Arts and Music

DIAL M FOR MURDER REVIEW : A GUILTY PLEASURE, NOW THROUGH NOV. 7 AT LAMPLIGHTERS IN LA MESA

Review By Kathy Carpenter

October 18, 2021 (La Mesa) - Is There a Perfect Crime? Lamplighters in La Mesa presents the classic "Dial M For Murder." The play is based on a 1954 movie starring Ray Millank and Grace Kelly, directed by Hitchcock--a thriller perfect for this time of year. Written by Frederick Knott, directed by Calvin Manson, the play combines to bring us a story with both plot and delicious characters--a detailed plot for murder. Will the would-be killer get away with it? 

The plot centers around a tennis star who married a wealthy socialite for her money. He can no longer play tennis and discovers his wife has cheated on him. Now he plans to murder her for her fortune. He concocts quite the plot. The man his wife cheated with is a writer, but her husband's imagination makes them equals.

STUDIO C AND SILVER CREEK GALLERIES TO MERGE

East County News Service

October 16, 2021 (El Cajon) – Studio C Gallery is merging with Silver Creek Fine Art and Custom Framing.  Carlos Castrejon, owner of Studio C, announced that he will close his Kearny Mesa location October 31 and move services to the new location in downtown El Cajon, which is already open at 128 East Main Street in downtown El Cajon.

RAMONA ART AND WINE FESTIVAL EXPANDS TO THREE-DAY EVENT NOV. 5-7

East County News Service

October 13, 2021 (Ramona) - The 9th annual Ramona Art & Wine Festival will feature nine wineries participating in the three-day progressive event on Friday to Sunday, November 5, 6 and 7, 2021.

NEWEST RAMONA H.E.A.R.T. MURAL HONORS AREA’S KUMEYAAY HERITAGE

East County News Service

October 7, 2021 (Ramona) – A dedication ceremony was held last Saturday for Ramona’s newest mural, which pays tribute to the Kumeyaay Native Americans. The mural is located at the back of the Verizon Building at 1530 Main Street, Ramona. It is the 27th mural created by the non-profit Ramona H.E.A.R.T. Mural Project. 

Artist Simon Melnyk created the mural with a goal “celebrate Kumeyaay culture in its untouched state by venturing into their world before European contact.” He constructed the mural on 26 individual panels which he then put together to form the complete 1200 square foot mural.

CHARGES FILED AGAINST TWO FORMER CHRISTIAN YOUTH THEATER WORKERS FOR ALLEGED SEXUAL ABUSE OF STUDENTS IN EL CAJON

By Miriam Raftery

File Photo: CYT production of Les Mis in the Mount Helix amphitheatre.

October 4, 2021 (El Cajon) – Two men have been charged with felony sexual assault against students at Christian Youth Theater in El Cajon.

San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan today announced that David Hott, 34, has been charged with two felony counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a 13-year-old child in 2007.  Brad Christian Davis, 40, is charged with  a felony count of sexual penetration by a foreign object involving at 16-year-old in 2010.

San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit thanked victims for their “courage in coming forward,” adding, “We must hold these individuals responsible for their actions, so they don’t have the opportunity to harm more children in the future.”

REVIEW OF INTO THE WOODS: LIVE THEATRE RETURNS TO GROSSMONT COLLEGE

By Kathy Carpenter

October 1, 2021 La Mesa) -- Into the theatre to watch a play, into the theater without delay. For the first time in over 18 months, Grossmont College Stagehouse Theatre presents in its brand new beautiful theater with a production of "Into The Woods."

JULIAN OPEN STUDIOS ART TOUR OCT. 9-10 SHOWCASES A DOZEN ARTISTS’ WORKS

East County News Service

September 30, 2021 (Julian) -- The Julian Arts Guild’s Open Studios tour is October 9 – 10 this year from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  A dozen artists are participating in the tour through the Cuyamaca mountains area of Julian in San Diego’s East County.

