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ART LOVERS DELIGHT: GALLERY WALK & MASTERS OF THE MOMENT SHOW IN EL CAJON JUNE 15

 

 
June 13, 2012 (El Cajon) – Stroll through eight local galleries in downtown El Cajon’s Art Gallery Walk this Friday night, June 15 from 5-8 p.m. 
 
In addition, a reception for the Masters of the Moment Show will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. at Sophie’s Art Gallery, 109 Rea Ave, with awards presented at 6:30 p.m.  

 

SAVE ECPAC LAUNCHES EXPANDED WEBSITE

 

 
June 13, 2012 (El Cajon) – In conjunction with launch of a Save ECPAC foundation that proposes to take over management of the East County Performing Arts Center (ECPAC) , an expanded website, www.SAVEECPAC.org, has been launched.

 

LOCAL ARTIST TAKES AWARD AT SAN DIEGO WATERCOLOR SOCIETY’S JUNE SHOW, RUNNING CLEAR.

 
June 13, 2012 (San Diego) -- La Mesa resident Chuck McPherson took the First Place Award at the San Diego Watercolor Society’s June Member Show with his painting Trickle Down Effect.  The juror recognized Chuck’s painting for excellent design and how he captured the texture of the rounded rocks and depth in the stream. More of Chuck’s work can be seen at his website http://artthatsells.net.  Chuck will be demonstrating at the San Diego Fair June 23, 11-6; June 24, 11-6; July 3, 12-4 and July 4 from 12–4. 

EL CAJON MERCHANT HOPES REOPENING THEATER WILL BRING BUSINESS BACK TO DOWNTOWN

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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. 

EXPRESSIONISTIC PAINTINGS AT LA MESA HEALTH LIBRARY

 
June 10, 2012 (La Mesa) -- The Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library is featuring an exhibit of 15 landscape paintings by Santee artist Barbara McVey through the month of June.
 
McVey worked at schools with special education students until she retired in 1999. Then, she taught art history and the history of famous artists at elementary schools for five years. Today, she focuses on her artwork. Her exhibition at the Herrick Library features abstract watercolor and oil pastel paintings.

SANTEE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES BEGINS JUNE 14

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.

MIGHTY JOE LONGA BENEFIT CONCERT JUNE 10

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.

LA MESA’S “SUNDAYS AT SIX” SUMMER CONCERT SERIES BEGINS JUNE 10

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.

SWING YOUR PARTNER! CAMPO BARN DANCE JUNE 9

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.

TELEMAGICA’S GALAXIA 2012 MUSIC AND ARTS GATHERING JUNE 8-10

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.

AMERICAN ABSTRACT RENOWNED ARTIST BILL MCGEE HAS SHOWING IN JACUMBA DURING JUNE

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.

KICK UP YOUR HEELS AT GROSSMONT CENTER’S SUNSET SUMMER CONCERT SERIES—FRIDAYS IN JUNE AND JULY

 

 
May 31, 2012 (La Mesa) -- Nothing says summer like dancing under the stars, and dining al fresco. Back by popular demand, Grossmont Center will host its popular summer concerts series beginning Friday evening, June 1 and each Friday through July in the Macy’s courtyard from 6-8 p.m.

 

YEE-HA! WESTERN MUSIC JUBILEE JUNE 2

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.

ECPAC SAVED! EL CAJON COUNCIL REJECTS PLAN TO TEAR DOWN THEATER AND BUILD HOTEL ON SITE

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. 

 

GUYS AND DOLLS: BE A PART OF THE SHOW MAY 29

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.

MISSION TRAILS TWENTIETH ANNUAL AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST RECEPTION AND AWARDS CEREMONY MAY 27

 
May 25, 2012 (San Diego) -- Enjoy the 124 photographs now on display in the Visitor Center Gallery as part of our 20th Annual Amateur Photo Contest. View the natural beauty of Mission Trails as captured by our local amateur photographers. 

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.

PAUL STRAHM: SEEING SAN DIEGO OPENS MAY 26

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.

EL CAJON COUNCIL TO HOLD WORKSHOP TODAY ON TEARING DOWN PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

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.

BE BOLD AT OPEN MICROPHONE NIGHT AT VALLEY MUSIC MAY 19

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.

STRINGS OF SPRING MUSIC FESTIVAL MAY 19

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.

SHOULD EAST COUNTY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER BE SAVED OR RAZED? COUNCIL TO WEIGH ISSUE MAY 22

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.

LOCAL ARTIST TAKES TOP AWARD AT SAN DIEGO WATERCOLOR SOCIETY'S MAY SHOW, CULTURAL EXTRACTION

 
May 16, 2012 (San Diego) -- La Mesa resident Chuck McPherson took the First Place Award at the San Diego Watercolor Society's May Member Show.  His painting, The Judge, is of a very special person in his life. 
 
