Bird Watching & Photography at Lake Hodges, Escondido, CA

 

A great morning hike and “Birding with a Camera” at Lake Hodges, Bernardo Bay Staging Area, at the San Dieguito River Park Trail

with

Senior Ranger Dave Hekel and Krisztina Sheeff, KS Nature Photography.

Here’s a short video to recap the morning…

Disclaimer: I am still learning….Birds (and butterflies) were moving QUICKLY and I am quite new at using the Manual settings on my camera! So…my shots aren’t the most focused…

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Westwind Brass – Summer Brass Workshop

 

Photo: Courtesy of Westwind Brass Left to right: Dr. Eric Starr, Bryan Smith, Elizabeth Howard, Barry Toombs, John Wilds, Karl Soukup

 

Westwind Brass Announces Summer Brass Workshop

At SDSU School of Music & Dance

June 25-29, 2018

Free Concert June 30th at 1:00 pm

The Westwind Brass, San Diego’s premier professional brass ensemble, and an Ensemble-in-Residence at the San Diego State University (SDSU) School of Music and Dance, announces their exciting interactive 2018 Summer Brass Workshop at SDSU, June 25- 29, 2018, from 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m..  This fun-filled week culminates in a free afternoon concert with the participant ensembles, on Saturday, June 30 at 1:00 p.m. at the School of Music and Dance.

The musicians of  The Westwind Brass Ensemble are Elizabeth Howard, John Wilds and Karl Soukup (trumpets), Barry Toombs (horn), Eric Starr (trombone) and Bryan Smith (tuba).

“Each year, this week provides a cross-generational environment where we all have a chance to explore and develop skills in communication, collaboration, and creativity; and to engender a larger sense of community.”- Westwind Brass Executive Director: Barry Toombs (French Horn)

“The participants, young and old, receive an opportunity to work with some of the finest brass musicians in southern California.  It is fun, informative, and relative to the music in their daily lives.  What’s more, they have a chance to play in what will be, I believe, the greatest brass ensemble of their lives!”– Westwind Brass Director Educational and Outreach Programs: Bryan Smith

Photo Courtesy of Westwind Brass

Activities will include: Master Classes, Sectional Coaching, Ensemble Playing, Individual and Group Performances. Private lessons will be made available during the mornings for an additional fee.

In addition to the more traditional brass instrument training and ensemble experiences, this workshop will feature mini-seminars on such topics as sustainable practice routines; learning and performing solos; making use of technology in your music; and an interactive introduction to jazz and improvisation.

Westwind Brass Summer Workshop Schedule

Price Information for Summer Workshop:  Students/Military: $150; Adults: $175.

Register Online at www.westwindbrass.org or call 619-665-9125  (Credit Card or PayPal accepted).

Registration Form and more info

http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07efa2w3ugfcc291b8&llr=c6bkk5mab

Photo: Courtesy of Westwind Brass

Location:

San Diego State University School of Music and Dance,

5500 Campanile Dr., San Diego, CA 92182

http://music.sdsu.edu/index.php/about/map

For More Information: Phone: 619-665-9125 or email: info@westwindbrass.org.

Or visit: Westwind Brass

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The Westwind Brass exists to broaden and enrich the musical legacy of local, national and international audiences through performance and educational services featuring brass instruments and music. Westwind Brass musicians perform in various configurations of featuring the unique timbre of brass instruments and performing the brass repertoire at a high artistic level. Westwind Brass is a 501(c) (3) Public Benefit Corporation. For more information, visit Guidestar.org.

An Afternoon Trail Visit at San Dieguito River Park Trail

 

Exciting time bird watching and more in Del Mar (San Dieguito River Park Trail)!

Yep…a stingray!

Stingray Photo by SJF Communications

 

Mama Osprey and Chicks

Mama Osprey and Chicks Photo by SJF Communications

 

Mama Osprey and Chicks Photo by SJF Communications

 

Mama Osprey and Chicks Photo by SJF Communications

 

Daddy Osprey watching closely!

Male Osprey Photo by SJF Communications

 

Cute bunny rabbit

Bunny Photo by SJF Communications

 

Egret with a twig

Egret with Twig Photo by SJF Communications

 

Killdeer (Lifer for me)

Killdeer Photo by SJF Communications

 

Egret and friend…

Great Egret and Friend Photo by SJF Communications

Eurasian Collared Doves

Eurasian Collared Doves – Photo by SJF Communications

Song Sparrow & Hummingbird

Song Sparrow & Hummingbird – Photo by SJF Communications

Snowy Egret

 

Flowers along the way…

 

Train passing with song sparrow and hummingbird…

 

Trail restoration project and views…

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Hausmann Chamber Music Festival at SDSU June 18 -23, 2018

Courtesy of Hausmann Chamber Music Program Summer Festival, 2017

The Hausmann Chamber Music Program announces their exciting interactive ‘Summer Festival’ presented by SDSU Community Music School, at San Diego State University School of Music and Dance (SDSU), June 18th through June 23rd, 2018, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. This event will be an intensive music experience for string, wind, brass and piano players ages 12 and older which will engage them in a dynamic combination of classes, performances and social opportunities. (Younger students will be accepted on a case-by-case basis). This year HCMP will also be open to pre-formed adult chamber music groups, with a prorated tuition rate option to participate for less than the full five days.

Faculty includes the Hausmann Quartet, Artists-in-Residence at San Diego State University (SDSU). Guest Faculty include fellow SDSU School of Music & Dance professors and artists drawn from around Southern California. Sessions on physical movement, improvisation and other related topics are included. The festival will again feature collaborations with San Diego Bass Fest (also on campus) with a joint faculty recital and shared activities.

Included in the program will be daily chamber music group coaching from SDSU’s Fisch/Axelrod Quartet-in-Residence, the Hausmann Quartet, as well as Chamber Music seminars and guided rehearsals by music professionals. There will also be opportunities for solo repertoire private lessons and group activities as well as Chamber orchestra reading session and master classes.

Price Information for Summer Workshop:  $500.00 (includes $75 registration fee) with scholarships available. There is a 10% discount for early registration by April 15th. There’s also an “A la Carte” daily rate of $85 available for pre-formed adult groups only. Online registration at hausmannquartet.com. Note: *A non-refundable deposit of $75 will be due after registration. Note: Final registration due June 1st, 2018.

Location:

San Diego State University School of Music and Dance,

5500 Campanile Dr., San Diego, CA 92182

http://music.sdsu.edu/index.php/about/map

For More Information: Contact Director Carina Voly at 619-594-1699 or sdsucommunitymusic@mail.sdsu.edu

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 The mission of the Hausmann Chamber Music Program is to develop a community of engaged listeners and music lovers by sparking excitement, passion and the spirit of curiosity through hands-on, year-round chamber music training, including coaching, master classes with Hausmann Quartet and visiting artists, performance opportunities, special topic workshops and forums. HCMP welcomes each participant’s background and unique personality, and is committed to creating a safe, inclusive, and nurturing learning environment.

 

 

 

 

Art in Nature on a Sunday…

It was a beautiful Sunday and as usual I had my camera with me!

Snapped some photos at Liberty Station as well as on Manzanita Trail at Pacific Highlands Ranch (Carmel Valley),  San Diego. Feel free to click on each photo for more detail…

This was my view of downtown San Diego looking south from Liberty Station

Looking South from Liberty Station Photo by SJF Communications

 

Loved this Coral Tree at Liberty Station!

I was captivated watching these great blue herons at Liberty Station!

 

Saw (and definitely HEARD) several airplanes taking off above Liberty Station

At Liberty Station – Photo by SJF Communications

 

And again witnessed the lantana’s #artinnature and #natureasart (Liberty Station)

Lantanas – Photo by SJF Communications

 

Loved the  color combination here!

Kanaka Canoe Landing – Photo by SJF Communications

Then ventured out for a walk on the Manzanita Trail at Pacific Highlands Ranch

Manzanita Trail at Pacific Highlands Ranch – Carmel Valley – San Diego Photo by SJF Communications

A beautiful white-crowned sparrow (Manzanita Trail, Carmel Valley, San Diego) !

White-Crowned Sparrow Photo by SJF Communications

Saw (and heard) this lovely Song Sparrow  (Manzanita Trail, Carmel Valley, San Diego) !

Song Sparrow Photo by SJF Communications

Blue Lupine Perennials (Manzanita Trail Carmel Valley San Diego)!

Blue Lupine Perennials (Manzanita Trail Carmel Valley San Diego)! Photo by SJF Communications

A Black Phoebe – (Manzanita Trail – Carmel Valley, San Diego)

Black Phoebe – Manzanita Trail – Carmel Valley, San Diego Photo by SJF Communications

 

Finally, an Allen’s Hummingbird (Manzanita Trail – Carmel Valley, San Diego)!

Allen’s Hummingbird (Manzanita Trail – Carmel Valley, San Diego)! Photo by SJF Communications

All in all, a wonderful day!

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Lake Poway: Osprey, Snakes, Coots & Haiku…Oh MY!

A quick visit to Lake Poway today yielded a few surprises! Once we arrived it only took a few minutes to see a ‘capture’ of a baby rattlesnake, reported to the ranger by a man fishing along the water’s edge.

Only a few minutes later, someone behind us shouted ‘he’s got a fish’! We looked up to notice just that! Perched high above on a utility pole, an osprey was holding a fish. He soon took off! The photos below show a bit of the dramatic feat!

Here’s a short #haiku (Day #4 of National Poetry Writing Month hashtag: #napowrimo)!

Perched high, above pole

The osprey held on to prey

Then it flew away!

Osprey Perched with Prey – Photo by SJF Communications

Osprey Perched with Prey – Photo by SJF Communications

 

Osprey Perched with Prey – Take Off! Photo by SJF Communications

 

Osprey Perched with Prey – Holding On – Photo by SJF Communications

Wasn’t that osprey cool???

We walked along the water, taking in sights such as the beautiful blue sky and calm water of the Lake Poway. A few people were fishing, a few boating. Just a gorgeous afternoon.

