Arts and Music
How exactly do an East Country actor and a San Diego homeless man become friends? Theatre, of course.
Story and photo by Ron Logan
April 22, 2013 (Little Italy, San Diego) – Jerry is homeless. He likes movies and the arts. As a younger man he enjoyed watching the filmmaking students at Long Beach State University as they created their films near his home. As it turns out, he also has a knack for theatre.
Jerry is one of the estimated 10,000 homeless in San Diego County. He is a pleasant man. A San Diego native; intelligent, well-spoken and polite. Nearly 56 years young, he has been on the streets for about seven years now.
When I first heard about Jerry I assumed he might have fallen on hard times and wasn't very happy – that he didn't have control of his situation. I was wrong.
April 12, 2013 (Rancho San Diego)—“The Museum’s Five-Choices Dream Raffle is always a hit at the Spring Garden Festival. Because it’s our 20th anniversary, we really went all out this year,” says curator Kathleen Oatsvall at Heritage of the Americas Museum on the campus of Cuyamaca College. So the Museum chose five fabulous prizes—one to honor each wing of its museum (natural history, archaeology, anthropology and art) plus the museum gift shop.
Options include a massive amethyst cathedral crystal, pre-Columbian artifacts, a Hopi Kachina and other artifacts dating from after 1492, an oil painting titled “Medicine Horse” by Douglas Weaver, and a gift certificate to the Museum Store.
Event is prelude to nine days of music, with Ramona Bluegrass Festival May 4-5 as finale
April 13, 2013 (Ramona)–Sara Petite and a variety of exceptional music artists will rock Dos Picos County Park during the sixth annual Ramona Music Fest on Saturday, April 27. The event will feature headlining acts, well-established performers and exciting local talent. This is the kick-off event for the nine days of music in Ramona, rolling into the Ramona Bluegrass & Old West Fest ending with the Ramona Bluegrass Festival the following weekend.
Among those set to appear on two stages are the Combos, HarryJoe Reynolds, Ramona High School Royal Blues Jazz Band, the Shirthouse Bluegrass Band, and Roy Rapid and the Rhythm Rock Trio. Musical styles will include ska, rock, Americana, rockabilly, blues, jazz and bluegrass.
WORK OF RENOWNED ARTIST RAY “PADRE” JOHNSON TO BE FEATURED AT HERITAGE OF AMERICAS MUSEUM FINE ART SHOW AND SALE APRIL 26
By Ariele Johannson
March 27, 2013 (Rancho San Diego)--Heritage of the Americas Museum is presenting a Fine Art Show and Sale on Friday, April 26with an array of art works that will capture the imagination and inspire. Thirteen artists will mingle with the guests including world-renowned artist and global issues speaker Ray “Padre” Johnson.
Padre Johnson has been called a true renaissance man for his diversity of achievements in many fields. His works have been displayed at the United Nations. He was the first American ever invited to display his work at the Royal Palace in the Forbidden City in Beijing, China. He also exhibited here at the grand opening of the Heritage of the Americas Museum and is returning from Cody, Wyoming, to be here for the 20th anniversary
Additional artists will also be featured; for details on other artists see http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/node/12848. The event includes special music by the Chris Klich Jazz Trio and flautist Jim Hannibal. Wine and beer will be served. Great hors d’oeuvres and desserts will be offered by Cupid’s Catering. Donation is $10.00. Please RSVP (see contact information below).
Daughters of the Appalachians debuts April 25-27
By Miriam Raftery
April 13, 2013 (La Mesa) – A 76-year tradition returns to La Mesa with the revival of the Lamplighters Community Theatre. On April 25-27, the group will present “Daughters of the Appalachians” in the Lamplighters’ first performance since 2006, when the old theater was torn down to make way for the new La Mesa police station.
The theatrical group was founded back in 1937, originally known as the La Mesa Little Theatre. In 1976, the organization became Lamplighters Community Theatre, performing in the Ben Polak Fine Arts Center until its demolition force the limelight to go dark. But now , like a phoenix, the group has found new life—and a new theater is rising in La Mesa, a city which just celebrated its centennial. The new Lamplighters theatrical performances will take place at the La Mesa Village Center, 5915 Severin Drive in La Mesa, at the corner of Severin and Amaya drives.
By Miriam Raftery
April 19, 2013 (El Cajon) – On Tuesday, April 23, the El Cajon City Council will weigh creating an ad hoc committee to explore discussions with the Grossmont Union High School District Board on a potential partnership to revive the East County Performing Arts Center (ECPAC). The proposal could also include opening a new multi-use facility adjacent to the theater, in addition to restoring and reopening the theater itself.
