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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.

 

EAST COUNTY ARTISTS FEATURED AT “ARTWALK” FESTIVAL APRIL 28 IN LITTLE ITALY

April 20, 2012 (San Diego) -- San Diego’s original fine art festival, Mission Federal ArtWalk is back for its 28th year. Featuring artists who live in the East County area as well as San Diego, the event will be held on Saturday and Sunday , April 28 and 29, when 17 blocks of Little Italy will be transformed for this free festival. ArtWalk offers a unique opportunity for members of the public to engage directly with over 350 artists who will be there to display their original works for exhibit and sale. The art on display will include a wide range of paintings, sculpture, mosaics, glasswork and photography.

GALLERY WALK IN EL CAJON: SEASON STARTS APRIL 20

April 19, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Downtown El Cajon and Arts Alley Gallery Walk 2012 kicks off this Friday, with live music, food and beverages, and giveaways for the public.  Gallery Walk events are set to be held from 5-8 p.m. on April 20, June 15, October 26, Novembr 16, and December 7.

OPEN MIC NIGHT AT THE SPACE BAR INTERNET CAFÉ ON APRIL 26

April 16, 2012 (La Mesa) -- On the fourth Thursday of each month, the Space Bar Internet Café at 7454 University in La Mesa presents open mike night at 7:30 p.m.  The featured performer on April 26 will be Liz Huerta, a writer, who composes verse of truth and beauty interspersing moments of existential angst with human realizations.  Liz has lived in Barcelona, Mexico City and San Diego.

JULIAN’S FIRST FILM FESTIVAL, “WILD AND SCENIC ON TOUR” SHOWCASES FILMS, FILMMAKERS AND MUSIC MAY 4-6

 
April 28, 2012 (Julian) -- Awe-inspiring footage, amazing adventures, terrible tragedy, and incredible people all rolled up into Julian’s first ever film festival, The Wild and Scenic on Tour. The event, slated for May 4 - 6, 2012, is a benefit for Volcan Mountain Foundation.  

 

SAN DIEGO ART LEADERS HOLD PANEL DISCUSSION ON FUTURE OF EAST COUNTY ARTS APRIL 13 IN EL CAJON

April 12, 2012 (El Cajon) –What role can the arts play in bettering El Cajon and its diverse population? 

San Diego Arts leaders including artists, journalists, writers, university professors, critics, and business people will discuss this question in a  panel mediated by Justin Hudnall, creator and leading operative of The Far East Movement. The event will take place Friday, April 13 from 5:30 to 8:30 at Studio C Contemporary, 140 East Main Street in El Cajon.

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VALHALLA THEATRE ARTS WILL PERFORM XANADU APRIL 18 – 28

April 7, 2012 (El Cajon) – The Valhalla Theatre Arts department will be performing the musical “Xanadu” beginning April 18 at 1725 Hillsdale Rd., El Cajon. It’s an 80’s musical fantasy complete with roller skates and disco balls about a time when life was easy and Olivia Newton-John and E.L.O. ruled the world.

CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL WILL PERFORM BYE BYE BIRDIE APRIL 18-21

April 7, 2012 (El Cajon) – “Bye Bye Birdie” will be performed by Christian High School’s award winning Drama Department on April 18, 19 and 21 at 389 N. Magnolia, El Cajon. The musical will take its audience on an entertaining trip back to the days of “Rock n Roll”.  The story centers on superstar Conrad Birdie prior to being drafted into the Army. Humorous complications ensue when his agent stages a good-bye kiss to the lucky Kim MacAfee on “The Ed Sullivan Show”. Kim’s steady, Hugo Peabody and her overbearing, but lovable father complicate the tale. Musical scores abound with “How Lovely To Be a Woman,” “The Telephone Hour,” “Put On A Happy Face,” “A Lot of Livin’ To Do,” “One Last Kiss,” and “Kids!”

SAVE ECPAC GROUP TO HOST MEETING APRIL 9 IN EL CAJON

April 6, 2012 (El Cajon) – A bipartisan group seeking to save the East County Performing Arts Center (ECPAC) held its first meeting late last month.  Others concerned with joining the effort are invited to attend a larger meeting set for Monday, April 9 at 5 p.m.  The meeting will be held at the East County Chamber of Commerce office at 201 South Magnolia Street in El Cajon.

Individuals who have sometimes locked horn in the past on Council issues have joined together for the common good of saving the theater after Council voted to give a developer an exclusive 180-day-period to submit a proposal for tearing down the theater and putting a hotel in its place.

