Arts and Music
June 21, 2012 (La Mesa) – Biz Center Art, the gallery in residence at the La Mesa Biz Center, 7317 El Cajon Blvd., La Mesa, is holding an opening reception for Nowhere on June 23 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The reception will feature the artists and their art. “Nowhere” is a small image show featuring works of art no larger than 12” x 14” and costing no more than $100.
Public urged to attend and support call to save the theater; plan will reopen venue before City’s Centennial celebration this fall and calls for phased renovation
June 21, 2012 (El Cajon) – After objecting to a proposal by the City of El Cajon to demolish East County Performing Arts Center (ECPAC) and build a hotel on the site, community members have united around a goal of saving the theater, forming the ECPAC Foundation.
At a recent meeting, Council voted to reject a developer’s proposal to tear down the theater, then invited ECPAC Foundation to submit a proposal to save the venue.
Today, the organization will hold a press conference at El Cajon City Hall, 200 Civic Center Way, at 3 p.m. to outline its proposal. The group will submit an extensive plan for operating the theater to the City Manager at 3:30 p.m. The public is encouraged to come show support to save ECPAC.
June 15, 2012 (El Cajon) – The Olaf Wieghorst Museum & Western Heritage Center, 131 Rea Ave, El Cajon will host an exhibition of nationally known local artists Grace Schlesier, Jack Jordan and Mark Martensen June 29 through August 29. The opening night Meet the Artists Reception will be held on June 29 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wine and light hors d’oeuvres will be served.
June 19, 2012 (Santee) – The city of Santee’s Summer Concert Series kicked off its 29th year on June 14 with The Destroyers, Navy Band Southwest. The concert was accompanied by a food truck rally.
The nine-concert series features the return of three musical acts that attracted sizeable crowds last year, as well as an eclectic lineup of 7 other bands that range from country to classic rock. Performances are every Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. through August 16, except July 5.
June 15, 2012 (San Diego) – The Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation and the California Art Club present Treasures of the Mission Trails Regional Park Art Exhibit and Benefit on July 14 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego. The event will include fine art, fine wine, cheese and chocolate.
June 13, 2012 (Julian)—Music lovers will want to head east to Julian this weekend for a pair of popular events, both at the Menghini Winery.
On Saturday, Robb Bower presents the annual Julian Blues Bash, ‘Key to the Highway.’ Then on Sunday, bring Dad and the whole family to the Julian Father’s Day Jam for “All American Country Music" for a day jam-packed with fun.
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June 12, 2012 (El Cajon)--Many of the restaurants in downtown El Cajon opened their doors several years ago because of the proximity of the East County Performing Arts Center (ECPAC) on Main Street. One of those is Domenico Donato’s “Mangia Bene” Italian restaurant located directly across from the theater which opened a decade ago.
June 9, 2012 (Santee) – The city of Santee’s Summer Concert Series, now in its 29th year, begins June 14. Performances are every Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. through August 16, except July 5. The concerts take place at the Town Center Community Park at the north side of the San Diego River.
The 9 concert series features the return of three musical acts that attracted sizeable crowds last year, as well as an eclectic lineup of 7 other bands that range from country to classic rock.
June 9, 2012 (Spring Valley) – A benefit concert for The Mighty Joe Longa will be held at the Spring Valley Moose Lodge, 9062 Memory Lane, Spring Valley on June 10 from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The entertainment will include the Robin Henkel Band with Billy Watson, Modern Rhythym, Tomcat Courtney, Joey Harris and Mental Farmers, Black Market III and Mojo Nixon. The master of ceremonies will be Jim McInnes.
This year’s concerts through the decades will honor the centennial
June 9, 2012 (La Mesa) – The Boys & Girls Clubs of East County Foundation presents the 2012 “Sundays at Six” Summer concerts beginning June 10 at Harry Griffen Park, 9550 Milden Street, La Mesa at 6:00 p.m. The series of free concerts will continue through June, July and August.
June 7, 2012 (Campo) – The Mountain Empire-Campo Kiwanis presents a Barn Dance at the Star Ranch, 31310 Hwy 94, Campo on June 9. The BBQ begins at 7:00 p.m. with the dance following from 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. The “Honkey Tonk Kings” will be the featured country dance band.
June 7, 2012 (Jacumba) – Telemagica’s Galaxia 2012 takes place June 8, 9 and 10 beginning at 12:00 p.m. on Friday on the grounds of the Institute of Perception (Railroad Street) in Jacumba.
The event is a yearly gathering of collective performance art dedicated to the evolution of the human spirit through the arts.
June 1, 2012 (Jacumba) – Local artist Bill McGee is showing two pieces of his work at the Jacumba Library, 44605 Old Highway 80, during the month of June. The artwork will be for sale and McGee will donate all proceeds to the Jacumba library and the Mountain Health Center, except for a small amount to be used to replenish his paints.
May 24, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--The Olaf Wieghorst Western Heritage Center will present the 2nd Annual Wieghorst Western Music Jubilee! The event will take place on Saturday, June 2, at the Cuyamaca College Performing Arts Theater in Rancho San Diego.
Belinda Gail, Sourdough Slim, The Tumbling Tumbleweeds and Tom Hiatt & The Sundown Riders, are just a few of the artists who will be entertaining. The show begins at 7:00 p.m.
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.