Arts and Entertainment

Popular Mexican Band Performs in Escondido

Mexican band, Panteón Rococó heads to Escondido to perform for one-night only at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido on Sunday, July 28 at 8 p.m. in the Concert Hall.                                                           […]

Bulevar Descarga brings Latin rhythms to Hidden City Sounds music series

Join the Center for its new summer series: Hidden City Sounds which fills the Lyric Court with music every Friday from now to October 4. On Friday, July 26, Bordertown band, Bulevar Descarga  will perform at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido starting at 7 p.m.  Bulevar Descarga is a band with members on both sides of the wall. […]

Patio Playhouse presents ‘The Wizard Of Oz’

Patio Playhouse July 12 opened its Plays in the Park summer series with “The Wizard of Oz,” the classic musical based on the 1939 MGM film. The play will continue with multiple dates until July 27 at Kit Carson Amphitheater, 100 Amphitheater Drive, Escondido. Cost for tickets range from $18 to $25. The show is suitable for all ages.  The […]

Center’s 25th year will be special: an interview with the executive director


This is the beginning of a magical year at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. The 25th year since the Center opened, and immediately leaped onto the “A” list of top performing venues in San Diego County, if not Southern California.  As I have done for several years now, last week I sat down with Executive Director Jerry Van […]

CCAE Courtyard to be transformed

A Ribbon Cutting for the Cal Club Courtyard at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido was held Wednesday morning.  The courtyard has finally been transformed into an area that can host events, parties, meetings, and more. Attendees at the ribbon cutting included some of the donors behind the project, City officials, Center staff, and other community leaders, including Mayor […]

Catch Pianist Nathan Lee June 23 at the Center

Seattle-area pianist, Nathan Lee will be performing for one-night only at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido on Sunday, June 23 at 3:30 p.m. in the Center Theater.                                                                […]

Multi-generational Cuban band performs at Center June 23

Straight out of Havana, Cuba comes Orquesta Akokán who will be performing for one-night only at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido on Sunday, June 23 at 5 p.m. in the Lyric Court.                                                      […]

“Boogie Woogie Stylings” Friday at Center’s Lyric Court

Join the Center for its new summer series: Hidden City Sounds which fills the Lyric Court with music every Friday until October 4. The next in the series is Sue Palmer & Her Motel Swing Orchestra perform starting at 7 p.m.  Best known for her beehive-wearing stint with blues diva Candye Kane in the ’90’s, Palmer has been making her […]

“The Producers”: another Moonlight triumph


Several days after watching the Moonlight Amphitheatre’s opening night performance of “The Producers,” the main theme song from the production, the tune “Springtime for Hitler” is still inhabiting my head. But not in a bad way. “The Producers” plays now through June 29. The show was great, of course. How could it not be? Especially since the director, Larry Raben—who […]

CCAE announces 25th year season

The Center’s XXV Anniversary Season debuts on Thursday, July 18 with first-ever outdoor concert in our Great Green and continues until Thursday, May 21, 2020.  Events will take place in the 1,523-seat Concert Hall and 404-seat Center Theater.  New this season, events will also take place outdoors in the 3,500-seat Great Green and 388-seat Lyric Court.  Please see the 2019-20 […]


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