Arts and Music

HELIX HIGHLAND PLAYERS PRESENTED ALMOST MAINE

 

By Kathy Carpenter

Associate/youth reviewer www.sdtheatrereviews.com

November 1, 2016 (La Mesa) - Happiness filled my heart at the sight of a full audience for the Highland players on Thursday night. The production ofAlmost Maine featured romantic, funny, and filled with awe moments. The show has closed, but if you fill the need to support or you did not get your Halloween fix, West Hills High in Santee is doing Zombie Prom this weekend.

HEAR OUR EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: GREG PALAST ‘S FILM “BEST DEMOCRACY MONEY CAN BUY” EXPOSES CONSPIRACY TO SUPPRESS MINORITY VOTES

 

Attorney for white nationalist group developed computer program to drop minority voters off voting rosters in 30 states

By Miriam Raftery

Photo, left:  Miriam Raftery with Greg Palast at film debut in San Diego

October 28, 2016 (San Diego)--Investigative reporter Greg Palast’s Academy Award-nominated documentary, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy:  A Tale of Billionaires and Ballot Bandits, pulls back the curtain to expose a dark conspiracy to steal votes from millions of minorities across America. A seasoned gumshoe detective turned award-winning investigative reporter, Palast leaves no room for doubt as he masterfully reveals the powerful players behind this insidious scheme.

East  County Magazine editor Miriam Raftery sat down for an exclusive interview with Palast,  in town for the debut of his film in San Diego on Monday.  You can hear our interview by clicking the orange audio link,  and scroll down to  read our review of this must-see documentary.

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ESCAPE REALITY AND GO INTO THE WOODS WITH GROSSMONT HIGH: SHOW CONTIUNES OCTOBER 28-29 AT 7 P.M.

 

By Kathy Carpenter

Youth/Associte Reviewer

www.sdtheatrereviews.com

October 27, 2016 (La Mesa) - Please support your local high schools. These are the entertainers of the future. High school arts are the building blocks. There is nothing like a full audience to inspire confidence and help them give their best performances.

Into the Woods is a difficult play, especially the lyrical rhythmic songs. Although a play with a large cast is good for high school, I loved watching the cast of 19 come together and give their all to take  us on a journey of life messages. Four fairy tales (Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, and Rapunzel) blend together to show us how the paths we take through life and the choices we make influence everything we do, and how we may have to return to the same place to learn the right lesson.

“BEST DEMOCRACY MONEY CAN BUY” FILM STARTING OCT. 24 IN SAN DIEGO ALLEGES MASSIVE SCHEME TO STEAL MINORITIES’ VOTES

 

Film by investigative reporter Greg Palast asserts GOP has 30-state computer program that can eliminate over 7 million minority voters

East County News Service

October 19, 2016 (San Diego) - Rolling Stone investigative reporter’s new film, “The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: A Tale of Billionaires and Ballot Bandits” will be shown Monday, Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the AMC Fashion Valley 18 Theatre (7037 Friars Rd.) 

A portion of proceeds will benefit KNSJ radio.

The movie features Ed Asner, Rosario Dawson, Ice-T, Richard Belzer, Shailene Woodley and Willie Nelson.  Palast will be there along with special guests.  Reserve your Tickets.

VISIONARY YOUTH THEATRE PRESENTS "ANNIE JR." OCT. 20-22

 

East County News Service

October 13, 2016 (La Mesa) - Visionary Youth Theatre presents “Annie, Jr” at the Visionary Performance Space (8693 La Mesa Blvd, La Mesa, CA 91942) on October 20th - 22nd @ 7pm, directed by Rebekah Ensley.  Bring your family and friends to enjoy as the diverse and talented performers of Visionary Youth Theatre bring to the stage the beloved musical.

BLOOD WEDDING "BORDUS DE SANGRE" CONTINUES OCT. 6-15 AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE

 

By Kathy Carpenter

Associate/Youth Reviewer www.sdtheatrereviews.com

October 11, 2016  (El Cajon) Blood Wedding is a Spanish play directed by a white guy from North Carolina who speaks very little Spanish. Rob Lufty jumped at the chance when asked if he would like to direct the piece of work by Federico Garcia Lorca. With the help of his assistant director, Jessica Hanley, he did the poet proud.