More #Haiku

Crystal blue water

Perfect way to spend the day

Nature enriches

Entrance to Lake Poway – Photo by SJF Communications

 

Cormorants – Lake Poway – Photo by SJF Communications

 

Lake Poway – Photo by SJF Communications

 

Coots and a Mallard – Lake Poway – Photo by SJF Communications

 

Lake Poway – Photo by SJF Communications

 

Coot – Lake Poway – Photo by SJF Communications

 

Picnic Area at Lake Poway – Photo by SF Communications

 

Lake Poway – Photo by SJF Communications

 

Mallards – Lake Poway – Photo by SJF Communications

 

Lake Poway – Photo by SJF Communications

OH NO!!!!! We suddenly spotted this snake- rattlesnake? (or gopher snake?…it was a few feet long) – just as we walked above (and to the left) of the trail around the lake. That was enough for me! Beware, it’s SPRING and the rattlers are awakening!

Last #Haiku

I ask you…take heed

The rattlesnakes are lurking

Avoid getting bit!

Rattlesnake – Lake Poway – Photo by SJF Communications

Whew, that rattler was scary! At the end of the trip we noticed this woman who caught some trout. She allowed me to snap this photo!

Trout! Lake Poway – Photo by SJF Communications

All in all a wonderful time at Lake Poway!

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National Poetry Writing Month Day #3 ‘Thriving’ – Haiku & Photos

In honor of National Poetry Writing Month (#napowrimo) I have mastered the first few days in previous blog posts and am attempting to keep it going (with and without prompts)!

As I have stated previously, I’ve been a Mentor at San Diego State University in their Aztec Mentor Program since 2016. Mentoring has been an inspirational and enjoyable way to connect with and guide students as a role model, share wisdom and give back to one’s community.

Today,  I arrived early and was waiting for my first of two mentees to join me for our biweekly in-person session.

Alas: a Haiku blossomed!

Once I returned home for the day, I walked around our general neighborhood and snapped some photos (which to me depict #artinnature #natureasart). The photos are attached below!

As the season of Spring has sprung and as nature evolves – my burgeoning Mentees have been flourishing as well! May they thrive and prosper! Thus…my tribute to them!

Haiku: ‘Thriving’

by

Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications

1.

First a bit timid

Some were not sure of themselves

UNLOCK THIS PUZZLE!

2.

Meetings in person

Twice a month and face to face

WE TACKLED ISSUES

3.

College term (or two)

Seeing growth and confidence

REVIEWED PLANS, COURSES

4.

Held their heads up high

Enriched, mature, and ready

GRADUATING SOON!

5.

LinkedIn and Job Fairs

Aced interviews, networked

THESE…ARE MY MENTEES!

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Cloudy & Chilly Day Bird Watching (& Haiku)- San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy

A chilly cloudy day with some cool sightings at the San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center​, San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy with a #Haiku.

Photos and Haiku by Susan Farese​, SJF Communications

Ode to Bird Watching!

Bird Watching is FUN!

Challenging and exciting

(But pay attention)!

All of a sudden

One might grace with their presence

And poof…they fly past!

Camera in hand

Mastering all the settings

Stay still – just don’t move!

Nothing like photos

Displaying what you’ve captured

I LOVE BIRD WATCHING!

Here are some photos – feel free to click on each one!

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Butterflies on Parade – Haiku & Photos: San Diego Zoo Safari Park

I have been delighted with some great perks and benefits with my Keepers Club Membership  at the  San Diego Zoo Safari Park! 

We visited a great new exhibit, “Butterfly Jungle” at the Safari Park in Escondido, California the other day…

Please note: The Butterfly Jungle is only open now through April 15th from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

A few words to the wise! Be prepared to wait! This is a very popular exhibit! (For an extra fee of $20 you can move up in line).

Once you’re inside, they will allow you to marvel at and photograph these lovely colorful butterflies.

What a hoot! The butterflies love bright colors, so feel free to wear them! They will gladly land on you! You’ll chuckle with delight!

It’s a blast!

Here’s my #Haiku to kick off National Poetry Writing Month (#NaPoWriMo) and Global Poetry Writing Month (#glopowrimo):

Haiku: Sweet Butterflies

by

SJF Communications

 

Fickle flutterers

Quick, vividly colorful

Dainty butterflies

They might land on you

If so, they invite your grin

Butterflies marvel!

Oh…another important note (per the ambassadors): No touching the butterflies or taking them out of the area with you!

These sweet creatures are endangered, so there will be several ‘exit stations’ where the Safari Park Ambassadors will have you “turn around’ and  ‘shake it out’ to ensure that no butterflies are resting on your clothes, backpacks, hats, etc!

It’s all worth it though! Although there was an elusive few that flew so quickly that by the time I had my camera ready they were gone!

I am looking forward to going again soon! Hurry, the exhibit closes on April 15th!

Check out these photos and feel free to click on each one for more detail!

Paper Kite – Photo by SJF Communications

 

Postman – Photo by SJF Communications
Rusty-Tipped Page – Photo by SJF Communications

 

Giant Owl – Photo by SJF Communications
Giant Owl – Photo by SJF Communications

 

Giant Owl – Photo by SJF Communications

 

 

Giant Owls – Photo by SJF Communications

 

Flowers that invite butterflies to visit! – Photo by SJF Communications
More flowers that invite butterflies to visit! – Photo by SJF Communications

 Click here for info about the:

 San Diego Safari Park

 San Diego Zoo

 

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San Diego Crew Classic

We enjoyed a quick visit to the 45th Annual San Diego Crew Classic (through Sunday, March 25th) at Crown Point, Mission Bay. Photos by SJF Communications.

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Bird Watching (& More) in Julian, CA

It’s always a breath of fresh air (at an altitude of 4226 ft of glorious elevation) for a visit to Julian, California, including a stop at this time at the Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve!

Here’s a look at what I captured with my camera recently.

Feel free to click on each photo!

Bird Watching!

Acorn Woodpecker Photo By SJF Communications 2018

 

Acorn Woodpecker Photo By SJF Communications 2018

 

Acorn Woodpecker Photo By SJF Communications 2018

 

Acorn Woodpecker Photo By SJF Communications 2018

 

Acorn Woodpecker Photo By SJF Communications 2018

 

More Bird Sightings!

Western Bluebird Photo by SJF Communications 2018

 

Dark-Eyed Junco Pink-Sided Photo by SJF Communications 2018

 

Band-Tailed Pigeons
Photo by SJF Communications 2018

 

White-Crowned Sparrow
Photo by SJF Communications 2018

 

California Scrub Jay Photo by SJF Communications 2018

 

California Scrub Jay Photo by SJF Communications 2018

 

More images from the day in Julian-

Click on each photo for a larger look!

 

Then – a stop at the Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve

Until Next Time!

Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve Photo by SJF Communications 2018
Wild Turkeys also leaving the Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve Photo by SJF Communications 2018

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Guest Post: Delaney Heil Interviews Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications

Note from Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications: Delaney Heil is my Mentee in the Aztec Mentor Program at San Diego State University (SDSU). An Honors Program Student, Delaney is studying Public Relations, Advertising and Applied Communication and is Minoring in Biology. This interview was part of Delaney’s PR assignment and as her Mentor I wanted to give Delaney an opportunity to be published, thus, her guest interview post! Many thanks, Delaney!

SDSU Aztec Mentor Susan J. Farese, and Mentee Delaney Heil

 

Delaney Heil (Courtesy Photo)

Greatness from Small Beginnings:

How Public Relations Can Arise Anywhere

An Interview with Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications

By Delaney Heil

SAN DIEGO – Most public relations practitioners begin their careers by studying the subject in school. But Susan Farese of SJF Communications had a very different introduction into PR.

Instead of Susan obtaining a degree in PR she began in Nursing and Musical Theater.

“I received my bachelors and then masters degrees in Nursing and was a military nurse for 12 years. Since 1990 (after leaving the military) I have been a consultant, with several geographical moves in between. Fast forward to circa 2005, 2006…when my  daughter was involved in professional and community productions I wrote a press release for the kids that were featured among the adults,” she said.

As the years went by, through her daughter’s participation in theater, Farese volunteered to write promotional announcements for the productions.

“In 2011, the director of ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ in San Diego was impressed with my promoting the production and recommended me to join the board for the San Diego Musical Theatre,” said Farese.

Farese created the position of Marketing/ PR on the board, which turned into a consulting and staff position. After 5 years, it  prompted her to begin freelance PR services with her business SJF Communications. She specializes in PR marketing and doubles as a social media coach, blogger  and mentor. 

Her specialty is in entertainment PR, linking back to her theater background.

“Somehow because I worked theater PR for five years, I cultivated so many contacts. I just feel comfortable in this industry.  Additionally, I have been providing PR for musicians as well.”

Becoming established in San Diego wasn’t easy for Farese. “I had to compile and/or edit a list of media contacts,  build a database, provide ongoing media relations, write and submit press releases, provide email marketing, online calendar submissions and social media posts, create a business website/blog and attend many productions and events as well as other duties. I joined organizations and networked.  “It’s a challenge, but I like it. Actually, I love it! I’m still establishing my brand.”

Farese assured that despite the challenges, there are many benefits to being a PR practitioner, such as exciting interpersonal challenges and events. “Connecting with people excites me. I enjoy getting the word out, mass communication, everything involved with it,” said Farese.

Farese believes that the most important thing for future practitioners to remember is “to be assertive and confident in themselves. And to have a positive attitude…No matter what!”


Many thanks Delaney!

 

SDSU School of Music and Dance Announces Factory Seconds Brass Trio Residency & Performance, May 1, 2018

 

Factory Seconds Brass Trio Photo Credit: Roger Mastroianni Left to right: Jesse McCormick (Horn), Richard Stout, (Trombone) & Jack Sutte (Trumpet),

The San Diego State University School of Music and Dance is thrilled to announce a visit and performance by the Factory Seconds Brass Trio on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at the SDSU Smith Recital Hall. This free, one day residency features instrumental and chamber music masterclasses, culminating in a formal concert with select SDSU students.

