Arts and Music
August 11, 2011 (El Cajon) - Meet artist Daniel Ketelhut at the Main Street 5 Gallery in El Cajon on Friday, August 12 from 5-9 p.m.
“Daniel leads you on an imaginative journey through fantastic artscapes where expressive, surreal creatures lurk just outside the realm of the known,” says gallery owner Esther Beish.
Historical Society Honors 100th Anniversary of Flying A Movie Studio
August 11, 2011 (La Mesa)-- Hollywood’s long-forgotten roots in La Mesa will be commemorated on the 100th anniversary of San Diego County’s first movie studio with two events honoring the Flying A Movie Company studios.
August 6, 2011 (Alpine)--The Ultimate Music Challenge is a cover band contest held in the DreamCatcher Lounge at Viejas Casino. The competition will be held every Sunday night from August 14th through October 23rd, from 6pm-10pm. Three lucky winners will take home a total of $40,000.
LIVE & UP CLOSE CONCERT SERIES TO FEATURE SURVIVOR, MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT, MIDTOWN MEN & MORE
August 4, 2011 (El Cajon) – This fall, Sycuan Casino will welcome famous bands, musicians and Broadway actors to its intimate Live & Up Close concert venue. Performances start August 6 with '60s favorites Herman's Hermits and conclude November 22 with Monty Python's SPAMALOT.
August 5, 2011 (San Diego) – On August 6 at 7 p.m., Ballet Folkorico en Aztlan Dance Theatre Company and Academy will present “The Herminia Tribute: Flor y Canto 2011” at the Joe and Vi Jacobs Center, 404 Euclid Avenue. The program will celebrate the dance, songs and insight in the life of artist Herminia Acosta Enrique Tecihtzin and her legacy of excellence.
by Elena Peña
Get ready to witness a different kind of learning experience this fall at the Encore! Theatre in Spring Valley. The Young Actors’ Theatre is set to bring to life the beloved musical animated series School House Rock come September. It’s sure to be a fun, knowledge-infused event for the whole family.
July 7, 2011 (Alpine) -- During the months of July and August, Alpine Community Centers Concerts will present the following concert events on Sunday summer eves from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.:
August 1, 2011 (Lemon Grove) -- Ready for some hot August nights? There's still time to catch the last two free summer concerts of the season at Lemon Grove's Berry Park. Videographer Jack Winemiller prepared a video report for ECM, including interviews with a teen queen, reminiscences of an event organizer, and of course, music!
July 24, 2011 (La Mesa) – "Last Light," the largest collection of artwork by Wade Cline will be on display at O’Dunn Fine Art in La Mesa from July 27 to August 28. In addition, the public is invited to meet the artist at a reception July 27 from 5-8 p.m.
Cline's oil paintings are mostly moody urban scenes of San Diego, with mid-century architecture, rainy streets, and that” low energy time right at dusk,” O’Dunn said. Influenced by Wayne Thiebaud and Edward Hopper, Cline has exhibited at the Crocker and Barrios art galleries in Sacramento, the Pratt and La Jolla Artists' galleries in San Diego, and in "Art Alive" at the San Diego Museum of Art.
July 23, 2011 (San Diego) -- The East County Youth Symphony will present a concert of Wolfgang Mozart symphonies No. 40 and 41 at San Diego State University (SDSU) on Saturday, July 23 at 7 p.m.
July 19, 2011 (El Cajon) – Country music superstar Tanya Tucker will perform two shows on Saturday, July 23 at 6 and 8:30 p.m. at Sycuan Casino’s Showcase Theater.
Voted the Country Music Association’s female vocalist of the year in 1991, she had eight consecutive singles reach the Top 10 charts including “Down to My Last Teardrop,” “(Without You) What Do I Do With Me” and “Two Sparrows in a Hurricane.”
July 18, 2011 (La Mesa) – On the fourth Thursday of each month, the Space Bar Internet Café at 7454 University in La Mesa presents open mike night from 7:30 to 10 p.m with Jihmye Collins. On July 28, host Jim Moreno will welcome Jerrica Escoto and Succinct from the San Diego Slam Team. (see details below). The public is also invited to “come express yourself in public” through spoken word, poetry, song, comedy, and dance.
