Arts and Music
By Kathy Carpenter
Stagehouse Theatre, Grossmont College
Playing December 6, 7, 8th at 7:30, and Dec. 8th at 2 p.m.
Based on La Culisine Des Anges - by Albert Husson
December 4, 2012 (El Cajon)--As a reviewer, I appreciate the fresh ways theatres keep coming up with to take care of housekeeping at the beginning of plays. The dos and don't of the theatre. In this case, the rules were read in French and then repeated by someone with a French accent, setting the tone of the play which takes place in the back of a store in Cayenne, French Guiana, on Christmas Eve 1910.
December 4, 2012 (San Diego) – East County makes a strong showing in the upcoming San Diego Pottery Tour on December 8 & 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tour is a celebration of ceramics, city-wide with over 25 potters in 10 locations from Spring Valley to Point Loma. Seven of the studios are located in East County with local artists David Cuzick, Mary Cuzick, Eric Rempe and Danae Dehne, to name just a few.
The tour is self-guided and free. Click here for a map of the studios along with which artists are located at them.
December 1, 2012 (San Diego) – The fall series of the San Diego County Library Acoustic Showcase continues in December with concerts taking place throughout the month. The series offers a variety of some of San Diego’s very best singer/songwriters, folk music performers and story tellers. The concerts are all free to the community.
November 28, 2012 (El Cajon)--Like the incessant sounds of a metronome, the clock is ticking for music students working behind the scenes on the Winter Wonder Jam -- Cuyamaca College’s answer to Lollapalooza -- set for Saturday, Dec. 7, in the performing arts theater.
Open to the public, the event will showcase five local bands rocking at the Rancho San Diego college from 7-10 p.m. This year, students in the college’s Music Industry Studies Program came up with the idea of a toy and food drive for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation and the campus food bank for needy students with families.
November 27, 2012 (San Diego) – Free Family Arts & Literacy Series hosts The Mojalet Dance Collective at The Salvation Army Kroc Center Joan B. Kroc Theatre, 6611 University Ave., San Diego on November 29 beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The internationally acclaimed contemporary dance company will transport you to the beautiful country of Italy using colorful costumes, witty movement, the music of Mozart and tenors Mario Lanza and Luciano Pavarotti.
Reception for artists Dec. 2
November 26, 2012 (San Diego) – The Mission Trails Regional Park foundation presents The Wonders of the Wild, an exhibition featuring seven award winning artists December 1 through 21 in the Visitor Center Art Gallery at One Father Junipero Serra Dr., San Diego.
November 18, 2012 (Poway) – Poway Center for the Performing Arts Foundation presents Vicki Lawrence and Mama: A Two Woman Show on December 1 at 8:00 p.m. at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts, 15498 Espola Road, Poway. Vicki Lawrence approaches everything with a sense of humor, from her eleven years with The Carol Burnett Show, her gold record for “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia and her TV series “Mama’s Family”. She and Mama will share a double-bill for an evening of stories, songs and laughs.
Tickets are priced from $50 - $65 and can be purchased online here.
November 15, 2012 (Santee) – Kaffee Meister a5 9225 Carlton Oaks Blvd., Santee is hosting Open Mic nights every Thursday evening. The nights are hosted by the group Wood’n’ Lips, whose musicians, Gregory Gross, Bari Zwirn and Tim Woods, handle the lottery drawings for spaces and provide the guidelines for performers.
It’s an opportunity to perform in front of a small intimate audience and enjoy some quality coffee house beverages. Visit www.kaffeemeister.com for more information.
November 14, 2012 (San Diego) – The Pomerado Brass Quintet will perform at Mission Trails Regional Park, One Father Junipero Serra Drive, on December 16 from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. The free concert will feature music selected for the Christmas and Hanukkah celebrations presented in a variety of styles that will be certain to appeal to all who attend.
November 14, 2012 (San Diego) – Diane Wilson’s SilverWood Ensemble will perform at the Mission Trails Visitor Center Theater on November 18 at 3 p.m. The ensemble includes Wilson on flute and Vania Pimentel on piano. They will perform works by Villa-Lobos, Antonio Carlos Jobim and others in a concert entitled “Brazilian Special”.
The Visitor Center Theater is located at 1 Father Junipero Serra Dr., San Diego. Visit www.mtrp.org for more information.
