FROM LOMA LINDA- Richard Stergulz, award winning painter, teacher, and this year's judge of the Fine Arts Festival, will give a public demonstration Sunday, May 6, 2:00-4:00 pm at the Loma Linda University Drayson Center. This will be in conjunction with the giving of awards at the Festival reception. The Fine Arts Festival is a shared endeavor of the Loma Linda University and the Loma Linda Cultural Arts Association.
Richard is a 1983 graduate of the American Academy of Art in Chicago. With such training and his natural ability he soon achieved a successful commercial art career. His move to California in 1995 signaled a shift to Fine Art as a profession with an emphasis on figure and portrait painting.
His realistic style owes much to the Russian Impressionists, especially Nickolai Fechin, for their intense brush strokes which evokes passion in their paintings. He also admires John Singer Sargent for his portrait work and Norman Rockwell for his unusual drawing ability.
Richard works in oils and on masonite board. His mastery of portrait and figure painting is apparent, but his work does not stop there. Presently he is doing more plein air painting and enjoys teaching and holding workshops. His classes are well attended with students from San Diego and Riverside Counties.
Galleries in Santa Monica, Idyllwild, and Fallbrook, California, and in Cody, Wyoming exhibit Richard's paintings. He has won numerous awards and is a member of Oil Painters of America, the Art Alliance of Idyllwild, and the Fallbrook Art Association.
For further information please call: (909)796-2300 or (909)793-0105
Etc.: April 2012 Archives
FROM LOMA LINDA- Richard Stergulz, award winning painter, teacher, and this year's judge of the Fine Arts Festival, will give a public demonstration Sunday, May 6, 2:00-4:00 pm at the Loma Linda University Drayson Center. This will be in conjunction with the giving of awards at the Festival reception. The Fine Arts Festival is a shared endeavor of the Loma Linda University and the Loma Linda Cultural Arts Association.
FROM TEMECULA- Cruisin' Oldies Concerts presents
'Crooners: A Swingin' Salute to Frank Sinatra
and the Legends of Las Vegas!'
Sun. April 29
Old Town Temecula Community Theater
A salute to the legendary crooners of Las Vegas and the cool swingin' sounds of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and the Rat Pack brigade is coming to Old Town in this jazzy swingin' musical journey through the Great American Songbook,
This show highlights the most celebrated singers of the century and the timeless 'standards'
that made them great; from composers like Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin,
Rodgers and Hammerstein, Rodgers and Hart, to the award-winning 'Tin Pan Alley'
tunesmiths who paved the way from Broadway to Hollywood
"This is not an impersonator or lookalike show, but a swingin' and affectionate salute
to one of the greatest entertainers of our time," says Mark W. Curran, featured vocalist in
the show, "It's a romantic look back at a time when class and style ruled - and Frank and the Rat Pack were Kings!"
Curran is excited about bringing "Crooners" to Old Town Temecula; "'Crooners will take you back to the days when the Rat Pack ruled Vegas, entertainers wore tuxedoes, and when a song, along with a martini and a cigarette, could take you to the top of the world,"
Mark W. Curran will be joined onstage by the Tony Capko Moderne Jazz Ensemble, consisting of Tony Capko on drums, Ric Mandel on piano, and Jon Murry on bass.
To purchase tickets, call the Theater Ticket Office at 1.866.653.8696 or visit: http://www.temeculatheater.org and access the calendar to purchase tickets online. Group Discounts are available.
General Adult: $40.00
FROM SAN BERNARDINO- County Museum exhibit to focus on fashion
A new special exhibit, "The Fabrics of Our Past, 1860s to 1960s," will open at the San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands on Saturday, April 28, 2012 in the museum's Crossroads in History gallery. The Fab opening night event for The Fabrics of Our Past on Friday, April 27, 2012 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. is open to the public, with advance reservations. Michele Nielsen, curator of history and archives, organized the exhibition, which centers around costumes, accessories, and textiles from the museum's permanent collections. The exhibit is sponsored in part by the Western Textile Center Association.
The opening night party, free for Museum Association members and $10/person for non-members, will include formal and informal modeling and photo opportunities, music, family activities, demonstrations weaving, embroidery, beading, and needlepoint, and exhibit preview and desserts and beverages. Guests are encouraged to "glam it up" by wearing something from their favorite fashion era. Reservations can be made by calling (909) 307-2669 ext. 227 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just like today, fashion of the past was dictated in many ways by social and cultural norms, and clothing and textile design from bygone eras reflect these influences. "The Fabrics of Our Past gives visitors a chance to examine clothing and textile artifacts to learn more about the lives of the people who wore them and the world in which they lived," said Michele Nielsen, the museum's curator of history and archives. "Sometimes, subtle details reveal much, allowing us to think about their lives and circumstances in terms we can relate to--our own clothing and accessories."
Part of the focus of The Fabrics of Our Past is on the hand-worked aspects of the artifacts. The ability to sew a seam by hand, to embroider, to create beaded embellishment, to make lace, or to weave a fine cloth that could be used for clothing were valued skills long ago. Today, people enjoy carrying on these traditions, but often it is purely for fun and the chance for artistic expression, not because the skills are needed to be socially acceptable, or to have an occupation, as in the past.
The exhibit sponsor is the Western Textile Center Association, made up of member guilds who keep these historic techniques alive through their work. The guilds include the Inland Empire Handweavers Guild, the American Needlepoint Guild, the Bedazzled Beaders, and the Embroiderer's Guild of America, all dedicated to traditional techniques with a modern approach.
"When you visit the exhibit, examine your own wardrobe and then compare and contrast what you wear with some of the artifacts on exhibit," said Nielsen. "Are you a fashion-forward trendy person? See if you can identify a few trend-setting designs on the clothing and accessories worn in the 1920s. Do you enjoy making an up-cycled fashion statement that goes along with today's green initiatives? Check out the clothing from 1900 to find out more about the Arts and Crafts Movement philosophy that influenced not only architectural and interior design, but clothing design, too."
