She was scheduled to receive a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award on Feb. 9 in Los Angeles. Ironically, Indian music legend Ravi Shankar, a longtime Encinitas resident, was to receive the same award. He died in La Jolla on Dec. 11 at the age of 92.
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'Belle at the Castle' featured show at Arts & Learning Conservatory Theater
The Arts & Learning Conservatory is an outgrowth of Artistic Director Debora Wondercheck (Professor of Instrumental Music, Vanguard University) and her desire to envision youth of all backgrounds with a love of the arts through hands-on learning. A&L began in 2004 as a summer performing arts camp with 13 string musicians and 8 actors. The following summer the program had an enrollment of 142, and a successful school year program was launched in the fall. In 2005 Arts & Learning became Incorporated and recognized as a non-profit organization. Today the Arts & Learning Conservatory performs for over 3,500 people yearly and provides arts education to nearly 800 children of Orange County annually.
The Arts & Learning Conservatory creates a fabulous experience on & off stage for each student through its unique performing arts program offering dynamic instruction in theater, voice, instrumental classes, and dance. Arts & Learning'...
One of Shakespeare’s most famous plays, the tragic tale of two young star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, whose romance will leave you believing in everlasting love.
“But soft! What light through yonder window breaks?”
Romeo talks directly to the audience. He seeks their advice. He includes them in the story as characters who may either help him or hinder him.
In North Coast Rep. Theatre School’s 2013 production of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, director Benjamin Cole takes his cues directly from Shakespeare and invites the audience to participate as active members of the character’s world.
Observing techniques that Shakespeare’s original acting company may have used will hopefully make the play more active for the actors, and more engaging for the audience. The lights will remain ON the entire performance to remind both audience and actors that in Shakespeare’s world there was no electricity. The actors could see who was watching them and indeed intended to use them to help...
iPhoneography: An art form exploding at Macworld/iWorld
With better lenses being packed into tinier phones, photography has become something almost anyone can participate in now.
At this year's Macworld/iWorld, the convention is highlighting the explosion of photo-themed apps and gear that has come out for the iPhone. These “iPhoneography” sessions will teach attendees how to turn the iPhone into a mobile photography lab.
“It's becoming an emerging area of interest for Apple product users,” says Paul Kent, Macworld vice president and general manager. “It's one of the hottest areas for both products and what people are doing interesting things with.”
It's an art form that's beginning to explode, and in the last two years a flood of apps and equipment have sprung up to support it. That's why Macworld/iWorld is featuring a host of Tech Talks and showroom floor space devoted to iPhoneography, Kent said.
The photo theme kicks off Wednesday with a full-day workshop on the subject, called “iPhoneography: The Mobile...
Casting Couch: Real Housewives San Diego seeks Rancho Santa Fe women...
It looks like the Real Housewives concept is coming to San Diego, and for more than just the great weather. The company making the TV show - Asylum Entertainment - has a casting call out right now looking for women who live in the area.
The producers are looking for upscale, women who live fabulous, glamorous lives along with their busy social calendars. They say they are looking for the best and brightest, so to speak, when it comes to wealth, glamour, and if you've seen those type of shows, a certain amount of panache and drama.
A series of 50 Tweets sent by the casting agents this week said they were focusing on the La Jolla and Rancho Sante Fe areas.
No word yet on a production schedule or when the show might hit the air.
Alex Shaw, Director of Casting at Asylum, reached out to a variety of influential San Diegans and media reps via Twitter. Her post read: “Bravo CASTING Housewives of affluent SD areas (Rancho, La Jolla etc). Gorgeous, living the life!” Sources followed up with Shaw for the real story behind the Tweet.
Should an artist employ a sales rep? Rancho Santa Fe Art Guild members consider...
It wasn't easy being green for Kermit the Frog and it isn't easy getting greenbacks through selling art, according to Rancho Santa Fe Art Guild members at the group's winter show opening.
Guild members agreed most contemporary artists who haven't established an enormous reputation (i.e. 99.9 percent of artists) generally establish themselves at one, or two, local galleries; or show, and sell, through an art guild or club. Otherwise, it's not like literature or the music business where agents and reps are able to create careers, sometimes even demand.
Longtime art guild officer Cindy Klong had several pieces at the winter show, a valuable opportunity to display and publicize her efforts, she said. She also maintains online galleries and shows at other galleries.
Unfortunately, the chance to connect directly with audiences through galleries is becoming ever rarer, said Barbara Dawson, who owned galleries in La Jolla and Del Mar before returning to full-time curating and creating.
Economic conditions have caused most art collectors to pare down on purchases while rising property values have forced galleries into costly rental situations resulting in cutbacks and closures, Dawson said.
Long story short, unless you're in the $50,000+ per piece sales category, the best way to succeed and sell, for now, is do it yourself, guild members say, which means aligning with a guild, group and gallery. Then, see if you can take it up a notch from there, fate willing and the Visigoths don't rise.
As for the rest of the story, the new show was OK, the wine was good. They need to do a better job on appetizers and have healthy choices rather than pigs-in-a-blanket mini-hot dog cuisine. In other words, stay classy Rancho Santa Fe Art Guild.
And wait, here's more, straight from the art guild's mouth:
Encinitas, Calif. resident and famed pop singe Patti Page dead at age 85
"She'd been having some health issues for the past couple of years," Glynn said. "She was actually doing better yesterday. I spoke to her and she sounded well."
Ms. Page was scheduled to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the February 10 Grammy Award ceremonies from The Recording Academy for Recording Arts and Sciences. Reportedly Page recorded over 1,000 songs in her 60 plus year career – over 100 albums and sold over 100 million albums.
Seeing artists “crossover” between musical...
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Indian music star, and longtime Encinitas, Ca. resident, Ravi Shankar dies at age 92
Three time Grammy Award winning Indian born sitar virtuoso and father of singer Norah Jones died on December 11 in San Diego at the age of 92. He was surrounded by family members at the time of his death. No official cause of death has been listed, but Shankar has had upper respiratory difficulties and had a heart valve replacement recently.
“We know that you all feel our loss with us, and we thank you for all of your prayers and good wishes through this difficult time. Although it is a time for sorrow and sadness, it is also a time for all of us to give thanks and to be grateful that we were able to have him as a part of our lives. His spirit and his legacy will live on forever in our hearts and in his music,” said family members in a statement.
