Arts and Music

LAMPLIGHTERS PRESENTS NEIL SIMON’S “CHAPTER TWO” MAY 13 - JUNE 12

 

Review by Kathy Carpenter, Associate/Youth Reviewer www.sdtheatrereviews.com

May 26, 2016 (La Mesa) - Do you believe in second chances? Neil Simon’s plays are semi- biographical; for Simon, perfect love happened twice. In Chapter Two, it happens for George Schneider, who loses his wife an early death and Jennie Malone who married the wrong man.

WWII INTERNMENT OF JAPANESE-AMERICAN STUDENTS AT GROSSMONT HIGH: NEW EXHIBIT AT LA MESA HISTORICAL SOCIETY

 

East County News Service

May 26, 2016 (La Mesa) – AP students at Grossmont High School recently researched Japanese-American students who attended Grossmont and the impact that the 1942 internment of program had on their lives.  Now the results of their efforts are on display in a special exhibit at the La Mesa Historical Society: May through September on the 2nd & 4th Saturday  from 1-4pm: “WWII Internment and the Japanese-American Students of Grossmont High School.”

“BROTHERS IN WAR” SCREENING MAY 28 IN LEMON GROVE

 

East County News Service

May 26, 2016 (Lemon Grove) -- The Lemon Grove Historical Society will be back in the Lemon Grove Library, 3001 School Lane, on May 28 at 2 p.m. with part II of its remembrance of the Vietnam War.  The event honors our military on the Memorial Day weekend and is an opportunity to learn more about the war that many would prefer to forget, but that scarred an entire generation in both the U.S. and Vietnam.

EAST COUNTY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER TO OPEN SOON, MAYOR PROMISES

 

But action comes too late for Grossmont Community Concert Association, set to hold its farewell concert June 15

By Jonathan Goetz

May 26, 2016 (El Cajon) - El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells promised “we are in the process of refurbishing the performing arts center and it will be open soon” in response to public comment at Tuesday’s City Council Meeting.

NEW FILM EXPOSES SHELL OIL SPILL WORKERS AT SERIOUS RISK FOR CHEMICAL EXPOSURE

 

Image: Aerial over Shell Spill Monday, May 16, 2016. Miles of sheen before even a single skimmer boat is seen. Photo courtesy Dr. Ian MacDonald / Bonny Schumaker

East County News Service

May 21, 2016 (San Diego) -- Mark Manning, director of The Road to Fallujah, has been covering the BP Oil Spill for six years. Being immersed in the communities suffering severe health circumstances following that spill and the risky ‘clean-up’ operations using chemical dispersants prompted him to act on the current response to the Shell spill off the Louisiana coast last Thursday.

LA MESA OFFFERS OUTDOOR CONCERTS AT SIX JUNE 12 - JULY 24

 

East County News Service

May 21, 2016 (La Mesa) – The City of La Mesa’s free family fun “Concerts at Six” series will be held once again in Harry Griffen Park (8550 Milden Street) each Sunday  evening from 6 to 7 p.m.   The season opens June 12 and runs through July 24.

For the season opener, the San Diego Concert Band will perform. Other musical entertainment through the season will include Rhythm and the Method, Jazz West, Sonic Epidemic, Silvermine, and Big Band Ambassadors.  For a full schedule of entertainers, scroll down:

ART OF ED ROXBURGH: GARDENING GLORIES ON DISPLAY IN LEMON GROVE MAY 25

 

By Helen Ofield, President, Lemon Grove Historical Society

May 20, 2016 (Lemon Grove) -- Join us on May 25 from 5 - 7:30 p.m. in the Parsonage Museum, 3185 Olive, Lemon Grove, for Ed Roxburgh's latest one-man show, "In the Garden."  We think you'll be thoroughly delighted by this prolific and versatile artist's new work, celebrating the glories of the Southern California garden. 

HISTORIC LINDBERGH MURAL AND NEW CEDAR CREEK FALLS MURAL COMING TO RAMONA

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 16, 2016 (Ramona) – The Ramona H.E.A.R.T. Mural project has already brought seven beautiful murals commemorating Ramona’s history to this town nestled in the mountains of San Diego’s East County.  Soon, two more murals of epic significance will be on display, thanks to a recent vote by Ramona’s Design Review Board approving the projects.

IRC INTERNATIONAL FILM SERIES ON REFUGEES CONTINUES MAY 16 AND 23

 

East County News Service

May 15, 2016 (San Diego) -The International Rescue Committee (IRC) in San Diego’s 8th Annual International Documentary Film Series continues May 16, and 23, screening three compelling documentary films that shed light on what life is like for refugees around the world. Plus, each film will be followed by Q&A with a guest speaker who has relevant firsthand experience providing humanitarian response to conflict and disaster.  See flyer on the website for schedule and details.

