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Budding musicians plant seeds for Springfest 2014 at UCSD

Soprano Sarah Perez performs 8 p.m. April 9 at Conrad Prebys Concert Hall.

UC San Diego music students are preparing new works for an 11-day musical event (April 6-17) titled “Springfest: Experiments in Music 2014.” It’s an annual thing, presented by the emerging composers, instrumentalists and electronic music specialists in the graduate department. And it’s mostly free to attend, except where otherwise noted.

Let’s Review: High energy fuels Cygnet Theatre’s ‘Spring Awakening’

Wendla (Taylor Aldrich) and Melchior (Dave Thomas Brown) struggle through their teen years in "Spring Awakening." Daren Scott

“Spring Awakening” is a rock musical based on the controversial 1981 German play by Frank Wedekind. The play was banned at that time for controversial content. The rendition unfolding at Cygnet Theatre in Old Town has music by Duncan Shiek with book and lyrics by Steven Sater. Set in late-19th century Germany, Wendla Bergmann (Taylor Aldrich) opens the show with an outstanding rendition of “Mama Who Bore Me.”

Athenaeum Music & Arts Library to oversee Murals of La Jolla

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On March 21, the LJCF’s board of directors voted unanimously to bestow the Murals of La Jolla to the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

Let’s Review: University Art Gallery show conjures aliens, extraterrestrials at UCSD

Mary Walling Blackburn mimics an alien calling in for a tow.

The University Art Gallery in UCSD’s Mandeville Center was oddly “haunted” on March 13 for the opening of “My Strangest Stranger,” a show by visiting artist Mary Walling Blackburn, up through May 9.

Percussion star and La Jollan Steven Schick named Champion of New Music

La Jolla Symphony & Chorus Music Director Steven Schick. Courtesy U-T San Diego

Schick, a Bird Rock resident, will be presented with the Champion of New Music award on April 5 at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul, Minn., during his conducting appearance with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Through an artist’s eyes, darkly: ‘Red’ comes to the REP

John Vickery plays artist Mark Rothko and Jason Maddy his fictional assistant in ‘Red,’ opening April 4 at San Diego REP April 4. Sandra Small

San Diego-born playwright John Logan hit the big time with his screenplay for “Any Given Sunday,” going on to pen Oscar-nominated screenplays for “Gladiator” and “The Aviator.” At last, his acclaimed play, “Red,” is coming to town, opening at San Diego REP on April 4.

A Flair for the Dramatic: Former La Jolla drama teacher celebrates 100 years with a cast of characters

Surrounded by friends and family, Dorothy Haven tells stories at her La Jolla home during ehr 100th birthday party.

On March 8, the question of the day at the Bird Rock home with Happy Birthday balloons out front, was “How do you know Dorothy?” People were referencing Dorothy Haven, who was celebrating her 100th birthday that day with family, friends from around the world, and some of the many students she taught during her years as a teacher in La Jolla.

UCSD Visual Arts students open their doors for special exhibit

Nicole Speciale and Kurt Miller with their work in progress.

Once a year, the UC San Diego MFA Visual Arts students open their one-room studio doors to share their art with the public. This year, on March 7, some 42 students welcomed throngs of the curious.

Best Bets for fun things to do in and around La Jolla, March 20-28 2014

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San Diego New Music returns to the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library, 7:30 p.m. Thursday March 27, bringing the classic sounds of the San Andreas Quartet to 1008 Wall St.,The quartet – Bill Kalinkos, clarinet; Iryna Krechkovsky, violin; Kevin Kwan Loucks, piano; Eric Starr, trombone – will play works from the Baroque to present, and some will be chosen live at the concert by a game of chance! $20 members, $25 nonmembers, $10 students.(858) 454-5872. LJAthenaeum.org

UC San Diego’s IDEAS series combines performance art with new technologies in La Jolla

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It was a packed house for the opening of the nine-part IDEAS (Initiative for Digital Exploration of the Arts & Sciences) performance series Feb. 20 at the Calit2 Auditorium in Atkinson Hall on the UC San Diego campus. Art Department faculty member Michael Trigilio kicked off the series by hosting a three-part presentation called T2ERU (Tell Them Everything Remember Us).

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