Shankar’s last public performance was on November 4 with his daughter, fellow sitar player Anoushka Shankar. Shankar’s latest album “The Living Room Sessions, Part 1” was nominated for a Grammy Award when the 2013 Grammy Award nominees were revealed on December 5.
Shankar is credited with being an influence of musical icons The Beatles - especially George Harrison – the Byrds, and Phillip Glass; and he is the first Indian artist to be recognized in the western world.
He was born Robindra Shankar in what was known as Benares, Uttar Pradesh, British India but is now the Indian city of Varanasi on April 7, 1920. Shankar made his performance debut at the age of 10 dancing and singing as a part of his oldest brother Uay’s troupe introducing the world to Indian classical and folk music. Shankar went on to become a teacher and prolific composer – including compositions for Jean-Pierre Rampas, Mstislav Rostropovich, Hosan Yamamoto, Musumi Miyashita, and the score for “Gandhi” - and recording artist. Believing that he got better as he got older, Shankar composed his first symphony when he was 90 years old.
Throughout his career Shankar played at Woodstock, Monterey International Pop Festival, and the Concer for Bangladesh; he has earned India’s highest civilian award the Bharat Ratna, the Commandeur de la Legion d’Honneur from France, won the Swedish Polar Prize, an honourary British knighthood, and was appointed as a member of India’s upper House of Parliamnet the Rajya Sabha from 1986 to 1992. Shankar has worked with Yehudi Menuhin, John Coltrane, George Harrison, Philip Glass, Andre Previn, Zubin Mehta, and his children.
Shankar is survived by his wife of over 20 years Kukanya, daughters Norah Jones and Anoushka Wright, her husband Joe Wright, three grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. Shankar is predeceased by his son Shubho.
Former 'General Hospital' star Bobbi Jordan dies at age 75 at Encinitas, Calif.
Actually, Bobbi Jordan was a lot more than Rick and Jeff Webber's older sister on "General Hospital," she starred in "The Rounders" and "Blondie" and appeared in the films "Mame" and "A Guide for the Married Man," among other television, film and stage projects over a 40 year career.
Ms. Jordan died of a heart attack at her Encinitas home on Nov. 9, but details were released today. A memorial service is set for 3 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Self-Realization Fellowship Temple, 939 Second St., Encinitas, CA 92024.
She is survived by her son, writer-director Jordan Roberts (March of the Penguins); her grandchildren, Brandon Roberts, a rock musician and songwriter; Cameron Roberts, a high school sophomore and aspiring actor; her sister, Reba Sue Waters; and her stepdaughter, Jessie Jacobson.
Ms. Jordan, born Roberta Carol Bartlett, moved from her hometown of Hardinsburg, Ky., to Chicago, then settled in Los Angeles to study opera. While working as a cocktail waitress, her manager at the club heard her singing in the kitchen and offered her a chance to audition for a musical the place was producing.
Ms. Jordan was cast as the lead in a modern-day telling of the Cinderella story and signed by William Morris. She then landed a role on The Rounders, an ABC Western that debuted in 1966.
Throughout her career, she performed onstage around the country, including a lead role in the first national tour of Stephen Sondheim's musical "Company," as well as regional theater productions of "Guys and Dolls," "Damn Yankees" and "South Pacific."
She appeared in films including "A Guide for the Married Man" with Walter Mathhau in 1967 and "Mame" with Lucille Ball in 1974.
Ms. Jordan transitioned into television in 1966, landing a series-regular role on the ABC Western "The Rounders," followed by roles on "Blondie," "Barbary Coast" and "Joe and Sons."
In the 1970s, she did a two-year stint as Terry Arnett on the daytime soap opera "General Hospital." In one memorable story arc on the ABC daytime soap, she crashed her car after the wife of the man she was dating -- just released from a sanitarium -- tampered with her brakes. (Of course, he would operate on her to save her life.)
Later in the decade, Ms. Jordan had regular roles on the primetime comedies Turnabout, written by Steven Bochco and starring John Schuck and Sharon Gless, and Joe and Sons, with Richard S. Castellano and Jerry Stiller.
She also guest-starred on such series as The Man From U.N.C.L.E., The Wild Wild West, Love, American Style, Ironside, Barbary Coast, The Odd Couple, Charlie’s Angels, Diff’rent Strokes, One Day at a Time, Quincy M.E., Nero Wolfe and Highway to Heaven.
Artist Larissa Gorikh paints the town fantastic with colorful displays of emotive power
"I started to draw very early in my childhood," she said. "My grandmother encouraged me: 'Larissa will be an artist!' I copied the great Russian artist, Valentin Serov’s illustrations very often, which pushed my passion to a new world, and my direction to attend art school."
That was in a faraway place called Ussuriysk, a modest city of 160,000 people in Primorsky Krai, about 60 miles north of Vladivostok and 60 miles east of China. Graduating from art school, she went to art college at Irkutsk in Siberia, prepping for a prestigious place at the St. Petersburg Institute for Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, founded in 1757.
Unfortunately, the time was not right; 1991 and the dissolution of the old Soviet arts structure forced a change in plans. "The fall of the Socialist system in 1991 marked a long and profound crisis in Russia, and unfortunately, my desires did not materialize," she said. "I returned to the East and attended the Vladivostok Academy of Arts, where I continued to study and learn the secret of the profession."
C'est La Vie. Larissa has painted murals at high-toned Cielo mansions and taught art and exhibited at Balboa Park, more recently at 4S Ranch and Rancho Bernardo.
"After completing my academic study, I discovered the theme that would define my paintings," she said. "I found my muse in the theme: 'People and the City'. I explore people’s attitude to life in general and their interaction with the urban situation in my paintings.
To this end, to wit:
"The city is full of noise; a conglomeration of skyscrapers, signs, facades, lamps, auto, rushing roadside pedestrians...I love all the heroes of my paintings. Picturing people close to me in spirit-young, energetic movement.
"Movement is life. I chose an elongated horizontally format, take turns of acceleration and deceleration, strain/energy and lightness. Through the asymmetry of construction suddenness, perspectives try to transmit live feeling of reality. I continue to work on the series: Restaurants, Billiards, Carnivals, and Beaches that continuously refine once found."
