Arts and Music
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.
September 14, 2012 (Julian)--For the 43rd year, Julian celebrates the end of summer with music. The Julian Music Festival will be held on September 15 from 12 noon to 9 p.m. This year brings a change in location to the Menghini Winery.
Originally this festival was a banjo fiddle competition, and more recently known as the Julian Bluegrass Festival. Now in its 40th year, the Festival expands to offer not only bluegrass, but an Americana mix of Western ballads and classic folk music. This year, an evening dance under the stars from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. is also new--so bring your dancing shoes and plan to kick up your heels.
September 13, 2012 (Spring Valley) – Encore! Theatre presents “twi-lite” September 14 – 16 at 9620 Campo Rd., Spring Valley. The show is a fun-filled, family friendly musical spoof on the book series, “Twighlight”. It is styled as an old fashioned melodrama with silliness galore.
ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE JOHN C. REILLY JOINS CAST OF "O BERKLEY, WHERE HART THOU?" SEPT. 22 AT POWAY PERFORMING ARTS
September 13, 2012 (Poway) -- Poway Center for the Performing Arts (POW!) Foundation is proud to announce the addition of Academy Award, Tony Award and Golden Globe nominee John C. Reilly to the cast for O Berkley Where Hart Thou?, to be staged at 8pm Saturday, September 22 at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts.
Reilly is best known for His offbeat character work in films like Step Brothers, Walk Hard, Talladega Nights, Magnolia, and Boogie Nights. For his role in the hit movie musical Chicago, Reilly was nominated for both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe. He received a Tony nomination for his work in True West on Broadway with Philip Seymour Hoffman. Musical performance is nothing new to Reilly. He performed “Mr. Cellophane” on the soundtrack to Chicago, and wrote and performed music for the soundtrack to Walk Hard, for which he received a Grammy nomination. Reilly has recorded with Jack White. In addition to local hero Tom Brosseau, Reilly has performed with Willie Nelson, Band of Horses and Jamey Johnson.
September 12, 2012 (El Cajon) – The Heritage of the Americas Museum presents “Native American Song Cycles and Creation Stories in Southern California” with Steve Elster, Ph.D. on September 22 at 1:00 p.m. in the Museum Conference Room. Tribal members throughout the region will sing and speak as they give a rendition of their stories.
The cost of admission is $5.00, however Museum members and children are free. The Museum is located at 12110 Cuyamaca College Drive West, El Cajon. For more information call the museum at 619-670-5194 or visit www.cuyamaca.edu/museum.
September 7, 2012 (San Diego) -- The Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation will present "Sumi-e Journey," an art exhibit featuring Asian Brush paintings by Iris Lowe-Reiss and Joan Rasp. The exhibit will be on display in the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center Art Gallery from September 8 through 28, 2012.
The public is cordially invited to a reception for the artists on Sunday, September 16, from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
September 6, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) -- On Saturday, September 8, 2:00 p.m., join Chris Burns, of Many-Strings, at the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center's outdoor amphitheater for an interactive musical journey through San Diego's history!
September 2, 2012 (Alpine) – The Alpine Woman’s Club will be holding its monthly luncheon on September 18 at 12 p.m. at 2156 Alpine Blvd., Alpine. The Rhinestone Grannies will perform a variety of songs and dances at the event. Some of the members of the Rhinestone Grannies include past CCT Senior Follies cast members.
The luncheon is open to all East County women as well as past and future members. Space is limited, so please make a reservation prior to September 15 by contacting Judy Grant at 619-445-1987 or email@example.com.
September 4, 2012 (San Diego) -- The 2012-2013 Grossmont Community Concert Association has announced six outstanding concerts featuring a variety of music including vocalists, Motown, Jazz, and the music of popular artists. The mission of the Grossmont Community Concert Association is to cultivate, in citizens of the local community and surrounding area, an interest in quality music and the performing arts by a variety of artistic genres featuring live performances by professional artists.
September 2, 2012 (Ramona) – The Olde Ramona Hotel Gallery is gearing up for its 23rd Annual Fine Art Show which will run through the month of October and is seeking entries. There are four categories to enter: oil/acrylic, watercolor/watermedia, photography/computer art, and other (collage, pen & ink, pastels, sculpture, graphics, other media).
The entries are due September 27 through 29 fro 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the gallery, 845 Main St., Ramona. There is a maximum of three entries per artist. Artists may call 760-789-3682 for an application or visit www.olderamonahotelgallery.com.