WIEGHORST MUSEUM HOSTS “ART AFTER FIVE” SHOW, RECEPTION JUNE 16

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: “Happy Hour” painting by Grace Schlesier, created on location on El Cajon’s Main Street

May 15, 2016 (El Cajon) – The Olaf Wieghorst Museum and Western Heritage Center will host a show of nationally known local artists including Gloria Chadwick and Grace Schlesier starting in June.  An “Art After Five” meet the artists opening reception will be held on Thursday, June 16 from 5 to 8 p.m.

CACTUS GARDEN BBQ JUNE 4 AT THE WIEGHORST MUSEM BENEFITS KIDS WITH CANCER AND LITERACY PROGRAMS

 

East County News Service

May 14, 2016 (El Cajon) – You’re invited to have a ropin’ good time at a Cactus Garden BBQ at the Olaf Wieghorst Museum, a hidden gem at 131 Rea Street, just off Main Street in downtown El Cajon. On June 4th and 5th from 5 to 9 p.m. Sons of Charity Inc. will celebrate western Heritage and famed artist Olaf Wieghorst’s iconic art with a cowboy BBQ and concert by “Smith and Western.

JULIAN FIDDLE AND PICKIN’ CONTEST JUNE 4-5

 

East County News Service

May 8, 2016 (Julian) -- The California Old Time Fiddlers Association invites you to the Julian Fiddle and Pickin’ Contest on Saturday and Sunday, June 4th and 5th plus a Saturday night performance by two two-time National Fiddle champions. There’s also a warmup workshop on Friday June 3rd led by a national Grand Fiddle champions.

RESURGENCE OF THE ODD COUPLE: THE ODD COUPLE CONTINUES MAY 13 & 14

 

By Kathy Carpenter

Associate/Youth Reviewer www.sdtheatrereviews.com

May 7, 2016 (El Cajon) – The Odd Couple is a case of opposing personalities coming together.and trying to work things out. The original movie was in 1968, starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau.  I can hardly believe it was so long ago. In 1970 they made the television series with Tony Randall and Jack Klugman, also a classic. Recently came the remake with Brian Cebrain as Felix and Matthew Perry as Oscar. Although I have only seen a couple of shows, it was also quite funny.

AUDREY 2 RUNS AMOK IN EAST COUNTY: LITTLE HOUSE OF HORRORS CONTINUES MAY 5-7

 

By Kathy Carpenter

Associate/Youth Reviewer www.sdtheatrereviews.com

May 5, 2016 - (El Cajon) - Remember when you were in the theatre program in high school? Perhaps even El Cajon Valley High School?  They have this beautiful little old theatre which I'm sure housed many many of you and your plays over the years. Remember how nice it would be or would have been to perform in front of a full house? A real confidence booster to feel people are here to see me. I matter.

GREGORY PAGE IN CONCERT: ONE MAN SHOW MAY 29 AT MISSION TRAILS

 

East County News Service

May 2, 2016 (Santee) - The Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation welcomes acclaimed musician Gregory Page performing his One Man Show  in a free concert on Sunday, May 29, 2016: 3 to 4 p.m. at Mission Trails Regional Park (1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego).

ALPINE ART LEAGUE FORMING

 

By Tom and Colleen Taylor

April 29, 2016 (Alpine) - We are in the beginning stages of forming an art league here in Alpine.  We want to meet with local artists who are interested in becoming active in the community by participating in open studios as well as art shows.  We have already reserved www.alpineartleague.org and will be designing that website shortly through FASO (Fine Art Studios Online).  If you would like more information on us, please visit our current website at www.carefreefineartstudio.com or feel free to contact us at 619-609-8304.     

THE CIRCLE PLAYERS WILL BE PERFORMING “MURD-ARR! PIRATES OF THE SALTY DOG” APRIL 29-MAY 1

 

By Kathy Carpenter, Associate editor www.sdtheatrereviews.com

April 28, 2016 (El Cajon) - A mystery dinner theatre production by Toby Otero. Come spend the evening at the Salty Dog Seaside Seafood and Steak restaurant and see what happens when Captain F. “Bigbeard” McQuarrie and his misfit crew decide to stop their pirating ways and try to sail the straight and narrow. With the notorious French Privateer, “The Razor,” always on his tail, and a drunken pirate head waiter who always seems to do the wrong thing, can Captain Bigbeard and his crew ever truly live a peaceful life? This is the manic tale of a stolen treasure chest, a sensational swashbuckling swordfight, mayhem, mischief, and…MURD-ARRR!!! Performances will be held on Friday and Saturday nights, April 29th and 30th, at 7:00pm and on Sunday May 1st at 2:00pm. The venue is Richardson Hall, 551 Farragut Circle, El Cajon. All seats are $20.00 and include a themed meal. For reservations, please e-mail thecircleplayers@gmail.com or phone (619) 588-5348.