GROSSMONT COLLEGE STAGEHOUSE THEATRE OPENS ITS NEW SEASON WITH INTO THE WOODS

East County News Service

September 28, 2021 (El Cajon) - Grossmont College’s Stagehouse Theatre, which has not permitted in-person performances for more than 18 months because of the COVID-19 pandemic, reopens to live audiences when it launches its 2021-22 season September 30 with a staging of Into the Woods.

ESCONDIDO ARTS ASSOCIATION HOSTS ARTISTS' RECEPTION OCT. 9

East County News Service

September 27, 2021 (Escondido) - The public is invited to the monthly Escondido Art Association artists’ reception held at the Artists Gallery at 121 W. Grand Avenue, Escondido, on Saturday, October 9 from 4 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Come on by the gallery, meet the artists and enjoy complimentary refreshments.

ROBIN HENKEL TRIO PERFORMS OCT. 10 AT MISSION TRAILS CHURCH

East County News Service

September 22, 2021 (Allied Gardens) – Robin Henkel is a four-time recipients of the San Diego Music Awards “Best Blues” award.  On Sunday, October 10 at 4 p.m., the Robin Henkel trio will perform at Mission Trails Church, located at 4880 Zion Ave. in the Allied Gardens neighborhood of San Diego.

THE SAPS AT SEA PROUDLY PRESENT 'HALLOSCREAM SAPSTRAVAGANZA' OCT. 16

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Photo via Make It Quietly on Tumblr

September 21, 2021 (Spring Valley) - For this year's Halloween show, the Saps at Sea, the San Diego chapter of the Sons of the Desert, the Laurel and Hardy appreciation society, present "Halloscream Sapstravaganza."  The fun happens on Saturday, October 16 at 7 p.m. at Williams Hall at Trinity Presbytarian Church, 3902 Kenwood Drive, in Spring Valley.

REVIEW: “THE FRONT PORCH” AT LAMPLIGHTERS THEATRE NOW THROUGH SEPT. 28 -- PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE

By Kathy Carpenter 

September 14, 2021 (La Mesa) - Lamplighters Community Theatre  presents "The Front Porch," written and directed by local talent Geoge Bailey. Watching a video back in the winter of 2011 on Martin Luther King Jr, triggered a memory for Bailey. Growing up in Baltimore Maryland, Bailey was too young to recall the riots in 1968. But what he does remember is going with his father when things were safe to visit another family. He was shocked to see  tanks and soldiers with guns in their arms—a vivid childhood memory that inspired the play.

REVIEW OF NATIVE GARDENS - DUELING NEIGHBORS, NOW PLAYING IN POWAY

By Kathy Carpenter 

September 12, 2021 (Poway) - Powpac Community Theatre presents "Native Gardens," a comedy written by Karen Zacarias.   It’s described as "humorous, neighbors feuding," showing the best and the worst of new neighbors. "Family, life and growing together to become bigger than the issue at hand."  Zacarias had one simple hope for her play:  the audience would take a few moments to ponder the question, how can I be a better neighbor?

10TH ANNUAL ALLEY CAT ART WALK IN EL CAJON SEPTEMBER 17

East County News Service

September 11, 2021 (El Cajon) – You could say it’s the cat’s meow. The 10th annual Alley Cat Art Walk will showcase works of local artists on Friday, September 17, 2021 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the “arts alley” between Main Street and Rea Street in downtown El Cajon.

“MOVEMENT MAKERS” SHOWCASES CHOREOGRAPHERS’ WORKS SEPT. 16-18 AT VISIONARY PERFORMANCE SPACE IN LA MESA

East County News Service

 

Photo credit: Mounarath-Powell Productions

 

September 9, 2021 (La Mesa) -- Mounarath-Powell Productions presents “Movement Makers,”  a choreographer’s showcase, Thursday through Saturday, September 16-18 at 8 p.m. in the Visionary Performance Space, 8674 La Msea Blvd. in La Mesa.   