GROSSMONT COLLEGE THEATRE SEASON BRINGS BILINGUAL, AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE PRODUCTIONS TO THE STAGE

 

Source: Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District

September 21, 2016 (El Cajon) - William Shakespeare’s classic comedy The Taming of the Shrew and a bilingual performance of Frederico Garcia Lorca’s once-banned Blood Wedding are among the productions set for the 2016-17 season at Grossmont College’s Stagehouse Theatre.

DISPLAY OF HAND-PAINTED WINE BARRELS TO PREVIEW 4TH ANNUAL RAMONA ART AND WINE FESTIVAL NOV. 5

 

East County News Service

September 21, 2016 (Ramona) – Six Ramona and Poway businesses are sponsoring and hosting hand-painted wine barrels to preview the 4th annual Ramona Art and Wine Festival.

GROSSMONT COLLEGE HOSTS FREE LATINO FILM FESTIVAL

 

East County News Service

September 20, 2016 (El Cajon) - As part of Latino Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15), Grossmont College is presenting a Latino Film Festival, with free, public screenings of films that explore Latino/a culture and history at 7 p.m. every Tuesday evening Sept. 20-Oct. 11 in Building 26, Room 220.

MT. HELIX PARK FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES FALL/WINTER EVENTS

 

East County News Service

September 16, 2016 (Mt. Helix) – The Mt. Helix Park Foundation announces an array of upcoming events, including Art in the Park camp for kids, Christmas caroling atop Mt. Helix, a GMIA walk up Mt. Helix and more.  Scroll down for details.


COUNTRY WESTERN LEGEND CLINT BLACK RETURNS TO POWAY ONSTAGE FOR ENCORE PERFORMANCE

 

Triple-platinum selling country megastar presents his original tunes and full band to the Poway Center for the Performing Arts Foundation

Source: Poway Onstage press release

September 15, 2016 (Poway) - Poway Onstage welcomes multi-million album selling Clint Black back with a full band for an Encore Performance  at 7 p.m. on Sunday, October 9, 2016.   Black, heralded as one of Country music’s brightest stars, promises to deliver a stellar evening of original songs and stories on the intimate Poway stage. 

EL CAJON’S DINNER & A CONCERT SEASON FINISHES OCT. 7 WITH COUNTRY MUSIC LEGEND MARTY STUART

 

By Robert Gehr

September 12, 2016 (El Cajon) -- John “Marty” Stuart, a member of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville Tennessee and a multiple Grammy awards winner, began his early childhood years with a guitar in hand, and started seriously playing music at just 12 years old.

PICKWICK PLAYERS BRING HAPPINESS AS THEY PRESENT LITTLE MARY SUNSHINE SEPTEMBER 2-11

 

By Kathy Carpenter

Associate /Youth Reviewer www.sdtheatre.com

September 7, 2016  (Santee) - From the name LITTLE Mary Sunshine and the photo of the play I thought this play to be a Dudley Do-right type show, I was not disappointed. I found not as dastardly but a cutesy cartoony kind of happiness--the kind that puts a smile on your face as you enjoy the corny comedy. Teri Ang brought together a cast to spread the sunshine. This is a great way to end the summer—and the show even had a touch of patriotism, perfect for the Labor day weekend.

SANTEE BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL SEPT. 10 BOOSTS LOCAL REC PROGRAMS

 

Source:  City of Santee news release

September 6, 2016 (Santee) - Santee’s annual Bluegrass Festival is a wine, beer and food tasting mixed with music and assorted fundraising activities, including a treasure-filled opportunity drawing and silent action.

People come for the fun and frivolity, but they leave behind substantial funds to support valuable ‘I’ community programs such as staffing for the Santee Teen Center.

GROSSMONT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA OPENS FALL SEASON SEPT. 16 AND 18

 

East County News Service

August 31, 2016 (La Mesa) - The Grossmont Symphony Orchestra and Grossmont Master Chorale, under the direction of Randall Tweed, opens its fall season with a 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, performance at St. John of the Cross Catholic Church at 8175 Lemon Grove Way in Lemon Grove, and a 2 p.m. performance Sunday, Sept. 18 at All Saints Episcopal Church, 625 Pennsylvania Ave. in San Diego.

LATINO FILM FESTIVAL RETURNS AUG. 26-SEPT. 1

 

East County News Service

August 26, 2016 (San Diego) - Media Arts Center San Diego celebrates the 3rd annual Exitos Del Cine Latino film festival, a summer celebration of Latino film, music, and celebrities, starting tonight at Westfield Plaza Bonita.

