By Berenice Cisneros
“Concerts on the Green”
** Two performers will switch dates at El Cajon’s weekly Concerts on the Green series of free outdoor concerts every Friday evening on Prescott Promenade in Downtown El Cajon. At the request of the performers, Road House Rock artist Eve Selis will now appear on September 3, while Classic Rock performers The Players will appear on September 10, 2004.
Bring a picnic, or enjoy dinner at one of several fine restaurants now open on Main Street in Downtown El Cajon. For more information, call the El Cajon CDC at (619) 401-8858, or visit the on-line events directory at downtownelcajon.com.
Sept. 3: Eve Selis (Roadhouse Rock)
Sept. 10: The Players (Rock ‘N Roll)
Sept. 17: The Cool Rays (Salute to The Beach Boys)
Sept. 24: Theo and the Zydeco Patrol (Zydeco)
Kid’s Day at the Airport
** Relive those airport days at El Cajon’s Gillespie Field during Kids Day at the Airportthe San Diego Aerospace Museum’s Annual Open Hangar Day! It’s on Saturday, September 25, 2004 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Museum’s hangar at 335 Kenny Streetand it’s free!
No need to beg for an airplane ride on this day! Experienced pilots of the Experimental Aircraft Association, through their Young Eagles program, will offer flights to kids 7-17 with parental permission. “Big” kids who are Museum members or join the Museum that day can also sign up for a chance to fly with The Antique Airplane Association, and Barnstorming Adventures of Palomar Airport will also be offering rides for a fee.
If you’d rather just watch, popular airshow performer John Collver returns this year with exciting aerial demonstrations at 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. in his North American AT-6 War Dog.
There’s plenty to see on the ground with classic and special interest aircraft on display including Dick Fields’ and Jim Bergman’s T-6s, the large yellow Russian Antonov biplane, “The Big Panda,” and unique helicopters from Classic Rotors of Ramona. For more information, please call (619) 234-8291, Ext.10.
Mata Ortiz Pottery Artists to Demonstrate Ancient Craft at Bazaar del Mundo
** Witness the beautiful artistry and creation of Mata Ortiz Pottery during the 5th annual Mata Ortiz Pottery show at Bazaar del Mundo in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park Friday, September 3 through Sunday, September 5. This free event will include demonstrations of the process for making these one-of-a-kind pieces with sculpting, painting and firing done in the Bazaar del Mundo courtyard - from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Free Family Festival at the San Diego Museum of Art
** The San Diego Museum of Art welcomes parents and children of all ages to a free Family Festival celebrating American art and culture on Sunday, September 19, from noon to 4:00 p.m. Families will enjoy hands-on art-making projects, free admission to the Museum, storytelling of American folk tales, a pie-eating contest, and live performances by Westwind Brass, the Teeny-Tiny Pit Orchestra for Silent Films, and a barbershop quartet. Children and grown-ups alike can clap their hands and make some noise for SDMA’s most popular community event. Throughout the festival, live entertainment will complement art-making activities and gallery visits to give participants a rounded experience of this America’s cultural traditions. Westwind Brass, San Diego’s favorite brass quintet, will perform early American music including Shaker hymns, Civil War marches, spirituals, ragtime, blues, and Dixieland at both noon and 1:00 p.m. The Fog Nozzle 4 barbershop quartet, part of the San Diego Sun Harbor Chorus, will also present early American music, including folk songs and American favorites, from 3:15 to 3:50 p.m.
Recital at Point Loma Nazarene
Acclaimed mezzo soprano, Suzanna Guzmán will give a recital at Point Loma Nazarene University’s Crill Hall, on Saturday, September 11 at 7:30PM. Tickets are $12 for general, $10 for seniors and military and may be purchased at the door. Call 849-7278 for more information.
The Beggar’s Opera
Lyric Opera San Diego will present the premiere of John Gray’s The Beggar’s Opera, opening September 10 at the Casa del Prado Theatre in San Diego’s Balboa Park. The Beggar’s Opera is a wicked exposé of London criminal life as well as a political satire. It tells a story of a highwayman named MacHeath who has two ladies in love with him, and who eventually married them both. Through the magic of theater, MacHeath is spared from hanging for his crimes by the applause of the audience.
“Beasts and Bones”
The William D. Cannon Art Gallery will present the exhibition “Beasts and Bones: The Cartonería of the Linares Family” from September 12 through November 5, 2004. Using simple materials, the family of artists melds playful forms of skeletal figures (calavera) and fantastic, mythical beasts (alebrije) into imaginative one of a kind sculptures. The exhibition features over 70 papier-maché sculptures borrowed from the Museum of Man in San Diego. Cartoneria is a long tradition in Mexico but now is carried on by only a few folk artists, called cartoneros, who make fanciful papier-maché objects for major celebrations during the year, most notably Easter Week and the Day of the Dead. The Gallery is located at 1775 Dove Lane off El Camino Real. For more information call (760) 434-2904.