Entertainment/Arts

CSUSM-curated California Center for the Arts exhibit celebrates Dia de los Muertos

Re-membering our Ancestors: Discovering Ourselves, an exhibit curated by California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) Professor David Avalos, proclaims, with vivid colors and creative displays, the sense of loyalty people have to one another in life and in death. The exhibit is open now through Sunday, Nov. 22 at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. Re-membering is influenced by the Mexican holiday commonly referred to as…


Valley Center Art Association meeting, greeting and competing in November

Valley Center ‘Artist Meet and Greet’ Valley Center Art Association (VCAA) and the Valley Center Library present an “Artist Meet and Greet” from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 7 in the Valley Center Library Community and Seminar rooms.  Refreshments will be served. Music will provided by Palomar College students including two pianists and a jazz ensemble. “This is a wonderful opportunity for community members to…


Escondido schools get smART with collaborative approach to arts programs

With school arts funding slashed to the bare bone, Escondido artists and the Escondido Union School District have teamed together to bring innovative solutions to the arts education dilemma. Not only is the concept smart, but its called smART as in smART Fridays leading up to next spring’s grand smART Festival at the California Center for the Arts. “The smART collaborative, developed in the fall…


21st San Diego Jewish Book Fair runs from Nov. 7 to Nov. 16

San Diego’s internationally recognized San Diego Jewish Book Fair celebrates its 21st year with many leading authors in their fields including: Steve Katz, David Gregory, Fern Mallis, Arlene Alda, Barney Frank, Jennifer Teege And Mitch Albom. Book Fair events will run from November 7 through November 16, and are presented by the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, Jacobs…


Rocking the House: Etheridge part of arts center’s plans to attract broader audience

‘The goal is to be the Balboa Park of North County.’  — Jerry Van Leeuween, Executive Director, California Center for the Arts   Melissa Etheridge comes to town on Nov. 6, playing the only North County venue large enough for such a major act, the California Center for the Arts in Escondido. The center has had a troubled financial past. However, nobody can deny it…


Danny ‘Black Angus’ Hulbert memorialized (Video)

“All to often, we tend to always feature prominent and well-known artists, over not-so-well-known artists, when they pass away. So, many of these unknown talents go, long before the world is able to catch-up, and recognize them for their true artistry and the contributions they left behind. Danny “BLACK ANGUS” Hulbert is one of those incredible souls, who became a well-known blues guitarist in the…


Thinking pink, Grand Avenue ‘street fair(e)’ and Day of the Dead

 The Grand Tea Room Thinks Pink Care for a little sympathy with some tea? Grand Tea Room is hosting “Think Pink” to raise money for breast cancer research. It’s part of this weekend’s Susan G. Komen 3-Day Breast Cancer Awareness walk, and at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17. Afternoon Grand Tea is $35, all included. It features tea sandwiches, “savories,” fresh fruit, desserts, scones and,…


James and the Giant Peach at Patio Playhouse

 James and the Giant Peach Patio Playhouse director Larry Steckling and producer Sharon Gann this summer put out the call for youth actors to audition for roles in James and the Giant Peach. The kids came out alright to St. Paul Lutheran Church for tryouts and now are trying their hand at the finished production that was adapted for the stage by David Wood from…


Vinnie, Michelle Griffin and Vinz greet October with a fest

A lot of restaurants and businesses have come and gone along Grand Avenue, Escondido’s iconic main street. Vinnie and Michelle Griffin have seen them all while starting and growing a vibrant dining and arts hub at the corner of Grand and Kalmia Street. It all started and continues in earnest for the husband and wife team with Vinz Craft Bar & Restaurant, otherwise known as…


People who BATHE together…SAVE Together

In light of the drought, Escondido native Ukulele Ray encourages people to conserve water by bathing and showering together in this comedy satire from the 60’s classic TV show, “Petticoat Junction.” The TV show was actually based on a farming community in the Central Valley of California, where they’ve been hit the hardest. Yes, there really is a “PIXLEY!” — Ukulele Ray There are public…