Arts and Music

OLAF WIEGHORST MUSEUM NOW FEATURES SALMAGUNDI MEMBERS JAN. 9

 

East County News Service

January 9, 2017 (El Cajon) - The Olaf Wieghorst Museum at the Wieghorst Western Heritage Center, 131 Rea Ave., El Cajon, will present “Salmagundians and their Southern California Friends,” an exhibit featuring about 90 paintings created by 18 plein air artists, including two East County residents who are members of the Salmagundi Club. The exhibit runs Jan. 9 to March 3.

KEEPERS OF THE FAITH CONCERT JAN. 12

 

East County News Service

January 7, 2017 (El Cajon) - Keepers of the Faith, originally from Hawaii, currently residing in Seattle, WA. will be in concert next Thursday, January 12.  These “boys” have been redeemed from a life of crime and decided to share their testimony via music.  

SAN PASQUAL WINERY TASTING ROOM AND GALLERY ANNOUNCES FEBRUARY MUSIC EVENTS

 

East County News Service

January 4, 2017 (La Mesa) - San Pasqual Winery Tasting Room and Gallery will host a variety of musical entertainment each Saturday evening in February—including an acoustic guitar and mandolin duo, a guitarist focused on Hawaiian and Celtic styles, a Latin music guitarist and composer, and a pianist performing favorites from the ‘40s through the ‘70s.  Scroll down for details.

STUDENT SOLOISTS ANNOUNCED FOR UPCOMING CONCERTS, PERFORMING FULL CONCERTOS IN SAN DIEGO AND POWAY

 

East County News Service

January 4, 2017 (San Diego) – Each year, talented students from San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory's most advanced level Ovation, and intermediate level Showcase programs compete in our solo Concerto Competitions.   In addition to cash scholarship awards, the winners of both competitions gain the opportunity to perform as featured soloists in future San Diego Youth Symphony concerts.

WHAT THE BUTLER SAW: JAN. 20-FEB. 19 IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

December 27, 2016 (La Mesa) - Lamplighters Theatre in La Mesa will present “What the Butler Saw," a classic British farce opening January 20th and running through Feb. 19th

When a psychiatrist tries to seduce an aspiring secretary, his botched efforts lead to comic bedlam involving his insatiable wife, a randy bellhop, a befuddled police officer and Sir Winston Churchill. Psychiatry, religion, marriage, government, definitions of gender and even language are all targets of British playwright Orton's poison pen. His sly jokes and hilarious shenanigans will have you shaking with laughter from start to finish.

LAMPLIGHTERS PRESENTS RENTED CHRISTMAS THE MUSICAL: THREE SHOWS LEFT DECEMBER 16 - 18, 2016

 

By Kathy Carpenter

Associate/Youth Reviewer www.sdtheatrereviews.com

December 14, 2016 (La Mesa) - A hallmark movie come to life, filled with everything you need for Christmas: music, family, kids, humor, drama, love, carols, and that touch of magic that comes with the season.

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY AT EL CAJON VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL DEC. 8-10

 

By Kathy Carpenter

Associate/Youth Reviewer www.sdtheatrereviews.com

December 7, 2016 (El Cajon) - Peace on Earth, good will toward men. This is the time of year for giving. Give yourself a gift by taking time away from the stress of shopping, baking, social events, wrapping, the list goes on ... Add time for yourself helping others. For$7.00 you can't even go to a movie,  but you can enjoy going toyouth theatre. The look on the faces of the cast as they look out and see a full audience is priceless.

REGISTRATION OPENS FOR JULIAN FAMILY FIDDLE CAMP APRIL 11-15

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 6, 2016 (Julian) – The Julian Family Fiddle Camp is an acoustic music immersion program for the young and young-at-heart including instruction in guitar, mandolin, ukulele and banjo as well as fiddle playing.  Registration is now open for the April 11-15,2017 fiddle camp in historic Julian.