A series of programs that relate to the Fabrics of Our Past exhibit are scheduled at the museum during the run of the exhibit, which will close in late 2012.
The San Bernardino County Museum is at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands . The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 am to 5pm. General admission is $8 (adult), $6 (military or senior), $5 (student), and $4 (child aged 5 to 12). Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcountymuseum.org. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities. If assistive listening devices or other auxiliary aids are needed in order to participate in museum exhibits or programs, requests should be made through Museum Visitor Services at least three business days prior to your visit. Visitor Services' telephone number is 909-307-2669 ext. 229 or (TDD) 909-792-1462.
FROM RIVERSIDE- UCR California Museum of Photography
Spring 2012 Exhibitions
Roots Against the Sky: Photographs by
David Whitmire Hearst Jr.
May 5-July 14, 2012
PASOS: Video Installations by Marsia Alexander-Clarke
April 28-June 30, 2012
Reception, Saturday, May 19, 6-9 p.m., Free admission
Ethan Turpin: Stereocollision
Continues through June 30, 2012
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - UCR California Museum of Photography presents two new solo exhibitions that explore landscape in both photographs by David Whitmire Hearst Jr. andvideo installations by Marsia Alexander-Clarke, and continues a third, current exhibition by Ethan Turpin that was inspired by his work with the CMP's Keystone-Mast stereographic collection.
Roots Against the Sky is a project about the landscape. The sections in the exhibition correspond to motifs in a musical composition or stanzas in a poem. This poem is built around David Whitmire Hearst Jr.'s examination of the fabric, mesh, curtain and lattice the tree delineates in the landscape. Thetree is thicket, trunk, branches, leaves, and roots against the sky. The tree is both a presence in the landscape and a marker of human perception. The tree is the loom on which both meaning and image are woven.
Part collector, part engineer, part artist, Hearst follows in the footsteps of almost two centuries of American photographers who haveused the landscape as the essential subject, object, and platform for rigorous and conscious experimentation in aesthetic values, pictorial styles, and technological principles. As Hearst began to assemble his camera collection, he would acquire cameras not only as historical examples but also as instruments to test and use. His first concern is seeing the photograph produced and comparing and assessing how each camera and lens combination records and transforms the world. Photographs are made to see how a picture might look,rather than with the intension of reproducing reality. Hearst is interested in the signature and personality of the instrument at hand. What began for Hearst as evaluative testing has now turned into active participation in the creative act of photographing. Hearst explores the image produced by the camera and its receptiveness to further modulation by the computer. Responding to the rhythms of his own vision, proceeding spontaneously and instinctively by eye, he then refines the camera's image to suit his taste. His goal is first to see what the camera saw, and secondly to use the camera's rendition as the basic condition for an altogether new object. He understands intuitively that the photographer's challenge is to use the world spread out before the camera as the source of an image, but not to be so seduced by that world that the descriptive imperatives of the optical, mechanical, and digital processes become incidental to its recording.
Organized by UCR California Museum of Photography, and curated by Jonathan Green, Executive Director, UCR ARTSblock. The exhibition is accompanied by a 96-page catalog.
PASOS: Video Installations by Marsia Alexander-Clarke is a solo exhibition that features a series of video works and digital prints on stretched canvas that are based on recorded imagery in Alexander-Clarke's garden. The images are made abstract via small cropped cells of recorded video material which Alexander-Clarke calls "marks" in loose reference to the mark in drawing and painting. She is interested in developing silent video pieces similar to notated musical compositions with the use of small fragments of recorded video material.
These marks are imbedded with a fleeting reference to nature yet present a deliberate suspension from expectation thereby creating a sense of tension between what is seen and not seen. The linear or rectangular marks are geometrical forms full of texture, color, movement and light. The videoscreen is used as a dark ground upon which the marks function interactively, developing varied relationships as they move and change through time. The emphasis in these compositions is a focus on the interaction of the tension or harmony created by the marks' internal texture and movement, on the marks' placement, varying durations, and repetition, and on the marks' dynamic relationship to the "negative" space of the rectangular screen. In essence, she is interested in creating complex compositions through the least means and building an atmosphere of attention to a totally visual experience.
Marsia Alexander-Clarke is a video installation artist with a background in painting and sculpture. After extensive studies in painting in New York City in the 1960's she moved to California where she received an MFA from Claremont Graduate School in 1974. At this time her two-dimensional work became three dimensional. In the late 1980's Alexander-Clarke attended video art and poetry workshops taught by Nancy Buchanan, and was an active participant in Studio X productions at the Pasadena Community Access Corporation in Pasadena, California. In 2001, she received an Individual Artist Grant from the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division and the Pasadena Arts Commission. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. http://videoasmark.com/Marsia_Alexander-Clarke/home.html
Organized by UCR California Museum of Photography, and curated by Tyler Stallings, Artistic Director, UCR Culver Center of the Arts & Director, Sweeney Art Gallery. A reception for the artist at CMP will be held on Saturday, May 19, 6-9 p.m., which will be concurrent with the reception for the Senior Show 2012 next door at UCR Culver Center of the Arts/Sweeney Art Gallery.
Ethan Turpin: Stereocollision is a series of digitally-recomposed historical images drawn from the California Museum of Photography's Keystone-Mast Collection, the world's largest stereoscopic photography archive. In his first solo museum exhibition, Ethan Turpin creates new narratives from the historic photographs steeped in twenty-first century meaning. Collecting elements from historic photographs which were originally intended as documentary and educational, he digitally recomposes them to create fantastical images with a sly sense of humor and a strong sense of the cause-and-effectrelationships between nineteenth and twentieth century practices and contemporary social, cultural, spiritual, and ecological issues.
Stereoscopic photographs, which allowed viewers to see the world three-dimensionally by looking at images through a special viewer, were at their peak of popularity during the Second Industrial Revolution in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The Keystone View Company, the largest of the stereoscopic photography companies, dispatched door-to-door salesmen throughout the U.S. to sell stereo photographs mounted on thick cardstock, espousing their significance as an educational tool and a way to see the world from one's own living room. Millions were sold.
