Arts and Music

SPRING HARP FEST MARCH 26 IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

March 3, 2016 (La Mesa) - You’re invited to the 16th annual Spring Harp Fest, a musical celebration on March 26th  from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Harry Griffen Park in La Mesa.  The festival features top harmonica performers playing blues music and more, as well as an unknown artists’ jam session.  The mission is to inspire appreciation for the harmonica in the next generation. 

LARRY GATLIN AND THE GATLIN BROTHERS CONCERT AT SYCUAN MARCH 12

 

East County News Service

March 3, 2016 (El Cajon) - Country music greats Larry Gatlin and Gatlin Brothers will be  performing  in concert at Sycuan’s  Live and Up Close Theater on Saturday, March 12 at 8 p.m.  Grammy award-winning Larry Gatlin has written hit songs for many famous musical stars including Elvis Presley, Glen Campbell and Johnny Cash.

NEW ART SHOW: "SEVEN: OUR WORLD THROUGH COLORED PENCIL" AT MISSION TRAILS

 

Show runs February 27 - March 25

Reception: Saturday, February 27, from 1-4 p.m.at the Visitor Center   

East County News Service

February 27, 2016 (Mission Trails) - The Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation (MTRP) presents an exhibition featuring seven award-winning artists - Bobbie Bradford, Deb Gargula, Constance Grace, Carolyn Kenny, Katherine Miller, Renato Salazar and Brenda "Blade" Villegas.

FREE CONCERT: DIANA ABED ACCORDIAN PLAYER FEB. 28 AT MISSION TRAILS

 

East County News Service

February 27, 2016 (San Diego) -- A free accordion concert will be presented at Mission Trails Regional Park’s visitor center on Sunday, February 28 at 3 p.m.  Diana Abed studied the accordion in multi-cultural Los Angeles as a child in the 1960s and ‘70s, including Hollywood entertainment industry standards, pop tunes and compositions of famous accordionists at that time.  As the daughter of immigrant parents, somehow she was "elected" as the family musician, leading many sing a-longs and dances at celebrations of family and friends from varying ethnicities. 

SOME PLAY: PICKWICK PLAYERS PRESENT CHARLOTTE'S WEB FEB 19-28

 

 

By Kathy Carpenter, Associate/Youth Reviewer www.sdtheatrereviews.com

 

February 24, 2016 (Santee) - The Pickwick Players in Santee are a different kind of group. They perform adult plays, children's plays, and mixed plays with people of all ages, as with "Charlotte's Web," based on the book by E.B. White, published by Harper Collins in 1952.What makes this unique is that it's rare. We have many youth productions, adult productions, adult productions with a kid or two. However, besides St. John of the Cross in Lemon Grove, which does a mix of all ages in their plays once a year, in the spring (This year they are doing a Poppins in April - call rectory for more details), I don't see this combination often.. Four adults, two teenagers, and 13 incredible youngsters were all part of the Pickwick Players’ cast.

LAMPLIGHTERS COMMUNITY THEATRE ANNOUNCES PERFORMANCE OF THE TONY AWARD MUSICAL NOMINEE "MACK AND MABEL"

 

Source:  Lamplighters Community Theatre press release

February 23, 2016 (La Mesa) – Lamplighters Community Theatre (LCT) is proud to present performances of the Tony Award Nominee “Mack and Mabel” at the new Lamplighters Community Theatre located at 5915 Severin Drive, La Mesa, Ca running  March 11 through April 10.

EAST COUNTY ARTISTS RECEIVE HONORABLE MENTIONS AWARDS AT LENTEN ARTS SHOW

 

By Judy Edelblute

February 17, 2016 (San Diego) - Rancho Bernardo artist Vita Sorrentino won second place in the 53rd annual Lenten Art Show at St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 3502 Clairemont Drive, San Diego. Lee Sie, Clairemont, won first place, and Tamara Stautland, Mission Hills, won third place.

East County artists receiving Honorable Mention awards were Ann Keyes and Ann Schwartzwald, La Mesa,  Anita Chateau, east Chula Vista and Abigail Kurtz Migala, Spring Valley. Other East County artists in the show include Mary Louise Neal-Bulow and Jody Abssy, Cherokee Point; Gloria Galbarith and Anita Chateau, east Chula Vista; Judy A. Sawyer, La Mesa; Susan Hewitt, Vance Komula and Sandra Seckington, Lakeside; and Gwen Small, Talmadge.

‘ROMANCE OF THE PORTRAIT’ EXHIBIT CONTINUES THROUGHOUT FEBRUARY

 

East County News Service

Editor’s note: Inka Zamoyska has generously donated artwork recently to benefit East County Magazine.  Here is an opportunity for readers who love her amazing work to view an exhibition of her exquisite oil paintings. 