"It's potentially beneficial (for the district), a great use for the East County region," City Manager Doug Williford (photo, left) said, the Union-Tribune reported. "However even without (the district as a partner), we're going to re-open it. There are only three or four venues like it - Golden Hall in downtown San Diego, Escondido and Poway. These are rare facilities. Arts and events centers are important components to a community. And this goes well beyond the city's boundaries."
April 18, 2013 (La Mesa) – Biz Center Art, the art gallery in residence at the La Mesa Biz Center, is featuring art based on the idea of "POSSIBILITIES", what is possible in the creative mind of an artist with an opening reception from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 20th. Local artists' work will be shown, as well as our feature artist Peter Hammar, a New York artist from Stockholm Sweden. There will also be work displayed by the STAR program, survivors of trafficking.
The "Possibilities" opening is a fundraiser for STAT (Soroptimists Together Against Trafficking) program. Representatives will be on hand to discuss their projects and there will be a raffle of art by Biz Center artists as well as various services by tenants of the La Mesa Biz Center.
National tour of “films to change our world” comes to East County
April 13, 2013 (Julian) -- May 17-19 brings the 2nd Annual Julian Wild & Scenic Film Festival-Films To Change Your World, with countless inspiring titles, to the Julian High School for the benefit of the Volcan Mountain Foundation and its work to protect and preserve Volcan Mountain in its natural state for all generations.
“The selection committee believes these are the best of over 100 films screened at the annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival hosted every January in Nevada City, California,” said Nancy Kramer, co-founder of the Julian Film Festival. Click here for a full list of films.
By Paul Kruze
April 11, 2013 (El Cajon)--Members of the Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) Board on Wednesday night decided in principle (with no formal vote) to begin exploratory talks with the City of El Cajon on becoming a partner in the operation of the troubled East County Performing Arts Center (ECPAC) , as well as build a multi-purpose conference center adjacent to the theater.
The Board also voted 4-1 (with Priscilla Schreiber voting “no”) to endorse building a 325-seat performing arts center on the campus of Grossmont High School at the cost of $15.1 million dollars.
Representing GUHSD on the ad hoc committee will be board president Jim Kelly and board member Jim Stieringer.
April 12, 2013 (Alpine) --The public , is invited to a dinner and performance by The Legends to benefit the Mother Goose Parade. The event will be held in the Viejas Dreamcatcher Lounge on Saturday, April 13 from 4-7 p.m. The show costs $30 per person, or two for $50.
Viejas Dreamcatcher Lounge is located at the Viejas Casino, 5000 Willows Road in Alpine. This show is for ages 21 and up. For tickets, call (619)444-5774.
April 11, 2013 (El Cajon) – Triumphant Quartet, an award-winning gospel group that has performed at Carnegie Hall and been nominated for a Grammy Award, will perform on Sunday, April 21 at 5 p.m. at El Cajon Wesleyan Church.
Formed in 2002 as the Integrity Quartet, the group changed its name in 2004 after a nationwide contest to Triumphant Quarter. After receiving the Christian Music Presenters Artist Endorsement and certification as American Gospel Music artists, they were invited to perform in a celebration of American Gospel Music at Carnegie Hall in New York.
April 10, 2013 (El Cajon)--The 2013 Cuyamaca College Annual Spring Student Fine Art and Graphic Design Exhibition opens Thursday and will run through May 8. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, April 11 from 5-7 p.m. followed by an awards ceremony on the artist veranda.
The event will be held at the Community Arts B Building, East Wing, Third Floor on the campus of Cuyamaca College, 900 Rancho San Diegio Parkway in El Cajon. For more information, call (619)660-4027.
By Miriam Raftery
April 9, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – Multiple sources have advised ECM that Wednesday night’s meeting of the Grossmont Union High School Board will include a discussion on theater options to meet the needs of students--and, perhaps, the broader East County community. Options are set to be raised under the Board President’s report, item VI(b) on the agenda.
The discussion is expected to center around whether a new events center should be built at Grossmont High School as well as whether the district should consider partnering with the City of El Cajon to reopen the East County Performing Arts Center.
April 7, 2013 (Ramona)--If you've ever wondered what an artist's studio looks like, now is your opportunity to see for yourself. During the Ramona Open Studios Tour, artists in Ramona will open their studios to curious visitors, inviting them to talk, check out how they work, and buy artwork if they're interested.
