Arts and Entertainment

Viva Vivaldi!


I grew up loving rock ‘n roll (no Joan Jett reference intended), and landed my dream job as a DJ at a classic rock radio station in San Diego. Nothing beats getting paid to play the music I loved, and getting tickets to see every band that came to town. For over 30 years now, I’ve been doing movie reviews. […]

Elvis: Austin Butler does a great job as the charismatic king of rock


A song came on the radio the other day and I was excitedly telling my wife how much I loved it and how I hadn’t heard it in 25 years. She said, “I think you like music more than you do movies.” I thought about that the rest of the day, and realized it’s probably not the case. You see, […]

Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story


I love music. I love documentaries. So it seemed this documentary was right in my wheelhouse. It doesn’t help that this comes just after seeing the great music documentaries Summer of Soul, as well as ones on Creem Magazine, the Velvet Underground, Beatles (Get Back), Beastie Boys, and Billie Eilish. Director Frank Marshall did some movies I wasn’t so fond […]

Escondido artist wins first place in watercolor contest

Peggy Weiner, an artist and resident of Escondido, has won the first-place award in the continuingly competitive June 2022 San Diego Watercolor Society (SDWS) Members’ exhibition “Bring Color.” an in-gallery show of the SDWS at 2825 Dewey Road in Liberty Station, San Diego. Weiner’s painting titled “Pomegranates” was selected by prominent local artist Susan Keith for this honor, out of […]

Top Gun: Maverick, finally the anticipated sequel


There was probably a time when movie critics lamented sequels for all the reasons you’d guess; but after Godfather II and the Empire Strikes Back – everyone realizes there’s nothing wrong with sequels if they’re done right. Now, with the sequel to Top Gun, critics have been talking about how bizarre it is that it’s been 35 years between these […]

Johnny Depp in Deep


One of the fun things about being a movie critic is your friends asking about various movies; whether it’s the latest releases at the theater, or something they’re considering on the streaming services. It’s even more fun when I get peppered with questions about movie stars who are in the news. “Could you believe Will Smith slapped Chris Rock?” No. […]

All-American Boys Chorus to sing May 15 at CCAE

The world-famous All-American Boys Chorus is performing on Sunday May 15, at 2 p.m. in the Center Theater at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. They sing Americana, patriotic, Broadway, movies, Beach Boys and other popular songs.   AABC has been singing for over 53 years for all occasions, including for five  U.S. Presidents.  They will make your experience […]

Spring street fair aims for homemade fare


A country fair is coming to Escondido. Images of a gazebo, tasty food, lively music, homemade goods, artistic items made by neighbors and an overall festive atmosphere are all the ingredients of homegrown fun.  It is what Downtown Business Association (DBA) President Alex MacLachlan and his wife Christina and DBA board member Carol Rogers are aiming for as they put […]

SD Symphony will return to CCAE for another season

This week the San Diego Symphony announced its 2022-23 Jacobs Masterworks Classical concert lineup offering 16 programs of classical and contemporary masterworks from October 1, 2022 – May 27, 2023.  Followed by its successful 2022 Winter-Spring “Hear Us Here” season, the symphony will continue to share music with communities throughout San Diego, including Escondido’s Center for the Arts, while its […]

Docents needed for sculpture garden

The City of Escondido is seeking adult volunteers to serve as docents at Queen Califia’s Magical Circle sculpture garden in Kit Carson Park. Queen Califia’s Magical Circle is the only American sculpture garden and the last major international project created by Niki de Saint Phalle.  It is open Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 a.m. – noon and 2nd & 4th Saturdays […]


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