Larissa adds: "I am not indifferent to flowers. I paint them often; in paintings, especially portraits. Flowers recur frequently in my works, in a decorative sense, to evoke emotions, or to add commentary to the subject of the painting."
Living at San Diego since 1999, the artist herself has won many awards and contests in fine art. She is a member of the San Diego Art Institute, Museum of the Living Artist at Balboa Park. She has won jurors choice awards there. She exhibits at many San Diego art festivals, such as ArtWalk, Little Italy, Rancho Santa Fe Art Festival, Harvest Festival, and Del Mar Art Fesitval.
Even better, her new web site at http://larissag.artspan.com/ shows all the latest and greatest work available for purchase as well as other information about Larissa and her quest for beauty.
Q&A with Ravi Shankar
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Acclaimed for bringing Eastern music to the West, Indian musician Ravi Shankar is returning to the stage – and for the first time in five years he’ll be joined by his daughter and disciple, Anoushka. It’s a reunion with special significance since the 92-year-old Encinitas resident recently had a health scare that left him in intensive care. An undisputed sitar virtuoso who taught the likes of George Harrison to play the instrument, Shankar will take the stage of the Long Beach Terrace Theater this Sunday night, November 4. But before then, we caught up with him and his wife, Sukanya Rajan, who chatted about his music, his foundation, and what inspires him.
How do you feel about being back on stage?
SR: He suffered from heart failure and pneumonia. He was in intensive care for two months so this is really a miracle.
RS: This is really a memorable time because of my condition. It’s also special to be performing in my hometown. Since 1956, I performed on my own all over the world and I’ve loved this area so much.
How do you feel about performing with your daughter?
RS: It is the ultimate pleasure. She is like an extension of myself. It’s a tremendous joy to work with her. She’s my best disciple and I’m very proud of her.
SR: She lives in England, so this is rare. It hasn’t happened since 2007. They improvise together. Even though she’s been performing with him all her life, he always surprises her. She’s always caught off-guard, it’s a challenge to accompany him.
How would you describe your style of music to new listeners?
RS: I always improvise and don’t think very much beforehand about what I’m going to play. I will be performing special ragas [melodies] I have not performed before. I love [improvising], it’s my specialty. For any new listener I would say it’s not pop or rock, but we have classical Indian music. We play melodies, ragas -- there are thousands of ragas and we choose three or four of them -- different talas, rhythm cycles. The listener needs to be open-minded, and I can assure them they won’t be disappointed.
What is your inspiration?
RS: I feel strongly the vibration of the people who are there, even if I don’t see them. The love and intensity gets into our music, and I feel connected. My big joy at present is my little grandson Zubin, my daughter Anoushka’s son. He’s such a joy. He’s named after Zubin Mehta, my great friend.
The concert is meant to bring awareness to the Ravi Shankar Foundation. Could you tell us more about it?
SR: The foundation started in 1997. There is a beautiful center in Delhi, India, where upcoming musicians and dancers come to show their art. We aim to take music more into schools and introduce it to children here in the US. We have an archive and recording studio there and we have a festival every year. The festival is about three to four days in February. We called it the George Harrison Festival after he passed away.
RS: George was a student, friend, and son. I started teaching him the sitar and he got into studying Indian philosophy and religion. We produced the concert of Bangladesh; it was the one big thing we did together.
Wondering what to do the week of Nov. 1...Here's some arts and entertainment events Part 2
Collie Buddz & New Kingston: Reggae/dance hall music with Los Rakas, Nala Kete and DJ Carlos Culture; 9 p.m. today; Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach; $23-$25; bellyup.com or (858) 481-8140.
“If You Ever Leave Me … I’m Going With You!”: Longtime married performers Renee Taylor and Joe Bologna co-star in this new 100-minute comedy on the real-life whirlwind ride of their marriage, with anecdotes, film clips and scenes from many of their best-known shows; opens today and runs through Nov. 11; showtimes, 1 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays; 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 6:30 p.m. Sundays; Welk Resorts Theatre, 8860 Lawrence Welk Drive, Escondido; $44 ($59 with buffet meal); welktheatresandiego.com or (888) 802-7469.
“The Wizard of Oz”: The Classical Academy presents a student production of this stage musical based on the 1939 film version of L. Frank Baum’...
Wondering what to do the week of Nov. 1...Here's some arts and entertainment events
The Hutchins Consort: Classical violin octet performs neoclassical and romantic Russian works by Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky and Balakirev; 7:30 p.m. Friday; Schulman Auditorium, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad; $15-$25; hutchinsconsort.org or (888) 996-2838.
Rome: Lead singer of Sublime With Rome; 9 p.m. Friday; Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach; bellyup.com or (858) 481-8140.
Palomar Chamber Singers and Palomar Chorale: “There and Back Again”: Choral music from American composers such as Samuel Barber, Alice Parker, Kirke Mechem, Libby Larsen, Leonard Bernstein; 8 p.m. Saturday; Performance Lab (D10), Palomar College, 1140 W. Mission Ave., San Marcos; $12, general; $10, seniors and staff; $8, students; palomarperforms.com or (760) 744-1150, ext. 2453.
La Jolla Symphony & Chorus: “Hero/Anti-Hero”: Season-opening program features Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, “Eroica&...
Desperately seeking Ike for a gig up in Ventura
(A column noire tribute...rip)
Ventura. San Marcos. Hollywood. It's all the same. Just a bunch of lonely people looking for a little music in their lives. Just a far-fetched fleck of dust flung across a big fat stack of condos where timeless sands wash along white-capped shores.
Recently, a friend passed on an article that had appeared in the New York Times Sunday Book Review section titled, “Like the Video? I Wrote the Book”. In it, author Tim Kreider lamented the loss of writing itself, what he thought had been the most difficult part until, of course, it came to promoting it. Marketing books is not what it used to be. I know. I used to do it in the ‘olden days’, pre-internet, for celebrities and first-time authors alike, when marketing the book was also about marketing the personal presence of the author themselves and conducted so very differently.
