Arts and Music

OLAF WIEGHORST HISTORICAL HOME TO OPEN MARCH 19

Story and photos by Miriam Raftery

Olaf Wieghorst historic home  

March 11, 2009 (El Cajon) — Recently designated a historic site by the City of El Cajon, the long-time home of famed western artist Olaf Wieghorst will open to the public on Thursday, March 19th at 4 p.m.  In an exclusive interview with East County Magazine, the artist's son, Roy Wieghorst, shares his memories of his famous father and his boyhood home.


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EL CAJON'S ANNUAL DANCE RECITAL IS BACK: MARCH 22 EVENT AT ECPAC INVOLVES THE YOUNG & YOUNG AT HEART

March 12, 2009 (El Cajon)--The City of El Cajon Recreation Department will hold its much anticipated Annual Dance and Tumbling Recital at the East County Performing Arts Center on Sunday, March 22, 2009, from 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. This event has been a highlight in the City for over 20 years. This year's recital, "Dance And Tumble--Through The Decades!" will showcase the talents of ages 5 through senior adult in tumbling, tap, jazz, cheer, hip-hop, lyrical and modern jazz. Act 1- "Oldies" begins at 2:30 and Act 2-"Goodies" begins at 4:30p.m.


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SDSU STUDENTS ORGANIZE ART RELIEF EVENT MARCH 14 TO BENEFIT KATRINA VICTIMS; PLAN TRIP TO NEW ORLEANS MARCH 28-APRIL 4.

By Matt Schauer

March 8, 2009 (San Diego) — An Art Relief Auction on March 14th will raise funds to benefit College Students for New Orleans, a non-profit organization intent on rebuilding homes in New Orleans and restoring lives of people affected by Hurricane Ike and Hurricane Katrina. We travel to Louisiana four times a year with groups as small as four and as large as 37. Our upcoming spring break trip from March 28 to April 4 will be the largest yet, with 50 people. We will spend our spring break rebuilding homes in an impoverished community plagued by a variety of problems. These range from severe economic woes and skyrocketing crime rates to the reason we are there: a lack of homes to live in.


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NEW ORLEANS JUST MIGHT BE THE PATH TO ENLIGHTENMENT

By Maia Neubig

Maia Neubig is an SDSU senior who traveled to New Orleans on two separate occasions as part of the Art Relief effort.

The best part about the trips are the people down there, they are some of the nicest, most caring people I have ever met in my life. They truly love and appreciate every one of us for coming down there and never let us forget it.


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RELIGIOUS ART FESTIVAL WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT St. MARK'S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

Resurerction Flower,award-winning
photo by mkona Schlesinger of Poway

March 4, 2009 (San Diego)—Many East County residents were accepeted into the 46th annual all-media Religious Art Festival of St. Mark's United Methodist Church by juror Hiroshi Miyazaki. In the poetry division Elaine Parker, Rancho San Diego won second place and Eldon (Mike) Meyer of Lemon Grove received two Honorable Mention Awards. Poway artists Mona Schlesinger and Janet Perkin received Honorable Mention Awards in art.


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SPIRITUAL KNOWLEDGE: MUSIC U CAN LIVE 2

By Dennis Moore

March 1, 2009 (San Diego's East County) — Just like Hip Hop artist "R" Kelly did in my hometown of Chicago, East County Gospel singer Nicolas SK Shivers seems to be taking a similar path to stardom and fame, by initially selling and promoting his music on the streets of San Diego. I ran into Nicolas "SK" Shivers at the Mission Valley Mall while I was shopping for computer and office equipment for a consulting business that I am starting in San Diego.


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GOSPEL FESTIVAL FRIDAY FEB. 27 AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE

As part of its Black History Month celebration, Grossmont College will present a free Gospel Festival, featuring five local gospel choirs and one dance troupe, starting at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 27, in Room #220 on the college campus. The public is invited to attend. Parking is free. Performing artists will include the House of Metamorphosis Choir, Martin Luther King Jr.


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FAMED STARGAZER & NIGHT SKY PHOTOGRAPHER DENNIS MAMMANA OF ANZA-BORREGO SHARES SECRETS OF SUCCESS-- AND ANNOUNCES UPCOMING TRIPS TO VIEW CELESTIAL WONDERS IN THE NIGHT SKY

By Miriam Raftery

Northern lights images from Anza Borrego desert

February 22, 2009 (Anza Borrego) — In celebration of the International Year of Astronomy, we thought it fitting to share with our readers the beauty and grandeur of the night sky as depicted by Dennis Mammana, world-famous night sky photographer and East County resident. His dazzling photos include rare shots of the Aurora Borealis (Northern lights) viewed from the Anza-Borrego desert, where he lives, as well as images of solar and lunar eclipses, comets, and other astronomical events taken around the globe. Also a prolific writer and instructor, Mammana teaches courses and hosts camp-outs locally, also leading astronomy and sky photography expeditions worldwide--such as an upcoming journey to China to view and photograph a total solar eclipse.


