by Berenice Cisneros
"The Wizard of Oz"
Starlight Theatre Balboa's Park open-air theatre under the stars, will stage The Wizard of Oz July 26 through August 5. A mystical, metaphoric fairy tale of a girl named Dorothy who awakens to discover that she and her dog, Toto, are in a strange land of the Munchkins. In her quest to return home, they meet the Scarecrow, Tinman and a Cowardly Lion, who join them as they make their way to the enchanted Emerald City of Oz, where the Wizard will grant their wishes.
Tickets are on sale now and range in price from $16.50 to $39.50 for adults. Children aged 12 and under receive free admission when accompanied by an adult on Thursdays and Sundays and half priced on Fridays and Saturdays. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Tickets are available by calling 619-544-STAR (7827).
Festival Pops 2001
San Diego Chamber Orch-estra's Festival Pops orchestra and artistic director, Donald Barra, present Festival Pops 2001, a series of four Saturday outdoor summer concerts at the Del Mar Fairground's Horse Arena. For tickets and extensive information visit www.sd-co.org., or call 1-888-848-7326, x7.
Latin Fever: Saturday, July 28, 8 PM, Mezzo-soprano Juanita Newland-Ulloa has captivated audiences with her unique Mariachi Coloratura style. San Diego sensation, Mariachi Champaña Nevín will perform Mariachi music. Champion Ballroom Acade-my's Tango performances, Flamenco and Salsa add to the Latin fire of the evening.
Passport to the World: Saturday, August 11, 8 PM, San Diego's resident 11 year-old violin prodigy, Eugene Ugorski, joins the SDCO for a musical grand tour of Europe, Africa, South America and the Far East. San Diego's acclaimed tenor, Daniel Hendrick, the Teye Sa Thiosanne African Drum and Dance Company, The Liam Harney Irish Dance Company, and a few surprises make this musical adventure complete.
Fascinatin' Rhythm: Saturday, August 25, 8 PM, Gospel sensation Jubilant Sykes as the special guest, San Diego's own pianist, Cecil Lytle, and the San Diego's Ballet's Swing performances complete this evening.
Hollywood USA: Saturday, September 8, 8 PM, The Marine Band of San Diego and the San Diego Pantomime Theatre's Artistic Director, Jerry Hager join soprano N'kenge Simpson-Hoffman, tenor Robert MacNeil and bass Philip Larson for the greatest music in movie history.
A Taste of Oceanside
Main Street Oceanside, City of Oceanside and Caribbean Grill announce A Taste of Oceanside and Music Festival Sunday, July 29 in downtown Oceanside on Tremont St. between Pier View Way and Civic Center Drive. This event features a sample of some of Oceanside's finest restaurants including Caribbean Grill, Chin's Szechwan, Fat Ivors BBQ, Flying Bridge, Ill Street Café, Thai Garden and Taste of Europe, to name a few. So come sample Oceanside's food and enjoy live music.
"The Laramie Project"
On Nov. 14, 1998, a month after the brutal murder of gay student Matthew Shepard, award-winning playwright/director Moisés Kaufman and members of his company, Tectonic Theater project, traveled to Laramie, Wyoming where they began a series of face-to-face interviews with the people of the town where the story unfolded. Now La Jolla Playhouse proudly welcomes Tectonic Theater Project to San Diego for the premiere of The Laramie Project, July 31 to September 2.
This is a moving and inspiring theatrical experience told through the eyes of the townspeople of Laramie, Wyoming, who served as both witnesses to and participants in the aftermath of the crime. Seats are now on sale for The Laramie Project and the entire La Jolla Playhouse 2001 season. Single tickets range from $19 - $42. The box office phone number is (858) 550-1010, and is located on the corner of La Jolla Village Drive and Torrey Pines Road in La Jolla.
"Guys and Dolls"
This is another in a series of
first and we are very excited to premiere this production at Junior
Theatre. This colorful, quick-paced musical will truly exhibit
the talent that Junior Theatre has to offer. Based on the "Idyll
of Sarah Brown," Guys and Dolls can be seen at the
Casa del Prado Theatre in Balboa Park from August 3 - August 12.
Admission prices are $5 - $7 for children under 15 and seniors,
$7 - $9 for adults. Please call the box office at 619-239-8355
for ticket purchases.
17th Philippine Cultural Arts Festival
The main focus of this festival, a showcase of Philippine Cultural Arts will be a spacious and attractively decorated outdoor stage. Non-stop performances will feature traditional Philippine folk dances from various regions, Philippine Rondalla, folk songs, choral ensembles, Philippine martial arts and Philippine fashion parades. Contemporary performances will include Polynesian, jazz, hip-hop, popular singers and rock music. There will also be a variety of exhibits including Philippine weavings, embroideries, arts and crafts such as fans, shellscrafts and wood carvings and musical instruments. Of course there will be a great variety of booths and delicious Filipino food and authentic delicacies.
The 17th Philippine Cultural Arts Festival will be held August 4 & 5 in Balboa Park, corner of Park Blvd. and President's Way from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 4 and from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 5. It is FREE and open to the public and there is plenty of parking close by. 200 seats under a canopy are provided but bring your own folding chairs or mats to insure your comfort. For more information, call 444-7528.
Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys
Heralded as one of the most innovative performers of South Louisiana music today, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys have performed to countless audiences at home and abroad. Most recently they have combined their traditional Cajun style with the zydeco music of their neighboring Creoles, creating a unique genre of rock and roll known as swamp pop. The concert will be held on Sunday, August 5, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Rancho Del Oro Park located at the intersection of College Blvd. and Avenida Empressa. This is a performance not to be missed. Bring a blanket, your family and friends for an evening of music in one of Oceanside's beautiful parks. The concert is free for all age, and will include complimentary popcorn and sodas. For further information, call 435-5570.