Of course times have changed and with it, my career, for some time ago I left marketing and promotions to be a writer myself, a decades-long hunger I finally decided to satisfy. Enter the internet enter the excruciating not-yet-complete paradigm shift in the publishing industry right along with me quietly developing my craft, writing for hire and writing two books, one of which now has been published as an eBook.
Initially, when reading Kreider’s article I was painfully in touch with my frustration of promoting my own book, though that mood didn’t last long. Instead, in very short order, I was transported back to the writing process itself. Working with Bennet Mermel, sitting with him for hours over the course of year, was a life changing event in a number of ways. Writing the manuscript titled “The Man Confused by God” was profound. To this day, I miss the process and even though I speak and sometimes visit Bennet, I still miss him – the ‘him’ that was generously available during his revelation of self.
Though I still write many things, they are different; not ‘less than’, just different. In any case, the thing about writing is that there are unique times when a kind of union occurs, sometimes with self, or a higher self; sometimes with another and in the case of “The Man Confused By God” it was with Bennet. For I have come to believe that even though his story is remarkable, miraculous even, a higher purpose was served. The intimate connection of enjoining with his pain, sorrow, courage and joy as conveyed through the details of a life transcend the life itself. Writing him did that for me.
There were times when sitting on the opposing sofa as he chattered away, no matter whether what he told me was funny or horrific I felt this union, no distance separating us, two becoming one. The story that came from his lips was the story of universal suffering expressed through his specific life yet handed off to me, as if it were a baton in a relay race for overcoming it. Equally astonishing, there were times when nothing was said, where he would be unable to tell things like they happened and still I received his message, wordlessly. It was in his face, specially the eyes; those portals of a soul.
Other times back home, I felt his presence whether writing or pondering our weighty sessions. It was an ineffable quality, a ‘lost in translation’ kind of thing that non-writers can’t really know but can see it’s affects if writers have done their job effectively. It felt like an etheric Bennet had come to help me translate him. What’s more, the sense of oneness was profound when this occurred. Without a doubt, the writing of Bennet is actually a book within a book because another story was being created in the process of my writing his original story. It made me gasp and to this very day, still does.
I was very fortunate indeed to learn from another author, Kathleen Gleeson, who wrote two memoirs for/with Janusz Bardach (see “Man Is Wolf To Man” and “Surviving Freedom”). In one conversation with Kate I struggled to describe my writing process, some of it technical, much of personal. She told me that when she and Janusz were working together she experienced similar things, telling me she felt that the process reaches a depth of intimacy that is unknown in other kinds of friendships or relationships, ultimately indescribable.
Whether Bennet felt any of this, I am not sure though I have always sensed that he did. It would not be the kind of thing he would address, articulate or acknowledge to another. And if he had some awareness of it, I believe he has been well served by it. It is not required that he acknowledge to me.
So marketing a book, selling it, while I wish like crazy we could sell a zillion copies, is a pale, pale thing in comparison. Physicists would tell me these are simply different M fields, with different energy patterns, different rules creating a different coalescence. While I understand that intellectually, I am in agreement with Kreider in his reverence for the writing process itself, its satisfaction in a different realm altogether. Still, I wish to earn a living from the writing craft, the business of it notwithstanding. So, on I trudge, dabbling in the M field of shameless self-promotion in an era and paradigm no longer comfortable for me. It is the writing I live for, that easy and transcendent union.
Rosalie Cushman and Bennet Mermel are authors of his life story “The Man Confused by God” available on Amazon and B&N as a wireless download eBook.
Frank Iszak – One Man’s Journey from Hijacking Mastermind to Celebrated Yogi
Local author of Free For All To Freedom, Frank Iszak’s life story challenged the scales of morality as he transitioned from youthful hijacking mastermind to world wise yogi with the grace and poise of a man who has known internment and found freedom.
Frank Iszak grew up in communist Hungary behind the Iron Curtain. After 25 years in virtual slavery, Frank, and six associates participated in the first hijacking of a commercial airliner in 1956. The only possible outcomes they faced were escape and freedom, or capture and execution.
After three hours of unimaginable fear and suspense, including a brutal fight for the control of the aircraft at ten thousand feet, a two- hour flight over the Alps in blinding cloud cover, and a landing without navigational aids, Frank and his team touched down in West Germany, the free world.
Approached by military personnel at the airstrip, as Frank describes it, “The answer of life or death came in the form of the Stars and Stripes, flying from an American army military Jeep: I was free, I was born again this time to live the real life of a free man.”
Drawing from this harrowing adventure, Frank wrote Free For All To Freedom to detail his exploits in masterminding the hijacking. Now, 56 years and a lifetime later, Frank has learned the meaning of reciprocity for his actions as a young man by giving back to the senior community through the teachings of yoga.
As a former martial arts practitioner, Frank says the transition into yoga was an easy one. “I realized that I am too old for the demands of karate so my wife, Serpil and I decided to try yoga.” The mental and physical challenges of yoga have inspired Frank and now help him direct his energy toward helping others learn of its cathartic benefits.
Frank and Serpil created Silver Age Yoga with the help of geriatric scientists from UCSD, Scripps, UCLA, and participating seasoned yoga teachers. With the mission of providing free health-enhancing yoga to economically disadvantaged and underserved seniors, the award-winning program has delivered more than 12,000 yoga classes without a single injury.
Frank Iszak’s story is one of determination and redemption. The incredible chances Frank took to achieve freedom truly changed his life. His attitude of paying it forward has served him and his community well.
For more information about Frank Iszak’s book Free For All To Freedom or to learn about or participate in Silver Age Yoga, please contact Frank directly at SilverAgeYoga@yahoo.com.
Rosalie Cushman Explores 'Warwick's Books - A Local Gem'
Loaded with programs, including authors, publisher representatives, along with a commensurate plethora of books, Warwick’s Books of La Jolla tickles the avid reader’s fancy. I recently attended a delightful panel discussion of three local authors’ self-professed “path to publishing”. While there are as many stories about how any author got started, there remain core strategies that can accomplish the persistent writer’s goal to publication, whichever path he or she chooses. The industry has been shifting, of course, as the advent and ever-burgeoning presence of self and eBook publishing continues to bloom (some say ‘explode’).
