Arts and Music

Arts and Music

PROTEST PLANNED THURSDAY OVER MEGA-CHURCH PLAN TO LEASE ECPAC; LEGAL ACTION TO HALT DEAL THREATENED IF CITY PROCEEDS

 

 

City rejected earlier proposal by citizens' group

Theater managers speak out, object to City's actions, CityBeat reports

By Miriam Raftery

September 3, 2014 (El Cajon) – Citizens Oversight Panels (COPS) is organizing a rally tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. outside the East County Performing Arts Center at 210 East Main Street in El Cajonon to protest a proposed partnership between the City of El Cajon and Rock Church to lease the theater. 

“We will be delivering a 30-plus page letter spelling out the legal case against the city should they go ahead with their plans to lease this public theater to the Rock Church, which is clearly unconstitutional,” says Ray Lutz, founder of COPS, on a Facebook page for the event. “Come and support the reopening of ECPAC as a performing arts and entertainment center and not as the new location for a mega church.”

HEAR MBIRA MAKER AND MUSICIAN PATRICK HADLEY

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 3, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – I first discovered the enchanting music of the mbira while visiting Milagro Winery in Ramona.  It turns out the mbira, inspired by the African kalimba but much bigger, is a unique musical instrument invented by a local entrepreneur and crafted by musician Patrick Hadley.

On our East County Magazine radio show on KNSJ, we interviewed Hadley, who shared news about the crafting of this amazing instrument--and some famous musical stars now including the mbira in their performances. Hadley also gave an improve performance on our show.

Hear a podcast of his interview and music here:  http://k007.kiwi6.com/hotlink/yba1lrffs0/MBIRA-Final-PatrickHadley.mp3.

For more info and links, click "read more" or scroll down.

JULIAN HOSTS END OF SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL SEPT. 20

East County News Service

August 30, 2014 (Julian) – For the 45th year, Julian celebrates the end of summer with music.  The Julian Music Festival will be held at the Menghini Winery on September 20th from 1 to 8 p.m.  This year’s event features bluegrass to celebrate the festival’s roots, Western ballads to remember the past, as well as music by current songwriters and singers.

Performers slated to appear include singer/songwriter Melanie Devaney, guitarist/singer Steve Ybarra, Cool Band Luke performing high energy favorites, and Trails and Rails performing train songs, cowboy tunes, pop, swing, vocal harmonies and whistling. 

BLUES RUSE AT ANDIAMO RISTORANTE AUG. 30

 

August 28, 2014 (Tierrasanta) – Andiamo Ristorante Italiano and Bar is serving up a brand new menu—along with live music by Blues Rise starting at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 30th.  The musicians will perform vintage blues including Mississippi Delta Blues from the first half of the 1900s as well as more recent blues tunes.

LABOR DAY WEEKEND ART SHOW IN JULIAN

 

August 28, 2014 (Julian) -- Talented artists from Julian and nearby communities will present their works at the Julian Labor Day Weekend Art Show August 30 through September 1. The show wlil be held in the Julian Town  Hall, 2129 Main Street in historic Julian, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Works dissplayed will includepaintings, photography, mosaics, ceramics, printmaking, jewelry and other works of fine art. Admission to the show is free, and many of the artists will be available to discuss their work.  For more details, visit http://www.julianartsguild.org.

EL CAJON CITY COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY VOTES TO MOVE FORWARD ON ROCK CHURCH LEASE OF ECPAC, BUILD 2ND FACILITY ON CITY LAND FOR SHARED USE

 

 

Opponents voice constitutional concerns over deal, file a  Grand Jury complaint

By Janis Russell

August 13, 2014 (El Cajon)-- At yesterday’s El Cajon City Council meeting, members voted 4-0 to move forward with discussions on a partnership between the East County Performing Arts Center and the Rock Church. Pro Tem Mayor Gary Kendrick recused himself from this agenda item because of a “financial conflict of interest.”

The proposal drew strong support from church members and local business interests, but garnered strong opposition from some arts supporters and citizens concerned over constitutional issues.  Today, Karen Marie Otter, an El Cajon resident and former Congressional candidate, informed East County Magazine that she has sent a letter of complaint to the County Grand Jury asserting that she believes the deal violates the First Amendment of the Constitution, which requires separation of church and state.

