Arts and Music

HOLIDAY TEA TRADITION BREAKS NEW GROUND FOR FRIENDS OF EAST COUNTY PERFORMING ARTS

By Miriam Raftery

December 11, 2008 (El Cajon) — This year's holiday tea, sponsored by Friends
of East County Arts, Inc. served up something new along with the traditional
tea, scones and finger sandwiches.

"This is the first year that men have been invited," said Howard Bagley, director
of St. Clair Gallery and a strong supporter of the organization.  "In
24 years, they've raised a half million dollars," he said, adding that the
group has no significant overhead and donates all funds raised for worthy local
causes.  "It's all gone to schools and the arts, including the (East County)
Performing Arts Center."

KRUGER BROTHERS CONCERT IS BEYOND EXPECTATIONS

By Jackie Hanson

Photos by Gian Vaitl

December 10, 2008 (San Diego's East County) — If you’ve heard of the
Kruger Brothers, then you’ve likely heard the superlatives used to describe
their music: sublime, inspiring, sheer genius… (the list goes on).  If
you’ve been fortunate enough to actually hear the Kruger Brothers live, you’ll
realize that words pale in comparison to the experience. 

Armchair Impressionists Exhibition December 1- 31, 2008

By Tammy Lawhead

December 1, 2008 (El Cajon) —
The Armchair Impressionists, including Jeffrey Graham, Rustin Holec,
David Lawhead, Karen Marsh, and William Marsh
, will feature their
paintings December 1 – 31, 2008 at the Rancho San Diego Library, 11555 Via
Rancho San Diego; El Cajon, CA.  Please join them at the Artist’s Reception,
December 7th from 2 – 4 pm in the Community Room.

The
Armchair Impressionists are five artists who came together while students of
artist Jack Jordan when he taught at Grossmont College. The group meets to
offer support and encouragement as they submit their paintings to the various
venues available to artists in and around San Diego County.

KRUGER BROTHERS TO PERFORM CONCERT & HOST WORKSHOP  AT CUYAMACA COLLEGE DEC. 5

By Miriam Raftery

December
2008 (El Cajon) —
Kruger Brothers will perform an exclusive concert at Cuyamaca College in El Cajon on Friday, December
5 at 7:30 p.m.

Winner of the National Endowment for the Arts Artistic Excellence Award for
their "Music from the Spring: A Romantic Serenade for Banjo, Guitar, Bass & Orchestra",
the Kruger Brothers' music combines elements of bluegrass, classical, country
and European folk. 

HOTEL CASSIOPEIA

Reviewed by Kathy Carpenter

Now showing at the Don Powell Theatre at the San Diego State University campus, through December 7, 2008.

Sundays 2:00 p.m. all other days 8:00 p.m. For ticket information call 619-594-6884 or check online at www.theatre.sdsu.edu.

Charles L Mee's Hotel Cassiopeia follows the American collage artist Joseph Cornell. Cornell's dreamlike abstract art is the theme of the play, which is directed by Peter James Cirino. Characters in the play are reminiscent of people Cornell knew, observed or dreamed about. Mee created the play from diaries, letters, clips of Cornell’s life, and the music and movie he loved.

ARTISTS' RECEPTION Oct. 19 for 6th EL CAJON INVITATIONAL ART EXHIBIT

By Jolene Crowley

Sisters III by Sammy Pasto
Sisters III by Sammy Pasto

(El Cajon) - The public is invited to a free artists’ reception hosted
by the St. Clair Gallery in East County Business Center on Sunday, Oct. 19
from 3-6 p.m.  Nearly 200 pieces of art in all fine art categories will
be displayed, including photography by 22 San Diego artists, about 70 percent
of whom are East County residents.

7 BANDS HOLD CONCERT TO HELP FIRE VICTIMS OCT 4

ROC For Fire Relief Concert and Fire Expo Helps Neighbors, Celebrates
Heroes

Saturday, October 4th, 2008
12:00pm to 10:00pm
Lakeside Rodeo Grounds, Lakeside
www.rocsd.net
Listen to music from
the bands.

 

October 1, 2008 (Lakeside) - “Relief is still needed in a serious way,” said Randy Seol of
the band Strawberry Alarm Clock, a longtime San Diego resident who watched
in horror with the rest of us as our county was ravaged by the 2003 and 2007
wildfires. Some fire survivors are now losing their FEMA trailers; many
are struggling in severe financial and emotional need to rebuild their lives,
he added. 

Notes On Air - Tracy Lee Nelson


By Richard Noel

Tracy Lee NelsonNotes On Air is a monthly music column highlighting local artists,
events, and other music-related news. 

In this month’s column, we talk with Tracy Lee Nelson, accomplished
blues musician who is also tribal chairman of the La Jolla Indian Reservation
in Pauma Valley.  Nelson’s music places an emphasis on his heritage,
bringing a Native American perspective to the blues.  His most recent
CD, Indian Reservation, was released in November of 2007

Thank you for taking the time to talk to East County Magazine.

Thank
you.

 

You’ve been playing since you were fairly young.  What
were your earliest musical influences?

I’d have to say my earliest
musical influence was the Beatles.  I
remember when I was young my brother would play their records.  He would
say to me, “You’ve got to listen to this band; you’ve got
to know their names!”  Even more so now; after I understand music
and structure and guitar-playing, I am in awe of some of their formulas and
structure. 

Music Review - On an Island

Breezin’ to the music of Charlie Imes

By
Libby Belle

Charlie Imes - On an IslandSan Diego singer/songwriter Charlie Imes has captured the easy, breezy spirit
of laid-back Southern California living on his new CD, On An Island. 

Imes
and the Hodad Surf Club Band will perform at BonitaFest, a street festival
in Bonita, on September 27th (see our calendar section for details).  He
also ventured out to East County to entertain guests at a La Mesa picnic for
Barack Obama supporters in July (photo).

Artist Profile - The Unconventional Phebe Burnham

By Jackie Hanson

 “There’s a colorful character,” you might say to yourself
upon seeing Phebe Burnham laughing and chatting at a local art event.  If
you guessed that she was one of the artists (or the artist, as is
often the case) you’d be correct.  Phebe Burnham is not only a source
of local color, she is an acclaimed artist, widely exhibited and collected,
both locally and nationally. 

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