Arts and Music
July 25, 2012 (El Cajon) – Youth Theatre Conservatory (YTC) will be performing “Underground” July 23-28 at 7:00 p.m., with a 2:00 p.m. matinee on the July 28, at Granite Hills High School Little Theatre, 1719 East Madison Ave, El Cajon. The show is centered around forgiveness and letting go of struggles. It was previously named “A Room Full of Strangers”.
July 24, 2012 (La Mesa) – The Space Bar Internet Café presents Open Mic Night with Jihmye on July 26 from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at 7454 University Ave., La Mesa. Brandon Cesmot is the featured poet and Jim Moreno is hosting.
Cesmot has been among California’s most active poets and has won four San Diego Book Awards. His poems have appeared in California Quarterly, Prism Review and Homestead Review among others.
July 17, 2012 (San Diego) – The Summer Pops Concert featuring Tifereth Israel Community Orchestra and presented by Springfest is July 22 at 7:00 p.m. at the Allied Gardens Recreation Center, 5155 Greenbrier Ave., San Diego.
TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR WATERSHED, AWARD-WINNING REDFORD FILM PREMIERE JULY 28 AT WATER CONSERVATION GARDEN
July 13, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – A premiere screening of Watershed, will debut at the Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College on July 28 at 8:15 p.m. Tickets go on sale today.
The film tells the story of threats to the once-mighty Colorado River—and offers solutions for the future of the American west. It is produced by the Redford Center, established by actor Robert Redford.
July 13, 2012 (Spring Valley) – The Young Actors Theatre is performing ‘Guys and Dolls’ at the Encore Theatre, 9620 Campo Road, Spring Valley beginning July 13 at 7:00 p.m. Performances are July 13, 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22. The show is double cast so it will be different actors playing the roles on the second weekend.
July 15, 2012 (El Cajon) – Downtown El Cajon will be holding a Gallery Walk on July 20 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to encourage community support and involvement. Seven galleries will be taking part in this free event with more than 500 works of art available throughout El Cajon’s Gallery Row.
July 15, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Tim Lovelace, a Christian comedian, singer and motivational speaker, will perform July 22 at 5:00 p.m. at the El Cajon Wesleyan Church, 1500 East Lexington Ave., El Cajon. Lovelace uses humor to motivate and inspire by sharing life lessons. He is also an accomplished player of the piano, guitar, banjo, mandolin and more.
The doors will open at 4:00 p.m. for this fun-filled family event. The suggested donation for the event is $10 per person or $25 per family.
By Nadin Abbott
Photos by Tom Abbott and Nadin Abbott
July 13, 2012 (San Diego)--If you are going to attend Comic-Con this year, you should know there are many side events outside the Convention Center. One of them is Gam3r-Con, located on the 10th Ave Theater, which is on 930th, Ten Avenue.
So what is different or interesting about this small Con running concurrently with Comic-Con? Live theater. When we attended for this review we were treated to Gamers: The Play, co-written by Brian Bielawski and Walter G. Meyer, an ECM book reviewer.
July 13, 2012 (Poway)--Woody Guthrie lived through the most significant events of the twentieth century, forging his talents as a prolific writer who, through his songs, prose and poetry, told the story of everyman.
San Diego County Library joins people around the world in celebrating Guthrie's life and influence. Woody Guthrie's 100th Birthday Celebration will be held at the Poway Library, 13137 Poway Road on Saturday, July 14 at 2 p.m. San Diego musicians will band together in a free concert to honor the famed singer, who still has a profound impact even 45 years after his death.
July 12, 2012 (Mission Trails) -- The Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation and the California Art Club will present Treasures of the Mission Trails Regional Park Art Exhibit and Benefit on July 14 from 6-8:30 p.m.
Renowned Native American Flute Player Tim Romero will be performing and George Cowles, East County resident circa 1873-1883, will return in character. The event will also include fine art, fine wine, cheese and chocolate.
July 12, 2012 (Alpine)—Old blue eyes is back—at least in spirit. Frank Sinatra impersonator Monty Aidem will perform a free tribute concert on Friday, July 13 from 8 p.m. to 12 midnight in the V Lounge at Viejas Casino. Aidem has performed at top casinos in Las Vegas and other major venues.
July 10, 2012 (San Diego) -- Flamenco Night at Andiamo Ristorante is July 14 beginning at 5:30 p.m. with a prix fixe menu. The event features Malamana’s Spanish guitars and vocals in a fusion of flamenco and romantic Latin music.
July 6, 2012 (Poway) – Single tickets for the Fall Season at the Poway Center for Performing Arts are now on sale. The scheduled lineup for the season is:
O Berkley, Where Hart Thou? – September 22
Jake Shimabukuro – October 12
Natalie MacMaster – October 27
Vicki Lawrence and Mama: A Two Woman Show – Decmeber 1
July 6, 2012 (Santee) – Enjoy an evening of romantic jazz performed by the Chris Klich Jazz Quintet, a well-known local ensemble has played at venues all over San Diego County. The group’s album "Blue Skies" was nominated for best jazz album at the San Diego Music Awards.
