Arts and Music
June 21, 2011 (San Diego)—Paul and Denise Strahm, a husband and wife team, set out on a mission to paint and photograph the 21 California Missions. Now Plein air painter Paul and photographer Denise share their art covering their unique journey at an exhibition hosted by Mission Trails Visitor Center Gallery from Saturday, June 18 through Friday, July 15. What better venue to showcase the California Mission artwork than in the Mission Trails Visitor Center Gallery, named after the historic start of the California Mission system?
There will be an artists reception open to the public on Sunday, June 26 from 1-4 p.m. (just before East County Magazine’s SummerFest event at 6 p.m. in the same venue, with a trail walk in between at 5 p.m.). Savor both events--enjoy wonderful art plus an evening of feasting, winetasting, merrymaking and fabulous prizes!
By Dennis Moore
June 20, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) -- East County resident Anat Tour, originally from Canada, is our community’s own Renaissance woman—a master of mathematics, art, music, writing and much more. By day, she is a mother of four and a math teacher at a local high school; by night, she is the lead singer for Possession, a local band. In between, she is a writer and illustrator of children’s books, as well as an animator. She has also been an international model, which is easily discernible by her stage presence and how she carries herself.
June 19, 2011 (La Mesa) --On Thursday, June 23, The Space Bar Intenet Cafe will presenting RegE Gaines with host Jim Moreno. The Space Bar feature is part of its 4th Thursday Open Mic -- Jihmye. The Gaines performance will contain works of the spoken word, poetry, song and dance. The open mic session will begin at 7:30 p.m, and end at 10:00 p.m. In addition to the entertainment, the Space Bar is also home to coffee, tea, soothies, and a deli.
The Space Bar is located at 7454 University Ave., La Mesa, CA 91942
Info: (619) 461-7100 (619) 285-9737
Jim Moreno describes RegE as he has seen him in performance:
June 17, 2011 (La Mesa)--What is your image of summer? Being on the water, a back country visit, ripe grapes in the sun? We all have nostalgic and joyful memories of summers past, and hopes for relaxation, recreation and friendship in the months ahead.
"Images of Summer" at O'Dunn Fine Art in La Mesa will present--in the vernacular of painting--sunny days of over twenty artists, in oils, watercolor, and pastels. Landscape, figurative, and abstract pieces evoke the season, each framed and ready to hang. Proprietor Shannon O'Dunn invites you to join her for the opening of "Images of Summer", and to celebrate the Summer Solstice with music and art on Wednesday June 22, from 5 pm to 8 pm.
All ticket and raffle sales from the event will assist Japan in rebuilding after earthquake, tsunami
San Diego, CA, June 13, 2011 – GAM3RS, the hysterical one-man play about role-playing games, work, life and elves, returns to San Diego for a special benefit performance Friday, June 17 at 7 p.m. at the Ansir Innovation Center. Created by San Diegans Brian Bielawski and Walter G. Meyer and starring Bielawski, the show has rocked the New York International Fringe Festival and played at colleges from MIT and ASU to UCSD and USD.
“As soon as the earthquake hit, we knew we wanted to figure out a way to help. When the good folks at Ansir offered a venue, we jumped at it,” Meyer said. “Ansir is a good fit for us,” Bielawski added. “They do cutting edge, technical stuff—the kind of stuff we tend to make fun of in GAM3RS.”
June 15, 2011 (El Cajon) -- Art lovers are invited to stroll through "6 Galleries-1 Evening" in a "Downtown Gallery Walk" on June 17 from 5-8 p.m. All six galleries are now located within a half-block in the heart of downtown El Cajon. In addition to savoring art by local artists, visitors can also sip champagne and wine, enjoy hors d'oeuvre's and a passport full of prizes--followed by a free concert in the park.
Participating galleries include:
June 10, 2011 (Santee) -- The Santee Summer Concert Series, now in its 28th year begins June 16 and features a live band from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. every Thursday through August 18 (Except July 7). The series features the return of four bands that last year were crowd favorites, plus six other bands that range from doo-wop to authentic blues.
Bands will perform on a raised stage overlooking a lawn at the east side of Town Center Community Park just north of the former concert at Trolley Square.
June 5, 2011 (El Cajon) – Thirty oil and acrylic paintings featuring wildlife from Africa, North America and Asia are on exhibit in a solo show by artist Gloria Chadwick during June at the El Cajon Library. Located at 201 East Douglas in El Cajon, the library is open seven days a week.
The artist has traveled to Africa and many national wildlife reserves to obtain painting resource material for her vivid and compelling works.
June 3, 2011 (Jamul) --There will be a free reading this Saturday of "Triangle: The Fire That Changed America"" by Joel Castellaw. The haunting story of the Triangle Shirtwaist Company Fire of March 25, 1911 is told. This horrific event changed labor laws throughout the United States, and is a powerful, historic story.
