Arts and Music

Arts and Music

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.

CITY OF SANTEE SUMMER CONCERT SEASON IS READY TO ROCK

 

June 8, 2014 (Santee)--The city of Santee’s Summer Concert Series resumes June 19 with an expanded lineup featuring performances by 11 well-established regional bands.The free concerts are held Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. — except for the week of the July 4 holiday—at Town Center Community Park East, 550 Park Center Drive.

JULIAN WILD AND SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL WINNERS ANNOUNCED

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 8, 2014 (Julian)—Hundreds converged in Julian May 16-17 for the third annual Julian Wild and Scenic Film Festival to benefit the Volcan Mountain Foundation. Each year, a committee from Julian travels to Nevada to watch about 100 films there, choosing a selection of the best to show here.

Judges select the best of the best shown in Julian, plus an Audience Choice award chosen by the festival attendees.  This year, the awards were designed by famed architect James Hubbell .  The winners are:

THE THRILL IS BACK: MOVIES IN THE PARK AT VIEJAS

 

 

May 29,2014 (Alpine)- Movies in the park return at the Viejas Outlet Center in Alpine, where you can enjoy watching the latest action thrillers and other blockbuster films while lounging under the stars in a serene park setting. 

Admission is  $5, which includes a regular-size popcorn, plus a 12oz. soda and preferred seating. Children 12 and under are free but must be accompanied by an adult. Movies start at 8 p.m. Movies run from late May through August 22.

To download and print the 2014 schedule, please click HERE or click "read more" and scroll down. 

STRESSED OUT? SOAK AWAY TENSIONS AT JACUMBA HOT SPRINGS HEALING WATERS & ARTS FESTIVAL

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 15, 2014 (Jacumba) –Celebrate a century of healing waters, outdoor adventures and the arts on Saturday, May 24 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Jacumba Hot Springs Healing Waters and Arts Festival.

The community invites you to visit California’s “rejuvenation adventureland” at the Jacumba Hot Springs on Old highway 80 in the heart of Jacumba Hot Springs.  Meet holistic healing and New Age practitioners, enjoy art walks and art sales,  entertainment including multiple music venues, a drum circle and Kumeyaay bird singers, craft vendors, food including vegetarian options children’s activities, geocaching and more –all in a beautiful high desert setting.

EL CAJON SEEKS ANCHOR TENANTS FOR EAST COUNTY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 15, 2014 (El Cajon)-The City of El Cajon has issued a Request for Statement of Interest for those interested in using the East County Performing Arts Center (ECPAC) facility.  The deadline for submittal is Monday, June 16, 2014, at 5:00 p.m.

The City is seeking anchor tenants or partners who wish to utilize the facility for at least five years in a consistent and substantial manner. The  Rock Church has already made a proposal, which is under consideration, however the City Council has determined it is “prudent” to determine if there are other interested parties, a statement from the city indicates.

NAVY BRASS QUINTET SALUTES VETERANS AT ALPINE LIBRARY MAY 22

 

May 10, 2014 (Alpine) – The brass quintet from the Navy Band Southwest will perform a concert of patriotic music  to honor military heroes on Memorial Day week. The concert will be held on Thursday, May 22 at 6 p.m.  in the Alpine Library, 2130 Arnold Way in Alpine.

Originally, a woodwind ensemble was planned, but that was changed to the Navy’s brass quintet. “So, it will be very exciting—and NOISY—for a library program!” librarian Elisabeth Newbold exclaimed.

JULIAN WILD & SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL RETURNS MAY 16-17

 

 

May 10, 2014 (Julian) – The third annual Julian Wild & Scenic Film Festival is slated for May 16 and 17 in Julian, a historic mountain town in San Diego’s East County.   

“We have some awesome films and guest speakers lined up along with some great parties and special events,” promises Nancy Kramer, an organizer of the event.  “We'll introduce you to sports such as Canyoneering (exploring a canyon by engaging in such activities as rappelling, rafting, and waterfall jumping)  surfing on a remote Arctic Island, kayaking over waterfalls, and closer to home...roller-blading along the Mission Bay/Pacific Beach Boardwalk.”  Also watch two women in the field, one who studies whales and dolphins and another who save sloths as their rain forests habitats are clearcut.  Plus she added, “You'll fall in love with a young man who dedicates his time to introducing at-risk kids to the beauty of nature.” 

