Spring Butterfly and Garden Festival at Cuyamaca College
The popular event is open to the public and annually draw
s thousands to the college.
Cuyamaca College and the Water Conservation Garden are presenting the 2017 Spring Butterfly and Garden Festival from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at the college campus.
Planned at the free event are Ornamental Horticulture's biggest plant sale of the year; a tour of the Water Conservation Garden's Butterfly Pavilion an
d butterfly releases; children's activities; food trucks and wine tasting; and vendor booths.
Landscape design consultations -- $20 for 20 minutes - are available by reservation at the Water Conservation Garden. Customers are asked to bring photos of their yards and any landscape designs they like, and a list of preferred plants. Call (619) 660-0614, ext. 10 to register.
Grossmont Symphony Orchestra's 'It's a Mystery'
The Grossmont Symphony Orchestra and Master Chorale presents "It's a Mystery" 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 21, at St. John of the Cross Catholic Church, 8175 Lemon Grove Way, Lemon Grove, 91945; and at 4 p.m. Monday, April 23, at the Point Loma Presbyterian Church, 2128 Chatsworth Blvd., San Diego, CA 92107.
Featured are soloists Robert Plimpton, organist; Audra Nagby, soprano; and Robert Sokol, baritone.
A multimedia presentation of Charles Gounod's "March of the Marionette" will be featured, as well as Bernard Herrmann's score from the movie, "Psycho," Samuel Jones' "Aurum Aurorae," Leo Sowerby's "Medieval Poem," and Gabriel Faure's Requiem, Op. 48.
General admission is $10; $5 for students.
Literary Arts Fest
at Grossmont College
Grossmont College Literary Arts Fest is Monday-Thursday, April 24-27, in Griffin Gate, Building 60, and is free and open to the public.
Presented by the English Department's Creative Writing program, this year's event features:
- April 24, 2-3:15 p.m. "Viva Literatura," in which students from Julie Cardenas' Introduction to Literature and Puente courses talk about why literature matters, perhaps more than ever.
- April 24, 7 p.m. Poet and performance artist Denise Benavides, a Grossmont College alumnus, shares her work confronting themes of xenophobia, sexuality, religion, relocation, and love .
- April 25, 7-8:15 p.m. "New Voices," a student reading of original works of short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, novel excerpts, drama and mixed-media word art.
- April 26, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. "And Justice for All," a poetry slam open to all Grossmont College students interested in verbal sparring over social justice issues. There will be two rounds of competition for up to a dozen participants, with the second round matching the top six challengers.
- April 26, 7-8:30 p.m. Performance poet and musician Gill Sotu addresses topics such as social justice, racial empowerment, masculinity, and love.
- April 27, 7-8:30 p.m. A reading and book-signing by 2005 Pulitzer Prize nonfiction finalist and the best-selling author of 16 books, Luis Alberto Urrea. His time slot will be shared by students from the English department's pre-transfer writing program, who penned writings inspired by excerpts from Urrea's works. Finalists from the Writing Project will have their essays collected in a publication, and the winner will read his or her work following an introduction by Urrea.
Lute duets at Cuyamaca College
Two of the world's leading lutenists, Grammy-nominated Paul O'Dette and Ronn McFarlane, will play duets from pre-1700 Italy and England at 3 p.m.
|Paul O'Dette and Ronn McFarlane
Sunday, April 30, at the Cuyamaca College Performing Arts Theater. Presented by the San Diego Early Music Society, the virtuosos will play both improvised and composed pieces.
Tickets range from $18-$30 and can be bought at the door or through the music society at
Students, faculty and staff are being offered $10 "rush" tickets at the door. Call (619) 291-8246 for further information.
rances and Exits' dance concert a perennial favorite
smont College Dance Department will present "Entrances and Exits," its annual spring dance concert, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, April 20-22, at the Joan B. Kroc Theatre, 6611 University Ave. in San Diego.
The concert is open to the public and will feature original choreography by Grossmont College dance faculty: Melissa Adao, Blythe Barton, Nancy Boxkin-Mullen, Lesa Green, Kathy Meyer, David Mullen, Angela Moran, Colleen Shipkowski and Debi Toth-Ward, as well as guest choreographer and San Diego artist Kyle Sorensen. This year's show will feature a variety of dance genres, including hip-hop, modern, ballet and jazz, and performances by Grossmont College dance students.
General admission, cash-only ticket prices: $12 pre-sale through April 19 and $15 at the door. Pre-sale tickets are sold at the Grossmont College ASGC Student Activities Window in Bldg. 60 and through the Grossmont College Dance Department at (619) 644-7766.