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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.

JANUARY EVENTS AT MISSION TRAILS REGIONAL PARK CENTER


January 9, 2012 (San Diego) -- On Sunday, January 15, 2012, the San Diego Clarinet Quintet will perform at Mission Trails Regional Park at 3:00 p.m. in the Visitor & Interpretive Center theater or amphitheater.
 
The quintet is part of the San Diego Clarinet Society, and is composed of professional musicians who have performed with the San Diego Symphony, San Diego Ballet Orchestra, San Diego Opera Orchestra, and Starlight Opera.
 
 

YOUNG ACTORS THEATER COMPANY PRESENTS LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL JAN. 13 – 22

 

 
January 6, 2011 (San Diego)-- Sorority star Elle Woods doesn't take "no" for an answer. So when her boyfriend dumps her for someone "serious," Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and sets out to go where no Delta Nu has gone before: Harvard Law school. Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style.

 

EAST COUNTY YOUTH SYMPHONY FORMS NEW WIND ORCHESTRA: CONCERT BAND

 
Youth symphony seeks students for auditions

 
By Mayan Avitable
 
January 5, 2012 (East County) -- The well-known East County Youth Symphony (ECYS) is going to form a new Wind Orchestra (concert band) which will be conducted by Joe Dyke, former instrumental music teacher in the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District. The band is a free (no tuition or fees) program for musicians ages 11 to 18 with at least one year of experience.

 

HOLY COW: SILVER CREEK FINE ART GALLERY HOSTS HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE DEC. 16

 
December 15, 2011 (El Cajon) – For an artsy twist on the holiday season, stop by the Holiday Open House Extravaganza located at the Silver Creek Fine Art Gallery and Custom Framing, 120 East Main Street in El Cajon on December 16 from 5 – 8 p.m.  Meet featured artists Rick Knight, glass artist, and Denise Rich, cow artist.

RISE AGAINST AT VIEJAS ARENA AT SDSU APRIL 15, 2012

 
December 13, 2011 (San Diego) -- Live Nation is pleased to announce Rise Against 
at Viejas Arena at San Diego State University.  Showtime is 7:00 PM.  Doors open at 6:00 PM. Chicago rockers Rise Against recently announced the first leg of their 2012 tour kicking off January 17th at the Austin Music Hall in Austin, TX.  Special Guests A Day to Remember and Title Fight will open the show in San Diego.

 

FOOTHILLS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH AND CHANCEL CHOIR SHARE HOLIDAY SPIRIT IN CONCERT DEC. 17

December 11, 2011 (La Mesa) -- Foothills United Methodist Church’s Chancel Choir will present its50th Annual Christmas Concert, “Lead Me Back to Bethlehem”, with two performancesat 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on December 17.
 
The concert is free with optional offering and open to the public. The concert takes place at Foothills United Methodist Church, 4031 Avocado Blvd., La Mesa CA 91941, in the Choir Room.

 

LESSON LEARNED: STUDENT ART SHOW DEC. 9 AT MAIN STREET 5 GALLERY

December 8, 2011 (El Cajon) -- An artists' Opening/Meet the Artists reception forthe "Lesson Learned"  Drew Bandish Student Juried Art Show, will take place at the Main Street 5 Gallery on Friday, December 9, 2011, from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. The gallery is located at 124 E. Main St. in historic downtown El Cajon CA.

FIFTH ANNUAL HOLIDAY ENTERTAINMENT SERIES FOR TROLLEY RIDERS

 
 
December 8, 2011 (San Diego)--The Orange Line’s fifth annual Holiday Entertainment Series starts Monday morning December 12 at the 62nd  Street/Encanto Trolley Station. Jazz vocalist  Rodney Hutsona kicks off the series which will also include performers from the Southeastern San Diego area.
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