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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. 

 

JIMMY BUFFETT AND THE CORAL REEFER BAND MARCH 10

 

 
Welcome to Fin Land Tour 2012; Tickets on sale Feb. 11

February 7, 2012 (San Diego) --  Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band will perform at Viejas Arena for one night only on Saturday, March 10 at 8 p.m., as part of Jimmy Buffett’s “Welcome to Fin Land” Tour 2012.
 
John Kolek, the General Manager, said, "Viejas Arena is excited to have Jimmy Buffett back on campus at SDSU where he has played to sold out audiences every time over the years. Our community is going to be buzzing about the new tour, and we can’t wait for his return to San Diego."

 

ROCK 'N' SOUL: THE ART OF LIONEL TALARO

Meet the artist February 3 from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.

 
February 2, 2012 (La Mesa) -- Lionel Talaro returns to O'Dunn Fine Art for a show running from January 19 until April 19, 2012. His last show, "Divine Bovine", was one of the most successful exhibitions at the gallery, and nearly sold out. In this show, Lionel continues to demonstrate his virtuosity for figure painting in the new selection of works.

 

GROSSMONT COLLEGE THEATER ARTS DEPARTMENT READERS THEATER FEB 3-4

 
January 29, 2012, (La Mesa) -- The Grossmont College Theatre Arts Department kicks off 2012 with its production "Inside The Actor's Process: Readers Theatre - The Theatre of the Imagination."  
In this unique form of oral storytelling, space and time can stretch to create fantastic worlds and marvelous journeys that soar through the imagination.

 

COUNTY LIBRARY’S ACOUSTIC SHOWCASE CONCERTS IN FEB. FEATURE MANY EAST COUNTY LOCATIONS

 January 27, 2012  (San Diego County) -- The winter series of the San Diego County Library Acoustic Showcase is coming to an end with eight concerts taking place in February!  The Acoustic Showcase series offers a wonderful variety of some of San Diego's very best singer/songwriters, folk music performers and story tellers. 

 
These concerts are FREE to the community. 

 

LADY ANTEBELLUM AT CRICKET WIRELESS AMPHITHEATRE MARCH 24, TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, JAN. 27

January 27, 2012 (San Diego) - Tickets are now on sale for the Lady Antebellum concert on March 24 at the Cricket Ampitheatre.

"We can't wait for our first big headlining tour in arenas," said Hillary Scott.  "We hope to create a once-in-a-lifetime concert experience and make some really special memories with our fans."
 
The trio's live show has earned glowing reviews from critics across the country.

TICKETS ON SALE JANUARY 28 FOR VAN HALEN CONCERT JUNE 14 AT VIEJAS ARENA, SDSU

 
Group also announces release of new album, “A Different Kind of Truth”
 

January 25, 2012 (San Diego)--Live Nation is pleased to announce that Van Halen will perform at Viejas Arena at SDSU on Thursday June 14.  Special Guest Kool & The Gang will open the show.  Show time is 7:30; doors open at 6:30. 
 
Van Halen, Rock And Roll Hall of Fame inductees and among the most important and influential rock bands of all time, announced return to the live stage with a 2012 North American tour. 

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.

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