Established in 2013, the Factory Seconds Brass Trio members include Jack Sutte (Trumpet), Jesse McCormick (Horn), and Richard Stout, (Trombone). Each member occupies the Second Chair position in their respective section with The Cleveland Orchestra, and all are faculty members at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory.

All events with the Factory Seconds Brass Trio on May 1st are free and open to the public, thanks to the Student Success Fee at San Diego State.

The schedule for the May 1st event  includes:

2pm – Trumpet, Horn and Trombone Masterclasses

4:30pm – Chamber Music Masterclass and Open Rehearsal

7pm – Concert in Smith Recital Hall

Dr. Eric Starr, Lecturer, Brass Chamber Music and Performing Arts Internship Coordinator, states “Factory Seconds members are truly world class musicians.  This is an incredible opportunity for our students to learn from, and perform with some of the foremost brass players in the world today”.

Quote from Richard Stout, Factory Seconds Brass Trio: “We are delighted to be reconnecting with old friends and making new ones; that this concert will include a chance to perform with SDSU students makes it a special event we are looking forward to.” -Richard Stout

Quote from SDSU Trumpet Student Lindsay Ross: “Many of our studio faculty members also perform in the San Diego Symphony, and other ensembles in southern California.  In addition to having these perspectives, it will be a great opportunity to have other perspectives from other professional symphony orchestra musicians and studio professors.” – Lindsay Ross

Directions and Parking

For more information, contact SDSU School of Music and Dance at 619-594-6031.

The mission of San Diego State University’s School of Music and Dance is to provide the highest quality education for performers, choreographers, educators, researchers, and those who may be in fields related to music and dance. In addition, the School of Music and Dance is committed to provide the general student, our future audience, with the deepest understanding and appreciation of music and dance. The School of Music and Dance serves a varied intellectual and ethnic student body in a culturally rich environment.

Through specialized faculty/student contact, the use of technology, an international programmatic focus, and our relationship with community, regional and national organizations, the School provides career development opportunities, enhances critical thinking abilities, and nurtures new generations of artists,choreographers, teachers, scholars and other professionals. Ultimately, the School of Music and Dance serves as a dedicated resource for excellence in performance, choreography, teaching, research, and creative activity.

 

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Nature Trail Photos at the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy

A Relaxing Past Time

I spent a delightful afternoon wandering about by bird watching and enjoying nature’s foliage, views and more at the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy – a Southern California nonprofit land trust which is part of the nearly 1000-acre San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve, bordered by the northern San Diego areas of Solana Beach, Encinitas and Rancho Santa Fe.

I began my solo stroll at the ‘green’  San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center (2710 Manchester Avenue
Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA 92007).  The volunteers and rangers were very helpful with information. I gave a donation and visited the interactive exhibits. The Nature Center sells limited items such as maps, books, snacks/drinks etc.

I embarked on my journey by following the beautiful trail. Here are some photos from the day!

Nature Center and Trail

Feel free to hover over/click on each photo to see the name and enlarge it.

I visited during low tide and was able to see a variety of shore birds at the mud flats. The trail is quite easy to navigate (it also includes ADA accessible boardwalk). There are natural-looking overlooks and benches for those who’d like a rest, or just sit and observe!

Bird Watching!

Feel free to hover over/click on each photo to see the name and enlarge it.

The Mallards!

Mallard
Mallards

More Bird Watching!

Osprey
Double-Crested Cormorant

Enjoying the Surroundings!

Feel free to hover over/click on each photo to see the name and enlarge it.

I also enjoyed admiring the foliage and surroundings. Here’s a peek at what I saw that day…Spring has sprung indeed!

Such a wonderful day!

Snowy Egret

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Video: A Bird Watching Visit to Santee Lakes (San Diego, California)

My husband and I recently thoroughly enjoyed an afternoon at Santee Lakes. We walked around several of the lakes for fitness and I did some incredible bird watching!

Here’s a short video:

More Links for Santee Lakes:

Browse the Bird List!

Check out photos of the Wildlife!

Find out more about the Park!,

Perhaps go Fishing!,

Stay overnight in the Cabins, or in their Campground!

Or: Plan your Events!

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Torrey Pines State Beach: Dolphins & Sandpipers & Pelicans…Oh My!

I am spoiled! Living so close to the beach is one thing, but even better is the fact that we’re near Torrey Pines State Beach!

 Torrey Pines State Beach is located between La Jolla and Del Mar, California and approximately 1.5 miles West of Interstate 5 at Carmel Valley Road in San Diego. Here is a cool visitors guide for Torrey Pines State Beach including parking rate information from the San Diego Tourism Authority as well as information about the Torrey Pines State Reserve.  Daily rates: $10-15 Monday-Thursday; $12-20 Friday-Sunday and Holidays. Click for info on Annual Passes.

As I have stated before, #TorreyPinesStateBeach is my ‘go to’ place to walk for fitness, stroll, socialize, observe the #artinnature and #natureasart. I like to visually capture interesting images.

Here are a few images from my most recent March, 2018 visit…I also saw a whale spouting, but it was so fast I couldn’t capture it quickly enough with a photo!

The Entrance to Torrey Pines State Beach

Things Happen in Threes!

Wouldn’t you know…I glanced up and saw a pelican, dolphin and helicopter in the distance!

Things Happen in Threes!

 

Some images from the afternoon!

Rocks within rocks!

 

Ocean movement

 

Lovely waves!

 

A Sandpiper Enjoying a Snack from the Ocean!

 

And a Classic Sandpiper Pose!

And a classic Sandpiper Pose!

A Seagull in Flight!

A Seagull in Flight

Shells a Plenty!

Shells a Plenty!

Pelicans in Formation on Parade!

Pelicans in Formation on Parade!

Ocean Friendship: A Pelican with a Dolphin!

Ocean Friendship: A Pelican with a Dolphin!

Dolphin Fin!

Dolphin Fin!

 

Dolphin Swimming!

Dolphin Swimming!

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My Power of One Delivers 5th San Diego ‘Act of Kindness’ to Rachel’s Women’s Center

 

My Power of One 5th Act of Kindness, San Diego March 1, 2018

(San Diego, California, March 6, 2018). There was an ‘Act of Kindness’ in San Diego on Thursday, March 1st from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Halo Cinematic, benefiting Rachel’s Women’s Center (a Drop-In Day Center at Catholic Charities for homeless and low income women in East Village).  This fifth Act of Kindness in San Diego was sponsored and led by Sue Vicory, an award-winning documentary filmmaker, humanitarian and the CEO of the global brand “My Power of One”.

According to Ms. Vicory and My Power of One, ‘March 1st was our 5th Act of Kindness in San Diego. We gathered for a photo shoot with photographer Aram Khachaturyan on a movie set at Halo Cinematic and gathered up supplies to deliver to a day center for women. Five carloads were delivered.’

Here is a photo montage video courtesy of Sue Vicory:

“The mission of ‘My Power of One’ is as simple as understanding how significant we each are within humanity with our every word and every action making a difference. These words and actions are our legacy and fingerprint within humanity. We pride ourselves in doing intentional and sometimes anonymous random acts of kindness. Be the Miracle is our catch phrase.” – Sue Vicory

Sue Vicory, recently was an Indie Film Showcase’ panelist at the Sundance Film Festival and will be an upcoming panelist representing Women Filmmakers at the Cannes Film Festival in May, 2018.  More information about Sue Vicory can be found at her Website, her YouTube Channel and in a 2016 Interview.

Social Media Hashtags for the March 1st event: #MPO1 #ThinkOne #ActofKindness.

For more information email susanvicory@gmail.com or visit http://mypowerofone.com/

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Photos courtesy of Aram Khachaturyan and Sue Vicory, My Power of One.

 

Filmmaker Sue Vicory Inspires by Leading 5th San Diego My Power of One ‘Act of Kindness’ Benefiting Rachel’s Women’s Center on March 1st, 2018 

(San Diego, California, February 24, 2018). There will be a special ‘Act of Kindness’ in San Diego on Thursday, March 1st from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Halo Cinematic, benefiting Rachel’s Women’s Center (a Drop-In Day Center at Catholic Charities for homeless and low income women in East Village).  This fifth Act of Kindness in San Diego is sponsored and led by Sue Vicory, an award-winning documentary filmmaker, humanitarian and the CEO of the global brand “My Power of One”.

This unique day of celebration will include collecting, organizing and ultimately distributing a variety of donations to Rachel’s Women’s Center. There will also be a star-studded photo shoot of local celebrities with photographer Aram Khachaturyan from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. as well as entertainment on a film set at Halo Cinematic in Mira Mesa (7620 Miramar Rd Ste 41 San Diego, CA 92126). There is very limited space available with a maximum of 30 individuals at any given time throughout the four-hour event. Caterer Simply Fresh will be providing food for the event.

“The mission of ‘My Power of One’ is as simple as understanding how significant we each are within humanity with our every word and every action making a difference. These words and actions are our legacy and fingerprint within humanity. We pride ourselves in doing intentional and sometimes anonymous random acts of kindness. Be the Miracle is our catch phrase.” – Sue Vicory

Sue Vicory, recently was an Indie Film Showcase’ panelist at the Sundance Film Festival and will be an upcoming panelist representing Women Filmmakers at the Cannes Film Festival in May, 2018.  More information about Sue Vicory can be found at her Website, her YouTube Channel and in a 2016 Interview.

Social Media Hashtags for the March 1st event: #MPO1 #ThinkOne #ActofKindness.

To contribute monetary donations, or drop off suggested items, or for more information please or email susanvicory@gmail.com or visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/157447744879686/.

Media Contact: SJF Communications; 408-398-5940 sjfcommunications@gmail.com.

Photos courtesy of Sue Vicory, My Power of One.

 

Photos from Previous San Diego Area

‘My Power of One Acts of Kindness’

My Power of One – 2016- Beach Clean Up Torrey Pines State Beach
My Power of One – 2016- Oceanside – Women’s Resource Center

 

My Power of One 2017 – Encinitas -Carol’s House Community Resource Center

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A Visit to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park: Video, Photos and a Haiku!

 

We had a lovely day at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park !