February 17, 2016 (Carlsbad) -- “This occasion truly felt like an ‘Affair of the Heart’. It seemed like a movie in progress sometimes with the excitement, exuberance of the attendees who were caught up in the ambiance and spirit of the evening. One of the highlights was when Inka was asked to speak to the group and describe her journey through art, her experience and particularly, her evolution toward portraiture painting. The rapt attention of everyone toward what she was expressing was immutable; everyone was entranced, caught up in the story, delighting in the fact that she was giving them some insight into this artful pursuit; a mystical moment.”

LA MESA HEALTH LIBRARY’S ART EXHIBIT FEATURES ‘BACK ROW GROUP’

 

East County News Service

February 14, 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 Winter Art Exhibit featuring 24 watercolor paintings by award-winning art instructor Drew Bandish and five of his students. The students include Susan Hewitt of Lakeside, Royce Hinson of El Cajon, Lorri Lynch of Lakeside, Mirjam Schippers of El Cajon and Joan Vandenberg of El Cajon. The show runs through March 12.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATED AT GROSSMONT AND CUYAMACA COLLEGES WITH SERIES OF EVENTS

 

February 10, 2016 (El Cajon) -- A celebration of black history that includes music, dance and theater performances at Cuyamaca College and an African-American Read-in at Grossmont College are among February’s Black History Month events.

Included among the events will be tributes to iconic figures like Martin Luther King Jr., President Obama, Maya Angelou and others, in addition to lesser-known names such as Daisy Bates, a civil rights heroine who led the charge to desegregate the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., in 1957.

TOP TALENT ON TAP FOR CUYAMACA COLLEGE’S SPRING CONCERT SERIES

East County News Service

February 10, 2016 (Rancho San Diego) – The 2016 Cuyamaca College Spring Concert Series gets under way Feb. 21 with a San Diego Early Music Society performance kicking off a season of productions covering styles ranging from Baroque and mariachi to jazz and rock ‘n’ roll.

DUKE: A BALLET PERFORMANCE BY VISIONARY YOUTH BALLET FEB. 6

East County News Service

February 5, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) — You’re invited for an  an evening of dance and celebration as Visionary School For The Performing Arts presents “An Evening With The Duke” on February 6th at 7 p.m. at the Visionary Performance Space (7202 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92115).

BLUEGRASS JAM AT FUDDRUCKER'S FEB. 16

 

East County News Service

 

February 4, 2016 (La Mesa) - The San Diego Bluegrass Society will hold its monthly jam at Fuddrucker's restaurant in Grossmont Center on Tuesday, February 16th from 6:30 to 9 p.m.  The event includes open mic, pick up bands and the ever-popular musical jam session.

WINDWALKER NOMINATED FOR GRAMMY: HEAR OUR INTERVIEW

 

Listen now to our interview originally aired on KNSJ Radio 89.1 FM by clicking the orange link above, or download by clicking the blue link.

February 4, 2016 (Lakeside) -- Windwalker and the MCW (Multi-Cultural Women) have been nominated for a Grammy Award for their CD, "Generations." 

We sat down for an in-depth interview with Windwalker, a Lakeside resident, medicine woman and talented Native American musician.  She talked about their music, shared samples of their inspiring songs,  and discussed their upcoming music video that including filming at a wild horse preserve.

All proceeds from Windwalker and the MCW CD are being donated to benefit children's causes.

Audio: 

SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL OF BORREGO SPRINGS TO HOST FIRST ARTISTS’ OPEN STUDIO TOUR FEB. 21

 

East County News Service

February 3, 2016 (Borrego Springs) - Soroptimist International of Borrego Springs is hosting the first Artists’ Open Studio Tour on Sunday, February 21, 2016.  The event will be held from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, with a reception to follow at the Borrego Art Institute from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  Light refreshments will be served.

SAN DIEGO EARLY MUSIC SOCIETY CONCERT APRIL 3 AT CUYAMACA COLLEGE

 

East County News Service

January 24, 2016 (El Cajon) — The San Diego Early Music Society will present  Dorothee Oberlinger on recorder, Florian Birsak on harpsichord, and Marco Testori on cello in “Flauto Veneziano,” a concert on Sunday, April 3 at 3 p.m. in the Cuyamaca College Performing Arts Center.

