Arts & Entertainment

Arts Calendar – Oct. 21 – Nov. 17

Music Notes ‘Jewgrass: the Appalachians meet the Carpathians’ Wednesday, Nov. 2 Special guest, Hot Tuna’s Barry Mitterhoff, will join Yale Strom and Hot Pstromi to perform “mountain music” from the klezmer of the Carpathian Ukraine to Old Time Americana from Appalachia. Mitterhoff, a virtuosic mandolin player, will present music that is an essential part of […]

Art is popping up in hidden gardens

Posted: October 21st, 2016 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Top Stories | No Comments

By Kit-Bacon Gressitt

San Diego has a thriving and eclectic arts community, but the economics of art as business can be challenging for people attempting to earn a living from their creations. Commissions on gallery sales, typically 50 percent for paintings, are pushing some artists out the door and into what’s known as “pop-up” art shows. These are short-term exhibits, commonly organized by the artists and held in odd and interesting urban environments. Pop-up shows are mounted in everything from bookshops to abandoned storefronts to empty industrial spaces and, now, in San Diego’s hidden gardens.

A family affair at California Youth Conservatory Theatre

Posted: September 16th, 2016 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Top Stories | No Comments

By David Dixon

For over a decade, California Youth Conservatory Theatre has been producing musicals ranging from “Spring Awakening” to “Big River.” Founded by Managing Artistic Director, Shaun T. Evans, the company produces shows that mix young performers with professional adult artists. Evans’ current production at the Lyceum Theatre is the urban interpretation of “The Wizard of Oz,” “The Wiz.”

A San Carlos family are involved with the present popular take on L. Frank Baum’s famous book. Elizabeth Blust and her daughter, Cassandra Blust, play several characters, including Ozzians and Winkies who encounter Dorothy (Jasmine January). Cassandra Blust’s sister, Kira Blust, works behind the scenes as the assistant stage manager.

Phileas Fogg travels to San Diego

by David Dixon

San Diegans, who want to travel to different continents without leaving the county, will now be able to at Grossmont College’s Stagehouse Theatre. Members of the 3rd Annual Summer Conservatory Program are presenting an adaptation of “Around the World in 80 Days” called “80 Days! A New Musical.”

The adventure story is directed by Theatre Arts instructor and local artist, Brian Rickel. He gives a lot of credit for the program’s inception to Theatre Arts Department Chair, Beth Duggan.