The authors at Warwick’s on March 20 included Caitlin Rother, author and co-author of eight books, including Poisoned Love, Margaret Dilloway, author of How to be an American Housewife and Marjorie Hart, author of Summer at Tiffany. All of these women had interesting stories of their writing histories and paths to publication. The audience was filled with would-be, aspiring and/or semi-accomplished writers, all (including my humble little self) eager to gobble up potential advice.
It is a sobering prospect, this writing business; even more sobering trying to sell a piece of fiction or non-fiction, particularly in light of the current paradigm shift in the publishing world. It is just such a publishing paradigm shift that also includes a decade (or more) of massive advances given to ‘celebrity’ authors’ which swamp the industry, elbowing the little guys/gals increasingly off to the sidelines (or ditches). Case in point; in her early days Margaret Dilloway described ‘selling’ the manuscript Bluetooth for Dummies, only to have it cancelled. (The publisher didn’t think it would sell!!) To add insult to injury, her agent then dropped her. If an author cannot demonstrate immediate ROI for an agent or publisher, the uphill climb is made that much more difficult.
Still, like the independent bookstore the event was set in, all three women offered promise and hope in the form of meaningful suggestions, albeit conventional. Even with less accounting for the industry shift, they were still long on practical strategies for certain promotional activities and agent-snagging techniques. The aspect I liked most about their program was the setting – an independent bookstore. Warwick’s demonstrates they can not only have their cake but eat it too, in the age of internet superiority and B & N type domination. Warwick’s offers an inviting environment, exceedingly helpful staff and is bullish in creating events that bring in a crowd.
Personally, I cast no aspersions or throw no stones on the value of the mega stores or internet outlets since I imbibe in both the purchasing and publishing fronts (see Amazon and B & N for The Man Confused by God by Bennet Mermel and Rosalie Cushman). I believe there is room for multiple sales models in the book world, as well as in the publishing arena. In fact, I’m even looking forward to the day when books are delivered via a trans-dermal book patch, making reading massively faster while saving so much space in the process.
Please visit www.warwicks.indiebound.com for information on upcoming programs and reading suggestions.
STALKING DA SHADOWS WITH CATHERINE CARLTON FINE ARTIST (at Solana Beach City Hall Gallery)
Carlsbad artist Catherine Carlton was in the catbird's seat for an art show continuing through next month at Solana Beach City Hall, HER art show. She was joined in the sculpture gallery by the renowned Syd Harris.
The unique expression that has its own language of form, color, space, emotion and technique THAT IS Catherine Carlton attracted quite a few people to the artists' opening.
This shadow of a series exposes the vulnerability of the creative process, in Catherine's words, while questioning assumptions about art, an audience and the artist incognito. The shadows began to tug at all from canvases speaking to the hidden parts in all of us; the personal, private, mysterious reaches of the soul.
As always, a cornucopia of treats and sweets greeted the guests, including many of the North Coast's cognoscenti and fellow artists. As in the lyrics of a song or a verse in a poem, the audience was asked to pause, reflect, remember...and feel their own connection. All the better, art for the home or office? Ever the egalitarian, Catherine sells her images by the square-foot, so bring your ruler to the gallery.
Want to know more? Visit www.catherinecarlton.com. The show continues through March 31 at Solana Beach City Hall Gallery, 635 South Highway 101.
For more, visit www.catherinecarlton.com.
Didn't get enough 'Puppy Bowl' Superbowl Day? How about 24/7 DOGTV on Time-Warner, Cox....
The first and only television network for dogs, DOGTV, is making its debut in San Diego. Scientifically developed and tested for four years, DOGTV, "a new channel for man's best friend," launches today exclusively on Cox and Time Warner Cable in the San Diego market.
"Loving our dogs so much, we feel guilty when we leave them home alone," said Gilad Neumann, CEO of DOGTV. "DOGTV provides customized television entertainment, while the rest of the family is away at work or too busy to play. Studies show it relaxes and stimulates our dogs -- keeping them healthier and more content."
DOGTV is designed for dogs and approved by leaders in the pet industry. Backed by scientific research, humane societies and pet experts, DOGTV producers understand how dogs perceive the world. A creative team then spent hundreds of hours to produce appropriate content and test its benefits with dogs, dog owners, vets, and dog trainers before scheduling the official launch. To cater to a dog's unique sense of sight, hearing, and movement detection, DOGTV took great care to select the right visuals -- the scenery, scenarios, color palettes, camera angles, and transitions that appeal the most to dogs. In addition, the programming's audio soundtracks, including music and other sounds, were selected specifically with a dog's experience in mind.
Many people may be asking themselves, 'Do dogs really watch TV?'
"The answer is yes! Dogs respond to what they see and hear on TV, and enjoy TV the most when they see other dogs, other animals and even inanimate moving objects," said Dr. Nicholas H. Dodman, program director of the Animal Behavior Department of Clinical Sciences, Tufts University, Massachusetts. "YouTube has over 5,000 videos of dogs watching TV, and an increasing number of dog parents admit that they have seen their dog watching TV more than once. Unlike any other TV channel, every frame and every sound on DOGTV is designed 100 percent for dogs. DOGTV provides companionship -- the right company -- for a dog home alone."
DOGTV is designed as the perfect babysitter for dogs who have to stay home alone. Research shows that dogs feel better in the company of television, especially when the right content is on. DOGTV's three types of programming offer relaxing and stimulating content as well as positive behavioral reinforcements. Dogs that are left alone tend to become anxious so the relaxing sounds and music in the relaxing segment were created to keep the dog calm and peaceful. Many dogs also suffer from lack of stimulation, which becomes acute when their owner is away. The stimulating content will provide the dog with invigorating images, animation and exciting real world sounds to keep the dog up and running. DOGTV's programming meets a dog's typical daily cycle and helps prevent mental fatigue, depression and boredom. DOGTV is scientifically proven to reduce stress, add pleasure and improve a dog's development, according to research from Tufts University.
"Animals need visual and auditory simulation throughout the day. DOGTV presents a breakthrough with programming that is created specifically for dogs," said Dr. Nicholas H. Dodman. "It will help millions of dogs that are left home alone every day and also help pet parents who don't have the luxury of taking their dog with them to work or paying for doggy daycare."
