Get Your Culture Fix in La Jolla

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School is back in session, and after a long summer in the sun, it’s time to get a little art and culture embedded in us.

Indeed, there is more to San Diego than soaking up the sun, sinking one’s toes in the sand, and partaking in water and outdoor happenings. In fact, the cultural climate is just as awesome as the San Diego climate.

San Diego has a flourishing and energetic arts, culture and theater community. There are a great number of museums in San Diego which offer a variety of exhibits that visitors should not miss out on. Additionally, San Diego theater is a blast and tourists and locals can enjoy numerous plays, musicals and other live theater events. Indeed, San Diego theater has something to offer for the entire family and those who get out and about will surely benefit from the cultural aspects of San Diego that will surely enrich their lives.

No matter what your preferences may be, San Diego’s art, culture and theaters provide even the most casual observer an exhilarating and memorable experience that will not be forgotten. The San Diego art and culture community is ever changing, and while there are not necessarily as many cultural spots in the community as there were in the past, there are nevertheless more individuals who support San Diego art, culture and theater than ever before. In a nutshell, San Diego art and culture is thriving and sound. What follows are three places where you, friends or family are able to enjoy San Diego’s rich and rewarding culture.

La Jolla Playhouse

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La Jolla Playhouse in La Jolla, California is located on the UCSD college campus at 2910 La Jolla Village Drive. The venue was established as a summerstock theater by none other than Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire and Mel Ferrer way back in 1947. In essence, the venue is a cultural San Diego landmark. Additionally, La Jolla Playhouse boasts of over 300 local and national awards, including 30 Tony Awards. These accolades make it one of the more outstanding and foremost theaters in the entire country because of the various assortment of quality productions of favorite classics, innovative plays, and musicals.
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La Jolla Music Society

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La Jolla Music Society is known for producing world-class symphony orchestra San Diego events and classical music productions. They present many internationally-known artists throughout the year, and have quickly earned its place as one of San Diego’s major classical presenters of symphony orchestra music. They are also responsible for a wildly popular summer concert series and chamber music festival called SummerFest in La Jolla. Taking place throughout August, La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest features over 70 world-class music artists and has been a huge hit as a San Diego concert series for more than 15 years.
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San Diego Symphony

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San Diego Symphony is the oldest production organization in the city. Its talented members perform professional productions numerous times each year in Symphony Hall San Diego. The San Diego Symphony conducts performances in the charmingly lavish Copley Symphony Hall located at 750 B Street in downtown San Diego. The Symphony is comprised of 80 full-time members in the expansive orchestra, but dependent on the music being performed, additional professional musicians join in. Overall, the San Diego Symphony is a treat that should not be passed up.
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The Old Globe Theatre

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If you are in the Balboa Park area, another fantastic venue is The Old Globe Theatre located at 1363 Old Globe Way. Most people are not aware of the fact that The Old Globe Theatre is the longest established professional theater in California, not to mention the oldest professional theater in the entire country. Long commended for its timeless classics, The Old Globe Theater has recently been praised for its world premieres as well. Each and every summer, The Old Globe Theatre sponsors its countrywide celebrated Shakespeare Festival, a series of events that are a must see. The Old Globe Theatre presents 15 plays and musicals year-round on three stages. Visitors would be remiss to miss out on the experience of The Old Globe Theater.

San Diego is more than fun and sun. Its rich cultural events are memorable and offer various events and opportunities to get out of the sun for a change and spend a day or evening with family, friends and loved ones.
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La Jolla Galleries to Explore

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La Jolla is a seaside community nestled in some of the more beautiful surroundings of Southern California. Aside from its legendary surfing, fine dining and friendly people, La Jolla is also well known for its art and culture. Let’s take a look at four of La Jolla’s finest art galleries. We’ve listed just a few for your visiting pleasure.

The Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery: The newest and more exciting modern art interchanges continuously at the La Jolla Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery. Not only is this modern gallery attention-grabbing for those who occasion by, it is simply alluring for the art aficionado. It is rife with twisted sculpture, myriad abstract paintings as well as limited edition quality works from artists around the world. The Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery specializes in acquiring fine art and expedient and professional consulting. Here you can find experts to assist you in finding, acquiring and displaying art for your office or home, sure to spark conversation. Additionally, if you already have a piece of art that needs framing, this is your go to place for that as well. In addition to the gallery conveniently located on Ivanhoe Ave, there are two other locations, Jag Art Framing on Morena Blvd and Wall Street Art and Framing on Wall St. Both locations provide the art connoisseur with reliable, professional assistance.

R.B Stevenson Gallery: R.B. Stevenson Gallery is a contemporary art gallery highlighting California painters and altering exhibitions of national and international artists. Its expansive interior leaves visitors with plenty of room to explore and feast the eyes upon contemporary paintings on canvas, various works of mixed media, collages, and sculptures, as well as a variety of other creative art sure to capture your eye. Located on Girard Ave. in La Jolla, it is a brief 15 minutes from the airport and an absolute joy to visit.

