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Solana Beach teen singer to tackle bullying during Teen Nation Tour

Mason Mercer

To kick off National Bullying Prevention Month, the Solana Beach 16-year-old is joining other teen singers in Teen Nation Tour

Carmel Valley author hoping book helps teens to air problems

Janet Larson recently published “My Diary Unlocked,” which features diary entries submitted by teenagers.

Using the power of raw, uncensored expressions and feelings committed to the pages of teenagers’ diaries, Carmel Valley author Janet Larson has published “My Diary Unlocked: Stories of Teen Girls Heal the Inner Adolescent of Our Soul.”

The book combines real diary entries with insights from Larson, a self-esteem expert.

Musical ‘Zombie Prom’ lurches onto Canyon Crest Academy stage in Carmel Valley

‘Zombie Prom’ will be performed at Canyon Crest Aca-demy’s Envision Theatre on Oct. 24-25, 30-31 and Nov. 1.

Canyon Crest Academy Envision Theatre presents the musical “Zombie Prom” over the Halloween season at the school’s Black Box Theatre.

This girl-loves-ghoul rock-and-roll Off-Broadway musical by Dana Rowe and John Dempsey is set in the atomic 1950s at Enrico Fermi High. A teen’s encounter with the local atomic waste dump causes him to return “transformed” — but he still has the All-American dream of taking a pretty senior to the prom. History comes to his rescue while a selection of original ’50s-style songs keeps the action rocking across the stage.

Carmel Valley actor and former La Jolla Country Day student join forces to produce film ‘Starcrossed’

Chase Mohseni and Ben Reed Courtesy photo

Ben Reed, a Carmel Valley resident, acted in and served as producer for the movie that will premiere at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, at the San Diego Film Festival at Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15 (701 5th Ave, San Diego).

Arts Alive event in Solana Beach to feature artwork, music, performers and more

Coast Highway 101 will be transformed into a stage during Arts Alive Sept. 28 in Solana Beach. Photo by McKenzie Images

Artwork will once again line the Coastal Rail Trail, and musicians, dancers and theatre performers will transform Coast Highway 101 into a stage during Arts Alive Sept. 28 in Solana Beach.

Among participating artists are father-daughter duo Edward Edington and Michelle Moraga. Their three-in-one ceramic piece, “Dream Path in Color,” is one of 13 pieces that will be featured on the 5-foot-high fence, which stretches along the 1.5-mile Coastal Rail Trail.

“Inspired by dreams, we wanted something bright,” said Moraga about the already-installed project. “I hope people enjoy it.”

Upcoming performance at Canyon Crest Academy in Carmel Valley blends drumming, dance

Faith Jensen-Ismay, artistic director of the Mojalet Dance Collective, looks on as two of the company’s dancers rehearse one of their routines, as members of Rhythm Talk play drums and percussion.  The rehearsal took place at the studio in Jensen-Ismay’s Poway home.

Those who attend a drum and dance performance at Canyon Crest Academy on Friday, Oct. 3, will experience a fusion of two art forms that local audiences rarely, if ever, get to see.

“It’s completely unique. I’ve been performing and working in San Diego for 25 years, and I’ve never see anything like this,” said Faith Jensen-Ismay, artistic director of the Mojalet Dance Collective.

“It’s an explosion of the arts. You get it all. It really magnifies the production, makes it bigger than life,” said Del Mar resident Alyssa Kinnear, who has been dancing with Mojalet for two-and-a-half years.

Upcoming 2014 San Diego Film Festival to feature a variety of screenings, events

Honoree Alan Arkin

The San Diego Film Festival is gearing up for five days of exciting U.S. premieres — and some are world premieres of groundbreaking independent films by emerging filmmakers, local and international.

More than 1,500 films were submitted and only 100 titles were selected to screen Sept. 24-28 at Gaslamp’s Reading Theater and La Jolla’s Arclight Cinemas. Q&A panels will follow the films, which can include actors, directors, writers and producers. This interactive experience is what makes the festival special for film lovers.

Accomplished Carmel Valley theatre actor thrives on challenge of award-winning musical ‘Next to Normal’

Robert J. Townsend (far right) with other “Next to Normal” cast members director Nick DeGruccio. Photo by Samantha Tatro

Carmel Valley actor Robert J. Townsend stumbled upon musical theatre by complete accident.

Accomplished impressionist painter to hold exhibit in Solana Beach

Solana Beach artist John Modesitt

In September, John Modesitt is holding a weeklong exhibit, his first since the three-day show he held in February.

Carmel Valley student publishes novel ‘Don’t Mistake the Ashes for Dust’

Lily Nilipour with her book, “Don’t Mistake the Ashes for Dust.” Courtesy photo

Many people spend months, even years, to write a novel. Carmel Valley teenager Lily Nilipour was able to craft a 50,000-word novel in one month last year.

Her novel, “Don’t Mistake the Ashes for Dust,” offers insights into life as an adolescent and is available online at

In the past Lily, a 15-year-old sophomore at Torrey Pines High School, wrote a lot of fantasy but this book was her first departure into a new genre. She outgrew the dragons and has gone more into reality.

Lily has been writing for as long as she can remember.



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