Arts and Music

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.

BAMBOOZLED: KIDZ DANZ KOMPANY SHOWS SEPT. 22-23 INCLUDES PSALMS FOR CHILDREN OF SYRIA AND ELTON JOHN TRIBUTE

 

East County News Service

August 21, 2017 (San Diego) -- Kidz Danz Kompany, the acclaimed children’s dance troupe based in La Mesa, presents “Bamboozled” at the San Diego Performing Arts Center (4579 Mission Gorge Place, San Diego) on September 22-23 at 7 p.m. 

ARTIST DRAWS NATIONAL ATTENTION WITH CHILD MURAL AT BORDER FENCE IN EAST COUNTY

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 10, 2017 (Tecate) – “The history of humanity is the story of people migrating,” French artist JR posted on his Twitter feed.

Drawing attention to the plight of innocent children denied entry to, or facing expulsion from the U.S. under President Donald Trump’s tough policies, JR erected a 70-foot-tall mural titled Kikito. It depicts a one-year-old boy peeking over the border fence in Tecate, visible from the U.S. side of the border in San Diego’s East County.

SALSA MUSIC, DANCE SEPT. 25 TO RAISE FUNDS FOR GROSSMONT MUSIC DEPARTMENT

 

East County News Service

September 4, 2017 (El Cajon) -- The Grossmont College Music Department will present "Salsa Under the Stars," a fundraiser for student scholarships and a CD release celebration for music instructor and internationally known salsa bandleader, composer and recording artist Manny Cepeda.

DADDY'S DYIN', WHO'S GOT THE WILL? LAMPLIGHTERS REVIEW - TEXAS-SIZED FUN THRU SEPTEMBER 17

 

By Kathy Carpenter

Freelance Writer www.splashmags.com

September 2, 2017  (La Mesa) -- Magnetic. Daddy's Dyin' Who's Got The Will, by Del Shores, master of Texas comedies, draws you in like sweet potato pie at Thanksgiving. This Lamplighters Theatre production has lots of rich characters--sweet and naughty.

FIFTH ANNUAL RAMONA ART AND WINE FESTIVAL TO BE HELD NOVEMBER 4; EARLY BIRD DISCOUNTED TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW

 

Source:  Ramona Valley Vineyard Association

August 30, 2017 (Ramona) - The 5th annual Ramona Art and Wine Festival will be held at Begent Ranch, 18528 Highland Valley Road, Ramona, Calif., on Saturday, November 4, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Early-bird discounted tickets are available now at http://ramonaartandwinefest.net.

STREET ART FILM “CHANGING THE WORLD, ONE WALL AT A TIME” SHOWING SEPT. 9 AT EL CAJON LIBRARY

 

Documentary on education apartheid in Iran against Baha’I minority to premiere at Harlem International Film Festival

East County News Service

August 30, 2017 (El Cajon) -- Changing the World, One Wall at a Time, is a documentary feature film on Education Is Not a Crime – the world’s largest street art and human rights campaign, which raises awareness about education apartheid by Iran’s government against tens of thousands of Baha’is in the country. 

WIEGHORST MUSEUM PRESENTS ART SHOW, RECEPTION TO BENEFIT PROMINENT WESTERN ARTIST JACK JORDAN

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 18, 2017 (El Cajon) – Works by Jack Jordan, a distinguished El Cajon artist, art teacher and former art director of the Evening Tribune, will be displaced at the Olaf Wieghorst Museum (131 Rea Ave.) in El Cajon from September 9-28, with a reception on September 9 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.  This is a benefit event to honor Jordan and raise funds for the aging artist’s medical expenses.

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