GET GROOVIN’ AT THE SPRING HARP FEST APRIL 7

March 30, 2012 (La Mesa) – The 13th Annual Spring Harp Fest will be held at Harry Griffen Park, 9550 Milden Street, La Mesa on April 7 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Featured performers include Jon Gindick, Harmonica John with the Bayou Brothers and many more. 

The event is free to all and benefits the San Diego Blues in the Schools program.  The money raised will be used to provide harmonicas to the students involved in the BITS program.  For more information visit www.springharpfest.org.

FEEL THE BEAT AT THE RAMONA MUSIC FEST MARCH 31!

March 25, 2012 (Ramona) – The Ramona Music Fest is Saturday, March 31 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Dos Picos County Park, 17953 Dos Picos Park Road in Ramona.  A variety of exceptional music artists will light up two stages.

The headliners this year are Rockola and Cactus Twan Whyte Grano & Nash.Rockola has earned no fewer than eight San Diego Music awards in their three decades together. Cactus Twang Whyte Grano & Nash offer spot-on performances of beloved classics made famous by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.

ARTISTS EXHIBITION AT MISSION TRAILS: MEET THE ARTISTS MARCH 25

 

 Four from the San Diego Watercolor Society - Voe Naturelle
 
March 23, 2012 (San Diego) -- The Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation is pleased to present "Four from the SD Watercolor Society- Voe Naturelle", an art exhibit featuring watercolors by Nell Bartlett, Ally Benbrook, Sue Blass, and Christine Waters. The exhibition will be on display in the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor's Center Art Gallery from March 24 - April 13, 2012.

 

COMEDY NIGHT BENEFIT FOR THE MELTZER BOYS AT FLINN SPRINGS INN MARCH 23

 

By Caprice Harrison
 
March 19, 2012 (Flinn Springs) – Flinn Springs Inn is holding a Comedy Night on March 23 that will be a benefit for the Meltzer boys of Alpine who lost their mother on December 23, 2011. For more information about the crime, click here.
 
The entertainment for the night includes headliner Chris Clobber, John Holt, Drizz, Diane Jean, Rick Gene, and Charlie Ayers.

GOSPEL TRIO THE BOOTH BROTHERS PERFORM MARCH 24

March 17, 2012 (San Diego) – The Booth Brothers, a gospel trio, will perform at the College Avenue Baptist Church, 4747 College Avenue, San Diego at 5:00 p.m. on March 24. 

The Booth Brothers have been sharing their music since 1998. Their musical influences are from a wide range of performers-from the Eagles to the Gatlin Brothers to legendary gospel greats such as Bill Gaither and Mosie Lister.  They have received numerous awards including a Grammy nomination.

EL CAJON APPROVES DEAL WITH DEVELOPER FOR EXCLUSIVE PROPOSAL TO TEAR DOWN EAST COUNTY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER AND BUILD HOTEL

 

By Miriam Raftery; Bill Crotty also contributed to this report

There is absolutely nothing wrong with that theater. It could be cleaned up and opened tomorrow.” – Paul Russell, former manager of the theater and founder of Christian Youth Theater

March 15, 2012 (El Cajon ) – Leaders of East County arts groups reacted with shock and condemnation to news that the El Cajon Council, by a 4-0 vote, agreed to enter into an exclusive negotiation with developer E. Neal Arthur for plans to tear down the East County Performing Arts Center (ECPAC) and build a Marriott hotel in its place.

Under Arthur’s plan, the hotel would have a “portable stage to accommodate limited performing arts.” 

But arts experts say that’s woefully inadequate –and leveled sharp criticism at the council. Some also contend that the Council failed to provide adequate notice the community before taking action.

COWABUNGA! BEACH BOYS BRING HISTORIC 50TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR TO CRICKET WIRELESS AMPHITHEATRE FRIDAY, MAY 25

 

Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks To Tour Together For The First Time In More Than Two Decades
 
Tickets on Sale Saturday, March 17 at 10 a.m.
 
March 15, 2012 (San Diego) — The Beach Boys, one of the world’s most legendary and influential bands, have reunited for a global 50th Anniversary Tour. Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks will tour together for the first time in more than two decades.  GRAMMY Award nominated rock band Foster the People will join The Beach Boys at their stop in San Diego. The 40+ city tour includes San Diego, where the Beach Boys will take the stage at the Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre on May 25. 