Chris Klich is inspired by the Dave Brubeck quartet and other great jazz artists. His instruments of choice are sax, clarinet, and flute. Vocalist Laura Preble is a full-throated singer-songwriter whose voice has been characterized as "whiskey velvet."
July 6, 2012 – It’s been many years since rock star Bruce Springstein performed in San Diego. Now fans of “the Boss” can enjoy his music performed by Thunder Road, twice nominated as best tribute band in the San Diego Music Awards.
Best of all, this concert is free! Thunder Road takes stage at the Viejas Casino V-Lounge in Alpine this Friday, July 6 from 8 p.m to midnight.
July 3, 2012 (El Cajon) – The Wieghorst Museum Foundation is hosting an art show from July 3 through August 31, every Tuesday through Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The participating artists include Jack Jordan, James Kermott, Mark Martensen, Ross Provence and Grace Schlesier.
The show is at the Olaf Wieghorst Musuem, 131 Rea Avenue, El Cajon. The event includes a red tag sale. For more information call 619-590-3431 or visit http://www.wieghorstmuseum.org/.
By Miriam Raftery
June 27, 2012 (El Cajon)– At a press conference on June 22, members of the new ECPAC Foundation provided details to media on their proposal to reopen the East County Performing Arts Center (ECPAC) in time for the city’s centennial celebration in November.
Leaders presented City Manager Doug Williford with their 60-page plan in a meeting that extended from a planned 10-15 minutes to an hour and a half. Foundation members expressed optimism, noting that Williford asked many questions and showed genuine interest in plans to revive the theater with innovative and cost-effective improvements.
June 27, 2012 (Valley Center) –How sweet it is! Keys Creek Lavender Farm, 12460 Keys Creek Road, Valley Center will hold its end of season music celebration on June 30 from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
It will take place in the Special Events area of the private residence, with a main stage for live music, a beer and wine garden, prizes, drawings and other activities.
June 23, 2012 (Alpine) – The Alpine Community Center Summer Concerts in the Park begin on July 1 with the Marine Corps Band. The free concerts begin at 6:00 p.m. at Alpine Community Center Park, 1830 Alpine Blvd., Alpine. Food is available at the concerts.
June 21, 2012 (La Mesa) – Biz Center Art, the gallery in residence at the La Mesa Biz Center, 7317 El Cajon Blvd., La Mesa, is holding an opening reception for Nowhere on June 23 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The reception will feature the artists and their art. “Nowhere” is a small image show featuring works of art no larger than 12” x 14” and costing no more than $100.
Public urged to attend and support call to save the theater; plan will reopen venue before City’s Centennial celebration this fall and calls for phased renovation
June 21, 2012 (El Cajon) – After objecting to a proposal by the City of El Cajon to demolish East County Performing Arts Center (ECPAC) and build a hotel on the site, community members have united around a goal of saving the theater, forming the ECPAC Foundation.
At a recent meeting, Council voted to reject a developer’s proposal to tear down the theater, then invited ECPAC Foundation to submit a proposal to save the venue.
Today, the organization will hold a press conference at El Cajon City Hall, 200 Civic Center Way, at 3 p.m. to outline its proposal. The group will submit an extensive plan for operating the theater to the City Manager at 3:30 p.m. The public is encouraged to come show support to save ECPAC.
June 15, 2012 (El Cajon) – The Olaf Wieghorst Museum & Western Heritage Center, 131 Rea Ave, El Cajon will host an exhibition of nationally known local artists Grace Schlesier, Jack Jordan and Mark Martensen June 29 through August 29. The opening night Meet the Artists Reception will be held on June 29 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wine and light hors d’oeuvres will be served.
June 19, 2012 (Santee) – The city of Santee’s Summer Concert Series kicked off its 29th year on June 14 with The Destroyers, Navy Band Southwest. The concert was accompanied by a food truck rally.
The nine-concert series features the return of three musical acts that attracted sizeable crowds last year, as well as an eclectic lineup of 7 other bands that range from country to classic rock. Performances are every Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. through August 16, except July 5.
June 15, 2012 (San Diego) – The Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation and the California Art Club present Treasures of the Mission Trails Regional Park Art Exhibit and Benefit on July 14 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego. The event will include fine art, fine wine, cheese and chocolate.
June 13, 2012 (Julian)—Music lovers will want to head east to Julian this weekend for a pair of popular events, both at the Menghini Winery.
On Saturday, Robb Bower presents the annual Julian Blues Bash, ‘Key to the Highway.’ Then on Sunday, bring Dad and the whole family to the Julian Father’s Day Jam for “All American Country Music" for a day jam-packed with fun.