Arts and Music

LAMPLIGHTERS BRINGS US AGATHA CHRISTIE'S MOUSETRAP - THROUGH FEBRUARY 4

 

By Kathy Carpenter

Associate Reviewer sdtheatrereviews.com

Freelance Writer Splash Magazine

www.http://losangeles.splashmags.com/

January 19, 2018 (La Mesa) - If you are wondering whether you have seen this play as a movie, you have not. Mousetrap opened at the Ambassadors Theater in London on November 25, 1952 and never closed. The show has run over 65 years and 27,000 performances.

AWARD-WINNING JAZZ PIANIST/COMPOSER DANNY GREEN AND HIS TRIO PERFORM AT MISSION TRAILS GOLF COURSE JANUARY 25

 

“Admirable cohesion...beautiful touch.” – DownBeat Magazine

“Wittily melds jazz, blues, classical, and Brazilian music.” – Boston Globe

East County News Service

January 16, 2018 (San Diego) -- Pianist/composer Danny Green and his trio – featuring bassist Justin Grinnell and drummer Julien Cantelm – perform at the Mission Trails Golf Course (7380 Golfcrest Place, San Diego) on Thursday, January 25th. Pre-performance dining begins at 4:30 p.m. and the performance will be from 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

ARTRAGEOUS AND TEJANO MUSICIANS FLACO AND FRIENDS AMONG ARTISTS SLATED TO PERFORM AT SYCUAN

 

East County News Service

January 15, 2018 (El Cajon) – The entertainment line-up at Sycuan’s Live & Up Close Theatre this season is widely varied, including Tejano musicians Flaco and Friends in April and Artrageous, an interactive art and music experience in July. 

DEDICATION CEREMONY JAN. 27 FOR “HIKING ON MT. WOODSON” MURAL AT RAMONA FITNESS CENTER

 

Source: Ramona H.E.A.R.T. Mural project

Photo: Artist Rik Erickson works to complete expansive 12 feet x 70 feet Mt. Woodson mural to be placed at the Ramona Fitness Center on Jan. 27

January 14, 2018 (Ramona) -- A dedication ceremony for the “Hiking on Mount Woodson” mural will be held on Saturday, January 27 beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Ramona Fitness Center at 558 Main Street, Ramona. The public is invited to attend. In addition to refreshments, attendees will receive a picture of the mural, autographed by the artist.

“MEAN MARY” IN CONCERT FEB. 2 IN SANTEE

 

East County News Service

January 13, 2018 (Santee) – Mean Mary in concert on February 2 at 7 p.m.  at the Summit Universalist Unitarian Fellowship in Santee. The artist is an Americana, bluegrass, blues, and folk artist based in Nashville, stopping here on her “Blazing Tour” through Southern California.

SAN DIEGO LIBRARY’S ACOUSTIC SHOWCASE SERIES

 

East County News Service

Photo:  Lisa Sanders

January 3, 2018 (San Diego's East County) - The San Diego County Library’s Acoustic Showcase series offers a variety of top local singer/songwriters, folk music performers and storytellers in free concerts for the community.

Upcoming performances include two in East County.

SAPS AT SEA PRESENTS: FLIRT WITH FEMME FATALES...AND REGRET IT! JANUARY 27

 

East County News Service

January 2, 2017 (Spring Valley) - Happy New Year! And what a better way to kick off (or on) 2018 than with San Diego's official Laurel & Hardy fan organization! The Saps at Sea present their 40th Anniversary SAPS Funtastical gathering of film and food.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at Williams Hall at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Spring Valley with the show starting at 7 on January 27.

PIANIST JOHN NILSEN PERFORMS SOLO CONCERT JANUARY 13 IN DESCANSO

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 28, 2017 (Descanso) – Acclaimed pianist, guitarist, vocalist and songwriter John Nilsen from the Pacific Northwest will perform a solo piano concert on Saturday, January 13th at 2 p.m. at Chapel of the Hills Community Church, 25153 Viejas Blvd. in Descanso. The concert is free of charge. The church will provide light refreshments, a chance to chat with the artist in a reception after the performance, and his musical CDs will be available for purchase.