In re-appropriating imagery and combining scenes, Turpin creates new narratives from the historic photographs steeped in twenty-first century meaning. In his original Stereocollision series, "Global Curiosity," Turpin unflinchingly combines images and text from disparate stereo cards in the Keystone View Company's "Tour of the World" set. In "The Gilded Garden," Turpin considers the twenty-first century consequences of the industrial growth from the Second Industrial Revolution in images that address changing civilization and ecological instability. Where Keystone's world tour was attempting to educate and entertain (within rather imperialistic parameters), Turpin'scontemporary stereo cards draw attention to cultural haves and have-nots, making biting social and political commentary while creating surrealistically believable imagery. Special for this exhibition, Turpin installed a series of new stereoscopic images in the museum's 1905 Cail-o-Scope nickel-operated viewer, allowing his work to mix the old and the new seamlessly.
Complementing Turpin's work are images selected from the Keystone-Mast Collection. These photographs range from straightforward historical documents to the images of foreign cultures Keystone promoted aseducational (but to the modern viewer may sometimes seem discomfiting). These photographs illustrate some of the material that influences Turpin's work and help to further demonstrate the ways in which his work transcends linear time to compress history and culture in new ways. Although seemingly direct and unambiguous, some of the Keystone images are as surreal and strange as they newly created ones created by Turpin.
Ethan Turpin's mixed media, photography, video, print, and site-specific installation works haveshown at Edward Cella Art and Architecture, Kala Art Institute, The Elverhoj Museum, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Perch Art Studio/Gallery, Robert Tat Gallery, Atkinson Gallery, and Krowswork Gallery. The 2010 Visions From The New California Award was granted to Turpin for his work with historical stereo photography. He received a BFA in 1997 from the Kansas City Art Institute. In 2000, he founded Bright Eye Cinema to create documentaries, promotional content, and video environments. For more information on Turpin's process for a creating "Stereocollision" see the video section of the artist's website: http://ethanturpin.com.
Ethan Turpin: Stereocollision has been organized by UCR California Museum of Photography, and curated by Leigh Gleason, Curator of Collections, UCR California Museum of Photography.
Concurrent Exhibitions at UCR Culver Center of the Arts & Sweeney Art Gallery
2012 MFA Thesis Exhibition
Through May 5, 2012
2012 Senior Show
May 19-June 2, 2012
Reception date: Saturday, May 19, 6-9 PM, in conjunctionwith the CMP reception for Marsia Alexander-Clarke
UCR's Department of Art Master of Fine Arts program graduates exhibit work in this annual exhibition, which features this year the work of Zachary Leener, Ryan Perez, and Matthew Shain. The Senior Show, featuring works by over twenty graduating undergraduate seniors follows the MFA Thesis exhibition. They will join a select company of graduates from art departments and private art schools inSouthern California, a region that has become known for transforming its artists into major players on the international art scene. Among the Art Department's distinguished faculty are John Divola, Jill Giegerich, Jim Isermann, Brandon Lattu, Charles Long, Erika Suderburg, and Amir Zaki.
Visitor Information and Press Inquiries
UCR ARTSblock, which includes California Museum of Photography, Culver Center of the Arts, and Sweeney Art Gallery are located at 3824 & 3834 Main St., Riverside, CA 92501. The three venues are open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m., plus 6-9 p.m. for First Thursday ArtWalks. Admission is $3, which includes entry to all the venues and is free during First Thursday ArtWalks (6-9 p.m.). For film screenings, Culver Center opens 30 minutes prior to the start time. See websites for additional information, http://cmp.ucr.edu, http://culvercenter.ucr.edu, http://sweeney.ucr.edu.
FROM TEMECULA- Greetings, Jazz lovers and Friends!
Thanks for selling out the Merc again last week! Bruce Lett, Ramon Banda and Nick Mancini had a great time - so did we! They were especially appreciative of the audience, so give yourselves a hand!!!!
I'm so proud and excited to bring you the Carl Saunders Quartet. Carl is one of the best trumpet players around today. He will be bringing along with an equally gifted group of colleagues -- Christian Jacob on piano, Kenny Wild on bass, and Santo Savino on drums. I've worked with Carl and experienced his virtuosity first hand. Don't miss this!
Thursday, April 26
Jazz at The Merc
Carl Saunders Quartet with Christian Jacob, Kenny Wild and Santo Savino
Hear Carl Saunders and read more about his schedule at http://carlsaunders.com/home.htm
Carl Saunders - Jazz listeners living in the Los Angeles area and musicians worldwide have long known that Carl Saunders is one of the great trumpet players around today. Now with the release of five remarkable recordings (Out Of The Blue, Eclecticism, Bebop Big Band, Can You Dig Being Dug and The Lost Bill Holman Charts) Saunders' musical talents can be heard and enjoyed by a much wider audience.
Carl Saunders was born on Aug. 2, 1942, in Indianapolis, Indiana and his first five years were mostly spent on the road. His uncle was trumpeter-bandleader Bobby Sherwood. Saunders' mother Gail (Bobby's sister) sang for the Sherwood Orchestra and Stan Kenton, among others. When Carl was five, he and his mother settled in Los Angeles; living with Carl's aunt Caroline and her husband, tenor-saxophonist Dave Pell. At the time, Saunders heard the records of the Dave Pell Octet and was influenced by the style and phrasing of trumpeter Don Fagerquist.
Saunders began playing trumpet in the seventh grade and he quickly found that he had a natural ability, mostly learning to play by ear and never having any lessons. Saunders auditioned for Kenton's band and was given a choice: wait for the first opening in the trumpet section or join the band the following week as a member of the mellophonium section. He chose the latter and spent much of 1961-62 on the road with Stan Kenton.