Here’s a video snippet…Enjoy!

(Feel free to make the video larger – click on the lower right corner)!

Some Images of the Day!

Haiku

Safari Park Treasures

By Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications

1.  Animals galore

Nature as art images

Magnificent views

2. This safari park

  One more gem, San Diego!

In Escondido!

3. Creatures large and small

I could watch for days!

Until the next time!

 

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Another Gem in San Diego: Miramar Reservoir

Thanks to my friend’s recommendation, my husband and I recently visited the Miramar Reservoir for the first time. Located in the Scripps Ranch area of San Diego, Miramar Reservoir is a place loaded with nature and atmosphere! One of those ‘hidden gems’ in my opinion. Nearly 5 miles of paved trail (and a few areas right next to the water) surround the ‘lake’.

Want to go fishing? You can obtain a fishing permit, bait & tackle from the facilities and concessions stand.  Apparently the reservoir is home to largemouth bass, crappie (lol), bluegill, channel catfish, sunfish and trout. There are minimum size & amount limits.

Also visit the concession stand (opened Wednesdays through Sundays) for the following:

Hungry or  Thirsty? Grab some snacks & drinks!

Up for some exercise with a bike ride? You can rent bikes for adventures on land!

Yearning for the water? You can rent kayaks, motorized boats, rowboats even pedal boats! Read here about restrictions and use of float tubes as well

Or, like us, simply power walk, or simply stroll the trail loop.

What are you waiting for???

Directions: Take #15 to Mira Mesa Boulevard traveling East. Take a right turn onto Scripps Ranch Boulevard, then a left on Scripps Lake Drive. You’ll see the entrance on your left.

Feel free to click on these photos from our afternoon at Miramar Reservoir! You can click on each one to see a better view.

First of all, the ‘geese patrol’ greeted us!

Some beautiful images of the Miramar Reservoir from our walk

(Click on each for a larger view)

This signage invites you to rent and enjoy a paddleboat!

Signage at Miramar Reservoir. Photo by SJF Communications

 

A few images of the boat dock…

Boat Rentals, Miramar Reservoir. Photo by SJF Communications, 2018

 

Boat Rentals, Miramar Reservoir. Photo by SJF Communications, 2018

 

And finally, more geese!

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Ah, and a beautiful bougainvillia as well!

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Beautiful bougainvillea at Miramar Reservoir, Photo by SJF Communications, 2018

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A Poem & Artistic ‘Finds’ at Torrey Pines State Beach

 

A poem and some photos from today’s fitness walk at

Torrey Pines State Beach!

‘Mother Nature Evokes’!

by Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications

 

Art in Nature! Nature as Art!

Captured with my lens -Doing my part

I acknowledge, respect and document

And sprinkle emotional sentiment!

It magnifies the magnificence

It clarifies the significance

And so, do you agree, with me?

Then snap away, draw, paint, dance or sing

Cherish Mother Nature somehow every day…

So that in your own way – nature’s truth will ring!

Torrey Pines State Beach; ‘Looking South’; Photo by Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications, 2018

 

Torrey Pines State Beach; ‘Steps leading to (or from) the Torrey Pines State Reserve’; Photo by Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications, 2018

 

Torrey Pines State Beach; ‘Sandstone Rocks with Blue Sky and the Sea’; Photo by Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications, 2018

 

Torrey Pines State Beach; ‘Almost at Flat Rock’; Photo by Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications, 2018

 

Torrey Pines State Beach; ‘Heart Shaped Rock (by default)!; Photo by Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications, 2018

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Torrey Pines State Beach: A Crowned Jewel of San Diego!

A place that never ceases to amaze me is Torrey Pines State Beach! It is located between La Jolla and Del Mar, California and approximately 1.5 miles West of Interstate 5 at Carmel Valley Road in San Diego. Here is a cool visitors guide for Torrey Pines State Beach including parking rate information from the San Diego Tourism Authority as well as information about the Torrey Pines State Reserve.  Daily rates: $10-15 Monday-Thursday; $12-20 Friday-Sunday and Holidays. Click for info on Annual Passes.

#TorreyPinesStateBeach is my ‘go to’ place to walk for fitness, stroll, socialize, observe the #artinnature and #natureasart. I like to visually capture interesting images.

Here are a few of my photos from yesterday’s walk.

Beautiful Torrey Pines State Beach!
Photo by Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications

 

Sandstone Cave-Like Area!
Torrey Pines State Beach Photo by Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications

 

Amazing Sandstone Rocks!
Torrey Pines State Beach
Photo by Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications

 

A very lovely shell amidst the rocks!
Torrey Pines State Beach Photo by Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications

 

Heart Rock
Torrey Pines State Beach
Photo by Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications

 

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EXTRA EXTRA! A List of Theater Productions in San Diego January Through March, 2018

 

San Diego Theater Productions

 January through March, 2018

Compiled by: Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications 1.12.18

Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications

A NEW YEARS ‘Gift’ from SJF Communications to Celebrate San Diego Area Theater!

Besides enjoying the heck out of consulting for and working with theatre company clients as a public relations professional/publicist, (and as an actor), I am an avid theatre-goer and attend many San Diego theater productions throughout the year!

$$$$$$! 🙂

Our extensive collection of Playbills and programs (and bill statements) confirm it!

Also, our daughter is majoring in theatre arts performance/acting & musical theatre, so I have been attending university shows and recitals, adding to my mix. Plus, I’m an adjudicator for high school musical theatre production awards.

Shows, Shows and More Shows!!!

Whether I get comp tix, discount tix (Goldstar –  or the San Diego Performing Arts League and   and  ArtsTix  or the   San Diego Actors Alliance ) or purchase at full price, theatre inspires!!!

Don’t forget about San Diego Theatre Week February 15 – February 25, 2018! Great deals and discounts! Dozens of arts organizations are participating!

I have always wanted to write a post listing all the wonderful theater productions in the San Diego area.  SO…….

There’s an abundance of productions this quarter between January and March. This list is my NEW YEARS present to our San Diego Community! Why? Because I wanted to know what the upcoming shows were PLUS I believe in SHARING and GETTING THE WORD OUT! So take a gander!

I’ve listed (alphabetically) the Theatre/Production Company, Title of Show(s), Dates of Shows and Website links. It’s quite comprehensive! Let us know if there are any additions, corrections etc. We aim to please!

What more could you ask for???

Well, I can ask for something in return:

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Here we go!

Happy New Year from SJF Communications!

San Diego Area Theatre Productions January Through March, 2018

Key: P: Professional Theatre C: Community Theatre

Backyard Renaissance (P) Bachelorette March 15 – April 1; http://backyardrenaissance.com/tickets/

Broadway San Diego (P) Hamilton January 6 – January 28; Dirty Dancing February 9 – February 11; Stomp March 2 – March 4; The Magic of Adam Trent March 24; http://www.broadwaysd.com/

Broadway Vista (P) Tuesdays with Morrie January 18 – February 4; Women in Jeopardy March 1-25; http://www.broadwayvista.biz/adult-shows.html

Community Actors Theatre (C) Bojo’s Place February 2 – February 18; He Was a Slave: February 23, 24, 25; http://www.communityactorstheatre.com/

Coronado Playhouse (C) The Addams Family January 19 – February 25; King Charles III March 23 – April 22; Songs for a New year: An Evening of the Works of Jason Robert Brown March 2 – March 3; http://coronadoplayhouse.com/

Cygnet Theatre  (P) The Last Wife Jan 17 – Feb 11; Musical Monday: Bacchanal Jan 29;  A Little Night Music Mar 7 – Apr 22; http://www.cygnettheatre.com/

Different Stages (C) Building the Wall (Co-Produced with Point Loma Playhouse) January 13 – January 21;

Diversionary Theatre (P): The Cardboard Piano January 25-February 25 The Happiest Place on Earth March 15-April 15; http://diversionary.org/season32/

La Jolla Playhouse (P): Mike Birbiglia: The New One January 9 – 14; The Cake February 6 – March 4; POP Tour Home of the Brave Public Performances at the Playhouse March 10 & 11; La Jolla Playhouse’s Gala March 17; http://www.lajollaplayhouse.org/tickets-and-subscriptions/buy-tickets

La Jolla Theatre Ensemble (Staged Readings) (C) Kim Cromwell’s one-act, CATFISH; a pair of ten-minute plays, one by Jeanette Farr called “Gray Matter” and the second, “A Lease on Life” by Liz Coley; and Werner Hashagen’s “Yes! January 28, January 30; https://www.facebook.com/ljtheatreensemble/posts/878064212371334

Lamb’s  Players (P) (Coronado) Smoke on the Mountain January 11-28; Freedom Riders January 15; Sunday Night Sing, January 21; Lambs Cabaret: Songs of Love and Laughter February 11; Camping With Henry and Tom: February 16 – March 25; http://www.lambsplayers.org/index.php

Lamplighters Community Theatre (C) Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap January 12 – February 4; Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Staged Reading) January 14; Judith Merel’s One-Woman Show The Cantor’s Daughter January 28;  Night, Mother March 2 – March 25; https://www.lamplighterslamesa.com/

Moonlight Stage Productions (P): Bets Malone  at Club M (with Elan McMahan Musical Director and Pianist) January 13 Lucie Arnaz at Club M February 10; Daebreon Poiema with Lyndon Pugeda, Musical Director and Pianist  March 3; Rebels, Raiders and Supermen: The Music of John Williams March 24; http://www.moonlightstage.com/

Moxie Theatre (P): BLISS (or Emily Post is Dead ) January 28 – February 25 / Opening Night: February 3; http://www.moxietheatre.com/shows/

New Village Arts (P):  Cloud Tectonics Jan 26 – Feb 25; Men on Boats Mar 23 – Apr 22; http://www.newvillagearts.org/

North Coast Rep (P) Around the World in Eighty Days January 10 – February 4; Seeger January 29; The Year of Magical Thinking January 22 – 23; This Random World February 21 – March 18; An Evening with Robert Dubac February 26 & 27 https://northcoastrep.org/

