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ECPAC SAVED! EL CAJON COUNCIL REJECTS PLAN TO TEAR DOWN THEATER AND BUILD HOTEL ON SITE

Update May 28, 2012 with a video news report by Paul Kruz, exclusive to East County Magazine, including interviews with the developer and Councilman Wells:

 

By Janis Mork and Miriam Raftery

May 23, 2012 (El Cajon)--El Cajon Council drew applause yesterday when by a unanimous decision, Council members rejected a proposal to tear down the East County Performing Arts Center (ECPAC) and build a hotel on the site.

Instead, Council agreed to work with community members and a newly formed ECPAC Foundation to reopen the theater long heralded as a centerpiece of El Cajon's downtown revitalization. 

 

GUYS AND DOLLS: BE A PART OF THE SHOW MAY 29

May 27, 2012 (San Diego) – Young Actors’ Theatre is holding auditions for a production of Guys and Dolls on May 29, from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at 9620 Campo Road, Spring Valley for aspiring actors from Grade8 through college.

MISSION TRAILS TWENTIETH ANNUAL AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST RECEPTION AND AWARDS CEREMONY MAY 27

 
May 25, 2012 (San Diego) -- Enjoy the 124 photographs now on display in the Visitor Center Gallery as part of our 20th Annual Amateur Photo Contest. View the natural beauty of Mission Trails as captured by our local amateur photographers. 

The reception and awards presentation will be held on Sunday, May 27 from  to 4 p.m. at the Mission Trails Visitor & Interpretive Center. Come by and vote for your favorite.

PAUL STRAHM: SEEING SAN DIEGO OPENS MAY 26

May 25, 2012 (La Mesa) -- O’Dunn Fine Art is hosting a first viewing of Paul Strahm’s new paintings on May 26 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the gallery, 8325 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa.  Strahm’s fresh-to the market pieces include paintings of Torrey Pines, the Del Mar Fair, The Gaslamp, Little Italy, Balboa Park and more.

EL CAJON COUNCIL TO HOLD WORKSHOP TODAY ON TEARING DOWN PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

ECPAC Foundation, SAVE ECPAC groups  plan rally to save theater at 1 pm;  workshop at 2 p.m.; Council meeting at 3 p.m.

May 22, 2012 (El Cajon ) – Today at 1:30 p.m., the El Cajon Council will hold a special workshop on the future of the East County Performing Arts Center.   Council has given an exclusive 180-day agreement to a developer to propose plans for tearing down the theater and building a hotel.  Today, developer E. Neal Arthur will present his plans at the workshop.

BE BOLD AT OPEN MICROPHONE NIGHT AT VALLEY MUSIC MAY 19

May 19, 2012 (El Cajon) – Valley Music Store is holding Open Microphone Night May 19 at 1611 N. Magnolia Ave., Ste. 310, El Cajon at 6:00 p.m.  Dress up as your favorite pirate or gypsy and take the stage to play, sing or tell family oriented jokes.  Or just listen and be supportive.

A light repast of water, snacks, coffee and cookies will be available for a small donation.  During Open Microphone all items in the store (excluding consignments) will be 20% off.

STRINGS OF SPRING MUSIC FESTIVAL MAY 19

May 17, 2012 (Flinn Springs) – The Strings of Spring Music Festival is being held at Summers Past Farms, 15602 Olde Hwy 80, Flinn Springs on May 19 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Bring lawn chairs and blankets. The event benefits the Challenge Center which provides physical therapy and assisted fitness services for the disabled.

SHOULD EAST COUNTY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER BE SAVED OR RAZED? COUNCIL TO WEIGH ISSUE MAY 22

By Miriam Raftery

May 16, 2012 (El Cajon )—El Cajon’s City Council will hold a public workshop on Tuesday, May 22 at 1:30 at 200 Civic Center Way to discuss whether to destroy the East County Performing Arts Center (ECPAC) and put up a hotel on the site—and if so, how to finance the proposal.

Representatives of a newly formed ECPAC Foundation that seeks to save the theater have put out a public plea for concerned citizens to turn out in support of keeping the theater.

LOCAL ARTIST TAKES TOP AWARD AT SAN DIEGO WATERCOLOR SOCIETY'S MAY SHOW, CULTURAL EXTRACTION

 
May 16, 2012 (San Diego) -- La Mesa resident Chuck McPherson took the First Place Award at the San Diego Watercolor Society's May Member Show.  His painting, The Judge, is of a very special person in his life. 
 
