escondido entertainment

Idiosyncratic dinosaur ‘museum’ going extinct

Always a bit of an oddity, and itself a colorful exhibition of an Escondido antique dealer’s lifelong hobby, the Roynon Museum celebrating all things dinosaur, goes the way of the creatures celebrated within, that is to say, extinct, on June 30. Applying the lofty title of Roynon Museum of Earth Sciences and Paleontology to its decidedly idiosyncratic exhibit and purpose, museum officials this week posted…


New season set at Cal Center for the Arts

California Center for the Arts, Escondido this week announced its most ambitious season ever, set to hit the resurgent landmark’s stages beginning Aug. 11. To name but a few of the stars alighting Escondido’s cultural horizons through June 2017: Kathy Griffin, Keith Sweat, Big Head Todd And The Monsters, Montgomery Gentry, Garrison Keillor, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Pink Martini, Shaping Sound, The Midtown Men,…


Escondido Street Fair(e) keeps rolling along

Like the Energizer Rabbit of yore and lore, the Grand Avenue Festival, aka Escondido Street Faire, just kept running and running and running. Such was the case Sunday, May 15 along downtown’s main street. Which way did it go? “It went wonderfully,” said Rick Bauer, Escondido site manager for Kennedy & Associates, the Carlsbad company that manages the region’ top festival’s, including the Carlsbad Village…


Welk Theater Review: ‘Fiddler on the Roof’

It’s almost a waste to time to review “Fiddler On The Roof,” because I’ve never seen a bad production of it. How can you go wrong with story inspired by Sholem Aleichem, a book by Joseph Stein, Jerry Bock’s unforgettable music and Sheldon Harnick’s wonderful lyrics? You can’t, and Welk Resorts Theatre is proving that once again with a lovely production headed by Rudy Martinez…


Dance a jig, Chieftains coming to town

 Iconic, entertaining and legendary, The Chieftains traditional Irish band roars into California Center for the Arts, Escondido Concert Hall on Thursday, Feb. 25. Considered one of the world’s most memorable musical ensembles, The Chieftains transcend musical boundaries by blending tradition with modern music. They’ve been at it for half-a-century, believe it or not, yet always sound fresh and relevant. You can thank Paddy Moloney for…


Tales of Shen Yun at Escondido

Chinese culture wars came to the California Center for the Arts, Escondido (CCAE) last week. Shen Yun, the New York-based performing arts company affiliated with the Falun Gong spiritual movementm was at the Center for a series of performances from Jan. 26-28. Falun Gong was founded in Northeast China in 1992, emphasizing  Buddhist and Taoist tradition. While the Chinese Communist Party initially supported the movement,…


Ukuleles from New Zealand with love

You don’t have to ask Ukulele Ray where the hot ukulele action is this season. Simply head over to the California Center for the Arts, Escondido (CCAE). World-renowned, The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra takes center stage at the 1,523-seat main concert hall on Tuesday, Feb. 2. The New Zealand entertainment powerhouse’s repertoire consists of “ukulelefied” versions of many contemporary pop classics by Justin Timberlake, Dolly…