CATCH THE BEAT MARCH 22 WITH ZIMBEAT AT CUYAMACA COLLEGE

 
March 13, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Zimbeat brings the dynamic village music of Zimbabwe, Africa to Cuyamaca College for a one-night-only performance on Thursday, March 22, at the Cuyamaca Performing Arts Theatre.

SDSU THEATER STUDENTS PERFORM "SQUAWK" AT MISSION TRAILS MARCH 17

UPDATE: "Squawk!" initially scheduled to be performed by the SDSU Theater Department in the Visitor Center Outdoor Amphitheater on Saturday, March 17, and Saturday, March 31 has been postponed because of the impending rain on March 17, and the SDSU Spring Break on March 31.  "Squawk!" will now be performed on Friday, April 20, at 3:00 p.m.

March 11, 2012 (San Diego)--SQUAWK! will be performed by the San Diego State University Theater Arts Department on Saturday, March 17, at 3 p.m. in the amphitheater at Mission Trails Regional Park. 

The theme of this 90-minute play touches on human conflict and competition in a metaphorical story about the birds of the world - engaged in a bitter but comical struggle - in their search for a way to choose a winner of a peace song competition. The props are an umbrella and stick held by the performers using bird like movements and sounds. The performance is free and will be performed in the Visitor Center Amphitheater. 

FREE STRING QUINTET CONCERT MARCH 18 AT MISSION TRAILS

 
March 10, 2012 (San Diego) – Mission Trails Regional Park’s concert series will feature the Murray Hills Strings on Sunday, March 18 at 3 p.m.  (Musicians include violinists Lee Wolfe and Marilyn Thomas, Janet Mathews on viola, Willis Frisch on cello,  and Don Mathews, string bass.)

ATARA-BAKER: AFRICAN MASK SERIES PAINTINGS, COLLAGE & SCULPTURE

 
Meet the Artist Thursday March 15, 5 pm to 8 pm
 
March 8, 2012 (La Mesa)--Israeli-born artist Atara-Baker has brought her African Mask Series to O'Dunn Fine Art in La Mesa. This body of work centers on color and the primeval, inspired by the integrated tribal lifestyle and artifacts of the original South Africans, the San people of the Kalahari.

 

THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER – A MUSICAL PRODUCTION BY YOUNG ACTORS’ THEATER – MARCH 16 – 25

 
March 7, 2012 (Spring Valley) -- The classic novel by Mark Twain is brought to stage in song and dance at the Encore! Theatre at 9620 Campo Road, Spring Valley, on March 16 – 25. Performances will be at 7 p.m. on March 16, 17, 23, 24 and at 2 p.m. on March 17, 18, 24, 25.

2nd ANNUAL VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL HOSTED BY GUHSD

 

 
March 2, 2012 (El Cajon) -- The Grossmont Union High School District will host its second Annual Visual and Performing Arts (V.A.P.A.) Festival on Saturday, March 10, from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Cuyamaca College Arts Center located at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway, El Cajon. Admission to the event and parking are free.  

 

GET READY FOR EL CAJON’S CENTENNIAL: VISIT KNOX HOUSE & WIEGHORST MUSEUMS IN FEBRUARY

 
February 17, 2012 (El Cajon) -- El Cajon has two great museums to visit during February - museum month.  The Knox House has a wealth of information about the 100-year history of the City of El Cajon, displaying photos and artifacts.  The Knox House was the first commercial building in El Cajon, built in 1876 as a hotel for travelers on their way to the Julian gold mines. The Knox House Museum will be open each Saturday in February, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at 280 N. Magnolia Avenue in El Cajon.  Admission is free.  You can also schedule private tours for your class or organization. For more information, please call (619) 444-3800, or visit www.elcajonhistory.org.

ART SHOW IS THE CAT’S MEOW; RECEPTION FEB. 18, EXHIBIT THROUGH MARCH 1

 

 
February 17, 2012 (San Carlos) – Water color and collage artist Jean Waters will be the featured artist at the San Carlos Library from now through March 1.  A reception will be held Saturday, February 18 from 12-2 p.m. 
 

KROC KIDS CASTING CALL FEB 28TH AND MARCH 1ST

 

 February 13, 2012 (San Diego) -- Kroc Kids Junior Theater Company is holding a casting call for all skill levels age 7-18 for the upcoming production of “Once Upon a Mattress” with performance dates of May 25-27th.   Tuesday, February 28th 4:30-6:30 p.m. is the music audition, come prepared to sing with a CD for accompaniment. Thursday,  March 1st from 4:30-6:30 p.m. is  for callbacks and the dance audition. 

 

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