Gallery at Lands EndThe Gallery at Land’s End is a picturesque, hidden jewel of a store neatly tucked away on the North end of world famous Pacific Beach in beautiful San Diego. Visitors will revel in everything from expert custom framing to creative local art, fine handmade jewelry, as well as hand-crafted gifts sure to have you looking twice. The boutique at Gallery at Land’s End indeed has it all. For more than 40 years, the privately owned gallery has made its mark and statement in the small, tight-knit supportive community it gladly calls home. Owner Thayne Yungman, known for various works of art personally handcrafts all of the custom frames and makes it a point to stock his store with some of the more thought-provoking and unique arts and crafts he can find, all for your pleasure.

Historically speaking, Vicki Ford and her husband Jay launched the Gallery at Land’s End as a custom framing shop and art gallery in 1973. What originally was a small business ran out of an old homey bungalow in Pacific Beach, art gallery has blossomed into a cherished community favorite featuring locally-fashioned crafts, jewelry, and art. The charming diminutive shop is rife with a colorful history as well as heart. Having had but two owners since opening, those involved with the gallery have seen and helped it through in excess of 40 years of adaptation, evolution, and various ups and downs. Current owner, Thayne Yungman, was once a faithful employee of Vicki until 2008, when he made a no-brainer decision to purchase the iconic business. Since then, Thayne has been working to increase the local profile and artistic image of Gallery at Land’s End.

Weekend Events: March 24th & 25th

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It’s the first full official weekend of spring, and activities are all over San Diego and La Jolla. Don’t miss out on the springtime fun!

Saturday, March 24th: 

San Diego Crew Classic
7:20 a.m. to 5 p.m. (3:30 p.m. Sunday), Crown Point Shores Park
Get ready to row, or get ready to watch the rowers do their thing! More than 4,000 athletes will be in San Diego for this annual two-day rowing competition. Tickets are $12 per day ticket, or $15 at the door.

Spring Eggstravaganza
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday), The Birch Aquarium
It’s springtime! Celebrate in a big way with the arrival of spring with the Birch Aquarium’s animals of the sea. You will have chance to explore different types of animal eggs, participate in crafts and an “underwater” egg hunt. Tickets for the Spring Eggstravaganza are free with an $18.50 adult or $14 child admission ticket.

Sunday, March 25th: 

Guided Nature Walk
9:30 a.m., Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center

It’s going to be a beautiful weekend to get outside! Take a free guided 1.5 hour nature walk from Mission Trails Regional Park. Along the way you’ll learn about animals, plants, and history of this park in San Diego.

Finding Culture in 2018

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Are you the kind of person who enjoys theater, live music, and plays but rarely gets the chance to experience those things? There’s great news for you. There might be no better place than La Jolla to get all the culture you might want. If you make a New Year’s resolution to enjoy more of the arts, it’s a simple thing to make it happen.

Outsiders might think San Diego is all about the beaches and the sand bunnies. Locals know better and you don’t have to be a surfer or a beachcomber to have your needs fulfilled in this area. In fact, the culture is a prevalent as the tide, and you’re sure to find something you’ll love.

Whether you’re looking for art, music, or live theater, the San Diego Area won’t disappoint. You can find a great many museums with exhibits that are both exciting and enriching. When you add to that the lively theater scene, you can put a great many plays, musicals and live performances on your calendar as well. One of the best things about this area is that it’s designed for the whole family so kids and adults alike are able to enjoy what the San Diego theater scene has to offer.

Whether you’re already fully immersed in the world of theater or you’d just like to find some memorable things to do this year coming up, you’ll be happy to know that in San Diego, arts and theater are alive and well. They’re available for all tastes and all levels of experience so in 2018, why not make the arts a part of your entertainment and leisure? You’ll be glad you did!

Here are some venues and attractions to help you with your plans!

Don’t Miss the Electric Bike Festival!

Okay, so you may pack on a pound or ten on turkey day, but don’t panic. Instead, go to the electric bike Festival on November 25th. There will be food & drinks, a storewide sale, and raffle tickets to win an Ebike- so don’t miss out!

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We would like to offer our diverse annual print, web, app and social media marketing/advertising platform to your local business as a way to help you generate new clients and customers to increase your revenue. If you or someone you know would like to see a true increase in their business, customer base or sales, please reach out to us by phone at 858-459-7939. We look forward to sharing information on our successful established diverse advertising resources with you.

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The 2017 San Diego Blues Festival

shutterstock_557948161When the AimLoan.com San Diego Blues Festival originated six years ago in 2011, it began with an unassuming mission, that is, to provide exceptional blues music at an reasonable price, and to solicit preciously needed finances to back the ongoing fight against hunger in the greater San Diego community.

