Arts and Entertainment

Paintings of Hunter, Adachi featured at Escondido Municipal Gallery

Local artists Patricia Hunter and Wayne Adachi will host a reception introducing their latest oil paintings at the Escondido Municipal Gallery (262 E. Grand Ave.) during the 2nd Saturday Art Walk on May 8, 2:30-4:30 p.m. The gallery exhibits runs through June 4. Hunter, a retired real estate broker, has found an ongoing specialty in pet portraits. And she says […]

Children’s Discovery Museum reopening May 11

San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum will reopen its outdoor Discovery Garden beginning May 11 for the general public. Carefully read the information below regarding the museum’s new reopening policies and procedures.  Hours & Admission Beginning May 11, the Museum will be open on the following days/times:  Tuesdays: 9 a.m. – noon  |  1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays: 9 a.m. […]

Escondido boy benefits from “loaner” organ for music students

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, organists around the world have found it hard to find a place to practice since church organs have become largely inaccessible. This has been especially difficult for younger musicians who have found it hard to improve without a reliable practice space.  When the Spreckels Organ Society received the donation of a Hammond organ, they came […]

Company teaches youngsters how to appreciate opera


The most that many people know about opera is that the performance is over “when the fat lady sings.” That’s a shame because opera is one of the transcendent achievements of Western culture, combining music, song, dance, costume, and stagecraft. Did I miss anything?  It is an art that is a feast for almost all of the senses, except, perhaps […]

SD Children’s Discovery Museum to begin reopening

San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum will be reopening in a limited capacity beginning April 27 for museum members and May 11 for the general public.  For this initial phase of reopening, the museum will be operating outdoors-only in the Discovery Garden. According to a spokesman, the museum plans to reopen the indoor exhibit hall in the near future.  The updated […]

Representational oil painting comes alive at California Art Center through May 16


For art lovers weary of abstract painting that their kid “could do better,” or that “modern” artwork needing lengthy verbiage to explain, the California Center for the Arts currently offers an exhilarating change of pace. The center is hosting the 30th Anniversary exhibit of the Oil Painters of America (OPA; Chicago), with attendees at last Friday’s opening reception getting first […]

Oil painting exhibit opens Sunday at Center

Oil Painters Of America: 30th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils will be presented by California Center for the Arts, Escondido.  The exhibit opens Sunday, April 11 beginning at 1 p.m. at the Center museum.  Cost to attend the exhibit ranges from $6-$12.  Dedicated to preserving and promoting excellence in representational art, Oil Painters of America’s primary mission is […]

CCAE ed programs don’t slow down during COVID

During COVID-19 most people think the California Center for the Arts, Escondido is shut down with not much happening. However, one program continues to function at full speed and has even accelerated to meet the challenges caused for children by the pandemic. That is the Center’s educational program.  The Center’s Executive Director Jerry Van Leeuwen told The Times-Advocate, “The general […]

Patio Playhouse Presents reading of “Kings Among Men”

Patio Playhouse Community Theater will  present a Zoom reading of new play “Kings Among Men” by local playwright David Marshall Friday through Sunday In its debut read, “Kings Among Men” is a powerful retelling of the fall of the Knights Templar and resonates with audiences today through its themes of integrity, toxic masculinity, respect, and betrayal.  While Zoom productions have […]

Walls that unite: a tour of the city’s iconic murals


Part I of II parts. While some walls limit, discourage and separate, the colorful and uniquely painted walls of Escondido expand, inspire and bring people together.  There are the more than a dozen of these walls or murals. Some are obvious and easy to find but, true to the city’s name, many are tucked away on back-alley walls like hidden […]


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