GILLIAM GALLERY HOSTS FESTIVAL OF SUNFLOWERS POP-UP ART SHOW OCTOBER 2 IN JACUMBA HOT SPRINGS

Monthly bazaar and street market also set for same datea

By Rebecca Person

September 9, 2021 (Jacumba Hot Springs) -- The Festival of Sunflowers is an annual exhibit featuring the work of a handful of local artists. This year, the event hosted by Gilliam Gallery at 44555 Old Highway 80 in Jacumba Hot Springs will be held October 2 from 12 noon to 6 p.m.

LEMON GROVE HISTORICAL SOCIETY HOSTS GALA DINNER WITH FLAMENCO DANCERS ON OCTOBER 9

East County News Service

September 3, 2021 (Lemon Grove) – The Lemon Grove Historical Society invites you to savor a gala dinner with live Flamenco dancers on Saturday, October 9 at 5:30 p.m. in the H. Lee House courtyard, 3205 Olive in Lemon Grove. The event celebrates Treganza Heritage Park, the new name of the cultural landscape that includes H. Lee House and the Parsonage Museum.

THE SAPS AT SEA PROUDLY PRESENT "BACK TO SKOOL DAZE" SEPT. 18

East County News Service

August 22, 2021 (Spring Valley) - The Saps at Sea, the San Diego chapter of the Sons of the Desert, the official Laurel & Hardy appreciation society, has resumed their meetings, with their next being September 18 at Williams Hall at Trinity Presbytarian Church, 3902 Kenwood Dr. in Spring Valley.

JULIAN'S 'MUSIC ON THE MOUNTAIN' SERIES CONTINUES WITH FRED BENEDETTI SEPT. 3

East County News Service

August 15, 2021 (Julian) - The Friends of the Julian Library continues their "Music on the Mountain" concert series with guitarist Fred Benedetti.  

Born in Japan, Benedetti began playing guitar at age nine and is now Chair of Guitar Studies and an associate professor of music at Grossmont College.  

The event will be Friday, September 3 at 3 p.m. at the Julian library.  Admission is free. For more information, please email Jonna Waite at jakwaite@gmail.com.

THE RADY SHELL AT JACOBS PARK'S INAUGURAL WEEKEND PROVIDES A PHOTO-OF-THE-WEEK SHOT

 
August 10, 2021 (San Diego) ECM reporter Rebecca Jefferis Williamson snapped this photo-of-the-week during a performance by Gladys Knight at The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park.  The inaugural weekend started with a performance by the San Diego Symphony under conductor Rafael Payare's  guidance on August 6. Gladys Knight performed August 8.  The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park's season ends in November. The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park can be rented as well. 

THE LAST FIVE YEARS: MODERN DAY ROMANCE AT LAMPLIGHTERS THEATRE IN LA MESA

By Kathy Carpenter

August 7, 2021 (La Mesa) - Can A broken romance be romantic? Lamplighters Theatre in La Mesa is back. They are presenting Jason Robert Brown's "The Last Five Years" directed by Teri Brown and Johnathan Sturch with Musical Director Christopher T. Miller. The play opened July 23 and runs through August 15.

EAA ARTISTS' RECEPTION AUGUST 14

Source:  Escondido Art Association

Image via Monika Grafik from Pixabay

August 3, 2021 (Escondido) - The public is invited to the monthly Escondido Art Association artists’ reception held at the Artists Gallery at 121 W. Grand Avenue, Escondido, on Saturday, August 14, 2021 from 4pm until 6:30pm. Come on by the gallery, meet the artists, and enjoy complimentary refreshments.

MAYOR WELLS HEADLINES CONCERT AUG. 28 IN EL CAJON TO HELP THE HOMELESS

By Miriam Raftery

August 1, 2021 (El Cajon) – The Magnolia Center in El Cajon will host a concert on August 28 from 8-10 p.m. to benefit the East County Transitional Living Center that helps homeless individuals and families.  “An Evening With Mayor Wells” will feature El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells, a talented musician, and his friends will provide live musical entertainment. A silent auction and painting demonstration will also be held.