Ocean Beach Playhouse (C) (OB Playhouse): Comedy Hypnotist January 26 – January 27; I Love You Because February 2 – February 25; Jesus Christ Superstar in Concert Dates Pending http://www.obtheatrecompany.com/

Oceanside Theatre Company (C): Outside Mullingar (with Scripps Ranch Theatre) February 23 – March 11 http://www.oceansidetheatre.org/

Onstage Playhouse (C) As Bees in Honey Drown  January 12 – February 10; Spike Heels March 9 – April 7; https://www.onstageplayhouse.org/

Patio Playhouse (C) Pygmalion January 5- January 28; I Ought To Be in Pictures February 16-March 11; Sweeney Todd March 23-April 8; http://www.patioplayhouse.com/wp/

Pickwick Players: (C): Diary of Anne Frank February 16-25; http://www.pickwickplayers.net/currentseason

Playwrights Project (C) Plays by Young Writers Festival January 18 – January 27; http://www.playwrightsproject.org/index.php

Point Loma Playhouse (C): Building the Wall (Co-Produced with Different Stages) January 19 – January 28 http://www.pointlomaplayhouse.com/

PowPac Theatre (C): Your Cat is Dead January 12 – February 11; http://www.powpac.org/

San Diego Musical Theatre (P) (SDMT) The Full Monty January 25 – February 26, sdmt.org

San Diego Repertory Theatre (P): Vietgone January 25 – February 18 http://www.sdrep.org/

Scripps Ranch Theatre (C): Outside Mullingar (with Oceanside Theatre) January 19 – February 18; Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery March 23 to April 22 http://www.scrippsranchtheatre.org/

Star Theatre Company (C) Nunsense February 16 – February 25; https://www.startheatreco.com/box-office

Talent to Amuse (P) Hope February 17 – March 5; http://www.talenttoamuse.com/

The Barn Stage Company  Little Women  January 11 January 21; The Music of Cole Porter January 28; Till There Was You (Cabaret) February 25; The Secret Garden in Concert March 1 – March 4; Motown (Cabaret) March 25;  http://thebarnstagecompany.com/js_events/little-women/

The Old Globe (P): The Importance of Being Earnest January 27 – March 24; Uncle Vanya February 10 –  March 11; https://www.theoldglobe.org/

The Roustabouts Theatre Company (P) A Jewish Joke March 14 – 17 (Previews) March 18 (Opening) – April 8 (Closing); http://www.theroustabouts.org/season.html

Trinity Theatre Company Macbeth March 2 – March 18; http://www.trinityttc.org

Vanguard Theatre Lend Me a Tenor March 9 -March 25; http://vanguardsd.org/

Vantage Theatre (P): The Color of Light (in Association with Talent to Amuse) January 11 – February 3; http://www.vantagetheatre.com/

Welk Resort Theatre (P): Next to Real Neil January 17, 24, 31; https://sandiegotickets.welkresorts.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=10&_ga=2.237199680.1125590379.1515783778-1431898865.1515783778

 

Universities/Colleges

City College https://www.sdcity.edu/SavilleTheatre

CSU San Marcos I and You February 7-10; https://www.csusm.edu/sofa/events/index.html

Grossmont College Inside the Actor’s Process March 2- March 3; The Heir Apparent March 15 -24; https://www.grossmont.edu/campus-life/arts-culture/theater-arts/2017-2018-season.aspx

Mira Costa College TBA

Mesa College http://www.sdmesa.edu/academics/schools-departments/dramatic-arts/

San Diego State University: Foxtails February 16 – February 21; Company March 9 – March 17; http://ttf.sdsu.edu/index.php/season_calendar/season_calendar_performances

Southwestern College American Idiot March 13 – March 18;  http://www.swccd.edu/index.aspx?page=3277

UCSD Graduate Theatre productions: A Raisin in the Sun February 9, 10, 15, 16 & 17 @ 7:30pm, February 10 @ 2pm; Othello Previews: February 21 @ 7pm Show dates: February 23 & 24, March 1, 2 & 3 @ 7:30pm, February 24 @ 2pm; Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. Previews: March 6 @ 7pm Show dates: March 8, 9, 10, 16 & 17 @ 7:30pm; Undergraduate Theatre Production: The Skriker March 13, 14, 16 & 17 @ 7:30pm, March 17 @ 2pm March 10 @ 2pm; http://theatre.ucsd.edu/season/

University of San Diego The Nina Variations March 9 – March 11; https://www.sandiego.edu/cas/theatre/productions/

 

Other San Diego Theatres (No productions posted through March, 2018)

Above Board SD (C) http://www.aboveboardtheatre.com/

fruitlessmoon theatreworks (P): http://www.fruitlessmoontheatreworks.org/

Ion Theatre (P) Pending http://iontheatre.com/

Innermission Productions:  Pending http://www.innermissionproductions.org/

Intrepid Theatre (P): Pending http://www.intrepidtheatre.org/

New Fortune Theatre Company http://www.newfortunetheatre.com/

Rag Lady Productions https://www.thegeezeandme.com/#rag-lady-productions

San Diego Actors Theatre http://www.sdactorstheatre.net/theatre/

Teatro Mascara Magica http://teatromascaramagica.org/

Turning Tydes (C)  https://www.turningtydes.org/

 

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Capturing your Creativity: Haiku Poetry with Susan J. Farese 4/7/18 at San Diego Writers Ink

Please join me at my next SJF Communications Workshop:

‘Capturing your Creativity:  Haiku Poetry’

with Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications

Saturday, April 7, 2018 – 2:30 – 4:30 pm (All levels welcome)

at San Diego Writers Ink

Arts District Liberty Station

2730 Historic Decatur Road, San Diego 92106

#202-204, Barracks 16, 2nd floor above Women’s Museum

Hope to see you at this engaging, non-traditional, interactive (and hopefully fun) journey “Capturing your Creativity with Haiku”- for the fun and health of it.

$30 (members); $36 (nonmembers)

Here is the link to register!

http://www.sandiegowriters.org/17050-2/  

 

Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications

Bio for Susan J. Farese

Bring your open mind, active imagination, sense of humor, zest for life, quest for fun while learning and willingness to participate. Satisfaction? Poetically guaranteed!

We will chat about Haiku as a Japanese poetry form with ease of use, explore the benefits and value of Haiku as a cathartic, therapeutic, stress management tool and actively participate in several creative Haiku opportunities and challenges!

Here’s one for you:

Exploring Haiku…

Like Hummingbirds during Spring

Resurfaced, renewed

Registration Link: http://www.sandiegowriters.org/

 

 

 

Sue Vicory Appoints Susan J. Farese to ‘My Power of One” Advisory Board

Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications was appointed on January 1, 2018 by filmmaker and  humanitarian  Sue Vicory to serve as the ‘Director of Entertainment for the Global Market, on the My Power of One Advisory Board 

From Sue Vicory:

My Power of One is a privately held e-commerce apparel and accessories company with the intention of being a catalyst for inspired positive action which supports community based organizations throughout the year with our acts of kindness. We are supported by a bi-coastal Board of Advisors.

Please help me welcome Susan Farese of SJF Communications as our newest and boldest My Power of One Board of Advisor for 2018. I have worked with Susan on multiple occasions which has lead me to ask her to take on Director of Entertainment for the Global market. As a nurse, veteran, SAG actress, tap dancer and PR/Marketer she is the perfect choice after a long search. Susan gets to craft her own duties and fulfill them to her heart’s desire. Welcome aboard our ship of endless inspiration and empowerment. http://mypowerofone.com/advisory-board “

-Sue Vicory, My Power of One

Susan’s Quote:

“I am thrilled to join forces with the talented philanthropist, filmmaker, empowering colleague, friend and kindred spirit Sue Vicory and embark on this exciting new inspirational journey with the phenomenal ‘My Power of One” Board of Advisors. Sue Vicory is one of a kind. Her purposeful ‘power of one’  spreading kindness while giving back is an inspiration to all”.

-Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications

My Power of One Logo Courtesy of Sue Vicory, MPO1

It’s always a pleasure to work with Sue Vicory on a variety of programs and projects. 

More information on My Power of One:

Meet My Power of One Advisory Board

‘We are surrounded and supported by greatness’

Board of Advisors

Kristi Anderson – Inspiration crafter

Clare Carlson – Brand photographer

Isabel Canzoneri – Head of Spiritual Guidance

Susan Farese – Director of Entertainment

Cat Forrest – C.L.O. (Chief Light Officer)

Greg Hoffman – Financial Advisor

Lori Jones – Lead Nurturer

Gage Magosin – Youth Ambassador

Gracie Marshall – Junior Advisor

Sariann Monaco – Adventure specialist

Tamra Price – VP Acts of Kindness

Miles Rosenquest – C.C.O. (Chief Cuteness Officer)

Anita Rowe – Head of Logistics

Jennifer Scibetti – Voice of My Power of One

Scott Strohm – Legal Eagle

Katy Suzanne Vicory – Art Direction

Sue Vicory – Whimsical Director

Ann Ware – Chief Embroiderer

Ava Wirsig – Junior Advisor

More Links about My Power of One

Donate to My Power of  One

Shop at My Power of One

My Power of One Blog

Here are photos from some of Sue Vicory’s ‘My Power of One’ projects and programs

including film projects and acts of kindness:

Click Archive SJF Communications Post: 

https://sjfcommunications.com/2016/02/11/sue-vicory/

Click Archive SJF Communications Post:

Sue Vicory Making a Powerful Impact One Person at a Time

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Update: Win a Family 4 Pack to “Peter Pan and Tinker Bell – A Pirates Christmas” (San Diego)!

Update: As of 12/16/17 at 4:32 p.m. p.s.t, SJF Communications has a winner for the Family 4 Pack to “Peter Pan and Tinker Bell – A Pirates Christmas” (San Diego)!

Thank you to those who responded! We will let you know if anything opens up for more complimentary tickets.

Guess who’s flying in to San Diego?

PETER PAN!

No kidding!

Plus, WENDY, CAPTAIN HOOK, TINKER BELL, SMEE AND TIGER LILY too!

So…..