After spending part of 1962-63 traveling with Bobby Sherwood's group (playing drums), Carl settled back in Las Vegas where during the next 20 years he played with a countless number of show bands, including lead trumpet with Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennet, and Frank Sinatra. Saunders also traveled as a lead player with Paul Anka and Robert Goulet and with such bandleaders as Si Zentner, Harry James, Maynard Ferguson, Benny Goodman and Charlie Barnet. In 1978 he also played drums one night in Las Vegas with Harry James and his band when Sonny Payne missed his plane and couldn't get to the gig.
In 1984, Carl Saunders moved to Los Angeles where he was soon playing lead trumpet with Bill Holman's Orchestra, a position he still holds. Saunders has also worked with John Williams and the big bands of Bob Florence, Johnny Mandel, Gerald Wilson, and the Phil Norman Tentet. In 1994, he became a member of the Dave Pell Octet (in Don Fagerquist's old chair.) In addition, he is often heard at the head of his own groups including the Carl Saunders Be Bop Big Band, his sextet and a quartet.
Each of Saunders' CDs is a gem while being quite different from each other. Out Of The Blue has the trumpeter showcased in quartet and sextet settings. His warm tone and long melodic lines are featured on such numbers as a miraculous version of Chopin's "Minute Waltz." Eclecticism has Saunders joined by 25 strings and three French horns, and he overdubs sections with five trumpets. Many of his favorite arrangers (including Bill Holman, Bob Florence and Clare Fischer) contributed charts. Bebop Big Band is most notable for the high musicianship of the band, the colorful originals, the hard swinging, and the arrangements of the late Herbie Phillips. Can You Dig Being Dug is Carl's first "live" recording, recorded at Charlie O's jazz club, and features Carl with Christian Jacob, Dave Stone, and Santo Savino. The Lost Bill Holman Charts is a dazzling array of Holman's arrangements for trumpet, tenor, trombone, baritone and rhythm that feature some of the principal players from the Holman big Band--Pete Christlieb, Andy Martin,Bob Efford, and the same rhythm section as the Be Bop Big Band--Christian Jacob, Kevin Axt and Santo Savino. Sam Most is featured on baritone and flute solos.
Carl Saunders, who has inspired students and kids all over the world conducting clinics says that he gets inspiration from them because they share his energetic dedication and passion towards the creation of beautiful music. Asked to define jazz, Carl says, "It's a combination of intellectual funk and hypnotic swinging". His five recordings show that not only is he a prolific composer but he is one of the finest jazz trumpeters of the 21st century.
Christian Jacob - Jacob was born in Lorraine, France on May 8, 1958. A pianist by age 4, he was immersed in study of the French classics. Something of a prodigy, Christian had perfect pitch and natural talent. He did not discover jazz until age 10, but when he did, its improvised nature appealed to him immediately. Early influences were Dave Brubeck and Oscar Peterson. As a teen, Jacob studied under Pierre Sancan at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique in Paris. Later, he would teach piano at the Conservatoire National de Region in Metz.
In the early 80s, Jacob entered Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, and won many awards as a student, including the Joe Zawinul Jazz Masters Award, Oscar Peterson Jazz Masters Award, and Downbeat Magazine "Top Collegiate Jazz Soloist" before graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1985. Jacob then took a teaching position at Berklee.
Jacob left Boston to tour with vibist Gary Burton in the late 80s and then with Maynard Ferguson through 1992. Christian served as performer, writer, and arranger with Ferguson's band. This led to Ferguson producing Jacob's first piano trio record, featuring John Patitucci and Peter Erskine. Sidemen for his follow-up trio project "Time Lines" were Steve Swallow and Adam Nussbaum. Jacob developed material with a third trio featuring Miroslav Vitouš and Bill Stewart.
Jacob has extensive credits as a sideman, including Flora Purim, Terje Gewelt, Carl Saunders, Tom Garling, and others, but his most visible association has been as music director and pianist for Telarc recording artist Tierney Sutton. As well as performing and recording with Sutton, Jacob with bassist Trey Henry and drummer Ray Brinker perform as the Christian Jacob Trio, and recorded a live album on tour in Japan in 2007.
Kenny Wild - Born in New York City in 1951 Kenny was a member of a military family which traveled extensively in his early years. He learned clarinet in grade school, then switched to saxophone in high school. The family settled in Hawaii in 1965 where he began playing bass in a trio with Dave Wile around 1966. He attended the University of Hawaii from 1970-1972, studying bass with Armand Russel but he left before graduating to go on the road with Seawind. He has performed with the likes of Sammy Davis Jr, Steve Lawrence and Edyie Gorme, Barbara McNair and others. Wild was a founding member of the band Seawind in 1972 and opened for Herbie Hancock, Herbie Mann, George Benson and many others. Seawind moved to LA in 1976 and began recording for CTI records with noted drummer Harvey Mason as producer Later records were released on A&M records; their last record was produced by George Duke.
Ken became a very active studio musician starting in 1976 working in TV, film, and records; he was also a member of Natalie Cole's touring band 2002-04. His active schedule continues today.
Santo Savino - Savino began "playing drums" at age two in Buffalo, New York, wielding his aunt's clothes-pins in place of drumsticks! While still in kindergarten, he was already displaying both a fervent passion and a budding talent for the drums. At age twelve, he landed his first professional job and his career has since been interrupted only by a four-year stint with the US Air Force Band.
Santo has performed internationally with such great talents as Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Michelle Le Grand, Billy Ecstein, Sarah Vaughn, Mickey Rooney, Nancy Wilson, Tom Jones, Vic Damone, Paul Anka, Juliet Prowse, Bob Hope, Johnny Carson, Danny Thomas, Donald O'Connor, Frank Gorshin, Jerry Van Dyke, George Gobel and Rodney Dangerfield. He has toured with Mr. Goulet in concert and in National tours of South Pacific, The Fantasticks and Camelot. His unique flair and exciting style contribute to the excellence of Robert Goulet's concert appearances around the world. Santo plays often with Carl Saunders in Los Angeles.