ARE LOCKING DEVICES TO HOLD YOUR CELLPHONE DURING PERFORMANCES OR CLASS IN YOUR FUTURE?

Story and photos by Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

August 1, 2021 (La Jolla) Radio City Music Hall and select Broadway shows, in New York City and now, locally, at a La Jolla Playhouse performance in late July, products to “lock up” cellphones and smart watches were used to physically stop recording or taking pictures of the show.

A product known as Yondr was used in La Jolla which witnessed arts patrons line up, have their silenced devise put into a manufactured pouch, then sealed by the staff. All patrons had possession of their electronic devices but could not use them to record the performance.

The process went smoothly and quickly at the La Jolla Playhouse.

TICKETS FOR POWAY ONSTAGE “DELAYED” 30TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON GO ON SALE AUGUST 7; GATLIN BROTHERS OPEN SEASON

East County News Service
 
July 27, 2021 (Poway) - Poway OnStage announces its “Delayed 30th Anniversary Season" featuring a series of one-night-only performances in the 800-seat Poway Center for the Performing Arts.  The 2021-2022 Season presents a sensational selection of nationally and internationally recognized artists, and runs from September 2021 through May 2022.

CAR GAZE: A PHOTO SHOW JULY 30-31

East County News Service

July 23, 2021 (El Cajon)  - Spectators at the upcoming Cajon Classic Cruise events in downtown El Cajon will have two opportunities to view iconic autos: on the streets and at Car Gaze being held in The Gallery Without a Name, 134 E. Main St., where acclaimed photographers will offer their images of vehicles in a limited showing.

“A parked car can be, well, not much to think about,” said Jake Rose, an award-winning San Diego-area photographer. “But the right car, in the right place, conjures memories, mystery and curiosity. “Some photographers can’t resist what a car says about its place, an old car in front of an old building, a view back in time.”

LAMPLIGHTERS THEATRE PRESENTS “THE LAST FIVE YEARS” JULY 23-AUG. 15

East County News Service

July 24, 2021 (La Mesa) – Live theatre returns at Lamplighters Theatre after a 15-month closure due to COVID-19.  Lamplighters presents “The Last Five Years,” Tony-Award winner Jason Robert Brown’s poignant and smart contemporary musical of five years in the relationship of an ambitious young writer, Jamie, and his struggling actress wife, Cathy. The show runs July 23 through Aug. 15.

JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH REVIEW - COMMUNITY THEATER RETURNS

Review by Kathy Carpenter

July 4, 2021 (Spring Valley) - Slowly, we are returning to a semi-normal lifestyle--one that includes live theatre. Musicals. As such, the Young Actors Theater in Casa De Oro presents "James and the Giant Peach." You may remember the book from your childhood, written by Roald Dahl, who also wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

CELEBRATE RAMONA’S HISTORIC KENILWORTH INN MURAL WITH A TRADITIONAL CHICKEN DINNER

By Miriam Raftery

July 4, 2021 (Ramona) – The Ramona H.E.A.R.T. Murals Project invites you to an old-fashioned chicken dinner at Begent Ranch (18528 Highland Valley Road, Ramona) on Sunday, July 25 from 4 to 8 p.m. to celebrate the historic Kenilworth Inn Mural.

Catered by Marinade on Main, the event will offer music by Dirty Confetti band, a silent auction that includes sketches of the mural by the artist Beata Wojcik, a sneak peek at the upcoming Kumeyaay mural by the artist, historical overview of the Kenilworth Inn, and a full course chicken dinner in the tradition of the Kenilworth Inn and more.

You can opt for just the dinner with free parking, or purchase a package that includes the Ramona Art and Wine Festival on November 5, 6 or 7.

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