Arts and Entertainment

Panache 2019 Art Auctions celebrates Niki de Saint Phalle

More than 40 award-winning local, national and internationally acclaimed artists are donating works for a gala fundraiser supporting the Escondido Arts Partnership Escondido Municipal Gallery that will be auctioned off at the Panache 2019 Art Auctions on Saturday March 23. The auction also celebrates the work of the late, internationally acclaimed artist Niki de Saint Phalle as well as award […]

Patio Playhouse to present classic “Our Town” beginning in March

Patio Playhouse Community Theatre in Escondido will present Thornton Wilder’s classic play, “Our Town.”  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 props and sets, audiences follow the Webb and […]

“They Shall Not Grow Old” sets new standards for historical documentaries


Director Peter Jackson has done something remarkable and historically significant with his splendid filmic achievement “They Shall Not Grow Old” which is now playing in local theaters. For those whose knowledge of The Great War (1914-1918) is limited to the grainy, jerky, black and white silent films of a century ago, “They Shall Not Grow Old” is visually stunning in […]

The “Queen of Christian Pop” Comes to Escondido Feb. 21

Contemporary Christian Music artist, Amy Grant performs at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido on Thursday, February 21, starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall.  Conventional wisdom has it that Amy Grant put Contemporary Christian Music on the map, becoming the first CCM artist to have a platinum record, the first to hit No. 1 on the Pop […]

Gallery Talk with Wendy Maruyama and Photography Lecture by Ruth Wallen

The Center Museum will host a gallery talk and photography lecture at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido on Sunday, February 10, starting at 2 p.m. in the Center museum. Exhibiting artist, Wendy Maruyama, discusses the artwork in Executive Order 9066 with a walking tour of the exhibition that analyzes the internment camps with a contemporary eye. Following the […]

Celebration of the sweet sound of Motown coming to Escondido

In honor of Black History Month, the California Center for the Arts, Escondido will partner with The Barn Stage Company to present The Best of Motown on Saturday, February 16, starting at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, February 17, starting at 3:30 p.m. in the Center Theater. Audiences will hear popular hit songs such as “My Girl,” “Midnight Train,” “Heard It […]

Distinction Gallery hosts Elena Karavodin: “Renegade” exhibit

Escondido’s Distinction Gallery will host Elena Karavodin: “Renegade” exhibit March 9 –April 6. Elena Karavodin was born in Los Angeles and raised in Encinitas. She is a second-generation American tracing her roots back to the 19th century Russian sculptor M.O. Mikeshin. Surrounded by a family of artists, scientists and engineers, her interests always remained toward the arts. She studied classical […]

“Art of the Avocado” Competition – Calling for Entries

The 14th annual Art of the Avocado Competition, part of Fallbrook’s annual Avocado Festival, is now  “Calling for Entries.”  Any artistic medium may be submitted – the only restriction is that an “avocado” must be easily identifiable in all pieces. Three categories: 2-Dimensional and 3-Dimensional cash prizes awarded in each:   First Place – $300, Second Place – $200, and […]

High Tea and Murder in Escondido as Grand Tea Room hosts “The Game’s Afoot”

The 413 Project Theater will open Ken Ludwig’s “The Game’s Afoot” February 7 – 23, at the Grand Tea Room in Escondido.  Ludwig’s story revolves around the real life Sherlock Holmes – actor William Gillette. It is December 1926, and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play “Sherlock Holmes”, has invited his […]

February’s 2nd Saturdays Art Lesson features Japanese Wall Art

The Education Department at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido is hosting another free 2nd Saturday art lesson on Saturday, February 9, 10 a.m.-12:15 p.m. in the Education Studio 2.  February’s free art lesson will feature “Kakemono” Japanese Wall Art.  A kakemono (“hanging thing”,) is a Japanese scroll painting which can include calligraphy. These paintings were hung in close […]


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