He explains: "Judge Earl Cantos was the patriarch of a wonderful family that "adopted" me a few years back. I'd been best friends with his daughter and her husband who invited me to the Judge's Kensington home one day as she needed to check on her Dad who was showing, at 88, the symptoms of Alzheimer's.

GROSSMONT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND MASTER CHORALE PERFORM AMERICANA MAY 18 AND 20

 
May 15, 2012 (El Cajon) -- The final concerts in the 2011-2012 performance season of the Grossmont Symphony Orchestra & Master Chorale will be held May 18 and 20, celebrating music of American composes from classical to jazz.

“…A LOT OF SINGIN’ TO DO” - PACIFIC MEN’S CHORALE IN CONCERT MAY 18 IN LA MESA

“There's music to play,(You know it, you know it!) Places to go, people to see!
Everything (Yeah!) For you and me! 
. . . “Got a lot of livin’ to do!”
 (from Bye, Bye Birdie)                                              
 
May 10, 2012 (La Mesa) -- Make that “a lot of singin’ to do” and you have the celebrated songsters of the Pacific Men’s Chorale in concert at the United Church of Christ of La Mesa (UCCLM).  Led by Christopher Allen and accompanied by Valerie Victor, the Chorale will present music ranging from “Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair” to “Ching A Ring Chaw,” “Joshua!” and “Feeling Good.”

JACUMBA’S FIRST “BLUES FEST” OFFERS FREE FAMILY FRIENDLY FUN MAY 12

 

May 1, 2012 (Jacumba)-- The Jacumba community will be “jammin and wailin” on Saturday May 12th as the Jacumba Arts Council presents their first “Spring Blues Fest” at the Highland Center on old Highway 80. “People have been very enthusiastic about the event,” says Celia Sigmon, President of Jacumba Arts Council. “There have been some wonderful changes happening in Jacumba so we wanted to celebrate with the community and fellow music lovers. We also feel that the arts, especially music, should be available to all. This is why we are putting on a free event that is suitable for families. Everyone is invited to attend and enjoy our scenic backcountry location!”
 
Lots of local and not so local artists will be there. There will be pulled- pork sandwiches, hot dogs, water and soft drinks available at the center. The Jacumba Women’s Club will have delicious baked goods available for sale. A raffle is planned with a Fender guitar and amp as the grand prize.
 
“We are particularly excited about the variety and talent of the musicians who will be appearing,” enthuses Joe Marshall, Event Coordinator and one of the featured performers. “BC Blues is a real get back together performance by seasoned music professionals. Its members are: Sam Cannon, Allan B3 Carrol on one of his Hammond Organs, Bob Horne, Bruce Craw, Danny Berg and Majid Rahmen from Imperial Valley.  Alex Gomez and the Gomez Blues Project will also appear. This is a fine blues group from San Diego with quite a following. Members are Alex Gomez on lead vocals and guitar, Gregg Miller on vocals and drums and others. Don Belter will also play. He is a blues artist from San Diego and formally a member of the Pine Valley Posse. Singer-songwriter Michael Seth Smith will be there from Boulevard. He has some great sounds!”
 
Joe’s group, One Way Out, will also play.  One Way Out is another great blues group that has been retired for some time but is getting back together for this event. Its members are JoeMama on the Harp, Wild Willie on Vocals, Mark the Shark on lead guitar, Rockin Raul on the Bass and Wonderful Ernie on the Drums.
 
Blues Fest Schedule for May 12
Bill Moffet and the Ghostriders Noon – 12:30
Mike Smith 12:45p – 1:15p
One Way Out 1:45p – 2:30p
Don Belter 2:45 –3:15p
Alex Gomez Blues Project 3:15pm – 4p
BC Blues 4:15p – 5:30p
Monster Jam (all players) 6pm - ?
 
The Jacumba Arts Council (JAC) is a non-profit organization (501C3 status) located in the high desert community of Jacumba, 70 miles East of San Diego and 50 Miles West of El Centro.
 
visit the web-site (www.jacumbaartscouncil.org). 

 

 

GROSSMONT COLLEGE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND MASTER CHORALE PERFORM MUSIC OF MORTEN LAURIDESEN MAY 11, 12

May 8, 2012 (El Cajon)--The Grossmont College Symphony Orchestra and Master Chorale will present two performances of “Resonantes Musica,” featuring the works of choral music composer Morten Lauridsen, at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 11, at All Saints Episcopal Church, 625 Pennsylvania Ave., San Diego, and at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, 7710 El Cajon Blvd., La Mesa.

