Arts and Music
August 18, 2013 (San Diego) – A year after the release of their critically-acclaimed sophomore album Gossamer, Passion Pit have announced a massive fall headling tour across North America, including an appearance at the Open Air Theater at SDSU, 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego. The tour will feature special guests The Joy Formidable.
August 15, 2013 (El Cajon) - The Hyde Art Gallery opens its Fall 2013 Semester with “From This Place” – a Sculpture and Installation Exhibition featuring the work of Stephanie Bedwell.
August 12, 2013 (Lakeside) – Lakeside Community Presbyterian Church is holding a series of free concerts through the end of the year at 9908 Channel Road in Lakeside. The concerts are as follows:
The Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation (MTRP) is pleased to present an exhibition featuring an award-winning photographer Jim Schwertman.
This exhibit will be on display in the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center Art Gallery July 27 - August 23, 2013
July 23, 2013 (Spring Valley) -- The Young Actors Theater is presenting “Grease” August 15-18 and 22-25 at Encore! Theatre, 9620 Campo Road, Spring Valley. At Rydell High's senior class of 1959, duck-tailed, hot-rodding "Burger Palace Boys" and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking "Pink Ladies" in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoke the look and sound of the 1950s in this rollicking musical. Head "greaser" Danny Zuko and new (good) girl Sandy Dumbrowski try to relive the high romance of their "Summer Nights" as the rest of the gang sings and dances its way through such songs as "Greased Lightnin'","Beauty School Dropout" plus many others that became the soundtrack of a generation.
July 19, 2013 (El Cajon) – The San Diego Concert Band presents “An Evening of Music in The Garden”, along with The Water Conservation Garden for an inaugural joint fundraiser on July 25 at 5 p.m. at 12122 Cuyamaca College Drive West, El Cajon. The evening’s outdoor program depicts our American heritage through music that includes light classics, historical themes and modern compositions for concert band. The concert will be held in The Garden’s outdoor amphitheater.
By Janis Mork
July 17, 2013 (El Cajon)- At the July 9 meeting, El Cajon City Council unanimously voted to authorize the city manager to issue a formal request for qualifications to hire an architect to prepare and provide construction documents ready for bid on renovations to reopen the East County Performing Arts Center (ECPAC).
According to Ray Lutz from Citizens Oversight, who also organized a Save ECPAC group last year when the theater was threatened with possible demolition, “This is the best news we have had on this issue for over a year."
July 13, 2013 (Santee) – As part of the Summer Concert Series in Santee, July 18 will be Blues & BBQ featuring music from Mercedes Moore Band and Bill Magee Blues. The food will be provided by Phil’s BBQ and the beer garden features Manzanita Brewing Co. The event takes place at Town Center Community Park East, 550 Park Center Drive, Santee from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
July 13, 2013 (El Cajon) – The Young Actors Theater is presenting Les Miserables July 25-28 and August 1-4 at Cuyamaca College Performing Arts Center, 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway, El Cajon. Les Miserables, recently a blockbuster movie, is the story of Jean Valjean and his search for peace in 19th century France which culminates at the beginning of a revolutionary uprising.
June 25, 2013 (El Cajon) – Grossmont College will offer a “family-friendly” schedule of theater productions in the 2013-2014 season, starting Oct. 3-12 with Pygmalion, the George Bernard Shaw play that was converted into the musical My Fair Lady, and ending May 8-17 with “a new spin” on Alice in Wonderland, according to Beth Duggan, chair of the Theatre Arts Department.
In between those two offerings, students will also act in, design costumes and build sets for such productions as To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday by Michael Brady (Nov. 14-23); Follow Me by artist Dominic Pangborn (Dec. 6-7, followed by a tour of local elementary schools); Inside the Actors Process by Grossmont faculty member Jerry Hager (Feb. 7 and 8, followed by a tour of local high schools); and You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (March 13-22).
Update June 21, 2013: The Council's final vote, originally scheduled for July 25, has been postponed to July 9 due to a key staffer's vacation schedule.
By Miriam Raftery
June 20, 2013 (El Cajon ) – The El Cajon City Council has allotted $2.8 million in its budget to restore and reopen the East County Performing Arts Center (ECPAC) next summer, Councilman Gary Kendrick told ECM. “I proposed that we open up the performing arts center and everyone was on board with that. We’re out of the great recession,” he added. “This is a time to do great things for the city.”
The money set aside and will be available as of July 1, 2013,”said Kendrick. Council voted unanimously for a preliminary budget with the ECPAC funding and will take a final vote on Tuesday, July 9. “People interested in the performing arts center should definitely come for Tuesday’s meeting.”
WORLD PREMIER: DOCUMENTARY FILM ON CONFLICTS BETWEEN MULTI-NATIONAL ENERGY COMPANIES AND NATIIVE AMERICAN TRIBES DEBUTS IN SAN DIEGO JUNE 22
“You can’t have ‘green’ without social justice.” – filmmaker Robert Lundahl
June 20, 2013 (San Diego)--EMMY® Award winning filmmaker Robert Lundahl takes a hard look at U.S. energy policy and its effects on desert ecosystems, Native American tribes and communities across the West. The film has special relevance locally, where major energy projects in San Diego and Imperial Counties have sparked legal actions as tribal members seek to protect their heritage and sacred sites from destruction.
