Arts and Music

REMEMBERING OUR FALLEN: PHOTO EXHIBIT IN ALPINE HONORS CA VETS

 

East County News Service

February 28, 2015 (Alpine)—“Remembering our Fallen”, a memorial photo exhibit honoring  710 Californians killed in the war on terror in Iraq and Afghanistan (including 77 local residents) is now on display at the Alpine Wall of Honor. The exhibit, adjacent to the Alpine Community Center at 1830 Alpine Blvd. in Alpine, is open from  8 a.m. to 8 p.m. now through March 7th.

ALPINE STUDENTS PRESENT MUSICAL OKLAHOMA! MARCH 13-21

 

February 19, 2015 (Alpine)--Alpine Union School District will present its 37th annual musical production. This year students are performing in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s OKLAHOMA! The district-wide production includes students in grades fourth through eighth. See attached flyer.

SANTEE VISIONS: HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS' ART SHOW FEB. 20

 

February 19, 2015 (Santee)--The West Hills and Santana High School Art Departments will present a student art show entitled “Santee Visions”, an art show reflecting the community of Santee in the eyes of students from West Hills and Santana High Schools.

EMBRACING THE REAWAKENING OF THE NEW AMERICANS MUSEUM

 

By Mimi Pollack

Photos by Mimi Pollack and Donald Harrison

February 10, 2015 (San Diego)-- The United States is a kaleidoscope of cultures from many lands. There is a museum in Liberty Station that embraces this kaleidoscope. January 16th, 2015 was the official opening of the New Americans Museum. This is the second reincarnation of a museum that honors our country’s immigrants through both educational and cultural exhibits and programs. It is a place to discuss and discover where so many Americans come from. For me, this day consisted of two exciting events.

ROMEO AND JULIET: CHICAGO-STYLE MARCH 12-21

 

February 9, 2015 (El Cajon)—The Stagecoach Theatre at Grossmont College will present Romeo and Juliet, arguably the greatest love story in English literature, in eight performances in March.  This production has a twist—set against the turbulent backdrop of Prohibition Era Chicago, blending a mafia family drama with the timelessness of forbidden love.

HARLEM GOSPEL CHOIR & VENICE BAROQUE ORCHESTRA TO PERFORM IN ESCONDIDO FEB. 15 AND 27



 

"(Venice Baroque Orchestra is) one of the world's most adventurous and dramatic period-instrument ensembles." -NPR



"Harlem Gospel Choir are Angels in Harlem." -Bono, U2

February 3, 2015 (Escondido) -- The California Center for the Arts, Escondido (the Center) proudly presents two inspirational evenings from renowned groups the Harlem Gospel Choir and GRAMMY®-nominated Venice Baroque Orchestra with Avi Avital. The world-renowned performers will bring their brilliant performances to the Center's Concert Hall and Center Theater on February 15, 2015 and February 27, 2015. The Harlem Gospel Choir will also offer a Master Class in the Concert Hall at 4 pm the afternoon of their performance. The Choir will teach the class a number from their show, and the class will perform that number onstage with the Choir during the performance. For additional information, please visit http://artcenter.org/education/master-classes

DANNIE MARIE IN CONCERT AT BNS BREWERY AND HOUSE OF BLUES

 

February 2, 2015 (Santee) - The BNS Brewery in Santee (10960 Wheatlands Avenue) is serving up live music on Saturday night, February 7th. Popular singer Dannie Marie will perform from 6 to 6:45 p.m., followed by Rick Eilliot and the Secondhand Smoke Band from 7 to 9:30 p.m.  For more information visit www.bnsbrewinganddistilling.com/

TREASURES OF EAST COUNTY: 4 SALES AT ONE LOCATION JANUARY 31 TO BENEFIT EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE REPORTING AND WILDFIRE ALERTS!

You're invited to East County Magazine's "Treasures of East County" event to benefit our nonprofit community news and wildfire reporting! 

 Saturday, January 31 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1625 East Main Street, El Cajon

You can help by shopping (just in time for Valentine's Day) and by donating items for our big event, which features 4 sales in one location!

AARON ZIGEL: THE COLORS OF JOY

 

February 6 – March 15, 2015

January 28, 2015 (La Mesa) -- Israeli artist Aaron Zigel is bringing his wonderful oil paintings to O’Dunn Fine Art in La Mesa Village, an international first for the gallery. The artist will be present at the opening of the exhibition on Friday, February 6, from 5 pm to 9 pm: 8325 La Mesa Boulevard, in La Mesa Village.

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TROUBLE IN MIND: ON STAGE AT THE MOXIE THEATRE JAN. 31 - FEB. 22

 

January 27, 2015 (San Diego) – Trouble in Mind, a groundbreaking classic about a racially integrated cast rehearsing for what the actors hope will be the next big hit on Broadway, takes stage at the Moxie Theatre (6063 El Cajon Blvd.)in San Diego from January 31st through February 22nd.  Plus on February 8th, you can join the director and actors for a post-show discussion to learn more about the play and enrich your theater-going experience. The playwright, Alice Childress, was first African-American woman to have a professional play produced in New York.

