Arts and Music
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Everything (Yeah!) For you and me! . . . “Got a lot of livin’ to do!”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.