Arts and Music
October 17, 2011 (El Cajon) -- The Grossmont College Theatre Arts Department will present “Aesop’s Fables,” a whimsical production that highlights Aesop’s imaginative fables, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21, and at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Stagehouse Theatre on campus.
The public is invited to attend the play, and its content is suitable for all ages. Admission cost is $8 per person. All major credit cards are accepted. The box office accepts phone orders and will be open one hour prior to all performances.
By Megan McGlamery
October 14, 2011 (Poway)--From October 18-23, the Tony Award Winning Musical HAIR will play at the San Diego Civic Center. HAIR follows a group of young pacifists during the Vietnam War era who advocate lifestyles of peace and acceptance within a society tied to darkness and intolerance. The musical features an outstanding cast including East County local and Poway High School alumni Josh Lamon in the role of Margaret Mead/Father/Tribe.
October 13, 2011 (San Diego) – The SilverWood quartet will perform a free concert featuring the rich harmonies and stirring rhythms of Latino, Celtic and American styles of music.
The event will be held on October 16 at 3 p.m. at the Visitor Center Theater in Mission Trails Regional Park. A reception will follow in the Visitor Center Gallery. The group’s musicians perform guitar, flute, mandolin/bass and voice/percussion.
October 14, 2011 (El Cajon )— Prominent artists, music, wine and beer tastings, food and a classic car show are all part of this year’s Alley Cat Art Fest tonight--Friday, Oct. 14 from 5-10 p.m. in downtown El Cajon.
Originally focused on building a vital art district in the downtown El Cajon community, Alley Cat Art Fest has expanded to promote an event for art lovers and community members alike.
October 9, 2011 (Spring Valley) –Tim Parton, former pianist for the Legacy Five gospel music group and 2011 musician of the year nominee by AbsolutelyGospel.com, will perform at Faith Chapel in Spring Valley on October 16.
An accomplished pianist and vocalist, Parton began playing piano at age two and is a self-taught prodigy who attributes his talents to God. In addition to performing in Nashville and other venues including his current West Coast solo tour, Parton also produced albums for Legacy Five.
October 7, 2011 (Santee) --On October 22, 2011, from Healing Hearts at Edgemoor will have a demonstration and display of artworks. Healing Hearts is an art therapy program that delights and inspires patients who are enrolled.
October 4, 2011 (La Mesa) -- The Grossmont College Hyde Art Gallery opens an exhibition of paintings by: Ben Aubert, Jennifer Bennett, Daphne Hill, Tom Lazzara, Bill Mosley, Anna Stump and Michael Wheelden. All of the participating artists have represented our Art Department over the years. This makes for a logical connection between Grossmont College celebrating its fifty years of higher education and these particular examples of artwork produced by those artists having a direct influence on our students.
October 1, 2011 (El Cajon)--The Grossmont College Dance Department will present two classes with master class instructors on Saturday, Oct. 15 at the college’s main dance studio, Building #24, Room #271. The public is invited to attend.
September 28, 2011 (El Cajon) -- Main Street 5 Gallery is hosting a digital art show at the gallery on 124 E. Main Street in El Cajon. The opening reception and a meet the artists event will be on Friday October 7th at the gallery. For further information call 619-957-1111 or visit the website at www.mainstreet5gallery.com
San Diego Arts Guide features gallery event on cover
September 28, 2011 (La Mesa) – Bay area abstract expressionist John Krempel and his intriguing collection of oil and acrylic paintings will be in La Mesa Village tonight from 5-8 p.m. for a reception at at O’Dunn Fine Art. The public is welcome to attend, also savoring refreshments and entertainment provided by guitarists Bill Coleman.
San Diego Arts Guide will be present to launch its October-December edition, which features a Kempel painting, “Skyscrapers in the Night,” from the exhibit on the cover.
September 23, 2011 (Santee)--Sip wine while tapping your toes to some lively music at the Santee Wine and Bluegrass Festival this Saturday, September 24. The festival runs from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at 550 Park Center Drive, Santee, CA 92071. Advance tickets are $30; tickets purchased after September 12 are $35.
Meet the artist Sept. 28
September 6, 2011 (La Mesa) -- AbEx invades La Mesa Village! Bay area abstract expressionist John Krempel is bringing a selection of larger oil and acrylic paintings to East County for his exciting show September 7 – October 9 at O’Dunn Fine Art. Art lovers are also invited to meet this talented artist at a reception on Wednesday, September 28 from 5-8 p.m.
Influenced by the 20th century San Francisco abstract expressionist movement, Krempel references the beauty of both natural and man-made landscapes in his work. He has been featured in dozens of bay area shows, and is the founder of the Temporary Artists Group (TAG), which brings emerging artists to the community. With degrees in both the arts and psychology, John's paintings dance at the interface of the physical and psychological worlds.
September 15, 2011 (Julian) – Ready for some toe-tapping musical entertainment? Head out to the historic gold rush town of Julian in San Diego’s East County, where the Julian Lions Club will present the 41st Back Country Music Jamboree and Banjo Fiddle Contest on Saturday and Sunday, September 17-18 at Frank Lane Park.