ROCK CHURCH PLAN TO LEASE EAST COUNTY PERFORMING ART CENTER ON COUNCIL AGENDAY TODAY

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 12, 2014 (El Cajon)—El Cajon’s City Council will vote at today’s 3 p.m. meeting on directing staff to pursue a draft final agreement with Rock Church for establishing a partial lease of the East County Performing Arts Center (ECPAC).  The deal would also authorize Rock Church to lease land adjacent to the theater to construct a new building for the church that would be partially available for city use.

The measure is on the consent calendar, however ECM has received several e-mails from community members who are concerned  about separation of church state issues and about the long-term loss of the theater for public use during a significant number of hours each year.  They want to see any leasing decisions halted until the city follows up on its promises to hire a professional theater management company.

VISIONARY SCHOOL FOR PERFORMING ARTS PRESENTS "JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT" AUG. 14-23

 

August 10, 2014 (San Diego)—Chidren at the Visionary School for the Performing Arts presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Visionary Performance Space (7202 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, 92115) on August 14-16 and August 21-23.

NOTED GUITARIST FRED BENEDETTI PERFORMS FREE CONCERT AT MISSION TRAILS ON AUGUST 17

 

July 31, 2014 (San Diego)--Flamenco, jazz, classical and popular music will be performed in free a guitar concert by noted musician Fred Benedetti on Saturday, August 17 at 3 p.m. in the Mission Trails Regional Park visitor center theater.   This acclaimed entertainer plays with several local bands. He is also a full-time music professor at Grossmont College, where he heads up the guitar studies program, and serves as chair of the guitar program at San Diego State University.  He has toured in the U.S. Europe, Canada, Mexico and Taiwan. Locally, Benedetti has performed with the San Diego Symphony, the San Diego Opera, Starlight Opera, American Ballet Company,  and the Old Globe Theatre, plus he has shared the stage with such musical luminaries as opera star Luciano Pavarotti and jazz artist Dave Brubeck.

SDSU LAUNCHES MUSIC ENTERPRISE PROGRAM

 

East County News Service

August 6, 2014 (San Diego)--San Diego State University is launching  a new program aimed at empowering music studies to run successful businesses.

"ELECTRIC BRAIN" AND OTHER EXPRESSIVE ARTS CREATIONS CHANGING LIVES OF PEOPLE WITH EPILEPSY: GALLERY RECEPTION AUG. 2 AT GROSSMONT CENTER

 

July 30, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - Artistic works by people with epilepsy in the Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County’s Expressive Arts program is an art gallery event sponsored by Grossmont Center and La Mesa Arts Alliance which will include artwork by local San Diego artists.

VIVIAN BLACKSTONE - A REMARKABLE WOMAN

 

Former Campo artist now creating film on cofounder of Rancho La Puerta

By Mimi Pollack

On July 24th, 2014, my good friend Vivian Blackstone will celebrate her 86th birthday. A woman in excellent health, she has lived an unconventional life with an artistic, bohemian and spiritual bent. That artistic side still continues as she is working on a film about Edmond Szekely [aka the professor], who along with Deborah Szekely, created and developed the world famous spa and resort in Tecate, Mexico, called Rancho La Puerta. This film is important to Vivian as the professor was an influential person in her life and she hopes this film will honor him and the influence he had on her.

BARE: A POP OPERA

 

By Walter G. Meyer

July 22, 2014 (San Diego)--Don’t let the word “opera” in the title make you think this is your grandmother’s type of opera. Borrowing less from Verdi and Wagner than Out and Seventeen, this show is a powerful look at the very real problems of today’s teens. “Bare: a pop opera” is set in a Catholic boarding school and features some kids who have problems. Although most of the show is sung—there is very little dialog—including parts of Romeo and Juliet, the show moves quickly and is easy to follow.

VOCALIST LILLIAN PALMER PERFORMS AUGUST 3RD AT MISSION TRAILS

 

 

July 20, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – The next musical performance at Mission Trails Regional Park will feature vocalist and recording artist Lillian Palmer on August 3 from 3 to 4 p.m.  Palmer performed in nightclubs and cabarets in Italy before returning home to Southern California.