BORREGO SPRINGS FILM FEST SELECTS ARTIST JIM HALL FOR POSTER & PROGRAM

 

Painter featured in documentary headed for festival

East County News Service

Photo: Artist Jim Hall paints an iconic scene of Borrego Springs in his Lineillism style for the town’s 2017 film festival poster and program.  Hall is the subject of  the documentary, Lines of Sight, staging its California premiere at the festival in January.

December 3, 2016 (Borrego Springs) - The Borrego Springs 2017 Film Festival slated for January 12-14 will feature a poster and program created by artist Jim Hall, whose daring new painting style and life story are the subject of the award-winning documentary, Lines of Sight. The hour-long film will stage its California premiere at the festival in January.      

Hall created a new painting style called “Lineillism” after his vision was temporarily marred by a case of Shingles. He saw the world in all vertical lines and decided to paint that way. The style is similar to Pointillism, but instead of dots, Hall uses all vertical brushstrokes - up to 500,000 in a painting.      

DECEMBER ART CLASSES AT NAINSOOK FRAMING IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

December 1, 2016 (La Mesa) -- Nainsook Framing (8130 La Mesa Blvd.) in La Mesa is offering art classes this holiday season. Options include oil painting, watercolor and acrylic painting classes, all-day workshops, plus the latest craze—wine and art experiences where you can sip wine, savor snacks with friends and leave with a finished painting.

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW: ANTHONY MOSTARDO, DIRECTOR OF THE SAN DIEGO FESTIVAL CHORUS AND ORCHESTRA

Anthony Mostardo, Musical Director

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 1, 2016 (Spring Valley) -- The San Diego Festival Chorus & Orchestra is celebrating its 25th anniversary season,  with a  Chansons de Noel Concert this Sunday. 

You can hear our exclusive interview with director Tony Mostardo by clicking the audio link above, originally aired on KNSJ radio 89.1 FM.  He provides some fascinating insights into the major works in the upcoming concert,  as well what inspired him to start this marvelous community musical group.  He also recalls the group's auspicious beginning on a date now immortalized in history:  September 11, 2001,  and how the terrorist attacks impacted the group on day one.

Audio: 

Interview with Anthony Mostardo, San Diego Festival Chorus & Orchestra

PACIFICAIRES HOLD HOLIDAY CHORAL CONCERTS

 

East County News Service

November 30, 2016 (San Diego) -- Hear Ye, Hear Ye! Thanksgiving has come and gone. You survived another Black Friday and now we say goodbye to Cyber Monday. The next round of celebration is the Christmas holiday. Are you ready for some unique holiday music? Pacificaires celebrate their 40th year of providing choral music to the community with two upcoming concerts,  including a Dec. 10 event in the College area.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL: DEC. 9-17 IN JULIAN

 

East County News Service

November 29, 2016 (Julian) - Julian Theater Company will present Charles’ Dickens “A Christmas Carol” at the Julian Town Hall  on two weekends in December – December 9 through 11 and again December 15-17.  This classic holiday tale reveals the transformation of Ebeneezer Scrooge,  who discovers the holiday spirit after visits by the ghosts of Christmas past,  present and future.

SAN DIEGO POTTERY TOUR DEC. 3 AND 4

GROSSMONT COLLEGE’S THEATRE PRESENTS “THESE SHINING LIVES” DEC. 1-10

 

East County News Service

November 27, 2016 (El Cajon) — Grossmont College’s Stagehouse Theatre will present “These Shining Lives” in December.  The play recounts the true story of women workers exposed to radiation at the Radium Dial Company. Their fight for justice and their sacrifices created a legacy of better working conditions for future generations. 

PICKWICK PLAYERS PRESENTS MURDER MYSTERY MUSICAL “SOMETHING’S AFOOT” DEC. 2-17 IN SANTEE

 

East County News Service

November 23, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – Pickwick Players will present a murder mystery musical, “Something’s Afoot,” performing off-Broadway live December 2-7 at 9490 Cuyamaca Street in Santee.

