January 22, 1999


Calendar of Events

by Berenice Cisneros

Local Artist Effie Allen Exhibits Monoprints

"One Artist, Two cultures," a monoprint/mixed media exhibit by local artist Effie Allen, is on display in the Rosemary Lane Galeria at South Chula Vista Library, 389 Orange Ave. The exhibits runs from Jan. 8 through Feb. 11, with a meet the artist reception scheduled on Jan. 22 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Allen has been a painter and printmaker for many years. She uses mixed media with the monoprint process, which combines the spontaneity of drawing, the coloration of painting and the traditional printing process of bonding ink of paper. She received a bachelor of fine arts degree from Bowling Green State University and a master's from the University of Iowa, and completed postgraduate studies at the University of California, San Diego. She teaches art at Palomar Alternative High School in Chula Vista.

Emerson String Quartet

The Grammy Award-winning Emerson String Quarter, will perform at 8 p.m. Jan. 29 in the Mandeville Auditorium at the University of California, San Diego. The Emerson Quartet has the traditional string-quartet virtues. Each player is a strongly characterized individual, but the ensemble is temperamentally as well as sonically in balance. The four minds play upon each other, and upon the work, in perfect harmony.

Tickets for the Emerson String Quartet are $22 general admission and $10 for students. Tickets are available at the UCSD Box Office, 534-8497. The concert is sponsored by the UCSD University Events Office. For information on the entire season of events, visit the website, http://ueo.ucsd.edu, or call the UCSD University Events Office at 534-4090.

The Longest Running Musical in the World

Moonlight Amphitheatre's next Winter Season attraction, "The Fantasticks," will be presented at the Avo Playhouse, at 303 East Vista Way, on January 29 through February 21. A romantic and stylized story of teenagers in love. The Fantasticks is the longest-running musical in the world. After opening off-Broadway in May of 1960, the show had a resounding success that has drawn full houses to New York's Sullivan St. Playhouse for more than 38 years, and resulted in productions throughout the world.

Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Ticket prices $16 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, and $10 for juniors (16 and under). Tickets are available in advance at the VisTix Ticket Office located at 651 East Vista Way, Vista or you can call (760) 724-2110 for additional information.



"A Stag at Sharkey's", 1917 Lithograph.

"An American Pulse: The Lithographs of George Wesley Bellows" will debut in the San Diego Museum of Art's American galleries (Jan 30-April 18, 1999). This will mark the first public viewing of a extraordinary collection of 60 Bellows. Concurrently "Liu Dan: Ink Handscroll," a monumental 70 foot hadscroll utilizing traditional Chinese brush and ink techniques, will debut in a solo exhibition.


Jazz Piano III

The Athenaeum showcases some of the jazz world's most outstanding keyboard artists, the library announces its new series, Jazz Piano III, taking place in the music room of the Athenaeum on four Thursday nights in January and February 1999. The series features four internationally-renowned jazz pianists making rare San Diego area appearances.

The combination of keyboard artistry, the intimate ambiance of the library, and the Athenaeum's superb piano is sure to result in a series of unforgettable evenings! Searing is limited, so early reservations are a must. Tickets prices for a series of 4 concerts are $56 and individual concerts are $16. Performances are January 7th, 14th & 28th and February 4th. For more information, call 454-5872.

Young Artists Competition

The La Jolla Symphony & Chorus announces its 40th Annual Young Artists Competition, open to talented young instrumentalists and vocalists from San Diego County and Baja California. The competition takes place Saturday, January 30, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, January 31 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mandeville Center on the University of California.

The competition is separated into four divisions: a Junior Instrumental Division for contestants age 18 and under, a Junior Vocal Division for contestants age 21 and under, a Senior Instrumental Division for contestants age 17 to 28 and a Senior Vocal Division for contestants age 20 to 28. Judges, comprised of distinguished musicians and music educators from around San Diego County, award prizes in five categories. Individual awards range from $150 to $800. Prizes total $5900.

Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra

The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra will be at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido on Saturday, January 30 at 8 p.m. Tickets are now on sale at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido ticket office located at 340 N. Escondido Blvd., or by phone at 1-800-988-4253. Ticket prices range from $25 to $42.

The 17-member band re-creates big band jazz as its composers intended it to be played, stripping away intervening changes and alterations. The orchestra has rediscovered old classics, premiered new discoveries and brought to the public seldom-heard works of genius. The result is exciting and invigorating.

A Funny Thing Happened

Comedian Rip Taylor stars in the touring Broadway musical smash "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" coming to the California Center for the Arts, Escondido for two performances on Sat., Jan. 23 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Ticket prices range from $27-$47 and are already on sale.

Forum is a comedic return to ancient Rome. Pseudolus, a Roman slave played by Rip Taylor, undergoes a journey filled with temptations and limitless obstacles in order to obtain freedom from his master. Forum opened on Broadway on May 8, 1962, and broke box office records.

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival

Hawaiian slack key guitar is one of the world's great acoustic guitar traditions. Kí hó'alu, which literally means "loosen the key," is the Hawaiian-language name for this enchantingly melodic solo fingerpicked style, unique to Hawaii, in which the strings are "slacked" to produce many beautiful and unusual tunings. Coming to the East County Performing Arts Center on January 24, at 7:30 p.m. is the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival. Tickets are $33.00/$19.50/$13.50 reserved. For additional information, please call 440-2277.

Japanese-American Journey' Exhibit

Artifacts made in a relocation camp, fishing rigs developed by local Japanese fishermen and military decorations awarded in World War II, are all part of an exhibition at the Chula Vista Heritage Museum marking Japanese-American contributions to San Diego and particularly the South Bay during the past 100 years.

The exhibit will be on view at the museum located at 360 Third Avenue in Chula Vista from Jan. 24 to June 30. The exhibition includes a display of lug labels representing many of the major south Bay Japanese-American farms. At the heart of the exhibit are photographs taken from the 1880s to the present which include every major aspect of the local Japanese-American experience.

Death of a Salesman

Considered one of the greatest plays of the 20th Century, Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman begins the second half of San Diego Repertory Theatre's 23rd season. On Friday, February 5, Death of a Salesman will open at the San Diego Repertory Theatre in the intimate setting of its Space theatre.

Located at the Lyceum, Horton Plaza, the Rep's production will continue through Feb. 28th; previews begin January 29. The performance schedule is Wednesday through Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday and Tuesday, 7 p.m.; and Sunday 2 p.m. Additional matinees will be held on Wednesdays, February 10 and 24 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $21-$32. For all other ticket purchases, visit the Rep's box office at Horton Plaza or call 544-1000.

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