The filmmaker and Native American elders from California, Nevada & Arizona will be present at the premier of “Who Are My People?” The San Diego premier is a special presentation by Activist San Diego on Saturday evening, June 22, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at. Joyce Beers Uptown Community Center, 3900 Vermont Street, San Diego, 92103.
June 15, 2013 (San Diego) – The world premiere of the documentary film “Who are My People?”, presented by the Activist San Diego, will be June 22, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Joyce Beers Uptown Community Center, 3900 Vermont Street, San Diego. The film created by Robert Lundahl is about the environmental struggles, indigenous lands and native peoples. Lundahl and several tribal elders and leaders will attend the premier.
June 12, 2013 (Julian) – Musicians will be wailing the blues on Saturday, June 15, when Robb Bower presents the 15th annual Julian Blues Bash “Family Affair.” Six blues bands will perform all day. The event also features dancing, food, beer, wine tasting and free parking.
June 11, 2013 (El Cajon) – The summer series of the San Diego County Library Acoustic begins in June. Erika Davies will be performing June 15 at 2 p.m. at the El Cajon Branch, 201 E. Douglas, El Cajon. Davies first came to local attention singing with former Rugburn Gregory Page before striking out on her own as a solo artist.
The Acoustic Showcase offers a variety of some of San Diego’s very best singer/songwriters, folk music performers and story tellers. The concerts are free to the community.
June 6, 2013 (Julian) -- On Saturday, June 8 from 12:00 noon to 10 p.m. , Southern California country and classic rock bands will perform at “The Dance,” Julian’s annual summer music festival and backcountry barbecue. This year’s lineup include: Judy Taylor and the Wild Oats All Girl Band, Cajun/country/rock, noon-2 p.m.; Wathenclan, classic rock, 2-4 p.m.; Nancarrow, nominated as San Diego’s best country band, 4-7 p.m.; and the versatile Fabulous Nomads, 7-10 p.m.
Guests can dance under the stars or relax by bonfire and enjoy a variety of food and drink.
May 30, 2013 (El Cajon ) – Round up the art lovers and music lovers in your family for the third annual Western Music Jubilee on Saturday, June 1 starting at 7 p.m. at the Cuyamaca Performing Arts Center. The show stars Sourdough Slim, Dave Bourne, Mary Kaye, and the Red Hot Rhythm Rustlers.
It’s all to benefit educational programs at the Olaf Wieghorst Museum in downtown El Cajon.Wieghorst was one of America’s premier western artists. A cowboy and cavalryman who once pursued Pancho Villa, his paintings hung in the White House and were owned by three presidents: Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford, and Dwight D. Eisenhower.
May 24 2013 (Lemon Grove) -- The Grossmont Symphony Orchestra and Master Chorale will join flautist Suzanne Kennedy at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 29 at St. John of the Cross Catholic Church, 8086 Broadway, in a performance that will feature the works of German, Russian and American composers.
May 23, 2013 (San Diego) – The Salvation Army Kroc Center’s Kroc Kids Junior Theatre Company presents a performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS on May 24 & 25 at 7 p.m. and May 26 at 2 p.m. at The Joan Kroc Theatre.
The show will feature local talent ranging in age from 6 to 18, led by a professionally acclaimed production team including: Director and Choreographer – Laura Hodge, Musical Director – David Kamatoy, and numerous others.
By Janis Mork
May 11, 2013 (El Cajon)- Last month, the 20th Annual Spring Garden Festival took place around Cuyamaca College and the Water Conservation Garden. Kids and parents got an up-close look at chickens, bees, bountiful gardens and much more during this free event. The theme centered on “Urban Farms and Gardens.”
This year, the festival had experts on raising urban chickens, beekeeping, and vegetable gardening, as well as garden professionals, a plant sale, animal encounters for kids, live music, nature-oriented craft items for sale, and many free lectures and presentations throughout the day.
May 10, 2013 (El Cajon)--Ally Benbrook, an artist and resident of El Cajon, took the third place award in San Diego Watercolor Society’s May show. Her watercolor, Last Connection #4, is one of a series of paintings the artist is currently producing which illustrate in harsh reality the connection between human beings and their dogs.
In discussing his selection process, juror Mark Smith said he was drawn to the painting because of its urban patterning, its stylized forms and the artist’s smart use of a limited color palette.
May 9, 2013 (San Diego) --The Youth Choir of San Diego is a new community youth choir sponsored by the Kroc Center in partnership with Helix, Crawford and Lincoln High Schools. The mission is to bring community to San Diego by developing young leaders through contemporary choral music.
The public is invited to enjoy a night of music featuring songs from every era--from the Beatles to Bruno Mars—while supporting local teens in this new venture.
