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Violinist Mari Black to perform at North Coast Rep benefit in Solana Beach

Multi-style violinist Mari Black and her World Fiddle Ensemble are starring in a special evening of music Nov. 10 that celebrates the human ability to overcome adversity.
With musical selections from all over the world and little-known background stories, Black and her band will take the audience on a powerful musical journey through the songs that were born out of struggle, offered solace in strife, and inspired triumph over adversity. Listeners will sing, soar, weep, laugh, and dance along on this unforgettable musical experience.
This concert, from 7:30-9 p.m. at North Coast Repertory Theater in Solana Beach, is a fundraiser for Women’s Empowerment International, a 501(c)3 helping women around the world overcome their struggles and adversities by providing microfinance loans.
The theater is at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive. Pre-performance reception is at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35; $25 under age 35; $20 students and vets; visit Contact 858-531-3418 or

Musicians from Carmel Valley schools progress to Concerto Competition finals

Nine musicians from the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory’s advanced ensembles will compete for the prestigious award of Concerto Competition Winner, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, at the Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park.

“These annual Concerto Competitions present the chance for SDYS’ most advanced students from the Ovation Program to showcase their talent in an intensive and collaborative soloist competition,” said Jeff Edmons, SDYS Music Director. “From the preliminary round, nine finalists have been selected to perform at the Mingei International Museum.”

Pianists, students to perform at Carmel Valley Library concert

Jacquelyne Silver

A free family music program, sponsored by the Friends of the Carmel Valley Library, will be presented at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 in the library’s community room.

Concert pianist and teacher Jacquelyne Silver and 10 young students of Silver and Barbara Menzie will perform. Silver will perform first, playing a program that will include works of Mozart written as a child, the young Scott Joplin, and Beethoven before and after he lost his hearing.

She will also discuss the meaning of music, where it came from, and why we love it.

Canyon Crest Academy Envision teachers’ expertise extends beyond Carmel Valley school, but returns to enrich it

Carol Limbach, CCA visual arts teacher, on her recent painting trip to Provence, France.

Envision arts offered through Canyon Crest Academy invite visiting artists to enrich the students’ experience. Supported by the school’s foundation, these professionals are role models and show students what is possible. A recent event at CCA’s Proscenium Theatre presented the artists’ work to an appreciative student audience.

Also taking part were several of CCA’s Envision faculty who performed on stage or had art pieces exhibited in the lobby. Like the visiting artists, CCA staff are fully engaged in their respective fields and each has strong views as to why the myth of “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach!” is just that: a myth.

Carmel Valley school’s ‘Zombie Prom’ pokes fun at ‘50s-era musicals

Kion Heidari as Jonny and Alyson Tharp as Toffee. Courtesy photo

For the first time, Canyon Crest Academy’s Envision Theatre is presenting the musical “Zombie Prom,” beginning Oct. 24 through Nov. 1 at the Black Box Theatre.

Carmel Valley author’s ‘Danny Dog’ children’s book tells the story of a special rescue dog

Carmel Valley’s Sid Shapira has written a children’s book, ‘Danny Dog,’ about his rescue dog, Danny.

Inspired by the journey of Danny, his family’s new rescue dog, Carmel Valley author Sid Shapira has written a children’s book, “Danny Dog.”

‘Freud’s Last Session’ at North Coast Rep in Solana Beach imagines meeting of two great minds

North Coast Repertory Theater’s newest production is “Freud’s Last Session,” a lively, witty Off-Broadway production about a fictional meeting between famed psychotherapist Sigmund Freud and the writer C.S. Lewis.

Near the end of his life, Freud invites a final visitor, the writer C.S. Lewis, who will soon gain wide fame for his book, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” Not only are their views highly divergent — Freud is a committed atheist; Lewis, once an atheist, is now a committed Anglican — the two are a study in contrasts. Freud is irascible and adamantly opinionated; Lewis is sunny, warm and unflappable.

‘Monuments Men’ connection to San Diego art museum is topic of talk

On Oct. 20, Michael Brown, Ph.D., of the San Diego Museum of Art, will discuss the role of the so-called “Monuments Men” in apprehending Hans VanMeegeren, who sold fake Vermeers to the Nazis, and their connection to the museum, which holds two paintings they rescued.

Afghan Whigs, reunited after 16 years, to perform at Belly Up in Solana Beach

The Afghan Whigs play at the Belly Up in Solana Beach on Oct. 24. Photo Credit: Piper Ferguson

It’s been 16 years since the famed alternative rock act The Afghan Whigs released new music, but the band is back in a big way with a brand-new album, “Do to the Beast,” and a nationwide tour that finds itself at Solana Beach’s Belly Up Tavern on Oct. 24.

“How long does that feel like? I can’t really put it into words,” said the group’s frontman, Greg Dulli, from his Los Angeles-area home, who’s been relishing the past year. “I enjoy all of the parts of putting out a new album; it’s impossible to choose just one. The creativity of the entire process is appealing to me.”

Solana Beach Singalong in harmony with community

Dr. Ed Siegel established the weekly Solana Beach Singalong in 1986 and kicked off its 28th season in late August. Photo by Kristina Houck

The weekly event is now in its 28th year of bringing people together with music.



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