THREE MUSKETEERS TAKE STAGE AT STAGEHOUSE THEATRE JULY 24 - 31

 

July 20, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - The Three Musketeers take the stage at Grossmont College's Stagehouse Theatre on July 24, 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m. and on July 30 and 31 at 2 p.m. The play by Ken Ludwig  is based on Alexander Dumas’ classic tale of heroism, treachery, and close escapes. To defend the honor of the Queen of France, the Musketeers must outwit the wicked Cardinal Richelieu and Countess de Winter, and out –swashbuckle their enemies’ deadly henchman.

MEDIA ARTS CENTER SCREENS BREAKING BAD'S AARON PAUL IN INDI/DRAMA "HELLION'

 

July 20, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - The New Media Arts Center is airing preview screenings of “Hellion,” a drama featuring Breaking Bad star Arron Paul. The next screenings will be July 21, 22 and 24 at 1 p.m.at Media Center’s single-screen, 50 seat cinema.

STARS SHINE AT LES MISÉRABLES ATOP MOUNT HELIX—JULY 17-AUGUST 2, 2014

 

                                                           

By Ariele Johannson

 

Christian Community Theater has been entertaining San Diegans and providing quality theatrical productions for over 30 years.

This summer’s performance of Les Misérables is exceptional for its casting, talent, music and singing, costumes, child actors, and technology in a fine outdoor performance of this epic work. Also, it is a return to Mt. Helix for CCT after being away for seven years.  Christian Youth Theater also participated in this production.

MISSION TRAILS PRESENTS "SEVEN ARTISTS, ONE GREAT SHOW" JULY 19 - AUGUST 15: ARTISTS' RECEPTION JULY 20

 

The Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation (MTRP) is pleased to present an exhibition featuring seven award winning artists who work in various mediums. This exhibit will be on display in the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center Art Gallery, One Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego.  

July 2, 2014 (San Diego) - July 19 – August 15, 2014.  The public is cordially invited to a reception in honor of the artists on Sunday, July 20, 2014 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

LES MISERABLES AT MOUNT HELIX

 

By Annie Crandall

June 26, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – It’s official!  The cast for Christian Community Theater’s  Les Miserables has been selected and the rehearsals have begun.  This summer blockbuster will be staged atop Mount Helix (July 17 – August 2).

YOUR SONG, YOUR STORY: SYMPHONY OFFERS FREE PERFORMANCES IN LOCAL COMMUNITIES

 

Programs July 15 at Kroc Theatre, July 16 at Embarcadero Marina Park South, and July 17 at Lincoln High School

By Miriam Raftery

Concert details and RSVP for free tickets:  www.yoursongyourstory.org

Listen Friday at 5 p.m. on KNSJ 89.1 FM to our radio interview with Leonor Perez, artistic projects manager, San Diego Symphony

July 10, 2014 (San Diego)—The San Diego Symphony teams up with local artists and Academy Award-winner Bill Conti (composer of the themes for Rocky and James Bond movies) for a series of free performances in disadvantaged communities. “Your song, your story” is the culmination of a year of outreach in which the Symphony received over 300 submissions from local artists, chose 18 and asked Conti to create a composition inspired by the works celebrating diverse cultural perspectives.

The shows highlight the diversity of San Diego neighborhoods – and each will include a block party celebration complete with free food and entertainment. Performers include many East County groups, such as the Kumeyaay Youth Bird Singers, Soaring Eagles, and Luay Yousif of St. Peters Chaldean Catholic Church.

DARYL HALL AND JOHN OATES SDSU CONCERT OCT. 25: TICKETS ON SALE JULY 11

 

Photo: Gary Harris on FlickR (Creative Commons license)

July 8, 2014 (San Diego)--Daryl Hall and John Oates, the number one selling duo in music history, will be performing on Saturday, October 25th at the San Diego State University’s Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theater.  Tickets go on sale Friday, July 11 at 10 a.m. at all Ticketmaster ticket centers, the Viejas Arena box office, online at LiveNation.com or by phone at 800-745-3000.