According to his bio, Nilsen is one of the Pacific Northwest’s most successful performance and recording artists, with records that have sold well over a million copiesl His love of the outdoors is reflected in many of his works. Chosen a Deering Banjo artist in 2016, he has performed in all 50 states and many foreign countries, also speaking and conducting residencies on songwriting and music performance at schools across the U.S.  He has performed with luminaries such as Jose Feliciano, Jesse Colin Young and Marc Cohn and Kenny G.

SPECIAL ART EXHIBIT AT WIEGHORST MUSEUM NOW THROUGH JANUARY 4

 

East County News Service

Photo:  Easel used by famed Western artist Olaf Wieghorst

December 24, 2017 (El Cajon) - The Wieghorst Museum in El Cajon will offer a very special art exhibit and sale featuring local artists now through Thursday, January 4, 2018. Works will be displayed by these talented artists: Gloria Chadwick, Grace Schlesier, Fred Gregory, Val Carson, Ron Dotson, and Peggy Bradshaw Palm. 

The museum is at 131 Rea Avenue in Downtown El Cajon.  For more information, please call (619) 590-3431 or visit www.wieghorstmuseum.org

EL CAJON APPROVES LANDMARK AGREEMENT WITH LIVE NATION TO REOPEN ECPAC

 

Landmark vote sets path to reopen theatre in 2019 for headline acts, though community groups’ use of theatre may be limited

By Paul Kruze

Photo by Miriam Raftery, left: Arich Berghammer, Live Nation, addresses Council prior to historic vote

December 20, 2017 (El Cajon) -- After many community discussions, public meetings and  frustrations over the East County Performing Arts Center (ECPAC) remaining closed for nearly the past decade, the El Cajon City Council last Tuesday unanimously approved a preliminary draft agreement for City Manager Doug Williford to ink worldwide concert producer Live Nation as the new manager of the theatre. (Councilman Ben Kalasho was absent, citing an emergency.)

Prior to the landmark vote which longtime councilmember Gary Kendrick has characterized as “the most important vote and the biggest thing to happen to El Cajon. Everybody wins.” He added that Live Nation “has the Midas touch. Every performing arts center they touch turns to gold.”

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: CHURCHILL BIOGRAPHY BORING, BLAND (DARKEST HOUR)

 

By Liz Alper

Photo via Youtube

December 15, 2017 (San Diego) - A lot has been said about Winston Churchill.  Some people (the British) see him as a hero who won Britain the Second World War.  Americans probably see him as that too, but with an added dose of crazy.  And still, some people in darker circles don’t see him as a hero at all.  Focus Features’ Darkest Hour reveals the truth about the man. Or does it?

RECOVERING STOLEN TIME YOU NEVER KNEW YOU HAD

 

The Time Bandit Solution: Structured Time & Workflow, by Edward G. Brown (Cohen Brown Picture Company, 2014, Los Angeles, California, 249 pages).

Book Review by Dennis Moore

December 5, 2017 (San Diego) - Edward G. Brown, philanthropist, entrepreneur and noted Hollywood mover and shaker, has written a book that resonates with me for a variety of reasons; The Time Bandit Solution: Structured Time & Workflow. I actually suffer from some of the same Time Bandit issues that he points out in his book. Coming on the heels of my review of his wife Shari Sharifi Brown’s book; The 7 Commandments for Happiness and Prosperity, this author’s book is more than a book about business solutions, but actually gives a portrait of his life and legacy. This is really a capsule of the author’s entire life, weaving his personal experiences into a well thought out book on how to recover your lost time.

BUS STOP: ONE LONG SNOWY NIGHT

 

Grossmont College Theatre Review by Kathy Carpenter

Associate Reviewer sdtheatrereviews.com

Freelance Writer, Splash Magazine

www.http://losangeles.splashmags.com/

December 12, 2017 (La Mesa) - What would you do if you were stuck for hours with strangers with no connection to the outside world? Will Masters says, "A man does not deserve the things he loves, unless he kin be a little humble about gettin'' em."  Reach out and connect to those around you is the theme for this play. A perfect sentiment for the season. A slice of life story bringing strangers together.