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: FIND WHO YOU ARE ON A HAWAIIAN JOURNEY (MOANA)

 

By Liz Alper

November 21, 2016 (San Diego) - I, like most little girls in the 90s, ate, slept and breathed Disney movies.  I was never a princess for Halloween--I was too tomboyish for that--but Belle was my favorite Disney princess and Beauty and the Beast was my favorite Disney movie.  I watched it all the time.  That and Toy Story.  That honor eventually went to 101 Dalmatians (seriously, I was obsessed with that movie.  I played the computer game all the time too).  Tonight I had the privilege of reliving my childhood as an almost 25-year-old.  I attended a pre-screening of the new Disney film Moana, directed by Ron Clements, Don Hall, John Musker and Chris Williams. 

TAPPING INTO YOUR HEARTS: YAT PRESENTS THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE; THE SHOW CONTINUES NOVEMBER 17-20, 2016

 

By Kathy Carpenter

Youth/Associate Reviewer www.sdtheatrereviews.com

November 16, 2016  (Casa De Oro) - Thoroughly Modern Millie is based on the book by Richard Morris and Dick Scanlin, as well as the 1967 movie of the same name. The musical debuted at The La Jolla Playhouse in 2000.

Tippity tap, Tippity tap went the feet of Millie and the ensemble several time during the show. This is a fabulous play if you love tap.

"CHANSONS DE NOEL" PRESENTED BY THE SAN DIEGO FESTIVAL CHORUS AND ORCHESTRA DEC. 4

 

East County News Service

November 16, 2016 (San Diego) -- The San Diego Festival Chorus and Orchestra will present a very special 15th anniversary holiday concert on Sunday,  December 4 from 3 to 5 p .m.  at the College Avenue Baptist Church (4747 College Ave., San Diego).  This East County-based, 70-voice chorus and 48-piece symphony orchestra uses outstanding San Diego area vocal soloists, performing in a venue with marvelous acoustics to audiences of up to 1,200.

TEENAGERS IN LOVE: WEST HILLS HIGH'S ZOMBIE PROM

 

By Kathy Carpenter

Associate/youth reviewer www.sdtheatrereviews.com

November 16, 2016 (Santee) - On a deeper level, Zombie Prom is about change and acceptance. In the after show talk back, one of the actors commented not only had one student changed, but that she was proud of how much the entire cast had grown through the process of putting on the play. Growth through life experience as an actor and person--that's what high school drama is all about.

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR MUSICAL TO ROCK SDSU STAGE DEC. 1-4

 

East County News Service

November 7, 2016 (San Diego) -- The pop rock musical Jesus Christ Superstar will be presented at San Diego State University’s Don Powell Theater on December 1-4.  Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday plus a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday.

SINGIN' FOR SAM: BEST FRIENDS ORGANIZE CONCERT IN THE PARK FUNDRAISER NOV. 11 FOR LOCAL TEEN DIAGNOSED WITH OSTEOSARCOMA

 

East County News Service

November 1, 2016 (Alpine) - Local teens are determined to help their best friend as she fights bone cancer by organizing a major fundraising event.

Samantha Bodger, 16 years old, who lives in Alpine and is a top student at Granite Hills High School, was diagnosed with High Grade Osteosarcoma in August 2016.  She requires 10 months of intensive chemotherapy and a major surgery to amputate her leg mid-November.

KIDZ DANZ KOMPANY PRESENTS 1968 NOV. 11 AND 12

 

East County News Service

November 1, 2016 (La Mesa) - Kidz Danz Kompany presents “1968” at the San Diego Performing Arts Center (4579 Mission Gorge Place, San Diego, CA, 92120) on November 11th-12th, 2016 at 7pm.

Featuring the diverse and multi-cultural Kidz Danz Kompany, this concert reflects on the year 1968 and how it in many ways parallels 2016. Presented will be new works titled “Mama Said”, an homage to the dedication of single motherhood and its struggles, and “KDK/1968/2016”, the definitive work of the evening. Both works are choreographed by Artistic Director Spencer John Powell. These works incorporate music from 1968 and 2016 with some song selections from years in between that complement each work. With costuming by Debbie Sloan of Fusionglass Company, her unique and Avant-garde designs provide a modern visual to the works.