Peter Pan and Tinker Bell A Pirates Christmas Logo

Want to be the winner of a Family 4 pack of tickets for Opening Night December 21 (7:30 p.m.) of Lythgoe Family Panto presents PETER PAN AND TINKER BELL – A PIRATES CHRISTMAS at the Balboa Theatre in San Diego?

YOU DO???

Read on!

There will be one lucky winner!

What’s the show all about????   Well….

PETER PAN AND TINKER BELL – A PIRATES CHRISTMAS,  is a flying, singing, and swashbuckling holiday show performed in the style of British panto. Pirates plan to kidnap Peter Pan as a Christmas present for Captain Hook. Can Peter, Wendy, and Tinkerbell foil their scheme?

And look who is starring in it!!!

ASHLEY ARGOTA OF ABC FAMILY’S “THE FOSTERS” (Tinkerbell)

RILEY COSTELLO OF NBC’S “HAIRSPRAY LIVE!” (Peter Pan)

CLARICE ORDAZ OF FOX’S “SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE”  (Tiger Lily)

MARK RYAN OF STARZ’ “BLACK SAILS” (Captain Hook)

DAVID F.M. VAUGHN OF BROADWAY’S “SHREK THE MUSICAL” (Smee)

AUDREY WHITBY OF NICKELODEON’S “THE THUNDERMANS” (Wendy)

How do I win?

Be the first person to:

1. Click on and complete our  Contact Form  ( between 9 a.m. p.s.t. Saturday, December 16th and no later than 11 a.m. p.s.t. Sunday, December 17th) to WIN a family 4 pack of tickets for Opening Night, December 21st  at The Balboa Theatre! Add name, email , phone and then comment: Peter Pan and Tinker Bell Tickets. Thank you!

The catch:

Winner must post on Social Media

that they attended the Opening!

More info below:

Peter Pan and Tinker Bell – A  Pirates Christmas is Directed by Bonnie Lythgoe and choreographed by Mario Mosley, with book by Kris Lythgoe, Michael Orland (American Idol) serving as musical arranger and supervisor, and Andy Street serving as Musical Director. Chris Wood will serve as Associate Producer and Chris Wilcox will serve as Lighting Director. Casting is by Executive Producer Becky Lythgoe.  This will be the second holiday season of Lythgoe Family Panto in San Diego, and their first in this larger venue.

PETER PAN AND TINKER BELL – A PIRATES CHRISTMAS is a flying, singing and swashbuckling holiday adventure performed in the style of a British panto. Step into the Balboa Theatre and embark on a wild quest with Tinker Bell, Wendy and Peter Pan, as they try to put a stop to the plot of some dastardly pirates who plan to kidnap Peter as a present to Captain Hook. Filled with big laughs, magic, dancers and contemporary songs by everyone from Taylor Swift to the Bee Gees, this family show has a little bit of something for everyone.

PETER PAN AND TINKER BELL – A PIRATES CHRISTMAS will play a strictly limited engagement of 12 performances from December 21 through December 31, with the official press opening on December 21, at the Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Avenue, San Diego CA 92101.

Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased in-person at San Diego Theatres Advance Sales Windows located at 1100 3rd Ave (corner of 3rd & B St) across from the Civic Theatre, via phone at (619/760/858) 570-1100 Mon-Fri 10a-6p, or anytime online at http://sandiegotheatres.org/peter-pan-tinker-bella-pirates-christmas/. Golden Tickets, which allow the ticketholder (children ages 4 – 12 only) a special on-stage experience during the production, are available for an additional $60.00 each.

“I am so excited by the great cast of Broadway and television performers we have assembled for our second San Diego production,” says Kris Lythgoe, the show’s author and President of Lythgoe Family Panto. “San Diego is a huge supporter of the Arts and we are proud to once again expand panto productions with San Diego Theatres.”

“We are thrilled to be expanding to The Balboa Theatre this season allowing even more families in San Diego and the surrounding communities to share in the magic of Panto!” says Becky Lythgoe, Producer and Co-Founder of Lythgoe Family Panto.  “Ages 3-103, children, parents, and grandparents all coming together to sing, dance and share in the joy of LIVE theatre.  This for us encapsulates the spirit and beauty reflective of the holiday season!”

Lythgoe Family Panto produces fun, musical theatre the whole family can enjoy. Known for their creativity and involvement in television hits “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance,” the Lythgoes are dedicated to bringing affordable theatre to families across America. Based on the Grimm fairytales and others, each story has been modernized with topical scripts for parents and well known pop songs for kids.

The Lythgoes pride themselves on creating a memorable experience a family can share together.  This December, Lythgoe Family Panto will offer their largest season yet, with 4 different productions playing concurrently in Laguna, Pasadena, San Diego and Houston.

Lythgoe Family Panto established their reputation with productions at Pasadena Playhouse including A Cinderella Christmas starring Lauren Taylor, Alex Newell and Morgan Fairchild, Peter Pan and Tinker Bell – A Pirates Christmas starring Sabrina Carpenter and John O’Hurley, Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight starring Olivia Holt and Lucy Lawless, Aladdin and His Winter Wish starring Ben Vereen, Jordan Fisher, and Ashley Argota – and A Snow White Christmas (the original of this production) starring Ariana Grande and Neil Patrick Harris.

Thanks and hope to see you at PETER PAN AND TINKER BELL – A PIRATES CHRISTMAS!

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Photos and Fun Exploring Julian, California!

Apple pie, apple cider, photos

…and lots of cool shops and restaurants!

We’re sold on JULIAN!

During the Thanksgiving Holiday, we had an enjoyable mountain getaway day trip to Julian, California. (We usually travel the less than an hour road trip from San Diego each year).

Julian is a picturesque, historic gold-mining town that exudes lots of charm!

This time, my daughter Emmy and her best friend Sydney were my traveling, shopping and dining  buddies and also helped with photography.

Our day started with a delicious lunch at the Julian Grille.

Photos by SJF Communications

Afterwards we checked out the shops, enjoyed the apple pie at Mom’s Pies (oh yes, and the apple cider) and ventured to take in the autumn foliage, colorful leaves and beautiful scenery.

Of course, many photos were snapped that day and we want to share them with you! Overall a delightful day in Julian!

Hope you enjoy these photos of our spectacular crisply colorful autumn day! Click on individual photos to see more details!

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People!

Emmy (in the hat) and Sydney – Exploring Julian!

 

Places to Shop!

Some of the shops that we noticed: The Birdwatcher, Julian Mountain Emporium, Kathy’s Dress Shop, Quilts & More, Hog Heaven, Julian Imports, Julian Book House, Julian Cider Mill, Julian Cafe & Bakery, Julian Trading Company, Julian Imports, Antique Boutique, JAG Art Gallery, the     T-Haus, & the Cuyamaca Clay Company.

Places to Nosh!

The Julian Grille, Romano’s Restaurant, Buffalo Bills, Blue Door Winery, Apple Alley Bakery, and Julian Cafe & Bakery, among others! Yum!

More Cool Images!

Let’s allow these photos to speak for themselves!

 

 

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Q & A with Artistic Director, Cast and Stage Manager of San Diego Actors Theatre’s ‘The Zoo Story’ by Edward Albee

San Diego Actors Theatre presents a site-specific theatrical production of Edward Albee’s THE ZOO STORY, October 28 -November 12, 2017 (Saturday and Sunday Matinees at 2 p.m.) at Pioneer Park in Mission Hills, San Diego. Of note: 2018 will mark the sixtieth anniversary of The Zoo Story.

TICKET LINK

More info: CALL: 858-268-4494

or VISIT  San Diego Actors Theatre

Watch the Promo Video:

Hope you enjoy this Q & A with the Artistic Director & Cast

San Diego Actors Theatre’s ‘The Zoo Story’ by Edward Albee

BY

Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications

Patricia Elmore Costa
Director
‘The Zoo Story’ by Edward Albee

Patricia Elmore Costa (Producer/Director)

SJF: Please tell us about San Diego Actors Theatre
PEC: When I founded the San Diego Actors Theatre in 1985 with a lot of help and support from my late husband and many theatre artist friends, I was one of only 2 women directors in San Diego.  Directing in legitimate theatre has traditionally been a male-dominated profession.  When I founded the SD Actors Theatre, I put that out of my mind and just went after what I wanted to do.  Thirty-two years later, however, I see that there still is gender inequality.  A woman director needs to persevere, be strong, and quietly fight for what they need and want in the theatre.  Chip chip chip at the glass ceiling.
SJF: Why did you choose to direct  TZS?
PEC: I’ve always loved this play.  I admire Edward Albee.  Themes and language are philosophically intelligent and provocative of thought and emotion.  Simple and economically viable to produce –I Hope.  In the natural park setting as the setting in play.
SJF: Any challenges with directing this show?
PEC: I enjoy directing.  It has gone beautifully well.  It is always about the director’s choice in casting.   I’m working with two talented pros.
SJF: Favorite moments/scenes?
PEC: My favorite moments in the play are when these two actors are at their most vulnerable.  That is the strength of the play – when we are able to see man’s humanity and sometimes man’s inhumanity to man.  There is a lot of that in our political climate and political culture.  Man and woman need to do better each and every day.
SJF: Best shows you have directed or best roles to date in your career?
PEC: Best shows directed – Eleemosynary by Lee Blessing was my professional directorial debut in SD.  Performed in some good roles in The Miss Firecracker Contest & The Perfect Party.  Have really enjoyed roles played in many staged readings SDAT has produced over the years.  Directed a staged reading of Dinner With Friends recently that was beautiful.
SJF: What don’t we know about you
PEC:  I’m currently in grad school for another degree.  Was an associate with the Sisters of Providence order for a short time.
SJF: Dream role or show to direct?
PEC: Dream Role:  Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf – told you I liked Edward AlbeeLady Macbeth & Hamlet.  Every show I work on is a DREAM ROLE as a performer or Dream Show to direct!
SJF: Advice to other directors, new directors etc.
PEC: Advice – collaborate is key.  Makes everyone happier.
SJF: Pet Peeves
PEC:  Pet peeves – not listening.  Monologists in social conversations.  Lack of empathy or compassion.
SJF:  Inspirational quote?
PEC:  Inspirational quote from a Nigerian priest at the Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France –  “try to do better” and another favorite is  “your life is not about you.”
SJF: Anything else?
PEC:  I’m crazy about my 2 handsome, smart, and talented sons – Matthew and Nicholas.  They are the LIGHT of my life.
Byron La Due (Jerry)
‘The Zoo Story’ by Edward Albee
Byron LaDue (Jerry)
SJF: Why did you choose to audition for  TZS?
BLD: Patty texted me to do what I thought was a reading of Zoo Story. Turned out to be live, in the park and playing the crazy guy.
SJF: Any challenges to your role?
BLD: Lines, lines, lines.
SJF: How do you identify with your role personally?
BLD: How?   I never answer questions like this. I’ll use one of Jerry’s Lines. “I have no feelings about any of it that I care to admit to myself.”
SJF:  Favorite moments/scenes
BLD: The whole thing is a gas. Fred as Peter getting all worked up over a bad thing to call Jerry. All he comes up with is, “You’re a …..Bum.” Cracks up me and Jerry.
SJF:  Best roles to date in your career
BLD: Paul Gauguin in The Musical Paul Gauguin
SJF: What don’t we know about you
BLD: I collect Motion Picture Soundtracks beginning with Hercules with Steve Reeves in the early 50’s.
SJF: Dream role?
BLD: Harold HillMusic Man
SJF: Advice to other actors, new actors etc.
BLD: Don’t give up your day job.
SJF: Pet Peeves?
BLD: Actors who don’t learn their lines.
SJF: Inspirational quote
BLD: “I won’t ask of myself to become someone else, I’ll just be me.”
Fred Harlow (Peter) ‘The Zoo Story’ by Edward Albee

