CAJON FOR ARTS, CRAFTS, MUSIC AND MORE

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 10, 2017 (El Cajon) – You’re invited to bring the family and stroll through downtown El Cajon’s “art alley” on Rea Street at the 2017 Alley Cat Art Walk on Friday, September 15 from 5 to 10 p.m.

Enjoy over 20 outdoor art and craft vendor booths three live music stages, plus select galleries and businesses serving up complimentary hors d’oeuvres and more. Sophie’s Gallery, for instance, will have beer tasting in addition to foods and art demonstrations.  There will also be food trucks on hand.

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