Arts and Music
January 26, 2012 (El Cajon) – – Grossmont College ceramics technician Al Ventura likes watching students discover the magic of creating art. It brings back memories of his first turn at the potter’s wheel, and the community college instructor who took him under his wings back in the ‘70s.
January 21, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) --The Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation (MTRP) will present "Trails", an exhibition January 22-February 10 featuring award-winning plein air artist Margaret Larlham. Many of the works were painted in, and are about, Mission Trails and others are of South Africa where the artist previously lived.
The public is cordially invited to a reception in honor of the artist on Sunday, January 22, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
January 16, 2012 (El Cajon) -- World-renowned bluegrass band The Kruger Brothers will perform at the Cuyamaca College Performing Arts Theatre on Tuesday, January 24, at 7:30 p.m.
The Kruger Brothers play original music composed by Jens Kruger. It's called "unpretentious, cultivated, and delightfully fresh." The Kruger Brothers are known for their remarkable musicianship and unique take on the American Songbook.
Shows continue January 20-22 at the Kroc Center Theatre
By Megan McGlamery
January 17, 2012 (Spring Valley)--Working tirelessly for the last eight weeks, the Young Actors’ Theatre has successfully brought to life the beloved cast of Legally Blonde The Musical with an unbeatable combination of talent, wit and lots of pink (of course!).
January 17, 2011 (El Cajon) -- The Hyde Art Gallery at Grossmont College opens its spring semester with “Mmmultiplicy” Installation Works by Lea Anderson. This exhibition runs from January 23 to February 23, with an artist opening even on Tuesday, January 31 from 7-9 p.m.
January 15, 2012 (San Diego) – Southern Gospel singers Ernie Haas & Signature Sound will be performing at the College Avenue Baptist Church, 4747 College Avenue in San Diego on January 26 at 7:00 p.m.
The vocal group, founded in 2002 and winner of three GMA Dove awards, recently finished a nine country European tour and is soon to release its first new studio album in three years.
January 13, 2012 (El Cajon) – Ring in the year of the dragon at Sycuan Casino in El Cajon on January 21, where a Lunar New Year Concert will be held at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. The two shows will include performances by Thien Kim, Manh Quynh, Nguyen Hong Nhung, Tien Dung, Tam Doan, Hoai Tam, Viet Huong, Trina Bao Tran, and Pham Thai Tha.
January 12, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – The San Diego Clarinet Quintet will perform a free concert this Sunday, January 15 at 3 p.m. at Mission Trails Regional Park. These talented musicians have performed with the San Diego Symphony, San Diego Ballet, San Diego Opera, and Starlight Opera.
Their dazzling technique and versatility include classical chamber music of Mozart and Debussy as well as jazz favorites by Duke Ellington, Scott Joplin ragtime and the music of George Gershwin.
January 9, 2012 (San Diego) -- On Sunday, January 15, 2012, the San Diego Clarinet Quintet will perform at Mission Trails Regional Park at 3:00 p.m. in the Visitor & Interpretive Center theater or amphitheater.
Youth symphony seeks students for auditions
December 15, 2011 (El Cajon) – For an artsy twist on the holiday season, stop by the Holiday Open House Extravaganza located at the Silver Creek Fine Art Gallery and Custom Framing, 120 East Main Street in El Cajon on December 16 from 5 – 8 p.m. Meet featured artists Rick Knight, glass artist, and Denise Rich, cow artist.
December 13, 2011 (San Diego) -- Live Nation is pleased to announce Rise Against at Viejas Arena at San Diego State University. Showtime is 7:00 PM. Doors open at 6:00 PM. Chicago rockers Rise Against recently announced the first leg of their 2012 tour kicking off January 17th at the Austin Music Hall in Austin, TX. Special Guests A Day to Remember and Title Fight will open the show in San Diego.
December 8, 2011 (El Cajon) -- An artists' Opening/Meet the Artists reception forthe "Lesson Learned" Drew Bandish Student Juried Art Show, will take place at the Main Street 5 Gallery on Friday, December 9, 2011, from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. The gallery is located at .