LAMPLIGHTERS THEATRE PRESENTS “LOUIS AND IRVING, THE MOVIE MOGULS” JAN. 23-25

 

January 21, 2015 (La Mesa)--Journey back to the world of 1930s cinema in the play "Louis and Irving, The Movie Moguls." Lamplighter Theatre in La Mesa’s performances continue this week on January 23rd and 25th..

The play portrays the early days of MGM, one of the most successful film studios of all time--all made possible by the two very different, yet passionate, movie moguls Louis B. Mayor and Irving  G.Thalberg.

PROTECTING AND ENTERTAINING

 

By Mimi Pollack

January 12, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--Dave Rivas has a unique way of connecting with people as both a 911 dispatcher for the San Diego Fire Department and a multi-talented voice over artist, actor, and sound designer.

STEAL HEAVEN

 

Comedy play immortalizes spirit of a '60s radical

By Mimi Pollack

January 12, 2015 (San Diego)--Full Disclosure: I met radical Abbie Hoffman at a party in Mexico City when he was hiding out there as Barry Freed. He had had a nose job, but I knew who he was as I had been following his antics since 1968 and had read his books. We hit it off immediately and spent the whole evening on a sofa chatting away. He was hysterically funny, smart and very flirtatious. He still had his rebel, radical side, but it had also softened. I never saw him again, but that evening will stay with me forever.

CIRCLE OF ART SHOWCASES BEAUTY OF CA "SECRET DESERT" MARCH 14-15

 

January 9, 2015 (Borrego Springs) - Enjoy the original artwork of 60 selected fine artists and craftsmen while experiencing the unique beauty of "California's Secret Desert" at the 26th annual Circle of Art Show & Sale March 14 & 15, 2015 in Borrego Springs.  Circle of Art is outdoors on Christmas Circle right in the center of Borrego Springs, just 2 hours from San Diego and Palm Springs.

CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY THEATER DELIVERS: TRADITIONS OF CHRISTMAS 2014

                                                                                                                                          

 

By Ariele Johannson

Photos Credit: Vittoria Allen

January 4, 2015 (San Diego)--Christian Community Theater of El Cajon delivered a charming and amazingly comprehensive Christmas experience to theatre enthusiasts performed this year at the Don Powell Theatre on the campus of San Diego State University from December 19th through 23rd, 2014, with the 21st Annual Traditions of Christmas, A Musical Spectacular. San Diego theater enthusiasts enjoyed an evening of holiday cheer in the form of musical theater, performed to a live band conducted by Ryan Beard. The entire show from beginning to end was an absolute delight for all ages.

PETER NOONE AND HERMAN'S HERMITS LIVE AT SYCUAN JAN. 17

 

December 30, 2014 (El Cajon) - Herman’s Hermits will be performing with original lead singer Peter Noone in two concerts on January 17 at Sycuan’s Live & Up Close Theatre in El Cajon. Showtimes for the legendary British band are at 6:30 and 8 p.m. For tickets and details, visit www.Sycuan.com.

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. CONCERT IN LEMON GROVE JAN. 17

 

December 30, 2014 (Lemon Grove) - A Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Concert will be held on Saturday, January 17th at 5 p.m. on Lemon Grove’s Main Street Promenade (3443 Main St. in Lemon Grove).

JAMES EARP, FINGER-STYLE GUITARIST, IN CONCERT JAN. 4 AT MISSION TRAILS



 

December 5, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - Jim Earp, local fingerstyle guitarist with a national reputation, returns to Mission Trails Regional Park Visitors Center Auditorium on Sunday, January 4 Sunday from 3 - 4 p.m.for a free concert.

SAN DIEGO POTTERY TOUR SHOWCASES CLAY CREATIONS

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 19, 2014 (San Diego) – A delightful array of pottery by local artisans was on display during the San Diego Pottery Tour. This year’s event showcased works by more than 30 local potters at nine studios, including several in East County.

CONCERT JANUARY 25 CELEBRATES RESTORED PIPE ORGAN IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

December 20, 2014 (La Mesa) – A 90-year-old pipe organ has been restored at La Mesa’s Central Congregational Church, which will host a concert at 3 p.m.on January 25th to celebrate completion of the restoration.  The church is located at 8360 Lemon Avenue.

SANTEE COMMUNITY CHORUS IN CONCERT JAN. 18 AT MISSION TRAILS

 

December 20, 2014 (Santee) -- The Santee Community Chorus returns to the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitors Center Auditorium on Sunday, Jan 18, 2015 at 3 p.m.  The chorus is a volunteer, non-religious chorus that is open to all.

