Arts and Music

“BLOOMING FASHIONS” SHOW MAY 6 BENEFITS FRIENDS OF EAST COUNTY ARTS

 

By Judy Moore

April 8, 2017 (El Cajon) --  Friends of East County Arts, Inc., supporting the arts in East County since 1984, will present “Blooming Fashions” show at the El Cajon Elks Club #1812 on  Saturday, May 6 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

ENCORE: THE ART OF THE QUILT, APRIL 29 IN LEMON GROVE

 

By Helen Ofield, President, Lemon Grove Historical Society

April 8, 2017 (Lemon Grove) — Back by popular demand, the Lemon Grove Historical Society and the Lemon Grove Library again team up to present an encore lecture from "History Alive" -- the hugely popular "The Art of the Quilt" with quilt historian Sylvia Wallace. Hasten to the Lemon Grove Library on April 29 at 2 p.m. for this treat.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING FILM SCREENING IN LEMON GROVE: MAY 8

 

Panel of experts and neighborhood organizing to follow showing of “Indoctrinated, the Grooming of Child Prostitutes” by Lemon Grove filmmaker Jim Ellis

By Helen Ofield, Lemon Grove Historical Society

April 8, 2017 (Lemon Grove) -- Right here, right now, in our town...tough though it is to think of Lemon Grove as a haven for human sex traffickers, it is. This heinous crime is alive in our town. Predators are after our girls and boys. This, in a town where every neighborhood is anchored by a public school and volunteerism has been a tradition since 1890.

WE68 RADIO CELEBRATES FIFTH ANNIVERSARY AT SPRING VALLEY'S THE BANCROFT

 

By Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

Photo:  Drummer Chase Richard with the band Horsefly

April 2, 2017 (Spring Valley) - Punked on April 1st? Was it by punk music? Metal? Or grunge? That music was celebrated at WE68 Radio’s 5th anniversary festival held at Spring Valley’s The Bancroft on April Fool’s Day.

SAN DIEGO CONCERT BAND PERFORMS “AROUND THE WORLD IN 90 MINUTES” APRIL 25 AT KROC THEATRE

 

East County News Service

March 31, 2017 (San Diego) – “We’re heading for a sold-out house!” says Chuck Brown with the San Diego Concert Band.  “Be among the ‘Last 100’ to get your tickets for the 28th annual Spring Celebration Concert – “Around the World in 90 Minutes” – presented by the San Diego Concert Band.  Don’t miss this musical travel log  as we visit Australia, England, Italy, Ireland, S. Korea, Spain, and other places.”

SOPHIE KENSINGTON'S GALLERY PRESENTS SECRET WORLDS APRIL 1

 

 

East County News Service

Photo:  Sleek Siamese (c) Mark Rimland 1997

March 31, 2017 (San Diego) - "Secret Worlds:  Celebrating National Autism Awareness Month" will feature the 1st public viewing of the original illustrations by Mark Rimland from the book The Secret Night World of Cats and the whimsical sculptures of the prolific ceramic artist Colby Jackson.

GUITAR VIRTUOSOS CELINE ROMERO AND ANDY MCKEE AT POWAY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER APRIL 8

 

 

East County News Service

March 25, 2017 (Poway) – Celine Romero is the youngest of the international guitar dynasty, the Romeros, hailed by the New York Times as the family that virtually invented the classical guitar quartet format. Andy McKee, by contrast, is a self-taught player whose videos including “Drifting” and “Africa” have drawn hundreds of millions of views on YouTube.

LAMPLIGHTERS PRESENTS THE DRESSER MARCH 17 - APRIL 16

 

By Kathy Carpenter

Associate Reviewer www,sdtheatrereviews.com

Journalist www.sandiegosplash.com

March 24, 2017 (La Mesa) - The Dresser is riveting, with powerful acting, giving the audience a knock-out performance.  This play within a play focuses on a group of thespians performing and trying to keep their troop going in the midst of World War II air raids.

MONARCH THEATRE BRINGS A FAIRY TALE TO LIFE: ONCE UPON A MATTRESS MARCH 16-25, 2017

 

By Kathy Carpenter

Associate Reviewer www,sdtheatrereviews.com

Journalist www.sandiegosplash.com

March 24, 2017 (Spring Valley) - Who doesn't love a good fairy tale? My heart filled with joy at the sight of the full audience at the Monarch Theatre. Once Upon a Mattress was everything a magical tale should be: fun, funny, and fabulous.