HELIX HIGHLAND PLAYERS PRESENTED ALMOST MAINE

 

By Kathy Carpenter

Associate/youth reviewer www.sdtheatrereviews.com

November 1, 2016 (La Mesa) - Happiness filled my heart at the sight of a full audience for the Highland players on Thursday night. The production ofAlmost Maine featured romantic, funny, and filled with awe moments. The show has closed, but if you fill the need to support or you did not get your Halloween fix, West Hills High in Santee is doing Zombie Prom this weekend.

HEAR OUR EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: GREG PALAST ‘S FILM “BEST DEMOCRACY MONEY CAN BUY” EXPOSES CONSPIRACY TO SUPPRESS MINORITY VOTES

 

Attorney for white nationalist group developed computer program to drop minority voters off voting rosters in 30 states

By Miriam Raftery

Photo, left:  Miriam Raftery with Greg Palast at film debut in San Diego

October 28, 2016 (San Diego)--Investigative reporter Greg Palast’s Academy Award-nominated documentary, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy:  A Tale of Billionaires and Ballot Bandits, pulls back the curtain to expose a dark conspiracy to steal votes from millions of minorities across America. A seasoned gumshoe detective turned award-winning investigative reporter, Palast leaves no room for doubt as he masterfully reveals the powerful players behind this insidious scheme.

East  County Magazine editor Miriam Raftery sat down for an exclusive interview with Palast,  in town for the debut of his film in San Diego on Monday.  You can hear our interview by clicking the orange audio link,  and scroll down to  read our review of this must-see documentary.

Audio: 

Greg Palast Interview on Best Democracy Money Can Buy

ESCAPE REALITY AND GO INTO THE WOODS WITH GROSSMONT HIGH: SHOW CONTIUNES OCTOBER 28-29 AT 7 P.M.

 

By Kathy Carpenter

Youth/Associte Reviewer

www.sdtheatrereviews.com

October 27, 2016 (La Mesa) - Please support your local high schools. These are the entertainers of the future. High school arts are the building blocks. There is nothing like a full audience to inspire confidence and help them give their best performances.

Into the Woods is a difficult play, especially the lyrical rhythmic songs. Although a play with a large cast is good for high school, I loved watching the cast of 19 come together and give their all to take  us on a journey of life messages. Four fairy tales (Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, and Rapunzel) blend together to show us how the paths we take through life and the choices we make influence everything we do, and how we may have to return to the same place to learn the right lesson.

“BEST DEMOCRACY MONEY CAN BUY” FILM STARTING OCT. 24 IN SAN DIEGO ALLEGES MASSIVE SCHEME TO STEAL MINORITIES’ VOTES

 

Film by investigative reporter Greg Palast asserts GOP has 30-state computer program that can eliminate over 7 million minority voters

East County News Service

October 19, 2016 (San Diego) - Rolling Stone investigative reporter’s new film, “The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: A Tale of Billionaires and Ballot Bandits” will be shown Monday, Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the AMC Fashion Valley 18 Theatre (7037 Friars Rd.) 

A portion of proceeds will benefit KNSJ radio.

The movie features Ed Asner, Rosario Dawson, Ice-T, Richard Belzer, Shailene Woodley and Willie Nelson.  Palast will be there along with special guests.  Reserve your Tickets.

VISIONARY YOUTH THEATRE PRESENTS "ANNIE JR." OCT. 20-22

 

East County News Service

October 13, 2016 (La Mesa) - Visionary Youth Theatre presents “Annie, Jr” at the Visionary Performance Space (8693 La Mesa Blvd, La Mesa, CA 91942) on October 20th - 22nd @ 7pm, directed by Rebekah Ensley.  Bring your family and friends to enjoy as the diverse and talented performers of Visionary Youth Theatre bring to the stage the beloved musical.

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