June 3, 2011 (El Cajon) --The concerts on the Prescott Promenade, located at 201 E. Main Street will be offered on Fridays through September 30th from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Enjoy great music with no admission charge! Concerts are presented by the El Cajon Community Development Corporation and the downtown business district, and sponsored by Sycuan Casino and Taylor Guitars.
June 2, 2011 (El Cajon) -- On Saturday, June 4, 2011 The Olaf Wieghorst Museum will be holding its Western Jubilee at the Cuyamaca Performing Arts Center located at Cuyamaca College, 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway in El Cajon, California. The stars are: Rusty Richards, Belinda Gail, The Tumbling Tumbleweeds, Tom Hiatt and the Sundown Riders. The concert will benefit Wieghorst Educational Programs.
May 27, 2011 (El Cajon)-- The East County Art Association will hold its annual "Masters of the Moment" Art Show, at Sophie's Art Gallery, located at 109 Rea Street in El Cajon. This is a juried show and is open to all artists in San Diego County. The show is being held June 1 through July 1, 2011.
May 27, 2011 (San Diego) -- Just in time for Memorial Day, hit songwriters Denny Randell and Buddy Schippers, creators of GIJams.com, debut their first in a series of compilation recordings featuring top GI Jams musical Artists.
They launched their social music network and multi-media project as a way to spotlight and promote the musical talents of active duty veterans and reserve of all branches, ranks, and rates.
May 26, 2011 (Wynola) – Acclaimed singer-songwriter Charlie Imes will perform on Friday, June 3rd from 6-9 p.m. at the Wynola Pizza Express, 4355 Highway 78 , three miles west of Julian. Imes’ “On an Island” was a San Diego Music Award nominee in 2009 for Best Americana or Country Album.
STUDENT RATES ADDED: $10 at door
EARLY-BIRD RATES EXTENDED! ($15 if you pre-pay online; $20 at door)
Prizes * Great Food * Hilarious Comics
May 24, 2011 (La Mesa)—Laughter is truly the best medicine! Comedian Mark Christopher Lawrence, co-star of the NBC-TV series “Chuck” and numerous movies and TV shows will perform with comics from Brew Ha Ha in “Humor for Haiti” on May 27 at 7 p.m. in La Mesa. It's all to help meet medical needs of people in impoverished Haiti. East County Magazine is a media sponsor of the event--and we hope to see you there!
May 20, 2011 (Mt. Helix) – The East County Youth Symphony will present a free concert at the Mt. Helix Park ampitheater on Sunday, May 22 at 4 p.m. An 85 piece orchestra will play a trumpet concerto followed by pops music.
May 7, 2011 ( La Mesa) -- You're invited to purchase tickets today for C. Hook Theater's upcoming production, Once Upon a Mattress. It will be held at the Performing Arts Center at The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, located at 6845 Universtiy Ave., San Diego.
The play will be performed by C. Hook Theater's cast of high-school-aged students June 22, 2011 through June 24 at 7.00 p.m. with the June 25 performance at 1:00 p.m. Be our guests as you enjoy a delightful evening of entertainment and comedy.
By Abigail Migala
May 6, 2011 (El Cajon) -- Main Street 5 Gallery (www.mainstreet5gallery.com) is presenting “Wonderful World of Watercolor,” an art event showcasing the work of 25 top names in watercolor painting. The show’s opening will be on Saturday, May 7, from 5-9 p.m.
GUHSD STUDENTS DIVE INTO JEWELRY DESIGN: GOLDEN ARTISTRY WINNERS TO BE HONORED MAY 5 AT EVENT TO BENEFIT EAST COUNTY ARTS
May 5, 2011 (La Mesa)--Approximately 300 students from the Grossmont Union High School District plunged into designing water-themed jewelry in the 3rd Annual Golden Artistry Jewelry Design Competition. The twenty-two finalists will be honored this Thursday evening, May 5th from 5-9 p.m., at La Mesa’s Community Center.
This FREE event is a fundraiser for the arts, with funds distributed by Friends of East County Arts, Inc. The evening will have FREE food from Tiramisu Trattoria and El Cajon Applebys. Wine and beer will be available for purchase. The evening also includes a live auction and opportunity drawing prizes. The event is open to all who want to support the arts.
May 4, 2011 (El Cajon)--Concerts on the Green, downtown El Cajon’s free weekly Friday night summer music series, opens this Friday, May 6, 2011. Chosen one of San Diego Magazine’s Top 10 outdoor music venues, Concerts on the Green at Prescott Promenade Park feature musicians performing from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Opening night of 2011 features San Diego’s favorites - the Mar Dels – to rock your socks off.
April 28, 2011 (La Mesa) -- The La Mesa Arts Alliance and the East County Youth Symphony present the 4th Annual Spring Concert at the La Mesa Community Center on Sunday, May 1 from 3-5:30 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. The event also includes a silent auction and refreshments.