GI FILM FESTIVAL SAN DIEGO: ORGANIZERS SEEK FILM SUBMISSIONS FOR LOCAL MILITARY FILM FESTIVAL

 

Film Consortium San Diego welcomes entries from student and professional filmmakers by May 15, 2017; Selected films will be shown at San Diego’s only festival solely dedicated to military-related films

East County News Service

March 22, 2017 (San Diego) – Submissions are now accepted for the GI Film Festival San Diego’s Local Film Showcase. The San Diego military film festival, now in its third year, will take place at various locations throughout San Diego County Oct. 18-22, 2017. It is one of just a few military-themed film festivals produced in the United States.

A PART OF THE PAST NOT OFTEN EXPLORED: A PIECE OF MY HEART, MARCH 16-25 AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE

 

By Kathy Carpenter

Associate Reviewer www,sdtheatrereviews.com

March 22, 2017 (La Mesa) – A Piece of My Heart is an extremely emotional portrayal of six women who served in Vietnam.  The characters are based on real women, proving no matter what your background or your role in Nam, no one left unaffected by time spent in the conflict, men or women.

SPRING HARP FEST APRIL 15 IN LA MESA

 

 

East County News Service

March 14, 2017 (La Mesa) – The 18th annual Spring Harp Fest, showing harmonica players and more, will be held on Saturday, April 15 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Harry Griffen Park (9550 Milden St.) in La Mesa. 

The event is free though a $10 donation is suggested. Funds are used to donate harmonicas to local schools. This year’s lineup includes:

EAST COUNTY SAN DIEGO FESTIVAL CHORUS PERFORMS MOZART AND MUSIC FROM BROADWAY AT SPRING CONCERT MAY 7

 

East County News Service

March 14, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – The San Diego Festival Chorus and Orchestra is in its 17th year with 70 singers and a full orchestra performing choral masterworks and choral arrangements of popular music in a beautiful venue.

JOIN LA MESA CHAMBER IN CELEBRATING 80TH ANNIVERSARY OF LAMPLIGHTERS THEATRE JUNE 21ST

 

East County News Service

March 9, 2017 (La Mesa) – On Wednesday, June 21st, the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce and Lamplighters Community Theatre will welcome members, local businesses and guests to the Lamplighters Community Theatre’s 80th Anniversary celebration.

SAN DIEGO'S TALENTED YOUNG MUSICIANS PERFORM WINTER CONCERTS AT POWAY CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS

 

 

East County News Service

March 8, 2017 (Poway) - San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory (SDYS) presents two inspiring concerts from their talented musicians on Sunday, March 12 at 1pm & 6pm at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts.

24TH ANNUAL SAN DIEGO LATINO FILM FESTIVAL MARCH 16-26

 

East County News Service

March 3, 2017 (San Diego) - The film lineup has been announced for the 2017 San Diego Latino Film Festival.  #SDLFF 2017 is excited to present a variety of genres and movies coming from over 20 countries within Latin America, Mexico, U.S.A., and Spain.

SAPS AT SEA PRESENT LAUREL AND HARDY – JUST ONE MORE TEENSY-WEENSY NIGHT! MAR. 25

 

East County News Service

February 7, 2017 (Spring Valley) - Saps at Sea will hold its second meeting of the year on March 25 in Williams Hall at Trinity Church in Spring Valley.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:00 p.m.

LENELLE WYLIE STARS IN “DIVA”: VISIONARY DANCE THEATRE SHOW MARCH 4

 

By Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

Diva discovered in La Mesa

February 27, 2017 (La Mesa) -- Lenelle Wylie of La Mesa is a diva--in the best sense of the word. This diva can sing, dance, and act. In Wylie’s case, the meaning of diva would also include high school biology teacher, winning coach, wife, and mother to pre-teens.

CIRCLE OF ART SHOW AND SALE MARCH 18-19 IN BORREGO SPRINGS

 

East County News Service

February 26, 2017 (Borrego Springs) — The 28th annual Circle of Art Show and Art Sale celebrating art in the desert will take place Saturday March 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. .and Sunday, March 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Christmas Circle in the heart of Borrego Springs.

SPRING CONCERT SERIES RETURNS TO CUYAMACA COLLEGE FEB. 24 WITH BLACK HISTORY MONTH TRIBUTE

 

East County News Service

February 23, 2017 (Rancho San Diego) - A celebration of black history that includes music, dance, spoken word and theater performances takes center stage when the annual Spring Concert Series gets underway Friday, Feb. 24, at Cuyamaca College.