Jazz at The Merc
42051 Main Street, Temecula, CA 92590
1.866.OLD.TOWN or 951.308.6377
Lake Elsinore, CA- On May 2, Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District (EVMWD) and Mt. San Jacinto College (MSJC) will collaborate for the fourth year of the Water Wonders competition. This event celebrates the artistic talents of MSJC students and provides EVMWD with a permanent collection of artwork and photography for display at various locations around its district office.
The reception, held at the EVMWD Headquarters located at 31315 Chaney Street in Lake Elsinore, will highlight the creativity of advanced MSJC Photography and Painting Students through the theme of water. In the painting portion of the competition, students are provided canvases of varying sizes and asked to interpret the idea of water through painting. Under the instruction of MSJC instructor Keith Hanz, the contest's photography participants document various district facilities and local bodies of water.
"It is a district highlight and an honor to have the opportunity to display the talents of these budding artists," said Ron Young, General Manager of EVMWD, "These students can turn the simplest of objects into amazing and beautiful pieces of art."
The public is welcome to attend this unique competition and view the art on display from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on May 2. The awards will be given at 7:30 p.m.
Water Wonders is made possible through the support of the following sponsors: Ajit/MWH, Packard Government Affairs, Best Best & Krieger, RBF Consulting, Dudek, SAIC, Atkins, S.S. Mechanical, The KWC Companies, Inc., Leighton Consulting, Aaron Brothers, and Metalography.
For more information, visit www.evmwd.net or call (951) 674-3146 x8224.
FROM RIVERSIDE- Promising Young Artist Festival and Competition
MAY 6, 2012 | LA SIERRA UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC
HOLE MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM
The La Sierra University Department of Music invites all high school juniors and seniors (or equivalent home-school students) to participate in the Promising Young Artist Competition and Festival. Both instrumentalists and singers are invited to apply.
The first-place winner of the competition will receive a $10,000 scholarship to attend La Sierra University, and a $500 cash prize, and a chance to perform their winning piece at one of the University's Spring Concerts.
The second-place winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship to attend La Sierra University, and a $350 cash prize.
The third-place winner will receive a $1000 scholarship to attend La Sierra University, and a $150 cash prize.
All participants of the festival will receive a voucher for a complimentary lesson with our music faculty for a later date.
Participants will have the opportunity to work with the La Sierra University faculty through masterclasses/lessons in the morning. The adjudicated recital program will begin after lunch. The award ceremony will follow. Lunch and dinner will be included for festival participants only. The recital is open to the public.
Student must be a high school junior or senior (or equivalent home-school students). Juniors qualify for third prize only, but can participate again in their senior year.
Student must provide their accompanist; in extenuating circumstances the university may provide an accompanist if arrangements are made in advance.
Student must provide an original copy of his/her piece and three additional copies for adjudicators.
Student must submit a letter of recommendation from his/her music instructor.
Student must submit competition repertoire, including exact details of titles and individual movements, the duration of each work or of each separate movement no later than APRIL 25, 2012. It is suggested that the student choose two contrasting works that display lyric and technical ability or one large work that contains both.
Total length of audition not to exceed 15 minutes.
$50 registration fee must be received no later than April 25, 2012. Checks can be made out to:
Department of Music 4500 Riverwalk Parkway Riverside, CA 92505 - please write "Promising Young Artist" on the memo line
Incomplete applications will not be accepted
The top 3 prize-winners must abide by the following stipulations in order to fully redeem the amount/scholarship:
Student must be enrolled in at least ONE major ensemble and ONE chamber group each quarter.
Student must maintain a 3.2 GPA each quarter (must provide proof of GPA to the music dept. each quarter).
Student must take a minimum of 14 units each quarter.
Student must maintain good academic and citizenship standing.
Failure to abide by the agreed stipulations may lead to loss of their scholarship.
For further information, please contact the Department of Music by email, email@example.com, or call the office at 951-785-2036.
COMPETITION & FESTIVAL APPLICATION
Please click the below form and fill out the application online:
Please email Lrazzouk@lasierra.edu if you are having any problems with the online application.
Applications are due no later than Wednesday, April 25, 2012.
Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
More info at www.lasierra.edu
FROM RIVERSIDE- Zoë Keating
"Swoon-inducing. Like taking a triple-shot of Absinthe before stepping outside of the bar just in time to see the sun exploding." - San Francisco Weekly....
Armed with just her cello and a small box of electronics, Zoë Keating is a one-woman orchestra. In live time, she records layer upon layer of cello, her feet dancing over an array of pedals to transform her solo performances into lush and beautiful multipart works. Increasingly a role model for do-it-yourself artists, Zoë's self-released albums have sold over 35, 000 copies and she has amassed an incredible 1.3 million twitter followers. As a cellist and arranger, Zoë has worked with a wide range of artists including Imogen Heap, Mark Isham, Curt Smith, Amanda Palmer, DJ Shadow, Pomplamoose and Paolo Nutini. From 2002 to 2006 she was a member of the cello-rock trio Rasputina. Zoë is a recipient of a 2009 performing arts grant from the Creative Capital foundation. Her new self-released album, "Into The Trees" (2010), spent 14 weeks on the Billboard classical charts.
When: Friday, April 27, 2012
Time: 8 p.m.
Where: Culver Center of the Arts
The Mt. San Jacinto College Art Gallery will close its exhibition year with the "Annual Student Show." This exhibit is designed to display work created by students who have been enrolled in art production courses during the 2011/2012 academic year. Participants in this show are selected by instructors from the Menifee and San Jacinto campuses and are working in media such as drawing, painting, sculpture, bronze work, ceramics, photography, digital illustration, and graphic design.
"The Annual Student Show" aims to showcase the work of those who are developing their skills at the community college level. This exhibition is a varied and vibrant look at the work of today's student artists, the current generation who will be developing cutting- edge artistic practices in the years to come.
This show promises to be both stylistically and conceptually diverse, exemplifying the wide range of styles, media, and modes of representation and expression that are common to the contemporary art scene. This exhibit is a fascinating opportunity for community members to see the merits of educational development and the ways in which MSJC students are contributing to an evolving style of Southern Californian art.