The Ramona area is home to many nationally known and award winning artists featured on the tour. The 10th annual tour will be held on Saturday and Sunday, April 13-14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
April 6, 2013 – (New York, NY) – Hot on the heels of sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall and the Pantages Theatre, and as they come off a hugely successful Latin American run, the Jonas Brothers will embark on their first North American tour in three years this summer as they hit cities across the U.S. and Canada with what will prove to be an epic concert experience for their fans. The “Jonas Brothers Live Tour” will take the band to more than 25 stops across North America, including Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Toronto. The tour announcement comes on the same day the group debuts its hot new single, “Pom Poms,” a new anthem that redefines their sound with an upbeat mix of pop and rock.
April 4, 2013 (San Diego) – East County artist Chuck McPherson’s painting, “The Judge,” earned top place, the Board of Directors Award, in the 52nd International Exhibition at the San Diego Art Institute.
McPherson said this is the biggest recognition yet for his artwork, calling it “humbling. But that IS the man I knew and loved as the Judge.”
Juror/Executive Director of the Oceanside Museum of Art, Daniel Foster, gave the piece the top award out of 1200 entries.
A reception for the artist will be held Saturday, April 13th at 6 p.m. at the San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park's House of Charm.
GROSSMONT COLLEGE OFFERS FREE SCREENING OF AWARD-WINNING DOCUMENTARY, "THE ANATOMY OF HATE; DIALOGUE OF HOPE"
April 2, 2013 (El Cajon) – “The Anatomy of Hate; A Dialogue to Hope,” an award-winning documentary film directed by Michael Ramsdell and focusing on individual and collective ideologies of hate will be shown during a free screening and Q&A with the director at 3:30 p.m. April 3, in Building 26, Room 220 at Grossmont College.
The 90-minute film follows the director’s six-year journey with groups like the white supremacists and Palestinian militants, as well as U.S. embedded troops in the Middle East. It is juxtaposed with interviews from leading experts in sociology, psychology and neurology to reveal both the emotional and biological factors that make everyone susceptible to acts and ideologies of hate. At the same time, this film posits, these are the very same traits that enable people to rise above the negativity.
SDSU art professor and artist Neil Shigley’s portrait, "Michael 59," will be displayed in at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. March 23, 2013 through Feb. 23, 2014.
Shigley’s work was selected as a finalist in the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition and sent to Washington D.C. where it will be included in the tri-ennial exhibition. "Michael 59" was selected as one of 48 works from more than 3,000 entries in a variety of visual arts media. The juried exhibition of portraits includes works created from both traditional media like oil paintings, drawings and photographs as well as more surprising materials such as rice, glitter, thread and video.
March 26, 2013 (Rancho San Diego)--An impressive array of artists will display works and be honored at a reception on Friday, April 26 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Heritage of the Americas Museum at Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego. A percentage of all art pieces sold at the art sale, as well as 100% of proceeds from a live fine arts auction, will benefit the museum which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.
The Chris Klich Jazz trio and flautist Jim Hannibal will perform. Wine, beer, hors d’heuvres and desserts will also be served as the event. A $10 suggested donation is requested for the reception. RSVP to (619)670-5194 or email@example.com to reserve space.
To read about the exceptional array of talented artists featured, scroll down.
March 26, 2013 (San Diego) – Kids interested in the theatrical arts can sign up in April for classes in acting, dance, and voice offered by Young Actor’s Theatre.
Details are below. All classes run 8 weeks from April 8-June 7 and cost $150 for the session.
March 26, 2013 (El Cajon) -- A one-act play exploring the human condition and a performance employing the magic of Mask Theatre and movement will be performed April 5 and 6 at Grossmont College, both as fundraisers for the theatre arts program.
Brian Rickel, Grossmont College theater arts instructor, will portray 14 different characters in, “Judevine: A Solo,” at 7:30 p.m. April 5, in a performance that contains adult themes and language. Originally written by David Budbill as a two and three-act play, “Judevine” uses a collection of vignettes and monologues to portray 24 different characters. Directed by Kari Hayter, Rickel’s adaptation draws from both versions of the play and a book of poetry, on which the play is based.
March 28, 2013 (La Mesa) – Harmonica John and Budd Willis will present the 14th annual Spring Harp Fest featuring top harmonica players live at Harry Griffen Park, 9550 Milden Street in La Mesa. Musical concerts will take place on March 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Admission is free, though a suggested $5 donation will benefit the San Diego Blues in the Schools program.
