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GROSSMONT COLLEGE CERAMICS TECH RELISHES LIGHTING A FIRE UNDER STUDENTS


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.

TRAILS: PLEIN AIR ART EXHIBIT AT MISSION TRAILS THROUGH FEB. 9, ARTIST RECEPTION JAN. 22

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.

KRUGER BROTHERS BRING AMERICAN MUSIC TRADITION TO CUYAMACA COLLEGE JANUARY 24

 
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.

 

‘OMIGOD YOU GUYS!’ YAT’S PRODUCTION OF LEGALLY BLONDE IS A HIT

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!).

MULTIPLICITY ART EXHIBIT AT HYDE ART GALLERY JAN. 23-FEB 23; ARTIST OPENING SET FOR JAN. 31

 
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. 

 

ERNIE HAAS & SIGNATURE SOUND IN CONCERT JANUARY 26


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.

LUNAR NEW YEAR CONCERT JAN. 21 AT SYCUAN

 

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.

A JAZZY TREAT: FREE CONCERT BY SAN DIEGO CLARINET QUINTET AT MISSION TRAILS THIS SUNDAY

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 EVENTS AT MISSION TRAILS REGIONAL PARK CENTER


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.
 
The quintet is part of the San Diego Clarinet Society, and is composed of professional musicians who have performed with the San Diego Symphony, San Diego Ballet Orchestra, San Diego Opera Orchestra, and Starlight Opera.
 
 

YOUNG ACTORS THEATER COMPANY PRESENTS LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL JAN. 13 – 22

 

 
January 6, 2011 (San Diego)-- Sorority star Elle Woods doesn't take "no" for an answer. So when her boyfriend dumps her for someone "serious," Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and sets out to go where no Delta Nu has gone before: Harvard Law school. Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style.

 

EAST COUNTY YOUTH SYMPHONY FORMS NEW WIND ORCHESTRA: CONCERT BAND

 
Youth symphony seeks students for auditions

 
By Mayan Avitable
 
January 5, 2012 (East County) -- The well-known East County Youth Symphony (ECYS) is going to form a new Wind Orchestra (concert band) which will be conducted by Joe Dyke, former instrumental music teacher in the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District. The band is a free (no tuition or fees) program for musicians ages 11 to 18 with at least one year of experience.

 

HOLY COW: SILVER CREEK FINE ART GALLERY HOSTS HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE DEC. 16

 
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.

RISE AGAINST AT VIEJAS ARENA AT SDSU APRIL 15, 2012

 
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.

 

FOOTHILLS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH AND CHANCEL CHOIR SHARE HOLIDAY SPIRIT IN CONCERT DEC. 17

December 11, 2011 (La Mesa) -- Foothills United Methodist Church’s Chancel Choir will present its50th Annual Christmas Concert, “Lead Me Back to Bethlehem”, with two performancesat 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on December 17.
 
The concert is free with optional offering and open to the public. The concert takes place at Foothills United Methodist Church, 4031 Avocado Blvd., La Mesa CA 91941, in the Choir Room.

 

LESSON LEARNED: STUDENT ART SHOW DEC. 9 AT MAIN STREET 5 GALLERY

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 124 E. Main St. in historic downtown El Cajon CA.

FIFTH ANNUAL HOLIDAY ENTERTAINMENT SERIES FOR TROLLEY RIDERS

 
 
December 8, 2011 (San Diego)--The Orange Line’s fifth annual Holiday Entertainment Series starts Monday morning December 12 at the 62nd  Street/Encanto Trolley Station. Jazz vocalist  Rodney Hutsona kicks off the series which will also include performers from the Southeastern San Diego area.

KROC KIDS JUNIOR THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS PIRATES OF PENZANCE JR. DEC. 9 - 11

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.

 
Wacky, irreverent and as entertaining as its predecessor from 1879, Pirates of Penzance Jr. spins a hilarious farce of sentimental pirates, bumbling policemen, dimwitted young lovers, dewy-eyed daughters, and an eccentric Major-General, all morally bound to the often ridiculous dictates of honor and duty.

 

AN EVENING OF CHRISTMAS MUSIC, "AND HIS NAME SHALL BE CALLED WONDERFUL" DEC 11

 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.

 

GROSSMONT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT PRESENTS CELEBRATE WITH MUSIC DEC 6-15


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.

 

ASTONISHING METAL SCULPTURES DRAW VISITORS TO BORREGO VALLEY

By Diana Lindsay

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.
 
People are coming from around the United States and internationally to see the 129 full-size metal sculptures, including many creations inspired by the animals that roamed this desert millions of years ago. These range from prehistoric mammals to historical characters, fanciful dinosaurs, and a 350-foot-long fanciful serpent.

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.

LA MESA WOOD CARVER JOINS WORLD CHAMPION FOR EXPO AT MISSION TRAILS VISITORS' CENTER

 By Russell Lindquist

November 27, 2011 (Santee) -- La Mesa's own Bob Berry was one of three wood carvers who met patrons of the Mission Trails Regional Park's 14,000 sq. ft visitors' and interpretive center, last weekend, Saturday, Nov. 19.  Joining Berry was John Rieger, as well as two-time world champion Del Herbert.  The trio, which combines for about a century of wood-carving experience, chatted with visitors at the center about the craft of wood-carving while providing a live demonstration. 

 

7 EAST COUNTY STUDIOS FEATURED ON SAN DIEGO POTTERY TOUR DEC. 3-4


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.

JULIAN MAKES ‘CHRISTMAS CAROL' NEW AGAIN DECEMBER 9 – DECEMBER 18

 
November 22, 2011 (Julian) --The Julian Stage Company and the Julian Chamber of Commerce present the 2011 stage production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol--a Julian holiday tradition. 
 
Give a holiday spirit a boost with the classic story of a lonely, miserable, hard-hearted old man who finds the true meaning of life and love during one haunted Christmas Eve. It is a classic story of redemption and good cheer with a corpus of ghosts thrown into the mix.

BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS PAINTINGS AT LA MESA HEALTH LIBRARY THROUGH THE END OF NOVEMBER

 
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.
 

 

TRAVELING LIGHT - A PHOTOGRAPHIC JOURNEY NOV. 5- DEC. 2

 A Photography Exhibit By Eileen Madell At Mission Trails Regional Park

 
November 18, 2011 (San Diego) The Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation presents Traveling Light - A Photographic Journey, a photography exhibit featuring the work of Eileen Mandell. The exhibition will be on display in the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor’s Center Gallery from November 5 through December 2.
 
Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor and Interpretive Center is located at One Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego, CA 92119, and it is open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  

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.
 

KITKA, WOMAN’S VOICE ENSEMBLE, PERFORMS HARMONIES FROM EASTERN EUROPE AND BEYOND DECEMBER 1

 

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.

BEST IN SOUTHERN GOSPEL MUSIC - LEGACY FIVE IN CONCERT NOV. 20

 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. 

 

SOMETHING TO BE THANKFUL FOR: 32ND ANNUAL DIXIELAND JAZZ FESTIVAL IN SAN DIEGO THANKSGIVING WEEKEND

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.

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