PICKWICK PLAYERS BRING CHARACTERS TO LIFE IN TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

 

By Kathy Carpenter, Associate/Youth Reviewer www.sdtheatrereviews.com

February 22, 2017 (Santee) – In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird, Atticus Finch admonished his children to walk in someone else's shoes before judging them. You cannot know another clearly until you have considered things through their eyes. That’s a lesson we could all benefit from if we chose to exercise the option more.

VOICES OF THE CITY CHOIR TO PERFORM AT EL CAJON LIBRARY MARCH 4

 

East County News Service

February 17, 2017 (El Cajon) -- The Voices of the City Choir will appear in concert at the El Cajon Library, located at 201 E. Douglas Avenue, Saturday, March 4, at 2:00 p.m.  The 30-voice ensemble, composed of homeless singers, will present a wide-ranging program of ballads, jazz, and gospel infused pop songs, backed up by a professional, 3-piece rhythm section.

REVITALIZING ECPAC: WILL THE FAT FINALLY LADY GET TO SING?

 

 

El Cajon City Council approves negotiations with major concert promoter Live Nation to manage shuttered East County Performing Arts Center.

By Paul Kruze

 

February 17, 2017 (El Cajon)—As the old saying goes, “It isn’t over ‘til the fat lady sings.”  Just a few years ago, the East County Performing Arts Center (ECPAC) faced possible demise.  It’s remained closed since December 2009.  But the curtain may soon rise again, bringing back stellar entertainment to our region.

YAT PERFORMS JUNGLE BOOK FOR KIDS MARCH 2-12

 

East County News Service

February 15, 2017 (Spring Valley) — Young Adult Theatre (YAT) bring The Jungle Book for Kids to life March 2nd through 12th at the Encore! Theatre (9620 Campo Rd.) in Spring Valley.  The jungle is jumpin' with a jazzy beat in this special adaptation from the classic Disney animated film, featuring a host of colorful characters and your favorite songs from the movie.

EAST COUNTY ARTISTS AT WEEKEND WILDLIFE ART FESTIVAL, FINAL SHOW FROM PSWA

 

East County News Service

February 14, 2017 (San Diego) – The Pacific Southwest Wildlife Arts, Inc. (PSWA) will present its 44th annual California Open Wildlife Art Festival, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18 and 19, at Liberty Station in San Diego’s Point Loma area. The festival, open to the public, will run from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both weekend days at Liberty Station’s Corky McMillin Event Center, NTC Promenade, 2875 Dewey Road, San Diego. Admission is $5 per person per day, and children under 12 years of age are free. For more information, visit www.PSWA.net.

LIVE NATION SEEKS TO MANAGE A RESTORED EAST COUNTY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Dancers performed in front of ECPAC in its heydey.

February 9, 2017 (El Cajon) – The long-shuttered East County Performing Arts Center (ECPAC) may finally be reopened under management of Live Nation, which claims to be the global leader in live entertainment. According to the company’s website,  Live Nation operates in 7 nations, has produce shows in nearly 40 countries, and has a concert somewhere in the world every 20 minutes.

The El Cajon City Council will vote Tuesday, February 14th at its 3 p.m. meeting on authorizing the City manager to negotiate a draft management agreement with Live Nation .  View agenda and attachments. 

GREGORY PAGE IN CONCERT MARCH 5 AT MISSION TRAILS

 

East County News Service

January 25, 2017 (Mission Trails) -- Gregory Page will perform a free concert (donations appreciated) at the beautiful Visitor’s Center Concert Hall at Mission Trails Regional Park on March 5that 3 p.m.  Please join Mr. Page to be among the first in the world to hear selections from his brand new soon to be released album, So It Goes as well as other classics from the extensive Gregory Page Songbook. 

PICKWICK PLAYERS PRESENT “TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD” FEB. 17-26 AT OFF BROADWAY LIVE IN SANTEE





"If our democracy is to work in this increasingly diverse nation, each one of us must try to heed the advice of one of the great characters in American fiction, Atticus Finch, who said "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view...until you climb into his skin and walk around in it."- President Barack Obama, Farewell Address January 2017

Source: Pickwick Players

January 24, 2017 (Santee) -- Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird is the timeless and timely story of Atticus Finch, a widower, and his children Scout and Jem in the summer of 1935 in their town of Maycomb, Alabama. Atticus strives to raise his children to be willing to see the world from other people’s perspective, to “walk around in other people’s shoes”.  Over the course of the story, a young black man is unfairly accused of accosting a white woman and Atticus agrees to defend him.  Atticus’ morality and honor puts not only his client, but his children and himself in grave danger.

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