By Bill Weaver
November 14, 2012 (Alpine) – A Chamber Music Extravaganza performance will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 17 at Christ the King Episcopal Church, 1460 Midway Drive in Alpine. Enjoy the music of Beethoven, Brahms, & more. Directed by Sylvia Lorraine Hartman and featuring the Alpine Chamber Players, Classical Guitar, Trumpet, Flute, Soprano, and the Christ the King Singers. Step back in time, as artists perform in period dress and even the guests are invited to attend in historical fashions.
November 14, 2012 (Santee) – Tellabration, a worldwide storytelling event is coming to Santee on November 17 from 7:30 p.m. – 9:45 p.m. at Summit Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 8778 Cottonwood Avenue. Guilds and storytelling enthusiasts all around the globe will share their storytelling talents in concerts held in cities and towns to celebrate the ancient art of storytelling.
November 13, 2012 (Descanso) – Looking for some hand-crafted, locally made gifts this holiday season? Visit the Descanso Town Hall at 24536 Viejas Grade on November 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the Arts & Crafts Fair.
Many local artists and craftspeople will be displaying their wares for sale. Items include paintings, photography, jewelry, decorative gourds, custom embroidery, leather goods and much more.
November 13, 2012 (El Cajon) – “My Three Angels”, a play by Sam and Bella Spewack will be performed Nov. 29 through Dec. 7 at Grossmont College, 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon.
In French Guiana at the turn of the 20th century, three convicts on work release find themselves helping the Ducotel family with more than their roof maintenance. With an evil-minded cousin trying to take over the family business and a cold-blooded nephew set on jilting his fiancé for an heiress, the family is in need of some divine intervention. The criminals with hearts of gold step in to set matters right and, in doing so; they redeem themselves as real-life angels.
November 13, 2012 (El Cajon) – No matter what music you prefer, you’ll find a concert to suit your tastes at Cuyamaca College this month. All performances are held in the Performing Arts Theatre, 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway, El Cajon beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors.
November 12, 2012 (San Diego) – San Diego’s Karama joins forces with the Arab Film Festival (AFF) to bring the premier Arab Film Festival to Balboa Park’s Museum of Photographic Arts, 1649 El Prado, San Diego on November 16 & 17. The Festival’s opening night begins at 6:30 p.m. with a reception followed by films that include the short Bahiya & Mahmoud, and Where Do We Go Now by Toronto Film Festival Audience Award winning director Nadine Labaki.
November 3, 2012 (La Mesa)--To date Brew Ha Ha Comedy has produced over 200 live stand-up comedy shows. They currently have two shows per week in La Mesa: every Wednesday at Haritna Mediterranean Restaurant and recently every Friday at The Holiday Inn, Mesa Grill.
International headliner Chris Clobber and his partner businesswoman and Comedian Diane Jean started producing Brew Ha Ha Comedy at Twiggs in University Heights in October 2009. Brew Ha Ha Comedy gives talented comedians an opportunity to work their craft, regardless of their age, sex, race or sexual orientation.
October 31, 2012 (San Diego) – Grossmont College dance students present ‘Breaking Boundaries’, November 1 -3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Joan B. Kroc Theatre, 6611 University Ave., San Diego. The concert is an annual student choreographed event that will showcase a variety of dance genres, including modern dance, ballet, jazz and hip-hop.
Admission tickets at the door are $13 per person (cash only). For more information visit www.grossmont.edu/dance, or call the Dance Department at 644-7766.
October 22, 2012 (San Diego) – On Thursday, Oct. 25, Poetry & Art Series 2012 features Poetry International with special guests Steve Kowit, Sandra Alcosser and Camille Dungy. These renowned authors will read with select MFA students from SDSU. The Blacks Sands will make music. This arts and culture event takes place in the Museum of the Living Artist, 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for snacks, music, poetry, and more. Members are free, $5 at the door or bring wine to share and get in free.
Poetry International is an annual literary journal published by SDSU with Ilya Kaminsky as editor-in-chief.
October 19, 2012 (San Diego) – Celtic harpist Amy Kanner will perform a free concert on October 21 at 3:00 p.m. at the Mission Trails Visitor Center Theater. Kanner is a graduate of the International Harp Therapy program, where the harp is used for relaxation and respite for people in hospitals and hospices.
