October 8, 1999

Calendar of Events

by Berenice Cisneros


The Phantom of the Opera

Casting has been announced for the San Diego return engagement of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera. The production is the most successful stage musical of all time, and will begin a triumphant return engagement at the Civic Theatre in San Diego on Thursday, Oct. 28.

Brad Little as The Phantom.

Based on a classic novel by Gaston Leroux, tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it. He falls madly in love in an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at this command. The Phantom of the Opera will play through Nov. 27. Ticket prices range from $14.50 to $67.00.


The Scream Zone

San Diego County's largest and scariest haunting attraction - newly designed and expanded to scare the yell out of you "The Scream Zone" — opened October 7th and runs through October 31 at the Del Mar Scaregrounds.

An entirely new, 20-room Haunted House is the main attraction, with enough spine-chilling and eerie sights and scary sounds to jolt even the most seasoned haunted house visitor. The Scream Zone also offers three additional major attractions. They are: A new Slither Zone house which allow visitors to get up close and uncomfortable with a 14-python, anacondas and other snakes, reptiles, spiders and spooky cockroaches; A Thrill Zone Carnival, with scary rides including the Monster ejection seat to bring more screams and shrieks; A blockbuster lineup of sensational San Diego-area bands and DJs appearing on the Scream Zone Stage at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights for listening and dancing. For tickets or other information, call (858) 792-4262.


Fire Open House

Live rescue demonstrations, displays of current and historic fire equipment, and fire prevention exhibits will be featured during the open house for the Chula Vista Fire Department on Oct. 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The public is invited to participate in these activities at Fire Station 1, 447 F St.

Demonstrations will include vehicle extraction with the Jaws of Life; use of fire extinguishers; fire-fighting techniques such as rappelling; and child fire safety in a specially-designed "house". Other highlights will be a fire safety puppet show, tours of the fire station and health care information — plus a special visit from "Smokey The Bear."


A Cry of Players

The Grossmont College Theatre Arts Department will present A Cry of Plays, October 7-9, Oct. 12-16 @ 8 PM and October 9, 16 @ 2PM in the Stagehouse Theatre. This brilliant work deals with the early troubled years of a budding poet from Stratford Upon Avon, England, our Bard whose ultimate destiny will prove far greater than his hopes can conceive. Ticket prices range from $7 - $10. For more information call 644-7234.


Exhibition at the Tijuana Cultural Center

Twenty-five icons from the Timken Museum of Art's permanent collection in Balboa Park will soon depart for a special exhibit at the Tijuana Cultural Center. The 17th to 19th century symbols of the Russian Orthodox Church - which once served as profound objects of reverence and veneration for worshipers - will be on display from Oct. 8 to Jan. 9. The Cultural Center is free to the public and open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Mon. through Fri. and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sat. and Sun. at the intersection of Paseo de los Heroes and Javier Mina in Tijuana. Call 011-5266-8417-08 for more information.


Columbus Day Festa

The historic business district of Downtown San Diego's Little Italy will come alive this October 10th with live music, fine Italian food and specialty crafts in the Fifth Annual Columbus Day Festa. Featuring this year, "Chalk La Strada" an Italian street painting festival in conjunction with the Festa. Italian street painting uses chalk as a medium and is an Italian tradition dating back to the 16th century. The festa will also feature 3 live stages, over 100 specialty craft booths combined with the finest Italian food . The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Marco Li Mandri at 493-4433.


African Ensemble

The San Diego State African Ensemble, founded in 1991, is a combination of authentic dress, instruments, voices and movements depicting traditional musical practices of various ethnic groups of West Africa, in particular, Ghana. The concert is open to the public and will take place in the Parish Hall located in the rear of the church campus located at 845 Chestnut Street (at 9th Ave.) in Old Escondido. Admission is by a suggested donation of $8 (students $5) at the door. For more information, call (760) 743-1629.


Students Display Art in Exhibit

Virginia Lukei of Vista and Sarah Stangeland of Encinitas, both of whom found inspiration for their current work as artists while they were students at MiraCosta College, will be featured in a two-woman show opening Oct. 11 at MiraCosta's Kruglak Gallery, located in the Student Center at the Ocean-side campus, One Barnard Drive. Admission to the exhibit and the reception is free and open to the public. The show will run through Nov. 4.



Set in the 1980s, Fame — The Musical focuses on the hopes, dreams and aspirations of a group of students attending new York's High School of the Performing Arts on West 46th Street. The musical chronicles their four-year odyssey from audition to graduation at the school whose unofficial motto is "Fame costs and this is where you start paying." The mix of strongly motivated students — rich and poor, black and white — give the story its passion and dramatic tension. "Fame" plays October 12-17 at the Civic Theatre (Third and B St.). Ticket prices range from $24 to $54.50. For more information, call 570-1100.


"Sweet Bird of Youth"

This is Tennessee William's portrait of a complicated pair of lovers: Alexandra del Lago, an aging film goddess running away from what she believes was a disastrous screen comeback, and Chance Wayne, an ambitious young hustler who dreams of becoming a movie star. The duo find themselves in St. Cloud, a small town on the Gulf Coast, where each is forced to confront their stories, their desires, and their demons. Sweet Bird if Youth begins previews Oct. 12, and has its official press opening Sunday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. and closes Nov. 14. Tickets prices go from $19 - $39.


"Triumph of Love"

San Diego State University Department of Theatre starts its 1999-2000 Musical season with Triumph of Love, a musical based on the 18th century comic novel about the brainy and beautiful Princess Leonide as she quips, trips, and zips the gorgeous but guileless exiled Prince Agis down the aisle. Three seductions, four disguises, and fifteen musical numbers unlock the hearts of all in this cult classic musical. "Triumph of Love opens Friday, October 15 and runs through October 16, 21, 22 and 23 at 8 p.m. For tickets call 594-6884.


"Don Giovanni"

The first opera performance of The Center's 1999-2000 Performing Arts Season is Mozart's Don Giovanni for one performance only on Fri., Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. Conductor Steven Osgood leads the fully staged and costumed production featuring 16 young singers from four countries and 11 stages, as well as a 33-piece orchestra. Tickets are priced from $22 to $49 and are on sale now by calling 1-800-988-4253.

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