Beginning today, DOGTV is available to Cox and Time Warner Cable households. On Cox, pet parents can find it on Channel 2635. On Time Warner, pet parents should go to Channel 148, select Find It On Demand, and then select My Pet. DOGTV is free for a limited time during the launch in San Diego. At a later date, DOGTV will be available on a subscription basis for a low monthly fee, approximately $4.99 per month.
For more information and to learn more, visit DOGTV at www.dogtv.com .
Perry’s Previews 2011 Disney D23 Expo Review: “Perrific!” Attractions
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2011 Disney D23 Expo Unveils New Attractions
By Perry S. Chen
How would you celebrate the 25th anniversary of one of the most creative studios in the world? Well, at the Disney D23 expo, we celebrated the awesome anniversary of Pixar with delicious cupcakes, about 4000 of them! Each cupcake looked like a ball with a red star and a blue stripe, and it was very soft with a sweet and slightly tangy frosting. Everybody got one and my mom and I really enjoyed them!
Perry Chen enjoying Pixar 25th anniversary cupcake (photo by Zhu Shen)
It was very fun at the D23 fan expo this year! During my second visit to the Disney Fan Expo, My mom and I got to see a full 3D film, find out about upcoming films, and attend interesting panels. This expo was quite a blast!
Perry Chen at press check-in (photo by Zhu Shen)
On the first day, we drove off from a friend’s house that we had been staying with for a film camp in Burbank, where I learned how to make live action films with a few friends. I even made a live action short which I co-directed, did the screenwriting for, and starred in, called “Life of a Businessman.”
Perry Chen having fun at D23 (photo by Zhu Shen)
We arrived at the Anaheim Convention Center, picked up our press badges, and went to see the main event of the Convention, Building Worlds: Inside the Walt Disney Studios. There we got some super sneak peeks at future films coming out in 2012 and 2013, such as Brave, a Pixar film about the adventures of a warrior princess in Scotland, Monsters University, a prequel to Monsters Inc, and many more interesting upcoming films. Four thousand people attended the packed event, and the screen showed pop quizzes and interesting facts about Disney, so I didn’t get bored.
Then when it started, Disney/Pixar’s Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter introduced many directors and stars of upcoming animation films.
Perry Chen checking out Wreck it Ralph videogame (photo by Zhu Shen)
The first film introduced was “Wreck it Ralph,” the story of Ralph, a villain in an 80’s arcade game who longs to be a hero. The first 4 minutes of Wreck it Ralph were shown. I don’t think there has been a feature film about a video game villain before. John C. Riley, a great actor I interviewed at LA Film Festival in 2010 at “Cyrus” red carpet, is the voice of Ralph.
We later met people who have been working on this film at the “Wreck it Ralph” display at the exhibit center.
Perry Chen with Disney modeler Tony Jung (L) & character technical director Si-Hyung Kim (R) who work on Wreck it Ralph (photo by Zhu Shen)
Next, John Lasseter talked about “Brave,” a story that takes place in ancient Scotland, where Merida, a Princess changes her own destiny. I thought that the ancient Celtic symbols and designs were very pretty. We got free posters of the film after the presentation.
Brave by Pixar
Also, they showed pictures from Monsters University, a prequel to Monsters, Inc., about how Mike and Sulley developed a friendship, with voice talent Billy Crystal (Mike) on stage, they showed the differences between the teenage and older Sulley and Mike. I really thought that the designs for the monster university were great, since the buildings still look like buildings in reality, but the doors have teeth and there are different designs on the walls like eyeballs and heads.
Monsters University by Pixar
There were quite a few more upcoming films and every one of them sounds exciting. There is “Frankenweenie,” directed by Tim Burton, a story about a boy who brings his dead dog Sparky back to life;
Frankenweenie by Tim Burton
“John Carter,” a story about a civil war veteran who is accidentally sent to Mars; Marvel’s “The Avengers,” and “The Muppets,” which is about the Muppets, with special appearance by Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy; and 2 untitled films from Pixar, one about a journey into the mind, and the other about what would have happened if the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs missed earth.
My friend Pete Doctor from “Up” whom I interviewed in 2009 and 2010, is directing the one about the mind with Jonas Rivera the producer, which will come out in the summer of 2014. Bob Peterson, co-director of Up and voice of Dug the dog, directs the dinosaur film, which is scheduled for release in the Holiday season of 2013.
Finally, the best part about the event is that everybody got a delicious cupcake for the 25thanniversary of Pixar. Here is a photo of the Disney characters made by the same bakery:
It was extremely difficult to get into the panel “A Conversation With the Pixar Creative Team” starting after the main presentation. Mom and I waited with a few other media people and were finally let in moments before the session started. The directors and head of story of some of best Pixar films are there: Pete Docter & Bob Peterson, Ronnie Del Carmon from Up, Andrew Stanton from Finding Nemo, Mark Andrews from Brave (wearing a Scottish skirt!), Dan Scanlon from Monsters University, and more! We were the last ones to get in! It was “Perrific!” and worth a separate posting:
Then, we went to the screening of Lion King 3D. It was quite a treat to watch the Lion King 3D at the first public screening! It had been quite a while since I watched Lion King on DVD (the original film was made in 1994 before I was born!), so I was a little bit vague on the details. I enjoyed the film greatly and gave it 4 starfish.
Perry Chen at Lion King 3D premiere
(4 out of 5 starfish)
At the morning presentation, the filmmakers told about the making of Lion King and the behind the scenes stories were intriguing and showed how difficult it was to complete the film. The film was wonderful and I really enjoyed the music and the great visuals. One of my favorite scenes is when the film shows leafcutter ants walking on a branch close up, and then it focuses on zebras running in the background.
The flaws of the film were mostly scientific ones. First, I thought that when the herbivores were all killed off, the plants in the grasslands should flourish, instead of being sparse and depleted, but, I guess that is poetic license signifying sadness. Also, when lightning started fires all around Scar and Simba while they fought, they stayed there and did nothing! Ordinarily animals would flee instantly from fire but the 2 lions kept on fighting. Finally, I thought that it looked even better with the 3D too. It took hundreds of animators months to make the 3D effects! The characters seemed to pop right out of the screen!