Fred Harlow (Peter)

SJF: Why did you choose to audition for  TZS?
FH: I really didn’t audition. Patricia called me last year to do a staged reading and it snowballed from there.
SJF: Any challenges to your role?
FH: Listen like I’ve never listened before.
SJF: How do you identify with your role personally? How?
FH: Peter doesn’t like to make waves. He also follows the rules, however tell me the rules and I’ll find the loopholes.
SJF: Favorite moments/scenes
FH: Favorite moment must be the ending, it should appear that it comes out of the blue.
SJF: Best roles to date in your career
FH: That is a difficult question, it’s like asking my favorite movie. I love all of the roles I’ve played and can’t single out any one of them.
SJF: What don’t we know about you?
FH: My cell phone is just a cell phone. I don’t text, tweet or post pictures of my dinner or cat.
SJF: Dream role?
FH: If I could sing it would be Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof. What a story, what a journey!!!
SJF: Advice to other actors, new actors etc.
FHL Have fun at auditions. It’s your time to play and have FUN! If you need to get nervous save that for opening night but never for an audition. Believe me they can smell fear.
SJF: Pet Peeves?
FH: People who don’t use their turn signals. Trust me it’s not a sign of weakness.
SJF:  Inspirational quote
FH: If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.
Josh Guicherit
Stage Manager
‘The Zoo Story’ by Edward Albee
 Joshua Guicherit (Stage Manager)
SJF: Why did you choose to stage manage  TZS?
JG: I thought it would be a great opportunity to get involved in San Diego theatre, I knew it was a role I was capable of filling and I appreciated the team that worked on the piece.
SJF: Any challenges to stage managing?
JG: There are many challenges of stage managing and few rewards, so I’ve been told. For me the most difficult part is simply keeping track of everything all at once.
SJF: Favorite moments/scenes
JG: My favorite scenes involve Byron, playing Jerry, making strange noises and accents. I laugh every time he does his dog-eating-food impression.
SJF: Best shows you have been part of as actor or technical staff in your career
JG: My favorite show as an actor was probably playing Don Armado in Love’s Labour’s Lost.
SJF: What don’t we know about you
JG:   You probably don’t know that I once volunteered for the Special Olympics and got to stand in for the singer performing the iconic song “Let It Go” from Frozen.
SJF:  Dream role or show to act in etc.?
JG: My dream role is Iago from Othello.
SJF: Advice to other stage managers etc.
JG: It’s a lot of work. Just take everything in chunks and get to know what your director wants. The rest changes with every show. Find a way to relax at the end of the night.
SJF: Pet Peeves
JG: Chewing with your mouth open.
SJF:  Inspirational quote
JG: Do whatever makes you happy.
SJF:  Anything else?
JG: There’s always something else isn’t there?
Thanks to Patricia Elmore Costa, Byron LaDue, Fred Harlow and Josh Guicherit
Hope to see you at THE ZOO STORY!
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Classical Pianist Jeeyoon Kim’s Carnegie Hall Debut “10 More Minutes”, December 14, 2017

 

Classical pianist Jeeyoon Kim will have her Carnegie Hall debut presented by Captivate Artists on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at Weill Recital Hall. She will perform selected pieces from her latest album, “10  More Minutes” which Jeeyoon has often performed as encores, the result of audiences asking her to play for “ten more minutes” of her captivating artistry.

Jeeyoon Kim’s concert events combine dazzling technical mastery and profound musicianship with her personal commentary on stage. Audiences will experience a new, more engaging way of listening to a classical concert.  Gordon Brown from Classical Radio Station XLNC-FM proclaims “She is simply a force of nature, one who lives for that special connection with a live audience”.  Jeeyoon states, “I envision this album as if we are enjoying “tapas”, instead of a heavy five-course meal. This “musical light fare” includes familiar works by Schubert, Chopin, Schumann and Debussy”.

Jeeyoon received her Doctorate of Music and Masters of Music in Piano Performance from Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. A recent winner of the Beverly Hills National Audition for classical musicians in 2017-18 season,  Jeeyoon will perform a series of concerts  across the country, and as a soloist playing Rhapsody in Blue at the Hilbert Theatre in Indianapolis. She is a frequent performer for Chamber Music San Francisco, PianoForte Salon Live Series, and the La Jolla Music Society Discovery Series, among others.

Jeeyoon Kim
Carnegie Hall Debut
“10 More Minutes”
December 14, 2017
Weill Recital Hall

Some testimonials about Jeeyoon Kim:

“In addition to her mastery of the instrument, Jeeyoon’s music-making transcends the piano, and has the ability to transport the listener directly into the world of the composer. So captivating and powerful…” -Demarre McGill, Acting Principal Flute of The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra 

“Absolutely phenomenal! She brought tears to my eyes with her playing. What a sensitive and gifted pianist…” – Susan Kitterman, former Artistic director of New World Youth Symphony

“Beautiful control of the Instrument, superior technique, and all of that emotion shows up in her sound as well as watching her. I am awed by her talent. It would be criminal for the world not to hear Jeeyoon perform.” – Gary Walters, performing artist and jazz pianist

“Impeccable, brilliant and heart-rending…”

-Chiesa Nuova (Performing Arts Foundation, Chicago)

Warm tone and a wide range of colors in her expressions. No matter what she plays, the clarity of texture was never compromised … -Ryan Streber, Producer, Oktavan Audio, NYC

TICKET INFORMATION: Single General Admission tickets for the Classical Pianist Jeeyoon Kim’s “10 More Minutes” Carnegie Hall Debut Concert (Weill Recital Hall) are $35 and are available at:

1) in person at the Carnegie Hall Box Office (57th Street and Seventh Avenue, NY, NY, 10019) Monday through Saturday, from 11 AM–6 PM and Sunday, 12 PM–6 PM);

2)  by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or

3) https://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2017/12/14/0730/PM/Jeeyoon-Kim-Piano/

More info at www.CarnegieHall.org 

LOCATION: Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall 152 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019  https://www.carnegiehall.org/Information/Directions/

More about “10 More Minutes” at www.10moreminutesconcert.com “Like” on Facebook – Jeeyoon Kim, Pianist; “Follow” on Twitter @Jeeyoon_Pianist and Instagram @jeeyoonkimpianist with the hashtag #10moreminutescd.

 

 

San Diego Actors Theatre Presents ‘The Zoo Story’ by Edward Albee

Two Guys…a Bench…at a Park

San Diego Actors Theatre Presents

A  SITE-SPECIFIC THEATRICAL PRODUCTION OF:

THE ZOO STORY

By Edward Albee

A provocative, dangerously funny and theatrically powerful play  

at

PIONEER PARK (MISSION HILLS)

Saturday & Sunday Matinees 2 p.m. 

October 28 – November 12

'The Zoo Story' Cast: Left: Fred Harlow (Peter); Right: Byron LaDue (Jerry)
‘The Zoo Story’ Cast:
Left: Fred Harlow (Peter); Right: Byron LaDue (Jerry)

 A park bench at the charming Pioneer Park in Mission Hills is the “Central Park” setting for  San Diego Actors Theatres (SDAT) upcoming site-specific production of  The Zoo Story by three time Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright, Edward Albee. Of note: 2018 will mark the sixtieth anniversary of The Zoo Story. Performances run from October 28th through November 12th (Saturday and Sunday 2 p.m. matinees).

The Zoo Story is Produced and Directed by SDAT Founder/Artistic Director Patricia Elmore Costa, Starring Byron LaDue as Jerry and Fred Harlow as Peter.

Written in 1958, The Zoo Story achieved instant acclaim for the “recognizable humanity of its characters” (Green, 2004) and for its themes of daily despair beneath the surface of middle-class life.  The play explores themes of isolation, loneliness, miscommunication and dehumanization in a commercial world.

TICKETS for The Zoo Story are $20 – available for purchase in advance online at either https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-zoo-story-by-edward-albee-tickets-37771881715

or http://sdactorstheatre.net/ online  Cash only $20 at Pioneer Park, Mission Hills.

Or: Call 858-268-4494 or Email: sdactors@san.rr.com.

  Mature language and themes.

SCHEDULE: Saturday and Sunday matinees (2 p.m.), October 28th – November 12th. Performance dates: October 28th & 29th, November 4th & 5th and November 11th & 12th. The production runs approximately 70 minutes without an intermission.

