Arts and Entertainment

Escondido’s Bosko Hrnjak teams up with Val Kilmer in LA art exhibit

Escondido artist Bosko Hrnjak’s works will be highlighted in an exhibit in Los Angeles at HelMel Studios, which is owned by film star Val Kilmer. Times-Advocate readers last read about Hrnjak in July 2018 in the feature: “Film opens about Escondido man, Bosko Hrnjak and ‘Rebirth of Tiki.’ ” They learned of the documentary film “Bosko and the Rebirth of […]

Michael McDonald: An icon with staying power


It’s hard enough to become a music icon. But you’ve reached an entirely different stratosphere when your talent and voice remain relevant for decades on end with nary a sign of deterioration. When, in baseball parlance, you haven’t lost anything off your fastball and you can still bring the heat. When your staying power and ability to sound forceful yet […]

U.S. Marine Band to perform in Escondido on West Coast tour

 A decade has passed since the scarlet coats of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band last appeared on stages along the West Coast. However, on Friday, October 25, the band returns and will play a free concert in Escondido. The performance, held at 7:30 p.m. and will take place at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. Free tickets […]

Escondido Tamale Festival just keeps getting bigger


  The 5th annual Escondido Tamale Festival is coming to Escondido in November. The Times-Advocate caught up with Downtown Business Association president Alex MacLachlan to talk about the origins of the event, it’s future, and how it just keeps growing and growing in popularity.  The next Escondido Tamale Festival will be Saturday, November 2 at Grape Day Park. Q: What […]

Museum celebrates Center’s 25th year with special exhibit


Friday afternoon the California Center for the Arts celebrated the opening of its 25th anniversary exhibit museum exhibit that includes ephemera and photos from throughout the Center’s history as well as its annual Día de los Muertos altar. This exhibition includes artists Tony Berlant, Doris Bittar, Jean Lowe, Robert Mapplethorpe, Ernest Silva, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Therman Statom, and Harry Sternberg, […]

Ukulele virtuoso Taimane to perform Oct. 19 at Center

Ukulele virtuoso and rising star, Taimane will be performing for one-night only at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido on Saturday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall.  Born and raised in Hawaii of hapa Samoan descent, Taimane is renowned for both her pyrotechnics on the four-string island staple and prowess in using music and movement to […]

5th annual Tamale Festival coming Nov. 2 at Grape Day Park

Returning for its 5th year, the Escondido Tamale Festival has become a signature North County event. It’s a celebration of tamales and all the great Latin foods that have become iconic staples of California’s culture. It’s a look back at the history of the Spanish and Mexican settlers who influenced and contributed to our multicultural community, and a show of […]

Free art lesson celebrates Día de los Muertos

The Education Department at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido is hosting another free 2nd Saturday art lesson on Saturday, October 12.     An ofrenda (meaning “offering” or “altar”), is an essential part of the annual and traditional Mexican Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations.  An ofrenda is most often created as a way to […]

Stand-up Comedian, Patton Oswalt to perform at CCAE Oct. 12

Stand-up comedian, actor and writer, Patton Oswalt will be performing for one-night only at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido on Saturday, October 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall.  From his award-winning comedy specials to his many memorable film roles and guest appearances on his favorite TV shows, Patton Oswalt continues to choose work that inspires him […]

Fiction writers round table October 5

A Fiction Writers Round Table Workshop will be held Saturday, October 5, 10 a.m.–noon at VC Library. This is a free program sponsored by the VC Friends of the Library. The roundtable will be moderated by local published author Linda Thomas-Sundstrom, who has over 35 books with publishers such as Kensington, HarperCollins, Harlequin Nocturne, Amazon Montlake, and GothicScapes, this informal […]


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