We stayed at a friend’s guest house in Newport Beach that night. I thought that a guest house is even better than a hotel. There was some food there, and internet access, where I entered a code on club penguin that got me a super rare club penguin hoodie! The beds were very comfy, and I could not wait for tomorrow, where there are many more interesting panels.
The next day, we drove off to the D23 again. While waiting in line for the “Art of Brave” presentation, I had fun working on my drawings. The panel was presented by Tia Kratter, shader art director, and Steve Pilcher, production designer, and learned many new things about the art design for the film. The creative team traveled to Scotland twice to learn about the history and check out the landscape and sceneries to get a realistic feel for the film. They traveled to a forest, where different shades of green and brown were all over the trees and moss.
I even got to ask the last question: What advice do you have for aspiring young animators? “Always carry a drawing pad with you and draw all the time,” said Tia Kratter. I’m happy to say that I’ve been doing that for a while now. “Also you have to love what you do and be passionate in your interests,” remarked Steve Pilcher. Great advice!
After the presentation, a fellow San Diego Union Tribune journalist Roger Showley came by to say Hi, mom and I had a nice chat with him. Roger read my movie reviews on the Union Tribune.
Mom & I also met Disney’s veteran animator, director Eric Goldberg (Aladdin, The Princess & the Frog, Winnie the Pooh) who gave a great demo on animation and autographed a “Winnie the Pooh” poster with fellow Disney animator Sean Felix. He remembered me from ASIFA-Hollywood’s 2010 Annie Awards where he won an award for animation and I was a presenter.
Finally, it was the end of the day, and after a delicious meal at P.F. Chang in Anaheim’s GardenWalk district, we drove home. All I could think of the rest of that day was,”When will we get to come again?”
About Perry Chen:
Perry Chen started reviewing movies and family-friendly entertainment with his unique, kids-friendly starfish rating system at 8 in third grade. He writes movie reviews for the San Diego Union Tribune, Animation World Network (AWN); Amazing Kids!, and his own Perry’s Previews website, with a combined readership of over 2 million. He became a national sensation with his network TV debut on CBS Evening News as the youngest film critic in 2009 and has since appeared on numerous national and international media, including NPR, CNN, Variety, the Guardian, spoke at a TEDx conference, and presented at Annie Awards for Animation. He won a prestigious “San Diego Press Club Excellence in Journalism Award” in 2010 and is the youngest honoree of Cox Communications’ annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. He regularly interviews filmmakers and stars on the red carpet and film events. Perry started drawing when he was three, and frequently gets inspiration from nature. He has won numerous art awards and started learning computer animation using Toon Boom Studio software in November 2010. More info:
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Mexican 'Luxury Cinema' Cinepolis Making Over Del Mar Highlands Entertainment Exerience..
Cinepolis doesn't look like a typical movie theater. Dave and Kris Litvak, patrons of the new cinema in San Diego, say it's more like a chic hotel.
Before the building was renovated, "it looked like a horrible kind of movie theater," Dave Litvak says. Now, he says, "it's modern, and it's elegant."
The lobby floors are dark hardwood, and there's an art gallery. General Manager Antonio Garcia points to people sipping cocktails at the bar.
Play Ball with the Splendid Splinter at North Coast Repertory Theatre, Solana Beach, Calif.
Commissioned by NCR Artistic Director David Ellenstein and underwritten by the San Diego Hall of Champions Museum.
This one person tour de force performance encompasses the life of one of baseball’s legendary greats: The Boston Red Sox’s Ted Williams. Through the art of performance and visual imagery, we follow Ted’s life from his humble beginnings in San Diego to his shining accomplishments on the diamond.
The Splendid Splinter recalls his life both on and off the field as we are privy to his failed marriages, distant sense of family and his scoffs with the media as well as his heroics of The Korean War, his near impossible accomplishment of hitting .406, and finally his entrance into baseball’s Hall of Fame.
“Baseball is the only place where you can fail seven out of ten times and be considered a success. Maybe my life mirrored the sport more than I could have ever known.” – Ted Williams.
(Photo: Johnny Clark portrays Ted Williams in the world premiere of "Ted Williams: A Tip of the Cap," at North Coast Rep in Solana Beach. — Courtesy of Valerie Henderson)
“A Tip of the Cap,” which stars the L.A.-based actor Johnny Clark, follows the Hoover High grad and batting hero’s career from his early days in the 1930s (Williams’ first pro team was the minor league Padres) to his post-playing time as manager of the Washington Senators.
In between came all those still-startling achievements by “Teddy Ballgame,” who died in 2002: his six American League batting titles, his career .344 average, his pair of Triple Crowns, his .406 average in 1941 (the last time any major league baseball player has hit above .400).
Its writer is Matt Thompson, a wide-ranging playwright, director and actor who also heads the Solana Beachcompany’s education programs. Thompson was commissioned by NCRT artistic director David Ellenstein two years ago to create the workshop piece, which will be restaged at the San Diego Hall of Champions later this summer.
The project’s original inspiration came from the hall’s late founder, Bob Breitbard, a childhood friend of Williams’ and a local sports legend in his own right. (He opened the San Diego Sports Arena and brought professional hockey and basketball franchises to town.)
"Dido and Aeneas" Stuns in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
(Photo: The playfully evil witches of Henry Purcell's "Dido and Aeneas." All photos by Bjorn Berede.)
Although I have only seen it twice before in my entire life (and I am now 70 years old), Henry Purcell's "Dido and Aeneas" holds a very special place in my heart. I discovered the work on an RCA Victor LP recording (which I still own and is actually playable), featuring -- of all people! -- Kirsten Flagstad as Dido and Elizabeth Schwarzkopf as Dido's lady-in-waiting, Belinda. A CD exists on Great Recordings of the Century .
Who knew back then that conductor Geraint Jones and the Mermaid Singers and Orchestra were miles away from anything resembling authentic performance practice! When I first heard it on huge...