The third annual festival – which will be held May 16-17 at Julian High School multipurpose room  – is part of a 115-city nationwide tour that showcases award-winning films about nature, community activism, adventure, conservation, water, energy and climate change, wildlife, environmental justice, agriculture, and indigenous cultures.

ART POTPOURRI IN JULIAN MAY 10-11

 



May 9, 2014 (Julian)--Talented artists from Julian and nearby communities will present their paintings, photography, mosaics, ceramics, printmaking, jewelry and other works of fine art. Admission to the Julian Arts Guild show on Saturday, May 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. is free, and many of the artists will be available to discuss their work.

SD LIBRARIES ACOUSTIC SHOWCASE CONCERT SERIES: MAY 2014 CONCERTS

 

April 26, 2014 (San Diego County) - The spring series of the San Diego County Library Acoustic Showcase continues in May with eight concerts taking place throughout the month!

The Acoustic Showcase series offers a wonderful variety of some of San Diego's very best singer/songwriters, folk music performers and story tellers. These concerts are free and include several in East County and San Diego’s inland areas.  Scroll down for details on these, or for a full list of the concerts countywide, visit http://www.sdcl.org.

'A JOURNEY TO THE SUN' APRIL 30 STAGES BABYLONIAN HISTORY, RELOCATION OF IRAQI EMIGRES

 

April 25, 2014 (El Cajon  -- The eras from the Babylonian Empire to present-day Iraq will be depicted with the Cuyamaca College staging Wednesday, April 30, of “A Journey to the Sun,” a costume and music showcase and labor of love for Arabic  instructor Aklas Sheai.

ENCORE: KEN CINEMA TO STAY OPEN

 

April 25, 2014 (San Diego)--The Show will go on at the Ken Cinema.

Landmark Theaters had announced it would shut down the single-screen movie theater in Kensington on April 27, due to failure to negotiate a long-term lease with the property owners, the Berkun Trust. The theater is one of only about a thousand single-screen theaters left in the U.S.,  and only one of three remaining in San Diego County.

SOMETHING TO SING ABOUT: EL CAJON COUNCIL VOTES TO FUND SAN DIEGO YOUTH CHOIR

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 24, 2014 (El Cajon) – By a unanimous vote, El Cajon’s City Council on Tuesday voted to grant $10,000 to fund the San Diego Youth Choir, a multi-racial, multi-ethnic and multi-cultural community youth choir based in El Cajon. The group’s mission statement is to empower young leaders through musical excellence.  It’s mantra is “Empowering San Diego County youth, one note at a time.”

“What it really is, is an investment in children’s future,” Councilman Gary Kendrick told East County Magazine. “$10,000 today could save us $100,000 tomorrow in police costs and property crimes.”  He added that performing together also builds self-confidence and a sense of accomplishment, as well as forging bonds that can last a lifetime.  “My son still has close friendships in Hollywood that started when he was in Christian Youth Theater in San Diego,” Kendrick recalled.

 The San Diego Youth Choir (www.youthchoirsd.org) aims to be housed in a central location in El Cajon with state of the art rehearsal space, practice rooms, dance rooms, and a recording studio.

SOMETHING FOR EVERY MUSICAL TASTE AT CUYAMACA COLLEGE'S COYOTE MUSIC FESTIVAL APRIL 26

 

April 16, 2015 (El Cajon) – Homegrown live music from seven bands with a diverse mix of styles will be coming to Cuyamaca College with the return of the Coyote Music Festival from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 26. Now in its sixth year, the free outdoor festival has retained its eclectic vibe, with a host of young talent playing everything from coffeehouse acoustic pop to Tejano rock. The mostly young crew of volunteers is a reminder that the event is actually a class assignment for students enrolled in Music Industry Studies, a transfer degree program unique locally to Cuyamaca College that focuses on the practical aspects of developing careers in the music industry.