It is important for emerging artists to develop their portfolios and take advantage of opportunities to display their work in public settings. In this way, the MSJC Art Gallery provides a site from which student artists can start their public careers and gain valuable experience that will serve as a basis for future career development.
"The Annual Student Show" will run from April 28 through May 17, 2012. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, April 28 from 3 to 5pm. The reception will feature live music and refreshments will be provided. The exhibit and opening reception are both free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday - Thursday, 10am - 4pm. For more information, please call 951-487-3585 or visit www.msjc.edu/artgallery.
FROM FALLBROOK- Fallbrook's Writers Read is pleased to present An Evening with Ann Patchett, a special fund-raising event celebrating the bestselling author's latest novel, "State of Wonder." The event is Monday, May 7, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the Fallbrook Art Center on 103 S. Main.
Patchett will discuss her book, her writing life, and her commitment to neighborhood bookstores. The author's belief in the importance of brick-and-mortar shops has resulted in her partnership in the new Parnassus Books in her hometown of Nashville. The store, named for the Greek mythological home of literature, is a bold venture in the face of retail bookstore closures across the country, as consumers adopt online shopping. The audience will hear about the store's many successes, including job creation.
"An Evening with Ann Patchett" is a community collaboration to benefit the Friends of the Fallbrook Library and Fallbrook Arts Inc.
Tickets for the event are $30, paid in cash or by check at the door, and they include a glass of wine and hors d'oeuvres provided by the Café des Artistes. Doors open at 5:30, and seating is open, so organizers recommend arriving early. To reserve tickets, call Fallbrook Arts Inc. at 760-731-9584.
Publishers Weekly said of "State of Wonder," "Patchett is a master storyteller who has an entertaining habit of dropping ordinary people into extraordinary and exotic circumstances to see what they're made of. An expansive page-turner ... Patchett's fluid prose dissolves in the suspense of this out-there adventure, a juggernaut of a trip to the crossroads of science, ethics, and commerce that readers will hate to see end." "State of Wonder" will be available at the event for sale and signing.
Ann Patchett is the author of five other novels: the New York Times bestselling "State of Wonder" and "Run"; "The Patron Saint of Liars," which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; "Taft," which won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize; "The Magician's Assistant"; and "Bel Canto," which won the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Orange Prize, the BookSense Book of the Year, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is also the author of two works of nonfiction: the New York Times bestselling "Truth & Beauty" and "What Now?" Patchett has written for many publications, including the Atlantic Monthly, Harper's Magazine, the New York Times, Vogue, the Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal.
FROM TEMECULA- BAYOU BROTHERS
Presented by Temecula Presents
With a sound straight out of Louisiana's dance clubs, bayou festivals and backyard crawfish boils, the Bayou Brothers will rock you right on into "Fat Tuesday" with their extensive experience and endless enthusiasm to deliver a rousing, rollicking, heart thumpin', foot stompin' musical gumbo y'all won't soon forget! Plainly, it's a healthy dose of Mississippi Mojo.
The Bayou Brothers started in 1995 with a shared love of Cajun and Zydeco music by founder John Chambers on accordion and keyboards, and Ric Lee, laying down Zydeco and Cajun dance grooves on the drums. They are well known for their rowdy shows, bluesy Zydeco accordion grooves and up-tempo Cajun romps.
Mardi Gras showmanship makes the hot, spicy musical jambalaya that is the Bayou Brothers.
More information: www.bayoubrothers.net
Friday, April 27 at 8 p.m.
FROM RIVERSIDE- Final Philharmonic season concert "Heroes of the People" features dynamic young pianist Roman Rabinovich.
The Riverside County Philharmonic is pleased to present pianist Roman Rabinovich in our closing concert of the 2011-2012 season on Saturday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Fox Performing Arts Center.
Rabinovich has been described by the San Francisco Classical Voice as 'a pianist whose mature, self-assured playing belies his chronological age'. At the age of 10 he made his Israel Philharmonic debut under the baton of Zubin Mehta and was the top prize winner of the 12th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Israel in 2008.
"Roman is a wonderful pianist whom I have worked with before," says Music Director Tomasz Golka. "He will be performing Serge Prokofiev's "Piano Concerto No. 5 in G Major" which is a big exciting piece our Phil audience will surely enjoy," says Golka.
Also on the program are Beethoven's "Fidelio Overture" and "Symphony No. 2 in D Major" by Jean Sibelius. To learn more about these and the Prokofiev "Piano Concerto", the audience is invited to attend Golka's Pre-Concert Talk which starts at 6:40 p.m. in the Fox. This is a free, open seating event sponsored by Provident Bank.
Funding for the May 19 concert is made possible through generous sponsorships by Barbara and Hazel Lohman and Ronald E. Ridgeway in memory of Muriel G. Ridgeway.
The Fox main doors open at 5:45 p.m. and doors into the theater seating area will open at 6 p.m. Single tickets for the May 19 "Heroes of the People" concert range from $20 - $82 and are available only through the Fox Box Office at 951-779-9800 or Ticketmaster. Student rush half price tickets are available for Fox balcony seats and are available on the day of the performance.
FROM RIVERSIDE- Painting Outdoors, with John Budicin
Oil will be the medium
All levels from beginner to professional are welcome
Individual attention to students
Portable easel and transportations needed
Painting outdoors is challenging. Learning what to select and what to omit to make a strong design and statement is the goal. We are not obligated to paint everything as it is; a camera does a better job.
The emphasis will be on simplifying and organizing shapes.
Beginning with a simple statement we capture the shapes, values, and light source quickly and from there we will work toward a finished work. Demonstrations supplemented with visual aids will help to clarify the key elements discussed.
What is important to me, as a teacher, is to share whatever knowledge I have with my students. I have no secrets about the way I paint, my philosophy, or my approach. I want to give each student all I can through personal attention, direction, and group discussions. There are no shortcuts in reaching our goals, just hard work and determination.