Child Film & Food Critic Perry Chen in Feature Documentary Film “Average Joe on the Raw”
Perry Chen on the set with "Average Joe on the Raw" filmmakers L to R: Seth Hayhurst (Star & Producer), Russell James (Raw Chef & Producer), Daniel Hayhurst (Director & Cinematographer) (photo by Zhu Shen)
Child Film & Food Critic Perry Chen in Feature Documentary Film “Average Joe on the Raw”
If you watched director Morgan Spurlock’s Oscar-nominated documentary “Super Size Me,” and the more recent “Forks Over Knives,” you will LOVE the new feature documentary “Average Joe on the Raw,” about a young man Seth Hayhurst’s (“Average Joe”) incredible 60-day journey on nothing but raw food in the hopes of reversing the damages of 30 years of “average” American diet. What did he do and what happened to him? What can you do to improve your own health with what you eat?
You can find out by pre-ordering the DVD, and save $10, watch the trailer and order NOW before the offer expires on June 21, 2011:
Mom (Zhu Shen) and I are both featured in the film. I got invited because I review restaurants and food, in addition to movies and events, and can provide a child’s perspective on food. Mom and I grow lots of vegetables and fruits in our backyard. I am also a member of my elementary school’s Garden Club. Mom is also a producer of this film, along with our dear friend, fellow producer Angel Burns, who introduced the “Perrific!” filmmakers Seth and Daniel Hayhurst (2 brothers) to us. Here is a clip of my interview in the film:
The idea for the film started many months ago when Seth Hayhurst talked to raw chef Russell James (http://therawchef.com/). Seth’s brother, Daniel Hayhurst, a filmmaker who graduated from Los Angeles Film School (where my animation short “Guard Dog Global Jam” had its LA premiere on May 20, 2011), became the director and cinematographer for the film. We met all three of them during the shoot and enjoyed learning about preparing healthy, raw food from them!
Mom & Producer Zhu Shen on the set with director Dan Hayhurst (photo by Russell James)
As you first see Seth at the start of the film, he seemed like a healthy young man, with a bit of flabby tummy, but not obese. Then he got tested to find that even at the age of 30, serious health issues were lurking around… We met Seth on his 57th day of raw food diet, he looked amazing!
This film is more than raw food. You will meet many interesting people along the way who are closely involved in growing, harvesting, preparing, selling, reviewing, and enjoying food.
Today, nearly 1 in 3 American children and teens is already overweight or obese. These kids are more likely to develop serious health problems such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. With America’s fast food culture and unhealthy diet in the past decades, our generation could be the first generation to die at a younger age than our parents, if we don’t make drastic changes soon!
There’s an opportunity to pre-order and save $10, which will expire in 7 days (June 21, 2011) when they go into post-production, do yourself & your family a favor, cheers to your health:
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By the way, since my parents and I watched “Forks Over Knives” and mom and I being on the set of “Average Joe on the Raw,” we have adopted a diet that is 95% vegetarian with a lot of raw vegetables, we’ve enjoyed it!
My next restaurant review will be at Kitchen 1540 in Del Mar’s L’Auberge Hotel. I look forward to interviewing chef Paul McCabe, acclaimed James Beard fellow:
Check out my four restaurant reviews on San Diego Entertainer Magazine:
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Perry S. Chen is a 11-year-old award-winning film critic & artist, actor, TV/radio personality, Annie Awards for Animation presenter, TEDx speaker, filmmaker and animator. He writes about movies for San Diego’s largest newspaper, the Union Tribune with over 1 million readers. Perry is also the youngest columnist and entertainment critic for the San Diego Entertainer Magazine. He also blogs for Animation World Network, the leading animation industry publication, and is the resident film critic for Amazing Kids! with about 1 million readers.
Perry’s collaboration with Oscar-nominee Bill Plympton led to 2 animation shorts: “Guard Dog Global Jam” which won “Best Experimental Film” at ASIFA-EAST Animation Festival; and “Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest” which will premiere at Comic-Con in July 2011.
http://www.perryspreviews.com/?p=15 (About Perry Chen)
Perry won the San Diego Press Club 2010 Excellence in Journalism Award, and is represented by Rebel Entertainment Partners, a talent agency in Hollywood; and Shamon Freitas Agency in San Diego.
Perry started writing movie reviews using his unique kids-friendly starfish rating system on his website (www.perryspreviews.com ) as an 8-year-old third grader at San Diego’s Torrey Hills Elementary School from the Del Mar Union School District.
Perry became a national sensation when he debuted on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric in May 2009 as the youngest film critic in the country. He was featured on National Public Radio (NPR) with host Liane Hansen in March 2010, and has reviewed over 70 movies and DVDs on a multi-media platform: TV, radio, print, and web. He is the youngest member of the Asian American Journalist Association, the San Diego Press Club, and the youngest honoree of Cox Communication Channel 4’s annul Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.
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In 1994 Del Mar brought the funk to Fridays with free concerts. Over the years the free Summer Concert Series has attracted the likes of Cake, Weezer, ZZ Top, Billy Idol, Devo, Gnarls Barkley, Ziggy Marley, Matisyahu, Violent Femmes and Jason Mraz, but in 2001 a singer/songwriter/surfer named Jack Johnson put Del Mar on the musical map (or was it the other way around)? Fast-forward 18 years and 128 concerts later to Del Mar’s 2011 Summer Concert Series.
7/22: G Love & Special Sauce
8/5: The Bravery
8/12: Jimmy Eat World
8/26: Airborne Toxic Event
9/4: Ben Harper
All concerts will be held in a new venue, the Seaside Stage. The improved venue offers better sight lines, the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop and better access to concert-goer services and amenities.
All ten performances of the Del Mar Summer Concert Series are free for fans attending the races. The Seaside Stage is a non-smoking venue. For Friday shows, as is the case with attending the races, patrons under 18-years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Patrons must be 18 years or older to attend any of the weekend (Saturday & Sunday) concerts.
Following the last race, concert prices are $20. No reserved seats, standing room only so get here early. Concert starts after the races.
This year will mark the debut of the series' new Seaside Stage, which will be located just west of the race track's Grandstand, with the ocean as a backdrop. In previous years, concerts took place in two locations: On Saturdays in the infield area of the racetrack and on Fridays at the racetrack's Plaza del Mexico (until last year, when the Friday stage was moved to the Seaside Cabana area).
"This year we decided to create one stage to accommodate all of our shows," said Josh Rubinstein, senior vice president of development for the Del Mar Racetrack.
"We feel the new stage location will provide better sight lines and a better concert experience for everybody who attends. Having one stage allows us to invest more in one location, as opposed to having two."