Ever since then, the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank has shared some of the finest blues musicians around the world with a grateful and ever growing audience. In the festival’s initial four years, our champions as well as our faithful festival goers have assisted by subsidizing an incredible 12n tons of food, and more than $585,000 to help the Food Bank combat hunger in greater San Diego County.

This year we are privileged to introduce to our attendees and patrons Mavis Staples as our headliner. Not only is she a Grammy Award winner and member of the Blues and Rock And Roll Halls of Fame, Ms. Staples was additionally bestowed with a Kennedy Center Honor in December of 2016, the United States utmost arts honor. This year’s lineup also features an additional Blues Hall of Famer, Joe Louis Walker and the ever popular California Honeydrops. Furthermore, all things considered, there will be a grand total of nine acts during Saturday, encompassing an extensive variety of blues styles.

In addition, for those who opt to secure Super VIP tickets, you will be entitled to attend our Friday night VIP Party at Ginger’s in The Gaslamp Quarter from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Robin Henkel will be on hand to provide exceptional entertainment for the duration of the evening. Kindly CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS.

With the assistance of in excess of 28,000 dedicated volunteers, the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank provides nourishment to some 370,000 individuals each month in San Diego County. This is accomplished via direct food allocations to those people in need and through a network of in excess of some 350 non-profit cohorts, inclusive of food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, low-income daycare centers, senior centers, various churches, as well as schools and day centers for the elderly and the disabled.

Unbeknownst to many San Diego residents, approximately 467,000 people exist in abject poverty and are faced with “food insecurity,” that is, with an insignificant amount or even no food available at their respective homes. In fact, these people frequently have no idea where they will obtain their next meal. Unfortunately, and quite sadly, approximately 30 percent of those living in poverty consist of innocent children.

In 2016, the Food Bank distributed in excess of 22 million pounds of food, or the equivalent of about 18.3 million meals, to various neighborhoods and communities all throughout San Diego County.

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The History of the La Jolla Playhouse

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Theater aficionados from San Diego to San Francisco, from scenic La Jolla to the cities across the contiguous United States, as well as international cities, have visited and enjoyed any of a number of theatrical plays at the La Jolla Playhouse. Founded in 1947 by La Jolla native Gregory Peck, stage and film star Dorothy McGuire, and film director and producer Mel Ferrer, the La Jolla Playhouse was subsequently reborn under the direction of artistic director Des McAnuff in 1983 and has garnered international acclaim for over three decades.

The Playhouse’s vast repertoire includes eighty-four world premieres, thirty-two West Coast premieres, and eight American premieres, and has won in excess of three hundred honors, including the 1993 Tony Award as America’s Outstanding Regional Theatre. La Jolla Playhouse owes its acclaim to Des McAnuff, Michael Greif, Anne Hamburger, and current artistic director, Christopher Ashley, who assumed the helm in April of 2007, as well as a multitude of up-and-coming as well as well-known actors and actresses.

The La Jolla Playhouse is located on the University of California San Diego campus. Support for the Playhouse stems in part from grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, the City of San Diego, and the County of San Diego.

Some of the theatrical productions that began at the Playhouse before eventually finding success on Broadway consist of such notable hits as The Who’s Tommy, Matthew Broderick’s revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Jane Eyre, Dracula, the Musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Cry Baby, Bonnie and Clyde, and Des McAnuff’s revival of Jesus Christ Superstar and Zhivago. In addition, it would remiss not to mention the Pulitzer Prize-winning I Am My Own Wife.

The internationally-renowned La Jolla Playhouse is also responsible for reaching out to the community and beyond to provide a number of learning opportunities for kids, teenagers, and adults interested in theatre arts, both as actors and behind-the-scenes support staff. Furthermore, the Performance Outreach Program (POP Tour) brings a professional, world-premiere production to various schools, libraries, and community centers throughout the greater San Diego area each and every year. Moreover, there are supplementary summer theater opportunities through the La Jolla Playhouse Conservatory, YP@LJP summer camps, student matinees, and a host of other in-school workshops and classes.

In 2001, La Jolla Playhouse began the Page to Stage Play Development Program to enable and advance the development of new plays and musicals, extending to various audiences an uncommon occasion to take part in the “birth” of a play and experience its progress and fruition. Page to Stage workshops feature nominal sets and costumes. After a performance, spectator feedback sessions offer insight and suggestions for the creative team and actors. Since the impressive program began, a couple of Page to Stage productions have won Tony Awards. In fact, Doug Wright’s I Am My Own Wife won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Awards for Best Play and Best Leading Actor in a Play (Jefferson Mays). Additionally, Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays, a 2004 Page to Stage Production, won the 2005 Tony Award for Special Theatrical Event. It comes as no surprise then that La Jolla Playhouse is world-renowned for producing some of the more exhilarating and exploratory work in American theatre, all through the auspices of its new play development initiatives, its pioneering Without Walls series, artist residencies and commissions.