FBI ISSUES STATEMENT CONFIRMING NORTH KOREA LAUNCHED CYBER ATTACKS ON SONY

 

 

 

East County News Service

December 19, 2014 (San Diego)--Sony Pictures Entertainment has cancelled its Christmas day debut of the comedy film "The Interview" at theaters nationwide following cyberattacks that released personal data of Sony employees, followed by threats from the hackers of 9-11 style attacks on theaters.   The film depicted journalists recruited by the CIA to assassinate North Korea's President Kim Jung-Un.

Today, the FBI issued a statement on its investigation which has confirmed that North Korea is behind the threats. Below is the full text of the FBI release, provided by Special Agent Darrell Foxworth:

FELIX CAVALIERE'S RASCALS ON STAGE JAN. 24 AT POWAY CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS

 

January 6, 2015 (Poway) - Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals are coming to the Poway Center for the Performing Arts Foundation on Saturday, January 24th at 8 p.m. Felix Cavaliere is best known as the keyboardist and lead singer of the 1960’s Young Rascals, kings of blue-eyed soul! With hits “Groovin’” “Good Lovin’” “A Beautiful Mornin’” and more.

THREATS ON MOVIE THEATERS PROMPTS CANCELLATION OF "THE INTERVIEW" FILM DEBUT SET FOR CHRISTMAS DAY

 

Update:  Sony has cancelled release it The Interview on Christmas Day, after Homeland Security confirmed it had linked the hacks/threats to North Korea.

By Miriam Raftery

December 17, 2014 (San Diego)--Hackers have threatened 9/11-style attacks on movie theaters debuting “The Interview,” which is set for release on Christmas Day.  The threats follow hacks against Sony Pictures Entertainment over its film, a comedy depicting journalists recruited by the CIA to assassinate North Korean President Kim Jong-un.

RNB LOUNGE SPREADS HOLIDAY CHEER TO CHILDREN

 

December 16, 2014 (El Cajon) - DJ Jam (Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg) and DJ Artistic (San Diego Music Association’s 2014 Best Club D) are hosting the 2014 RnB Lounge Toy Drive at the El Cajon Grand (351 West Main Street in El Cajon) on Wednesday nights.

BACK COUNTRY LAND TRUST HOSTS ART AUCTION HOLIDAY PARTY DEC. 12

 

December 10, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - Celebrate the holiday season with an artist reception, gallery viewing, and silent auction! featuring handcrafted works by local artists—all to benefit Back Country Land Trust and our local arts community. The event will be held on Friday, Dec. 12 from 7-10 p.m. at the Alpine Community Church, fuller Hall (2225 West Victoria Drive, Alpine).  A suggested $10 donation includes homemade appetizers & desserts, and hosted beer, wine, and holiday speciality drinks.  All artwork & handcrafts will be available for silent auction bidding.

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW WITH MARISSA GRACE, 12-YEAR-OLD SINGING SENSATION

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

 

 

Hear our interview with Marissa Grace (originally aired on KNSJ 89.1 FM)  here:  http://kiwi6.com/file/nh218m9i2v

December 7, 2014 (La Mesa) – East County Magazine sat down recently with Marissa Grace McRoberts, a 12-year-old singing sensation from East County who made her debut on the KYXY Jeff and Jer show. You can also hear an excerpt of her song, "In My Dreams."

She has performed at Oktoberfest in La Mesa, at Grossmont Center concerts, at La Mesa's Craft Brew & Wine Festival earlier this month, and will sing solo later this month at Petco Park. 

TRADITIONS OF CHRISTMAS RETURNS THIS DECEMBER

 

CCT’s Holiday Spectacular Comes to SDSU’s Don Powell Theater

By Vittoria Allen

December 7, 2014 (San Diego)—Christian Community Theatre (CCT)’s annual production, Traditions of Christmas, will be returning to the stage after a one year hiatus. This year, the program will be held at the Don Powell Theater at SDSU, where the Christmas spectacular will run from December 19 - 23.

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW WITH SINGER/SONGWRITER DANNIE MARIE: NOW POSTED ONLINE!

 

 

 

Our interview is now online! Listen to the full interview, with excerpts of 3 of Dannie Marie's songs, here: http://kiwi6.com/file/iwhr8hj33r

East County News Service

December 8, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – Hear our interview with Dannie Marie, a talented local singer, songwriter and actress who is taking Nashville, Memphis and Los Angeles by storm.  Those of you in East County may know her as Danielle Marie Pupa, a graduate of Steele Canyon High School. 

Watch the sneak preview excerpt here http://youtu.be/nIEdflaq_MI and full interview at the link above, which originally aired on KNSJ 89.1 FM. .The program also features excerpts from three songs that will be featured on Dannie Marie's soon-to-be-released CD, along with our interview with this rising local star.

Dannie Marie’s hit music video, “Flavor of the Week” has been winning awards and recognition at music festivals; it was also featured in the movie “Music High.” She’s been in movies and commercials, and on TV.  She’s also been performing at major venues across our region, including a performance coming up in February at House of Blues in San Diego. Her songs serve up country music with a pop flair—and her musical style has been likened to Taylor Swift.

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