MUSICALS, COMEDIES, WORLD MUSIC AND MORE AT SAN DIEGO JEWISH ARTS FESTIVAL

May 5, 2012 (San Diego) – San Diego Repertory Theatre (San Diego REP) hosts the 19th annual Lipinsky Family San Diego Jewish Arts Festival. The festival, rich in culture, talent, and Jewish soul, is organized and directed by Todd Salovey, associate artistic director, San Diego REP.

ART IN THE MOUNTAINS OF JULIAN – MAY 11-13

 
May 6, 2012 (Julian) -- Mother’s Day weekend should be all about mothers.  The Julian Arts Guild is presenting its annual Mother’s Day Weekend show and sale.  The theme, appropriately, is called “Mother Earth.”

 

SPOTLIGHT ON JULIAN AS 1ST ANNUAL WILD & SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL DEBUTS MAY 5-6

May 4, 2012 (Julian) – Through the beauty of films celebrating the environment, the Julian Wild & Scenic Film Festival promises to inspire activism and appreciation for the natural word. 

This weekend's May 5-6 festival in Julian, a historic gold rush mountain town, brings touring films from the famed Nevada City Wild and Scenic Film Festival. The fun debuts with a party tonight and another Saturday featuring lively tunes of Grand Canyon Sundown. Hikes on Volcan Mountain and in Santa Ysabel Preserve are also planned, as well as award-winning films, a non-fiction filmmakers workshop, and guest speakers.

Film highlights include Connecting the Gems, which tracks two National Geographic Adventures of the Year on a 520 mile trek through the Rockies’ premier wildlife corridors.  Chasing Water, winner of  Best Environmental Film and Best Documentary at other film fests, traces a Colorado watershed from river to the sea. 

SAVE ECPAC GROUP TAKES BACKSTAGE TOUR TO ASSESS THEATER'S CONDITION

May 3, 2012 (El Cajon) – It's been two years since the East County Performing Arts Center went dark.  But on Monday, a group of concerned citizens seeking to "Save ECPAC" took a behind-the-scenes tour last week to determine the extent of repairs needed to reopen the cherished community landmark. 

Although challenges are steep, the good news is that the cost for critical repairs appears to be significantly less than the estimates  provided by the city for a more ambitious renovation.

CUYAMACA COLLEGE’S COYOTE MUSIC FESTIVAL LEAPS ON STAGE MAY 5

 
Free event put on by students as term project showcasing nine Southern California bands

May 2, 2012 (El Cajon) --A free music festival that is the culmination of a Cuyamaca College course on the music industry will feature nine bands rocking at the grand lawn at the Rancho San Diego college from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 5.

Now in its fourth year, the Cuyamaca College Coyote Music Festival is the end result of a semester-length project of students in the Music Industry Studies program.

14TH ANNUAL ALLIED GARDEN SPRINGFEST MAY 11-12

May 2, 2012 (San Diego) -- The Allied Gardens SpringFest is May 11-12 at the Allied Gardens Recreation Center, 5155 Greenbrier Ave., San Diego.  The kick-off party begins at 5:00 p.m. on May 11 with a concert featuring Fusion Beat at 7:45 p.m.  Saturday’s events begin at 9:00 a.m. with a Pancake Breakfast, followed by the SpringFest Parade.

Festivities include a car show, vendor booths, including food and a beer garden.  Saturday’s performances will be by Pullman Standard and Rockola. Children’s activities include a carnival, pony rides, inflatables, a rock climbing wall and a dunk tank.

ACTOR/COMEDIAN KEVIN HART AT SDSU’S VIEJAS ARENA JUNE 15

 

Tickets on sale Friday May 4

April 30, 2012 (San Diego) -- Live Nation welcomes comedian Kevin Hart to the Viejas Arena at SDSU on Friday, June 15th. Kevin Hart has burst onto the scene as one of the most versatile comedy actors in film and television.

 

SPEND THE DAY IN THE GARDENS APRIL 28

April 27, 2012 (El Cajon) – Chuck McPherson, of the San Diego Watercolor Society (SDWS), will be doing a live watercolor demonstration at the Cuyamaca College Spring Garden Festival on April 28.  Attendees can create their own watercolor painting and join SDWS Paint-out at 12:30 p.m. for a critique of the day’s paintings.

SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY OPERA ARIAS MAY 2

 

April 25, 2012, San Diego) --The San Diego State University School of Music and Dance continues the celebration of its 75th Anniversary with two free performances of “Opera Arias” on Wednesday, May 2, at 12 p.m. and 7 p.m. in Smith Recital Hall.  The noon program will be an operatic sampler of the full-length evening program. 

 

GROSSMONT COLLEGE THEATRE ARTS DEPT. PRESENTS `LOST IN YONKERS,’ MAY 3-12

 
April 25, 2012 (El Cajon)--The Grossmont College Theatre Arts Department will present “Lost in Yonkers,” a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play by Neil Simon, at 7:30 p.m. on May 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11 and 12, and at 2 p.m. on May 5 and 12. Performances will be held at the Stagehouse Theatre, located on campus, near Parking Lot #1 and the exterior Aztec wall mural. The public is invited to attend.

 

NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT AT MISSION TRAILS NOW THROUGH MAY 4

April 25, 2012 (San Diego) -- The Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation is presenting a solo exhibition by award winning nature photography Scott Streit. This exhibition is on display in the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor’s Center Art Gallery, One Father Junipero Sera Trail, San Diego now through May 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.

O’DUNN FINE ART: STILL CRAZY OPENING APRIL 27

 

April 24, 2012 (La Mesa) – O’Dunn Fine Art is hosting an opening of Still Crazy: Flowers, Found Objects and Favorite Things on April 27 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the gallery located at 8325 La Mesa Boulevard, La Mesa.  The featured art work is a collection of still life paintings from 20th century to contemporary, European and American.

The still life tableau allows the painter to select objects of particular esthetic appeal or personal significance, and to control composition and lighting.The best still life paintings bring visual respite and shared human experience. Featured artists include Ray Vinella, Gregg Kreutz and Brenda Morrison, among others.

This is a hosted event.  For more information contact the gallery at 619-337-8342.

TAURUS MOON BOUTIQUE & GALLERY OPENS IN JULIAN

April 23, 2012 (Julian) -- A new boutique and gallery arrived in Julian on April 22.  Taurus Moon Boutique and Gallery, located at 2602 Washington Street, Julian infuses old world charm with all that's eclectic and modern from independent artists, fashion/jewelry designers, artisans and photographers from all over the country who seek a modern space to sell their creations or a cool place to find out what's next.  Taurus Moon Boutique & Gallery exists to nurture emerging artists and indie brands as well as the art & culture scene in the local community. 

NEW FILM HIGHLIGHTS IMPACTS OF MEDIA CONSOLIDATION ON LOCAL RADIO

“Save KLSD” film showings April 28 and May 19

By Miriam Raftery

April 21, 2012 (San Diego) – How does media consolidation impact American democracy?   The producers of the new documentary film Save KLSD: Media Consolidation and Local Radio present a case study suggesting that politics, not ratings, forced the San Diego region’s only progressive talk radio station off the air.

Two screenings of the film will be followed by question and answer sessions with producers John Monday and Jennifer C. Douglas, as well as radio host/narrator Jon Elliott and Shaun Spaulding of New Media Rights. 

ALL CITY AUDITIONS DRAW ASPIRING ACTORS THROUGHOUT COUNTY

 
April 21, 2012 (San Diego) -- When you think of an audition, you probably imagine scores of actors vying for a precious few roles. But at the annual Actors Alliance of San Diego’s All City Auditions, held on March 26 at Old Town’s Cygnet Theater, a rare opportunity was provided to approximately 135 professional actors countywide to show what they had to offer to more than 60 local directors who were casting for upcoming projects.

GROSSMONT COLLEGE PRESENTS `ENTRANCES AND EXITS’ DANCE CONCERTS APRIL 26-28

 
April 20, 2012 (San Diego) -- The Grossmont College Dance Department will present "Entrances and Exits," a faculty-choreographed dance concert featuring performances by Grossmont College students performing salsa, tap, ballet, contemporary, modern and hip dancing. Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28.

GROSSMONT COLLEGE FRIENDS OF MUSIC TO HOST FUNDRAISER APRIL 28

 
April 21, 2012 (El Cajon) -- The Grossmont College Friends of Music will host its second annual Friends of Music Gala fundraiser to benefit the Grossmont College Symphony and Master Chorale from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, at Griffin Center, Grossmont College’s new Student Center.

 

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