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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.

MOZART, BEETHOVEN ON PROGRAM TONIGHT FOR EAST COUNTY YOUTH SYMPHONY CONCERT AT KROC THEATRE

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 16, 2011 (San Diego) – Talented musicians from 41 schools in the East County Youth Symphony will perform a concert of classical music at 7 p.m. tonight in the Joan B. Kroc Theater, 6611 University Avenue in San Diego (one block east of La Mesa).

The program includes Ludwig Van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 and Egmont Overture, as well as Wolfgang Amadaeus Mozart’s Divertismento K136. Soloist Ekaterina Poukhira will also perform.

OLIVER! MARKS YOUNG ACTORS’ THEATRE 10TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON


“Heartwarming and uplifting” performance runs Nov. 10-20 at Encore! Theatre

By Megan McGlamery

November 13, 2011 (Spring Valley)--Ten years ago, Jean Isaac began a small after-school program for young performers based out of her living room. Today, that group has grown into the Young Actors’ Theatre (YAT) with a mission to provide specialized theatrical instruction to children of all ages. Each year, YAT hosts seven musical productions, two touring groups and one holiday piece.  

Marking the 10th anniversary season with a reprisal of their very first production, performers with YAT have successfully brought Charles Dickens’ classic tale of Oliver Twist to the stage in a vibrant and melodic musical.

A TOUCH OF IRISH MAGIC: ANN KANNER RETURNS WITH CELTIC HARP CONCERT NOV. 20

November 13, 2011 (San Diego)--Amy Lynn Kanner returns to the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center Theater with her Celtic Harp, for a performance on Sunday, November 20, at 3 p.m. The concert will be followed by a public reception in the Visitor Center Gallery.

 
I fell in love with the Celtic harp the first time I heard it. Playing the harp is pure bliss,” Kanner said. “The music of the harp is simply ethereal and enchanting, transporting us to another world. The gorgeous tones envelope us, and can make us cry, or dance for joy. I love sharing my passion for the harp with audiences." “Playing the harp is my passion.”
  

RICKY NELSON REMEMBERED: POWAY CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS NOV. 19

November 12, 2011 (Poway)-- Celebrate the life and work of America's first "teen idol" Ricky Nelson with twin sons, Matthew and Gunnar, in a live concert tribute to their legendary father. Ricky Nelson emerged from "The Adventures of Ozzy and Harriet" to establish himself as a popular singer in the early '60s.
 
His sons  will present an interactive, multi-media rock and roll concert experience at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts, 15498 Espola Road, Poway on Saturday, November 19, from 8-10 p.m.

FIND SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE AT THE DESCANSO ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR NOV. 19

November 11, 2011 (Descanso)  -- Want to start your holiday shopping early?  Check out one the many unique gift items while welcoming in the winter season at the Descanso Arts and Crafts Fair. The event takes place Saturday, November 19 at the Descanso Town Hall, 24536 Viejas Grade, in the mountain town of Descanso from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

 
The event is free and open to the public.
 
  

OLIVER! TAKES STAGE NOV. 10-20 AT ENCORE THEATRE IN SPRING VALLEY

November 11, 2011 (Spring Valley) – Celebrating its 10th year, Young Actors Theatre re-presents the musical that started it all – Oliver! The public is invited to enjoy the classic Charles Dickens’ tale brought to life onstage at the Encore Theatre in Spring Valley.

UNUSUAL GALLERIES PARTICIPATE IN JULIAN OPEN STUDIOS TOUR

November 10, 2011 -- Several special art businesses are participating in this year’s Julian Open Studios tour, November 19-20.  They are open much of the year but, unlike the galleries on the Main Street of Julian, are sometimes hard to find and easy to overlook.

 

 

 

NATIVE AMERICA FLUTE PERFORMERS AND DANCERS PERFORM NOV. 13 DURING NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH

By Millicent Arko
 
November 8, 2011 (San Diego) The San Diego Native American Flute Circle will perform a two-hour concert in the Mission Trails Amphitheater, Saturday, November 13, beginning at 1:00 p.m.  In addition the Soaring Eagles Native American Dance Troop will exhibit its artistry at the event, which is free and open to the public.
 
  

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION OPENS IN GROSSMONT COLLEGE HYDE ART GALLERY NOV. 14-DEC.15

 November 8, 2011 (La Mesa) - The Grossmont College Hyde Art Gallery upcoming exhibition is “First Person Plural” a photography exhibition by 16 present and past professors from the photography department. The exhibition dates are November 14 through December 15. An opening event (artist opening) will be on Tuesday, November 15, from 7-9 p.m.

  

ARMCHAIR IMPRESSIONISTS EXHIBITION NOVEMBER 1 - 30, 2011


November 2, 2011 (Rancho San Diego) -- The Armchair Impressionists, including Jeffrey Graham, Rustin Holec, David Lawhead, Karen Marsh, William Marsh, and guest artist Carol Harris, will feature their paintings November 1 - 30 at the Rancho San Diego Library.  Area residents are invited to join them at an artist’s reception, November 6 from 2 – 4 pm in the Community Room.

DISABLED WOMAN, MOTHER NEED HELP: BENEFIT CONCERT THURSDAY NOV. 3


By Miriam Raftery

November 2, 2011 (San Diego) – Pam Hoye is a friend one of the most amazing people I’ve met. Severely disabled and confined to a wheelchair, she types by holding a pen in her mouth. She has a beautiful spirit, a bright mind, and relies on in-home services to survive. Now her mother, who has advanced demention, has lost her home to foreclosure. Pam needs help to find another place for her mother to live nearby.