The Zoo Story Cast: Left: Fred Harlow as Peter; Right: Byron LaDue as Jerry

LOCATION: Mission Hills Pioneer Park: 1521 Washington Place, San Diego, 92103. (Washington Place  & Randolph Street, Hillcrest)

https://www.sandiego.gov/park-and-recreation/parks/regional/presidio/missionhills.

Directions: From Interstate 5, exit Washington Street and head east up the hill. Turn left onto Goldfinch Street, and then left onto Fort Stockton Drive. Turn left on Ingalls Street, and then right onto Washington Place. The park will be on your left just past Grant Elementary School. There is a small parking lot limited to a handful of cars and there is also street parking. The performance will take place at the South West area of the park. Look for the Red Carpet and /or signs! Feel free to bring blankets or low back beach chairs. Folding chairs will be provided.

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 ALSO UPCOMING AT SAN DIEGO ACTORS THEATRE:

San Diego Actors Theatre Sunday Salon and Staged Reading Series presents True West by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Sam Shepard on Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 2 pm.  Directed by Patricia Elmore Costa.

Casting TBA.

WHEN:  Sunday, February 11, 2018, 2 pm

WHERE:  La Jolla Riford Library, 7555 Draper Avenue, La Jolla

TICKETS:  $10 per person.  Cash Only.

Driven to the Max: Photo Shoot and Q & A with Max Cadillac

Meet Max Cadillac. I have known Max professionally for the past five years in San Diego. Our paths have crossed with me providing public relations & marketing, and with him either performing in professional theatre productions, choreographing and/or costuming…and most recently modeling as my photography subject for an action-packed, fun editorial shoot, as Max embarks on his new journey – the sky’s the limit – and seize NYC – a.k.a. The Big Apple!

This past September, our photo shoot (for his new modeling “look book”) with Max took place during the day at a cool park as well as a suburban cul-de-sac and street in the Rancho Penasquitos area of San Diego. Max posed. I snapped away.

Take a gander at Max’s photographic versatility (and read our interview Q &A which follows)!

Max Cadillac. Photo by Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications, 2017.

 

Max Cadillac. Photo by Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications, 2017.

 

Max Cadillac. Photo by Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications, 2017.

 

Max Cadillac. Photo by Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications, 2017.

 

Max Cadillac. Photo by Susan J. Farese, SJF Communications, 2017.

Q & A with Max Cadillac

SJF: Max, please give us the run down…tell us where you have performed professionally

MC: I have a true love for musical theatre and have been working hard throughout my field of choice – performing, choreographing, and costuming in San Diego. I’ve performed with Cygnet Theatre (Pageant, Gypsy), Moonlight Stage Productions (The Wizard of Oz, Music Man, Big Fish), San Diego Musical Theatre (White Christmas, Sound of Music, Cats, West Side Story), and most recently in The Tragedy of Carmen with the San Diego Opera.

SJF: Besides being a dancer, you’re also a choreographer. Where have you been the creator of all things dance?

MC: My choreography credits include: Canyon Crest Academy (Zombie Prom, Evita, Sweet Charity), La Jolla High School (Anything Goes), San Diego Junior Theater (Shrek the Musical), as well as other high school, college, and studio performances.

SJF: And your newest venture into costuming?

MC: Over the last year, I have expanded into costuming under the wing of costume designer Janet Pitcher.

SJF: Why NY? Does it have a special meaning for you?

MC: Though I am proud to be a native San Diegian, I’ve always felt like my home town was ‘Broadway to Bloomingdales’ in The Big Apple. My parents and family are from the tri-state area and having growing up bi-coastal going to summer camp in the Poconos, I have always loved New York the most. Not only that, but there are so many more opportunities for theater in New York than Southern California. The fantasy of moving to the city and booking the first audition sounds splendid, but the reality of planning his move to New York has been a long awaited plan since high school.

SJF: Tell us about your performing and where you have studied

MC: The drive to perform has always been there. I have attended performing arts schools since middle school. I first attended Children’s Creative and Performing Arts Academy before transferring to Coronado School of the Arts for high school. It was there I learned his passion could become a career, and I pursued a degree in Theater. I attended a California State University to pursue my degree, but he realized within the first month this was not the right program for me. So within that first semester, I applied, auditioned, and was accepted into AMDA  in Los Angeles for musical theatre. It was a program that mainly focused on acting, singing, dancing, and allowing their students to explore many aspects of the performance world on and off stage.

SJF: What was one of your favorite roles?

MC: Everyday is another chance to create and perform, but I really enjoyed my most recent performance as Lillas Pastia in the San Diego Opera’s The Tragedy of Carmen. The creative team wanted to make a whole new vision for the classic opera, so with only six cast members, sets and costumes spanning many different decades, and direction like no one has seen before, It was a true collaboration of artists working together to feature the best of their talents. And although my character did not have any songs or dialogue, I threw myself into the physicality of the character. To quote the lead of Carmen herself, she wrote me a lighthearted opening night letter saying “Thank you for stealing my show. Now own it” and that is exactly what I did. The recreation of a classic role is something I am extremely invested in, always trying to adapt and tell a relatable story for the audience, and one day I hope to originate a role in a musical, play, opera, or film. Any medium that gives actors the freedom to shape and mold a character like that sounds like a dream role to me, and I would even love to write my own musicals and movies in order to ensure true artistic freedom.

SJF: Dream roles?

MC:  I have many! Aldolpho from The Drowsy Chaperone, Molina in Kiss of The Spiderwoman, Dr. Frank-N-Furter from Rocky Horror Picture Show, and an all time favorite from the first musical I ever saw on Broadway one day playing Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast.

SJF It’s been a pleasure Max. Anything else you’d like to share?

MC: On a personal note, I’d would like to thank you, Susan for all of your support, love, and laughter working together over the past 5 years and would like to leave your readers with this thought; If you love something, Do Not let it go! Hold onto whatever drives your passion, and love what you do. Theater, like the world can seem very small at times, but never limit yourself within your chosen field and always remember it is much more fulfilling to focus on the journey than the finish line.

SJF: Best wishes on your journey to the BIG APPLE!

 

Special thanks to Emmy Farese for photoshoot assistance!

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A Quick Visit to the San Diego Zoo

It’s great to enjoy an annual pass at the San Diego Zoo! It’s a quick getaway…since we live in San Diego!

Plus, there’s abundant sunshine, a fun way to walk my steps for fitness, and of course, getting to visit the wonderful animals and appreciate nature at the same time!

This past week, I visited the Hummingbird Aviary House, as well as the Gorilla, Orangutan and Reptile Exhibits (and loved photographing the beautiful hibiscus flowers)!

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The Hummingbirds & Other Birds

 

The Reptiles

The Gorillas

The Orangutans

The Hibiscus Flowers

Testimonial for SJF Communications via Bryan Smith, Tuba; Director of Educational and Outreach Programs, Westwind Brass

“Susan Farese, SJF Communications helped Westwind Brass double the size of our audiences at the Maritime Museum of San Diego.  She also helped us to double the number of participants at our 2017 Summer Brass Workshop at San Diego State’s School of Music and Dance.  She is savvy with all forms of media; print, TV, and radio.  She is also very proactive on social media.  She is willing to think, and work, outside of the box, and isn’t afraid to say what she is thinking.  I highly recommend SJF Communications to all arts organizations in the San Diego area.”

-Bryan Smith, Tuba; Director of Educational and Outreach Programs
Testimonial for SJF Communications via Bryan Smith, Tuba; Director of Educational and Outreach Programs, Westwind Brass 

Testimonial for SJF Communications via Jeeyoon Kim, Classical Pianist

“I had such a wonderful experience working with Susan J. Farese, SJF communications. We not only had a successful journey of my CD Release Celebration Concert “10 More Minutes” as a result, but also we had pure fun in the process. She has a great work ethic and is reliable, also understands how to approach any project with compassion, empathy, kindness and passion. I can’t think of any other quality that I could ask for PR agent to have. Thank you Susan!”

– Jeeyoon Kim

Here is some info about Jeeyoon Kim:

http://www.jeeyoonkim.com/

http://www.10moreminutesconcert.com/

Testimonial for SJF Communications via Classical Pianist, Jeeyoon Kim

‘The Beautiful Machine’ – A Sci-Fi, Pop/Rock Musical at 2017 San Diego Fringe Festival

 

San Diegans… do you have about an hour??

 

The Beautiful Machine

Catch the last two performances (June 30th at 9 p.m. and July 1st at 4 p.m.)

of  Pop Theater’s  first act of

‘The Beautiful Machine’ – 

A Sci-Fi, Pop/Rock Musical

at the 5th Annual San Diego International Fringe Festival

 Centro Cultural de la Raza, Balboa Park, San Diego

The Beautiful Machine is set in a dystopian, futuristic enclosed city. The government has turned to inhumane population control techniques, exterminating those who do not qualify as “complete” or “viable” specimens for procreation. Ben Phoenix, a newly promoted engineer has recently been exiled to the dark fringes of society. Alone and distraught, he has been left with nothing, and yet he is the most talked about person in the city. Why is his name on so many tongues? Why is everyone fighting to recruit him? Is he the one with the key to bringing down the regime? 

THE FIRST THREE PERFORMANCES WERE FILLED TO CAPACITY!

ONLY 2 MORE CHANCES TO SEE THIS ORIGINAL PRODUCTION!

The Beautiful Machine is produced, co-written and composed by Mike Neumann (Pop Theater), co-written by Josh Switzer and Directed by Domonique Evans, a graduate student in the SDSU MFA Musical Theatre program, one of only two such programs in the United States. Neumann, a math teacher at San Ysidro High School, calls The Beautiful Machine  “Sci-Fi and Pop Music – a recipe for fun!” and his inspiration was “wanting to make musical theater “non-believers” into fans of the genre, by connecting theater to a musical style that is easily accessible by everyone”.  Pop Theater is an up-and-coming theater group debuting its first production in the San Diego International Fringe Festival! Their vision is to expand the genre of the Sci-Fi musical and bring more fans to musical theater.