SAN PASQUAL WINERY UPCOMING EVENTS

 

East County News Service

April 24, 2016 (La Mesa) -- Want to learn how to make wine? Paint still life? Hear local musical talent?  Shop for jewelry? Support women building homes for low income families?  You can enjoy all that and more, all while savoring wine tasting at San Pasqual’s Winery and Tasting Room at two locations in La Mesa.

Below are details on the upcoming events; for details you can visit www.SanPasqualWinery.com

LAUREL AND HARDY WACKY WESTERN NIGHT MAY 14 IN SPRING VALLEY

 

East County News Service

April 24, 2016 (Spring Valley) – Howdy, partner! It’s time to travel out West. The San Diego Laurel and Hardy Group, Saps at Sea Tent, will present Laurel and Hardy – Wacky Western Night on Saturday, May 14th in Williams Hall at Trinity Church, 3902 Kenwood Drive in Spring Valley. Doors open at 6:30 with show time at 7 p.m.  There is a $6 donation per person.

COYOTE MUSIC FESTIVAL RETURNS TO CUYAMACA COLLEGE MAY 7

 

East County News Service

April 24, 2016 (Rancho San Diego) -- Six local bands with styles ranging from flamenco jazz to country rock will be featured at the 2016 Coyote Music Festival on the afternoon of Saturday, May 7, at Cuyamaca College.

GATOR BY THE BAY FESTIVAL MAY 5-8 TO FEATURE ZYDECO, BLUES AND CRAWFISH

 

15th annual celebration includes East County musicians

East County News Service

April 20, 2016 (San Diego)
San Diego’s 15th annual Gator By The Bay is the largest, most authentic Louisiana-themed music and food festival this side of the bayou. The festival will be held from May 5-8, 2016 at Spanish Landing Park, across from the San Diego International Airport. Presented by San Diego’s Bon Temps Social Club, it features four days of live music with over 90 musical acts and special performances on seven stages, along with 10,000 pounds of crawfish trucked from Louisiana, non-stop dancing, shopping, playing and eating on the beautiful San Diego Bay.


Several East County bands are among the performers, including Chet Cannon Blues Party (El Cajon), Fanny & the Atta Boys (La Mesa), Blue Frog Blues Band (La Mesa), Bubba McCoy Band (La Mesa), Todo Mundo (La Mesa) will be joining the list of more than over 90 musical acts and special performances on seven stages.

EARTH DAY COMMUNITY MURAL PROJECT IN SANTEE APRIL 22-25

 

East County News Service

April 20, 2016 (Santee) -- An Earth Day Community Mural project is being launched in Santee at the Walker Preserve this weekend. Volunteers are needed to help pain a series of six murals at the Magnolia Avenue underpass along the San Diego River starting Friday, April 22nd through Monday, April 25th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

SAN DIEGO FESTIVAL CHORUS & ORCHESTRA PERFORMS ITS “SPRING SERENADE” FROM BEETHOVEN TO BROADWAY APRIL 24

 

East County News Service

February 19, 2016 (San Diego)--The East County based Chorus of 80 with 48 piece symphony orchestra is celebrating its 15th season performing choral masterworks and popular music in a beautiful venue to audiences of up to 1200 people. This spring concert includes Beethoven's  "Choral Fantasy" from the Ninth Symphony. Rarely performed, this magnificent  piece includes  6 soloists from the San Diego Opera and well-known San Diego concert pianist Sylvia Hartman. Dvorak's powerful "Psalm 49" is next. 

This was the composer of the "New World Symphony" with its famous "Going Home" theme.  Then we perform "100 Years of Broadway" from Irving Berlin and Richard Rodgers to Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

WEST HILLS SCHOOL DRAMAKIDS PRESENT THE DROWSY CHAPERONE APRIL 8-9 AND 15-16

 

By Kathy Carpenter

Associate/Youth Reviewer www.sdtheatrerevi

April 12, 2016 (Santee) - The West Hill Dramakids offered a fresh take on THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, with a woman in the chair, as the storyteller instead of a man. Thank you Carrin Edwards, director, for this innovative move. Rose Hawaree took on the role of (Wo) Man in the chair. She did an incredible job--so fun and enthusiastic to watch. The characters are engaging, funny, and quite entertaining.

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