CALIFORNIA CENTER FOR THE ARTS, ESCONDIDO ANNOUNCES STAR-STUDDED 20TH ANNIVERSARY 2014/2015 SEASON

 

July 1, 2014 (Escondido)--California Center for the Arts, Escondido (the Center) reaches a major milestone this year, celebrating its 20th Anniversary season with an exceptional line-up of acclaimed performers, including The Blind Boys of Alabama, Garrison Keillor, Merle Haggard, Pink Martini, Jake Shimabukuro, Harlem Gospel Choir, Whose Live Anyway, La Santa Cecilia, Kathleen Madigan, Pilobolus, Peking Acrobats, Jazzreach with Metta Quintet, Sirena Huang, Paul Galbraith, Mariachi Sol de Mexico, Lúnasa with Special Guest Karan Casey, Alberta Ballet, Jiayan Sun, Venice Baroque Orchestra, 2Cellos, Han Bin Yoon, and many more.

DOLLAR MOVIE DAYS AT REGAL CINEMAS IN EL CAJON

 

By Miriam Raftery

Looking for some affordable family entertainment?  On Tuesday and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. all summer long, 350 Regal Entertainment group cinemas (including theaters in East County) are offering $1 movie showings. 

East County theaters include Edwards Rancho San Diego Stadium 15 and Regal Parkway Plaza Stadium 18 & IMAX, both in El Cajon. Click here to find the schedule for a theater near you.

Dollar days at the movies were a bargain back when I was in college a few decades ago, and an even bigger savings today, with inflation, especially for families with kids off for summer vacation in need of some entertaining options on a limited budget.

Films to be shown are listed below.

SUPER FULL MOON JAZZ CONCERT AT KEYS CREEK LAVENDER FARM

 

June 29, 2014 (Valley Center) – With the scent of lavender in the air, a golden sunset and colorful fields of lavender as a backdrop, Gregory Page  will perform at the Keys Creek Lavender Farm in Valley Center. The concert will be held on Saturday, July 12 from 7-9:30 p.m. 

Page performs melodies and lyrics reminiscent of the 1920s sweet jazz era as a “super full moon” rises to illuminate the night sky,  promising to be a magical night.

KEEPING PERSPECTIVE: O’DUNN FINE ART PLANS GRAND REOPENING JUNE 27

 

 

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo, right: La Jolla Cove, by W. Jason Situ

June 25, 2014 (La Mesa)— When an out-of-control truck smashed through the picture window of her gallery on La Mesa Boulevard back on June 2, artist Shannon O’Dunn kept it all in perspective.

Now she’s hosting a grand reopening at O’Dunn Fine Art, 8325 La Mesa Boulevard, inviting the community to share in champaign, chocolates, live music, and some fine new works of art that she has acquired since the unexpected closure. The event will be held on Friday, June 27 from 5 to 8 p.m.  “Come celebrate a new chapter in fine art for East County,” says O’Dunn. “We would love to see you here!"

SWEET SIXTEEN: JULIAN BLUES BASH JUNE 21

 

June 19, 2014 (Julian)--The 16th Annual Julian Blues Bash happens this Saturday, June 21 at Menghini Winery in Julian with a great lineup of blues bands.

Advance ticket sales are over, but they will have tickets at the gate for this all-day event featuring an array of talented entertainers.

JOURNEY CHURCH VOLUNTEERS BRING MUSIC BACK INTO LA MESA MIDDLE SCHOOL: CONCERT TAKES STAGE JUNE 14

 

June 9, 2014 (La Mesa)-- Volunteer worship leaders at Journey Community Church in La Mesa have been teaching students at La Mesa Middle School to play instruments and create their own bands in what is called “Rock University.”  The after-school program was instituted three years ago as school funding dried up for music classes in the schools. The music team at Journey – all accomplished musicians – decided to fill in the gap and give the free lessons to students who have never experienced playing music.  This event is the recital/concert for nearly 20 students who have gone through Rock University this past school year and takes place Saturday, June 14, 2014 at Journey Community Church.

INEQUALITY FOR ALL SCREENING JUNE 19 IN EL CAJON

 

June 17, 2014 (El Cajon)—A film by Robert Reich, Inequality for all: On behalf of the middle class will be shown June 19 at the East County Democratic Club’s meeting.  The film won a special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival and highlights economic inequality in America.

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