The festivities also include an opening night fiesta. This weekend's movies include (Click on film titles below to read synopses & purchase tickets on-line):

JULIAN MUSIC FESTIVAL TAKES STAGE SEPT. 17

 

East County News Service

August 21, 2016 (Julian) -- The 47th Annual Julian Music Festival 2016 to benefit the California Wolf Center will take place Saturday, September 17 from 1 to 7 p.m.(Door opens at noon)  The setting for the festival will be the Menghini Winery located at 1150 Julian Orchards Drive in Julian.  Parking is free.  Tickets may be purchased on the website:  https://julianmusicfestival.com.

GREGORY PAGE PERFORMS AT SYCUAN RESORT SEPT. 2

 

East County News Service

August 18, 2016 (El Cajon) -- On Friday, September 2, The Gregory Page Show comes to the Sycuan Golf Resort: Red Tail Grill Veranda.  (3007  Dehesa Road,  El Cajon 92019)  from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This picturesque venue is an ideal backdrop to experience the vintage-inspired “Modern Nostalgia” of Gregory Page.

LAKE HENSHAW FUNDRAISING EVENT ON AUGUST 28TH TO BENEFIT SHELTER TO SOLDIERS

 

East County News Service

August 12, 2016 (Ramona) -- Ramona Ranch Winey and Round Up Grill/John Little Catering are partnering to host “Live at the Lake," an interactive outdoor music, food and wine fundraising event on Sunday, August 28, 2016 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm to benefit Shelter to Soldier, a non-profit organization that adopts and trains shelter dogs to serve as psychiatric service dogs for post-9/11 combat veterans. The event will take place at the Lake Henshaw parking lot located at 26439 Highway 78 in Santa Ysabel, CA, 92070.

LA MESA ARTIST EXHIBITS LANDMARKS IN WATERCOLORS AT LA MESA HEALTH LIBRARY

 

East County News Service

 

August 9, 2016 (La Mesa) –  The Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, a consumer health library at 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, is now hosting its Summer Art Exhibit featuring 19 watercolor paintings by award-winning artist Marilyn Hadley Hallam of La Mesa. The show runs through September 30. The exhibit features paintings of San Diego and Southern California landmarks, as well as landscapes.

A STAYCATION AROUND THE WORLD IN TWO HOURS - 80 DAYS NOW TILL AUGUST 6. 2016

 

Grossmont's Summer Theatre Arts Conservatory 2016 Presents 80 Days, based on the book "Around The World In 80 Days by Jules Verne

By Kathy Carpenter

Associate/Youth Reviewer www.sdtheatrereviews.com

August 1, 2016 (La Mesa) - Imagination can take you anywhere. It can even make the impossible happen. The adventure of Phileas Fogg, played by the somber Daniel Castro, is all about taking a chance--believing in yourself and going for the gold.

GIRLS NIGHT OUT - THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB JULY 8 - AUGUST 7, 2016 AT LAMPLIGHTERS

 

By Kathy Carpenter

Associate/Youth Reviewer www.sdtheatreereviews.com

July 27, 2016 (La Mesa) - Remember the good times you've enjoyed with your girlfriends over the years? The Dixie Swim Club is the story of five friends who won a championship swim meet together in college. They bonded together and meet every year on the Outer Banks off the coast of North Carolina at the same rental beach cottage. Best friends stay together no matter what.

GROSSMONT COLLEGE THEATER PRESENTS 80 DAYS, A NEW MUSICAL, JULY 28-AUG. 6

 

East County News Service

July 24, 2016 (El Cajon) - See “Around the World in 80 Days,” a timeless tale of amazing adventures as Phineas Fogg attempts to circumnavigate the globe in less than 80 days in order to win a sizeable wager.  The play is based on the novel Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne.

MOUNARATH-POWELL PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS MUSICIANS SHOWCASE AT VISIONARY DANCE THEATRE

 

East County News Service

July 24, 2016 (La Mesa) - Mounarath-Powell Productions and John Nettles presents another installment of the Musicians Showcase at the Visionary Performance Space (8693 La Mesa Blvd, La Mesa, CA, 91942) on July 29th-30th @ 7pm.

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