June 20, 2008

EVENTS:

The Red Carpet Rolls Out for First South County Film Festival

Festival to be held on Thursday, June 26th at 6 p.m.

The Southwestern College (SWC) Telemedia Film Club proudly presents the COMCAL Film Festival. Under the direction of Telemedia Professor and Club Advisor Mark Sission, this film festival will be screening ten short films from local community college entries such as SWC, City College and Grossmont College.

“We want this film festival to grow every year,” said Diana Santos, COMCAL Executive Director. “As student film makers, this is a dream. We are excited about showing our work on the big screen.”

The COMCAL Film Festival is the first student festival ran and organized by students in San Diego. The importance and difference of this event provides students with the opportunity to screen their own work at a movie theatre. Students will be competing for various awards and their films will be judged and reviewed by five executive directors from prestigious Film Festivals in California. The grand prize award is an entire month of screening at the UltraStar Cinema.

When: Thursday, June 26, 2008. Red Carpet Event from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00p.m. Movie Screenings at 7:00 p.m.

Where: UltraStar Cinemas, Chula Vista Mall, 555 Broadway # 2050, Chula Vista, CA 91910

To purchase tickets visit http://www.swcfilmfestival.com or the movie theatre box office.

Twilight in the Park – Free Summer Music Returns to Balboa Park!

Balboa Park, San Diego––Summertime music and dance has returned to Balboa Park!

Twilight’s live music under the stars has been delighting visitors to the Park for 28 years, and programs range from military bands and Dixieland jazz to big band swing and Latin salsa. Concerts run through August 28, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. on the stage of the majestic Spreckels Organ Pavilion.

All of the San Diego-based performance groups showcase their talents to the community free-of-charge. These entertainers convey the unique and vibrant mix of San Diego’s musical diversity and include the United States Navy Band Southwest on July 2, highlighting inspiring military music, the popular Bayou Brothers exploring Cajun and Zydeco rhythms on July 17 and fabulous and fun “Oompah” tunes from the El Cajon German Band on Aug. 27. The Kearny Mesa Concert Band closes Twilight in the Park on August 28.

Visit www.balboapark.org for updates to the Twilight in the Park schedule.

Escondido Public Library Hosts San Diego Stories

Escondido Public Library is hosting San Diego Stories, a compilation of short digital stories that explore a variety of issues surrounding the people, history and communities of San Diego County, including Escondido. The screening will take place Saturday, June 28th at 4:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room at Escondido Public Library, 239 S. Kalmia, Escondi-do, 92025. A public discussion with the community participants and Media Artists who worked on and produced the Digital Stories will follow the screening. The event is free and open to the public.

The screening will celebrate a variety of short digital stories that have been produced by local community members from Escondido, Chula Vista and throughout San Diego County. Attendees will be treated to an eclectic collection of stories including stories of Japanese internment during World War II, stories of Love and Forgiveness, the History of Escondido’s Grape Day Festival, the History of Native American communities in San Diego, stories of immigration and many more stories about the people, communities and histories that create the fabric and diversity of San Diego County.

San Diego Stories is part of the Media Arts Center San Diego’s Digital Story Station project. The Digital Story Station gives residents  an opportunity to spotlight something they deeply care about. The aim of the Digital Story Station is to create a growing collection of video stories that can help us all better understand one another and connect our stories to the places we live. There are currently three Digital Story Stations throughout San Diego County – Chula Vista Public Library, Escon-dido Public Library and the Downtown Central Public Library.

San Diego Stories is made possible with support from the San Diego Foundation. Additional support for the Digital Story Stations is provided by San Diego Public Library, The San Diego Commission for Arts & Culture, KPBS, Chula Vista Public Library, Escondido Public Library, and the California State Library.

FREE THEATER EVENT, Sunday June 29, 2008— First United Methodist Church, Mission Valley, in conjunction with Common Ground Theatre, will present Awaiting Judgment, a play by Art Cribbs, at 3:30 p.m. in Linder Hall. The church is located at 2111 Camino Del Rio South, San Diego, CA 92108. Admission is free; an offering will be taken.

The play imagines a conversation between Dietrich Bon-hoeffer and Martin Luther King Jr. in which the two 20th century theological scholar/activists examine one another’s actions and explore the decisions that led to their martyrdom. The subject matter is intense and not suitable for children. Free childcare is available: (619) 297-4366.

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