Who is John Budicin?
John Budicin was born in Rovigno, Italy. He was 12 years old when his family settled in Southern California. After working as a commercial artist for 19 years, John finally decided to make his true passion, art, his lifetime profession. Working primarily on location, he finds his inspirations directly from life.
With many awards and honors, John's work has been in museum exhibitions and featured in many art magazines, such as, Cowboys and Indians, Art of the West, Southwest Art, Pasadena Magazine, California Art Club Newsletter, and Art Business News. Several of his paintings were selected and published in 200 Great Painting Ideas for Artist, and have been reproduced in several other art books. He is a Signature Member (and Past President) of Plein-Air Painters of America, California Art Club, Oil Painters of America, and Laguna Plein Air Painters Association.
John Budicin, Instructor | Friday, April 20 - Sunday, April 22 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
3-day workshop | $440 (Museum members $400)
For more information, visit www.riversideartmuseum.org
Youth Theatre sets Alice in Wonderland Auditions
Gold Leaf Theatre continues its 3rd Season with Alice in Wonderland. Follow the White Rabbit down the hole into Wonderland. Adapted from Lewis Carroll's beloved novels. His characters will forever be favorites of youth all over the world. Alice, the Queen of Hearts, White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, and March Hare just to name a few of the characters of this great story.
We will be holding open auditions for Alice in Wonderland on April 23 at 5:30 p.m. at Archibald Ranch Community Church 13344 S. Archibald, Ontario.
Participants will be doing cold readings from the script. The auditions are open to ages four to eighteen. Please bring your calendars to auditions so that you can let us know if there are any dates you cannot make. Rehearsals will be every Monday and Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m. Performances are June 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24. For more information www.goldleaftheatreproductions.com, 951.398.1101, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FROM RIVERSIDE- Performance Riverside announces open call auditions for professional non-union performers for CHICAGO, April 15 at 6 p.m. at Landis Performing Arts Center on the Riverside City College campus, 4800 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside. Callbacks will be scheduled for the following day. Director: Matt Neves. Music Director/Conductor: Scott Smith. Choreographers: Valerie Rachelle and Rhett Guter. Prepare 16-bars from an up-tempo Broadway song. Bring sheet music; an accompanist will be provided. Please bring photo/resume. Wear attire/footwear suitable for a dance audition. Come prepared to list any conflicts you have with the rehearsal schedule. All roles are open. Casting for:
ROXIE HART: 20 - 30, any ethnicity. Singer/Actor/Dancer with a strong belt.
VELMA KELLY: 25 - 40, any ethnicity. Singer/Actor/Dancer with strong belt.
BILLY FLYNN: 35 - 50, any ethnicity. Strong baritone, must move well.
AMOS HART: 30 - 50, any ethnicity. Comic-sad character, strong singer and physically adept.
MATRON "MAMA" MORTON: 30 - 50, any ethnicity. Strong character actress, strong belt.
MARY SUNSHINE: Any age/ethnicity. Legit male soprano or countertenor up to a high B flat. Strong comedian and a GREAT legit singer.
SUPPORTING/FEATURED/ENSEMBLE - a variety of singers/dancers needed.
Weekend and evening rehearsals begin April 30, with performances June 1 through 10, 2012. Performance Riverside encourages individuals of any age, race, color, national origin, religion, disability or sexual orientation at all of its auditions. All performances are at Landis Performing Arts Center at 4800 Magnolia Ave. in Riverside. For more information call our audition hotline at 951-222-8485 or visit www.performanceriverside.org
FROM SAN BERNARDINO: 'Pop Goes the Rock' is a roller coaster ride of fun
"Pop Goes the Rick" a roller coaster ride of twists, turns and wows that's sure to entertain the whole family. The new musical will be staged
at 8 p.m. April 24, 2012.
Created and directed by Neil Goldberg, along with world-famous Cirque Dreams entertainment, this one-of-a-kind variety show spans decades and unites generations.
Re-live popular and timeless tunes with a kaleidoscope of Cirque Dreams talent, extravagant costumes and theatrical mayhem.
An international cast of singers, dancers, acrobats and musicians inspire crazy feats and off-the-hook beats on stage, in the air and way off the charts. Step right up . . . and you'll sit on the edge of your seats!
CIRQUE DREAMS: POP GOES THE ROCK
WHEN: 8 p.m. April 24, 2012
WHERE: California Theatre of the Performing Arts, 562 W. Fourth St., San Bernardino.
TICKETS: Available through www.ticketmaster.com, www.livenation.com, or theater box office
INFORMATION/BOX OFFICE: (909) 885-5152
FROM RANCHO CUCAMONGA- The story centers around Horton the Elephant, who finds himself faced with a double challenge--not only must he protect his tiny friend Jojo (and all the invisible Whos) from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left to his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him, the only one who recognizes "his kind and his powerful heart." Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant, in a story that makes you laugh and cry.
Tony winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (LUCKY STIFF, MY FAVORITE YEAR, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, and RAGTIME) have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie, and a little boy with a big imagination--Jojo. "Oh, the Thinks You Can Think" captures the show's spirit of imagination, as the colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.
Fri, Apr 13- 8 p.m.
Sat, Apr 14- 2 p.m.
Sat, Apr 14- 7 p.m.
Sun, Apr 15- 2 p.m.
Tickets are $20 each.
Valverde School of Performing Arts (VSPA) is all about teaching students good technique in the artistic discipline(s) of their choice, which is the catalyst into developing their own personal artistic identity. Proper education of our students is key to longevity and technical prowess. With all of this emphasis on technique, a sense of fun is always maintained. Whether your interest in the performing arts is a life pursuit, an artistic outlet, or something you've always wanted to try, VSPA has a class for you. VSPA offers classes in Dance, Music and Theatre. Find out more: www.VSPA.net 909-987-2789
FROM TEMECULA- The night will be filled with music. Internationally acclaimed British Violist, Roger Chase will be performing with renown pianist Michiko Otaki at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater on Saturday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Violist, Roger Chase was born in London , and studied at the Royal College of Music with Bernard Shore and in Canada with Steven Staryk, also working for a short time with the legendary Lionel Tertis, whose famed Montagnana viola he now plays.