GLORIA, HE IS BORN: CONCERT DEC. 10 AT LDS CHURCH IN EL CAJON

 

 

By Paul Kruze

December 9, 2017 (El Cajon) --  ““Gloria! He is Born!” A Musical Celebration Of the Birth of Jesus Christ” will be presented by the El Cajon Stake Choir of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. at the El Cajon Stake Center located at 1270 So. Orange Avenue (off Chase Avenue) in El Cajon. There is no admission charge for the event.

 Under the direction of Marilyn White-Harris, the choir will perform a number of favorite Christmas carols along with several carols with audience participation.

ARTISTS OPEN STUDIOS AT SAN DIEGO POTTERY TOUR DEC. 9-10

 

East County News Service

December 5, 2017 (San Diego) -- If you're looking for a one-of-a-kind gift for that certain someone or that perfect piece to adorn your home, the 10th Annual San Diego Pottery Tour may be just what you need.  Over 30 ceramists from the San Diego Potter's Guild will participate, showing their wares at eight different studios December 9 and 10 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.   The venues on this self-guided, free tour start at Spring Valley and go as far west as Mission Hills, all within a few minutes' drive from each other.

LA MESA HEALTH CARE LIBRARY PRESENTS WATERCOLOR ART EXHIBIT

 

 

East County News Service

 

December 4, 2017 (La Mesa) -- The Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, a consumer health library at 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa , is now presenting its Fall Art Exhibit showcasing 20 watercolor paintings by Ruth Benjamin, a San Carlos resident.

A FIDDLING AND CLOGGING CHRISTMAS CONCERT AT PARKWAY PLAZA

 

East County News Service

December 3, 2017 (El Cajon) -- Clap and dance with Celia Lawler, back by popular demand.  The fiddling and clogging singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist will be performing holiday concerts at Parkway Plaza shopping mall in El Cajon on two Saturdays, December 16 and 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Macy’s Court. 

For more information, visit www.shoppingparkwayplaza.com.

SINATRA AND FRIENDS: TRIBUTE JAN. 6 AT BORREGO SPRINGS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

 

East County News Service

December 1, 2017 (Borrego Springs) -- Sinatra and Friends pays tribute to the man and his music featuring countless songs, synonymous with Frank Sinatra, as well as many other memorable favorites people have come to love.

HERE WE COME A -CAROLING, BORREGO STYLE DEC. 9-10

East County News Service

December 1, 2017 (Borrego Springs) – Borrego Springs Performing Ars Center will present “Here We Come A-Caroling, Borrego Style” on Saturday, December 9 at 7:30 and 9 p.m. and again on Sunday, December 10 at 3 and 4:30 p.m. 

You’re invited to come sing carols with neighbors and friends while being entertained by Borrego's finest musicians and orators.  A program of songs, heartwarming stories and surprise appearances will lift your spirits and add joy to the Holiday season as you celebrate, Borrego style.

FREE CONCERT: A BIG BAND CHRISTMAS FEATURING GASLAMP QUARTER JAZZ ORCHESTRA DEC. 17 IN EL CAJON

 

East County News Service

November 29, 2017 (El Cajon) – The Gaslamp Quarter Jazz Orchestra will present a free concert on Sunday, December 17 at 4 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 500 Farragut Circle in El Cajon. The program includes a medley of Christmas music.  Doors open at 3:30 p.m.

EL CAJON ARTIST WINS TOP AWARD

 

Image: “Signs of Survival” courtesy of SDWS

Source: San Diego Watercolor Society

November 28, 2017 (El Cajon) -- Ski Torzeski, an artist and resident of El Cajon, won the Second Place award in the highly competitive Member’s show, “Polar Extractions," currently at The San Diego Watercolor Society. His painting titled “Signs of Survival“ was given the honor by award-winning artist and juror, Mary Sievers.  According to Sievers, “I love how this artist captured the light. The colors and design are remarkable.”