The Visitor Center is located a 1 Father Junipero Serra Drive, San Diego. Visit www.mtrp.org for more information.
October 18, 2012 (La Mesa) – Biz Center Art, located in the La Mesa Biz Center presents Practicing the Present October 20 through January 2. The opening receptions will be October 20 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. The show will look at all aspects of the present. Biz Center Art gallery manager Midge Hyde said, “This show runs from Fall 2012 into the new year. I just thought it was a good time to look at where we are as artists, people and members of this community.”
October 18, 2012 (La Mesa) – Brew Ha Ha announces comedy performances on Friday nights at the Mesa Grill, Holiday Inn La Mesa. The program debuts October 19 with comics from NBC’s Friday night, the Latino Laugh Festival and Comedy Central’s Danny Villalpando as well as the “Amazing” Al Gavi.
October 16, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--The Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation has made arrangements to offer children’s art classes for the first time. Nora Kearney-Johnson will offer four classes each Saturday, Oct. 20 through Saturday, Nov. 10.
“We have been working on offering children’s art classes for over a year and Nora has the perfect program for us,” said Jay Wilson, executive director at Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation. For more information and to sign up, visit: http://www.mtrp.org/news.asp?idno=250652
October 15, 2012 (San Diego) – San Diego State University announced on Thursday, October 11 a transformative gift from two former faculty members. Professors Emeriti Carey Wall and Terry O’Donnell have partnered on a $2.4 million dollar gift to SDSU’s musical theater program.
Wall’s and O’Donnell’s gift will endow a faculty position in the nationally renowned program. The funding ensures SDSU musical theatre students will continue to have opportunities to learn from top faculty members.
Performances continue Oct. 5, 6, 11, 12 and 13 at the Stagecoach Theatre, Grossmont College
Reviewed by Kathy Carpenter
Directed by Alumni Stephen Schmitz
October 5, 2012 (El Cajon)--It's the errors that make them valuable: stamps and people. Five simple characters or not so simple. Mauritius is the story of two half-sisters whose mother recently passed away The plot and arguments revolve around a stamp collection.
Mauritius was originally produced in New York by the Manhattan Theatre Club.
October 5, 2012 (Jacumba)--The Jacumba Arts Council (JAC) is holding an art festival and fund-raiser between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 27th at the Highland Community Center on Old Highway 80. Some of Jacumba’s most talented artists will be displaying their art and offering many pieces for sale. Mark your calendars now!
Join San Diego Film Festival to celebrate the power of cinema and dance
October 2, 2012 (San Diego) -- Cinema en tu Idioma closes October 5 - 11 with Flamenco, Flamenco, a stunning dance film from Spanish filmmaker Carlos Saura. Flamenco, Flamenco was the winner of the Audience Award at SDLFF 2011. All screenings at UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas at Hazard Center (off 163 Freeway & Friars Rd.).
Buy your individual tickets now!
By Rebecca J. Williamson
September 29, 2012 (Santee) -- Founded in 2006 the Pickwick Players Community Theater has some Santee ties: namely Cameron and Alisa Williams—who are also teachers at Carlton Oaks School in Santee.
Teachers by day, at night Cameron is an artistic director and Alisa is the group’s choreographer; you can throw in weekends and summer breaks as well to those nights.
September 27, 2012 (El Cajon)--The Grossmont College Guitar Guild will present “Bach to Beatles,” a solo concert by Fred Benedetti, Grossmont College guitar instructor, at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28, on the Grossmont College campus, Building #26, Room #221. The public is invited to attend.
Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and military and $5 for students. Proceeds will benefit the Grossmont College Music Department.
WINE, CHEESE AND CHOCOLATE FUNDRAISING EVENT AND FREE CONCERT THIS WEEKEND AT MISSION TRAILS REGIONAL PARK
September 27, 2012 (San Diego) -- Soroptimist International of San Diego is holding their 3rd annual Wine, Cheese and Chocolate fundraising event on September 28, 2012, from 6:00 to 8:30 pm in the Visitor Center Lobby/Terrace. A silent auction will feature a gorgeous solid body electric guitar donated by Taylor Guitars! In addition there will be music by members of the San Diego Native American Flute Circle. Also, the San Diego Astronomy Association will have a large telescope on the terrace for a spectacular look at the stars and planets. For more information and to purchase tickets go here.