December 7, 2011 (San Diego)--Kroc Kids Junior Theatre Company is performing the Broadway classic Pirates of Penzance, Jr. on December 9, 10 and 11 at the Joan B. Kroc Theatre.
December 6, 2011 (Santee) -- Talented singers of the combined adult and children's/youth choir will present an evening of Christmas Music entitled, "And His Name Shall be Called Wonderful." One performance only will be held at 6:00 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 10052 Magnolia Avenue in Santee.
The performance is free and open to the public. There will be a variety of musical performances, including a handchime choir and a violinist, along with a live nativity. Refreshments will be served following the performance.
December 3, 2011 (San Diego East County) -- Beginning December 6, the schools in the Grossmont Union High School District will be presenting their winter concerts. Each school has a different program, and has different features highlighted. Many schools will have band, choir, and orchestra performances. While individual schools will have dance, clubs, guitar, or performances unique to the school.
December 1, 2011 (Borrego) -- The word is out: there are now more attractions than desert wildflowers and the spectacular Anza-Borrego Desert State Park drawing visitors to Borrego Valley.
VISIONS OF DANCING SUGARPLUMS: GROSSMONT MUSICAL GROUPS PERFORM IN NUTCRACKER BALLET DEC. 3-4 AND DEC. 17-18
December 1, 2011 (San Diego)—Leaping cossacks and flurries of snowflakes--See them all leap across the stage in the 22nd annual production of the Nutcracker by the San Diego Ballet Company Ballet.
Productions of the cherished holiday favorite by Peter Tchaikovsy will be presented Dec. 3-4 at the Birch North Park Theater in a co-production with the Grossmont College Symphony Orchestra and Master Chorale. Additional shows will be presented December 17-18 at the UCSD Mandeville Auditorium, directed and choreographed by Robin Sheretz-Morgan and Javier Velasco.
By Russell Lindquist
November 25, 2011 (East County – San Diego) The fourth annual San Diego Pottery Tour is a free, self-guided tour of open studios and beautiful handmade pottery by some of the best potters in San Diego County. The dates for the 2011 Pottery Tour are December 3 and 4, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
November 21, 2011 (La Mesa) -- The Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, a consumer health library in La Mesa, is featuring an exhibit of 21 paintings by East County two breast cancer survivors through the end of November. The exhibit features 10 portraiture paintings by L.J. Crowe of El Cajon and 11 abstract collages and cat portraits by Jean Waters of San Carlos. Both artists are members of the Foothills Art Association.
A Photography Exhibit By Eileen Madell At Mission Trails Regional Park
NEW EXHIBITION SHOWCASES MUSICAL TRADITIONS AND TALENTS ON THE BARONA INDIAN RESERVATION; OPENS NOVEMBER 19
November 16, 2011 (Lakeside)--On November 19, the Barona Cultural Center & Museum will open “Rock of Ages: Contemporary Music Traditions on the Barona Reservation” -- an exhibition that will showcase today’s native culture of singer-songwriters, rock bands, country-western players and other popular music, reservation-style.
November 15, 2011 (El Cajon) -- Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble will perform a holiday-themed program, “Wintersongs” at the Cuyamaca College Performing Arts Theatre. Wintersongs showcases music ranging from rousing Slavic folk carols and Eastern Orthodox sacred choral works to pre-Christian incantations for the longest nights of the year and Hebrew folk songs for Chanukah.
November 20, 2011 (El Cajon) –The public is invited to attend a gospel music concert tonight by the award-winning Legacy Five quartet, one of the most-famed Christian music groups in America. The concert will be held on Sunday, November 20 at 6 p.m. in the El Cajon Wesleyan Church, 1500 East Lexington Avenue in El Cajon.
November 11, 2011 (San Diego) Looking for a lively time over Thanksgiving weekend? The public is invited to America's Finest San Diego Thanksgiving Dixieland Jazz Festival November 23 - 27 at the Town & Country Resort and Hotel, 500 Hotel Circle North in San Diego. The Festival features over 25 bands and guest artists from across the U.S. as well as bands with East County ties.