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MUSICAL OF MUSICALS (THE MUSICAL)

Review By Kathy Carpenter

Now Playing: Feb. 20--27 at 8 p.m., Feb..28 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m,, and March 1 at 2p.m.
Experimental Theatre SDSU: Tickets $18-$20; ticket info:(619) 594-6884 or theatre.sdsu.edu

Musical of Musicals, with music by Eric Rockwell and lyrics by Joanne Bogart, is a delight for all fans of musical theatre.

This Musical, or I should say its five Musical vignettes, all share the same theme: You must pay the rent! But I can't pay the rent! Leary of how a basic plot like this could be entertaining, I was totally surprised.


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TV M*A*S*H DOCTOR OFFERS HEALING WORDS FOR HUMANITY IN NEW BOOK; VISIT TO BONITA LIBRARY DRAWS FULL HOUSE

By Miriam Raftery

Mike Farrell with officers of Eastlake-Bonita
Democratic Club.

February 17, 2009 (Bonita) — Mike Farrell and his co-stars
on the popular M*A*S*H TV show raised public awareness about the human costs
of war. But
what many fans don't realize is that in his private life, Farrell has much
in common with the character he portrayed, Dr. B.J. Hunnicutt. Traveling
to global hot spots from Central American jungles to war-torn African villages,
he has gained fame internationally as a humanitarian, working tireless to draw
attention to a wide range of human rights issues.


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I HAVE A NEW RING: SILVER ART CLAY IN SANTEE CLASS FORGES CREATIVE ENDEAVORS

By Jackie Hanson

I'm admiring my new ring. Its flowers and curliques catch the light as I type. Amazingly, t I made it myself! That's because I had the great good fortune to discover Tes Shea and the jewelry classes she teaches for the City of Santee. Last Friday, Tes was teaching how to make "Easy Rings" out of silver Art Clay.


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EL CAJON MOURNS PASSING OF WAYNE STALKER, LONG-TIME EMPLOYEE AND ARTIST

The El Cajon Police Department and the City are saddened by the death of retired Animal Control Officer Wayne Stalker. Wayne passed away on Wednesday, February 4 after a long courageous battle against cancer.

Wayne joined the El Cajon Police Department as a Volunteer Police Reserve Officer on September 9, 1981, and then held various positions at the police department, eventually becoming an Animal Control Officer on July 1, 1995. He retired from the City on December 28, 2007. Not only was Wayne a dedicated officer, but he was also a very talented artist.


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ART SALE FEB. 14: HERITAGE OF AMERICAS MUSEUM AT CUYAMACA COLLEGE

Five East County artists will help raise money for the Heritage of the Americas Museum with an art sale from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14 at the museum, located on the campus of Cuyamaca College, 12110 Cuyamaca College Dr. West, in El Cajon. Admission is free.


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FORMS IN METAL EXHIBITION OPENS IN HYDE ART GALLERY AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE

January 14, 2008 (El Cajon) — To mark the 1st anniversary
of the opening of its new, state-of-the-art Sculpture facility, the Hyde Art
Gallery at Grossmont College will host Forms in Metal , a
group exhibition of contemporary metalwork from January 26-February 26; An
opening event is scheduled for February 10th from 7-9 p.m.

The exhibition will feature the work of seventeen artists engaged in the production
of metal objects of utility, ceremony, and ornament. Forms in Metal will
explore the means by which each artist manipulates metal and makes use of it
as a vehicle to convey a wide range of personal experiences, concerns, interests,
and ideas. The work exhibited underscores the possibilities inherent in metal
as a medium of artistic expression.


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SAN DIEGO YOUNG ARTISTS SYMPHONY POPS CONCERT: MUSIC FROM THE MOVIES

January 5, 2008 (San Diego) —The San Diego Young Artists Symphony (YAS),
conducted by Mary Gerard and Hernan Constantino, performs at the Joan B. Kroc
Theatre (6611 University Ave. San Diego, CA 92115) on Sunday, January 25, 2009
at 3:00 p.m.  The
concert will feature movie music from the Phantom of the Opera, Amadeus, Pirates
of the Caribbean, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and Titanic. An


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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."


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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. 


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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.


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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. 


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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.


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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.


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EXTRAORDINARY TIMES, EXTRAORDINARY ART

By Jolene Crowley

AppleMark October
1, 2008 (SAN DIEGO) -
Three local artists, Theresa Vandenberg Donche
of Mt. Helix, Encinitas resident Reed Cardwell, and Igor Kautsenko of Fallbrook,
will be displaying their latest work collectively entitled “Extraordinary
Times, Extraordinary Art!” at 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 25, at 3911 Harney
Street in Old Town.


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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. 


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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. 


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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).


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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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