This year’s performers slated include Raphael Harp, Mark of the Blues Abbott, Nick “Chowda” Walsh, Dan “Dirty” Rice, Steve Bulger with 145th Steret, the World Famous Unknonw Player’s Jam, and Billy Watson.
THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT: SAN PASQUAL WINERY ANNOUNCES LIVE MUSIC, ART AND LITERARY EVENTS FOR APRIL IN LA MESA
March 24, 2013 (La Mesa) – San Pasqual Winery announces a creative series of upcoming events at its tasting room in La Mesa. Each Saturday night, find live entertainment including flamenco fusion, classic guitar, hits from yesterday and today, plus original local music. Other upcoming events include a painting class and a “big read” from a Ray Bradbury sci fi favorite read by La Mesa’s Vice Mayor and other local talents.
For details, scroll down or visit www.sanpasqualwinery.com.
By Caprice Harrison
New! View a video preview of the dress rehearsal: http://vimeo.com/62166835
March 19, 2013 (San Diego) -- “Guys and Dolls” is a Tony-award winning musical, based on the book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser. The Peter Pan Junior Theater is bringing this 1950’s Broadway production to life at The Performing Arts Center within The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, located at 6845 University Ave., San Diego.
March 19, 2013 (La Mesa)--It all started 30 years ago when a resident of a home for seniors spoke wistfully about the lack of music. His son took the complaint to heart and the Friendship Connection, a group of local singers and musicians, was born. They are still going strong today, performing at convalescent hospitals, senior residences and nursing facilities each Tuesday evening, their songs tapping into the audience’s memories of years gone by with singing along encouraged.
On Sunday, April 7 their music – folk, gospel and oldies as well as more current songs – will fill Friendship Hall at the United Church of Christ of La Mesa (UCCLM) at a fundraiser dinner and concert benefitting the church’s Chancel Choir.
March 18, 2013 (El Cajon)--An East County resident is participating in the Coronado Public Library’s “Art through the Generations” exhibit, scheduled from March 1through May 31. Dolores Bridges Mote, of El Cajon, is among eight artists linked through public education and their teacher, Esther Painter Hagstrom.
Hagstrom taught art at Coronado High School from 1939 until her death in 1951. Some of her watercolors and etchings will be displayed with the works of her students who went on to become accomplished artists.
By Janis Mork
March 15, 2013 (Santee) - At Wednesday’s city council meeting, the council was informed of a Santee Public Art Sub-Committee under the Santee Park and Recreation Committee. Community services director Bill Maertz explained that the new sub-committee hopes to have public art projects and paintings among other things to promote works of art, such as depictions of nature. “We’re looking at proceeds from the Bluegrass Festival, volunteer painters, and donations from public” along with anyone else who may offer their skills and expertise, he said.
March 8, 2013 (Borrego Springs) -- "California's Secret Desert" will host the Circle of Art Show and Sale the third weekend in March. This FREE outdoor juried art show includes the quality work of over 60 artists. Media include fine arts, oils and watercolors, photography, sculpture, pottery, ceramics, jewelry, and fabric art. The artists will create and display their work beginning Saturday, March 16 at 9:00 a.m., and continue on Sunday, March 17 until 4:00 p.m.
THE GATHERING: BYU'S INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCE ENSEMBLE TAKES STAGE IN SAN DIEGO AND EL CAJON MARCH 12 AND 13
March 12 at Lincoln High, March 13 at Grossmont College
March 12, 2013 (San Diego) -- You’re invited to come feel the pounding of American Appalachian clogging, hear the melodies of Scottish highland song, and see the array of color in Indian dance with BYU’s International Folk Dance Ensemble. Brigham Young University’s critically acclaimed folk dance team brings the world’s cultures together in their energetic performance, The Gathering.
The show takes stage tonight at Lincoln High School Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m. Dancers will also perform at Grossmont Community College on Wednesday, March 13 in the outside quad area to help enhance cultural awareness on campus.
March 12, 2013 (La Mesa) – Mark Christopher Lawrence from NBC’s hit series “Chuck” will headline a Brew Ha Ha comedy show Wednesday, March 13 at Haritna Mediterranean Restaurant, 7303 El Cajon Blvd. in La Mesa. Haritna was voted best Mediterranean food in San Diego by San Diego “A” List.
A mixer begins at 6 p.m. followed by the show from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Mediterranean food is available, plus hookah on the patio.