September 15, 2011 (Poway) – Grab your cowboy hats and your dancing shoes, then head on out to the 2nd annual Poway Days Battle of the Bands, where rock, country, bluegrass and contemporary music bands will vie for cash prizes—and bragging rights. Try out your cowboy skills on a mechanical bull, enter a pie-eating contest, and try your luck at casino blackjack and poker games.
Stone & Port Brewing will serve up micro brews in a beer and wine garden. Food vendors will also be on hand. Tickets? Just $5.
Melodrama takes stage Sept. 17-25
photograph by Pete Smith
September 16, 2011 (Lemon Grove)--In the midst of the Great Depression, two Lemon Grove members of San Diego Community Theatre (forerunner to the Old Globe) charged out of San Diego State College (today, SDSU) armed with Theatre and English degrees only to confront what so many graduates confront today--a dismal economy and no jobs, especially for artists.
September 13, 2011 (Santee) -- Last year's inagural Santee Wine & Bluegrass Festival was a surprise success that hit all of the right notes in this friendly East County community.
Musical continues this weekend and next at Encore! Theatre in Spring Valley
by Elena Peña
September 9, 2011 (Spring Valley)--The Young Actors’ Theatre in Spring Valley wasn’t going to let a city-wide blackout ruin the opening night of their Schoolhouse Rock! production. The young actors and actresses had to cancel rehearsals last night due to the power outage. So they were all there today since 1 PM to prepare for tonight’s performance. Their enthusiasm and hard work was evident throughout the show, making for a memorable opening night.
September 5, 2011 (Mt. Helix) – Heart’s Horizon, a painting created on site by local artist Chuck McPherson during the HeART of Mt. Helix event last weekend, brought a welcome $2,350 during a live auction to benefit the Mt. Helix Foundation.
The 18 x 24 watercolor took McPherson two and a half hours to complete, delighting onlookers in the crowd as well as the winning bidder.
September 4, 2011 (San Diego) – From classical chamber music to jazz pianos, a free concert series offered by San Diego State University’s School of Music and Dance has appeal to a wide range of music lovers. The concerts are free and open to the public, as well as to students, faculty and staff.
Performances start at 12 noon each Wednesday in the Smith Recital Hall during September through December. Concerts include:
August 30, 2011 (Julian) – Beautiful, historic Julian is an enjoyable place to experience art galleries and shops selling local artists’ works. This weekend, the Julian Art Guild hosts a Labor Day show that brings together numerous artists in one place on September 2-5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Julian Town Hall, upstairs, on Main Street.
In addition, a reception to meet the artists, along with refresnments, will be held Friday, September 2 from 5-8 p.m.
August 30, 2011 (San Diego) – Rich Little, the comedian known as the “Man of a Thousand Voices” for his celebrity impersonations, will perform Friday, September 9 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego. The event is a benefit for the Challenge Center in La Mesa, a facility which provides vital healthcare and rehabilitation services for the disabled.
INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED "MOUTH PAINTER" TO TEACH ART CLASSES TO ALVARADO HOSPITAL REHABILITATION PATIENTS
August 25, 2011 (San Diego) – Robert Thome, an internationally acclaimed mouth painter, will be teaching Alvarado Hospital rehabilitation patients/former patients how to use art as a therapeutic tool on Friday, Aug. 26, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
August 1, 2011 (Lemon Grove)--The Lemon Grove Historical Society will prevent “a hilarious 19th century melodrama adopted to Lemon Grove, California,” says Helen Ofield, president of the organization. “He Ain’t Done Right By Nell” is set in 1906 in the heydey of the town's citrus packing industry. Seven showings will be held from September 16 to September 25.
“The plot hinges on the villain’s efforts to seize control of the Lemon Grove Fruit Packing Plant and win the plucky heroine, Nell,” Ofield noted. But the villain doesn't know that Nell has connections in high places.
By Lauren Radice
August 17, 2011 (El Cajon)--After a successful run on Broadway, not to mention a national tour, four stars from the original cast of Jersey Boys have now become men -- Midtown Men that is. The Midtown Men (comprised of San Diego’s own Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and J. Robert Spencer) will be performing their highly anticipated show at Sycuan Casino in El Cajon on September 3rd at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
August 18, 2011 (El Cajon) – “7 Galleries~1 Evening” will be held this Friday, August 19 from 5-8 p.m. “Come and join us for a fun, short 1/2 block walk, full of Art, champagne, wine, hors d'oeuvres and a "Downtown Gallery Walk" passport full of prizes,” says Lynn Endicott, owner of Silver Creek Fine Art Gallery.
Silver Creek, located at 120 East Main St., welcomes Dave Richards, Silversmith and also will be selling a vintage collection, post-Civil War through the 1960's, from the archives of the El Cajon Historical Society.
An evening of music under the stars
August 11, 2011 (Rancho San Diego) -- NovaMenco, a National Smooth Jazz Flamenco Fusion group will take center stage at the Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College on Saturday, August 13 at 6:30 p.m.