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February has come to a close, and with that comes our monthly recap of some of San Diego's hottest events! Enjoy our gallery down below, along with our quick event recaps and social scene. Sad you missed one of these epic events? Be sure to check out our March calendar to make sure you're in the know next time.
The Art of Music Concert Series
Photo Courtesy of The San Diego Museum of Art
In 1915, music was a central component of the Panama– California Exposition, which celebrated the opening of the Panama Canal and San Diego’s position as the first port of call on the west coast of the United States. In 2015, the music returned in honor of Balboa Park’s Centennial Celebration. The San Diego Museum of Art featured a yearlong, monthly concert series in conjunction with its fall 2015 exhibition The Art of Music. The Art of Music exhibition explored the ways visual artists have taken inspiration from music throughout history and world cultures. The Art of Music concert series, curated by Jann Pasler, a professor at UCSD, was a multi– faceted and culturally diverse exploration of the intersection between music and art. Concerts kicked off in January 2015 and continued throughout the year, and featured different musicians and groups from around the country.
Playwrights Project, Festival of Plays by Young Writers
Photos Courtesy of Ken Jacques and Andrew Huse
On January 23rd, Playwrights Project celebrated the opening night of the 31st season of its annual Festival of Plays by Young Writers. The four young writers receiving full professional productions and two young writers receiving staged readings of their plays celebrated the opening with Playwrights Project’s staff, board, supporters and friends. Each playwright joined their actors on stage after their play to receive their applause and answer a quick question about their play. All of the writers amazed the audience with their wisdom and talent at such young ages, and a few left the audience in tears as they spoke about the inspiration for their play.
6th Annual Randy Jones Run/Walk for Independence
Photos Courtesy of Saskia Gitmans
Home of Guiding Hands (HGH) held its 6th Annual Randy Jones Run/Walk for Independence on February 6th at De Anza Cove in Mission Bay Park. 18 vendors, 50 volunteers and more than 350 runners and walkers participated in the day’s activities, raising over $41,000 benefitting 1,600 people that participate in HGH programs and services. The event’s namesake, San Diego Padres Hall of Famer Randy Jones, was in attendance. Randy was recently named HGH’s Community Partner of the Year. As a longtime supporter of the organization, Jones has volunteered and promoted several HGH events since the mid–70s, including its annual Gala. All proceeds from the event directly benefit HGH’s current programs and services in San Diego and Imperial Counties: residential homes, community living, early childhood development, respite and more.
Coronado Island Film Festival
Photos Courtesy of Carmel Fleck and Kris Grant
The inaugural Coronado Island Film Festival, held January 15th through 18th, was a knock–out success, screening 85 movies over four days, plus hosting six celebrity parties and four film industry panels. Famed movie critic Leonard Maltin served as the Festival’s Honorary Jury President, while Lisa Bruce, producer of The Theory of Everything (nominated last year for five Academy Awards) was Head Juror for Narrative Films. Hotel del Coronado was the presenting sponsor and the site for the Opening Night Party and Celebrity Tribute in the hotel’s iconic Crown Room. The opening night film was The Finest Hours, and the Special Presentation of the Disney release at the Vintage Village Theatre in Coronado was a full house. It was also a family affair, with Rory Flynn, daughter, and Sean Flynn, grandson of the legendary original screen scwashbuckler Errol Flynn in attendance. Chris Lemmon accepted the Hollywood Legend award honoring his father, Jack Lemmon, who starred in the 1959 film Some Like It Hot, which was filmed at the Hotel Del in 1958 and was screened on the beach at the hotel on the festival’s last evening.
San Diego Police Officer's Association Charity Fund Event
Photos Courtesy of Lowell Niles, Sunword Studios
The Advisory Board of the San Diego Police Officer’s Association’s Widows & Orphans Charity Fund gathered at the La Jolla Farms home of fellow board member Ramin Pourteymour. The SDPOA Charity Fund offers both immediate and long–lasting support to those affected by tragedy. Since its establishment in 1912, the Charity Fund has assisted San Diego police officers and their families in many ways – from covering portions of funeral costs to providing health insurance for widows and children of a fallen hero or injured officers. This group of extraordinary leaders have assisted and inspired hundreds of their friends, family and neighbors to support San Diego peace officers by contributing to the Widows & Orphans Fund. They have a deep appreciation and dedication to law enforcement and their families. Board members advise and assist the fund with philanthropy and strategic guidance on ensuring the fund has the necessary resources available at all times.