"INEQUALITY FOR ALL" FILM SHOWING APRIL 17 IN EL CAJON

 

April 16, 2014 (El Cajon) – Inequality for All, a film by Robert Reich,  documents how  massive consolidation of wealth by a handful of people threatens the middle class, the viability of the American workforce and the foundation of democracy . Reich is the former U.S. Secretary of Labor and professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley. 

The film will be shown on April 17 at 7:15 p.m. during a meeting of the East County Democratic Club at  Coco's Restaurant, 1025 Fletcher Parkway, El Cajon, CA 92020.  A discussion will be held after the film showing.  View a film trailer here: 

COUNCIL READIES TO SEEK TENANTS FOR EAST COUNTY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

Updated April 11, 2014 (El Cajon) – By a unanimous vote, the El Cajon City Council on Tuesday asked the City Manager to prepare a request for proposal for groups seeking to rent or lease space at the East County Performing Arts Center. 

The theater has been closed for several years, in need of major repairs. Recently Council voted to allocate funds for renovations and is now moving forward to attract additional tenants in hopes of reopening the theater  next year.

But some community members testified that they believe the city should first make good on its promise to hire a professional theater management company, before making commitment to lock in time blocks for groups such as the Rock Church, which wants to use the theater for church services on Sundays.

THE SHORT LIST: WORLD'S BEST FILM SERIES ON SCREEN IN LEMON GROVE DURING MAY AND JUNE

 

April 10, 2014 (Lemon Grove) - The Lemon Grove Historical Society and New Pacific Productions, Inc., will present a five-part film program featuring The Short List, the showcase for outstanding international short film, starting Apr. 30 at 6:30 p.m. in the Lemon Grove Library, 3001 School Lane.The series will continue on May 7, 14 and 21 and culminate on June 4 with a hilarious comedy show.  All programs will start at 6:30 p.m. in the Rosemary Putnam Community Room of the library, where comfortable seating and state-of-the-art projection made the recent screenings of "John Adams" a pleasure for audiences.

EAST COUNTY ARTISTS ON DISPLAY AT 30TH ANNIVERSARY ART WALK APRIL 26 AND 27

 

April 6, 2014 (San Diego)Mission Federal ArtWalk, the largest fine art festival in Southern California, will commemorate its 30th year with a 17-block celebration in the lively neighborhood of Little Italy in San Diego. Founded by local artists, Mission Federal ArtWalk has become a showcase for established and emerging artists and the ultimate event for aficionados and casual collectors. The two-day celebration runs April 26 and 27 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

REBELUTION TO PERFORM AT SDSU AUG. 7-8; TICKETS ON SALE APRIL 10

 

Tour stops in San Diego on Thursday & Friday, August 7 & 8 at Cal Coast CreditUnion Open Air Theater at SDSU.  Tickets on sale Thursday, April 10 at 10am

April 5, 2014 (San Diego) –The band Rebelution’s “Count Me In Summer Tour” across America will include two performances at San Diego State University’s Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theater on August 7 and 8.  Tickets go on sale April 10 at 10 a.m.  The tour promotes the group’s new album, Count Me In, due out in June.

COYOTE MUSIC FESTIVAL TO ROCK CUYAMACA COLLEGE APRIL 26

 

April 6, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - Cuyamaca Community College invites you to its sixth annual “Coyote Music Festival” on the campus Grand Lawn on Saturday, April 26 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The festival features seven bands of up-and-coming local talent that will showcase all-original music compositions. These home-grown singer-songwriters will perform a variety of genres, including acoustic, rock, folk and pop.

LIVE MUSIC UNDER THE OAKS IN CREST: ACOUSTIC CRESTRIDGE MARCH 29

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 28, 2014 (Crest) – From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m . Saturday, March 29 you can savor live music under the oaks at the Acoustic Crestridge concert.  The event is held at the Crestridge Ecological Reserve, 1171 Horsemill Road in the La Cresta area of Crest in unincorporated El Cajon.  The event benefits the Earth Discovery Institute, which supports youth science learning and environmental stewardship.

Enjoy music by San Diego’s Jeffrey Joe, Sierra West, Chris Avetta, Chad Taggart and the Harpers, as well a children’s drum circle, neighbors’ song circle and surprises.  Tickets cost $10 (kids under 12 are free) and can be purchased at http://www.earthdiscovery.org.

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