Roger Chase made his debut with the English Chamber Orchestra in 1979, and in 1987 appeared as a soloist at a Promenade Concert at The Royal Albert Hall in London . Chase has since played as a soloist or chamber musician in major cities throughout the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, Japan, the Middle East, India, most of Eastern and all of Western Europe, and Scandinavia.
Sharing the stage with Roger Chase is renown painist Michiko Otaki. An especially noted chamber musician, pianist Michiko Otaki was born in the small Japanese coastal town of Hazu . Although both her early academic and musical training was in Japan , all of her collegial and post-graduate study since her arrival in 1977 was done in the U.S. , at the San Francisco Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music and the University of Miami , where she received her Doctorate. Michiko Otaki has performed and recorded with renowned international ensembles including the Graffe String Quartet, Kodaly String Quartet, Swiss Wind Quartet, and Martinu String Quartet.
Together, Chase and Otaki forge a most stylish and intuitive alliance producing a lavish outpouring of rich musical expression. Join us for a romantic heart-felt evening filled with music from such composers as, Sir Arnold Bax, Johannes Brahms, Fredrick Delius, and John Ireland.
This is the final Temecula Presents Classical Series Concert from the 2011-2012 Season. Join us for a lovely evening filled with melodious music performed by these two International Virtuosos.
Tickets are available online at
by phone at
or at the Theater Ticket Office
42051 Main Street in Old Town Temecula.
Ticket prices are: $30 Adult / $25 Senior / $12.50 Student over age 12 / $2.50 Child 12 and under, accompanied by an adult.
FROM SAN JACINTO- Mt San Jacinto College, Menifee Campus Theatre Arts Department is proud to present Passengers, a raucous comedy by award winning TV and Film writer Sam Bobrick. The first television script he ever wrote - for The Andy Griffith Show - won the Writers Guild Award. He went on to win two more Guild Awards, and an Emmy nomination. He wrote and produced episodes of many of television's all-time classics: Get Smart, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, Gomer Pyle USMC, The Flintstones, Bewitched ..... the list goes on. He also created the long-running series Saved By The Bell, currently in worldwide syndication. When he tried songwriting, the first song he ever composed was recorded by Elvis Presley.
Sam's heart however is in the theatre and he has devoted the last 20 years to writing over 30 plays. For him the theatre offered the freedom you very seldom get when writing for television or the movies. Most of his plays are comedies. He says, "There is nothing more satisfying to me than to sit in an audience and listen to people laugh. Although I feel there are moments of insight and enlightenment in my plays, I've never really had a depressing message I felt necessary to share with the public. My main goal has always been to entertain, to have people leaving the theatre feeling good. Life is tough enough. Why send an audience home suicidal. It only cuts into future ticket sales." Passengers certainly fits this philosophy. It is made up of eight vignettes that take place in a bus station with stories that range from touching to hilarious and all points between.
Additional information available on www.sambobrick.com
The Director and Cast
The Director for Passengers is also no stranger to the limelight. She is Riverside born and Broadway and London's West End award winning actress, Shezwae Powell. She has worked for many years in the performing arts as an actress, singer, director and producer. She has played lead roles in many hit shows including Cats, The King and I, Children of Eden, South Pacific and Disney's Beauty and the Beast as well as a couple of British TV series. She was the Director of her own theater company for many years and produced the critically acclaimed musical Inner City Jam.
After living and working in New York and London, she is thrilled to be back 'home' and passing on the torch of Performing Arts. Although she worked on TV and toured with music groups like Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, like Sam Bobrick her heart is in the theater. She says, "For me, theatre at its best should make you think, feel and hopefully laugh and not necessarily in that order. I was attracted to Passengers because it manages to accomplish all three in a very entertaining fashion."
She is also very happy to be working with this cast. She says, "Theater should reflect society and I wanted to cast the net broadly when looking for actors. I found a wonderful group of 12 actors that range in age from 21 to 70. Some are full time students and who are just starting their journey into acting and others are 'occasional' students who have been acting for a long time. There'll be a lot of experience and heart on our stage and audiences should really have a good time and a good laugh."
Passengers is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French.
6 performances from April 19- 29 ~ For reservations call 951- 639 - 5790
Thurs April 19 - Sat April 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Fri April 27 - Sat April 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Sun April 29tat 2 p.m.
All seats $10 ($9 with valid SGA sticker)
Menifee Lab Theatre (200 building)
28237 La Peidra Road, Menifee
FROM FALLBROOK- Fallbrook's Writers Read, a free monthly gathering of writers and readers, is pleased to present Celebrate Poetry!, in recognition of National Poetry Month. The reading will feature Kate Harding, of Rainbow, and the launch of her new poetry collection, "Santa Monica Disposal & Salvage," followed by open mic. The reading is Wednesday, April 11, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The event is hosted by the Café des Artistes, at 103 S. Main, Fallbrook.
Harding, who has published her new collection under her pen name, Penny Perry, is a Pushcart Prize nominee in both fiction and poetry. Her work has appeared in numerous print journals and online at "Perigee," "Contemporary World Literature," "Contemporary World Poetry" and "Literary Mama." She was a fellow at the American Film Institute, and PBS produced and aired her movie "A Berkeley Christmas." Harding's chapbook "What Women Do" was a finalist in the Earth's Daughters chapbook competition.
"Santa Monica Disposal & Salvage" will be available for sale and signing.
For the open mic segment, bring a favorite poem to share -- your own or someone else's.
For those who would like to dine during the reading, the Café offers a special bistro supper menu. Call Café des Artistes at 760-728-3350 to reserve a table. Plentiful seating for those not dining is also available. The Café entrance is in the rear of the Art Center, off Alvarado Street.
For more information, visit http://www.excusemeimwriting.com/events/.