Arts and Music
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.
September 20, 2012 (Julian) -- The Julian Triangle Club presents its 56th annual Old Time Melodrama! This year’s play is "B" Mine Forever, or I Get the Mine and You Get the Shaft.
Lovely Melody Moonstruck, her good friend Prudence Poorhouse, and handsome hero Digger Malone all own gold mines. At least, they are supposed to be gold mines--and Melody needs to strike it rich so she can marry Digger. But so far, the mines have yielded only a small amount of silver.
Then why is the evil villain, Blackie, trying to obtain the mines by hook or crook (mostly crook)? And can Blackie really trust his accomplice, wicked La Verne Laredo?
September 24, 2012 (El Cajon) – The Grossmont College Theater Arts program will present "Mauritius" on Oct. 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13 at 7:30 p.m., and Oct. 6 and 13 at 2 p.m. at the Stagehouse Theater in Building 21, Room 247 at the college, 8800 Grossmont College Drive in El Cajon. General admission is $15 per person. Tickets are available at the door and online at the Theatre Arts Department website, www.grossmont.edu/theatrebrochure. The play features adult language and may not be suitable for young children. For more information, phone (619) 644-7234.
Artwork by Loretta Deczynski of El Cajon on exhibit at La Mesa health library
September 24, 2012 (La Mesa)--The Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, a consumer health library in La Mesa, is currently featuring an exhibit of 21 paintings by El Cajon artist Loretta Deczynski through the month of September. The artwork showcases nine different media, including pastel, graphite and charcoal.
September 24, 2012 (La Mesa) – Space Bar Internet Café hosts an Open Mic night on the fourth Thursday each month from 7:30-10 p.m. at 7454 University Avenue, La Mesa.
This week, poet Kate Harding, a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, will join host Jim Moreno. Her first collection of poetry, "Santa Monica Disposal and Salvage," has earned praise from Steve Kowit, Marge Piercy and Diane Wakoski. Writing under the pen name Penny Perry and as Kate Harding, her poems have appeared in numerous magazines, including Poetry International, Earth's Daughters, Spillway, and the San Diego Poetry Annual. Kate is the fiction editor for the new on-line Knot Journal. She was a fellow at the American Film Institute and her movie, "A Berkeley Christmas" aired on PBS.
GROSSMONT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND MASTER CHORALE TO PERFORM “THE PLANETS” SEPT. 26—WITH VISUALS FROM NASA
September 21, 2012 (Lemon Grove) -- Join the members of the Grossmont Symphony Orchestra & Master Chorale in the second concert of the 2012-2013 performance season entitled THE PLANETS—a multimedia performance combining music with high definition graphics & animations from NASA and EUROSPACE.
From left to right: Linda Crompton, BoardSource President & CEO; Ann Hix and Rob Gaan from SDYS; David Nygren, BoardSource Chair and Prudential representative
September 17, 2012 (El Cajon) – Downtown El Cajon invites you to a gallery walk featuring seven galleries on Friday, September 21 from 5-8 p.m. More than 500 works of art will be available along El Cajon’s Gallery Row in the community’s burgeoning arts district. The evening also features giveaways, food and beverages, live music and demonstrations by local artists. In addition, a “meet the artist” reception with Dawn Hough Sebaugh will be held at the Main Street 5 Gallery.