Arts and Music
January 26, 2013 (El Cajon)--February is Black History Month, and Grossmont college's Black History Month Planning Committee has lined up multiple events, including a rare opportunity to join two celebrated musicians - the Queen of the Kansas City Blues Jeannie Cheatham and legendary jazz artist John Handy -- as they talk about their lives, careers and craft from 2-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at Griffin Gate in Grossmont College's student center.
The presentation, dubbed "Day of Giants," is free and open to the public.
Two UCSD MFA Alumna return to San Diego to lead the storytelling
January 26, 2013 (San Diego)--Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company and MOXIE Theatre have announced the cast and creative team for their upcoming co-production of Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, adapted by Lydia Diamond. The play, about the legacy of racism on a young Black girl, begins previews on February 2 and runs to March 3, 2013, at MOXIE Theatre, located at 6663 El Cajon Blvd. Suite N, San Diego, CA, 92115, with a Press Opening on Friday, February 8 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are available at www.moolelo.net or 619-342-7395.
January 22, 2013 (San Diego) – The Museum of Photographic Arts, in community partnership with Survivors of Torture, International, The IRC, and other community partners is hosting the third year of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in San Diego from Jan. 22 – 28 at 1649 El Prado, San Diego. This film event has been described by the New York Times as the “cinematic conscience of the world.”
January 22, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – Joan McKasson and Joan Merrick were awarded first and second places respectively in the San Diego Watercolor Society’s January show “New Beginnings”. The juror, Carol Mansfield, complimented both paintings for their expert use of watercolor along with their strong colors and designs.
January 20, 2012 (Julian) -- Leena Hannonen, long time Pine Hills resident and artist who has mastered a variety of art forms ranging from sculpture to art photography, will display a collection of her latest and best work at Wynola Pizza beginning January 31.
She has shown her photos, jewelry and sculptures at the Julian Library and participated in several Julian Art Guild show. She also operated her own gallery in Wynola for several years.
January 20, 2013 (La Mesa) – Brew HaHa presents Ha Ha Heights at Haritna Mediterranean Restaurant, 7303 El Cajon Blvd., La Mesa on Jan. 23 from 7:30 – 9 p.m. The featured stand up comedy act is Four Fabulous Femmes with International Comedian Diane Jean, Maria Herman and more.
January 16, 2013 (Lakeside)--Sandra (Sandie) Seckington of Lakeside won a First Place award for miniatures at the San Diego Watercolor Society’s January show, “New Beginnings”. Sandie’s painting, “Uncertain Future”, was picked by juror Carol Mansfield because of its painterly but realistic depiction of a cheetah. Mansfield said that the cheetah had “such presence”.
Asked about her painting, Sandie said, “As a lifelong animal lover and currently doting "Mom" to two horses, two cats, a parrot and a dog, paintings of animals are a special pleasure for me. I try to really get to the soul of the animal through its eyes and imbue it with fanciful colors to express my delight in the creature.
September 15, 2013 (San Diego) -- Joan McKasson and Joan Merrick were awarded first and second places respectively in the San Diego Watercolor Society’s January show, “New Beginnings”. The juror, Carol Mansfield, complimented both paintings for their expert use of watercolor along with their strong colors and designs.
SANTEE RESIDENT PRODUCES FREE FAMILY ARTS & LITERACY PROGRAM AT THE SALVATION ARMY KROC CENTER JAN. 31
January 9, 2013 (San Diego) -- Local master teaching artist and educator Jerry Hager and The San Diego State University Performing Arts Troupe present “The Enchanted Bookshoppe” as part of the Free Family Arts and Literacy Connection series on January 31 at 6:30 p.m. at The Salvation Army Kroc Center’s multipurpose room at 6605 University Avenue, San Diego. The Free Family Arts and Literacy series is a partnership between The Salvation Army Kroc Center and Young Audiences of San Diego.
January 6, 2013 (La Mesa) – Biz Center Art is hosting a reception and sale of new artworks on January 19 at 6:30 p.m. at 7317 El Cajon Blvd., La Mesa. The show will include a bonus from some creative student artists a JCS San Diego Academy that will be showing work from their Monuments Project using symbols representing their goals in life.
January 6, 2013 (San Diego) – The winter series of the San Diego County Library Acoustic Showcase continues in January with concerts taking place throughout the month. The series offers a wonderful variety of some of San Diego’s vest singer/songwriters, folk music performers and story tellers. All concerts are free to the community.
January 4, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) -- East County Youth Symphony is a free, after school advanced music program for young musicians ages 6 to 25. No tuition and/or fees are required to participate. Ongoing auditions are now being held in January and February for the Spring 2013 Concert Season. All sections have open positions.
Pre-Orchestra Division is for the string players ages 6 to 12. Concert Band is for the winds and percussions ages 9 to 18. Symphony Orchestra (all instruments except saxophone and bass clarinet) is for ages 10 to 25.
December 28, 2012 (San Diego) – The Robin Henkel Blues Trio will perform at El Cajon Brewing Co., 110 North Magnolia Ave., El Cajon on January 16 from 6 – 9 p.m. The Trio’s performance is in the style of the Mississippi Delta blues.
December 28, 2012 (San Diego) – The award-winning Southern Gospel trio Greater Vision will perform at Skyline Church, 11330 Campo Road, San Diego on January 13 at 5:00 p.m. Greater Vision, organized in 1990, has been inspiring audiences with its rich vocal blend and gospel message. Tickets are $16 advance general admission, $20 at the door or $25 for Artist Circle admission.
December 31, 2012 (La Mesa) – O’Dunn Fine Art is serving up champagne and truffles today from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the gallery, 8325 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa. All paintings and pottery will be 10% - 50% off, including new inventory.
December 28, 2012 (Julian) – As part of the San Diego County Library’s acoustical performance series, The Yes Team will perform at the Julian Library on January 8.
The free concert will be held from 6- 7 p.m. The library is located at 1850 Highway 78, Julian, CA 92036.
December 27, 2012 (La Mesa) – Looking for some laughs? Brew Ha Ha Comedy presents Janice Remland performing live standup comedy at the Holiday Inn, Mesa Grill, 8000 Parkway Drive, La Mesa on Dec. 28. The mixer will begin at 6 p.m. with the show time at 7 p.m.
December 22, 2012 (San Diego) – An art exhibition and reception hosted by Gerry and Claire Tietje will be held at Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center at 1 Fr. Junipero Serra Dr., from 1 – 4 p.m. on December 23. “Kamera and Kiln” is a joint art exhibition hosted by award winning artists Gerry and Claire Tietje.
December 7, 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 6, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)—Grossmont College’s Symphony Orchestra and Master Chorale will present a Baroque Christmas Concert on December 11 and 12 in East County and San Diego. The performances will feature beloved music from the Baroque masters: Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Biber and Charpentier, as well as violin solos by Michael Dvoskin and Luay Yousif.
On Tuesday, December 11 at 7:30 p.m., the program will be presented at St. Peter Chaldean Catholic Church, 1627 Jamacha Way in Rancho San Diego (the unincorporated portion of El Cajon).
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.