Finally, La Jolla Playhouse not only continues its 2017 season with exceptional theater, but additionally hosts several audience engagement events. These consist of Talkback Tuesday’s, where theatregoers can participate in a discussion with actors and artistic staff immediately subsequent to performances in order to share thoughts and learn more about a specific show; Insider Events, where an audience can connect with the Playhouse staff some 45 minutes prior to a performance for an insider’s view of the production; and Discovery Sunday’s, where theatregoers may join special guest speakers post-performance, as they take part with audience members in a moderated discussion that delves into the issues and themes of a play.

The La Jolla Playhouse offers an internship program available to current undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of departments. As a result of innovative plays and various outreach programs and opportunities, the La Jolla Playhouse will continue to add to its rich theatrical history.


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Serving the San Diego area for over 80 years, Blue Book Media Group has been generating enormous amounts of revenue for local businesses in the La Jolla and Rancho Santa Fe areas, along with San Diego County businesses wanting to do business in these same areas thanks to their consistent advertising with our media brand. Our local La Jolla and Rancho Santa Fe Blue Books (annual community guides) are so revered and used by the long time area locals that they refer to our print and web resources as the Bible of La Jolla and Rancho Santa Fe.

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Upcoming Art and Music Events in La Jolla and San Diego

Art and music aficionados are in store for a few special treats this Independence Day weekend in La Jolla and the greater San Diego area. Before and after you head over to La Jolla Cove for Tuesday’s fireworks display, be sure to pop in and check out the following exhibitions and events.

This Saturday July 1st, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Thumbprint Gallery, art lovers have an opportunity to feast their eyes on an exhibit entitled “Illumination.” The exhibition features new works by Richard Salcido and Armando Gonzalez, two local figurative artists whose subjects are centered in a juxtaposition of light and partial abstraction.  The highly recognized Thumbprint Gallery curates monthly exhibitions that feature evolving, mid-career, and well-established artists with a focus on urban art and pop surrealism. If you possess an affinity for urban art and pop surrealism, be sure to check out these new works. Since 2009, the Thumbprint Gallery’s welcoming atmosphere has been providing a warm ambiance where art lovers can mix it up and appreciate various works of art that support local, national, and international artists. Thumbprint Gallery is located at 920 Kline St in scenic La Jolla. The event is absolutely free. For additional information, call (858) 354-6294.

Monday Night Medley is yet another eclectic art and fashion event artists won’t want to miss out on. This Monday, July 3rd, paint artists and spectators are invited to stop in at URBN Coal Fired Pizza for what proves to be a fantastic evening. An art exhibition by Nonie Cruzado will be the highlight of the evening beginning at 5 p.m. and lasting until 10 p.m. Cruzado is the winner of the Art Around Adams Competition 2017. In addition to the exhibit, there will be free life drawing sessions until 8 p.m. Furthermore, a free live art model will be on hand. Gather up those brushes, paint, canvases and/or sketchpads and hop on over to URBN. And for those without the aforementioned, paints, brushes and canvases will be provided. URBN is ideally located at 3085 University Avenue in beautiful San Diego.

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Finally, and certainly not least of all, every third Thursday of the month, Megaphone provides an opportunity for local artists, art galleries and crafters to develop their keen sense of creativity and network with fellow creative through group art exhibitions. The event is free and open to the public from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. Artists and art lovers can hook up and share their craft in a relaxed atmosphere this July 6th at Eve Encinitas. The venue is located at 575 S. Coast Hwy 101 in Encinitas. When the fireworks are over on the 4th, pop in to the ever friendly Eve. For additional information, call (760) 230-2560.

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Serving the San Diego area for over 80 years, Blue Book Media Group has been generating enormous amounts of revenue for local businesses in the La Jolla and Rancho Santa Fe areas, along with San Diego County businesses wanting to do business in these same areas thanks to their consistent advertising with our media brand. Our local La Jolla and Rancho Santa Fe Blue Books (annual community guides) are so revered and used by the long time area locals that they refer to our print and web resources as the Bible of La Jolla and Rancho Santa Fe.

We would like to offer our diverse annual print, web, app and social media marketing/advertising platform to your local business as a way to help you generate new clients and customers to increase your revenue. If you or someone you know would like to see a true increase in their business, customer base or sales, please reach out to us by phone at 858-459-7939. We look forward to sharing information on our successful established diverse advertising resources with you.

We are thankful to have so many local businesses who have been advertising with us successfully every year since the 1940’s. We would like to be able to bring you the same huge ROI we have brought other local businesses each year due to their advertising with us.

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