April 26, 2011 (San Diego)--A jazz concert benefiting the Grossmont College Music Dept. Scholarship Fund will be held starting at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 2, at Humphrey’s By the Bay, 2241 Shelter Island Dr. on Shelter Island.
Performers include the college's music department instructors Derek Cannon, Paul Kurokawa, Steve Baker, Ken Ard, Fred Benedetti, Manny Cepeda, Doug Booth, Justin Grinnel, Melonie Grinnel and Chris Kilch. Alumni will also perform, including Jose Molina Serrano on guitar and Tom Stillman on drums. Serrano has played with some of the recording industry’s top names, including Bo Diddley, The Olympics, Thelma Houston, Joe Tex, Ike and Tina Turner, Red Bone, Spiral Staircase and Carlos Santana.
April 28, 2011 (La Mesa) – You’re invited to express yourself in public through the spoken word, poetry, song or dance at the Space Bar Internet Café at 7454 University Avenue in La Mesa tonight from 7:30-10:00 p.m. The event, hosted by Jim Moreno, will feature author, poet and musician Lalo Velasco, recipient of a California Arts Council Grant. Refreshments are available.
"We've got a conga player from Cuba, and a percussionist from Ghana, and another from Zimbabwe that make the evening an interesting combination of music and spoken word," Moreno said.
April 22, 2011 (La Mesa) -- Oh Yeah! Once again, blues musicians will be jamming at the 12th annual Spring Harp Fest. Bring sunscreen, lawn chairs and friends to Harry Griffen Park (near the Amaya Street Trolley Station and Grossmont High School) in La Mesa for this fun, FREE concert on Saturday, April 23 from 12 noon to 7 p.m.
April 20, 2011 (Rancho San Diego) – Heritage of the Americas Museum, located on the campus of Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego, is holding anl art sale featuring original works by well known artist Guadalupe Apodaca, whose popular works feature Native Americans and the West. He has galleries in Scottsdale and Santa Fe.
The Museum is also holding a sale featuring Pan Dao, the stitchery of the Lao Hmong. During the Vietnam War, the Lao Hmong allied with United States forces. Their service was vital in leading downed airmen back to friendly territory. Without a written language, their stitchery was the art form that recorded their beliefs and their history.
April 20, 2011 (San Diego) Kid Rock has announced the second leg of his "BORN FREE" tour that comes in support of his most recent release, "BORN FREE." The second leg of the tour, featuring Sheryl Crow, will kick off July 2nd in Cincinnati and cross the country hitting amphitheaters over the span of 30 shows.
Ticket sales began this week for their San Diego appearanceAugust 2nd at Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre.
April 15, 2011 (El Cajon ) – Main Street 5 Gallery will host an art and jewelry show Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. to showcase works by artisans Chuck McPherson and Jeff Fulkerson.
“McPherson’s paintings swim in rich color and vibrant brushstrokes, complimented by Fulkerson’s jewelry that will make any night on the town a unique experience,” said Esther Beish, owner of the gallery.
April 15, 2011 (San Diego) – Celebrating its tenth anniversary, the Pomerado Saxophone Quartet will perform a variety of music in a free concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 17 in the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitors Center theater. The one-hour concert will be followed by a public reception in the Visitor Center Gallery.
“ Strange that, when we first got together none of us has ever even heard of a saxophone quartet .But now we have and, much to our surprise it is an emerging type of chamber music, with a special sound all of its own,” says musician John Groot.
By John Rene Gardner
Photos by Veronica Lavarello
April 11, 2011 (Ramona)--A dusting of snow in many places over Ramona Friday night gave way to a bright sunny Saturday, fine weather for the fourth annual, Rotary-Kiwanas Music Fest in beautiful Dos Picos Park.
It was a perfect setting to enjoy a sampling of San Diego County’s finest musical talent featuring Cactus Twang &Whyte, Aja Alycean, The Gilbert Castellanos New Latin Quintet, Baja Blues Boys, Brandon Burrill, Emily Grace Rajcic, Jason Winters, the Filthy Violets, Sage, Grand Canyon Sundown, Ramona Town Hall Brass Band, Sherm the Band, RHS Royal Blues Jazz Band, as well as Henry and the Seacreatures.
EAST COUNTY’S MUSIC MAN, BOB TAYLOR, PRESENTS LESSONS ON LIFE AND BUSINESS IN HIS BOOK, GUITAR LESSONS
Guitar Lessons: A Life’s Journey Turning Passion Into Business, By Bob Taylor, (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey, 2011, 230 pages.)
Book Review by Dennis Moore
April 8, 2011 (El Cajon)--Bob Taylor, co-founder and president of Taylor Guitars in El Cajon, California, has added a new title to his repertoire: author. in Guitar Lessons: A Life’s Journey Turning Passion Into Business, Taylor masterfully crafts a story in which the guitar becomes a metaphor for much more—sharing secrets for success in business and in life.