JULIAN THEATRE PRESENTS “A CHRISTMAS CAROL” DEC. 8-16

 

East County News Service

November 21, 2017 (Julian) – Julian Theatre will present Charles Dickens’ holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol.”  This timeless tale focuses on the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge as he is visited by the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future.  Scrooge’s clerk, Bob Cratchit and his impoverished family including the frail Tiny Tim face a grim future, unless Scrooge can find redemption and discover the true spirit of Christmas.

THE SHOWS WILL GO ON: EL CAJON POISED TO COMPLETE DEAL WITH LIVE NATION TO REOPEN ECPAC

 

By Paul Kruze

November 20, 2017 (El Cajon) – Since the East County Perform Arts Center shut down  in 2010, many East County residents have been frustrated with the slow pace of completing repairs and finding new management.

Finally, at last Tuesday’s El Cajon City Council hearing, residents heard the news they’ve long been waiting for. Mayor Bill Wells and City Manager Doug Williford announced that a preliminary five year management agreement for the theater has been reached with Live Nation, a Beverly Hills-based live-events company focused on producing worldwide concert and entertainment-show promotions.

Details of the final agreement are expected to be shared at the next meeting and approved by the City Council. The vote will mark the culmination of some one-and-a-half years of negotiation by Williford.

HOLIDAY CHEER AND MORE AT SAN PASQUAL WINERY

 

East County News Service

November 18, 2017 (La Mesa) – Looking for holiday cheer?  San Pasqual Winery’s tasting room in La Mesa is offering cork wreath making classes, an evening of wine and cheese, and live music nights featuring musicians specializing in jazz, classical, and guitar ranging from country to classic rock and more.  For a full schedule of holiday season happenings, scroll down.

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: LEARN A LESSON ABOUT FAMILY AND CELEBRATE DIA DE LOS MUERTOS! (COCO)

 

Story by Liz Alper

Photos courtesy Disney

November 6, 2017 (San Diego) - Just in time for Dia de los Muertos, Disney and Pixar’s Coco takes audiences on a colorful journey..  Right off the bat, the music introduces you to the rich Mexican culture you'll experience throughout the film.  Music continues to carry you throughout the movie.  In fact, the movie is about music!

SAN DIEGO FESTIVAL CHORUS AND ORCHESTRA PRESENTS “SOUNDS GOOD” HOLIDAY CONCERT DEC. 10

 

By Valerie Watts

October 23, 2017 (San Diego) -- Ready for some good sounds of the season to get you into the holiday spirit?  On Sunday, December 10th at 3 p.m. The San Diego Festival Chorus and Orchestra will be presenting their concert entitled "Sounds Good," at College Avenue Baptist Church at 4747 College Avenue in San Diego.  This musical offering will consist of the Christmas portion of Handel's beloved "Messiah" along with selections of popular holiday music.  The Chorus is some 70 singers strong, the orchestra is 48 pieces and this concert, conducted by founder and director Anthony V. Mostardo, will also feature some of our fine local soloists

SAN DIEGO ARAB FILM FESTIVAL 2017 INCLUDED 1948: CREATION AND CATASTROPHE AND ALI, THE GOAT AND IBRAHIM

 

By Jonathan Goetz

Photo, left: 1948: Creation and Catastrophe Directors Professor Ahlam Muhtaseb, Ph.D. and Andy Trimlett

November 13, 2017 (San Diego) – October’s San Diego Arab Film Festival was a success, featuring films from Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Qatar, France, Tunisia and the United States.

SANTEE COUNCIL CHOOSES CINEMARK FOR THEATRE MULTIPLEX; APPROVES TRAFFIC FLOW PLAN WITHOUT MAST BOULEVARD EXTENSION

 

By Paul Kruze

Link to audio of Santee City Council Meeting, Oct. 25, 2017

November 3, 2017 (Santee) -- Cinemark Theatres won unanimous approval from the Santee City Council Wednesday to operate a multiplex movie theater. The multiplex theater is to be built on a seven-acre parcel purchased last spring from the County of San Diego near the Santee Town Center shopping mall and Parc One apartment complex at 320 Town Center Parkway.

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