Musician Charlie Imes has organized a fantastic benefit concert this Thursday, November 3 starring Jeff Berkeley of Berkeley Hart, winner of many music awards, and other top talent including “Cactus” Jim Soldi, who has played with Johnny Cash and Ricky Skaggs, Peter Bolland, a San Diego Music Awards winner, and more.

JUST DUCKY: CALL TO YOUNG ARTISTS FOR JR. DUCK STAMP COMPETITION WITH $5,000 PRIZE

October 30, 2011 (Rancho San Diego) -- Young artists in grades K to 12 are invited to free workshops to enter the 20th annual California State Junior Duck Stamp competition. The event is sponsored by Pacific South West Art (PSWA) and Heritage of the Americas Museum. All students who enter will receive a certificate form the State of California Fish and Game Department and be eligible for ribbons and awards.

 
 
 

UNVEILING OF IRELAND PAINTINGS: PAUL STRAHM EXHIBITION OPENS OCT. 22 WITH ARTIST RECEPTION AT O’DUNN FINE ART, LA MESA

 

By Millicent Arko

 

October 19, 2011 (La Mesa) O’Dunn Fine Art will unveil the Ireland Paintings Exhibition by Paul Strahm, a signature treatment that examines the Irish countryside, street scenes, coast and waterways. The collection of 14 paintings will be on display from October 22 – November 27, 2011 and are available for pre-sale.

GROSSMONT COLLEGE DANCE DEPT. PERFORMS `BREAKING BOUNDARIES,’ OCT. 27 TO 30

 

 October 18,2011 (El Cajon) -- The Grossmont College Dance Department will present “Breaking Boundaries,” a student-choreographed dance concert featuring performances by students demonstrating various genres of dance, Thursday through Sunday, October 27 to 30.

The concert will showcase a variety of dance genres including modern dance, ballet, jazz, and hip-hop. Performances by dance students are under the direction of co-directors David Mullen and Kathy Meyer.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY LIBRARY ACOUSTIC SHOWCASE CONCERTS - NOVEMBER 2011

October 17, 2011 (San Diego County) -- The Fall series of the San Diego County Library Acoustic Showcase is concluding this year with concerts in East County through November. The series offers a variety of some of San Diego's very best singer/songwriters, folk music performers and story tellers. A Winter series of concerts will launch in December -- stay tuned for more information.


These concerts are free to the community.
The following are upcoming concerts for the remainder of the Fall series.

“AESOP’S FABLES” TO BE PRESENTED BY GROSSMONT COLLEGE THEATRE ARTS DEPARTMENT, OCT. 21, 22

 

 

October 17, 2011 (El Cajon) -- The Grossmont College Theatre Arts Department will present “Aesop’s Fables,” a whimsical production that highlights Aesop’s imaginative fables, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21, and at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Stagehouse Theatre on campus.

 

The public is invited to attend the play, and its content is suitable for all ages. Admission cost is $8 per person. All major credit cards are accepted. The box office accepts phone orders and will be open one hour prior to all performances.

“HAIR” ROLE GROWS ON POWAY ACTOR JOSH LAMON: MUSICAL RUNS OCT. 18-23 AT CIVIC THEATER

 

 

 

 

By Megan McGlamery

 

 

 

 

 

October 14, 2011 (Poway)--From October 18-23, the Tony Award Winning Musical HAIR will play at the San Diego Civic Center. HAIR follows a group of young pacifists during the Vietnam War era who advocate lifestyles of peace and acceptance within a society tied to darkness and intolerance. The musical features an outstanding cast including East County local and Poway High School alumni Josh Lamon in the role of Margaret Mead/Father/Tribe.

FREE CONCERT AT MISSION TRAILS OCT. 16

 

October 13, 2011 (San Diego) – The SilverWood quartet will perform a free concert featuring the rich harmonies and stirring rhythms of Latino, Celtic and American styles of music.

 

The event will be held on October 16 at 3 p.m. at the Visitor Center Theater in Mission Trails Regional Park. A reception will follow in the Visitor Center Gallery. The group’s musicians perform guitar, flute, mandolin/bass and voice/percussion.

ART LOVERS TO PROWL EL CAJON FOR ALLEY CAT ART FEST OCT. 14

 

October 14, 2011 (El Cajon )— Prominent artists, music, wine and beer tastings, food and a classic car show are all part of this year’s Alley Cat Art Fest tonight--Friday, Oct. 14 from 5-10 p.m. in downtown El Cajon.
 

Originally focused on building a vital art district in the downtown El Cajon community, Alley Cat Art Fest has expanded to promote an event for art lovers and community members alike.

GOSPEL PIANIST TIM PARTON TO PERFORM IN SPRING VALLEY OCT. 16

October 9, 2011 (Spring Valley) –Tim Parton, former pianist for the Legacy Five gospel music group and 2011 musician of the year nominee by AbsolutelyGospel.com, will perform at Faith Chapel in Spring Valley on October 16.


An accomplished pianist and vocalist, Parton began playing piano at age two and is a self-taught prodigy who attributes his talents to God. In addition to performing in Nashville and other venues including his current West Coast solo tour, Parton also produced albums for Legacy Five.

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