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Unique duo to perform popular hits from the 1930s-1950s at ‘Stardust Memories’ event

Dr. Ed Siegel and Joohoe “Peppy” Koo. Courtesy photo

On Thursday, July 3, from noon – 1 p.m., St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall in Del Mar is the venue for a unique musical experience that crosses culture and generations. The “Stardust Memories” show is a one-time event featuring pianist Dr. Ed Siegel of Solana Beach and vocalist Joohoe “Peppy” Koo of Seoul, Korea.

The two will perform a medley of songs that also cross genres and eras, and appeals to a broad audience. The hour-long repertoire includes popular hits from the 1930s through the 1950s; Broadway show hits; covers from Elvis, The Beatles, and Billy Joel; popular songs from film; and romantic love songs. Siegel will also play some solo classical pieces that include Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue”, Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata”, Bach’s “Aire on a G String”, and more.

Author Sam Halpern to discuss novel at Carmel Valley Library

The Carmel Valley Branch Library will host a book talk at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 24, with Sam Halpern, author of “A Far Piece to Canaan,” as he reads from his new novel. Halpern is the father of Justin Halpern, author of “Sh*t My Dad Says,” and the subject of that bestselling book. The library is located at 3919 Townsgate Drive, San Diego. Call 858-552-1668.

Acclaimed actor Malcolm McDowell visits North Coast Rep in Solana Beach

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McDowell visited from Los Angeles to see Faded Glory. The play, directed by Ellenstein, is making its world premiere and runs through June 22 at the Solana Beach theatre.

Supporters gather in Del Mar for launch of local author’s book of memoir poems

Author Mai-Lon Gittelsohn Photo by Lynn Rybarczyk

The atmosphere was buzzing with excitement as friends, supporters and aficionados of the written word gathered on June 11 at the Parish Hall at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Del Mar to celebrate the launch of “Chop Suey and Apple Pie,” a book of memoir poems authored by local resident Mai-Lon Gittelsohn.

Carmel Valley student uses music to overcome joint condition

Hayley Jones  Photo by Kristina Houck

Hayley Jones started performing on stage when she was just 3 years old. But music was put on the back burner, as the Carmel Valley girl got older and busier with dance, soccer and martial arts.

The 10-year-old recently turned to music again, after being diagnosed in October with osteochondritis dissecans, a joint condition in which a small segment of bone begins to separate from its surrounding region due to a lack of blood supply. Due to the condition, the bone and the cartilage covering it begin to crack and loosen, causing pain and swelling.

Carmel Valley Middle School artists receive Reflections Awards

(L-R) Award winners Hannah Leibowitz, Helen Cho, Susan Lin, Melanie Limas An and CVMS Principal Laurie Brady.

Carmel Valley Middle School celebrated its Reflections Awards with a record number of entries this year. The Reflections director at CVMS, Victoria Shoushtari, says the program encourages students to explore opportunities within the art world. Categories include visual arts, photography, music composition, literature, film production and dance choreography. This year’s theme was “Believe, Dream, Inspire.” The Reflections program is part of the California State PTA. Local winners move onto the state level then to nationals. More information on the program can be found at http://www.pta.org

Carmel Valley harpist awarded University of Southern California’s prestigious Mork Family Scholarship

Carmel Valley harpist Emma Dyson will attend USC this fall on a full-ride scholarship. Courtesy photo

Emma Dyson, a 17-year-old harpist from Torrey Pines High School recently became the first music student to receive the University of Southern California’s Mork Family Scholarship, a four-year, full-tuition scholarship with a $5,000 yearly stipend. Less than 20 Mork scholarships are offered per year and after Emma was accepted to the school she was selected to apply for the scholarship.

Mork finalists are required to go through an interview process before they are awarded the scholarship and Emma underwent hers early this year.

Artists wanted to create fence art for Solana Beach Coastal Rail Trail

The Solana Beach Public Arts Advisory Commission (PAAC) is looking for artists or teams of artists to create fence art for the Coastal Rail Trail (CRT) along Highway 101, north of Lomas Santa Fe.

Creedence Clearwater Revisited ready to rock San Diego County Fair

L-R – Kurt Griffey, John Tristao, Stu Cook, Doug Clifford, Steve Gunner. Photo by Jeff Dow

Creedence Clearwater Revisited (a revival band that features some original members) still rocks out across the country to this day and, on June 19, the band brings its act to the San Diego County Fair.

Q&A: Writer’s Roundtable interview with screenwriter and novelist Terry Hayes

Terry Hayes Photograph by Kristin Hayes

Road Warrior/Mad Max 2, Mad Max: Beyond the Thunderdome, Payback with Mel Gibson; From Hell starring Johnny Depp; Vertical Limit with Chris O’Donnell; and Dead Calm with Nicole Kidman are just a few of the movies which list Terry Hayes as screenwriter. And now, after years spent writing for newspapers and the big screen, Terry Hayes has turned his hand to writing an international thriller considered to be one of the hottest books of 2014. Get a sense of what this multi-talented author has to say about his craft, and learn more when he is further interviewed by New York Times bestselling author Christopher Reich on Saturday, June 8, at 7 p.m. at Warwick’s in La Jolla.

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