VIOLIN AND HARPSICHORD CONCERT FEB. 21 AT CUYAMACA COLLEGE

 

 

East County News Service

 

January 23, 2016 (El Cajon) – The San Diego Early Music Society will present Lina Tur Bonet on violin and Kenneth Weiss on harpsichord in “La Petite Merveille and the Red Priest: Music of Jacquet de la Guerre and Vivaldi” on Sunday, February 21 at 3 p.m. in the Cuyamaca College Performing Arts Theatre (900 Rancho San Diego Parkway, El Cajon).

A MULTI-TALENTED MAN: YALE STROM

 

Photo credit:  Yale's wife, Elizabeth Schwartz

By Mimi Pollack

January 20, 2016 (San Diego) - Yale Strom may be a multi-talented man, a respected teacher at SDSU, and a well known musician both locally and internationally, but he is also refreshingly down to earth and modest, answering my questions at his rustic, comfortable home in Mission Hills with his loving dog, Olive, snuggled on his lap.

SPRING VALLEY ARTIST TO DISPLAY WORKS IN SHOW AT SPANISH VILLAGE FEB. 16-29

 “The Jacaranda Street painting is a street in Spring Valley that is so beautiful in the early summer that my husband came home from work and took me to see it.  I took several photographs of the street in its full purple glory, and painted from the photos,” said Sharon Thomas, who painted the picturesque scene in watercolors.

 

East County News Service

 

January 18, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – The Southwestern Artists Association will present a two-person show February 16-29 at historic Spanish Village (1770 Village Place, Studio 23) in San Diego’s Balboa Park.  The gallery is open every day of the week from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

FIRST SONS OF THE DESERT MEETING OF THE NEW YEAR SURE TO BRING LAUGHS

 
By Liz Alper
 
January 17, 2016 (Spring Valley) - If you're like me and never have anything to do on Saturday night and you LOVE classic comedy (also like me), here is something for you.  

WINTER CONCERT JAN. 30: A 40-YEAR TRADITION

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

 

January 17, 2016 (San Diego) -- Pacificaires and Cedar Center Chorus present this year’s winter concert at the College Avenue Baptist Church (4747 College Ave., San Diego) on January 30th at 2 p.m..  You're invited to join in singing in the New Year.

CIRCLE OF ART CELEBRATES 27TH YEAR IN BORREGO SPRINGS MARCH 12-13

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

January 12, 2016 (Borrego Springs) - The 27th annual Circle of Art Show & Sale will take place March 12th & 13th in beautiful Borrego Springs.  This free outdoor art show is staged at Christmas Circle, in the heart of the village.

“12 YEARS A SLAVE” FILM SHOWING IN LA MESA JANUARY 16

By Miriam Raftery

December 27, 2015 (La Mesa) - As part of a week of  Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration, the Table United Church of Christ of La Mesa (5940 Kelton Ave., La Mesa) will present a showing of the film “12 Years a Slave” on Sunday, January 16th  from 1:30 to 4 p.m.

“VISIONS” ART EXHIBIT SHOWS GLORIES OF NATURE JAN. 2-29 AT MISSION TRAILS

Artists' reception January 10

East County News Service

December 25, 2016 (San Diego) -- The Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation (MTRP) will present an exhibition featuring six award winning artists Deanna Ditzler, Kenda Francis, Joan Hansen, Ralph Kingery, Denise Strahm, and Jerry Vande Berg.

This exhibit will be on display in the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center Art Gallery from January 2 - 29.  The public is cordially invited to a reception in honor of the artists on Sunday, January 10, 2016 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

About the Artists:

EL CAPITAN THEATRE BROUGHT US THE ABSURD THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

 

 

By Kathy Carpenter

Associate /Youth Reviewer www.sdtheatrereviews.com

 

December 7, 2015 - (Lakeside) - For a breather from all the holiday cheer I took in El Capitan High School's Acting Can Be Murder. Was this the show perfect? Of course not. These were high school students, works in progress. But the show was light-hearted fun, totally entertaining, and Lindsay Gampel-Qualin, teacher and director, has some talented actors emerging in Lakeside.

 

A THOUSAND NATIVE WOMEN’S VOICES RECLAIM THEIR POWER

By Leon Thompson, Tribal Beat reporter, East County Magazine

December 17, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) --  Erica Pinto (photo, left) and the Jamul Indian Village hosted the premier showing of  A Thousand Voices, a documentary film from Silver Bullet Productions an educational filmmaking program for rural and tribal communities.

This is the story of Native American women in New Mexico from the Pueblo, the Dine’ and the Apache nations.  A common thread is that all are accomplished women leaders held in esteem as keepers of the culture.  Matriarchal in many ways, men and women are equal in the creation stories of indigenous people from the beginning of time.

View the Trailer here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXfEpcGTe9A (Scroll down or hit "read more" for our review)

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