He explains: "Judge Earl Cantos was the patriarch of a wonderful family that "adopted" me a few years back. I'd been best friends with his daughter and her husband who invited me to the Judge's Kensington home one day as she needed to check on her Dad who was showing, at 88, the symptoms of Alzheimer's.

GROSSMONT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND MASTER CHORALE PERFORM AMERICANA MAY 18 AND 20

 
May 15, 2012 (El Cajon) -- The final concerts in the 2011-2012 performance season of the Grossmont Symphony Orchestra & Master Chorale will be held May 18 and 20, celebrating music of American composes from classical to jazz.

“…A LOT OF SINGIN’ TO DO” - PACIFIC MEN’S CHORALE IN CONCERT MAY 18 IN LA MESA

“There's music to play,(You know it, you know it!) Places to go, people to see!
Everything (Yeah!) For you and me! 
. . . “Got a lot of livin’ to do!”
 (from Bye, Bye Birdie)                                              
 
May 10, 2012 (La Mesa) -- Make that “a lot of singin’ to do” and you have the celebrated songsters of the Pacific Men’s Chorale in concert at the United Church of Christ of La Mesa (UCCLM).  Led by Christopher Allen and accompanied by Valerie Victor, the Chorale will present music ranging from “Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair” to “Ching A Ring Chaw,” “Joshua!” and “Feeling Good.”

JACUMBA’S FIRST “BLUES FEST” OFFERS FREE FAMILY FRIENDLY FUN MAY 12

 

May 1, 2012 (Jacumba)-- The Jacumba community will be “jammin and wailin” on Saturday May 12th as the Jacumba Arts Council presents their first “Spring Blues Fest” at the Highland Center on old Highway 80. “People have been very enthusiastic about the event,” says Celia Sigmon, President of Jacumba Arts Council. “There have been some wonderful changes happening in Jacumba so we wanted to celebrate with the community and fellow music lovers. We also feel that the arts, especially music, should be available to all. This is why we are putting on a free event that is suitable for families. Everyone is invited to attend and enjoy our scenic backcountry location!”
 
Lots of local and not so local artists will be there. There will be pulled- pork sandwiches, hot dogs, water and soft drinks available at the center. The Jacumba Women’s Club will have delicious baked goods available for sale. A raffle is planned with a Fender guitar and amp as the grand prize.
 
“We are particularly excited about the variety and talent of the musicians who will be appearing,” enthuses Joe Marshall, Event Coordinator and one of the featured performers. “BC Blues is a real get back together performance by seasoned music professionals. Its members are: Sam Cannon, Allan B3 Carrol on one of his Hammond Organs, Bob Horne, Bruce Craw, Danny Berg and Majid Rahmen from Imperial Valley.  Alex Gomez and the Gomez Blues Project will also appear. This is a fine blues group from San Diego with quite a following. Members are Alex Gomez on lead vocals and guitar, Gregg Miller on vocals and drums and others. Don Belter will also play. He is a blues artist from San Diego and formally a member of the Pine Valley Posse. Singer-songwriter Michael Seth Smith will be there from Boulevard. He has some great sounds!”
 
Joe’s group, One Way Out, will also play.  One Way Out is another great blues group that has been retired for some time but is getting back together for this event. Its members are JoeMama on the Harp, Wild Willie on Vocals, Mark the Shark on lead guitar, Rockin Raul on the Bass and Wonderful Ernie on the Drums.
 
Blues Fest Schedule for May 12
Bill Moffet and the Ghostriders Noon – 12:30
Mike Smith 12:45p – 1:15p
One Way Out 1:45p – 2:30p
Don Belter 2:45 –3:15p
Alex Gomez Blues Project 3:15pm – 4p
BC Blues 4:15p – 5:30p
Monster Jam (all players) 6pm - ?
 
The Jacumba Arts Council (JAC) is a non-profit organization (501C3 status) located in the high desert community of Jacumba, 70 miles East of San Diego and 50 Miles West of El Centro.
 
visit the web-site (www.jacumbaartscouncil.org). 

 

 

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.

MUSICALS, COMEDIES, WORLD MUSIC AND MORE AT SAN DIEGO JEWISH ARTS FESTIVAL

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.

ART IN THE MOUNTAINS OF JULIAN – MAY 11-13

 
May 6, 2012 (Julian) -- Mother’s Day weekend should be all about mothers.  The Julian Arts Guild is presenting its annual Mother’s Day Weekend show and sale.  The theme, appropriately, is called “Mother Earth.”

 

SPOTLIGHT ON JULIAN AS 1ST ANNUAL WILD & SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL DEBUTS MAY 5-6

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. 

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