Arts and Entertainment

Alan Cumming in Escondido for One-Man Show

Well-known movie and TV star Alan Cumming is coming to Escondido for one-night only at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido on Tuesday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall. His show is entitled “Legal Immigrant.”                                            […]

Bates’s Spring Festival to include vintage market, food truck festival and classic car show

The annual Spring Festival returns to Bates Nut Farm on Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. This year’s festival includes an Arts, Crafts & Vintage Market on both Saturday and Sunday, the Spring Food Truck Festival on Saturday, and the Heartbeat Happening Classic Car Show on Sunday, along with many other family-friendly events. […]

Create your very own fabric collage at 2nd Saturday art lesson April 13

The Education Department at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido is hosting another free 2nd Saturday art lesson on Saturday, April 13.     Taking inspiration from Convergence/Convergencia, artist Irma Sofia Poeter, April’s 2 Saturday art lesson will explore the unusual medium of fabric. Poeter uses recycled or acquired textiles to sew intricate collages that speak to many different […]

Escondido’s art students celebrated

Saturday the California Center for the Arts, Escondido celebrated art and students and student art from all 23 of the Escondido Union School District’s elementary districts for the 7th annual smART Festival The museum and Conference Center were dedicated to student art. Photos courtesy of Karli Cadel Photography.

First Wednesdays Music Series Brings Persian Music to Escondido

Experience the power of performance at the Center’s First Wednesdays music series, a free community music series that happens the first Wednesday of every month from September through June.  For April, First Wednesdays showcases Dornob Collective on Wednesday, April 3, starting at 6 p.m.  Dornob Collective is a group of musicians – now spanning two generations – who’ve been playing […]

Patio Playhouse continues run of “Our Town”

Patio Playhouse’s production of the classic of American theater “Our Town” is continuing from now through April 7 at the Patio Playhouse.  Winner of the 1938 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, “Our Town” follows the small town of Grover’s Corners through three acts: “Daily Life,” “Love and Marriage,” and “Death and Eternity.”  Narrated by a stage manager and performed with minimal […]

7th annual smART Festival will showcase talented Escondido students

Saturday, March 30, the California Center for the Arts, Escondido and the Escondido Union School District will hold the 7th annual smART Festival from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido at 340 N. Escondido Blvd. The event is free and open to the public. For one day each year, the California Center for […]

Dustbowl Revival and Hot Club of Cowtown to play Thursday

 Two amazing bands are coming together for Across the Great Divide: A Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Band Starring The Dustbowl Revival and Hot Club of Cowtown, which happens one-night only at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido on Thursday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall.                 […]

Welk TV show performer shows up at performance

Welk Resorts Theatre’s “Menopause the Musical” opened this past weekend and Welk Theatre royalty Mary Lou Metzger from the long running Lawrence Welk Show attended.  In the photo Metzger points behind her to some still shots from the old TV show, including one of her dancing and singing.

Allegro Program plants seeds to nurture into young musicians: ‘At this point we are hoping we get the roses.’


Last fall, the Escondido Union School District had a meeting at Conway Elementary School to gauge the interest in having an enrichment program that would teach youngsters how to play stringed instruments,  such as the violin and cello. It was called the Allegro Strings program. As both Bob Gilson, director of the Civic Youth Orchestra and Leila Sackfield, deputy superintendent […]


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