A fully stocked lobby bar with a mirror on the wall behind it and special multicolored-changing lights above will be some of the first things people see when they walk through the front doors of the Magnolia Performing Arts Center starting this fall.After 10 years of being shuttered, the venue formerly known as the East County Performing Arts Center is only about three months away from reopening.The three-floor venue has been undergoing significant interior and exterior makeovers for more than a year as it awaits the performers who will be brought in by its new management team, Live Nation Worldwide, Inc. Live Nation, the world’s largest concert promoter, inked a five-year deal with the city of El Cajon in 2017 to run the center. The city has spent nearly $8 million to get it ready. Last week, dozens of crews worked in and around the venue, updating restrooms, installing a new heating/vent/air-conditioning system and an ADA-approved elevator that will take people to second-story … [Read more...] about No more ECPAC as Magnolia Performing Arts Center starts to bloom
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Inside the Fertitta family's epic "Mexico Magnifico!" Mardi Gras yacht pre-party and gala at Galveston Island Convention Center By Amber Elliott Published 4:38 pm CST, Friday, March 1, 2019 Tilman Fertitta, left, take a photograph with his father and San Luis Salute King Vic Fertitta and his daughter and Queen Blayne Fertitta after the introduction on Friday, March 1, 2019, in Galveston. Tilman Fertitta, left, take a photograph with his father and San Luis Salute King Vic Fertitta and his daughter and Queen Blayne Fertitta after the introduction on Friday, March 1, 2019, in Galveston. Photo: Yi-Chin Lee, Staff Photographer Photo: Yi-Chin Lee, Staff Photographer Image 1 of / 85 Caption Close Image 1 of 85 Tilman Fertitta, left, take a photograph with his father and San Luis … [Read more...] about VIP view: Usher performs, Blayne Fertitta crowned queen at San Luis Salute in Galveston
Video PUBLISHED: 16:21 06 December 2018 | UPDATED: 16:31 06 December 2018 Ed Sheeran speaking to Access Creative College students from around the country at Epic Studios in Norwich. Photo: Danielle Booden Danielle Booden Ed Sheeran makes surprise visit to students at Access Creative College in Norwich It was the perfect Thursday for aspiring musicians in the city, as Access Creative College alumni and patron Ed Sheeran visited its Norwich centre in Magdalen Street. Ed Sheeran at the Next Big Thing Final 2008 at the UEA LCR Credit: Angela SharpeEd, who was born in Framlingham in Suffolk, surprised students during their afternoon classes and treated them to a Q&A session and meet and greet. READ MORE: Do you remember these Ed Sheeran shows in Norwich?The students at the college, which provides college and degree courses in music performance and technology, were delighted to meet the megastar. Ed honed his singing and songwriting skills on the Artist Development Course in … [Read more...] about Ed Sheeran makes surprise visit to Norwich music college
“ROALD DAHL’S MATILDA THE MUSICAL”By Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College’s Theatre Company, preview 7:30 p.m. Thursday, $20-$32; opens 7:30 p.m. Friday, through Jan. 6, check online for dates and times, Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., $20-$50, includes discounted museum admission on day of ticketed performance; $15 student rush tickets available one hour before each show; 634-5581, csfineartscenter.orgSomething else: “Matilda the Musical” day camps, ages 6 to 13, 11 a.m.-1:45 p.m. Dec. 22 and Jan. 5; 2-4:45 p.m. Dec. 15 and 29; Skate in the Park with Matilda, 4-6 p.m. Dec. 21, Acacia Park, 115 E. Platte Ave., $10, free for kids 4 and younger; backstage tour after Dec. 20 show, free; talkback session after Jan. 6 show, free.Directing a pack of American teens and pre-teens is quite an education.Wales-born and New York City-based playwright and director Mêlisa Annis is learning loads, including a tutorial on the YouTube … [Read more...] about Tony Award-winning ‘Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical’ to open in Colorado Springs
Kristen Jordan Shamus Detroit Free Press Published 12:15 AM EDT Oct 31, 2018 Calling Detroit the new Berlin for its thriving arts scene, Alberto Ibargüen, president, CEO and trustee of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, announced Wednesday that the nonprofit will invest $20 million in arts organizations in the city through 2023. “Great art, tough art, challenging art helps to tell a great city’s own story. Nowhere is this more true that today’s Detroit,” said Alberto Ibarguen, president of the Knight Foundation. “This is the place where art, culture and design have changed the narrative of a community. And in the art world, Detroit has become the new Berlin." The money will be split among several organizations, including: $2.5 million each to the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Hall $1.5 million to the Sphinx Organization $1.325 million to the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan $1 … [Read more...] about What can $20M buy Detroit? New art, theater, music for the masses.