by Berenice Cisneros
An Opera Odyssey
SDSU's Opera Theater presents "2001: An Opera Odyssey", the world premiere workshop of scenes from new opera/music theater works on November 9 & 10 @ 7 PM, and Nov. 11 @ 2 PM, at the Recital Hall in the School of Music & Dance. Tickets are $12 general admission, $6 students/seniors.
A forum with the composers, performers, and production team will be held after every performance giving the audience a chance to give direct feedback and explore what goes into the birth of a new work. For more information, call 594-2878.
"The Magic Flute"
Sunday, November 11th at 2PM in Spreckels Theatre, "The Magic Flute" will transport young and older audiences alike on educational adventures leading to an appreciation of classical music and dance. This most majestic Mozart masterpiece tells of the comical adventures of Prince Tamino and his magic Flute as he pursues and rescues his true love Pamina.
The Classics for Kids Orchestra, operating singers, imaginative theatrical sets, colorful costumes, original choreography by award winning Elizabeth Wistrich and the divine dancing of City Ballet all skillfully come together in this fantastic theatrical production for kids and adults. Ticket prices range from $7 - $12 - $$15 - $20. Purchase your tickets at any TicketMaster.
Although it was prevalent during the middle ages, as illustrated in the Museum of Man's ongoing exhibit, "Inquisition: Torture and Intolerance" - torture and intolerance is not confined only to the past. Join Dr. David Gangsei, Ph. D., Clinical Director of the Survivors of Torture, a non-profit organization that provides services to survivors of torture from around the world. Monday, Nov. 12, Noon. $6 Museum admission.
The Mar Vista High School Mariner Theatre Company is proud to present "Story Theatre", a show compiled of a variety of whimsical fairy tales and stories from Aesop's Fables and the brothers Grimm. The characters of the play range from several not-so-bright humans, some of which are portrayed by junior Braxton Cahill and seniors Derik and Erik Damske, to talking and singing animals, including a magical flounder that grants wishes. Story Theatre runs from Nov. 12 through Nov. 16. Tickets are $5.00 for adults and $4 for children and students of MVH. For further information, call 423-7040.
A Day in the Life of a Tree
In this exhibition, Alberto Blanco offers a multitude of renditions of what we may consider "common trees". An accomplished poet and writer with over 50 publications, Blanco expresses his poetic vision through his graphic art. He reminds us that there is an infinite connection between what is written, seen and heard. In addition to Alberto Blanco, Patricia Revah offers renditions of his designs in the yarn/bead technique of the Huichol Indians and Francisco Huazo offers renditions of his designs in ceramic. Thursday, Nov. 15 @ 7PM, Moctezuma Books & Gallery located at 289 3rd Avenue (between E & F) in downtown Chula Vista.
Park Blvd. Art Works
This exhibit features the work of local artists and craftsper-sons. Opening scheduled for Friday, Nov. 16th from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Included will be furniture designed by Michael Borrelli as well as lamps, jewelry, ceramics and small paintings by many leading artists. Available for purchase will be unique, hand-crafted items reflecting the artistic diversity of San Diego.
Also, continuing is an exhibition featuring the paintings of Blair Thornley, which runs through December 24th. Blair is a San Diego artists known for her whimsical and award-winning illustrations as well as her lovely-colored paintings. Park Boulevard Art Works is located at 4421 Park Boulevard in University Heights. For more information, contact the gallery at 692-1770.
Harry Potter Party
The Oceanside Public Library is having a giant Harry Potter Party on Friday, Nov. 16th in the Community Rooms adjacent to the Oceanside Civic Center Library, 330 N. Coast. The party begins at 4PM to celebrate the internationally acclaimed children's book "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone". The children's staff will host a Hogwarts Feast and have games and a costume contest. Anyone dressed as a character from the book will receive a special treat and may enter the contest.