May 8, 2013 (Spring Valley) – David and Mary Cuzick will be holding a Mother’s Day show and pottery sale at their studio at 9204 Campo Road, Spring Valley on May 11 and 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featured artists are David Cuzick, Mary Cuzick, Evan Lopez, Frederick de la Cruz and Rachael Blackmore. American Art pottery, dinnerware, planters and much more will be featured.
Please call 619-461-3019 for more information or visit www.cuzickpottery.com.
Play runs May 9-10 and 16-17
May 7, 2013 (El Cajon) – A woman of a certain age contemplates suicide when the phone rings in her San Diego apartment. The caller, believing she is contacting an analyst she read about in a health magazine, launches into her own tale of woe.
So begins “An Ordinary Day,” a one-act play by Dario Fo and Franca Rame, and directed by Martin Katz, a Grossmont College theater arts instructor. The lead character, Julia, finds herself trying to help the woman on the phone, in between encounters with her neighbors, the police and two flower-delivery men. As the tragic-comedy unfolds, it illuminates the themes of zealous commercialism, relationship stress, the notion of betrayal and the exhilaration of contributing to someone else’s life.
By Ali McCall
April 12, 2013 (Jacumba Hot Springs)--Spend a cool afternoon jammin’ to some blues that won’t “tax” your wallet at the free Jacumba Blues Fest on Saturday, May 4 in Jacumba Hot Springs.
The festival, sponsored by the Jacumba Arts Council, runs from 12-8 p.m. at Highland Community Center on Olde Highway 80. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy food as well as cold, non-alcoholic beverages while you listen to some “smokin’ blues,” organizers suggest.
By Miriam Raftery
May 3, 2013 (Ramona) – Ramona is planning a "humdinger" of a celebration. On May 4 and 5, the Ramona Bluegrass and Old West Fest will culminate nine days of musical celebration in Ramona at the Ramona Rodeo grounds. This year, in addition to live music, the festivities will also include a focus on Old West history including an encampment with mountain men, cowboys and Civil War era characters. Visitors can enjoy music workshops, fireside storytelling, dancing, and break-out jam sessions.
Some bands and musicians will lead music workshops ranging from fiddle and mandolin to musical harmony. Kids of all ages are encouraged to bring their instruments and play along in this unique learning experience.
Musical entertainers include:
May 1, 2013 (Spring Valley) – Under the direction and choreography of mother-daughter team Michelle Mullen and Chelsea Mullen, a Steele Canyon High School senior, and Beatriz Corral, musical director, Young Actors’ Theatre is pleased to announce the upcoming The Little Mermaid, a beloved and family-friendly tale. The Little Mermaid will run for eight performances in the intimate setting of the ENCORE! Theater located in Spring Valley.
The tale tells the story of a magical kingdom fathoms below, where the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she'll have to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince Prince Eric that she’s the girl with the enchanting voice. The Little Mermaid is based on the Hans Christian Andersen Story and the Disney Film produced by Howard Ashman & John Musker and written & directed by John Musker and Ron Clements.
April 30, 2013 (Santee) – Summit Fellowship Concert Series will present the Bayou Brothers in Concert with special guests from the UK, Mama Tokus and Andy Williamson. On Friday, May 3 at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $15.00. Start with a blend of accordion, keyboards, guitar, bass, drums and rub board, add three-part harmonies, mix it up with a lot of rockin' Zydeco, blues and R&B and you get the rousing, rollicking, heart thumpin', foot stompin' Bayou Brothers.
By Miriam Raftery
April 28, 2013 (Rancho San Diego)—Cuyamaca College hosts its 5th annual Coyote Music Festival from 12-5 p.m. on May 4, featuring nine bands/solo artists on two stages showcasing their original music compositions.
Performers will take stage on the grand lawn on campus at 900 Rancho San Diegio Parkway in El Cajon. Genres at this event, which has free admission, include acoustic, rock, and folk by these talented home-grown songwriters.
The music festival is produced by students in the Music Industry Seminar class. You’ll find plenty of shade and free parking. For details and directions, see: www.coyotemusicfest.com . Scroll down to see the complete line-up.
EL CAJON CITY COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY VOTES TO PURSUE PARTNERSHIP WITH GROSSMONT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT TO RESTORE ECPAC AND ADD MULTI-USE FACILITY
By Janis Mork
April 25, 2013 (El Cajon)-El Cajon’s City Council took a major step at Tuesday’s meeting toward revitalizing and reopening the East County Performing Arts Center.
Council voted unanimously in favor of sending Pro-Tem Mayor Bill Wells and Councilmember Gary Kendrick to meet with two representatives from the Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) to discuss feasibility of refurbishing ECPAC and also constructing a multi-use facility in front of the theater. Together, the two facilities would serve as a magnet for arts and culture in East County under the vision put forth by supporters.
Councilman Gary Kendrick spoke in favor of the plan. “I’m open to re-opening this. We need to fix the roof and take care of ADA issues. I spoke with Priscilla Schreiber (current GUHSD board member),” he explained. “The topic of ECPAC came up. Her idea is for the district to build a multi-use facility in front of the performing arts center rather than 10 multi-use facilities on each campus.”