July 16, 2011 (San Diego) -- On July 24, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Renowned local storytellers Mary Holma and Cynthia Griffin will be spinning Native American Folklore Tales on July 24 from 3-4 p.m. in the Visitor Center Theater at Mission Trails Regional Park with their program "Whispers In The Wind."
July 16, 2011 -- Mission Trails Regional Park will present an art display, "Midsummer Medley" July 16 through AUgust 12. The exhibition features seven award-winning artists: Stephanie Black, Larry Coleman, Pat Dispenziere, Jenny Ferrone, Carolyn Kenny, Terry Kvitky, and Kurt Lightfoot.
The public is invited to a reception in honor of the artists on Sunday, July 17 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
July 15, 2011 (El Cajon) –Artists’ demonstrations, live music, giveaways, food and drinks are all part of a Gallery Walk event set for Friday, July 15 from 5-8 p.m. in downtown El Cajon. The public is invited to participate in the free art walk to help support local artists at eight participating galleries. In addition, many downtown shops and restaurants are offering discounts for the evening.
By Lauren Radice
If you stop to watch local artist Chuck McPherson paint, don’t expect the ordinary. For McPherson, painting with traditional paints and brushes, like other artists, is far too dull for a crowd. In fact, he compares it to watching paint dry (no pun intended). Instead, he goes for a more alternative method: using whatever can be found in your purse.
“I’ve painted with everything from lipstick to coffee. I’ve even tried fruit!” explains the artist, a resident of La Mesa. “But I’ve come to find with cantaloupe, I just end up with a soggy piece of canvas.”
July 8, 2011 (Alpine) -- Come enjoy the performers at the Viejas Outlet Centers Live Music in the Park on Saturday and Sunday nights in July. The acts range from jazz to country, to flamenco and more. The list of performances is below; for more on acts performing, check our calendar.
July 8, 2011 (San Diego) - Native American Flute Players will perform this Sunday, July 10 from 1-3 p.m. at Mission Trails Regional Park. The group of 4-9 volunteers practice on a variety of flutes in the amphitheater on the Visitor Center's back terrace from 1 to 3:00 pm on the second Sunday of each month.
July 7, 2011 (San Diego) -- Community Actors' Theater is seeking dancers, singers, and actors of all ethnicities for an original musical review, Vanilla, chocolate, and Caramel too #2. Auditions dates and times are as follows:
July 5, 2011 (Lemon Grove) -- The Lemon Grove Historical Society will hold open casting calls on July 10th and 11th from 6:00p.m. until 9p.m. in the H. Lee House Cultural Center, 3205 Olive, Lemon Grove. The play will be the amusing, 19th century melodrama, "He Ain't Done Right by Nell."
July 4, 2011 (La Mesa) – O’Dunn Fine Art gallery is celebrating our nation’s 236th birthday all month long by showcasing collector-grade American-made pottery as well as paintings.
Besides savoring the fine art works displayed, guests can celebrate the gallery’s gift to buyers—no sales tax charged during July.
"The Boston Forty-Nine Flamingo" to be read Saturday
Story, photos and video by Miriam Raftery
June 30, 2011 (San Pasqual)--A talented troupe of Tanzanian acrobats is the newest attraction at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, performing Saturdays starting this weekend through late August.
Tricultural Pop Musician Carlos Olmeda Featured as Headliner
June 24, 2011 (El Cajon) -- World Music fans of all ages are invited to enjoy free acoustic music and dance, crafts for children, refreshments and more at the El Cajon Library’s Summer Music Festival, 201 E Douglas Ave, Saturday, June 25, from 1 – 6 p.m. The festival will take place on the front lawn of the library, and is free and open to the public. A limited number of chairs will be provided, and attendees are welcome to bring lawn chairs or blankets.
June 21, 2011 (San Diego) -- The paintings of Chuck McPherson, an East County resident, are often among the winners in exhibitions he enters. Since 2008 he has won almost forty awards for his paintings. In the San Diego Watercolor Society's 31 Annual International Exhibition, his watercolor painting, Cantos Cove, New England ,was juried into the show, and earned McPherson Signature Status.
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.