The Cuyamaca College music department
launches its fall concert series with a free screening of the music documentary, "Throttle the Sun," 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, at the college's digital theater in the Communications Arts Building (Bldg. B).
"Throttle the Sun" is the third music documenta
ry by San Diego filmmaker and Grossmont College English Professor Raul Sandelin who released "A Box Full of Rocks: The El Cajon Years of Lester Bangs" (2013) and "Ticket to Write: The Golden Age of Rock Music Journalism" (2016).
"Throttle the Sun" looks at the idolization of rock stars as a social phenomenon and goes behind the scenes with backstage interviews of music acts Def Leppard, Alan Parsons, and 38 Special, as well as San Diego musicians Nick Hippa and Anti-Folk pioneer Cindy Lee Berryhill.
Following the 90-minute film, Sandelin will hold a Q&A for feedback, as he will be doing at other informal film screenings in preparation for the 2018 film festival season.
Also this month will be the 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21 performance of the Reka Parker Jazz Quartet at the Performing Arts Theater in Building B. The jazz quartet includes Grossmont College Music Department chair and professor Derek Cannon and Taylor Smith, his counterpart at Cuyamaca College.
The quartet will perform new interpretations of music from the Blue Note Records catalog.
The iconic jazz label's best-known artists included John Coltrane and Herbie Hancock.
Admission is $8 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors. For reservations, call Smith at (619) 660-4627. Free parking is available at Cuyamaca College.