Arts and Entertainment

55th Annual Independence Day Festival & Fireworks

Escondido’s annual Independence Day Festival & Fireworks has become a North County tradition, and for good reason. Each year, 25,000 festival-goers converge on the California Center for the Arts, Escondido (The Center) at Grape Day Park for the holiday festivities. The event is back for its 55th year on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 with rockin’ live music, tasty treats, and […]

Come Sail the Night Away with Styx at the Center in September

American rock band, Styx will be performing during the 2018-19 Performing Arts Season at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido on Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Best known for melding hard rock guitar with acoustic guitar, synthesizers with acoustic piano, upbeat tracks and popular power ballads, while incorporating elements of international musical theatre, STYX’s show will be […]

Center announces 2018/2019 Season, featuring Itzhak Perlman, AJ Croce and Alan Cumming

The California Center for the Arts, Escondido (the Center) is pleased this week announced its “2018/2019 Presented Season” featuring a line-up of acclaimed performers, including Itzhak Perlman; STYX; Alan Cumming: Legal Immigrants; Lila Downs; Charlie Daniels Band; Ry Cooder; The Ten Tenors; Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández; The Scottish International Tattoo and Music Parade; Syncopated Ladies with Special […]

Arts director keeps to his formula for success


Jerry Van Leeuwen, who just finished his fifth year as executive director of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, this week released the schedule for the 2018-2019 season at the Center, a schedule that is bigger than previous years (see the front page.) “It’s a fun job, that’s for sure,” says Van Leeuwen. “It’s a lot of wonderful people […]

Two day arts, music festival expected to attract 3,000

The first annual A Ship In The Woods Music and Art Festival will happen this weekend at Felicita County Park in Escondido, June 16,-17, 11 a.m.–7:30 p.m. both days. A Ship in the Woods, which is abbreviated to WSOHOIDPS (don’t ask us to explain how, but we are told it involves a word puzzle) will headline Built To Spill, Shabazz […]

African Sanctus celebrates the people who live along the Nile


It’s amazing, when you think about it: A musical work that combines elements of a Muslim call to prayer and the most sacred of Christian music: the mass. On Sunday the lovely and serene sanctuary of Escondido’s Trinity Episcopal Church was filled to capacity for the performance by the Center Chorale of the late David Fanshawe’s acclaimed African Sanctus. In […]

Guitarist Ry Cooder to kick off Center’s new season

Multiple Grammy winner Ry Cooder with Joachim Cooder will be kicking off the 2018-19 Performing Arts Season at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido on Sunday, August 19, at 7:30 p.m. Ry Cooder is an American musician, songwriter, record producer, and film score composer best known for his unparalleled skill on the slide guitar. Cooder has been the recipient […]

Mandolin virtuoso Thile to close out CCAE season

Season 2017/2018 at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido brought the comedy and music stylings of Bill Murray, the classic and hip-hop mash-up of Black Violin, and the sold-out pop-rock sounds of Natalia Lafourcade, just to name a few.  And on Sunday, June 17, 2018 at 7:30 p.m., the season closes out with multiple Grammy award winner Chris Thile, […]

Mama Mia coming to Moonlight Amphitheatre

After becoming the ninth longest-running musical with a 14-year Broadway run, and 15 years of touring productions, Moonlight Stage Productions will open its 38th season with the San Diego Regional Premiere of Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ smash musical hit “Mamma Mia!” based on the songs of ABBA.  Due to popular demand, Moonlight has added an additional performance for June […]

The California Center for the Arts, Escondido presents Itzhak Perlman and TEN Tenors for upcoming 2018-19 Season

  The California Center for the Arts, Escondido has announced two sensational shows from its “2018-19 Presented Season” line up. Itzhak Perlman Saturday, January 19, 2019 $60-225 Undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin, Itzhak Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. Perlman has performed with every major orchestra and at venerable concert halls around the globe. Beloved […]


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